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Title: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Airfix on November 05, 2010, 04:32:54 PM
I notice that the Exiles board contains an introduction thread but I never saw one here.  So I'm creating one.

Tell us about you.

Here's me:

I come from Godalming in leafy Surrey which is ideal for Fulham as it's just up the A3 for me.

I've been a Fulham nut for as long as I can remember (and some times that I can't remember too).  My late father supported "them" but he was an old-school "them" supporter as LB can testify.  He came from Battersea so used to do the "Fulham one week, the dark side the other" and, whilst we never went a huge amount when I was younger (about 5-6 times a season), the decision was always "Shall we go to the football?  Yes?  Who's at home?".  With him being a blue, I decided to become a white to keep the balance, even to the point of wearing my black and white, home-knitted scarf to Slumford Bodge.  This practice ceased when I saw a scarf just like mine hanging from a lamp-post at one game with a Newcastle fan dangling from it by his feet.  Discretion being the better part of valour, I stuffed mine in my coat and stayed schtum.

I have been told that my enthusiasm for my team is infectious.  Certainly I tend to find that even non-football-supporting friends keep an eye out for our scores on a Saturday.  Even Mrs Airfix has been heard to say "we support Fulham" to a friend of hers.  As you will have noticed already, I have introduced two Fulham fans (bigdaddyat and sipwell) to the FoF board and for that you have my heartfelt apology.

I never supported another team before Fulham - there was no time to do that but I do have a firm second team - the mighty Gs... Godalming Town.  If I get a kitchen pass when Fulham are away and the Gs are at home, you'll find me at Wey Court.  Life is great in the Ryman South 1st Division where you can stand, drink coke from cans, have a smoke and put your brolly up when it rains.  That is what football should be about!

Being a Fulham fan has made me laugh and cry.  It has brought me friends opportunities to go to places that I would never have dreamed of going (like Hull).  I wouldn't change it for the world.  Best fans you can get, bar none.

Did someone say bar....?

 :airfix:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Peabody on November 05, 2010, 04:52:37 PM
What a good idea. For what its worth, here's my tuppence worth. I was first taken to Fulham in 1946. My Dad had died in June of that yeay, so it was left to my Mums brother (my Uncle Jim) to take me to Fulham (sorry Finn but he was a scouser) he had just been demobbed and decided to take in a game, fortunately for me, Fulham were at home, as I grew older and living in Peabody, I discovered that there were a fair few of us who were Fulham and a fair few who decided that Fulham Broadway (or Walham Green as it was then). Basically that is it, I am Fulham and will never be anything else. Thick or thin, good or bad, I am a Fulham fan.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: epsomraver on November 05, 2010, 05:08:37 PM
First went to Fulham in 1963/4, born in Putney lived there till age 5 then moved to Filth territory Battersea, did as Peabody did when taken, one week The Bridge and one week Fulham but the Chelsea visit was only  one week, soon as I walked through the park into the ground, saw all the flags flying, and as I have raved about for ever Jim Langley coming over to me as we stood by the railings of the Putney / Riverside corner noshing on the Percy daltons, he ruffled my hair ( I had some then) and said "should be a great game today boy" Hooked for life!!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Fletchino on November 05, 2010, 06:05:33 PM
Hello my names Andy but most people know me as fletch my first fulham game was some time in the late 80's we had a young ian dowie on loan from Luton and he scored that day We won  3-1. My mum and dad met at FFC and i have lived most of my life in fulham my family is a bit of a split between fulham qpr the dark side and Wimbledon no brentford. I am a season ticket holder and try to do as many aways as I can I have a 3 year old son who is fulham mad he went to his first fulham game at two weeks old ( we lost in the carling cup) I went to hamburg and cry at the thought of it never happening again. I am 29 years old and work as a gas enigneer I
sit in the hammersmith end and hate people who call it the hammy end I belive that one day we will win the cup and then the flood gates will open COYW'S
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on November 05, 2010, 06:07:25 PM
I posted most of this on the Exile site as that is what I am now I guess, but here goes:

Was born in London, in a part called Islington (Major Arsenal territory). My father was born and bred in SW6 and was Fulham through and through, as was his dad. The rest of the family (Mum's side & my Irish granny who gave me my name) all Arsenal except one uncle who always was Fulham. As a kid we moved back to SW6 and Fulham. My dad passed away when I was young, but not before he took me to Wembley in 1975. It is the best memory I have of him as he spent much more time in the pub than at home. My mom then moved back to Islington but my uncle took up where my father left and made sure I stayed Fulham and would take me to the Cottage on a regular basis. As I grew up, joined the Royal Navy, fought in the Falklands, came back barely in one piece but alive, graduated from university, started my own business, did decent I guess, and even opened a US office in New York. Had to get out of the London business as I got killed by the recession and Gordon Brown's insistence that no such thing existed.

Anyway, have now moved permanently to New York City and live with my native New Yorker girlfriend in Harlem. Fulham for life. The only problem I have is that I am not allowed to yell COYW's anymore as that causes some potential issues in my neighbourhood as I found out the hard way, and because COYW is a very difficult thing to control, I end up watching most games at home either on TV or computer with a generous helping of Mr Fuller's ESB.   :dft001:

I have been treated extremely well here in New York and by the Americans, and it is very hard not to like what I see. So to all the yanks out there, thank you!! COYW!!!!!   :beer:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on November 05, 2010, 06:39:21 PM
How olds Otter ?  :035:
6 minutes younger than me..
And I bet he has been reminded of that quite a few times over the years Mr Ska...  :dft012:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HatterDon on November 05, 2010, 08:59:21 PM
kader, your lot wouldn't have done any better in the fight than you did in the match, mate!  :005:

I'm HatterDon because my first football club was Luton Town in the mid-1960s [and because my name is Don  :doh:]. It was part of my bonding with my father-in-law that I became a Luton fan. My parents-in-law were Somerset folk who met and married in London during WWII [tha big one]. He worked for Vauxhall and moved to Luton when the plant did. They were all Gooners. Once my father-in-law passed and my wife and I split, I got a Bosman from Luton and wandered in the Wilderness for 30 years or so until I found Fulham. I started watching because of McBride, but became first a huge Boa Morte fan and then of Moritz Volz.

During my Luton days -- all but one season in the lower divisions -- I went to a lot of grounds, including most in London. 90% of the matches we watched were at the Highbury Library [what a horrible lot of 1-0s I saw]. I had a mate who also married into a Gooner family, and taking the tube down from Cockfosters meant little crushing on our way to and on our way back from a match.

I've mentioned this before, but Luton didn't give a toss about the Yanks down the road in the secret base who were football mad. There was no recognition at all for us and nobody much was very welcoming. I found the exact opposite to be true at Fulham, first gaining acceptance through FulhamUSA and now here. I have seldom met a more amiable and generous bunch than your good selves.

Currently, I've decided that my 3rd retirement shall be my last. I'll be 64 in a few days, and it's tough enough for people younger than Roy Hodgson to get a job, never mind geezers like me. After doing my bit for god and country, I got into teaching, and then assessment -- including running my own consulting firm for a while. Nowaday's my band and my writing take up most of the time that I don't spend on here, on FB, or obsessing about Fulham. I haven't been to England since I left in January 93, but I will be back THIS FALL, dammit. I've gotten too many invitations to wait any longer. I'd like to get back and get to see the Whites in person, while I still have some brain cells left to destroy.  :beer:

I live in San Antonio, Texas, and will show any visitor the shortest route to the nearest Fullers ESB.

COYW y, viva Salcido!!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: RidgeRider on November 05, 2010, 09:25:14 PM
I'm a married with two young kids, 5th generation Californian who rides and races his bike a lot and uses butt butter liberally. Besides my own sporting activities, as a supporter, Fulham is it for me. I was a little distracted with my childhood team the San Francisco Giants the last 6 weeks, but always with an eye on the Cottagers. My Fulham commitment includes occassional 4AM wake-ups to catch matches but usually it kicks off at 7AM every Saturday or Sunday....... and the intrigue of the Prem, Fulham, and it's community has me addicted. The Cottage is in my near future.  :dft010: :drums:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Scrumpy on November 05, 2010, 10:37:26 PM
Hi all

 :airfix:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: CorkedHat on November 05, 2010, 10:37:53 PM
Hello my name is John and I'm here because I have a problem with..... Oh no that's Monday nights, sorry.
Most people know my story so I'm not going to relate it all again. You just need to know that I live in Outback Australia, wrestle crocodiles, root Sheilas, write books, drink a lot, used to teach at Uni, believe Karl Marx was a legend, my best friend is a man of the cloth even though I am an atheist, saw my first Fulham game in 1951 and have been addicted ever since. Grew up in abject poverty in Battersea which ironically I wouldn't change for quids, got thrown out of school (which I hated almost as much as I hate QPR) when I was just fifteen and told that I would never make anything of my life. A Uni degree in Communications, the inaugural inductee into the Brisbane Advertising Association Hall of Fame, the winner of the HK McCann International Award for Media Excellence (the first Australian based person to win it) two books, a research paper on consumer behaviour and a thousand articles later I am still trying to prove my teachers wrong! :wine:
PS Okay so I don't wrestle crocodiles and anything that slithers, crawls or don't look like a human frightens the crap out of me. But what do you expect from someone raised in Battersea?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: SuffolkWhite on November 05, 2010, 10:50:33 PM
Hello my name is SuffolkWhite and I am also a Fulham addict.

I was not born in London or had any affiliation to London but my life was one of movement while young and 13 schools later and many homes I ended up in west London.
I used to play football in Bishops park and over the river at Barn Elms.

QPHAHAHAAAA was my nearest team but a mate took me to the cottage and the love affair started. It was the early 80's and my first game was a 0-4 loss to Oxford Utd under the reign of Bobby Campbell what a brilliant night, I loved it, and the crowed were singing for Campbell's head . What hooked me was there were not many Fulham fans at school and I felt part of a select few and the whole Fulhamish thing started, in truth the SuperMac era started at just the right time to hook me in further.

I watched Fulham for a few seasons and hardly missed a game at home and I went to many away games. When the decline came I moved to Suffolk and was skint, I missed whole seasons only reading the scraps in the papers about our team and worrying that we would go out the league with no ground. I take my hat off to you all who fought for the return to the Cottage.

Now I can make three games a year and managed six games last year, and the joy I get is worth every penny.

What ever happens in life there is always Fulham FC there for you, and if we were in Div 2 I'd still be in love with the club.

COYW

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Travers Barney on November 05, 2010, 11:06:40 PM
Suffolk...wern't many in that night but 'Campbell out' reverberatted around the ground with such volume and gusto that my pal and I still recall it to this day.

We are the whites
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: SuffolkWhite on November 05, 2010, 11:13:00 PM
There weren't many going in those days Barney. I don't know what the average was back then for that season? But it can't have been more than 5000.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Rock on November 06, 2010, 01:04:14 AM
This is the Rock. I am from Chicago, live in NY. I was not influenced by any club as a kid, and became enamored with Fulham as my friends lived in London and Brian McBride is from my hometown. I was in London often, but then I started coming just for the matches. Then I kept coming. Then, I had to live through 2 seasons of almost watching the club I support almost get relegated. I cried like a baby when we stayed up. Having endured that it was pretty clear I was Fulham for life. So now I can't get to many matches as I just had a kid. His name is "Robert Andrew". Perhaps you can guess where the name comes from.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: manxman on November 06, 2010, 01:35:02 AM
hello, im lee. im 17 years old and live on the the isle of man.

An aweful lot of people over here ask why i support fulham, as the majority support the man utd man city liverpool and everton (geographicly)  in a quick response ill say my mum is from london and leave it at that, so there... but in truth my mums grandparents are from east london supporting west ham, they then moved to north london, where my mums mum (my grammy) supports tottenham, and my grandad supporting arsenal. my mum moved around alot in london so she followed the spuds as my grammy,

but at the age of 10-11 i decided not to follow those teams of above. but to follow a team from london, but which one?

there was arsenal west ham or tottenham, for family obv.

so i was lying in bed one night thinking ive got to pick a team to follow, and for some reason fulham popped into my head!? i really dont know why, i knew nothing about them! and thought sod it ill support them! so for the following months i was reading up on fulham, researching and following them, my friends and family thought i was a bit strange to support a southern tem, but somehow i felt it was right.

my first game was in 2006 against west brom, in which we won 6-1 (what a first game eh? :dft012:)
i manage about 8 home games a year, and maybe 2-3 away games aswell - plus this years europa games and final ! hehe

and a couple of months ago my father (man utd supporter but now avidly follows fulham cause of me  :59: ) was doing some family history research, and it turns out the furthest back he could trace ( somewhere 1800's or something) the family name originated from fulham!!

was it fate? id like to think so..  :HD:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Lighthouse on November 06, 2010, 01:36:39 AM
I am still waiting for my Wellington Boots and Jam Jar I ordered from your Catalogue last month. Despite many phonecalls you seem to be under the impression that your last so called 'introduction' was a success. Let me tell you, the lady in question (and I use the term losely) showed no signs of liking the same ' specialist interests' as I made clear on my form.
Her love of water skiing and swimming was not what I meant when I ticked the box. However as it turns out, I did tick the box, 'likes to watch' and so we both enjoyed my box set of The Fugitive Series 1.

I expected more from your company and will be writing to Watch Dog or other tv consumer progs to complain.

Yours in Anticipation (still)

Comeasyouare. (Membership number 46430545-03422-=439o498550948)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: PaulUMD on November 06, 2010, 05:10:21 AM
I'm just a silly Yank, born and bred in Washington, DC, who played soccer (I know...) for many years but never had the ability to follow a club until high school when MLS began and I became a fan of DC United.  Our little league has come a long way in its 15+ years, and I've worn my colors in Europe multiple times and have been complimented along the way more than I ever realized.  I'm proud of where we've come from and the success we've had over the years and don't accept the idea that we're doomed to third tier status in the world, and I think we're on our way.

All that said, I always followed our American blokes when they played in Europe, especially in the early 2000s when we finally saw the bulk of our national team reside in Euro leagues.  I was a huge McBride fan, despite him playing for one of our MLS rivals for so long, simply because he not only had that American work ethic, but a touch of class that we had yet to see in an American striker.  I followed him, and Boca, to Fulham.  And I've been hooked ever since. 

Anyone can pick a Big 4 team to root for, or a Spurs, or the new kids on the block, Citeh.  I loved Fulham from day 1.  It was a working man's team that had an American attitude to it.  Hard work, structure, and a lack of ego.  And it was always more than the sum of its parts.  I cried when we made the Great Escape, and I cried when goddamn Atletico stabbed us in extra time last year.  And while I am Clint's biggest fan, if he left tomorrow I'd still be rooting for the Whites every week regardless.  Sadly, I've been to London twice in two years, and all 3 Fulham games in my time there have been on the road.  But I will get my chance soon enough to see a proper game at the Cottage.

Personally, I'm 30 with a wife and a 2 year old son.  I have a rabid appreciation and am a strong supporter of my university (the University of Maryland), especially in American football and college basketball.  And I'll be found on the Web at absurd times on the weekend mornings trying to find a Fulham stream...because that's the way it is in my household, and the wife doesn't even question it anymore! 

This board has been a lot of fun and that's just a little bit about myself.
Title: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: GoldCoastWhite on November 06, 2010, 08:42:20 AM
This feels like deja vu but  :tom:. I'm Colin and I'm an alcoholic. Oh sod it, wrong meeting... I'm an Essex boy, born of Tottenham supporting, Edmontonian parents and Islington born, Tottenham supporting grandparents. We emigrated to the wide brown land in '65 and I started playing football (fairly badly) at 10 years old and considered myself a Spuds fan as a kid. Don't think much of them now but still have a high opinion of Pat Jennings, Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbut, Martin Peters in the early days and Ozzie Ardiles and The Hod later on. I spent 6 months in the UK (near Chichester) as a 20 year old and went to 3 or 4 games at wide tart lane. Clearest memory is being told to hide my scarf after a game against The Spam when walking back to friends home in Walthamstow, and kick off being delayed at the same game as the Spam had infiltrated the home end. Football highlight as a kid growing up in Para Hills (pommy ghetto in Adelaide's northern suburbs) was staying up until 11pm to watch the FA Cup Final at our local "soccer club" but I don't recall going to see FFC v Spam.
I moved back to the mother country in late '94 and was based in Hereford for a while. I went to a few home games and still keep an eye out for The Bulls results as Dad moved back just after me and is now a resident and season ticket holder at HUFC. My football obsession had lapsed a bit prior to my homecoming as I was more in to motor bikes, boozing and chasing women but I still enjoyed watching the beautiful game. After securing a job in London I went to a couple more Spuds games but hated the atmosphere. I was living in Pimlico and went to the dog track for a while, largely due to a promise made to a Blue mate I met on Hayman Island and I'll confess to enjoying watching them for a while, especially Zola and Gullit. Still didn't feel at home though and I discovered The Cottage after moving to a place on Fulham Road in '96. I wish I could remember what the first game was but I know there were about 4,000 there and a huge celebration at full time. I spent the next 6 years going to as many games as shifts allowed and saw my most recent games when I visited in '08. I will return and I will be a proud Fulham supporter until I go to meet my maker.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FC Silver Fox on November 06, 2010, 09:03:11 AM
Bonjour je m'appelle French Connection Silver Fox et ca fait 33 ans que j'habite en France. Whoops, wrong language.... My first game was Fulham v 'Pool in 1963 when our primary school did a football exchange with a primary school from Liverpool. We played in the morning (thrashed 'em and all went to the Cottage in the afternoon. The score was 0-0 so honour was saved all round and I was hooked on Fulham. I quit being an air traffic controller (ATC) in 1977 and moved to France with my then French girlfriend. We got married a year later, I learnt to speak French and went to a French university and got a degree in IT because I couldn't do ATC (you had to be a French civil servant to work in ATC. Still happily married and living in Lyon. Got 2 grown up kids. My daughter supports Fulham but I messed up my son's education as he support the Arsenal. Basically, when he was 12, the Dreamcast shirt was more inspiring than Pizza Hut.  I still get back to the Cottage for 2-3 games a year and love catching up with friends, many of whom contribute to this forum.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Lighthouse on November 06, 2010, 09:32:43 AM
Sorry, sent the wrong post to the wrong site earlier.

Born in Woking and moved to the South Coast when I was 3 and then moved to Alderley Edge Cheshire. a few years after that. My parents were fed up with me moving without telling them so decided we should stay there for a bit. My Dad worked for Unilever all his life and so travelled around. Even lived in Africa before I was born. Anyhoo he was the life long Fulham fan. He knew somebody who had a season ticket to Old Trafford. So he took me to see them smash Fulham. I was hospitalised for some weeks with a mysterious illness after that (no really). The GP (bless him) over prescribed a drug and I finished up worse than I started.

So I thought to my young self. I have been to watch a team that has been the direct result of an illness and they were badly beaten. They seem to be beaten on a regular basis and so naturally they were the team for me. At Secondary School I had Fulham FC written on my bag and etched into desks. My teachers called me  a 'rebel without a cause' (no really) probably because of this. Although I did watch Man Utd  when the season ticket was available I managed to see Fulham at Bolton, Blackburn, Bury, Stockport etc. It wasn't until a home game against Barrow in the old Third Division that I saw Fulham at the Cottage.

Not sure what it was but I just fell in love with the place and the fans. A Jewish chap came up to us outside the ground and offered us tickets with him to watch the Barrow game. My Dad insisted on paying the going rate but can you imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and inviting you to watch a game now. (No we are not Jewish either)

When I began working we moved to the South Coast and I have been trying to watch Fulham at every home and some away even with odd jobs that needed me to work Saturdays and shift work etc. After my Dad stopped going I have managed to convince family and friends to come. A great mate of mine, sadly died of Motor Neurone, travelled with me and despite never being a football fan until he watched Fulham never missed a game for a few seasons.

When Fulham played at Loftus Road I refused to renew my season ticket because of Fulham Park Rangers. Since then money,life and mostly other things have interrupted the flow of me going regularly. However I am proud of driving once from Scotland to Brighton to Fulham in one journey to watch a game. I now enjoy the game through the media of FOF. Fulham have been a constant in my life and I am proud of being a part of this special club.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: CorkCity on November 06, 2010, 09:49:47 AM
My name is Martin, I was born 1963 in Holyport Rd, Fulham, about 100yds from The Crabtree for those that know the area. All of my immediate family support fulham, most of my extended family as well, apart from the odd Chelsea fan. My first game was during the 1967 season, I suppose my dad thought I was old enough at the age of 4 to appreciate Fulham FC.
I moved to Tourquay at the age of 17, then back to Hounslow (poo hole), then to Bedfont (another poo hole) and just after the 1990 world cup I moved to Cork City in Ireland where I have been ever since. Both myself and my son are season ticket holders and try to get to as many games as possible, I love the club, love the area, and hope to move back in the future, my wife has also got the Fulham bug, so it will be three season tickets next year !
I have met a few from this MB, and a nicer bunch you could not ask for.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on November 06, 2010, 09:57:01 AM
Hello.

Real name is Marc.

Place of birth was Putney, where I lived for my first 18 years.

Reason for supporting Fulham was because my second eldest brother was an addict, and after persistent nagging he took me to my first match (v. Blackburn) in 1974 and I have been hooked ever since. One of these days I may try and calculate how much I have invested in my love affair!

Went to school at the London Oratory, where most of my mates supported the other team in Fulham, so (please forgive me, fellow FOFers) for a period I was watching both sides. To this day I hate other clubs much more than our neighbours...

The only real gap in following the whites was when I went to Uni in Nottingham in the late 80s, where I went to see the occasional Notts Forest or Notts County match instead.

It runs in the family now too. I took my son to his first game when we played at Loftarse Rd (v. Cheltenham in the FA Cup, 1-0) and he has been accompanying me ever since. He is also passionate about the whites, despite all his mates at Hinchley Wood school supporting one of the so-called big 4. He doesn't give a stuff about peer pressure! I tried it with my daughter (her first match was v. Stoke in the FA Cup, 3-0) but she didn't get the bug.

My eldest brother supports Arsenal, my third eldest brother Munich 1836 or whatever they are called (he lived in Germany for 6 years), and my sister (along with her hubbie) Spurs. My dad was West Brom (to this day I am not sure why). My inlaws are all brummies, mainly on the blue side, but one of my brother in laws is Villa.

Outside of Fulham and work (which takes up far too much of my time) my hobbies are playing football (once a week), playing tennis (once a week), the Kewsick Kurry Klub (founder-member), and loafing about as much as possible.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TheDaddy on November 06, 2010, 12:09:24 PM
Well my name is Ian born in reading in 1967 was placed into care as soon as i was born Apparently i was one to many in the household.However found out later in life that Mum played away whilst married and i was the out come.As luck would have it i was adopted at 18 months by two Fulham locals , mum in Munster rd ,Dad in Mablethorpe rd childhood sweethearts.Dad took me to my first game in the early seventies cant remember a thing only being carried down to the front and nearly losing my head by a wayward shot.Remember fondly the party atmosphere around Fulham during the 75 cup final..At the age of ten i went regular to Fulham.Have been going ever since during the time i got married to a local lass had three boys who all have season tickets so haven't done to bad on that front.One day they will hopefully tell there story on why they are Fulham fans will be interesting to see which one tale will be told.Unlike some of you i've now moved too Battersea with my new partner Jo who is a stokey but has been to Fulham so their is hope, also im the proud Dad to Baby Grace who will follow her brothers to Fulham.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: RidgeRider on November 06, 2010, 12:28:51 PM
I'm a married with two young kids, 5th generation Californian who rides and races his bike a lot and uses butt butter liberally. Besides my own sporting activities, as a supporter, Fulham is it for me. I was a little distracted with my childhood team the San Francisco Giants the last 6 weeks, but always with an eye on the Cottagers. My Fulham commitment includes occassional 4AM wake-ups to catch matches but usually it kicks off at 7AM every Saturday or Sunday....... and the intrigue of the Prem, Fulham, and it's community has me addicted. The Cottage is in my near future.  :dft010: :drums:
Read WhiteNoises thread about Villa fans view on Fulham away to wet the appetiate a bit, it is trully a great place to be, i'd just been to Arsenal a few weeks before my first game at Fulham in 78/79?? but although the Arse were obviously a much better team, i just feel in love with Fulham, i think the next season i started to go regular (and we got bloody relegated) , begging my nan and Grandad to take me, this will amuse you , we used to sit in the Riverside and my nan used to put a blanket over my legs incase i got cold in the winter, and we always had a flask of coffee and sandwiches, i was proper mollycoddled.

Thanks Fred. I read those links and it just makes coming to London that much more desirable. My sister is your neighbor now, so I have a place to stay. Frankly, going to a Fulham game is at the top of the list even if I don't see anything else in London. Your experiences as a kid sounds wonderful. Must have been bigger than life to hang out there on a Saturday afternoon watching those larger than life characters at work on the pitch. I have similar memories watching the Giants when I was a small kid.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Jimpav on November 06, 2010, 05:15:28 PM
My names Jim but some people call me Pav - hence Jimpav.

I was born in Kent, 30 years ago,1980.

My Dad has never been that fanatical about football and my two brothers  supported Everton so being a bit of a black sheep the obvious decison was to support Liverpool (apologies Finn). By support I essentially mean ripping up any Everton posters that my younger brother had drawn (Sorry Bill) and running around on cold Saturday mornings in a Liverpool kit with twenty other kids trying to get a touch on the ball.

I outgrew the aformentioned kit and Liverpol by the age of 9-10, realised that I was crap at playing the game (I kept the bench warm for the cub team) and got quite bored watching it. In hindsight I expect that Sanzchez played a part in this, amazing how much one man can hurt you in a lifetime.

When I was about 12 my brother went to a football match with my sports mad Gran to see a lower division side and got a tour around the ground and met Jimmy Hill. Not being remotely interested in football I hadn't been invited along.

I asked my Mum about this a few years later about the Jimmy Hill incident and she casually mentioned that one of her great uncles used to manage a football team and that my Gran used to go along as a little girl. It turned out that said team was Fulham and that my Grans Uncle (Jack Peart) used to manage the side (amongst others I later discovered).

So that was the day I found Fulham. Nothing changed dramatically but from then onwards if someone asked me what team I supported I said Fulham. Supported was stretching it as my contribution went no further than reading snippets about this strange little divison 3 side that I could pick up from the newspapers. I  had never met anyone that supported Fulham but there was a football mad bloke at school who once taped a match for me when we were on Sky. This was the first time I saw us in action and my first glimpse of the cottage - this was about 95-96 - we lost.

The following season Micky Adams secured us promotion - there was a picture of him in the paper celebrating so I cut this out and stuck it on my bedrom wall - this was dizzy heights in terms of press coverage! Little did I know what was going to happen when Al Fayed came on board and subsequently Keegan our coverage increased massively - I got more and more interested but still didn't know any other Fulham fans.

Fast forward through university and a lot of travelling to early 2003  and my brother (still an Everton supporter) excitedly told me that he had found another Fulham supporter (a mate from his football team) and that he was going to see them play Everton in the cup if I wanted to come along with them. I jumped at the chance and made a pilgramage on a dark, damp, February night to Loftus road. It was a grotty place but the game was exciting and the atmosphere was electric .My abiding memory was this guy reaching across to hug me when we scored and with my poor brother stuck in the middle watching his team lose - happy days!

The next match I went to was 18 months later at the cottage in April 2005. I had signed up for membership and brought my brother a ticket for his birthday.  We met his mate again who took us to the Lion for a few pints and a barbeque in the back garden of the Lion. It was a beautiful spring day with blossom falling from the trees and warm sunshine, this was followed by a convincing win over Everton. I was hooked. I went back a couple of weeks later to see us lose to Newcastle and then later on that year saw us lose to West Brom in the Carling Cup.

That October I bought two tickets to Liverpool, intending to take my best mate (a Liverpool fan to the match). We won the match 2-0 and as an added bonus came out of with another fan. I now had someone to attend matches with so started going monthly.

Five years, two relegation battles and a European final later we're both season ticket holders and have followed Fulham home, away and in Europe. I have introduced loads of friends, family and work mates to the cottage and the Fulham experience. Not all of them have become fans but I'm yet to find one that has not been wowed by the magic that is the Cottage.   

My Gran is still football mad and I try and call before or after every game. I would love to take her back to the cottage but she would struggle with the steps, cold and distance. There are still family jokes about her having a crush on Jimmy Hill but personally I'm worried that Corked Hat may have been a childhood sweetheart of hers. I've not been able to find out too much about Jack Peart but my parents go and visit his daughter in law a few times a year in Epsom. Her Husband, also Jack, was a sports journalist.

As for me I'm just pleased to be Fulham.

COYW 

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LRCN on November 06, 2010, 06:11:15 PM
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds uni grew up in west london, supported fulham since i was 8ish but was never a footy nut until coleman got sacked and since then i've been a fanatic

This is the Rock. I am from Chicago, live in NY. I was not influenced by any club as a kid, and became enamored with Fulham as my friends lived in London and Brian McBride is from my hometown. I was in London often, but then I started coming just for the matches. Then I kept coming. Then, I had to live through 2 seasons of almost watching the club I support almost get relegated. I cried like a baby when we stayed up. Having endured that it was pretty clear I was Fulham for life. So now I can't get to many matches as I just had a kid. His name is "Robert Andrew". Perhaps you can guess where the name comes from.
Still gutted i've not got to meet you Rocky, but then again your ability in the prediction league winds me up. Can you start being crap please? :028:

Yeah I'll post and PM you when I'm over next and we'll sink a pint or 6. Lork I think is a better tipper than I - he's first in the league and has been quite solid for the few years we've been doing this.

fred won't accept my ability in tipping ever since that 'controversial' tipping incident. there was nothing wrong with it ofc but freddy just won't let it lie.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Aldo on November 06, 2010, 08:41:56 PM
Hi my name's Stephen and I'm a Pisces!

Grew up in Tolworth, but now live in Sutton. Went to my first Fulham game in 1976 aged 8 with a friend of the family, who I saw at the game today for the first time in a while. Can't remember the opposition or the score, but my second game was the famous 4-1 win against Hereford with Moore/Marsh/Best.

Been going regularly since then and even managed to get my daughter to come to games (she was also 8 when she first visited The Cottage). Although the novelty wore off and I haven't renewed her season ticket this year, at least she can now shout down all the Chelsea fans at her school who never have, or are ever likely to see a Chelsea game! If nothing else, she will always be a Fulham supporter, just like her Dad!


Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LRCN on November 06, 2010, 08:48:37 PM
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds uni grew up in west london, supported fulham since i was 8ish but was never a footy nut until coleman got sacked and since then i've been a fanatic

This is the Rock. I am from Chicago, live in NY. I was not influenced by any club as a kid, and became enamored with Fulham as my friends lived in London and Brian McBride is from my hometown. I was in London often, but then I started coming just for the matches. Then I kept coming. Then, I had to live through 2 seasons of almost watching the club I support almost get relegated. I cried like a baby when we stayed up. Having endured that it was pretty clear I was Fulham for life. So now I can't get to many matches as I just had a kid. His name is "Robert Andrew". Perhaps you can guess where the name comes from.
Still gutted i've not got to meet you Rocky, but then again your ability in the prediction league winds me up. Can you start being crap please? :028:

Yeah I'll post and PM you when I'm over next and we'll sink a pint or 6. Lork I think is a better tipper than I - he's first in the league and has been quite solid for the few years we've been doing this.

fred won't accept my ability in tipping ever since that 'controversial' tipping incident. there was nothing wrong with it ofc but freddy just won't let it lie.
Ask Logicalman i was only winding you up, but when you started crying about it , i thought i'd make out i was taking it seriously.But all that leaving the midweek scores untill after todays game is hardly in the spirit of the competion, i'm right up there, dont look at team news, already done the 2nd part of this weeks scores. And damn, my relatives stopped me changing my Blackpool v WBA score  :012:

err, i didn't take it seriously either... tongue was firmly in cheek.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on November 06, 2010, 09:05:37 PM
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds...
Mr Lork,

I thought they stopped doing maths at leeds in 2001 (or perhaps that was accounting...)  :011:

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LRCN on November 06, 2010, 09:40:55 PM
err, the names lorcan, 19 doing maths at leeds...
Mr Lork,

I thought they stopped doing maths at leeds in 2001 (or perhaps that was accounting...)  :011:



haha, if only they had me on board eh?  :54:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: sipwell on November 06, 2010, 10:18:09 PM
It is time for me to unveil some fun facts about my existence. My real name is Pieterjan, which for most of you would mean nothing unless I said it means “Peter John” in English. My maternal language is Dutch, but as all Flemings I speak English, French (not that much though) and I understand German.

I was born in the coastal province of Belgium in 1980, which makes me 30 years old. I am currently living in Brussels, but that for sure is not our final destination. We’ll be living in other parts of the world for sure.
I work in academia (that is: until my contract ends) preparing a PhD in Political Science and giving a number of classes to undergraduates (both at BA and at MA level). My field of research is the “European Union”, the institution that is not much loved but equally not much understood. Especially the Brits seem to misinterpret plenty of things about it, but here is not the place to lecture anyone ;-)
I have a girlfriend, who is a Fulham fan in her own right, who is an animation movie maker, independent artist and who has recently started her own business making customer based pieces of art (basically she draws, in discussion with the customer, what he/she wants). 

I became a Fulham because of Airfix’s endless talks about the Whites: even when I did not care (shame on me) he would inform me what the score was, who performed well/bad and how sad/happy he was. The 2007-2008 season wasn’t the best for the Whites and in the final months (when they secured their place in Premiership miraculously) he spoke even more about Fulham than normal. As a result, he got me – and some other people – hooked to Fulham. (even though Fulham is an "acquired taste").
Airfix and myself met through an online football game (www.powersoccer.com (http://www.powersoccer.com)) in which we both had/have a management role. I head the team that heads some 50 forum admins, after basically building that from scratch, whereas Airfix wastes everybody’s time with statistics of a useless nature. Befriending Airfix wasn't too hard, as he - or "she" as he is known in the game - has an excellent taste in humour (I am funny, he likes funny people) and is overall a nice, trustworthy and intelligent chap. We don't discuss politics, so that helps too.

Fulham is the first team that I really follow in a detailed manner. It is equally the first team of which I have a shirt! Airfix brought it with him when I took “his” bus to the game in Hamburg. My dedication to Fulham cannot be proven better than with this anecdote: I actually had a 38,5 ° fever and was later diagnosed with the “kissing disease”, which wears you out for a lengthy period. Despite that minor issue, I went to see the game (and as the boys told me later on) became a true Fulham fan seeing them lose.

I am following a Belgian team too, which is Union Saint Gilloise, a former bigshot but now a Division III team. It is in my view the only "Belgian" team left in Brussels, in the sense that people speak French, Dutch and Bruxellois (a patois of Dutch and French) without thinking about language divisions and the separation of the country. You can start a sentence in French, change to Dutch halfway and end with the typically Brussels "menneke". They are under-achievers but the few times I have the chance to see one of their games (I have too much work), it is always great fun!

That’s about it. COYW.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Jimpav on November 07, 2010, 12:42:41 AM
I hold no responsibility to the outcome of drink/arm wrestling related injuries or indeed the score line Lork. However if we win I will let you buy me a pint on your next trip South.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: cebu on November 07, 2010, 01:26:40 PM
Hi, my real name is Don, but living in Cebu (by the way it's pronounced “say boo”) and deferring to  others who used Don long before I joined here, I decided on cebu as my FoF name.

I was born in Paddington in 1947, but we moved a few weeks later to Colehill Lane, Fulham where I grew up. It was my older brother who dragged me to my first Fulham game, but I never needed to be persuaded after the first time, having become instantly addicted to the whites.

I left the UK in 1972, so keeping track of FFC was very much from afar. The advent of fast internet connections has changed all that, though of course it's not the same as actually attending matches.

Sometimes people pose the question, “What team would you support, if FFC ceased to exist”? The only possible answer for me would be “None”.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Scrumpy on November 07, 2010, 03:52:54 PM
Hello, my name is Dave and I'm a Fulham addict. I live on the Berks/Hants border, but work in Swindon (hence the avatar because of the 'West Country' connections - plus I quite like the stuff). I am middle aged, with a lovely wife but no kids. So I should have plenty of time and money to watch The Whites but it doesn't seem to work out like that! I have a habit of posting late in the evening after a few sherberts, so would like to apologise for some of those posts. :wine:

Born in Claygate, I was first taken to The Cottage by a school mate in 1981, which was the season that Super Mac took us up from Div 3. None of my family were football fans, but I was the youngest and a bit of a rebel. I was 15 and we had quite a few of us that used to go up together, acting like hoolies and just having a laugh. I enjoyed the buzz as much as anything, and we used to get in a few scraps (Gillingham and Wimbledon spring to mind). After that great first season and an even better next season, I was well and truly hooked. I managed to rope in an older mate with a car and we used to make it to most matches home and away. After that, the football slowly got worse and worse. My mates drifted away (although one of them still goes fairly regularly) but I just kept turning up. Every season we seemed to get worse, every match was the 'last one at Craven Cottage', and every Manager had less and less money to spend. But Fulham was part of my life by then, and the ever dwindling faces around me on the terraces were 'family'. A knowing nod, or a brief chat was all it took to renew faith and determination to stick with the Club until the end. There were many people who gave their time, their pennies and their voices to try and get The Club through those difficult  times and they all deserve huge credit. I think we all knew that it would take a minor miracle, and that duly arrived in the shap of Big Mo. The rest is now history.

The spotty teenager is now all grown up, and the wife is as mad about Fulham as I am. We've introduced several nieces and nephews, and all the family know where we'll be on a Saturday afternoon. I am almost embarrassed by how much this Club means to me - I really am old enough to know better! But as I walk up those steps at the back of the Hammersmith End, and see the pitch stretch out in front of me, luminous under the floodlights, the fans at the back chanting and clapping........well it still gives me that little tingle at the back of the neck and I realise that I could never give up this crazy drug called Fulham Football Club. Est. 1879.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Rambling_Syd_Rumpo on November 07, 2010, 08:01:09 PM
Hello
My name is Simon and I have a Fulham problem,actually,it's not a problem at all,it's the only thing keeping me sane(ish) to be honest.
And my mates use my middle name of Stan because Simon isn't northern enough.
Born in 1970 in a post industrial town up north called St Helens,the 1980's killed it stone dead so I left in 1990 and I only go back now to vist my mum and watch the rugby league.I've worked on the Cruise ships and went round the world,worked in North Wales,Worcester and 7 years in the Isle of Man before moving to Reading to work for the BBC. No rugby league in Reading so what to do?
I got recommended to Fulham by a chelsea fan,maybe as a joke,but still I gave it a go and....................................................I became an addict,thats the only word for it.
I love the people,the respect for the game,the love of the honesty of it all,the lunacy,the lack of glory hunters,the fact we have this wonderful old ground that doesn't exsist anywhere else anymore,the fact that we can't beat Hull but we gave Juventus a football lesson, a result I will take to the grave.
Fulham fc,the fans,this site all help me get through the week of mind numbing boredom that I call work,the shinning becon of hope that lights up the weekend.I can give up everything in my life I have except 3 things-beer,sausages,and Fulham football club :59:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Rambling_Syd_Rumpo on November 07, 2010, 08:37:33 PM
I suppose that makes me OddJob then Mr Fat Fred (or GoldFred as we will now have to call you),which is funny because thats what I look like(sort of) LOL  :005: :005:
Title: !
Post by: Senior Supporter on November 07, 2010, 10:05:56 PM
Hello,

 My name is John (like about 20% of all males born in the mid-thirties that I have met).

I honestly can't remember my first Fulham match but I started going with friends at about the age of 13, so around 1948, and I was therefore lucky enough to see all those legends - Haynes, Langley, Macedo, Robson, Leggat, Mullery, Jezzard, Moore, Clarke, Cohen - Hill!. I was born and bred just the Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge, and we would walk to the Cottage past the wharves and warehouses that have long since given way to expensive homes for city types. When Fulham were playing away we would, like many, either watch Chelsea or treat ourselves to seats in THE stand to watch the reserves.

I moved down to the south coast near Bournemouth in 1962 when I married, and work and family commitments meant that I only saw a handful of matches between then and the beginning of the Al Fayed era. I always followed the club's progress (if that's an appropriate word) but the media coverage was sparse in the lean years. The coming of MAF and the internet era raised the profile of FFC and my enthuisiasm was rekindled. I started posting on the old official board and then TIF in 2000, the year in which I became a Senior Citizen (hence the handle Senior Supporter, now shortened to SS). I have managed to bring up my two sons to be Fulham supporters, and my first match for some years was a birthday  present from them when the took me to a match at Loftus Road, and some match that was! Half time, buying the pies, Fulham 0 Spurs 2 and thinking this was not the way fairy stories should be. Then full time Fulham 3 Spurs 2, and a fitting outcome for a prodigal son.

I still live on the south coast but get up to the Cottage when I can. For a couple of seasons I had one of the ten match season tickets (what a shame they stopped doing those) and now I get up when I can. My next visit is for the Birmingham match, so I'm hoping for a fitting result.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ScalleysDad on November 08, 2010, 12:17:54 AM
My name is Galvin and I am about to hit the big five zero. I put Local Government Officer on my passport but in reality I have the best job at Exeter City Council as the Parks and Playing Fields guru. I've been in the business as it were for nearly twenty three years, married for twenty five years last month and the eldest will be twenty one after Christmas. Is it any wonder the crossroads look like quicksand. I have added an old 1972 Landrover to my mid life crisis list which makes my weekends pretty well sorted. Fulham wherever and whenever possible and spanners, grease and bewilderment on Sundays. I have been a black and white for well over thirty years and that seems to have flown by. My grandparents used to live on Norwood Hill and on regular visits I would return home to Redhill via Crystal Palace, the Peter Taylor era, Chelski during the punk rising on the Kings Road and Fulham to kill some time. My Dad was a tailor near Oxford Street and the Chelsea boys like Bonneti, Osgood and Hutchinson were regulars and latterly Kerry Dixon and others went along as well so I got tickets, photo's and all that sort of stuff but the simplicity of the Cottage and the underdog at Wembley finally nailed it for me. I rode the rollercoaster and put the miles in until I got elbowed in the face on the tube one morning on the way to work, had a paddy and headed west. Too much detail to fill in the gaps but one day I was married, we had Elliot and Caitlin, (Scalley), a dog, a mortgage, I wore a shirt and tie to work and had completed a degree in my late twenties la de dah. We were always very sporty and the kids did the whole junior football thing from whence came an interest in coaching. I did both my C and B Licences back in the late nineties and I have been very fortunate to work on some great projects, a Centre of Excellence programme where I met and hopefully befriended Tony Gales dad, County Games and loads of school initiatives. Elliot did as much as he needed to and was a very good keeper but at 15 he got into music, festivals and his own band prior to swanning off to Norwich UEA to study Politics. He'll watch cricket and shows a polite interest in Fulham but his one game though, the Saha debut at Tiverton, is best remembered for him wanting to come home after twenty minutes. Caitlin took to sport and played county, district and regional level football, rugby and baseball. Vying for top spot in my welling up list with the Juventus finale is her walking out at Bath in an England top. She went to Gloucs Uni a couple of years ago to study Sport related stuff and will make a very good coach/teacher one day ...... cocky so and so.  She has earn't her shirt as it were and has three flags up in her room. The Devon cross, the cross of St George and my Hamburg one. She is the one who started "We're winning away" at Birmingham a couple of years ago which caused a mini riot in the Zulu quarter and "Who are ya" directly at David Trezeguet much to the amusment of the Italians sat around us. She was the mascot for the Exeter friendly when the new kit that was'nt even colour fast was unveiled. Great day for me as I got to meet and greet the team coach and introduce the team to the joys of grass roots. It was'nt intentional though. A couple of minutes earlier the gate literally broke when we openned it on hearing the coach at the top end of the ground. Coleman might have wondered why I barely moved and leant forward to shake hands with everyone but one foot was holding a corrugated fence back and my left hand was pushing back on the wandering post. A great day.
My wife, Denise, tolerates the Fulham affair but appreciates that being a Fulham fan has an aura about it. The kids I have coached down the years have laughed at me, aplauded me, scoffed and asked questions about my sanity but have all remembered me for hailing the likes of The Horse, Morgs, Tony Gale, Saha, McBride and latterly BZ and emphasisng the other attributes they all had .... professionalism, sportsmanship, skill not manhood size. Many people we see now and again or indeed had'nt seen for a while, when the kids leave home a whole new social circle develops, remember me as the Fulham bloke or envied the Europa experience. I usually come up on the Waterloo line which is a lazy three hour chug through our green and pleasant land. In the past I have dragged up exiled Wolves, Reading, Gooner, Spam, Charlton and Liverpool fans who have had a good day out and thats our aura. To play Fulham and to play at Fulham is as unpredicatble as my mother in laws trifles.
I have a whole list of wants and needs for the five zero, bit like a bucket list really. Perhaps thats another thread for when there is little going on pitch side.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: NogoodBoyo on November 08, 2010, 02:10:58 AM
I wrote this for the old messageboard on Feb 23, 2006.

"How did we become Fulham supporters?

Against my better instincts, I find myself being sucked inexorably into this messageboard.  I chuckle at some of the ribald humour.  I admire some articulate posts; I fail to comprehend others.  And I have no idea why I’m always being told to think on.  But I try.
Sometimes I wonder how we all found ourselves under the same roof, so to speak.  So, at the risk of setting myself up for a severe bollocking from some of the less welcoming members of the community, I thought I would bore you to death with the story of how I came to love Fulham.
In 1976, I moved into a leafy West London lane called Doneraile Street.  One Saturday afternoon, I found four large men picking up my Mini and dropping it 1” short of the car in front in order to park their Ford Zephyr in the new space they had created.  A little later I could hear lots of ooohs, aaahs, polite clapping followed by sharp bursts of frenzied cheering.  Without knowing it, I had taken a bedsit within spitting distance – well, a prodigious gob - of Craven Cottage. 
I had no interest in football, but I decided to investigate the next home game.  Somehow, I chose the Stevenage Road Stand and stood right by the half way line in front of a very tall, acerbic man with a beard, the loudest voice in Christendom and a viciously malevolent sense of humour (where’s Osama?).
On the pitch were Bobby Moore, George Best, Rodney Marsh and a few other waifs and strays of lower league standard from the old Division 1.  I was immediately hooked, lined and sinkered.  I went to every game I could just to see the useless Marsh trip over his own toes.  Fat, drunk and wasted, Best was still as fine a footballer as you could ever wish to see – watching him show the ball to Ray Lewington (Chelsea) and making him fall over in utter confusion just through mysterious hip and foot movements without even touching the ball was priceless. 
Moore was even better.  He made the art of defending and passing the ball from the back look so easy.  He was slow, but opponents rarely got past him.  Moore was years ahead of his time. 
There followed many years of happy times at the Cottage.  I eventually tired of the bloke with the loud voice and the other negative fans in the Stevenage Road stand.  I found their close-up assassinations of our team’s players too debilitating for my taste, so I emigrated to the Hammersmith stand where there was space enough to wander at will.
I moved to New York sixteen years ago (Ed. now twenty), but the internet age drew me back to the club in time for the Al Fayed era, although my support has only been from a distance.
So, why am I writing such drivel to people whom I have never met?  What are we all doing wasting time in a glorified teenage online chat-room?  In my case, I don’t really know, but I can say with a fair degree of certainty that the people who support Fulham don’t do it because they want an easy life.  They obviously don’t follow the crowd.  They haven’t taken the easy route of supporting a big winning team.  I don’t particularly understand this “Fulhamish” thing, but following Fulham is definitely for stalwart individuals who like to stand up for the underdog with style, self-deprecating humour and unabashed loyalty. 
This shines through on the messageboard.  It’s a great, egalitarian slice of life – a credit to London, to the club and to its participants.
That’s my reason and my excuse – and I’m sticking to it.
SENT @ 10.30am 2/23/06

Not a lot has changed, other than the fact that I've forgotten how to post on the old messageboard, my name is still Joe and I got into the parallel world of the music industry by living the words of the song "I fought the law and the law won."
Back to the present, I train black and white dogs how to herd sheep and chase birds - I earn a crust from living the life of a professional wild goose chaser.  Oh yes,  I still live far from the green and pleasant land some sixty miles north of New York City.
To add a schizophrenic element to the confessional, I was born and raised in Wales to a Welsh father and an English mother who died when I was two.  As a result, my English grandmother exported me to English boarding school two weeks after my seventh birthday to rub out any vestiges of Welshness.  I've never looked back since, but I still speak Welsh to three of our dogs that I brought over from the hills of my home country.
I'm wed to a girl from New Malden (29 years now).  We have two grown, left-leaning children who live and work in New York City. 

Nogood "Duw duw, there's peculiar you are then, isit" Boyo
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Equalizer on November 08, 2010, 08:51:50 AM
Int - (the sound of fingernails screeching down a blackboard) camera pans to reveal a weather beaten old sea dog wearing a cap and a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Equalizer: "Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing. "

Ooh, I don't know what came over me. Must have been a flashback to my days as a shark diver...

Anyhoo, my name's Tom, I'm 34 and grew up on Clem Attlee Court in Fulham. My dad is a filth supporter, along with my sister and pretty much all of the friends that I grew up with. Fortunately, my mum and her family are Fulham supporters. Even more fortunately, it wasn't my dad that took me to my first game, but my uncle Brian (who still drinks in the Eight Bells and the Whistle).

My first game was Fulham vs Chelsea in the 1985 Milk Cup replay. We lost. I was changed for life.

My dad started taking me to games regularly in the early 90s up until I moved to Bristol for University. I tried to get to as many games as I could whenever I was back home, but it wasn't until 1997 that I started going to every home game. My friend Simon used to get tickets for free, so we were always in the enclosure. Then one day Simon stopped going to see Fulham and I was left on my own. It was then that I bought my first season ticket and met someone in a pub who I'd shared banted with on the Offal. That bloke was Airfix, and we started going to games together. Me in the Hammy End, him in the enclosure. We then extended our group of friends to all and sundry from the Offal and TFI, and here most of you are now!

One big happy family, brought together by the despair that is being a Fulham supporter.  :yay:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Airfix on November 08, 2010, 01:38:01 PM

I took my son to his first game when we played at Loftarse Rd (v. Cheltenham in the FA Cup, 1-0)

How strange.  That was the last game that my father and I attended together.  He died three weeks later.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HatterDon on November 08, 2010, 02:33:38 PM
Mr. Airfix, I agree with Mr. Fred --ALERT THE MEDIA -- this is a great thread, and thanks for starting it up.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on November 14, 2010, 05:25:15 AM
This is too good a thread to sit on Page 5, so BUMP!! :045:

Still plenty of you who could write a few sentences about yourselves. :clap_hands:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Shredhead on November 14, 2010, 10:45:33 AM
Hello. My name's Andrew. I'm 50 and live in Brighton. I was born in Bristol but moved to Nottingham when I was 3. It was there I got interested in the beautiful game and - like my friends - supported Forest. This was despite my dad supporting Fulham because his father had been a season ticket holder and Fulham resident. His mum was living in Putney, before the family moved to Carshalton before WW2.
He used to tell me of the post war years with nearly 50 000 people in the Cottage, the Johnny Haynes and Jimmy Hill years.

My dad and I used to draw a graph each week of Forest's and Fulham's position in the old Div 1 until Fulham got relegated. That was a couple of seasons before Dad's job took him back to London and we settled in Ruislip on the NW edge of the Great Wen. My dad took me to see Forest lose 6-1 at Spurs and also started taking me to the Cottage a few times. When Forest got relegated we got to see them more regularly, standing at the Putney End - him cheering Fulham and me Forest. Our trips to the Cottage and to see Forest at other London grounds became more frequent and around 1973 I actually decided I preferred Fulham to Forest. I started going with mates and standing in the Hammy End. My dad went through a stage of standing in the Enclosure and the Putney End where he used to get odd looks from the away supporters when cheering on the Cottagers. He changed jobs a few times before ending up working for Harrods in their insurance department - for Mo. He died in early 2000 when I was living abroad but he was really chuffed that Mo had revived Fulham's fortunes.

Through university (in Cardiff) I managed to see the Cottagers a few times a season and after moving to London and then Brighton in 1986 managed about 10 games / season. Unfortunately the football season coincides with the British surfing season - the other great non-family love of my life - so I've never had the time or money to commit to a season ticket. Now I have a 4 year old daughter and she supports Fulham - the 4th generation of my family, which I'm very proud of. I was going to take her to the Wigan game but I broke my leg and am largely confined to the house, so it will wait till the Spring.

The highlights of my FFC career? Undoubtedly last season, when I made it to Rome and Hamburg (twice) and being the only British football team to make the final of a major competition. The 75 cup final. The lowlights? The early 90s when we only just escaped the Conference and nearly lost the Cottage.

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: WHITEwitch on November 14, 2010, 11:52:51 AM
What a fantastic thread I've loved finding out more about those I don't know.

I'm the White witch of Dorking and I am currently to be found in the middle of the JH stand right on the half way line and half way up.  Started off life in the Hammy End by the green pole and my first regular match with a proper Season ticket was also Leggy's first appearance.  Big crush on beardy weirdy footballer ensued though it was captain Coleman who set my girls hearts a flutter.

I married into a Fulham family.   Grandad had a pawn shop on the FP road and must have been one of the first regulars when the church team became FFC.  Father in law started going as a toddler and he took Mr Witch from the age of four.  Now my son is the fourth generation to sit in the JH stand.

So I followed as a bystander for many years but didn't go to games as it was very much a 'mens thing' however I was very into the internet and followed the Ostrich for a long time before I was tempted to respond to him one day and logged on as WHITE witch.  A while after that a certain LBno11 posted that he was in Dorking with his wife for the day and as I was rushing down to my computer class I almost bumped into a very tall gentleman in a Fulham shirt - couldn't resist asking him if he was LB - now he is the witchminder general!!

I had an away ticket for a cuple of seasons and met a lot of you guys on my travels - the rest in the good old GL and through my message board activities.  It's been a joy to have Corked hat here to stay and the Silver Fox and I share an unhealthy obsession with cheese.  I've even been for a fix to Lyon market with him and his lovely wife.

i adore the team - Leggy was replaced by Moritz in my affections and my current love is our Clint.     I never miss a homematch though I don't travel as much these days due to financial restrictions as I amnow officially a pensioner aaargh where did all those years go?

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: VB on November 15, 2010, 02:08:49 AM
Actung! Actung! Das ist good ya. (speak English you idiot) Iam Bill,Billy,Will or Willhelm. Born in may65 in Paddington Hos to a German and Austrian But adopted by a English Family as a baby and Raised in Mortlake which i never left.
1st Fulham game was in 74 vs Swindon(told this bit before)
theres a lot more about the Army,American Football, Boxing, Art School and becoming a muscian. but I get bored quickly.
In between all these years of doings, theres always been Fulham
 Favourite players down the years in which Ive been going to the Cottage
John Micthell, Les Strong, VIV BUSBY, Peter Mellor, Ivor Davies, theres more but i get bored qui.....
anyways Vers sprung derk technichhhhh as they say round my way (i was looking for a icon with a Hitler Tach but there dosnt seem to be one...... :022:
 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: CorkedHat on November 15, 2010, 02:47:52 AM
One of the many memories I have of my visit to England a couple of years ago was indeed when I stayed at White Witch’s coven. Driving me to the station to catch a train home, Mr White Witch asked if I would like to see something archetypically English. We made a slight detour and there before me was a panorama of blue bells.
It may not mean much to you blokes who see it every Spring, but for this expat it evoked memories of a childhood when we would get on our bikes and ride to Banstead and maybe pick a few for our Mum.
We have some magnificent wildflowers here in Australia, certainly in West Australia, but for me there is nothing to compare with a field of bluebells.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: WHITEwitch on November 18, 2010, 10:43:51 PM
Should have come out after, the Dorking massive disgraced themselves by throwing up everywhere  :011: , i was sound after my freebie chinky in that weird Chinatown street by the ground. saying that i did sneak back for an hours kip and a shower, but then again the Yank and Witches offshoot went out for an italian and went back to the Hotel. They wilted badly about 1am, The Fredmiester was feeling fine  :008:

Oh the stories I am hearing - my boy is in shock still.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Snibbo on November 19, 2010, 12:01:02 PM
Belated introduction.   I've been posting as Mike H on the TIFF for some years.  Born in Hammersmith. 1st Fulham match was v Spurs in about 1965, we won 4-1 and I was addicted.  Saw the Maestro play many times, George Cohen, Graham Leggat, Tony Macedo. A bit later Alan Clarke. Then the dreadful years of relegation down to Div 3, yes I went to just about every home game, and how depressing it was. But we had some good players - Barret, Conway, Earle, Barry Lloyd, Vic Halom etc.  Lost touch for many years because I moved overseas. Now in Australia and have revived my addiction via the internet. Coming over for Christmas / New Year and have tickets for the West Ham and West Brom matches.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Edwatch_Winston_Malone on November 26, 2010, 12:23:34 PM
Hi there

I am NOT The Ostrich Watch...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Chopper on November 26, 2010, 05:42:05 PM
Right. Been meaning to contribute to this thread for ages but not had the time.

I'm David. Born in Kingston in 1968 (which makes me 40-something, you can do the maths 'cos I've lost track). My Grandad was born in Atalanta Street just off the Fulham Palace Road and my Dad grew up in Barnes. Despite going to Fulham one week and Ch*ls** the next they were both confirmed Fulham supporters.

My first Football memory was when my Dad brought home posters of Fulham and West Ham, from the Esso petrol station, prior to the 75 cup final. Dad took me too my first match in 1979 when Fulham beat Burnley 3-1 at the Cottage. Peter Marinello was sent off in the first half and Ivor bagged two goals. I wrote about that game on my old blog here > http://fulhamish.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-first-match-and-how-i-became-fulham.html (http://fulhamish.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-first-match-and-how-i-became-fulham.html)

By 1981 we were going to just about all the home games and as many away games as my Mum would allow. I loved the Malcolm MacDonald era that gave me my first taste of success. Towards the end of the eighties, following a season back in the third tier I fell out of love with football (for a number of reasons but mainly due to music and girls!) and stopped going. I was tempted back in the early 90's and started going on my own. Was shocked at how poor we were and how little I knew about the players. By '94 I was going regularly again with a group of mates - just in time to see us drop into the fourth division for the first time since we'd reached the league.

Of course it's been pretty much all good since then, and I'm currently a season ticket holder in the cheap seats in the Hammy End (H7). I'm married and a father of two boys. My eldest (10) got into football very early and has ended up an Arsenal supporter. He's got a soft spot for Fulham though so I forgive him (and still hold a hope he might change allegiance). My youngest (7) isn't that bothered by watching sport but says he's a Fulham supporter when asked. I'm holding back on taking him in the hope it will make a bigger impression and keep him a Fulham fan.

The last 10 years have been amazing and having the chance to travel to Europe, especially to Hamburg in May, are the highlight of years following Fulham. However, I still have very fond memories of the Adams and MacDonald eras. However much we change we've remained the same friendly club and never take ourselves too seriously. It's how things should be.

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Staffs White on November 29, 2010, 04:03:57 PM
Hi everyone.

I'm Chris a born and bread Stokie who decided on a whim to follow Fulham in the mid 1980's.

My 1st game was a 1-1 draw at Port Vale on 19th September 1987

The following 2 seasons were spent glued to teletext waiting for news of how we were doing on a Saturday afternoon with my yearly Fulham fix coming at either Vale Park or Gresty Road, the only places I could get to see us play live.

Freedom soon came when I passed my driving test on the day Italia 90 started and for season 91/92 I was able to get to the delights of Shrewsbury, Bolton, Bury Mansfield etc.

Amazingly I did not see Fulham win a game until the 91/92 season (nearly 5 years) when we beat Bolton at Burnden Park 3-0 and I'm sure Andy Cole might have scored or made his debut for us that day

What on earth possessed me to keep following us during that dismal period when all my mates were watching Stoke and Port Vale have some relative success I do not know.

My 1st visit to the Cottage was in 93/94 to witness a 0-0 draw against Wrexham.

I'm now married still living in Stoke on Trent have 2 young daughters aged 2 & 3 who are hopefully going to be my excuse to get to more games in the coming seasons.

Whilst I've never been a regular I've attended at least one game per season since that day in September 1987 as a spotty 14 year old and would not change any of it.

COYW :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HatterDon on December 01, 2010, 04:27:49 AM
Brilliant, sir, but how is this your first post? Are there two Northern Whites?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on December 01, 2010, 08:32:33 AM
Brilliant, sir, but how is this your first post? Are there two Northern Whites?

NorthernWhite and Northern White
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on December 01, 2010, 09:44:02 AM
...as NorthernWhite has been around for a while, maybe Northern White can change his name to something like Potters White or Staffs White - or even China White - let one of the mods know your choice and we will change it for you to avoid confusion - good to have you on board...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Staffs White on December 01, 2010, 04:20:04 PM
...as NorthernWhite has been around for a while, maybe Northern White can change his name to something like Potters White or Staffs White - or even China White - let one of the mods know your choice and we will change it for you to avoid confusion - good to have you on board...


Sorry everyone for the confusion typical of me to cause chaos wherever I go

PM sent to you LBNo11

Staffs White
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HatterDon on December 01, 2010, 07:16:34 PM
...as NorthernWhite has been around for a while, maybe Northern White can change his name to something like Potters White or Staffs White - or even China White - let one of the mods know your choice and we will change it for you to avoid confusion - good to have you on board...


Sorry everyone for the confusion typical of me to cause chaos wherever I go

PM sent to you LBNo11

Staffs White

Not a bit of it, sir. And I did enjoy your introduction. Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: CaptainMatey on December 08, 2010, 04:20:01 PM
Its about time I introduced myself....And make a confession...

Born in South Ken, raised in Oxberry Avenue Fulham as a kid. Went to Holman Hunt school in New Kings Road. Went to 1st Fulham Game in 70's as a kid with Dad. Left London and moved down to Newquay, Cornwall with family. Grew up in Newquay and once old enough to drive would see Fulham play a couple of times a year making it a 560 mile trip. Dad would drive up, I would drive back in time to go out in Newquay on the p*ss.

Moved back to London in 95 and started going to more games. Ended up in Ealing in 2000 and thats when I met the famous Chris Topley (RIP). Did a couple of seasons most home and away games with Chris. Had a massive change of life circumstances in Oct 2003 (My son died) and something in me did the same. Its been 7 years since I have been to a Fulham game...

Stayed in London for a few more years and then moved out to Walton On Thames/Hersham in Surrey.

I've moved back to Newquay in June 2010 as had enough of London/Surrey and I might have to have  word with my dad again, and maybe shake off the cob webs and get to the odd game.

To the people that knew me (toby) I apologise for severing contact and completely dissappearing off the face off the earth and stopping going to matches. I wasn't being rude but like I said something changed inside me.

Anyway thats the confession out of the way.... Roll on the Sunderland games and heres to 3 points
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HatterDon on December 08, 2010, 10:14:14 PM
Welcome back to the fold, sir. I think it's fair to say that any of us would have been shaken to the core in the face of such a tragedy. I hope you enjoy the FofF Family.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Peyton on December 14, 2010, 09:53:59 AM
Hi Im Brian and have been Fulham since my first game back in 1969. I have one brother who is Fulham and one who is the other lot but luckily the Fulham one took me to a match first.

Had family in walking distance of the ground who also support Fulham so choice was not a difficult one.

Born and raised in Richmond but lived out in Surrey/Berkshire since I got married nearly 25 years ago.

Converted my wife from Spurs to Fulham and both kids raised as season ticket holders.

Worked for London Transport in Chiswick Works for 9 years up to 1987 and knew some Fulham from there but lost touch over the years. 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: supersub on December 15, 2010, 01:19:32 PM
Hi, I'm Nick. First taken to the Cottage by my dad in 1962 - we beat Arsenal 5-2, so that was it. I was living in Wimbledon by then, but spent my first seven years in Fulham, starting school at Peterborough Primary.
Since then, I've lived all over the place, which is a pretty good description of where I've seen Fulham. Riversider season ticket-holder in the late 80s and a Hammersmith End STH now... with two of my brothers, two nephews and assorted friends. My other two brothers are fans too. My daughters are occasional match-goers: the elder one came to Hamburg with us, and was there for THAT Carlisle game, while the younger one (now 17) made her debut at Hartlepool away in a baby-carrier on my front.
To use a cliche, it's been a rollercoaster 48 years... let's hope there are no more sickening downhill bits up ahead.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on December 15, 2010, 04:34:30 PM
Hi, I'm Nick. First taken to the Cottage by my dad in 1962 - we beat Arsenal 5-2, so that was it. I was living in Wimbledon by then, but spent my first seven years in Fulham, starting school at Peterborough Primary.
Since then, I've lived all over the place, which is a pretty good description of where I've seen Fulham. Riversider season ticket-holder in the late 80s and a Hammersmith End STH now... with two of my brothers, two nephews and assorted friends. My other two brothers are fans too. My daughters are occasional match-goers: the elder one came to Hamburg with us, and was there for THAT Carlisle game, while the younger one (now 17) made her debut at Hartlepool away in a baby-carrier on my front.
To use a cliche, it's been a rollercoaster 48 years... let's hope there are no more sickening downhill bits up ahead.
Good man Mr Supersub,
Welcome onboard and thanks for setting the standards and raising a family with the proper values. :clap_hands:

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Wimbledon_White on January 03, 2011, 06:17:40 PM
Hello.
Ben here. 28 (tomorrow) from Wimbledon.
Frustrated with the juvenile members of Cottage Corner so I thought I would come here.
A bit of a Johnny-Come-Lately. Moved to London in November 2008 and bought my first season ticket for 09/10 (what a first season to support FFC) and again for this season. From the age of 10 - 17 I was a STH at Northampton Town Football Club before things like University got in the way. I ALWAYS used to come to the Fulham away games with NTFC and loved "that little stadium by the river". So when I moved to London at 26 I knew where I wanted to watch football again. Since then, I have become quite obsessed (according to my gf) and managed to get to several away games including three in Europe last season.
I like to be optimistic. I dislike the OTT loving of Dempsey and the OTT dislike of Etuhu and Murphy. I like to think I am a realist also.
All in all, I think Mark Hughes will be fantastic for the club. Given the time he needs he will make us play some very attacking and interesting football. Midtable fighting for Europe next season I believe. Decent cup runs etc.
Like I said...I am an optimist.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: MJG on January 03, 2011, 08:05:03 PM
Hi I’m Michael and have been posting regularly now for over a month a thought it was time to properly introduce myself.

I have posted on TIFF for a number of years firstly as “Front row H Block” but having moved seats a number of time changed it to ”MJG” and use it on “cottage corner”(or the kids playground as I like to think of it).

In my mid forties and first went to cottage in 1969 and fell asleep watching a 0-0 draw(it had to get better)Was taken occasionally over the years but never really showed any interest until September 1978 when I saw us beat Stoke 2-0 with Ray Evans and Chris Guthrie new hero’s of mine. A week late 5-3 against Preston and I was hooked. Probably missed maybe 15-20 home games since then and been a ST holder for pretty much the last 20 years.

At one stage in the darkest days of the late 80’s early 90’s I found myself on the supporter’s club committee and then representing the fans at meetings with Jimmy Hill & the Board. It was my proudest and hardest time to be a Fulham supporter. When I look back and think of the possible scenarios we were looking at during the time “going out of business full stop” to “10K all seated stadium in Tolworth (Where I live now as it happens)” I treasure being where we are now with last season and Hamburg payback time for the suffering we have had to endure over the years.

I think I’m realistic when writing about the club/managers/players and while I know my views will differ from other as long as it can be discussed sensibly I have no problems with most people. In the end we all support this club and for me on a personal level the club has been the one constant in my life and I love it to bits.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: McBridefan1 on January 11, 2011, 11:45:51 PM
Jesus Christ on a crisp, it's like an AA meeting in here... hi I'm Dave and I'm a Fulham fan. Hi Daaaave.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: McBridefan1 on January 11, 2011, 11:50:26 PM
Hello.
Ben here. 28 (tomorrow) from Wimbledon.
Frustrated with the juvenile members of Cottage Corner so I thought I would come here.
A bit of a Johnny-Come-Lately. Moved to London in November 2008 and bought my first season ticket for 09/10 (what a first season to support FFC) and again for this season. From the age of 10 - 17 I was a STH at Northampton Town Football Club before things like University got in the way. I ALWAYS used to come to the Fulham away games with NTFC and loved "that little stadium by the river". So when I moved to London at 26 I knew where I wanted to watch football again. Since then, I have become quite obsessed (according to my gf) and managed to get to several away games including three in Europe last season.
I like to be optimistic. I dislike the OTT loving of Dempsey and the OTT dislike of Etuhu and Murphy. I like to think I am a realist also.
All in all, I think Mark Hughes will be fantastic for the club. Given the time he needs he will make us play some very attacking and interesting football. Midtable fighting for Europe next season I believe. Decent cup runs etc.
Like I said...I am an optimist.

Weird I dislike the OTT dislike of Dempsey and the OTT love of any other foreign born player willing to come to the Cottage. But that's just me and I'll agree to disagree.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: McBridefan1 on January 13, 2011, 11:08:09 PM
admittedly I don't know the actual barometer of the cottage I'm only going by the Offal, and how for years I've heard nothing but negative shlte about we yanks... yes upon our shoulders we have a chip and you lot have the dip that's what makes us a perfect fit.   :047: by the way freddie I fell hard yesterday  :beer: thanks to this damned snowstorm ... right back on today though. :54:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on January 14, 2011, 12:00:20 AM
admittedly I don't know the actual barometer of the cottage I'm only going by the Offal, and how for years I've heard nothing but negative shlte about we yanks... yes upon our shoulders we have a chip and you lot have the dip that's what makes us a perfect fit.   :047: by the way freddie I fell hard yesterday  :beer: thanks to this damned snowstorm ... right back on today though. :54:
For the record, the Yanks have their Sri Lankers (just like us) , but I have by and large been extremely well welcomed after I made the transition across the pond, and I find most of them top shelf so lets stop slagging off yanks please, we are not exactly a nation of Gandhi's ourselves. Although speaking of Gandhi, I do miss the good rubies.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Gozorich on February 04, 2011, 12:46:41 AM
I have just posted this on the Exiles so thought I might as well put it on here:

My first match at Craven Cottage was in 1962. I believe it was Stanley Mathews’ last one in London. I had tried all the grounds in West London since arriving from Scotland in 1961 at the age of nineteen but the moment I walked into the Cottage I knew I was home. The stadium was very similar to my hometown team, Motherwell. That I haven’t topped myself in all those years is remarkable; supporting the ‘Well and Fulham together for about 50 years is a sign of an unstable and definitely mad character.

I lived in South London and Surrey for most of that time and have two sons and a daughter who all support Fulham. The oldest did some youth coaching for Fulham and is a STH as were the others till they went to university and moved on. I had a season ticket in the Riverside right on the 18 yard line at the Putney end. I have seen the greats from the Maestro onwards and was lucky enough to get to know Bobby Robson. My Scottish girlfriend at the time thought we had a Scottish goalkeeper called MacEdo.

I have been contributing on and off to Fulham forums under a different guise since Paul Thorpe started Tfi.

Like lots of others I have had many personal ups and downs in my life but at least on a Saturday and occasional Tuesday at the Cottage I could forget my problems for a few hours. Four years ago I retired to Gozo but like the madman that I am I kept my season ticket for a year; I just couldn’t bring myself to give it up! I get to 2 or 3 games a year now but I see every Fulham match home and away thanks to the genius of Dreambox which is very popular in this football mad country. Most, of course, follow Man U, Liverpool or Arsenal. Thankfully there are few Chelsea here.

I have met three other Fulham fans who live on this rock and I try to convert everyone else. Even the local bar puts our matches on now. Our profile was increased immensely by the Europa run and I managed to get to the Roma game. However I still miss the stroll through Bishop’s Park, the drink(s) in The Cottage (great shame it is now closed) and the comfort of being amongst fellow fans. Still, we move on…

COYW   

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on February 04, 2011, 09:26:31 AM
...Hi Gozorich, and welcome to FOF, and thanks for your history, always a fascinating read to see how people become fans and their memories, and an important archive.

There used to be a Fulham website from Malta, but it was hacked into and eventually taken down, but now if you type in Fulham FC Malta in facebook they have a dedicated page.

Look forward to more posts from you.

PS: I love the flag with The George Cross and Fulham badge...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Gozorich on February 04, 2011, 01:12:30 PM
Thanks LBNo11! I think the guy who ran the Maltese site was called John. I contacted him before I arrived here and he told me the site had been hi-jacked. Who would bother doing that?

Not subscribed to facebook but will have a look. :dft003:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Senior Supporter on February 08, 2011, 06:35:34 PM
I have been posting on here for a while under the initials of SS, but have now reverted to my handle of Senior Supporter. I originally hit on this because I first started posting on the old TFI messageboard at the same time I became a senior citizen (i.e. officially "old"). Because everybody replied to me as SS, and it took me less time to type just the initials, I went along with the change, but since this great messageboard doesn't require you to identify yourself when posting, it seemed sensible to rid myself of the Nazi connection! Thank you Admin for doing the magic and making the change.  :045:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: terrinh73 on February 24, 2011, 11:56:53 PM
Short and sweet...

Terri.  Born in 1973 in the fine southern city of Atlanta, GA.  I became a Fulham fan in 2006, so I know I'm late in the game.  Admittedly, I became interested in Fulham through a couple of recommendations from my friends (one a ManUre supporter and the other an Arse supporter...both told me to follow Fulham).  When I discovered my boyfriend Boca was on the roster, I was sold.  I also have a special place in my heart for McBride.  The Arse supporter (also my next door neighbor) got me a "Fulhamerica" shirt and proceeded to give me crap every time he would see me in my colors heading to the pub to watch a match.  I think he felt it would be a phase...something I would grow weary of once I realized I was the only person in white and black sitting at the bar with my cider.  However, I found others.

We have a tight little supporters group in Atlanta and have developed a bit of a reputation...mainly because people are shocked to see Fulham supporters in public and out so regularly.  On the Fulham USA forums, they referred to us as The Dirty Whites.  I have been to one game at The Cottage and will make the pilgrimage, game day or not, when I visit my friends in the UK. 

So there ya' have it...y'all see me in the chat room plenty :)!

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Alanovich on March 02, 2011, 12:44:34 PM
Well, I'm sure my handle will be familiar to some people on here as I've been using TFi/Tiff for what seems like three lifetimes now.  Finally registered an account over here.

My story has been told a few times over the years, and it's not hugely fascinating.  Been supporting Fulham since 7th April 1978 (aged 8 at the time), 0-0 vs Southampton.  My Dad, who grew up at 18A Woodlawn Road in the 40s/50s (he went to Battersea Grammar, la di dah, before being moved to Windsor due to his brother's ill health caused by the smog of Fulham in those days – and he promptly got expelled from Windsor Grammar School, now known as Windsor Boys’ School - my alma mater also), took me to that game and many others after, and I became lumbered with the curse.  His Mum, Grandma Lil, was a big Lilliewhites fan, but Grandad favoured the blue end of the borough, sadly.  Which was one of the reasons my Dad was soon keen on Fulham as it wound the old man up nicely.

My Dad’s name was Alan, hence my handle – it’s a Russian tradition that everyone has a middle name meaning “son of”, prefixed with the father’s name.  Being a student of Russian and East European stuff, it seemed a nice fit and a tribute to my late Dad as a way of keeping him involved with the Fulham community he so loved and missed when he got moved out to the sticks.

Nowadays I’m living in Reading, and this season has seen my son’s (he’s 6) first visits to the Cottage – the friendly thrashing of Werder Bremen and the 4-0 cup win over Spurs, so obviously he’s a lucky charm.  He’s fully kitted with shirts and flags now, and proudly stands up for Fulham at his school in Reading where, obviously, most of the children follow Man U or Walham Green Dog Track FC.

Other clubs I look out for?  The sadly defunct (but hopefully soon to rise again) Windsor & Eton, Ayr United, Partizan Belgrade, Moscow Lokomotiv, Sliema Wanderers of Malta, Notts County and, of course, West Allotment Celtic.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: dishEJtheRock! on March 03, 2011, 12:58:10 AM
Hey everybody this would be my first post here. Found this site when I was searching for links to stream a game, thought I might give registering here a go.

I live in new york currently studying to be a pharmacist and fulham became my team when i decided to do a manager mode/season type thing in FIFA a few years ago and I dont plan on that changing.

the whole american thing is somewhat unfortunate but i know my football, been playing since i was 4 and now play for my college (we play in the juinor college division unfortunately no NCAA fun here)

anyway im glad i found this site since im the only fulham fan of all my friends
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: White Noise on March 03, 2011, 07:51:52 AM
Welcome to FoF guys.

dishEJtheRock! it is not a problem being an American on here. Please feel free to ask whatever questions you like and post as mcuh as you can. Hope you enjoy it on here.  :54:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TonyGilroy on March 03, 2011, 08:25:52 AM

I don't know where the notion of anti Americanism amongst the support comes from.

We *COULD* of course talk politics (but won't) and if you limit the discussion to FFC American players then no one has been more popular than Brian McBride in recent years with Clint Dempsey regarded by most as one of our better players.

Kasey Keller and Carlos Bocanegra were deservedly well liked. That Eddies Lewis and Johnson were not was wholly down to their lack of ability.

All of our American players have appeared to be decent, hard working guys.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: dishEJtheRock! on March 03, 2011, 10:03:21 AM
Yeah i was thinking more along the lines that, being american, it means Im not able to go to any games in person.

I mean EJ is comedy gold at times, im all for anti americanism if it means we keep him off the pitch. I prefer wins, you see.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on March 03, 2011, 11:44:33 AM
...welcome to FoF Alanovich, I know that you are a respected poster on the various name changes of the other independent site and hope you will share your views on here too.

dishEJtheRock, you too are welcome, irrespective of how long you have followed Fulham or where you are from. I think that there is far less discord amongst the USA members and the rest of the world on FoF.

Good to have you both 'on board'...

"We Are The Whites"
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Alanovich on March 03, 2011, 04:29:38 PM
Thanks for the welcome, LB.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Mr. F on March 04, 2011, 04:02:37 AM
Hey everyone,

Been a lurker for quite a while but never got around to posting. I'm going to come clean right away, I'm another American. We do seem a little more welcomed here compared to Cottage Corner which is nice. I promise that I don't have any plans to make a thread about Dempsey though  :57:

Been following Fulham seriously for about three years now. I was a late comer to football (as are most Americans) but after getting into MLS I also wanted to start following the sport at its highest level and find a English team to support. I was raised and still currently live in Columbus, Ohio and as a Columbus Crew fan it was easy to find a connection to Fulham through Brian McBride.

After considering several teams and watching tons of matches, something just felt right about Fulham. The history of American players certainly peaked my interest but I was also fascinated by the team's determination and underdog mentality. Reminds me a lot of the teams I support in the States. Craven Cottage also looks like a incredible place to watch a match. Ever since, I've been hooked. I wake up early every Saturday (or Sunday) morning to make sure I dont miss a match and even sneak a few at work during the weekdays. In fact, watching the Juventus game at work last season was somewhat similar to this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riDCzclPCMQ# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riDCzclPCMQ#)

I'm actually in the midst of planning my first trip to England and of course will be making a stop at the Cottage next season. Plan to go in November when airfare is a lot cheaper. Can't plan too far ahead though because I have to wait for next season's schedule to make sure I can catch them at home!

And for those wondering, "Mr. F" is related to Fulham but for all you Arrested Development fans out there you'll get the double meaning.  :54:


Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: elgreenio on March 08, 2011, 12:53:44 PM
Aloha everyone, not been around a Fulham board since, well the old board on the official site. Frequent on a few other forums and an avid youtuber, hopefully i'll get my Fulham fix here instead of talking to myself about the club everywhere else. Hopefully I shall be donning the title of Fulhams head researcher for the next instalment of Football Manager but nothing concrete yet. Anyway, afternoon all, COYW!!!!!! etc etc
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TheDaddy on March 08, 2011, 09:16:58 PM
Welcome Elgreenio , enjoy your time here mate its a great board.....

As a fan of Footy Manager any in site on players would be a benefit ....
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: maksimir on April 11, 2011, 11:51:37 PM
Greetings lads/lasses.  I have been a watcher for a fair old while.  Right intro: In my thirties and a few years ago moved back to Ireland so hopefully this can be a nice way of maintaining a connection to the mighty whites.  1st match back in 1987 when we demolished Grimsby Town and as I got older I went to as many matches as money permitted - roughly been to around 45 grounds with the Fulham including the Tigana european tour, but to my shame none for a few years - hope to get one in early next season.  For what its worth we'll be okay this season.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Flupp on May 01, 2011, 04:48:27 PM
 Nickname: Flupp
 First name: Andreas
 Date of birth: 16/08/1987
 Location: Between Cologne and Dusseldorf / Germany
 
 Interests: Football,friends,famaly,music (Kings of Leon)
 
 



Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: mabster on May 02, 2011, 10:00:59 AM
Alanovich - Had a feeling we were at Nottingham at the same time - 89/92 ish?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Edwatch_Winston_Malone on May 18, 2011, 06:07:39 PM
Hi there

I am NOT The Ostrich Watch...

How comes I never got a welcome to the FOF message Board from LBno11?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Edwatch_Winston_Malone on May 19, 2011, 08:17:02 PM
Hi there

I am NOT The Ostrich Watch...

How comes I never got a welcome to the FOF message Board from LBno11?
Will a welcome from the resident Sausage expert suffice?

I have reported your unwelcome advances to the moderator...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on May 28, 2011, 10:11:21 AM
...a warm welcome to elgreenio, Flupp and theo, I am sure you will feel at home here amongst your fellow Fulham fans from around the world.

It does not matter how long you have followed Fulham as long as you made the right choice over all the other teams you could have chosen; you now have a life sentence with great company.

PS: Edward Winston Malone (aka a cast of many) wotcha* cock...


* - the Swiss car sticker abbreviation...  :53:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Ron Sheepskin on June 02, 2011, 09:26:43 PM
Now that I've been unmasked by LBNo11 I guess it's time..

My name is Chris, and I live close enough to Northolt to suffer the occasional sausage shortage. First visit to the Cottage was for a league cup match against Colchester United in 1993. This apparently was one of the lowest attendances on record at the Cottage - 2,820. I was, I should admit, there with my uncle to support Colchester. It's my home town, and I had been seriously out of love with football for a few years by then.

Next Fulham match was December 03 at Loftus Road. This was Sheepskin Junior's first proper game, and we were hooked. Crossley came and had a chat during the warm up, and signed Junior's programme. We've never looked back since. Even Mrs S has converted from supporting Spuds.

Getting ever closer to having the time and money to get a season ticket, but membership and half a dozen games a season is where I'm at for now.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Miles on June 04, 2011, 08:11:40 AM
I'm not too sure how to introduce myself but I figure that I'll be forgiven if I don't get it quite correct.

I'm a Yank living in Seoul, Korea.  Originally from Oklahoma, USA.

I support Fulham becuase they are one of the original football clubs in England.  Another reason was that I appreciated the work that Roy Hodgson did with the club during 2009 - 2010.  Fulham is a plucky team and I'm quite proud of their achievement this year.  Thanks for our position this year and inclusion in the Europa Leauge goes to the players and not the management of Mark Hughes.  COYW

I look forward to interacting with other Fulham Supporters.

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on June 04, 2011, 01:10:15 PM
welcome Miles, I think there are a couple of Fulham fans in your neck of the woods (far east)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: mangoputney on June 16, 2011, 09:19:06 PM
Mangoputney here, family's London Irish brought up on the North End Road, old man's always been a Fulhamite and only moved out to Luton to settle. Every Saturday for as long as I can remember we have a keen eye on both the Hatters and the Cottagers and its fair to say we've had our ups and downs. Try to get too as many games at the Cottage and Kenny as we can and work allows. With the old man turning 60 this year decided to treat him to his first season ticket. Bring on 2011/12.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Equalizer on June 20, 2011, 12:13:35 PM
Mangoputney here, family's London Irish brought up on the North End Road, old man's always been a Fulhamite and only moved out to Luton to settle. Every Saturday for as long as I can remember we have a keen eye on both the Hatters and the Cottagers and its fair to say we've had our ups and downs. Try to get too as many games at the Cottage and Kenny as we can and work allows. With the old man turning 60 this year decided to treat him to his first season ticket. Bring on 2011/12.

Welcome aboard mate. I'm a North End Road boy myself, grew up in Clem Attlee Court.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: mangoputney on June 21, 2011, 08:55:42 PM
Cheers Equaliser, he grew up Burne Jones House, bit closer to Olympia than Atlee
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Equalizer on June 22, 2011, 12:29:03 PM
Cheers Equaliser, he grew up Burne Jones House, bit closer to Olympia than Atlee

I know it well mate. Used to drink in the Cumberland Arms and the Orange gaff on the corner. My grandad also opened Barons Court Library when he was mayor (back in the 60s).
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LukeJennings on July 13, 2011, 12:18:04 AM
Hi I would like to introduce myself, My name is Luke Jennings I am 16 years old from a town in the south-west of england called Yeovil. I attend every one of their home and away games but also attend as many Fulham ones as I can, I have lately posted an article on here about Nicklas Bendtner & DJ Campbell, if you could take a look would be very helpful http://www.friendsoffulham.com/forum/index.php?topic=13623.new#new (http://www.friendsoffulham.com/forum/index.php?topic=13623.new#new)

I know this may not be the post and you guys may not be interested BUT, I have recently made a blod post about a trial game for my home town. Could you all take a look and speculate how I write as i'm not sure if I should post many more topics on football matters in my spare time. Replies would be taken into consideration and be thanked, been told I am a good writer for a 16 year old. So yeah, here is the link http://luke-jennings.blogspot.com/2011/07/yeovil-town-v-inverness-caladonian.html (http://luke-jennings.blogspot.com/2011/07/yeovil-town-v-inverness-caladonian.html)
Thankyou all very much, look forward to hearing from you all and participating more frequently in this forum, COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Two Ton Ted on July 13, 2011, 10:14:45 AM
I'm Two Ton Ted, I live in Teddington and I drive the Baker's van.

Only 1 of those statements is true.

I also am known as Alb, saw my first game in 1978 v Tottenham, (1-1, Greenaway equaliser, very wet), and have some input with those raggy arsed troubadours Emergency Bitter.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Jim© on July 14, 2011, 02:50:43 PM
I'm Jim and been going to Fulham since the late 70's when dragged along by my dad, grandad and uncle. Now I take my son and nephew along when I'm up in town. I started going on my own at about 12 (26 years ago!) and rarely missed a home game for 23 years (apart from living in Bristol... more to come on that)...

I grew up in Westminster, surrounded by Chelsea fans and copping a load of stick off them for it! Went to secondary school in Clapham where there were a few more Fulham fans, but not many. Headmaster was dear old Peter Thompson, who recently passed away (an inspirational man) and included me in a couple of his Fulham books. Went to Uni in Bristol in the years when we were in the lowest divisions, but it meant short trips to Rovers (seen them play at 3 different grounds!), Swansea, Torquay (yes I was one of the few- though thousands claim to have gone now!) Exeter, Cardiff (unfortunately), Swindon, Walsall etc etc

I moved down to south Devon last summer with family and I get asked all the time by friends and family about missing Fulham.

The greatest moments for me are
Euro Adventure- 100% beyond my wildest dreams. Just brilliant, incredible. To the fans that stood on empty terraces it meant a huge amount. Sean Davis' goal against Blackburn- again dreams became reality when that went in. FA Cup V Villa- people took notice of us that day and we've not looked back since.
Favourite goal would have to be Clint's v Juve but also remember a Peter Scott thunderbolt v Chester at home, Bullards free kick at home v Villa, Lehman V Saints in teh cup. Well you get the gist...

It's nice to be on a forum where WUM's arent spoiling it for all! Have been a Tiff regular for 11 years but it's not like it was!!!

COYW
Title: Re: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: MJG on July 14, 2011, 03:10:45 PM
Jim, welcome to FOF, I was on TIFF for a long time but came over here early last season and not really looked back.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 14, 2011, 05:19:11 PM
...to both TTT aka Alb (I'm two ton Ed from Twickenham) and Jim© welcome to Friends Of Fulham, as you are already established fans you should feel at home here as we have a good mix from all the message boards who look in and post here. Rarely any problems despite the inevitable odd flare up - but the mods on here are very hands on.

Apart from the forum there is the 'Shirts' / Home page http://www.friendsoffulham.com/ (http://www.friendsoffulham.com/) with other features to peruse at your leisure, such as the links page that shows you all know Fulham related sites, the Fulham 'stuff' link which takes you to all manner of things Fulham such as history, famous fans, bibliography, avatars, desktop wallpapers etc.,

Finally on matchdays where you are unable to attend, we have the chatroom, if you use this it is probably better to open on a new tab so you can follow what is being said onn the match thread also.

Hope you both contribute and enjoy - may the FoF be with you..!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Equalizer on July 16, 2011, 12:44:50 PM
I'm Two Ton Ted, I live in Teddington and I drive the Baker's van.

Only 1 of those statements is true.

I also am known as Alb, saw my first game in 1978 v Tottenham, (1-1, Greenaway equaliser, very wet), and have some input with those raggy arsed troubadours Emergency Bitter.

I'm a better bass player.  :HD:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: barnes201272 on July 17, 2011, 07:02:13 PM
Hi all,

My name is Dave , I live in Gaiberg Germany , been a Fulham supporter since the days of Eddie Lewis , so you already guessed it I'm a yank as well . I at one time was a active poster on the official board and tiff but have been gone for so long with travels to the mid-east and such .But I am back now for good and from what I've seen on the other boards, I have not missed much . Good to see a lot of old names on hear I remember from back in the day and the people hear are civil , and by the way what happened to the white witch?  Well I love petrol station beer "FAXE" and playing guitar and of course Fulham FC . And if anyone gets to Germany I'm always happy to buy a pint for a fellow Fulham fan.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: SteveT on July 21, 2011, 02:20:00 PM
Ok, I'm Frank (the Steve in my username is a nickname, too long winded a story but features a certain Steve Earle) and I live on the English Riviera (Weymouth!).

Born in southern Spain but moved to the UK with my parents when I was 2 and then to Putney at age 5.

Started going to the cottage with my dad around '68/69, as we by then had only been in UK for about 6 years my dad's English still needed some work and being an excitable chap he would often be heard swearing at the ref in gutter Spanish if things weren't going our way. Particularly remember going one evening with dad to see Santos at the cottage and my dad shaking Pele's hand and jabbering at him in Spanish thinking that Pele would understand him! The smile on my dad's face will stay with me til the day I die.

Still go regularly and now have two boys of my own, 18 & 22, who are as mad about the club.

Sorry to have gone on!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: malcbridger on July 22, 2011, 11:45:11 AM
Hi everyone, I am an exile living in Belgrade (the last 6 years) and as an ex season ticket holder in the enclosure

I desperately miss match day experiences so much.

I was born in Carshalton, my late Father (a staunch Fulham fan since the 30's) took me to my first match around 1965, I think

against Liverpool. I particularly look back fondly to the Conway, Earle, Barrett era although much of that time was spent in the

old 3rd division. I came over to London last year and my Brother managed to get me tickets for the Man U and Wolves games

which was fantastic. I took my Serb Red Star pal to the Wolves game and did a nice Putney pub crawl!

I will be over for my Mum's 80th at the end of July and my Brother has got me a ticket for the next Europa game and I can't

wait to be inside the Cottage again.

When I originally left the U.K six years ago, I went firstly to Egypt (before marrying my Serb girlfriend and coming over here).

Their was plenty of games left on my season ticket and it was a real wrench to miss the games, anyway, I was sitting outside

the 'Pirates' bar in Sharm el Sheikh and we were the live game on their big screen. It was so weird to see my Brother sitting

there next to my empty seat, so clearly. Regards to all. COYW...

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 22, 2011, 12:45:38 PM
...malcbridger, good to see an old name still around, and thanks for the story. Was it '65 or '66 when Les Barrett got attacked by the Liverpool fan on the pitch? I think it was 1966. We had some great players, in Les, Jimmy, Steve, Stan, Fred etc., but we plumetted down the tables and had players too good for the third, but zero investment to get other quality players to take us back up - very frustrating.

Enjoy the homecoming and please post again...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: SteveT on July 22, 2011, 06:00:51 PM
I think i may have bumped into you in Rome, i was with a yank . If your dad was in Rome as well then yes he is very excitable, had me in hysterics with his rants about cheating Italian bar stewards. Estepona?
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It wasn't us in Rome but it's weird because we are originally from Estepona!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: malcbridger on July 22, 2011, 06:41:15 PM
Thanks LB for the positive words (i've given up with the 'other' forum due to complete boredom with with the insults, general inanity of the content). Thanks FFC for the Serbian link, i'll check it out. Cheers.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Mitch on July 25, 2011, 06:56:10 PM
As i new to FOF today I thought I'd introduce myself.

Have been posting on TIFF on and off since my teens and keen to use both boards.

I'm 24, from Windsor working in estate agency (sorry!) and born into a family where both sides support Fulham, so I didn't have much choice. One Grandfather was an avid Fulham fan and had trials as a lad (alonside George Cohen, so as a right back he wasnt getting in!) and my Dad started taking me in the Micky Adams promotion season. It's been all positive ever since then!

I guess anything else will come out in the wash ;)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ffcwickford on July 26, 2011, 07:53:23 PM
I am Jonathan Baines and post on the TIFF board under my own name, but as I and Barra got a bit of stick on that board last Thursday I have been reading but not posting since then - at 52 maybe my skin is not as thick as it use to be and being accussed of not being a true Fulham fan and talking nonsense about the supposed transfer targets hurt a little more than I thought!

Anyway here goes! My Dad was born in Alperton and like many of his peers just after the Second World War went the Cottage one week and to the Bridge the next. Taken to my first game at The Cottage in 1965 against Liverpool - instantly hooked!

I started working in London in August 1977 and got my first Season Ticket have had one every year since as has my brother David! We both lived in Luton with our parents then, I moved to Wickford in Essex in 1983 hence 'ffcwickford' where I have been ever since. My long suffering missus understands but doesn't forgive the third person in our marriage - the last time she went to a game was the fateful game at the Baseball Ground in 1983 and vowed never again!

My son Robert was introduced at the tender age of 14 months and used to play football at the bottom of the Hammersmith Terraces with any of the kids who had a football! I think Lily Allen used to run around the bottom of the Stevenage Road at the corner of the Hammersmith but I do not remember him ever joining in with her! 

Lost him once when we were playing against Cambridge in 1990, and got a Tannoy announcement to collect him from the Cottage much to my embarrassment and the amusement of those scattered around the ground!

Have had a roller coaster relationship with this fantastic club, cried against Lincoln in 1982 and against Derby in 1983 and again against Swansea in that disasterous year, laughed out loud trying to hold back the tears when we lost to bottom club Torquay and bought the Rothmans Guide to Non League Clubs from WH Smith.

Never in a million years would I have guessed a benefactor such as Mohamed Al Fayed could bring so much joy to the Fulham Family in such a short space of time. When I look back at the first few issues of David Lloyds TOOFIF and read the We Can Dream... cartoons - truth really is stranger than fiction!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 26, 2011, 09:07:39 PM
...welcome Jonathan, I'm glad you have decided to join, I have read your posts on TiFF (t-f-i) over the years. I hope you feel at home here after a while. Don't forget to look at our 'Shirts (Home) page as there is more to this site than a message board only...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ffcwickford on July 27, 2011, 04:17:11 AM
Thanks LBNo11,

Thats much appreciated!

I am not saying who, (but Les Barrett was one of his peers!)  but I was chatting with a genuinely lovely ex-player after the Crusaders game last Thursday - don't ask long story! - and he said your memory is fantastic, I played in that Liverpool match in 1965, how did I play? I replied, quite well if I remember correctly!

However, we got to discussing the game vs Preston in 1971 which I was also at, where we lost 0-1 to a Ricky Heppolette screamer, they were champions and we finished runners up after that game - last home or game of the season (having been promoted after the game with Bradford the previous Tuesday!). I said what happened as we had been on such a run and the tiltle was ours for the taking!

Suffice to say they had been 'out on the lash since Wednesday lunctime and a lot of them didn't even know where the pitch was, let alone the bloody ball'!

Now those were the days!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: PipBritFFC on July 27, 2011, 09:39:43 PM
Hi everyone

I've been a long time lurker since 2008 (I found this site after I got fed up reading rubbish on the offal) and I thought it was high time that I made myself known!

I'm a local boy born and bred.  I was born in West London hospital, went to St Thomas' primary school on Estcourt Road and the London Oratory School in Fulham Broadway behind scumford bridge!

Our local scout group on Burnthwaite Road used to get tickets to some Fulham Games,  and first football match must have been around the early 1990s at the cottage watching us play Huddersfield. I can remember us tuning up one saturday at the ticket office to collect the tickets for a match against Plymouth when a couple of the ground staff turned up and said "you must be our ball boys" which came as a complete suprise! I was standing at the Putney end just to the left of goal.  As part of the Half Time entertainment we all were involved in a penaty shootout, I was first up and scored!  I also remeber my dad taking me to see us play liverpool in the league cup where we lost 3-1.

I have been a season a season ticket holder since 2008/9 seated in H1, and have loved every minute of it.  I was at most of the home games in our europa cup run, and went to Hamburg for the final.

I have to say I love this forum, it has been my first port of call for all things Fulham for the last 3 years and I look forward to adding my thoughts in the future!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 27, 2011, 09:58:48 PM
... 076.gif PipBritFFC, and please, ignore my clicque and feel free to post and make this site richer by your added contributions,

Enjoy...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: The Equalizer on July 29, 2011, 12:46:18 PM
Hi everyone

I've been a long time lurker since 2008 (I found this site after I got fed up reading rubbish on the offal) and I thought it was high time that I made myself known!

I'm a local boy born and bred.  I was born in West London hospital, went to St Thomas' primary school on Estcourt Road and the London Oratory School in Fulham Broadway behind scumford bridge!

Our local scout group on Burnthwaite Road used to get tickets to some Fulham Games,  and first football match must have been around the early 1990s at the cottage watching us play Huddersfield. I can remember us tuning up one saturday at the ticket office to collect the tickets for a match against Plymouth when a couple of the ground staff turned up and said "you must be our ball boys" which came as a complete suprise! I was standing at the Putney end just to the left of goal.  As part of the Half Time entertainment we all were involved in a penaty shootout, I was first up and scored!  I also remeber my dad taking me to see us play liverpool in the league cup where we lost 3-1.

I have been a season a season ticket holder since 2008/9 seated in H1, and have loved every minute of it.  I was at most of the home games in our europa cup run, and went to Hamburg for the final.

I have to say I love this forum, it has been my first port of call for all things Fulham for the last 3 years and I look forward to adding my thoughts in the future!


Hey PipBrit - if you went to St Thomas's and Oratory there's every chance we either know some of the same people, or even eachother! If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? I know a load of guys who went to both of those schools who are around 34/35 years old.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Scrumpy on July 29, 2011, 04:14:47 PM
Hi everyone

I've been a long time lurker since 2008 (I found this site after I got fed up reading rubbish on the offal) and I thought it was high time that I made myself known!

I have to say I love this forum, it has been my first port of call for all things Fulham for the last 3 years and I look forward to adding my thoughts in the future!


Welcome mate. It amazes me how long people lurk in the background before joining in and posting. I can't keep my gob shut long enough. I read this forum one day, and then joined the next!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Quills on August 02, 2011, 09:10:00 PM
Hello all

Been posting on the board for a little while now but never quite noticed this thread, so an introduction is long overdue, with apologies.

I'm a 30 something lawyer and season ticket holder in the Johnny Haynes.  I'm also female, but as I've got an unhelpful user name and am close to six foot in real life I'm used to people getting confused so I don't take offence.

I came to Fulham through rather a circuitous route, having been born in Manchester, lived in Liverpool, and grown up on the Isle of Man, where the lack of a local team does tend to encourage glory supporters (although our national team did beat Burnley once - the Burnley players stayed at the hotel where I had a summer job as a receptionist and were all identically rude and unpleasant).  My first Fulham game was actually at Loftus Road!  I must confess I didn't go to another one for quite some time.  Thankfully I kept the faith and finally made it to Craven Cottage once I moved to London and now hate missing a game.

My own sporting background is mainly rowing and rugby, and I can get excited about most sports that don't involve cars or motorbikes.

Really enjoying the board so far - it's a real improvement on all the Dempsey fan baiting and homophobic abuse on the offal.  Nice to see some knowledgeable fans who aren't hung up on how the crowd isn't noisy enough or the club isn't spending enough money etc.  I'm still getting to grips with the vast array of smiley faces though - but I'll get there!

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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: NYCk on August 04, 2011, 12:46:39 PM
Loved reading everyone's intros. My story goes like this:

My dad was born just off Munster Road and has been going to the Cottage since about 1938, and like many used to go to Chelsea one week, Fulham the next until money and family life got in the way. He and mum are STH in the JH stand and have been for years. His family was bombed out of the area by the Luftwaffe and moved to Southfields, where I was born & raised. My first game was Feb 75, the first of those four FA cup games against Clough's Forest. Didn't start going regularly until about 82 and then went consistently until I left the country in April 96 (bad timing from an FFC POV) and moved to New York City (hence my handle).

Followed us remotely from there, thankfully the web made that easier and as well as frequenting most of the bars in town, watched many games via dodgy web feeds, and Gentlemen Jim became like a member of our family. I used to make it back for 2-3 games a season. Met my wife (had a second wedding reception in the Riverside stand), and had two kids there before moving back to London three years ago.

Lucky enough to live in East Sheen/west Putney area now and so can go to most home games. Got a ST for the first time last season and am enjoying my time in the Hammersmith End, sitting near where I used to stand with my mates in the 80s. My 9yo is now a committed fan after a brief flirtation with Man Utd when we moved back and my 7 yo is coming round too.

Hamburg was one of the best experiences I've had a as a fan, a long way from the days of Bulstrode & Fulham Park Rangers. Was tough missing most of our rise through the divisions but am now able to enjoy the fruits of that.

Was on TIFF from the TFI days and occasionally on the Exiles board when I was one, but will be frequenting this one from now on.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on August 05, 2011, 08:22:35 AM
...good to have you both on board Quills and NYCk, I enjoyed reading your introductions, this is one of the best threads on FoF...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FMC on August 09, 2011, 01:27:52 PM
Hi all, my name is Frank, I'm another lurker who reads the board and only very ocasionally posts (and I remember The Lurkers and them hanging out in Beggars Banquest record shop on the North End Road!)

Like many others on here Fulham born and bred, when to St Augustines primary then London Oratory (still hate it after all these years!!). Lived on West Kensington Estate before moving to Kent and now Southampton. First went to the cottage in 1972 but this was a world cup qualifier for NI versus Cyprus due to NI troubles (NI won 3-0). Been a Fulham fan ever since, regular through late 70s to early & mid 80s before attending less and less once I moved out of Fulham. Get to games when I can but work, economics and family life make it difficult. Always Fulham, never anyone else, can't persuade the missus and kids though - they're all Saints season ticket holders (hence I have no money to get to FFC except when they play Pompey!).

Couldn't get to Hamburg because of jury service - almost got done for contempt of court trying to get out of it to get there!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on August 10, 2011, 09:42:09 AM
Good man Mr FMC, and welcome on board.  :clap_hands:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: aFFCn_Fan on August 12, 2011, 04:27:38 PM
Been on the board for quite a while, and probably should be on ex-pats as well...but somehow my work productivity suffers enough as it is....and I'm not really convinced I actually moved overseas, as we only watch Sky News, BBC channels and Premier league.

Anyway, I really did move abroad 3 years ago to South Africa hence aFFCn_Fan. Despite all the Saffers who seem to inhabit SW London I seem to be the only Fulham fan I know out here. But I love that fact. It makes me different, and an even more authentic fan than the plastic glory hunters who have never seen their team in real life.

I can't remember the first game I saw at the Cottage. I was a Villa fan as a kid (living in the midlands) but then I moved to Devon and lost interest in football when Sky took over the rights to show games, and no chance I could afford to get to games. it was only when I moved to London in my early '20s and the company I worked for had season tickets. The first game I went to was still in the Championship, and I seem to remember the confetti when we played the last game at the cottage before moving up to the EPL. I remember the terraces in the Hammy end, and started to fall in love with football again. Because of the company's season tickets I went to quite a few games since then.

In 2008 my missus and I decided we'd had enough of the weather in London and moved to SA. Have managed to make a few trips back and the last game was the 3-0 hammering of Man Uniturd in December 2009 (thanks to Gerry Hynes selling me a couple of spare tickets :54:).

My name's Adrian, I'm 33, married and we have a 8 month old boy (who already has his first Fulham shirt) and two dogs. I still run my family's weekends by what time our game is showing. I missed getting to any of the Europa league games last time round, but caught most on TV, and if we manage to get anywhere near as far this time round I think there might be a short trip back.

I used to post on the Offal, but left long before the Cottage Corner as FoF seemed to have a higher caliber of Fulham infor and a more friendly approach to life.

Afraid we don't get such a wide selection of bangers out here in Jo'burg Fat Fred, but the boerewors are pretty good (beefy with cloves and bit of a spicy kick to them and about a foot-long - like the good old cumberland style, and best done on a BBQ)

COYWs

 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: erk on August 18, 2011, 11:18:50 AM
More of a reader than a poster. My real name is Barrie and I am 51. I was born in Streatham but lived mostly in Hertfordshire until I moved to Sutton in 1971 and to date have remained in that area. My family is nearly all Tottenham apart from my father who was a Stoke City supporter.
I first visited the Cottage for the Benfica game but did not really start going all the time until the 1976-1977 season. From 1977-1978 onwards I started going to all the away games and went about 12 or 13 years without missing one. I always travelled with the Thamesbank Travellers and for a time I co ran the coach with Frances.
For my sins I qualified as a football referee in 1993 and became quite good at it. Once I progressed to the Isthmain League and then on to the Nationwide Conference my visits to The Cottage and away games became less frequent for obvious reasons.
Once I reached 45 I turned my back on "the dark side" (although I still referee on the Combined Counties & Spartan South Midlands Leagues on occassions) and returned to the fold.
Fot the past 5 or 6 seasons I have resumed my season ticket in the Hammersmith and my away trips have become more frequent as time has passed but it is just not like the old days used to be on the good old TBT
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ClarksOriginal on August 20, 2011, 02:18:55 PM
Hello chaps,

I thought it would only be correct to post my very first comment in this thread, so here goes:

I have been a 'lurker' on this site for a while, flitting between here & the official message board at first I thought the offal wasn't too bad. There were a few decent guys on their who seemed to know their stuff but as soon as I dug deeper I was fairly shocked to find a huge amount of imbeciles on the forum who posted nothing but stuff to wind others up. To my surprise I found a forum about FFC where people seemed to post intelligent, yet funny stuff. You can thank WhiteNoise for introducing FOF to me.

So about me: My name is Ben, and you are more than welcome to call me that or my username if you wish. I am 20 years old and have been a Fulham supporter since I was 10 years old. I am a season ticket holder in the Hammersmith end for the first time this year. Before that I managed to get to 10ish games a season so I thought I'd take the plunge. Many who know me say I am born too late and I should have been born in the 70's, I enjoy the older things in life should we say, I tend not to use many modern things other than mobile phone or computer etc. I get flack off my mates for having 'weird Paul Weller hair' but I'm sure I am one of thousands influenced by the Mod/Britpop scene as you can tell from my Username.

Anyway, I love this little club by the Thames and I really don't know what I would do without it. I look forward to discussing everything FFC & more with you lot, you all seem great.

FatFred - I am not a huge lover of the ol' pork based products, but I don't mind a sausage from the chippy with a pot of curry sauce or one of the strange ones with apple in them, they're quite tasty.


COME ON YOU WHITES!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on August 20, 2011, 02:38:28 PM
...welcome ClarksOriginal, I'm sure you will fit in nicely here, WhiteNoise is our official recruitment officer, we don't pay him - all the thanks he gets are payment enough.. :dft012:




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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: tommy on August 22, 2011, 05:04:50 PM
Hi Guys,

Im pretty new to these boards. I've been a Fulham fan since I was old enough to start going to games without my old man, who used to take me all the way up to Old Trafford being as he's a Man Utd fan. I was born at Queen Charlottes in Hammersmith and brought up in the area, so am a local boy. I dont get to as many games as I's like because I'm a self-emplyed Custom Installer, which keeps me really busy. I probably get to about 10 home games a year in all comps and a couple of away games. I did however have some great times at away games in the Europa League the season before last. I even had a cracking time at Juventus sitting in the away stand. I remember riding the tram to the game with all the locals looking at us like we where loopy singing Fulham songs. The Juve fans didnt get a chance that day.

Anyway, In the little time I've been on the boards, I've enjoyed it. There are some cracking reads and it all seems very pro Fulham unlike some other boards.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on August 23, 2011, 04:40:34 AM
Good man Tommy.  076.gif and don't be shy to hit the keyboard more often.
I live in the US now so trips are limited and I never got the Juve away in Europe but I got Vetra away in the quals and the final in Hamburg.

Priceless. COYW!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Buzzardwhite on August 26, 2011, 12:45:56 PM
Thought I'd treat myself today on my 64th birthday so I'm doing my first ever post !! (Hope I do it right!!)
My family originate from Biscay Road but I was brought up right next to the hooped lots ground. Luckily my Dad's family were Fulham men. It was always a bone of contention because my Mum's lot all supported the hooped lot. Truth to be told me and the old man used to go round the corner when FFC were away (just to get out of the house you understand) My earlliest memory of Craven Cottage was Arthur Stevens playing on the wing and Beddy Jezzard had just retired.
We now live in Leighton Buzzard (33years) and me ,my daughter and my eldest grandson all have season tickets in the HammyEnd.So my grandson is 5th generation and proud of it.Suprisingly there's quite a few fans living up this way although obviously most of the people support Man U.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on August 26, 2011, 01:12:12 PM
...thanks for joining FoF BuzzardWhite, and thanks for the post, as you are lumbered with the one post status of Michael Jackson so you MUST post again!

I hope you enjoy things on FoF and look at all our other facilities (see some of the links in my 'signature').

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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Drake44444 on August 30, 2011, 04:05:30 PM
Hi, long time lurker, first time poster.

Lived in London last year and had Fulham season tickets.  Now I'm in love with the club but back in the US.  Looking forward to hanging around here.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Sheepskin Junior on September 03, 2011, 04:35:52 PM
Hi I'm Sheepskin Junior (Louie). I got into football and Fulham when while at Earl's Court exhibition centre there was a football bit and Cookie Coleman and our new (ish) signing Edwin Van Der Sar were there giving away cheap tickets. My Dad and I went to Loftus Road early December 2003 when we played Bolton and won 2-1. I nearly fell asleep during the game (I was 6.) but managed to fall in love and have managed a few games a season since. I'm one of two Fulham fans at my school so I feel very special. At 7 I won a penalty shootout at Motspur Park alongside my Dad, Darren Pratley and one Andrew Cole. Managed to get a picture of me wearing a pair of EVDS's gloves and met Cookie for a second time. That's about it really.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on September 05, 2011, 07:25:29 PM
Hi I'm Sheepskin Junior (Louie). I got into football and Fulham when while at Earl's Court exhibition centre there was a football bit and Cookie Coleman and our new (ish) signing Edwin Van Der Sar were there giving away cheap tickets. My Dad and I went to Loftus Road early December 2003 when we played Bolton and won 2-1. I nearly fell asleep during the game (I was 6.) but managed to fall in love and have managed a few games a season since. I'm one of two Fulham fans at my school so I feel very special. At 7 I won a penalty shootout at Motspur Park alongside my Dad, Darren Pratley and one Andrew Cole. Managed to get a picture of me wearing a pair of EVDS's gloves and met Cookie for a second time. That's about it really.

Don't forget, you're a TV star and a budding ref too  :dft011:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: HillingdonFFC on September 20, 2011, 05:49:20 PM
Posted on TFI for years under TSW, getting a bit out of hand on there now so thought I`d try this one.
From Hillingdon (obviously) , all dads family from Hammersmith and Fulham, my grandfather first went down there  as a nipper in the late 20s, his older brother before that. He was the treasurer of the first supporters club. First game for me was 0-3 defeat to Bristol City in 1978. I went to school in Hayes then Langley near Slough, there were a handful of Fulham fans there mainly Chelsea unfortunately, Slough`s always been full of em.
Most of the family support Fulham and a little crowd of mates go to most home and as many aways as we can, mainly go for the day out to be honest. Would say favourite memories would be Blackburn away, Hamburg home and the final, I know the result was heartbreaking but the whole day was unbelieavable, never forget the scenes in the square, still have to pinch myself that we were actually there.
Favourite players include Ivor, Simon Morgan, Brian McBride but my ultimate hero was Roger Brown, was very upset when I heard the news, it felt like a bit of my childhood had died too
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Wimbledon_White on November 07, 2011, 02:34:54 PM
Hello again..
I have been reading the dailies since I joined and occasionally posted here and there whilst still posting regularly on Cottage Corner.
I have finally given up on Cottage Corner, I truly despair at the cretins that dominate that board, and have decided to take a more active involvement on this forum and have deleted my account on CC.
Hope that is cool with you guys.
COYW.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: finnster01 on November 07, 2011, 03:00:54 PM
Welcome on board WW.

Most of us have all made that very same migration. Look fwd to your posts

COYW!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: bede on June 01, 2012, 10:43:30 PM
I'd have to be one of the newer Fulham fans on the forum. Only very recently have I started to follow Fulham I'm from Australia and I've been interested in football my whole life but we don't really get much over here apart from the big clubs. So when I was a little kid I "supported" Manchester United.

It has only been really recently that I've started to watch European football, really after the inception of the A-League. Back here I follow Melbourne Victory, and my girlfriend introduced my to her team Glasgow Rangers who've sucked me in. In the end I'd always had a soft spot for Fulham due to the lanky legend Mark so I've started to support them. So that is my introduction. Fulham are not my number one club, as a few over here have said, they are my number one in England though!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on June 02, 2012, 12:14:48 AM
...welcome bede, there are a few Aussie based fans on here - hence the  :down_under: hope you enjoy the ride..!

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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: stevehawkinslidingtackle on June 17, 2012, 09:05:53 AM
I dont think I ever have.

Supported Fulham since the very early eighties after my dad took me. Was a season ticket holder with my dad for most of the 90's. Moved abroad to Thailand in 2004, and now work all over the world in the Oil and gas industry. Currently in Malaysia, away to Cuba next month.  Built a house near the beach, called it Craven Cottage and have lots of signed memorabilia in the office. I converted my wife to Fulham, and will force feed Fulham to my son. Dont get to see many games now, about 1 a season, when I return home for visits. Will probably never live in the UK again, but can still watch all matches live on Asian ESPN when not at work.
Things I miss most about the UK, friends & family, good Guinness, and rain or shine , walking through Bishops Park to the ground on match day.    scarf
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: God The Mechanic on June 23, 2012, 05:20:15 PM
Hey.

I'm a new-ish Fulham convert, probably went to my first match in 1999 or so but the first one I remember was against Port Vale at Vale Park... glamorous I know.  Born and mostly bred in Manchester, and have supported the filthy Red side since I was a kid, but was taken to several Fulham matches up north by my step dad so they quickly became my second team, never imagining that I'd have to choose between the two on a match day :P  Coincidentally my first match at the Cottage was against United in the FA Cup a few days after Cookie crashed his car and broke his leg, standing in the Hammersmith end not really knowing who to support :P

I've been to a far few matches, although not nearly as many as some of you guys obviously, but the one I regret not going to the most is the Juve home match (naturally) - I'd planned on as soon as the draw was made (a chance to see either Ajax or Juve was a bit of a no brainer really), but after the 3-1 defeat in Turin I figured it would be a bit too expensive to travel from Manchester to see Fulham get knocked out.  Woops.  Made up for it by going to the home Wolfsburg match instead, which was awesome if incredibly rainy and cold.

Favourite old Fulham players are probably Steed, Saha, Finnan and currently, in spite of how much he gets slagged off I absolutely love Ruiz probably above anyone else - that boy has some serious ability.
Favourite players ever are Iniesta (to the extent of getting into a reasonably serious argument a few years back, before he was widely acknowledge of being awesome, about the fact that he was probably the best midfielder of his generation), Juan Seba Veron (in spite of his Chelsea links and it not really working out in England), Alex del Piero, Juan Carlos Valeron and Batigol.

Anyway, enough rambling for now!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Patterson on July 12, 2012, 11:27:29 PM
Howdy all!

So good to see a vibrant Fulham community online with whome to share my obsessions and ramblings about our favourite club!

I'm a fairly odd one in terms of fans go, but that seems to be the case with quite a few fans of the club.  I hail from Montreal in Canada; not your typical football (I semi-refuse to call it soccer) hotbed despite the Montreal Impact recently joining the MLS.  I must admit to being a major hater of the sport as recently as 2006.  At that time, I had taken notice of the 2002 World Cup and wanted to really get into the game in a serious way for the 2006 World Cup.  While the international tourneys are fantastic, they only offer a show every 2 years (Euros and WC) and felt like I had to get behind a club team and really test my newfound enjoyment of the game.

My attention immediate turned to the Prem, as I felt it had a bigger, sweeter allure than any of the other leagues.  Being a fairly enthusiastic gamer, I began to play Football Manager and started to examine each team for reasons I should get behind them.  Everton immediately jumped out at me as an interesting team;  not ultra rich and not one of the top teams, but very well run with tons of seemingly quality players with a bit of room to play around and improve to get them into the top 4.  But scrolling through the list, I see a small London club that the game predicts will finish 17th in the league...just above relegation.  Lo and behold, this squad has two Canadian players (!!!) (Radzinski and Stalteri) as well as a few more American players (Dempsey, McBride, Bocanegra, Johnson (lol))!  I knew right away who I had too choose.

At this point, I began to follow Fulham every week.  If I couldn't catch the match on television (which was often), I resorted to match reports, highlights packages (MOTD is a godsend for North Americans) and the like until I got a very good feel for the team and felt like I truly loved them, instead of perhaps switching around to another team as soon as the going got tough.  I must say, it's been easy to stick with them, as they are such a lovable club that has improved almost every season I've seen them.

From the Great Escape, to the wonderful league campaign the following year to the UNBELIEVABLE Europa League run (which I managed to watch every game of due to my travelling around western Europe and England at the time) and the subsequent cementing of our status as a top-half club...this has been an unbelievable ride and will continue to be I think.

All I know for sure is there are two teams in my heart:  The Montreal Canadiens and Fulham Football Club...and I'm not sure which one I love more...

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I'm thrilled to be amongst fellow Fulham nutters at last!

tl;dr:  I'm from Canada and love Fulham as much as my local hockey team.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 13, 2012, 12:22:29 AM
... 076.gif to Friends Of Fulham Patterson, one Canuck you didn't mention was the pocket dynamo, Paul Peschisolido! I hope you enjoy this site and post regularly,,!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Patterson on July 13, 2012, 01:24:41 AM
... 076.gif to Friends Of Fulham Patterson, one Canuck you didn't mention was the pocket dynamo, Paul Peschisolido! I hope you enjoy this site and post regularly,,!

Of course!  A bit before my time though, so I never got to see him play.  I've seen a few highlights here and there, but no more than that.  Was he a popular player during his time here?  I've seen Radz mentionned in the "worst Fulham players" thread, so I dare not ask :P

I look forward to posting fairly often and in the process, learn a lot about the history of the club.  Thanks for the warm welcome!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: valdeingruo on July 13, 2012, 06:02:46 PM
... 076.gif to Friends Of Fulham Patterson, one Canuck you didn't mention was the pocket dynamo, Paul Peschisolido! I hope you enjoy this site and post regularly,,!

Of course!  A bit before my time though, so I never got to see him play.  I've seen a few highlights here and there, but no more than that.  Was he a popular player during his time here?  I've seen Radz mentionned in the "worst Fulham players" thread, so I dare not ask :P

I look forward to posting fairly often and in the process, learn a lot about the history of the club.  Thanks for the warm welcome!

Pesch had some amazing goals, you should look 'em up.

Welcome
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: OZ-WHITE on July 19, 2012, 01:44:45 PM
G,Day from Melbourne Australia , have been a Fulham Fan for a long time , I tried to join the forum last year but my email address got blocked for some reason , all fine now , its going to be a very interesting season and I,m looking forward to Marcello " The Hoof " Trotta and Karim " Mini Messi " Frei getting more game time

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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: LBNo11 on July 19, 2012, 02:28:13 PM
G,Day from Melbourne Australia , have been a Fulham Fan for a long time , I tried to join the forum last year but my email address got blocked for some reason , all fine now , its going to be a very interesting season and I,m looking forward to Marcello " The Hoof " Trotta and Karim " Mini Messi " Frei getting more game time

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...G'day sport, and  076.gif we have one or two others from that big brown land of yours - hence the  :down_under: smiley to help them know which way is down. Hope you enjoy the FoF experience - hooroo...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: gerrys on August 01, 2012, 07:52:27 AM
Well........born in Woking (a long time ago) and went to school in Chertsey, started "following" Fulham in the great-escape days of the early-sixties, partly because of Johnny Haynes and partly as they were the nearest 1st division club to home. Finally managed to go to the Cottage when I started work in 1966 but do not remember who they played. In 1974 I left the country and had to go across the border into Switzerland to see the FA Cup Final in 1975. I gradually lost track only managing very rarely to get to see a match. Then somebody invented the internet and Ryanair/Easyjet made travel so much easier so now I do manage to get a few games in every year. Last year I managed to see QPR, Newcastle and Wolves. I couldn't have chosen better, could I? Always hoping that Fulham get drawn against Italian or Swiss teams so that I can get in some away games.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Matt_Keen on August 03, 2012, 05:16:23 PM
Hello, just to introduce myself as it's my first post here.
I'm Matt, I'm 27, have been a Fulham supporter since 1992 when my Dad took me along to the Cottage for the first time. (A loss against Port Vale!)
I guess I kind of got dragged into being a Fulham supporter by the aforementioned old man, he's been a Fulham supporter since the late '50s, so remembers the Halcyon days of Marsh, Best and Moore, although I like to think that we've rebuilt a squad over the past few years that will be remembered for a long, long time.

I was a season ticket holder between 1998 and 2003, although I no longer have an ST, I still go reasonably often, unfortunately I tend to have far too many hobbies to really commit to one fully!!
When I'm not busy watching/talking/living/breathing all things Fulham, I'm normally power kiting/kite boarding and motorcycling.

Like most men my age, I enjoy a good drink from time to time, especially where there's football involved!!

I grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and following 11 years living in Milton Keynes, returned here last year.

Favourite players over the years have been Jim Stannard, Mike Conroy, Pesch, Geoff Horsfield, Morgs, McBride (Obviously) and Dempsey... There are far, far more, but you get the gist...!

Anyway, that's enough of my rambling for now!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: WORTHINGFULHAM on August 08, 2012, 07:22:17 PM
Ok so it all began back in 1986 when i was taken to a fulham game by my late grandad, i never looked back.
Lower league football was all i knew and i loved it, terraces, inflatables, kenny achangpong, leeeeerroy, clive walker, big jim stannard, ivor, etc are the memories i hold dear.
The buzz of pulling a big team in a cup was quality,  the faces at the cottage when we only got a few thousand and i was one of the faces. i remember fulham clubcall, who else remembers that? Lol
i held a season ticket for 15 years and even though my job now means working weekends i am still a regular attender....well as much as lets me.
I introduced some pals from worthing also, mallet, leaver as well as my bruv russ.
Russell , leaver and mallet all still go regularly and keep the flag flying.
I didnt miss a home european game in our cup final year also making sofia, rome, hamburg semi and of course the final.
Where we are now is incredible and a far cry of the 80s, i guess newer fans only know us in the prem so dont really know how it used to be and can only base things on what they know.
This is going to an exciting season, viva jol, long live fulham.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Shredhead on August 12, 2012, 06:37:34 PM
Welcome, WORTHINGFULHAM. I live in Brighton and work in Worthing so its good to know there are a few more South Coast Whites around. I've only ever seen one person wearing a Fulham shirt in Worthing - he worked in the greengrocers that used to be in the Guildbourne Centre. There're a few on the train up from Brighton who go to Putney, so maybe see you in the Bricklayers.

I've just got my first season ticket for me and my 6 year old daughter - following in the footsteps of my grandfather who had an adult and junior season ticket so he could take my Dad and cousins.

COYW!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ffcfulham on August 16, 2012, 07:19:14 PM
im ross 16 and have had a season ticket for 2 years now was drawn to ffc because they are local and i like the stadium and the team i know love ffc and cant wait till saturday
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Post by: GodfatherJol on August 18, 2012, 02:05:39 PM
I'm Tom, I'm 18, and I've been a Fulham fan since 2004. Prior to that I was a little lost, supporting Arsenal purely because they were successful. A friend had a birthday, and as he was a Fulham fan who knew the kit man at the time (Pudsey!), we got a tour of Loftus Road and met the team (Boa Morte even got undressed in front of us, which was a little surreal). We beat Leeds 2-0 that day, and ever since then I've been in love with the club!

I don't make it to many games each season, but I try my best. A few years back my dad (a Tottenham fan, unfortunately) won a competition, and we got to use what was at the time the 'Pipex Lounge' as we drew 3-3 with Villa.

I've managed to make it to a few Europa League games, the best of which being the 2-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk.

My personal favourite match that I've ever attended, however, has to be the FA Cup match against Tottenham in 2011. As mentioned before, my dad is a Spurs fan, so being sat next to him in the Hammy End as we swiftly put 4 past them was the sweetest of all victories.

I've been meaning to join FoF for a long time since becoming disillusioned with Cottage Corner, and as the latter has now closed, there seemed no better time to join what seems like a great Fulham board!
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Post by: SaltfordWhite on August 18, 2012, 08:13:55 PM
Hello,

You may guess whereabouts I reside by looking at my username. Saltford is a small town/village in between Bath and Bristol, but I originally hail from Chelsea, and lived in Putney / Roehampton and then out into leafy Surrey before I moved down here with work.

My uncle has been a Fulham since forever, but as a kid I was a brainwashed (by my old man) to be a Spurs fan, and he thought it would be a good idea for him to surprise me and take me to the Cottage to see Fulham take on Spurs in the FA Cup.  It might have been 1982, I think?

Anyway, I didn't twig until I got to the ground and then it dawned on me that I was about to see my heros, play.  And see them I did.  But during that first half, something happened and it is something that my Dad has still never forgiven me for.

For some reason that I can't explain, I swapped sides at half time. Half of the Hammersmith End was Spurs, and the other half Fulham and I asked my Dad if I could cross the line and stand with my Uncle (much to his delight) and be a Fulham fan.

That was that then.

Living where I do and with a young family it's difficult to go as much as I used to, or as much as I would like but that doesn't stop me being an avid fan and spreader of the word down in the West Country!
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Post by: TommyFFCGun on August 19, 2012, 08:37:14 PM
Hi all

Having realised to my disgust the Offal MB has bene shut down I find myself here. Me 37, grew up in Fulham having been born in Hammersmith. Went to Muster School and now live in Surrey. I run my own business. I honestly can't remember my first Fulham game but was taken by my uncle and grew up with the team of the early 80's when we so nearly made it to Division 1. Houghton, Lewington, O'Driscoll, Locke, Strong, Brown and of course Ivor were the mainstays of the team then. I have briefly flirted with glory hunting but returned to my roots soon enough and well have been here ever since. It is funny I found this thread as I was thinking my first message should be a post along these lines. Top idea. I used to post on the Offal board under this moniker a long time ago but increasingly found it difficult to engage with intelligent people as they seemed to be in the minority. Do any people from this board meet up for games as work committments have kept me away from a season ticket for some time but I would like to meet a Fulham crowd for games. COYW
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Post by: theotherdembele on August 20, 2012, 04:42:36 AM
Hi everyone

Been a fulham fan for aslong as i can remember, this is the first forum i've ever joined although i regularly find myself on this site reading all your opinions and comments, used to live in putney and had a season ticket for the last 3 seasons until last year when i moved to dubai so unfortunately cant attend any games now but on the plus side i get to watch every fulham game on tv live :)
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Post by: ffcitaly on August 21, 2012, 05:14:07 PM
Hi all,
I didn't notice this thread on the forum.
Born in Milan,half of my family is from the Uk.
I support FFC from more than 10 years.
34 years old,I'm partner in an international family office,we invest in the green energy and real estate field.
My main interests are Fulham,beer,music,travelling,reading,dogs/cats and  cigars.
I've been in quite a few grounds in the UK and nearly in every major stadium in Italy.
 :beer:
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Post by: davfel on August 21, 2012, 05:25:59 PM
Hey! I am a 40 yr old living in Stockholm, Sweden. Used to live in London between the age of 7 to 10 (East Sheen and Barnes). Went to the Swedish School on Lonsdale Road in Barnes. I used to play 5-a-side football in swedish team in a sports hall next to Craven Cottage. Never been to a Fulham game. Just been to a Nottingham Forest vs Watford FC game while lived there, and Arsenal vs Tottenham game. I hope I will attend a Fulham game this season. It's definitly on my agenda.

Cheers
Dave

COYW
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Post by: FFC_Torino_Italy on August 22, 2012, 09:04:56 AM
Hi all, i'm Daniele from Torino, Italy; i follow FFC since the promotion in EPL, my first game was against WestHam (lost 0-1, Kanoute......) in Putney End. I came to the cottage many many times during these last years, international member, plus other away matches like Portsmouth (the great escape), Birmingham and Europa League (Basel, Torino obviously and the final at Hamburg).
Everytime i follow a game, my little flag is always with me (you can see it in the picture).
COYW forever
 :scarf:
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Post by: Kell on August 24, 2012, 07:16:51 PM
well, Having been asked to formally introduce myself...here goes.My name is Paul and I am a child of the early 60's and was born south of the river, My first Fulham game was in 72 which was against Brighton which we won 5-1, In those days we used to go and see the scum 1 week and Fulham the other. When I left school I joined the Royal Navy so I missed a lot of games until around 83/84 season.
I travelled to Berlin, Split and Zargreb in the UEFA CUP and Basel, Turin and Hamburg twice. As a regular away traveller and a home season ticket holder since 2000 I have experienced many ups and downs with Fulham. Would I change a thing...NO. See you tomorrow at old trafford
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Post by: whiteinedinburgh on August 26, 2012, 12:00:55 PM
Hi I'm Lewis ,26, from Edinburgh. Branded from birth as a Hearts supporter, whom I dearly love, 5 or 6 years ago I started to feel drawn to Fulham. As time has passed my feeling towards The Whites has grown from a casual fondness to a love that is comparable to that of my beloved Hearts. I've still to go to my first match but I am traveling down this September to watch the West Brom game, can't wait. I've noticed there is a few supporters clubs from around the world but annoyingly not from Scotland, this can hopefully be remedied over the next few years.

Cheers
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Post by: BishopsParkFantastic on August 28, 2012, 09:33:23 AM
This is my first contribution to this forum, having been a regular reader of the FoF daily Fulham stuff. I’m a Fulham fan since the 1958/59 season, when my dad took me to see Fulham play Derby in the days of Haynes, Mullery, Lowe and Jimmy Hill et al - our promotion year to the olde divison 1. I remember, aged 9, standing on the terracing in front of the ‘Johnny Haynes’ stand in a packed ground, with children being passed over the heads of people to reach the front to get a better view! For me, this was one of the most memorable matches I’ve been to, alongside both of Fulham’s semi-final FA cup matches against Birmingham (1976) and recent semi-final victory in the Europa cup over Hamburg.

Favourite player of all time: the maestro Johnny Haynes. Every home match day, from the age of 9 of would run all way down to the ground from my home off Putney Hill, so that I could get to the perimeter fence to get the best, unimpeded view of Johnny Haynes at work. Favourite forward line of all time: Earle, Clarke and Barrett. Best player buy: Alan Clarke (from Walsall); worst player sales: Supermac to Luton (as a full back, sic), Rodney Marsh to QPR and Alan Mullery to Spurs; best years: the 1960’s (massive crowds, great players, exciting Fulham team) in olde division one and our move back to Craven Cottage; lost years: when I refused to go to Loftus Road; worst of times: the Bulstrode years.

I think these are hugely exciting times for Fulham: Quality in depth premier squad of players; proposed new stand and increased ground capacity; great young players’ set up with international talent coming through; progressive team structure and manager in Martin Jol. This year, my hopes for Fulham to achieve at least a top 10 finish with successful cup runs - next year, with completion of new stand, to get into the Europa league proper.

COYW
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Post by: The Equalizer on August 28, 2012, 03:01:31 PM
Hi all

Having realised to my disgust the Offal MB has bene shut down I find myself here. Me 37, grew up in Fulham having been born in Hammersmith. Went to Muster School and now live in Surrey. I run my own business. I honestly can't remember my first Fulham game but was taken by my uncle and grew up with the team of the early 80's when we so nearly made it to Division 1. Houghton, Lewington, O'Driscoll, Locke, Strong, Brown and of course Ivor were the mainstays of the team then. I have briefly flirted with glory hunting but returned to my roots soon enough and well have been here ever since. It is funny I found this thread as I was thinking my first message should be a post along these lines. Top idea. I used to post on the Offal board under this moniker a long time ago but increasingly found it difficult to engage with intelligent people as they seemed to be in the minority. Do any people from this board meet up for games as work committments have kept me away from a season ticket for some time but I would like to meet a Fulham crowd for games. COYW

Wow! Lots of new people have joined up!! Yeah, loads of us meet on a regular basis. For the most part, people drink in The Low Country on Fulham High Street. That's where you'll probably find LBNo11, Mr Ska, Chez, Admin and a whole load of others. I'm usually in The Brick with the real ale drinkers, even though I don't have a season ticket this season.
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Post by: FulhamChris24 on August 29, 2012, 08:28:23 PM
Hello guys,

I´ve been a reader of the page for a few years now and have finally decided to join. I thought it would be good to speak to some other Fulham fans and maybe increase my fledgling twitter base.

I guess I should introduce myself a little. Born in East Sussex, lived in Pimlico, now off to east London for a new job. Why am I a Fulham fan? Dad and three uncles were born in Ringmer Avenue, were two still live. Season ticket holder since I was 10 and my first match was Fulham vs Brighton in 1994-95. Think it was the league cup! Favourite game was Hamburg in the Semi´s, Favourite goal was Harley against Villa and Favourite player is Hangeland.

Looking forward to chatting about all things Fulham

Chris
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Post by: ALFI on September 03, 2012, 12:33:31 PM
Hello,

I am Zoran (30) from Bulgaria (but living in London).

Another Bulgarian joining the forum after Berbatov signed for FFC ;) As you can guess,
I rate him higly as a player (and person) and hope he will be a success here.
Btw, I have played a few games agains him but that was at academy level. Stopped playing football long time ago, now I am just discussing ;)

TBH, I am not die-hard FFC fan but have a soft spot for the team.

I read a few threads on this forum and would be glad to have some discussions with you.
Maybe even meet some of you at CC.

Zoran
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Post by: RolandAJ on September 05, 2012, 01:54:12 AM
Hello all.

I've read FoF for a couple of years now and have finally decided to join and participate.  The "Hello I must be going" thread which followed the closing of the transfer window made me realize that, although I followed Fulham at first to support the Americans on the squad, I now support Fulham no matter who's on the squad!

I'm almost 50 and have only followed football for a little over ten years.  I wish I had discovered it earlier.  I imagine its easy to take quality football for granted in England, where it seems there's a club every few miles.  Many here in LA think Beckham invented the game.  MLS is improving, though.  Its a relative thing, i know.

My wife (German parents) pulls for Bayern Munchen and my sons (8 and 11) support Spurs and various favorites.

I've learned plenty from reading FoF and hope to be contribute something to the community.  I very much appreciate the civil and reasonable tone of the website.  Good job mods!  Tough to manage given the emotional nature of sport.

Thanks and cheers,

Roland
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Post by: berba_fan on September 11, 2012, 01:38:35 PM
Bulgarian :) working as web developer in Sofia , Bulgaira
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Post by: jmh on September 14, 2012, 01:07:13 AM
Hi all!  I'm Josh, and though I've had an account here for a couple of years, I've only rarely visited; I've been a regular reader/poster on TIFF (where I go by "New Yorker") for a while now, but lately I've been turned off by that site's combination of lax moderation, hostility, and fabricated-rumor-mongering (today's made-up story about a fire at the Golden Lion, for example) that you get at forums with no user registration, so I figured I'd give a look here instead, and this seemed to be a good place to start. 

Like a lot of Yanks who support Fulham (and like RolandAJ said just a week ago), I've enjoyed soccer (sorry, must remember to say "football") since the 1994 World Cup and the start of MLS, found myself wanting to start watching the Premier League, couldn't bring myself to be the kind of frontrunner who supports Manchester United or Liverpool or Arsenal or Chelsea from afar, and got started watching Fulham because of Lewis and McBride and Boca and Dempsey.  I took my first trip to London and the Cottage six years (and, what, about four managers?) ago, and was hooked.  I've only been able to get back one other time since (if someone would just tell the club's management that Fulham are undefeated in matches I've attended, I'm sure they'd pay for my plane tickets a couple of times a year), but I've found myself part of a growing group of NYC-based Fulham supporters and that's enabled me to stay mentally involved even despite the physical distance. 

Also, despite the recent departure of the last of the Yanks in the squad, I'm still here.  (And I think the Brits who are expecting a mass exodus of American Fulham support now that Dempsey is gone will be pleasantly surprised at how many of us aren't going anywhere.)  My latest challenge has been convincing my fiancee to make the trip out to the bar for matches at 10am (and fending off the mocker of her brother, who's a Spurs supporter), but I'm doing at least an OK job of it thus far.

COYW
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Post by: LBNo11 on September 14, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
...welcome to all you newcomers, we appreciate you looking in, and appreciate more your posts - enjoy the site...
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Post by: Gers on September 16, 2012, 01:08:36 PM
Hello all,

Thought I'd join up after lurking for quite a while. I'm Scottish, stay just outside Glasgow and support Rangers although been following Fulham for a while now, since back in the day when van der Sar signed. I was a keeper back then so he was a legend to me. Couldn't help but fall in love with the team back then and been hooked ever since.

Got to admit, never been to a game although really hoping to change that soon and don't know anywhere near as much as most of you proper fans will but hopefully being here will keep me more up to date. Don't even get to watch every game due to some clashing with the Rangers games and I'm afraid they'll always come out on top but hopefully I'll be able to fill in what I've missed on here.

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Post by: Count Berbatov on September 17, 2012, 11:15:57 PM
 dbfHello everyone. A Man United supporter here, living in Chicago. A big fan of our...well yours now, Dimitar Berbatov. I envy you for having him in your team. Wishing him all the best and good luck to you. You have many supporters here in the states, because of your American connection in the past. Plus you play a good attacking football... So good luck and hope you do better than just finish in the top half of the table. Hope your away form improves too and hope with Berba starts a new era for you guys.
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Post by: daib0 on September 19, 2012, 01:48:10 PM
Hello everyone, I’m daib0 (real name David) and here 100% ‘in peace’ on behalf of Reading’s “Royals Rendezvous” forum. I realize, of course, that this is a specialist Fulham forum, and no wind-ups at all from us. In fact we already had excellent relations with forums from most teams in the Championship, but now we've moved up a gear after an almost unlikely promotion (at least if you saw our placing last season before Christmas!), and we are enjoying (though with a fair bit of trepidation) at rubbing shoulders with the ‘big boys’ – I don’t think we’re an arrogant lot by nature at all, in fact many of us still feel little ‘ol Reading from the old 3rd and 4th division days!

I hope that I may contribute occasionally on here with sensible comments, especially when we have common themes – like for our forthcoming games together, or player transfers/loans or gossip between the two clubs, and always with respect shown, that’s a promise. I won’t go wading in with ‘Fulham’ opinions on the things you obviously know far better about. Anyway, I’m a moderator on RR [can I give a quick link?! – http://www.royalsrendezvous.co.uk (http://www.royalsrendezvous.co.uk) ] since its birth, so will be the last person to cause any bother. And of course … do please count on us for the Reading view on things whenever you need it …

Cheers,

daib0 (David)
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Post by: luisfa on September 22, 2012, 12:19:52 AM
Nice to meet you all cottagers, I am Luis from Brazil and I am one of a very few Fulham fans in my country. I've been supporting the Whites for years, however I became addicted something around 5 years ago. It's been very difficult to obtain Fulham shirts as they do not exist in Brazil, but I've been seeking troughout ebay for many years and I have a considerable collection of about 20 shirts and many shorts and other memorabilias. I have a dream to go to London someday in a near future and visit the magnificent Craven Cottage before the Riverside stand reconstruction, and live the atmosphere I have sometimes seen on television and many times seen via streaming. I also hope I can meet some of you guys so that you can show me all of is to be seen before, during and after the match.
Nice to meet all of you and sorry for the English mistakes
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Post by: hongkongfulham on September 22, 2012, 11:08:10 AM
Hi im Chris. My family is scottish but moved to hong kong in the 70's which is why i was born there. Lived there for 18 years then did uni in Vancouver which was amazing. Now im a Snowboard Instructor (although i teach some skiing against my will) and split my time between switzerland and New Zealand. I like to think im living the dream with my not real job haha.

Fulham fan as a birth right, dad lived in putney before he moved to hong kong as he could get tickets easily, he could watch the boats go by when the football wasnt great and george best was kicking about!

Came from cottage corner on the official page but never posted for fear of my life, you lot seem slightly more welcoming/intelligent so lets converse...
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Post by: farfouille on September 27, 2012, 02:54:23 PM
Hey,
My name is Ivo, Bulgarian, 30 y.o., I am in the Marketing field and I am a huge fan of Berbatov and now also of Fulham FC. Interestingly enough, I will most certainly remain a fan of Fulham when Berbatov leaves/retires. Love the squad, love the way the team plays, love MJ's decisions so far, love the fans (Liz Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Grant included... lol), love the website of Fulham, pretty much everything.
Now, my biggest issue is that there are as much as 7 days between the matches, provided there are no international duty breaks. How the hell do you deal with that?! ;)

P.S. Oh, and excuse my English (valid for all my posts)
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Post by: LBNo11 on September 27, 2012, 03:05:36 PM
Hey,
My name is Ivo, Bulgarian, 30 y.o., I am in the Marketing field and I am a huge fan of Berbatov and now also of Fulham FC. Interestingly enough, I will most certainly remain a fan of Fulham when Berbatov leaves/retires. Love the squad, love the way the team plays, love MJ's decisions so far, love the fans (Liz Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Grant included... lol), love the website of Fulham, pretty much everything.
Now, my biggest issue is that there are as much as 7 days between the matches, provided there are no international duty breaks. How the hell do you deal with that?! ;)

P.S. Oh, and excuse my English (valid for all my posts)


...не се притеснявай за английския си, тя е много по-добър от моя български, добре дошли и се наслаждавайте на преживяването...
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Post by: farfouille on September 27, 2012, 03:25:28 PM

...не се притеснявай за английския си, тя е много по-добър от моя български, добре дошли и се наслаждавайте на преживяването...


Nice. :)
Something Bulgarian in you or is it "Google translate" speaking? ;))
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Post by: LBNo11 on September 27, 2012, 03:44:43 PM

...не се притеснявай за английския си, тя е много по-добър от моя български, добре дошли и се наслаждавайте на преживяването...


Nice. :)
Something Bulgarian in you or is it "Google translate" speaking? ;))

...Google translate of course.. :dft001:
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Post by: farfouille on September 27, 2012, 03:48:53 PM
...Google translate of course.. :dft001:

Google translate has got better - only 1 mistake, I am impressed. :)
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Post by: Nevermind on September 27, 2012, 08:05:38 PM
Hello I'm Angel,from Bulgaria.Another one...:} 29 y.o. working as s sales maneger of pool tables,and many more fun games.The next best thing after playng pool is wathcing Berba scores:} ....Hopefully he will score a lot of goals  this season.
P.s. pls dont laugh out loud about my writing  abilities:D
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Post by: Flummer23 on September 29, 2012, 05:16:57 PM
Hi.  I live in Winnipeg in the centre of Canada.  I have only been a Fulham supporter since 2002.  I've spent my entire life, like most Canadians, as a hockey fan (sorry, can't bring myself to call it 'ice hockey') but discovered English footie on tv in the early 2000s.  It's strange that I never connected with the sport earlier as my parents were English immigrants from south London and my father was a bigtime Wimbledon fan.  Anyway, I started watching and through some weird process I gravitated toward Fulham.  Then on a business trip to England in 2002 I discovered that an uncle of mine over there (who I hadn't seen for more than 25 years) was a lifelong Fulham supporter and he took me to my first game (New Year's Day 2005 v. Crystal Palace - we won 3-1 I think).  That sealed the deal.  Since then I've been to England many times for business and taken in as many matches at the Cottage as I could manage.  I'd like to go on a road game sometime.  Not sure when I'll next be over there, but I'm now a deeply devoted FFC fan!
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Post by: MordenWhites on September 29, 2012, 09:40:11 PM
Hi fellow fans. I live breathe fulham i been a fan for well over 20 years now unfortunately after 16 years of having a season ticket sitting in H2 i had to give it up for this year due to health problems. Am hoping to be back after christmas. Anyway thats me and just to say much love to all my fellow ffc fans COYSW ! 
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Post by: FFCByTheRiver on October 10, 2012, 04:28:32 PM
Alright - 21, from Hertfordshire.. Season Ticket holder in the HE. Been on Cottage Corner for a while. Thought I may as well get involved here too.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: dstriker on October 30, 2012, 07:20:43 PM
Been awhile since posting with all of you..... My four kids have been keeping me busy the last few years.....

Trying to get back in the mix.....

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Post by: Sir Alec of good Stock on November 06, 2012, 09:03:30 PM
First match PNE Home-1970/71.
Best season-1972/73.
Favourite all time player-Les Barrett
Favourite manager-Alec Stock
Best match-Carlisle Away-1975 FA Cup QF
Best goal-Viv Busby in the 4-0 demolition of Cardiff City when he picked the ball up on the half way line and beat 5 players and the keeper.
Regular on the TBT Coach through the 70s and early 80s.
Went 7 years without missing a home game from mid 70s to early 80s.
Stopped going to games in 1997, but will never forget some fantastic times following FFC all over the country and, on a few occasions overseas. Also will never forget the TBT trips with some of the best people you could ever wish to meet, a few of whom are sadly no longer with us.
The Chairman has done a fantastic job to get FFC to where they are today, but the Premiership is of no interest to me.
I never gave up on supporting the boys even when we were 91st in the League and lost at Torquay who were 92nd but that was a very different FFC to what it is today.
I could never support another team but just do not want to watch Premiership football which will be strange to the majority but not to one or two of you who will remember the bad times and the character that it took to get through them both as a supporter and a club.



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Post by: OldSchool76 on November 11, 2012, 05:18:24 PM
Hello everyone my name is Simon and I live in Maidstone.
I too was born into a family that all supported Fulham, pretty much all of them lived in or came from Fulham, my nan when she was alive lived in the flats behind the Hammersmith End.
My first game at the age of 7 was in 1976 Best Marsh and Moore were playing but we still managed to loose 5 1 at home to Notts County.
Over the last 36 years I have seen pretty much all the highs and lows, its amazing to think that you can see your club loose at home to Hayes struggle to get a draw at Ashford and then one day watch them play in a Europeon final.











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Post by: Muz on November 13, 2012, 11:59:49 AM
Morning chaps
Long time reader of this forum
Been going since 1966
Live in Slough
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Post by: A Humble Man on November 13, 2012, 04:04:13 PM
My grandfather was a farm worker in Norfolk who moved to Fulham for a better life around 1900 where he got a job as a postman and went down to the Cottage in its early days.  My father was born in Fulham and I was born a few miles away in 1948.  Went with my dad for my first game in about 1958 and have been going ever since.  I live in Fareham now but have been a season ticket holder for nearly 20 years now.  My children are supporters as well. 

So my family is well into its second century of support.
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Post by: 24Dejagacaniklic31 on November 14, 2012, 08:34:26 AM
Born in Stockholm & lived there for 7 years before moving to the States, where I've lived now for well over a decade. Currently a college student in California. Supporting Fulham because of my Persian background (Dejagah) & Swedish upbringing (Kacaniklic)... also because I love to support underdogs :D
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Post by: Tommi on November 15, 2012, 12:04:06 PM
Hi! I´m Tommi, 33-years old guy living in Finland. I have to admid i´m quite new Fulham fan. I started to follow this club a few years ago when Roy took the manager job. He had made great job with Finland National team, so I was interested to see how he can handle a new challences in Fulham. Great escape season really impressed me and I started really like this club! My first game at the cottage was in april 2009, when whites beat Stoke 1-0. Since then I have travelled to cottage one time in every season. Next time will be this sunday when I´m travelling to Sunderland game with my 6-years old son. It will be his first premier league match and he can´t wait it.

cheers
Tommi
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Post by: LBNo11 on November 15, 2012, 02:16:38 PM
...a very big  076.gif to all the newcomers, we hope you carry on posting your thoughts on a regular basis.

To all recent fans, on Friends Of Fulham, the members are happy to educate and guide you if you have any questions relating to the club we all support.

PS: Good to have you on board, you have already made more appearances at Craven Cottage than your fellow Finn Jari Litmanen.. :005:
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Post by: Beefy on November 18, 2012, 01:46:21 AM
Greetings,

A bit about me: I recently moved from America and started following Fulham when Clint Dempsey came over. Watching Fulham games has been a constant struggle because there simply isn't much football on American TV, despite the fact that I bought international satellite specifically to watch more football.

I've been in your glorious nation for a few months and moved to London this week. One of my main motivations? To be close to Fulham FC and watch the team practice (if that's allowed).

I love Fulham but I feel a little intimidated given that I'm not as well informed about the club as most of the people here.

Hope to get to know yall more and if anyone knows of a good place to watch the Fulham vs. Sunderland match tomorrow please let me know.

:)
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Post by: TheLegendMcbride on November 26, 2012, 08:24:57 PM
Hi, names Tom - I've been a season ticket holder in H5 for 3 years and been a regular since about '99.

Read this forum for a long time and now I'm ready to contribute !
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Post by: Highlander on November 30, 2012, 11:54:08 PM
Had lost interest with football as Scottish game went back to a 2 horse game and I was at uni in Edinburgh when the Hibs casuals were on the rampage most Saturday nights
1st came to the Cottage for Fulham vs Celtic 19-July 2008 (Zamora's 1st game?)
Wanted to come to a local team for my sons (8 and 4 at the time)
Came to a few more games that season. My sons 1st shirt was Bullard - just before he left  fp.gif
Bought 1st season tickets with my oldest son for 2009-10.
Now that was a season.
My 1st away game was in Hamburg for the final. Such parallels with Aberdeen's run to Cup winners Cup against Real Madrid...
Now at 4 season tickets (just got to persuade my daughter to come and it will be 5).
Football at Fulham has resparked the interest and provides a safe place to take the kids  :scarf:
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Post by: Burt on December 10, 2012, 09:25:06 AM
Welcome one and all... Enjoy your stay!
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Post by: fulhamborn and proud on December 15, 2012, 04:57:20 PM
welcome all my FFC friends
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Post by: TommyBarrs on January 02, 2013, 03:13:19 AM
Names <<<<<<< Tommy Been a Fulham fan since birth 25/12/1988. Always lived in Shepherds Bush. NEVER QPR!!!!!!!!!!!! My dad uncle grandad all supported 1 team Fulham ! so of course i followed, First game i went too was Fulham -Wolves which i can never forget as we was battered 5-1, But my second match was against Swansea who we beat 7-0 :-).

Growing up in the early years was a bit hard football wise as all my friends was either QPR or Chelsea, But i use to love the banter. Fulham fc is different Craven Cottage is different but in a great way. Feels like home and is such a lovely club with great fans who know what they are talking about ( most of them ) Remember the old days, well the old days for me being the mid 90's standing behind the goal i use to love all that, the walk to the matches down the river, no place like it. We use to go to as many games as we can really 15-25 games a season in the lower leagues.

As i got older i started going on my own as my dad and uncle do not go to as many games as we use to. Met some great people along the way to, I do not get any stick off QPR fans anymore. haha
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Post by: Joseph Figueiredo on January 04, 2013, 09:56:12 PM
Hi,

I'm a geography student at coventry university and have been supporting fulham
for over 6 years. Travel to most away games but struggle to get to the cottage
when i'm not in London. Originally from Balham and regularly go out in South
London.

Joe
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Post by: Sniffer on January 06, 2013, 10:25:32 AM
First game was with my Dad on 17th September 1966  Fulham 2 Leeds 2.

Favourite player Allan "Sniffer" Clarke   

Most memorable match was the Hamburg game at the Cottage.
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Post by: Patrick on January 07, 2013, 01:49:46 PM
Hi and hello to everyone  on  FOF...Patrick here.....just joined yesterday....been a Fulham supporter since I moved to London from Ireland in the early 1990's...ST Holder in H7.....FFC is a very big part of my life...a proper football club....with a touch of class thrown in..... the best.... ROI flag :dft009:
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Post by: Burt on January 08, 2013, 10:42:16 AM
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Post by: GoldCoastWhite on January 08, 2013, 03:28:21 PM
Welcome aboard Pat !  oztralian
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Post by: Patrick on January 09, 2013, 09:23:22 AM
Thanks Guys.....
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Post by: aaronmcguigan on January 21, 2013, 04:42:18 PM
Hi,
My name is Aaron. Supporting Fulham since 1998.
Age 26 and manager in a Tesco Express in Belfast. Originally from Newry, Co Down, and looking to get over to as many matches as possible, but work life balance isnt the best at the moment, so more of an armchair supporter whenever I get the chance.

Favourite player at the minute has got to be Aaron Hughes, and probably my favourite player in my time as a supporter will have to be Steve Finnan.
Judging by my favourites, Im a fan of the unsung heroes!

COYW
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Post by: TheDaddy on February 02, 2013, 03:07:38 PM
Welcome aaron,
 Enjoy and Finnan was cream top call.
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Post by: Stefano Okaka Chuka on February 15, 2013, 10:12:45 PM
Hi, I am Stefano and I am a Fulhamholic.
I am from Rome (Italy), but I do have a slight obsession for London and the Uk in general, be it football or music or ales or whatever else. I came to live among you lucky people a couple of years ago, but unfortunately I am now back in Berlusconiland. My first time at Fulham was a 2-1 victory v Everton in the famous 2010 season and after that I never looked back. I had been to Spurs for my very first taste of english football, but nothing compared to the Cottage, the Golden Lion, Tasty's, the dump that was Bishops Park back then etc. It's fair to say It was love at first sight with the whole area even before a ball was kicked.
Since then I followed the whites home and away whenever I could afford it and this season I flew over for three games, Manure away and for the two back to back home games of Wet Spam and Manure again.
I didn't support any english team before. As a kid I was a Sampdoria fan, quite weird considering I am from Rome and I still look out for their results but I don't consider myself a Samp supporter anymore...I am 100% Fulham these days, although I do have a soft spot for Barnet (it was close to my home in London and I was their manager for years with Football Manager ;) ) and Celtic .
I also post on CC, but that place is really quiet and so I needed an extra bit of Fulham talk.
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Post by: F(f)CUK on February 28, 2013, 05:43:22 PM
I had never been interested in this thread but then I had a long train journey and decided to read the 60+ pages on my Blackberry.

My story - Long family history - Grandfather stated that he used to go Fulham/Chelsea back in 1915.

His earliest recollection was Bendy Reynolds the double jointed goalkeeper of the 1920s.

My dad got myself and my brother hooked.

My first game was in 74 and I think was a 3-1 victory over Swindon.

Who did I support? Well coming from Tolworth it was obviously Stoke City. The reason for this being Gordon Banks who was my hero. On a school trip to Chessington Zoo I sat in another carriage to most of my class mates. They all got off the train with GB's autograph. It still hurts today.

The selling of Jimmy Greenhoff, Fulham getting to the cup final, a few more visits to the Cottage, seeing Bobby Moore lift the World Cup at the Cottage and then ultimately sitting directly behind Marsh' goal versus Hereford and I was hooked.

By 78 I was going to every home game whether I was accompanied by my dad or not.

Many times during the 80s and 90s I would leave games saying never again and yet I still kept going to every home game.

At Liverpool Uni I would travel with Roger (Toofif seller) to any game in the NW and beyond.

I am now easy to spot as I push my nearly 18 year old in his wheelchair to games.

I can also be spotted as I am the nose of my profile picture.

I still cannot believe I put the brackets in the wrong place for my username. I am supposed to be F(f)CUK. Doh!!!
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Post by: HatterDon on February 28, 2013, 09:04:17 PM
I haven't looked at this thread in almost 18 months. Read every post -- a sedentary 90 minutes or so, but wasteful? Never.
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Post by: Burt on March 05, 2013, 12:26:02 PM
Welcome one and all...
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Post by: 7787fulham on April 09, 2013, 10:18:15 PM
Hi all im anthony and im from ash in surrey
I am a relatively new fulham supporter but have been a football nut ever since I can remember and now being 28 and after watching my first game against stoke at the cottage got the bug and returned for the london derby against qpr.
Before I started following the mighty whites I followed my local non league side of farnborough fc after watching their demise and rebirth once and watching them climb the leagues finally lost patience as they look close to folding again only 6 years after coming back especially with the league showing they wont take any more mis payments but have been happy to see them getting some good fulham youth prospects on loan.
So what am I looking forward to at fulham? Getting my first season ticket and hopefuly watchong them get into europe again
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Post by: Barrie on April 10, 2013, 02:20:51 PM
Hi All,

I'm Barrie.

Life long Fulham fan (40 years old), passed on through the generations of my family.  Used to to a season ticket holder when I lived in London, but now poor health and distance (living in Christchurch, Dorset) mean I don't get up very often - only once this season so far.
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Post by: sonvejita on April 10, 2013, 06:25:26 PM
Hi Guys,

I'm following this forum for some time now, and it really is a great one. The reason for becoming a Fulham fan is quite up front - I'm a Berbatov fan (yeah I'm a Bulgarian :dft009: ). Anyway this said, the club, the players, and most of all the fans (you guys) have put me to think that this is a great club. Digging further in the history of Fulham I really became keen of all it has done and become. So for those two main and very important reasons why I've become a real FFC fan.
About me: My name is Karim, I live in Bulgaria, age 27 for the rest you can ask any questions :)

btw - yesterday arrived my FFC kit :plus one: nice..... 
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Post by: gezkc on April 11, 2013, 12:06:32 PM
Hi all,

I've been on this forum for a quite a while now, but was just looking through this section and realised I haven't introduced myself properly yet.

My name's Gerry and I live in Eton, Berkshire. I was born in Hammersmith 39 years ago and have followed Fulham all my life, as my dad was a huge Fulham fan - as is my uncle who's a current season ticket holder. I still have the Fulham hat and rosette my dad brought me back from the 1975 cup final. Fashions have definitely changed a bit since then!
 
I don't get to as many games as I'd like these days- probably 2 or 3 home games a season - but it means that every visit to the cottage is that bit more special!

Looking forward to chatting to one or two of you on here in the future, and perhaps seeing you at a home game sometime soon.
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Post by: FFC_17 on April 15, 2013, 10:52:47 PM
Hello all, i am a Fulham-fan from Holland (Rotterdam-area). I work as a football reporter for a major Dutch website, mainly around matches of Feyenoord Rotterdam.

I visit FFC as often as i can, mostly 2 or 3 times a season. I fel in love with Fulham and Craven Cottage a couple of years ago, on my first trip to London. My first match was an evening game vs Burnley, which we won (i think) 3-0. I still remember getting goosebumps when i saw the floodlights appear through the trees when i was walking through Bishops Park. Since then i always try to pick evening games for my visits to FFC, and still get goosebumps everytime i walk to the stadium.
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Post by: Craven Mad on April 17, 2013, 05:06:06 PM
Hi All,

I've been an avid reader of the board for years now, but thought it might be about time to start contributing to discussions.

In case anyone's interested, I'm a currently a student but will be moving to London soon to start a career. My student loan and distance from London has limited my time at the Cottage over the past 3 years (5-10 Games a season), but I'll be getting a new season ticket once I get to the Big Smoke. Hopefully Jol will have sorted out the midfield by then - we live in hope!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting involved.

COYW
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Post by: Burt on April 29, 2013, 12:58:02 PM
Welcome to FoF, y'all! Enjoy...
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Post by: Badger on May 06, 2013, 08:24:25 PM
Hi All,
I'm a new Fulham supporter and I increase the italian community supporting Fulham!!
I live in London and as a great football fan I was looking for an english team to support.
I visited many stadium here in London: West Ham, Tottenham, Chelsea (so boring guys!!!!), QPR, Wembley.. but when I was in front of Craven Cottage... I saw the light!!
i've just subscribed a season ticket for the next year so you guys have a new supporter now!!
Lele
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Post by: madffc on May 08, 2013, 01:24:05 PM
Hi everyone

I've been a fulham fan for pretty much my whole life (coming up to 27) and have been a season ticket holder for 13/14 years in the hammy end... can just about remember some old division 2 games when i started to go to games more often, though my first game was when i was a baby.

Anyway thought it was about time i signed up on here after a few years of just reading etc

Thanks for having me!
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Post by: NadsFromMauritius on May 22, 2013, 06:21:28 PM
Hello, friends

I'm Nadeem from lil' Mauritius Island (which can be pinpointed in the Indian Ocean for those who might not be too familiar with it), and I've been a FFC Fan for like 6 years or so (I'm 20 by the way). One of the factors that compelled me to translate myself into a FFC Fan would be the hospitality and complicity that everyone has got indiscriminately.

One of my dream would be to fly to Craven Cottage and potentially watch a dozen of matches featuring Fulham or more, and discover every facets of the club (with God's will; Ameen).

Best Regards,
Nadeem

COYW!
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Post by: Daffy on May 27, 2013, 08:39:41 PM
Hi, I'm Daffy, real name David.  I have read this board occasionally over the years years and used to contribute on TIFF.  Glad to be here now.  Hope this isn't too long and dull!

Born in 1967, my dad introduced me to Fulham in 1976.  First match was against Bristol Rovers, George Best's debut.  We sat at first on the Stevenage Road side, and as I got taller occasionally in the Enclosure.  Although I haven't been in the Johnny Haynes Stand for years I remember fondly the feel of the wooden seats and the crush under the stand when trying to get into the club shop or buy a pie at half time.

I grew up in Norbury (near Streatham). In those days most kids at school supported Liverpool and a few liked Palace. I was definitely the only Fulham fan around. My dad worked long hours and on Saturdays we'd invariably leave home late for the match, having to race in the car through the streets of South London to get to the Cottage in time for kick off.  But we always made it, hurrying the last few strides down Finlay Street with its majestic view of the Cottage and stopping to pick up a programme on the way.

In the 1980s we used to stand near the Green Pole in the Hammersmith End.  I remember clearly the voice of the guy shouting ROASTED PEANUTS!  By that time I'd managed to convince a couple of mates to support Fulham and we used to love going down the front in the second half when Fulham were attacking our way, shouting out for Ivor at corners and occasionally getting a wink or smile in acknowledgement.  I loved the Supermac years, the Lincoln match, Roger Brown hoofs over the stand, clackety scoreboard, Ray Houghton and Noisy O'Driscoll.  I grew to despise Chelsea (and Kerry Dixon in particular) when we lost 5-3 at home to them, and even more so when Ivor signed for them.  Was distraught up at Derby when the crowd invaded the pitch and we were pelted with coins and even a pig's head by the nutters in the upper tier.

I didn't go to the Cottage much after 1986 when I started working for the Foreign Office. That period was surely amongst Fulham's darkest on the pitch too.  Overseas postings and marriage followed.  I was back in UK between 1994 and 1997, and present at Mansfield and Cambridge when we clinched promotion from the third division.  Amazing feeling, Micky Adams and Jimmy Hill were legends. 

I started working in Africa just after Mr Fayed bought the club in 1997 and stayed until 2004, missing much of our ascent up the divisions.  But I was back on leave and in the Riverside Stand with Dad and young son for Jean Tigana's first match as manager in 2000, watching open-mouthed as Saha, John Collins and Boa Morte tore Crewe apart. I think that season we played our best football ever. I happened to be in Mauritius when Sean Davis scored the winner at Blackburn to virtually secure our promotion to the Premier League, and caught the result on a crackly world service early the following morning.

I have been a season ticket holder since 2004 and attend most matches with Dad and son. It's a great family tradition that I wouldn't change for the world.  Home is usually in Coulsdon. I was in Jamaica for two years until late 2010, but convinced the Mrs to let me to fly back to see Fulham (lose) in Turin and Hamburg during that historic Europa League campaign.  Love Roy Hodgson and hold affection for Jol, and just hope the latter can get us firing again next season.  I am currently working in Libya, although I do fly back when I can to see the family and Fulham.  And with the benefit of satellite TV I am able to see most matches out here.  I reckon there are even fewer Fulham fans in Tripoli than there were in Norbury in the 1980s.  And probably fewer Palace too!
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Post by: Pev on May 28, 2013, 11:12:02 PM
Hello fellow whites,

My name is Joe Peverill, aged 20, a politics student and  a devout Fulham supporter. Born and bred in Leicester, my grandad (who is a palace fan) used to take me to Fulham games when I was a young kid having lived just round the corner, and have supported the team ever since, averaging usually 5 games a season, mostly away.

I used to post on the old official forum quite a bit, but usually something of a lurker on FoF reading the opinions of other fans and members. I thought it was time to sign up and contribute towards the discussion, and maybe find other fans that I've met at away games in the past seasons!

My ultimate goal is to move to London and become a season ticket holder, how long before this can be achieved i'll never know!!
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Post by: Burt on June 01, 2013, 09:50:33 AM
A warm welcome to FoF to all of you...

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Post by: bobbo on July 04, 2013, 03:32:18 PM
 082.gif 082.gif 082.gif 082.gifHiya all , -------  I'm Bob not actually an exile but an uxbridge based fan and season ticket holder for the last 40 years and a 50+ years supporter I know there's a few of you in OZ and I'm down in sydney at least twice a year visiting my daughter and her family and absolutely always get up no matter what the time to watch the live game so where are all you fulhamish guys down under any of you near avalon nsw cos thats where my daughter lives .Maybe we can watch a match together when I'm next down--- I expect early december or maybe feb 2014.I maybe in me sixties now but dont feel it and I'll buy the case of coopers or whatever the choice
for watching the game. ---- I'm waiting to hear from you   
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Post by: dino1828 on July 11, 2013, 06:02:17 PM
Hello all I'm Bryan live in Jacksonville FL. Been a fan of the Premiere League for years looking to pick a team to rout for, but looks like the Jags owner has picked for me, so I look forward to learning about your team here.
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Post by: MisterDoctorMister on July 21, 2013, 06:59:59 PM
Hey All

Im a fan from Arkansas, I started following the Premier League about 5 years ago and I picked Fulham on a trip to London. My interest in the Premier League and Fulham is constantly growing and I'm excited what the new owner can do!  082.gif
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Post by: Scrumpy on July 26, 2013, 10:58:16 PM
Some great stories on here. Welcome to the family, one and all.
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Post by: Love Everton Forum on July 28, 2013, 06:03:11 PM
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We'll hopefully use this site for questionnaires / friendly banter etc as long as we are welcome, and as our membership grows you'll no doubt see us involved more in the Premiership community.

We welcome 'all' football fans to our site, so please feel free to register and pop in occasionally, where you will be respected and valued.

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Post by: Parkway Drive on August 16, 2013, 02:37:55 PM
from sydney australia... love the club, stay up till ungodly hours of the night to watch every game haha that's about it i guess. can't wait for the new season to kick off tomorrow and to hopefully get to a game or two next time i'm up there in england
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Post by: VamosFFC on August 25, 2013, 05:40:36 PM
Hey all,

I have been reading this forum for some time and have finally decided to join now.  I have been supporting Fulham since about 2005-06. To be honest, I tried supporting other clubs because I didn't want to be a supporter just because of the American connection, but when Fulham played, I couldn't help but cheer them on...Americans or not in the team.
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Post by: TerryR on August 26, 2013, 06:06:23 PM
Hey everyone.
I've been a Fulham fan for 12 years, but only finally got to the Cottage this year and am now a season ticket holder.
The reason I support Fulham?
It has nothing to do with Football!
I grew up in Canada but moved to the UK 20 years ago for work, got married had a kid........ then got divorced.
Unfortunately getting divorced coincided with losing my job.
UK courts aren't kind to dad's in this sort of situation.
What followed was financial amragedon.
Out of the family home now ( inhabited by my ex wife's new husband) I ended up age 37 living in a rented room in someone else's house, working in pubs and trying to start over.  Now comes the FCC conection:
Every second week I had to take care of my 1 yr old and given my living conditions weren't the best, we would get out of the house at 7 am Saturday morning. Inevitably we went to Bishop's park and lo and behold....A children's playground....built by FCC! That park saved me...allowed me to have somewhere fun to go with my daughter and maintain a relationship that thrives to this day! Cue hankys, warm feelings etc.
Time took a good turn for me and I was soon working back in the corporate world in Asia and spent the next 10 years travelling living in Asia and the US....but I always checked the  scores and followed the ebb and flow of FFC's fortunes. I'm now living back in Fulham with my Brazilian wife and given I have some money in the bank, we both got season tickets this year. I plan to take my daughter to a home game when she can tear herself away from teenage "stuff.
That's it.
Not a football connection but the bond between FCC and myself is super-strong.
T   
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Post by: casual74 on August 28, 2013, 04:03:45 PM
Hello everybody, I'm Italian 39 y.o.  living in Barcelona. I've just attended the Arsenal game and I'll come to Chelsea away next. I'd like to know Fulham fans to have some pints next home...would be nice to kit with something of you and share opinions about the Whites. COYW
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Post by: Count Berbatov on August 28, 2013, 04:54:31 PM
Hey everyone.
I've been a Fulham fan for 12 years, but only finally got to the Cottage this year and am now a season ticket holder.
The reason I support Fulham?
It has nothing to do with Football!
I grew up in Canada but moved to the UK 20 years ago for work, got married had a kid........ then got divorced.
Unfortunately getting divorced coincided with losing my job.
UK courts aren't kind to dad's in this sort of situation.
What followed was financial amragedon.
Out of the family home now ( inhabited by my ex wife's new husband) I ended up age 37 living in a rented room in someone else's house, working in pubs and trying to start over.  Now comes the FCC conection:
Every second week I had to take care of my 1 yr old and given my living conditions weren't the best, we would get out of the house at 7 am Saturday morning. Inevitably we went to Bishop's park and lo and behold....A children's playground....built by FCC! That park saved me...allowed me to have somewhere fun to go with my daughter and maintain a relationship that thrives to this day! Cue hankys, warm feelings etc.
Time took a good turn for me and I was soon working back in the corporate world in Asia and spent the next 10 years travelling living in Asia and the US....but I always checked the  scores and followed the ebb and flow of FFC's fortunes. I'm now living back in Fulham with my Brazilian wife and given I have some money in the bank, we both got season tickets this year. I plan to take my daughter to a home game when she can tear herself away from teenage "stuff.
That's it.
Not a football connection but the bond between FCC and myself is super-strong.

That's quite the story. It's great you and your daughter stayed close through the years. There's nothing like having your dad in your life.
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Post by: MissRuby on September 13, 2013, 03:24:37 AM
Hi guys,

I'm back! I decided to delete my account for a while for certain reasons, but while I'm away travelling its nice to see what everyone's thinking!
Hope you've all seen my Fulham round the world pictures, there's plenty more to come!
:)
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Post by: Pluto on September 16, 2013, 01:40:07 AM
Hi everyone I've been lurking here for a couple of years and thought it about time I made an account! I'm 23 and have been a season ticket holder at the mighty whites since I was 10, except a few years when I was at uni. Back living around London and at the cottage every week in the Johnny Haynes stand. I'm pretty much obsessed with football but outside of that I also play in a band.

Can't wait to join in the discussion with you guys on this great forum! COYW  049:gif
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Post by: Furby on October 01, 2013, 02:30:12 PM
Fulham born, so my family, my parents brothers and sisters are split between The mighty whites and Chelsea. My first game was when I was a toddler in the early 80's, allowed to get in for free over the turnstile in my dads arms, standing on empty steps in the Stevenage Road Stand. Gordon 'Ivor' Davies was my hero, and we had our best kit ever to date, the Osca kit with the black shoulders. Great memories. I'm now living in Maidenhead and get to watch us when my shifts allow.
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Post by: Burt on October 18, 2013, 12:46:12 PM
A warm welcome to you all!

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Post by: Dodger53 on November 08, 2013, 11:31:52 PM
Here is me - Live in Steyning W Sussex - Grandad used to go to Fulham or Wimbledon - Dad always took me to Fulham or SB - one game when I was about 12 (1965ish) C*****A v N'castle I wore my Fulham Scarf standing in the Shed end with dad - so reminded me of your Newcastle story - Season ticket at Hammy end with about 5 others from our village - worst footie in years now but still enjoy a beer in the Half Moon and enjoy the walk to the ground - dad knows I am there, even if players dont! Richardson would remind my dad of Johnny Key - absolutely awful week after week!
PS Born in Nightingale Lane, Wandsworth - Family from Battersea / Fulham.
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Post by: Shredhead on November 12, 2013, 12:13:22 PM
Here is me - Live in Steyning W Sussex - Grandad used to go to Fulham or Wimbledon - Dad always took me to Fulham or SB - one game when I was about 12 (1965ish) C*****A v N'castle I wore my Fulham Scarf standing in the Shed end with dad - so reminded me of your Newcastle story - Season ticket at Hammy end with about 5 others from our village - worst footie in years now but still enjoy a beer in the Half Moon and enjoy the walk to the ground - dad knows I am there, even if players dont! Richardson would remind my dad of Johnny Key - absolutely awful week after week!
PS Born in Nightingale Lane, Wandsworth - Family from Battersea / Fulham.
Welcome Dodger53. I live in Brighton and a few of us have started meeting in the Basketmakers in Gloucester Road on the last Monday of the month (8pm onwards) for a drink and a moan. All Steyning Cottagers are welcome - I bet a few of you actually live in cottages as well.
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Post by: Travers Barney on November 14, 2013, 09:03:55 PM
Well thats been a really nice two hours of my life...pretty ashamed I haven't taken time to contribute..international break no excuse

coyw
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on November 24, 2013, 02:46:20 PM
Great stories in here... For those of you who have yet to do so, please contribute.
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Post by: FFCpro on November 28, 2013, 02:03:11 PM
Hi

I am new to this site but not new to Fulham FC, being a supporter for 50 years. My name is Peter and my initials are PRO hence my login name. As with most fans, I grew up locally and had the choice of Wimbledon, Chelsea, QPR or Fulham to support, but as my Late Dad was a Fulham supporter, I had no real choice. I have supported them from the time that the Maestro ruled the pitch, through the dark days when a crowd of 3000 was the norm back up the Leagues to the Glory days that we are now experiencing.

I have have experienced the best and the worst of wearing black and white, and all I can say to those who think that today is the worst, is that you have only ever seen the best. As Tommy Trinder would have put it "You Lucky People".

My Dad was one of the group that contributed to keeping the club afloat when it looked like we were going to cease to exist. When he died he was buried with his Fulham scarf.

I am a season ticket holder in Block H of the Hammy End and I am sick at heart when I hear booing at games. To me being a supporter means all of the time.

My Son is also a almost life long Fulham Supporter as I hope my Grandson will also be. That wil cover 4 generations. So come on, lets do what good supporters do and stand behind our team, through the good and the bad days.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: jms on November 29, 2013, 08:18:43 PM
Have just been directed to this by 'Burt' on another thread, and assumed, as I've been following this message board for a good few years, that I'd introduced myself.
So have just scrolled through 17 pages to find that I have never contributed to this thread, and as I'm one of the first members of the recently formed 'FOFers' Brighton gang, thought I'd better remedy it so that anyone who joins us has some idea of what they're letting themselves in for  :021:
Firstly, I'd like to say how fantastically moderated this board is. This is not a 'creepy message' to get accepted, it is simply a comment from a woman who loves her football team, and rarely finds anywhere 'online' in football that isn't full of witless and too often offensive comments. I usually feel very comfortable with the community who use this particular 'sounding board' and that's down to the moderators and the contributors. If there women out there reading this message board, please make yourself known. You are not alone.
My name is Jenny. My Dad took me to watch Fulham in 1959, when I was 10 years old, and from the moment I walked up the stairs of the Stevenage Road Stand and saw the emerald green pitch, smelt the mixture of hotdogs and cigarette / pipe smoke and sat on the wooden benches, where our seat numbers were marked out in white paint……. I was in love !
Then there was Graham Leggat, still after all these years, the player I put above all others. He started my love of fast, brilliant wingers. Conway; Barrett; Houghton; Steed; ……and overlapping full backs…..Cohen ( the greatest ) ; Langley; Parker; Rufus; Finnan ; Reither.
I've stood on the Riverside; sat on the Riverside; stood at the Putney end;  sat once at the Putney End; Juventus ! ; stood during the macdonald / lewi days just in front of the green pole; sometimes sit these days in H4 in the seats, just to the left of the top of the centre staircase, with supposed restricted view, and no one sitting directly in front of us…so actually, great view !
But I love the Johnny Haynes Stand best of all, and if I can get a seat in B block, just by the staircase, then that's where some of my ashes will be left under the seat when I go.
Yes I love this club, and want to be positive about it during these most depressing times.
There is no other football club in the world that is so Fulhamish…..and most of our supporters seem to be pretty decent too.
COYW 049:gif
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Post by: One Martin Thomas on November 30, 2013, 09:06:41 PM
Starting watching Fulham over 20 years ago.  Dad and Uncle took me to my first match in the third tier and that was it.  Julian Hails was my favourite player in those days.  The AC Milan away shirt with GMB sponsor.  Loved it.

Going to Fulham was my favourite thing in the whole world.  Growing up in Sussex, no one in my school could watch their team as I did (Liverpool and Manchester are a long way away).

Games that stick in my mind: Swansea in FA Cup with Paul Broker making a debut.  Liverpool in league cup with Sean F lobbing Grobelaar.  Beating Luton in League Cup with Jim Stannard the hero in the penalty shout out.  I would also add Tigana's first league match away to Birmingham City.

I can also remember standing outside the Cottage with my Dad waiting for the gates to open and two posh ladies riding past on their bikes.  One said to the other "Oh darling, I had no idea that you lived near a football club.  How ghastly for you !"  It was unbelievable.

I have lived in France for quite a few years and miss the Cottage.  I do love my club and I am heart broken to see us drop the way we are.  No pride, no passion.  Jol totally lost.

Forever Fulham !!!
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Post by: Hong Kong Fulham fan on December 01, 2013, 08:15:45 AM
Hi all,

I am a Fulham fan living and working in Hong Kong.

I have been following Fulham for years and even with 6000 miles separation between me and Craven cottage I still have a season ticket in the Hammersmith end. I get to approx 10 games a season and luckily we have all the premiership matches broadcast live, so I don't miss a match.

I'm coming over next week to watch the Villa game so hope to see some of you in the pubs before hand.

COYW.
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Post by: Simon1983 on December 08, 2013, 07:39:18 AM
Hi, I'm Simon , 30 and live close to the ground . Lovr Fulham and have season ticket in nye hammy end . Thanks for allowing me to contribute and engage with the debate :)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: rockieroad on December 14, 2013, 05:46:07 PM
Hello fulham friends,

Name is Anthony (20 years old). I'm an American whose been a supporter for about only about 2ish years. Love the vibe this club gives off and of course I'm a huge Dempsey fan. Hopefully I will be a regular poster here. :D
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: YankeeJim on December 14, 2013, 06:25:06 PM
Hello fulham friends,

Name is Anthony (20 years old). I'm an American whose been a supporter for about only about 2ish years. Love the vibe this club gives off and of course I'm a huge Dempsey fan. Hopefully I will be a regular poster here. :D

Bit of advice, don't defend Dempsey. If he nails a hat trick some will complain.
BTW, like your ice cream.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: One Martin Thomas on December 15, 2013, 09:33:34 PM
Starting watching Fulham over 20 years ago.  Dad and Uncle took me to my first match in the third tier and that was it.  Julian Hails was my favourite player in those days.  The AC Milan away shirt with GMB sponsor.  Loved it.

Going to Fulham was my favourite thing in the whole world.  Growing up in Sussex, no one in my school could watch their team as I did (Liverpool and Manchester are a long way away).

Games that stick in my mind: Swansea in FA Cup with Paul Broker making a debut.  Liverpool in league cup with Sean F lobbing Grobelaar.  Beating Luton in League Cup with Jim Stannard the hero in the penalty shout out.  I would also add Tigana's first league match away to Birmingham City.

I can also remember standing outside the Cottage with my Dad waiting for the gates to open and two posh ladies riding past on their bikes.  One said to the other "Oh darling, I had no idea that you lived near a football club.  How ghastly for you !"  It was unbelievable.

I have lived in France for quite a few years and miss the Cottage.  I do love my club and I am heart broken to see us drop the way we are.  No pride, no passion.  Jol totally lost.

Forever Fulham !!!

Thanks for my shirt !  That's the one I loved so much.  First ever Fulham shirt !!!!!!  Very special to me .
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Post by: LBNo11 on December 15, 2013, 10:39:12 PM
...you're welcome...
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: One Martin Thomas on December 26, 2013, 09:47:18 AM
Gone back to Mum's for Xmas and found my old programmes in their season files.  Found my first match programme: Fulham v Torquay (Xmas 1991).  Team:

Jim Stannard,
John Marshall,
Martin Pike,
Mark Newson,
Jeff Echardt,
Glen Thomas,
Simon Morgan,
John Finch,
Sean Farrall (as it is spelt on back of programme - oh dear),
Gary Brazil,
Peter Scott

No Julian Hails  :012:

Was very young.  I do not remember the score but 2 - 1 is in my head.  I remember the snow and how cold it was.  But that was it for me.  Fulham all the way and I took it quite seriously from a young age....

I found amongst my souvenir programmes:
 :021:a hand written letter from Jimmy Hill answering my letter about business ideas to sell more shirts (quite impressed that he replied as I was not that old). 
 :021:I have a letter from Government Office about the Cottage and redevelopment from 1995 (I must have written pleading for the ok which would have been the 15 000 stadium and flats on river - R Weston got his way again).
 :021:there is somewhere a reply from a letter I wrote to Micky Adams.  I remember being so worried when MAF came in that Micky would be soon gone, I wrote him a "keep the faith" letter and told him on behalf of us all that we loved him and appreciated what he was doing.  He actually replied that he had concerns about his future !!!  Great guy !!!

 :merry christmas: everyone and thanks site.  Love it !
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on January 03, 2014, 04:08:01 PM
Keep 'em coming... Some great reads in this thread. Welcome to all the recent joiners!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Berbs on January 06, 2014, 01:58:56 PM
Hi guys, another new Bulgarian supporter here :) I am a director of a financial company in Bulgaria and a big fan of Berbatov. I have been going through the posts here for some time and recently decided to join your community. I hope Berba will stay at Fulham for the next few years to enjoy him every week :)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: panixs on January 08, 2014, 05:39:12 PM
Hi guys
Im a long time lurker that has decided to come out the woodwork. Ive been supporting fulham since 94 when I was nine. Used to have a season ticket when I lived in the south but gave it up when i moved to the midlands.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: eloc on January 29, 2014, 07:15:26 PM
im Rob, been a fulham fan since 2009, and in 2010 i went to fulham v blackburn over my spring break. Being from Houston, Texas ( a couple hours drive from the nac) Dempsey is what originally got me interested in the team, but seeing the atmosphere sold it. i thought college football fans were nuts, but theyve got nothing on soccer fans. im probably one of the youngest here at 22, but i hope i can contribute!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Blanco on February 04, 2014, 04:28:05 PM
Hi, my name's Joe.

My granddad(from putney) and nan(from fulham) supported FFC. My dad therefore carried on the tradition and now here I am at 20 years old and suffering just as much as they did. I've been a fan since my dad took me to my first game when we were in the second division. Unfortunately I can't remember which game it was  :016:. All I remember is my dad sitting me on the bars while he held me and stood and watched the game. I moved to Spain when I was 9-10 and have continued supporting the whites. Whenever I go back I go and see a game.

I will always be a Fulham fan. Wherever I live and whichever division they are in.  049:gif
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Tony.Lee on February 05, 2014, 01:53:28 PM
Born and bred in London, started following Fulham when I was still in primary school back in 2000, followed them since. Get funny looks when I mention a Fulham fan, seeing as everyone in college supports either United, Arsenal, Tottenham or West Ham.

Representing for the East End.
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Post by: JDH101 on February 05, 2014, 09:47:54 PM
My name is Jamie and I was born and raised on the streets of Fulham, Harbord street to be exact, a stones throw away from the ground.

I'm 37, moved out to LA with work 9 years ago and now find myself with a wife and a fulhamite who's 8 months old and crawling faster than Scotty Parker can run.

Its tough watching the games out here in California, like Ridge Rider said, there can be some early starts, but once I'm up and I've got my cup of tea on the go it quickly becomes my favorite part of the week.

I'm a diehard, its in my blood. When you've travelled to Swansea in the back of a van to see your team lose and get relegated to the lowest division, it helps you to put our current plight into perspective.

I've been posting on this site for a few months now and already loving the debate and opinions. I've already started to notice a few posters who I think talk sense.

Thanks for site - It really helps a lonely Fulhamer in LA keep in touch with fellow fans.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Nick Bateman on March 05, 2014, 10:16:12 PM

I come from Godalming in leafy Surrey

 :airfix:

No need to swear Airfix!
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Post by: Craving the cottage on March 10, 2014, 07:28:34 PM
Hi, my name's Jarrad and I've been a Fulham fan for nearly ten years (tenth season since my dad started bringing me as a kid). Bought an ST for this season for the first time and have already commited to next season whether we stay up or go down. Whilst I'd much rather stay in the Premier League, I view a season in the Championship as an exciting tour and a chance to visit some new grounds, wouldn't mind visiting Elland Road for a start.

I live East of Fulham near Crystal Palace, so it looks all geared up for a finalè between my most geographically local team and the team I love! Up the Fulham!
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Post by: FFC1971 on April 09, 2014, 02:17:30 PM
Hi, I was born and lived in Fulham for early childhood. Attended Craven Cottage for the first time as a child in the Fulham v PNE title showdown in 1971. Fell in love with the club and along with my elder brothers, Fulham became a regular feature of my life.  Social and group pressure finally got to me at the age of 14/15 and started to watch the Arsenal (I know... my "mates" just didn't want to come to the cottage !) The Northbank just wasn't the same and so I decided that I would rather watch the whites on my own.

My job took me away from attending football until I retired in 2009/10 season and obtained a season ticket. What a great year to return to the cottage !!! Been a season ticket holder ever since and have just renewed for next season, and I cannot wait. COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Shredhead on April 09, 2014, 08:37:36 PM
My name is Jamie and I was born and raised on the streets of Fulham, Harbord street to be exact, a stones throw away from the ground.

I'm 37, moved out to LA with work 9 years ago and now find myself with a wife and a fulhamite who's 8 months old and crawling faster than Scotty Parker can run.

Its tough watching the games out here in California, like Ridge Rider said, there can be some early starts, but once I'm up and I've got my cup of tea on the go it quickly becomes my favorite part of the week.

I'm a diehard, its in my blood. When you've travelled to Swansea in the back of a van to see your team lose and get relegated to the lowest division, it helps you to put our current plight into perspective.

I've been posting on this site for a few months now and already loving the debate and opinions. I've already started to notice a few posters who I think talk sense.

Thanks for site - It really helps a lonely Fulhamer in LA keep in touch with fellow fans.
I like your 'signature' at the bottom of your post.  It would work for Dejagah - he deserves one.
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Post by: Jackali7 on April 12, 2014, 02:47:46 PM
Hi ...

Jack / Chicago
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: fulhamhooligan on April 13, 2014, 11:27:45 AM
Hello All I have just joined this Forum as a result of the FB Group - my name is Scott & I live in Adelaide, Australia.

In April 1998, my wife & I moved to London to live, as I had just completed my Uni Degree as a Mature Age Student.

3 Days after arriving (Easter Sunday) I was standing outside Earls Court Tube Station @ around 7:30am & 'bumped into' 2 x Blokes wearing B&W Scarves - they had been to a 'lock in' @ The Pharaoh & Firkin Pub in Putney Bridge & were on their way home.
I mention their names because many on here may know them: Ferret & Orm

Initially, I assumed they were Newcastle Fans (as the Gordies has played The Arse @ Highbury, the day before).
When they told me they were FFC Fans, I said: "Who? You mean the team Terry from 'Minder' supports?"

I asked how I could get to a match & they said "We" play @ home tomorrow, if you meet us at the Pub, you can come with us.
So I turned up Easter Monday for a home match v Carlisle: Stood with them @ the Hammy End & 5 - nil to The Fulham!
I was 'sold' & would now be Fulham 4 Life.

The season ended with FFC making the Play Offs but going out in the 1st Round.
I then attended a 'Fans Trip' to the Isle of White in the Off Season & returned for 'The Keegan Era' - What fun was had on that Cup Run; away trips to The Dell, Villa Park & Old Trafford ... not to mention Liverpool in the League Cup (staying in a Hostel at the back of Anfield) & scoring 100+ points for the Season & winning the League.

We then got pregnant with my son Oscar (that's him in front row, 2nd from the right in my Profile Pic - FFC pre season in Melbourne with 'Woy', he walked out with Bobby Z) & we had to return to Oz  :012: because we couldn't afford to live in London on a single wage.

I returned (on my own) briefly in Jan '03 to see us play in the Top Flight (staying with Ferret - who is Oscar's God Father BTW) & fortunately saw Louis Saha play v Everton @ Loftus Rd (one of his last matches for FFC thanks to 'Purple Head' putting untold Media pressure on him via The Sun). He, Simon Morgan & Chris Colemann are my favorite all time players for FFC (I never saw Haynes, obviously or Robson or Best).

I was so fortunate to meet the NEC Njimegen Fans (in particular Frans & Twan) after that match too in The Golden Lion Pub - which gave me another Club to follow in another European League - Ferret & I went over to Njimegen for a 'tour' of their ground, a couple of days later.

Oscar & I watch most matches on Foxtel here in Oz & I will be taking him to The Cottage (& NEC) ASAP - when I can scrounge the finances together! He is also under strict instructions upon my death: Buy 2 x Business Class Tickets to London - via Melbourne.

He is to scatter 1/2 of 'me' on the MCG (we are huge Cricket Fans & go The Ashes Boxing Day Test every tour - Ferret too has been out here for 2 of them, including when you last won  :031:   :046: ... Oscar & I were there this time too (err, 5 - nil)) & the other 1/2 of my remains are to be scattered @ the Hammersmith End of Craven Cottage!

There are only 4 things that matter in my life: My Football Club, My 2 Children & My Wife - in THAT order  049:gif
#Fulham4Life #There is only ONE Simon Morgan  :Haynes The Maestro:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: PakistaniWhites on April 18, 2014, 07:53:08 AM
My name is komail and i m from Pakistan. This is my first year as fulham fan, quite a tense season so far for me as for first time i support a team which will fighting for relegation(i hope fulham can make it).  my favourite players in the team is holtby n ashkam dejagah.

 :047:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: DutchCottager on April 23, 2014, 03:43:14 PM
I'm Twan. I live in the Netherlands and I'm a Fulham fan for about 6 years. My first game at the Cottage was against Villa, a few years ago. Now, I try to visit Fulham a few times per season. I really love our stadium, and the club itself seems like a big family. My favourite players are probably Holtby, Dejagah and Stockdale.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Shredhead on April 27, 2014, 08:30:40 PM
My name is komail and i m from Pakistan. This is my first year as fulham fan, quite a tense season so far for me as for first time i support a team which will fighting for relegation(i hope fulham can make it).  my favourite players in the team is holtby n ashkam dejagah.

 :047:
Asalaam Mulekam, Komail. My wife's family are from Pakistan and my daughter (surname Coleman-Khan) is a season ticket holder. It's good to see someone from Pakistan supporting Fulham?
Why do you support us?
What teams are popular in Pakistan?
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Post by: Artful Dodger on May 04, 2014, 09:13:17 AM
Dodger here.....real name Jason and now living just South of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

Having a Dad in the RAF for the first 15 years of my life and moving every 2-3 years meant I didn't really have a team when I was young, although we lived in Naples for 3 years when I was 8-11 years old and the San Paulo was the first stadium I ever went to (first proper match was England v Spain in Euro '80) and Rudi Kroll, the Dutch CB, was my first hero as he played for Napoli at the time.

When I was a teenager we moved to Bracknell and my Dad who was born in Shepherds Bush and used to watch Fulham as teenager himself finally took us to watch Fulham - probably 1987 and 1st round FA Cup match v Colchester (I think) which we lost 1-0 of course but that was it....I had found my team and over the next couple of years we went regularly.

I headed off to Liverpool Uni in 1989 and did the North West away games which was fun (was it nose that mentioned Roger the TOOFIF seller - used to know him) then in 1992 got a job over in Yorkshire and have lived here ever since. The early 90's were fun for watching Fulham - did all the Northern away days at shite decrepit stadiums with about 50 away fans and then suddenly turned up at Mansfield in 1996 and only just manage to get it in!

I now have 2 daughters and the youngest who's 12 is a fully fledged member of the FFC family (the eldest took to music rather than football!) and has started coming to games. We are taking solace from our relegation from the fact we can look forward to many games within easy reach of here.

And I can recommend a night out in Leeds if anyone fancies it!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: PakistaniWhites on May 08, 2014, 10:30:27 AM
My name is komail and i m from Pakistan. This is my first year as fulham fan, quite a tense season so far for me as for first time i support a team which will fighting for relegation(i hope fulham can make it).  my favourite players in the team is holtby n ashkam dejagah.

 :047:
Asalaam Mulekam, Komail. My wife's family are from Pakistan and my daughter (surname Coleman-Khan) is a season ticket holder. It's good to see someone from Pakistan supporting Fulham?
Why do you support us?
What teams are popular in Pakistan?
nice to hear that :) I like fulham bcz zesh rehman played for(He is Pakistani National Football Player) and now also bcz owner is Pakistani so there is my country identity in pl in some way. many like now fulham bcz of same reasons, there was quite a news coverage when fulham relegated and i m sure it helped adding local fan base for fulham.
generally here people like man city, arsenal, liverpool,man utd and fulham fans r also creasing day by day.

your wife is Pakistani! u r native english? or from some place else?

nice to meet you :))
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Syd Cupp on May 14, 2014, 07:08:13 PM
Hello All,

First post on the Friends Of Fulham Forum my Names Syd Cupp from errr ... Sidcup (What a coincidence).

Im a season ticket holder in the H3 section of the Hammersmith End.
Been a Supporter since my Dad made me watch Fulham v Plymouth on August 19th 1975 0-0 (Thanks Dad . .!!).

I look forward to join in with discussions on the forum whether agreeing or not on some of thoughts.

Cheers

Syd
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Shredhead on May 19, 2014, 10:30:40 PM
My name is komail and i m from Pakistan. This is my first year as fulham fan, quite a tense season so far for me as for first time i support a team which will fighting for relegation(i hope fulham can make it).  my favourite players in the team is holtby n ashkam dejagah.

 :047:
Asalaam Mulekam, Komail. My wife's family are from Pakistan and my daughter (surname Coleman-Khan) is a season ticket holder. It's good to see someone from Pakistan supporting Fulham?
Why do you support us?
What teams are popular in Pakistan?
nice to hear that :) I like fulham bcz zesh rehman played for(He is Pakistani National Football Player) and now also bcz owner is Pakistani so there is my country identity in pl in some way. many like now fulham bcz of same reasons, there was quite a news coverage when fulham relegated and i m sure it helped adding local fan base for fulham.
generally here people like man city, arsenal, liverpool,man utd and fulham fans r also creasing day by day.

your wife is Pakistani! u r native english? or from some place else?

nice to meet you :))
I'm glad you didn't say Pakistanis like Chelsea! And its good that Fulham are becoming more popular in Pakistan even though we were relegated. Congratulations on choosing Fulham as your team.
My wife's family are from (north) Pakistan. She was born in London. I'm a gora English.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TrexFFC on June 15, 2014, 07:03:16 PM
Hello all.

My name is Tim and I'm from the US. I became a fan this season and my favorite player to watch was Dejagah.  I know that we have good young prospects coming up into the first team so I look forward to being in the Championship this year. Hopefully we can get promotion and get back into the Premier League again!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: XXI on June 23, 2014, 10:29:10 AM
Hi,

I'm Yigit and I'm from Turkey. I was born in Hounslow, but my family decided to move back to Turkey 2 months after I was born. I've been a Fulham fan for approximately 14 years.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: AussieVillan on June 28, 2014, 01:39:27 AM
Hi guys, actually an Aussie Aston Villa supporter but have always had a soft spot for Fulham because of the Australian connection with Schwarzer. Now you guys have signed Adam Taggart and possibly Jason Davidson I'm sure I'll be keeping my eyes on your results from oz again. They might not quite be there yet but in my opinion you've got two very bright young talents there. Jason still makes the odd mistake but as a defender at his age he is still learning and the good thing is he doesn't often make the same mistake twice. Adam has made very strong progress the last 12 months and is a genuine goal poacher, good runs, high work rate and excellent composure in front of goal. He would be the front runner to take up the Aussie striking role (with Robbie Kruse) when Cahill retires and if you give him service he WILL score goals for you. Best of luck for the season and a bounce back up into the prem.
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Post by: Berserker on June 28, 2014, 07:15:44 AM
Hi there Aussie Villan, welcome. We all loved Schwarzer, great goalie. Be good to have snother Australian in our team again.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Paul the Jambo on July 09, 2014, 04:18:34 PM
I am a Hearts fan moving to London on account of my career (I have travelled internationally quite a bit with my role and I'm looking forward to my London gig) .  I have seen Fulham play at some of the bigger prem teams but I have never been to craven cottage.  The Millwall game will be my first.  I am hoping this forum will help connect me to the fans community.  For me, football is more than the actual 90 mins.  It's about pre-post match real ales (IPAs being my fav), meeting new people, having a spot of decent lunch before the game, banter etc etc.  As a kid I loved the Sweeney and when George Cater mentioned Fulham I was intrigued.  As a wee boy from Falkirk the name Fulham sounded exotic to me.  Hence my soft spot.  I also have an Edinburgh mate who went to Fulham as part of a corporate event and said that the fans were really decent. So, hope to engage with some of you soon when the season kicks off.  BTW nice to see our new Scottish striker sign for Fulham.  A wee gem of a player.  cheers !
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Post by: rweller86 on July 10, 2014, 12:40:37 PM
Hi all, been a long time reader, finally joined the forum :)

I am from Hertfordshire, born and bred, but my family moved out from Fulham in the early 80s.

My first Fulham game was in the 90s when we were still in the bottom tier and have supported them ever since.

The new season will be my 4th as a season ticket holder since I graduated from Uni. Last season I started to go to more away games and hoping to get to even more this season!


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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: jags24 on July 17, 2014, 06:45:52 PM
Hi, I'm Jamie, an American here.  Yeah, there's a lot of Americanos who like the Whites.  I saw a match at the Cottage (two, in fact) a couple years ago and that's what did it.  I fell in love on my walk down the Riverside.

It's a beautiful stadium, mercifully liberated from the Michael Jacko statue, even if that has brought us bad luck, I will accept it as the price to be paid.  Horrible timing on becoming a fan since I watched almost all the matches last year.
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Post by: YankeeJim on July 17, 2014, 11:47:13 PM
Hi, I'm Jamie, an American here.  Yeah, there's a lot of Americanos who like the Whites.  I saw a match at the Cottage (two, in fact) a couple years ago and that's what did it.  I fell in love on my walk down the Riverside.

It's a beautiful stadium, mercifully liberated from the Michael Jacko statue, even if that has brought us bad luck, I will accept it as the price to be paid.  Horrible timing on becoming a fan since I watched almost all the matches last year.

Jamie, post your bio on the Finster & exiles board where the rest of the yanks, expatiates & the odd Aussie (aren't they all? LOL) hang out. There is a thread about a meet up in Jacksonville for the match against DC United. We have a dozen or better that are showing up. Be great to see you there.
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Post by: greek_coyw on July 26, 2014, 01:59:34 AM
Hello guys! Time for me to introduce myself!

My name is Manos and i live in Athens, Greece
The team I support since a child is Olympiakos and for the last 3 years my favorite player is Mitroglou
I joined the forum some months ago to see how people will "react" to such a transfer and in the following months I got a feeling that Fulham fans are somehow special.

I  like your attitude on the team and on football and I will be glad to be under the same "flag" with you!
I started reading parts of the history, i try to find people to watch the games with and i hope that i will get to see at least a game this season inside the Craven Cottage (if i get an internship first somewhere in the UK)

Cheers!

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Post by: FulhamStu on July 26, 2014, 02:50:22 PM
I am Stuart Roberts - 58 year old 4th generation Fulham fan now retired with a Small holding in the South Shropshire Hills.   Went to games in the 60's then 70's with the Thames Bank Travellers and did all games home and away for a good few seasons.   Married with 2 sons (both Fulham), one who is a real singer at games. Have had more lows than highs supporting this club, but the highs are so worth all the pain.  Never expect too much which helps but always glass half full.  Have met some great Fulham fans via forums, incl many of the exiles when I lived in the USA (4 years).   Still take my 80 plus year old Dad to games, often with son in tow as well.   
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Post by: DagenhamDan on September 10, 2014, 12:48:08 PM
Hello, I am Danny, 38, from Dagenham and previously from Ealing.  I first saw the mighty Fulham in the early 80s, taken by my Dad and I got addicted.  Through the 80s I watched us now and again but it wasnt till I was around 15 and living in Waltham Abbey that I started to watch more and more.  Enjoying the lower leagues and meeting some great friends along the way and travelling the country with them.

As we became more succesful I introduced work mates to the club and met a good few new friends and spent most Saturday's drinking in Putney before watching the whites and then going back to the pubs and clubs before playing for the legendary PSV Putney on a Sunday morning!

I enjoyed the ride to the Premier League but got bored after a couple of years as it was clear we wouldnt succeed so I started to watch COnference and League two football at my new home of Dagenham.  The Europa league run was a great distraction from the predictable PL and now this season offers up hope of more exciting and worrying times but certainly something to be an active part of again!
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Post by: Bobsfulham on September 15, 2014, 03:15:56 PM
Hi I'm Bob,

Born in Munster Road Fulham in 1946.
My dad used to have a Greengrocery business in Fulham Place Road for many years.
When I was a lad I used to go with my dad and brother to watch Fulham at the cottage on the occasional Saturday.
Being born in Fulham I have always followed the team even though Stamford bridge is probably closer to where I was born!!
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Post by: premFlem on September 18, 2014, 11:32:51 PM
Pete Flemming I come from a divided family my wife and daughter are chelsea fans,  me and my boy are Fulham.
 36 years a Fulham supporter debut in 1978  roughly 1200 appearances all 4 divisions, visited most league grounds
greenpole boy through and through.
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Post by: Burt on September 21, 2014, 08:50:50 PM
Welcome one and all...
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Post by: Berserker on September 21, 2014, 08:56:03 PM
Ah I thought you were from Belgium ;- )
Welcome anyway
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Post by: Black and White Town on September 24, 2014, 10:40:03 AM
Hello!

I'm not a hardcore lifetime fan.
I was never massively into football as a boy, so never had a club that I would say I supported.
When I got interested in football as an adult, I would watch the games for their own sake, but not particularly support a specific team.

Then I happened to move to about 200m from Craven Cottage for a couple of years in my 20s, and from then I'd say that although you still couldn't class me as a fan, I had an affinity for Fulham and would want them to win.

Anyway, when I met my now wife, it turned out that her Dad was a lifelong Fulham fan, so I guess that sealed it. I came to see a few matches with him.

My son is now 6, and has got into football in a massive way in the last couple of years. Good timing for him to support Fulham, right!!
Oh well, disappointment is a valuable lesson to teach kids.

Anyway, that's me, hello everyone.

We all came up to watch the Blackburn match last Saturday.
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Post by: FFCBerks on October 17, 2014, 01:32:47 PM
Good afternoon all, Wayne here. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. In fact I was guided here by my dad, bigalffc, who it seems has way too much time on his hands...

Like father like son - Fulham through and through though dad has had to remind me that I was not able to switch allegiance during some of the 'darker' times. We moved around a fair bit but Dad made sure we got to the Cottage as often as possible, even when we were based up on the north coast of Wales.

My first game was an away trip in May '83 to see, unfortunately, El Tel's boys run rings around us on their plastic pitch. Not the perfect start, but things got better. On my 10th birthday, 7th Jan 1984, dad took me and my school mates to the Cottage to see Fulham play Spurs in the 3rd round of the FA cup. Tucked away, up under the roof, we couldn't see the electronic scoreboard wish me and Malcolm Macdonald a happy birthday so my Uncle dashed down to make sure it was read out over the tannoy! Whilst I don't remember much of the game I do remember my supposedly vegan friend, Ananda, demolish two hot dogs having made us promise not to tell his Mum! By chance I have the programme in my desk at work. Thirty years later I'm still saving up for the SABA Ultracolour tv (a brand which obviously failed to catch on), a Panasonic VHS with 14 day programme function (woohoo!) and the Daihatsu Charmant 1300CL 5 Speed which looks like it has been made out of Duplo, by a three year old.

COYW!
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Post by: ffcjohnnyf on October 20, 2014, 05:30:26 PM
Hi Everyone. I was born in Hammersmith, near a famous football club by the River Thames. Lived in Ealing for about 25 years and went to school in East Acton, surrounded by filth and bitters.

My Dad, god bless him, played for Fulham juniors, as did his brother. I regularly attended from my early teens to mid 20's , standing in the Hammersmith End, not far from the Green Pole, but then I moved with my job to the Midlands and then overseas to work.

I was at the Cup final in '75 and at Hamburg a few years ago. Would be nice for us to win something, but we all know that's not what it's all about at Fulham and being Fulhamish!

Have been living in Spain on the Costa Blanca for over 12 years now. Don't get back to the UK very often, but my love of FFC hasn't diminished one bit, despite being surrounded here by glory hunters from various other teams....filth, plod, arse etc. Have mainly used another FFC message board, bet you can guess, but sick of the trolls, wums and general decline of the board and its negativity. Not a hugely regular poster, but an avid reader of  decent FFC posts.

Looking forward to a better experience on FOF!

¡Hasta luego y COYW!!  :008:

ffcjohnnyf
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Post by: rubbernecca on March 19, 2015, 11:02:28 AM
Hello,

I've had the bad timing of becoming a Fulham supporter 5 years ago. I'm from the US and live in Fulham and could never support the other club in Fulham. I believe that a club picks you as much as you pick a club. I'm Fulham for life! My young sons don't understand this loyalty, but they're Fulham for life as well!

I've learned a lot from this forum so I decided that I should join instead of just lurking. Hopefully Khan reads it as well. This really is the heart of the club. The fans are only constant for a club - owners, management and players all change.

I also believe that money is ruining football and that financial fair play is the biggest bunch of BS ever. It just keeps the rich teams rich. The strange thing about Fulham right now is that we have a billionaire owner that keeps talking about financial fair play but not to his advantage! Just another part of the top down cluelessness currently at the club. This forum is the only way to stay halfway sane!

COYW!

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Post by: Burt on March 26, 2015, 04:55:25 PM
Welcome to you all  :clap_hands:
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Post by: The Footy Diary on April 20, 2015, 03:04:35 AM
I'm Steve, a season ticket holder at Crewe Alexandra and lead writer for The Footy Diary.
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Post by: colcliff on May 14, 2015, 10:52:15 AM
saw my first Fulham game at Craven Cottage 1959-60 season just 5 years old
 never looked back
 most of my mates were Chelsea Fans and we all went 1 week Fulham 1 week Chelsea  till in early 1970s had a row with them and told them i would only go to Stamford bridge if Fulham were playing there and so far I have managed to stick to it
worked as a physiotherapist in amateur  junior and league football for 30 years, came out of pro football a couple  years ago and now work with disabled children
 Don't get to as many games as I would like now
 but never used to miss a match
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Post by: Scorpio on June 07, 2015, 06:38:29 AM
Good idea and enjoyed reading your post. My first game at the Cottage was back in the late 1980's when Ivor the Engine scored in a 5-3 win over Lincoln I think?
I was working for LBC then when it had a sports desk. The Cottage and Fulham since put a 'spell on me' and I have been going off and on ever since. I am from Leicester originally. Best days without a doubt was Keegan rucking up at the Cottage like one strange and surreal dream after Fayed takeover ..the signing of the great Cookie and building a great team after all the good work and hard graft put in by Micky Adams after Branfoot disaster. Tigana yes a great tactician but no personality..Hodgson..a clever coach AND tactician..that night against Juventus..my best ever match..and I went to Hamburg. We lost because our 'final' was that amazing night at the Cottage against Italian giants..no need to prove anything after that.
Since then a lot of frustration yes..but..Fulham will always be a special club..
Cookie always remembered for me..and other players too like Freeman(yes, Darren Freeman!) Taylor, Bareeeee Hayles...Morgs, superGeoff Horsfield and Peschi...let's all keep together and don't get down if things aren't instant. Every league is tough and full of surprises. Who on this planet would ever have predicted Bournemouth getting promotion? No one! Only one real disaster at Fulham in recent years..no I don't mean Sanchez..it was in the form of German McGrath who unfortunately was WAY past his sell by date. SO..Let's ALL get behind the Whites for season 2015-2016 and that means KIT as well..a truly good bloke who deserves a chance and don't forget no matter what the disappointing results last season KIT kept Fulham UP.
COYW!!!!
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Post by: Scorpio on June 07, 2015, 06:48:25 AM
I forgot to mention my most surreal moment at the Cottage..I think, if I recall, before match v Wigan..every player stopped training exercises and watched agog like the rest of us at the late,great Michael Jackson walking across the pitch to the riverside with Fayed next to him holding an umbrella to keep the sun off Jacko..ONLY at Fulham!! Just unbelievable. COYW!!!
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Post by: FFC_Andreas on June 13, 2015, 06:31:41 AM
Hello, my name is Andreas and i come from Germany. First i would say sorry for my english, i know it is rubbish, but i try my very best  :021: To be honest i was never at Craven Cottage but i always fell in love with the english football and since Moritz Volz specially interesseted in den Fulham Football Club. From my view far away from england, Fulham FC is a special club, family club, a club like no other!. On September this year i will stand for a week in London and i am very excited to see Craven Cottage the first time in my life! I be have made a profile here because i will be connected and get more information about this wonderful Football Club and his fans, and i will become someday a real friend of fulham :Haynes The Maestro:. I hope i will be welcome on this forum even know i am not a hardcore Supporter. In Germany i support Schalke 04 and i hope Tim Hoogland bring the Cottagers a good performance every week.

Cheers for all
Andreas
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Post by: leonffc on June 13, 2015, 07:43:01 AM
Hello, my name is Andreas and i come from Germany. First i would say sorry for my english, i know it is rubbish, but i try my very best  :021: To be honest i was never at Craven Cottage but i always fell in love with the english football and since Moritz Volz specially interesseted in den Fulham Football Club. From my view far away from england, Fulham FC is a special club, family club, a club like no other!. On September this year i will stand for a week in London and i am very excited to see Craven Cottage the first time in my life! I be have made a profile here because i will be connected and get more information about this wonderful Football Club and his fans, and i will become someday a real friend of fulham :Haynes The Maestro:. I hope i will be welcome on this forum even know i am not a hardcore Supporter. In Germany i support Schalke 04 and i hope Tim Hoogland bring the Cottagers a good performance every week.

Cheers for all
Andreas

Welcome Andreas. Do not worry about your English, it is fine - better than the bloody Americans that can't even spell 'colour' ;-)
 Shalke? Are you from Gelsenkerkan? Spelling? I was there in the England fan park for the World Cup.

Volz was a great guy. But Hoogland has just been released from Fulham
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Post by: FFC_Andreas on June 14, 2015, 10:59:49 AM
Hello, my name is Andreas and i come from Germany. First i would say sorry for my english, i know it is rubbish, but i try my very best  :021: To be honest i was never at Craven Cottage but i always fell in love with the english football and since Moritz Volz specially interesseted in den Fulham Football Club. From my view far away from england, Fulham FC is a special club, family club, a club like no other!. On September this year i will stand for a week in London and i am very excited to see Craven Cottage the first time in my life! I be have made a profile here because i will be connected and get more information about this wonderful Football Club and his fans, and i will become someday a real friend of fulham :Haynes The Maestro:. I hope i will be welcome on this forum even know i am not a hardcore Supporter. In Germany i support Schalke 04 and i hope Tim Hoogland bring the Cottagers a good performance every week.

Cheers for all
Andreas

Welcome Andreas. Do not worry about your English, it is fine - better than the bloody Americans that can't even spell 'colour' ;-)
 Shalke? Are you from Gelsenkerkan? Spelling? I was there in the England fan park for the World Cup.

Volz was a great guy. But Hoogland has just been released from Fulham


Thank you very much Leon for the welcome. Yes, i come from a small town near "Gelsenkirchen" right spelling ;-). I hope you enjoy your journey to Germany and like our stadium in Schalke, although the three lions lost against portugal :-(. What a pity that Hoogland has leave Fulham.
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Post by: Vienna1 on June 26, 2015, 07:44:46 PM
A little introduction if I may (I guess that's the idea here). I am Martin, I live in Vienna, Austria. I am probably more of a football fan than have any affiliation to a particular club. Possibly I would be a better journalist or referee than fan. But Fulham F always had a special place in my heart! Very sympathetic club! I was in Hamburg in 2010 and by chance got a ticket for the Atletico Madrid final. Great game. I was within visibility of Hugh Grant.... 049:gif

I consider myself a guest here. I like you website, makes a very good impression. I feel well here. I think a good website is like a business card of a club. If people are being made feel welcome, they automatically like the club!

Another reason why I am here: I will be in London end of October and would only be too happy to watch Fulham FC at Craven Cottage (v Reading on 24 October?).  Thanks for reading my intro. In case of any questions feel free to ask.  Good luck to you all!
 :wine:
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Post by: stew42 on July 23, 2015, 12:13:48 AM
G'day all!
I'm Steve, from Australia, Melbourne Victory, York City, and Fulham are my footballing loves (pretty eccentric, I know!)
Being in Australia it's hard to keep fully up to date with everything Fulham, especially as I only started really supporting them in the last few years, so hopefully being here will help a bit!
With any luck I'll be living in England starting late next year, so hopefully I can finally attend my first match!
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Post by: WONKYTONKY on July 28, 2015, 07:55:28 PM
Hello all, I'm Steve. I am a third generation Fulham fan. First games at the cottage were with my granddad when I was teeny tiny. I have played at a decent standard and have been a footy fanatic my whole life. Lots of footballing claims to fame. Best brag for Fulham fans is that I played Cm at school with Siddy.
Have to confess Fulham is not my only team. I lived in Croydon for many years when Wimbledon were at Selhurst and as a result had many seasons tickets. I am a huge fan of Afc Wimbledon as well. Don't hate me. :033:
I now live in Canada and only get to see 1 or 2 live games a year but have missed very few games on the box in the last few years. Believe it or not I'm actually playing more and watching more footy here than I ever have.
Been a background creeper on here since the corner shut down. Figured I should probably get involved now.
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Post by: Burt on August 29, 2015, 08:38:50 AM
Welcome one and all, enjoy your stay :)
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Post by: Carborundum on August 31, 2015, 10:29:33 PM
Started watching football at the age of six, supporting my home town team, outside London.  Loved the excitement, the crowd, the uncertainty of the game and became hooked on live matches.  Adored their old ground.  No two stands were alike and we were right on top of the pitch.  Enjoyed various ups and downs with kind and friendly people.  Night matches were the best – nothing beats floodlights.  When they demolished the ground to move out of town it was very sad.
  
Dial forward and by the time our son was six, he was showing similar excitement about football and was ready for a live game.  But the long drive was out of the question and he deserved what I had enjoyed – a local team to follow.   Four nearby clubs, all of which I had visited, but which to choose?  Well, you know the answer to that one – the ground I most enjoyed visiting as an away supporter, even when stood amongst the dandelions of the Putney End.  A place my son could experience the highs and lows, without any sense of entitlement.  

After a season sitting in various places as members, the two of us have been season ticket holders in the JH stand for the past four seasons and it’s been terrific.  The Cottage remains a special place and long may that continue.  

My favourite moment at the Cottage came as we arrived for a game and my son said:  “Dad, when you get to the top of the stairs and see the pitch, do you get a tingling feeling in your tummy?”  I suspect he may become as hooked as I am. On the pitch the 6-0 QPR massacre, LVC’s breakaway goal, Berba’s ball control and Bryan Ruiz’s scoop against Bolton have been particular highlights.  Say what you like about Bryan, there wouldn’t be too many players that have sparked a backyard challenge in the way that goal did.  I liked him.  Games get won and lost, but magical moments endure.

But my favourite recent player is Dickson Etuhu.  The best standing tackler I have seen and so many of our defensive woes seem to stem from failing to keep / replace him.  I don’t care that he couldn’t pass like some other players – the work he did in covering breaks and defending corners was just outstanding.  His presence gave the confidence to other players that enabled them to play freely and he caused some of the opposition to shrink away.  

I’m excited about this season.  Strengthening the midfield and defence is the right thing to do.  But I’m excited at the start of every season. If you can’t be glass-half-full about something you love, when can you be?

Anyhow, that’s me and I’m glad to be aboard.
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Post by: love4ffc on August 31, 2015, 10:43:02 PM
Carborundum,

Welcome.  Great story about how you became a FFC Fan.  We are glad to have you and your son.  You know a club is doing something right when your son has feeling like that just from seeing the pitch. 

Look forward to seeing you on the board. 

Love4ffc
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Post by: Freddie Fulham on October 22, 2015, 10:23:04 PM
Hi Guys, beengoing down the Cottage since we drew 3-3 v Birmingham April 1963, and hooked. That just happeded to be Eddie Howes last game. But when my uncle grandfather and dad use to come back from a game and the wat they went on about a game I knew nothing about except I just wanted to be there hearing so much about it. Due to my business commitments over the past 6-7 years where I missed all the best our club had to offer, ie Hamburg, Juventus match and Danny's header v Pompey. BUT I have been up to Southports and Mansfields in the 70's and got back only to have to walk from Hammersmith to Hounslow at 3-4am in the morning. Also been around when Fulham Park Rangers was a real threat. This season having sold my business last November means I see every other game haome and away and as I live on the Southcoast now. and with only a pension and a part time job come when I can afford it. My busines which kept me away so long?..a Sports Photographer. Did I cover FFC yes only on a 3-4 occassions in pre season friendlies against the like of Hampton, Kingstonian, and Walton Casuals. But I got to cover Cowes and Goodwood events which went someway to missing out on Hamburg. I have a dilemar in that I might have the chance to start up again...what to do?
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Post by: toshes mate on October 23, 2015, 10:30:44 AM
I really love this thread.

I am Fulham born and bred (actually I was born in Hammersmith Hospital but lived in North End Road) and have supported Fulham since I cannot remember when - circa 1951/2 is the closest I can get.  My hero was Tosh Chamberlain (there is a distant family connection) although Johnny Haynes figured large as life.  I loved Craven Cottage when it was open on three sides, but I also loved what the Club have done to it since, and I think the Riverside development is a really brilliant idea.  Apart from attending every Fulham match for about thirty odd years (it has slowly dropped off because of other commitments) and being a debenture when Jimmy Hill stewarded the recovery of our lovely football club, Fulham is in my blood and is like first love - it is never bettered and never forgotten.  I've lost count of all the wonderful players who have worn black and white colours at the Cottage and given me such terrific value for my admission money.

Just lately things haven't gone too well (I hope there really isn't a Michael Jackson curse) coincident with Roy Hodges (an under estimated and terrific manager) leaving for pastures new, although Martin Jol did well until the sale of Dempsey and Dembele to Spurs, from which we didn't recover.  This season is a big one for Kit Symons and I really hope he can turn that awkward corner of consistency and confidence so that repeats of the failure to win when in full control against Charlton cannot be repeated.

It's a funny thing that when I got an invite to go to Stamford Bridge from a next door neighbour, I declined and persuaded a family friend to take me to the Cottage instead.  Never regretted it the once, despite all the ups and downs.  That is what I like about Fulham - it echoes life.
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Post by: love4ffc on October 24, 2015, 02:58:54 AM
Welcome Toches Mate.  As you say things are crazy right now that is all apart of following Fulham.  Look forward to seeing more of you on the board. 
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Post by: KingsRoadStar on January 06, 2016, 10:43:22 AM
Great reading through all the different stories from everyone in this thread.

I've been following Fulham for over 15 years now. Don't get to the games as much as I like, but still get to maybe 5-10 home games a season.

Looking forward to getting involved in the forum this year. All the best.
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Post by: Staffs White on January 06, 2016, 03:25:00 PM
Hi everyone posted an introduction way back in 2010, but as I've done more lurking than posting over the last 5 years, thought I'd re-introduce myself here with some more bits added, now I'm trying to stick to my new year resolution to be more active.

I also posted this on the exiles board so apologies if you have seen this before

My name is Chris and I was born and still do live in Stoke-on-Trent.

I decided on a whim to follow Fulham in the mid 1980's, what made me do it, I don't know, Panini stickers and wanting to be different would be the most likely culprits, however as I think about it now I also feel there must have been some sort of 6th sense that attracted me to FFC. We are not your run of the mill club and are quite unique, it's almost like I always belonged even from nearly 200 miles away its always felt like my club. A club that suits my personality.

My 1st game was a 1-1 draw at Port Vale on 19th September 1987, I have the programme which is how I remembered the date, but I can't remember who scored.

The following 2 seasons were spent glued to teletext waiting for news of how we were doing on a Saturday afternoon with my yearly Fulham fix coming at either Vale Park or Gresty Road where I remember big Jim Stannard our Goalkeeper scoring direct from a goal kick once, the only places I could get to see us play live.

Freedom soon came when I passed my driving test on the day Italia 90 started and for season 91/92 I was able to get to the delights of Shrewsbury, Bolton, Bury Mansfield etc if Fulham were playing in the north I was usually there.

Amazingly (or maybe not it is Fulham after all) I did not see us win a game until the 91/92 season (nearly 5 years) when we beat Bolton at Burnden Park 3-0 and I'm sure Andy Cole might have scored or made his debut for us that day.

What on earth possessed me to keep following us during that dismal period when all my mates were watching Stoke City and Port Vale have some relative success I do not know.

My 1st visit to the Cottage was in 93/94 to witness a 0-0 draw against Wrexham.

I'm now married and have 2 young daughters who I hoped would like football thus giving me an excuse to get to more games but they are not bothered.....yet.

Whilst I've never been a regular I've attended at least one game per season since that day in September 1987 as a spotty 14 year old and would not change any of it, how many fans of other teams can say they've watched their team in all 4 divisions and a European Final.

 beer
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Post by: love4ffc on January 06, 2016, 06:51:00 PM
Staffs,

Great read and many thanks for it.  We hope to have you posting more with less lurking as we welcome all opinions and discussions.     

Glad to hear your Fulham and not Stoke.  Chin up and hopefully soon we'll have some new things for you to brag to Stoke mates. 
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Post by: daib0 on February 12, 2016, 10:30:05 PM
Please help me lads - just a small favour, I wouldn't ask if I hadn't written fairly regularly on here as a friendly 'away' fan!



Click onto this: B3 CLASSIC, A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXic5CigDiQ&index=1&list=PLJpshZhsn_JrAUJIWHjx9vN3Nu24SfhRI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXic5CigDiQ&index=1&list=PLJpshZhsn_JrAUJIWHjx9vN3Nu24SfhRI)

We need to get lots of visits on this, specifically for several music agency contacts in Madrid and Barcelona who need to be impressed...

an 'I like' click even better!!


Later this year, one more coming up, and that will be quite a bit more spectacular (a mix of me playing ten cellos recoreded separately and mashed together) but that's for the short future!

Cheers guys and lasses!!

daib0/David
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Post by: ffcwickford on June 07, 2016, 07:06:13 AM
Hi I am Jonathan Baines from Wickford in Essex. I was born in Luton on the first day of 1959, my Dad was from Alperton and as was the case in those days for footie mad children he went to Fulham one week and Chelsea the next to keep up his footie fix.

I went to my first game as a six year old in 1965 and my second game was at Wembley - quarter final of the World Cup vs Argentina, although I missed the goal because everyone around me stood up!

I have been a season ticket holder since August 1977 and have seen quite a few away games, but less so these days, but see all home matches sitting very close to the beloved 'green pole' where I used to stand for so long - even when there were only 2-3000 in the whole ground and one notorious game against Notts County when it was around 1000!

Never wavered in my support for the club even when I was the only one in my schools to support Fulham!
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Post by: love4ffc on June 07, 2016, 02:52:04 PM
Welcome aboard Jonathan.  Always glad to hear from new members especially one who has followed Fulham for so long.  Hope to see become a regular on the board in the upcoming season. 

Onward and upwards COYW!   
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Post by: woodman on June 09, 2016, 03:51:44 PM
Greetings

An ex pat from the asylum that was TIFF.

Quick history - Dad worked in Fulham Palace (late 70s) and knew nothing about football.  When brother wanted to go to a game, he asked about and was told Fulham was a friendly place to go.  Bro hooked from then.  I followed in early eighties, seeing a few games under Malcolm MacDonald and then the decline from then on!  So was involved in many of the protests to save the Club/ground and the glory days of Alan Dicks.
Season ticket holder in Hammersmith end and have been for years - though did take a break from Loftus Road when MAF said we wouldn't return to the Cottage (afraid I am one of those who thinks Fulham = Cottage).
Travelling Europe with Fulham was obviously amongst the life highlights as was the tremendous Carlisle away (and being locked in an off licence as it all kicked off outside).

Regular writer for TOOFIF and looking forward to joining in the discussions here.

Incidentally, live in Northwood (NW London) hence the name.
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Post by: love4ffc on June 09, 2016, 09:19:20 PM
Greating NW London,

Welcome to FoF where all seeking refuge from the asylum can find refuge here.  We looking forward to hearing from you on the board and joining in the discussions. 

Cheers,

Love4FFC

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Post by: FFC_Andreas on June 18, 2016, 05:44:03 AM
Hello together,

my name is Andreas and i come from Germany. I have introduced myself earlier on this page, but i have the question, whether there are other german Fulham supporters here?

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Post by: Vienna1 on June 20, 2016, 02:38:23 PM
 Austrian.....
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Post by: GordonMac on August 09, 2016, 07:02:21 PM
Names Gordon. I'm from Glasgow, Rangers fan but consider Fulham my adopted Club. Had an uncle who worked in London for a few years and he used to bring me home all sorts of Fulham related items from programmes to kits etc.

Im actually making my first voyage down to Craven Cottage in November for my first game, 19th Vs Sheff Wed. Can't wait.

Anyway, heres to a better season than last!
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Post by: love4ffc on August 09, 2016, 07:46:13 PM
Names Gordon. I'm from Glasgow, Rangers fan but consider Fulham my adopted Club. Had an uncle who worked in London for a few years and he used to bring me home all sorts of Fulham related items from programmes to kits etc.

Im actually making my first voyage down to Craven Cottage in November for my first game, 19th Vs Sheff Wed. Can't wait.

Anyway, heres to a better season than last!

Welcome GordonMac.  Glad to have you  076.gif
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Post by: vancouver on August 09, 2016, 11:14:32 PM
Been a Long Time Lurker of these forums but wanted to join in on the Fun!

Been a Die Hard Fulham Fan from Vancouver Since i was 13. I was a Young football crazy lad and i wanted too watch a Canadian Play on TV!! That was Tomasz Radzinski who played for fulham and CANADA!. He ended up being a bit of W@nker but I've loved and followed fulham since!! Met Kasey Keller a bunch and I've worked at clubs that have had strange FFC connections from TFC, to The Whitecaps in Vancouver!!

Happy to join the FOF family from Vancouver
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Post by: dhowells21 on August 11, 2016, 03:49:14 PM
Hey guys,

Finally on here after years of lurking!

I hope Fulham signing process is quicker than the approval timing on here  :005: :005:

Anyway, I've been a Fulham fan for around 10 years. Originally supported Man Utd because I loved Beckham (parents didn't really like football, so my glory supporting 6 year old self picked the biggest and the best - naturally), but when he left for Spain I was kinda clubless. Watched MOTD every week, and saw Fulham beat Norwich 6-0, knew they were close to me (parents live near Reading), and so started to look out for their results. Eventually made my way down to The Cottage in 2006 to watch Wigan win a miserable game 1-0 (That really should have been my first red flag!). Weird from that I was hooked. From then on I had season tickets (either side of university), and have now got up to 75 odd games watched, and Woodrow scored my 100th Fulham goal on Tuesday, which was a very nice milestone.

Will hope not too irritate too many of you on here, and if I do, I'll be H2 if you want to punch me in the face at halftime! COYW!
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Post by: love4ffc on August 12, 2016, 03:08:21 AM
Hey guys,

Finally on here after years of lurking!

I hope Fulham signing process is quicker than the approval timing on here  :005: :005:

Anyway, I've been a Fulham fan for around 10 years. Originally supported Man Utd because I loved Beckham (parents didn't really like football, so my glory supporting 6 year old self picked the biggest and the best - naturally), but when he left for Spain I was kinda clubless. Watched MOTD every week, and saw Fulham beat Norwich 6-0, knew they were close to me (parents live near Reading), and so started to look out for their results. Eventually made my way down to The Cottage in 2006 to watch Wigan win a miserable game 1-0 (That really should have been my first red flag!). Weird from that I was hooked. From then on I had season tickets (either side of university), and have now got up to 75 odd games watched, and Woodrow scored my 100th Fulham goal on Tuesday, which was a very nice milestone.

Will hope not too irritate too many of you on here, and if I do, I'll be H2 if you want to punch me in the face at halftime! COYW!

Hello dhowell21,

Apologies for the amount of time it took to get you approved.  Our email system isn't working so I am having to manually approve new members. 

Ant way look forward to reading more of your post  :wine:
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Post by: dhowells21 on August 12, 2016, 09:22:54 AM
No worries at all. I very rarely have anything interesting to say anyway, so you didn't miss out on much !
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Post by: Alexander26 on August 17, 2016, 08:32:27 AM
Hi all

I'm Jack from Scotland and have been a fan of Fulham since the Europa League Final run.
What drew me in was the tradition of the club as a whole, the cottage, the white kits and generally me loving the underdog story in Europe that season.

I've supported the Whites ever since along with my beloved Glasgow Rangers.
I have yet to visit the cottage but I think I will be doing just that this season

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Post by: larsdogg on September 01, 2016, 05:14:22 AM
Hey Folks!

I am Matt originally from Cincinnati, OH, USA, and have been following Fulham since the 2010-2011 season. Originally turned on to Fulham because of the Deuce and other previous american connections. Had the opportunity to visit the Cottage(2014) for a game when I was studying abroad, and saw them beat Bolton 4-0 :yay:

Looking forward to cheering on the Whites this season and getting to know the FoF community a bit better!

Cheers,
Matt
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Post by: Sartorial on September 24, 2016, 02:49:18 PM
Hi guys!

I've been lurking for a long time, so I decided it was about time to create an account :)
I'm originally from the States but I live in Norway. Here in Norway English football is pretty much considered local, so everyone who likes football roots for an English club. Well, 80% for Liverpool and 20% divided among the other big clubs.
But not me. Always liked Fulham. There's not an specific reason for it. Just happens that I love the colors, the name, the old school stadium...  049:gif
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: JamesBCFC on September 25, 2016, 08:17:03 AM
Hi there.

Bristol City fan who signed up to initially ask about our performances in the games against you as I feel fans of the opposition can take out some of the bias that fellow City fans would have. But had held off posting so it didn't seem like I just came to gloat.
(I started my registration when you were 1-0 in the cup)

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Post by: Penfold on January 25, 2017, 08:24:37 PM
Finally managed to set up my account on here!

Been following club since 1978 and a regular since 1981/82 although not currently a season ticket holder for a couple of reasons (mainly that I knew I'd be missing games this season!)
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Post by: WelshCottager on February 02, 2017, 11:47:45 PM
Hello fellow Fulham fans  049:gif

My names Jamie I signed up to the site a little while ago but only now posting! I am a Fulham fan from South Wales near Swansea! I dont meet any Fulham fans down my way which is a bit disappointing but I met a fellow fan in my university class which was surreal. We became good friends of course!

Anyway ive been a fan since the Tigana days when I was 9 years old Luis Boa Morte was my favourite player then. Both my parents supported Leeds and desperately tried to get me on board but my Uncle who supported Fulham decided to take me to Craven Cottage one time where i believe we played Norwich and we won 2-0 with a brace from Boa Morte which is probably why i loved him at the time! From then on I knew Fulham was in my blood I fell in love with the football club!

I unfortunately cant get to alot of the games lately as being in Wales makes it a bit difficult but I am gonna try and make more in the future.

Looking forward to meeting fellow FoF members and getting to know the community better!  049:gif

Cheers

Jamie
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Post by: Shredhead on March 05, 2017, 08:50:21 AM
Welcome, all of you. It's great that the Fulham Family is still expanding all over the world.
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Post by: VancouverWhite on April 22, 2017, 09:58:02 PM
Hello! 

I have been reading the forums for the last two years, which is also how long I have been following the team.  It coincides with the hiring of Slavisa Jokanovic.

I was a fan of Red Star Belgrade back in my previous life but have been without a team in a long long time due to the war in former Yugoslavia. 

I live in Vancouver, Canada (there are two of us!). 

Anyways, I enjoy reading everyone's comments, so just thought I'd finally say hello.
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Post by: love4ffc on April 23, 2017, 06:58:22 PM
Hello! 

I have been reading the forums for the last two years, which is also how long I have been following the team.  It coincides with the hiring of Slavisa Jokanovic.

I was a fan of Red Star Belgrade back in my previous life but have been without a team in a long long time due to the war in former Yugoslavia. 

I live in Vancouver, Canada (there are two of us!). 

Anyways, I enjoy reading everyone's comments, so just thought I'd finally say hello.

Welcome VancouverWhite!  Glad to have finally as a member we look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on what has been a fantastic season under Joka. 
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Post by: Licker-1 on April 29, 2017, 11:05:28 PM
Hello everybody , I was a regular on here until you were relegated from the prem.
I had forgotten my login password so I had to make another account, I added the -1 to my old username so here I am.
From the blue side of Liverpool,  met a few of your lads at the Cottage last we played you, hope LB and logical man are still around, always enjoyed the atmosphere at the ground, I hope you make it back this season.
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Post by: uzuccher96 on May 09, 2017, 05:24:26 PM
Hi to everyone!
I'm Umberto, I'm coming from Verona (Italy, just to be sure) and now I'm living in Fulham and of course I'm a Fulham supporter! Bought the season ticket for the next season, I'm enjoying my time here in London!

Sent from my CHEETAH using Tapatalk

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Post by: WelshWhite67 on May 11, 2017, 08:48:01 PM
Hi, I've just joined the FoF forum. I'm a relatively new Fulham fan, & have been steadily falling in love with the club since August. I bought a half season ticket in January, & have now bought my new season ticket for next season.
I live in Cardiff & travel to the games, so it takes a lot of my time (& money) but I love the buzz in the Cottage & believe that we have the best ground in the country!
I'm so excited about Saturday's game,  I haven't slept much this week & keep wishing the days would go quicker!!
Good luck & best wishes to all Whites fans wherever you are!
COYW
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Post by: Burt on May 12, 2017, 12:47:55 PM
A warm welcome to all of you who haven't been warmly welcomed yet! Always interesting to read about all the diverse backgrounds of our new FOFers...
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Post by: Tomcairneysleftfoot on May 15, 2017, 08:28:59 AM
Originally from Edinburgh, I have been to quite a few games at the Cottage since I moved to south-west London, starting with the Scotland v Nigeria friendly three years ago. I absolutely love the setting and atmosphere of the stadium, now habitually refer so Fulham as 'we', and have had a membership for the past couple of seasons. I guess I have become a fan without even realising it !
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Post by: SWSixer on May 17, 2017, 04:36:23 AM
Greetings all from Brisbane, Australia.

I lived in Fulham from 2009-11 (canny timing, right?!) and quickly warmed to the club after attending plenty of matches through that golden period (including THAT Juve game).

Just recently went back to the Cottage after SIX years  :012:  for the Brentford match, all of which reminded me how special this club is. Distance is a cow, but I'll try not to leave it too long until the next visit...

Any other FFC fans in Brisbane?
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Post by: JupiterWhistles on June 16, 2017, 09:07:31 AM
Greetings all, my first post here.

Relatively new Fulham fan - moved to London about 3 years ago and have been living around Hammersmith/Fulham for the duration.  Went to a few games last season and decided to bite the bullet and get a season ticket for this year about a week ago.

Very much looking forward to the season.
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Post by: Barrett487 on June 27, 2017, 11:34:50 PM
Greetings all, my first post here.

Relatively new Fulham fan - moved to London about 3 years ago and have been living around Hammersmith/Fulham for the duration.  Went to a few games last season and decided to bite the bullet and get a season ticket for this year about a week ago.

Very much looking forward to the season.

Welcome TLF, SWS and JW.

I look forward to you all becoming regular posters (i'm relieved there wasn't four of you)

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Post by: love4ffc on June 28, 2017, 03:03:05 AM
Greetings all, my first post here.

Relatively new Fulham fan - moved to London about 3 years ago and have been living around Hammersmith/Fulham for the duration.  Went to a few games last season and decided to bite the bullet and get a season ticket for this year about a week ago.

Very much looking forward to the season.

Welcome TLF, SWS and JW.

I look forward to you all becoming regular posters (i'm relieved there wasn't four of you)

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Concur with Barrett487, who is one of our ambassadors.  Welcome to all.  Look forward to see more of you on the board. 
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Post by: Barrett487 on July 08, 2017, 01:10:55 PM
Hi all, I’ve been a member, and poster, on this site for only four years, but it seems a lifetime !!

I have just read through most of the introductions on here and loved it, so I thought I’d better put something down about myself. It was touching to read posts by famous posters who are sadly no longer with us.

My name is Chris, and my Fulham story is as follows. I was born in Harrow and my family weren’t particularly football orientated, apart from me. As a kid I tended to follow the bigger teams in rotation, but one day a school friend invited me to a game with his dad. It was the beginning of the 72/3 season, and of course, it was Fulham. My favourite player was always Les Barrett, hence the name. I loved the calls from the fans, urging  ‘GO ON LES…BURN HIM’. He often did.

I went when I could, but couldn’t afford every game and during the cup run of 1975 I hadn’t been to enough games, or bought enough programmes, to muster the tokens necessary to get tickets for the final. My mate and I were resigned to watching the final on the tele, but the evening before the final, my neighbour knocked on our door and asked “I don’t suppose you could use a couple of tickets for the final could you?”  !!!!   When I phoned my mate to tell him he couldn’t believe it and, to make it even sweeter it was in the Fulham section. It’s a day that will always stay with me, despite the result.

The following years were great, with the addition of Marsh and Best in 76, and that wonderful Hereford game of course. I still wasn’t able to afford to get to many games, and always seemed to have jobs that required Saturday working.

My lovely dad (RIP) only came to one match with me, a 0-0 bore draw with Oldham, who he said were the better team! I argued profusely of course, but he never returned. Can’t remember the year of this game.

In the late 90s I started to take my then partner’s lad to games, and one day we realised that he’d never seen us lose… a lucky mascot I’d say. We’re still in touch, but his real dad was a blue, so he follows them more than the whites now.

I moved away to Stratford Upon Avon in 2001, but still caught a some games for a few years, until I downsized my job. I couldn’t make, or afford, any games during the Europa run, that’s my biggest regret. I still get to two or three games at the Cottage a year.  I also was at Stoke when we were relegated and although it was a sad day, both sets of supporters were brilliant. Fulham didn’t stop singing for the whole game. Stoke’s fans applauded us as we left.

As I said before, my family was never big football followers, however my mum is as passionate as I am about Fulham (although she’s never attended). Her favourite players were Duff, McBride and Dempsey and she’s gutted that Malone’s gone. At 86, I don’t think she’ll ever make a game.  092.gif (she doesn't have a beard btw)

I’ve met a few of you at Dannyboi’s pre-game bevvies and what a sorry bunch you are, lol  :005:

Well that’s me… I thought I’d only write a couple of lines !  COYW 049:gif
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Post by: Chadley24 on July 19, 2017, 10:47:22 PM
Hello,
I'm Chad and I'm a newish Fulham fan. I'm an American (Texan specifically). Visited Craven Cottage last August on my honeymoon for the preseason match against Palace and then watched the team all last season on Fulham TV. What a season!
Been trying to get into English soccer for years but never could pick a team. Always liked Fulham for their strong history of U.S. players (Dempsey!) and decided they were the team for me,  added bonus: Gentleman Jim!!!

Besides Fulham I watch US Soccer and FC Dallas.

Thanks for having me!
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Post by: therealjaybee on July 20, 2017, 02:22:28 AM
Hey all,

I'm a lifelong Fulham fan, used to live out near Windsor but have lived in Perth, Australia for just almost 11 years now. Watch every Fulham game I can including ALL the European games (at 4am Perth time) The fiancee understands that Fulham will always be my one true love and that will never change! Been a long time reader and have only just decided to start getting involved as I miss that family feeling Fulham gives us all! 
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Post by: love4ffc on July 21, 2017, 02:07:01 AM
Welcome Chadley24 & therealjaybee.  Love to have both new and old fans joining the board.  Hope to see you both posting on the boards on a regular basis. 

Being a fellow fan who lives abroad from Fulham (I'm in the States) I know the importance that FoF brings with connecting to other fans and the club. 

Hope you enjoy our match day threads as they are fantastic for overseas fans. 

Cheers,

Love4FFC
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Post by: Captain Whatsisname on July 21, 2017, 03:28:58 PM
Hello! First post, season ticket holder in Hammersmith here. Expect lots of grumpy sarcastic posts. You must be thrilled
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Post by: love4ffc on July 21, 2017, 03:34:58 PM
Hello! First post, season ticket holder in Hammersmith here. Expect lots of grumpy sarcastic posts. You must be thrilled
LOL grumpy sarcastic post.  You'll be in good company on here  :005:
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Post by: Matt10 on August 05, 2017, 02:29:24 AM
Hi all!

I'm a longtime fan of Fulham, but it wasn't until last year that I "declared" it. You see I've always followed players, and never really liked any particular club. Being from the United States, seeing the likes of McBride join Fulham, it was not hard to enjoy watching his progress. Then Bocanegra, and finally, and probably a cliche', but Clint Dempsey. Truth is I was a Dempsey fan since his Furman days. I messaged him on myspace when he joined New England Revs and he messaged me back: "If you don't grind, you don't shine..." can't make that up.

Anyway, after Deuce left, and now only being able to follow my own home team (Sporting KC, MLS), I really wanted to focus on a club to follow. A club I truly loved. I had to follow my gut, and that led me to Fulham. Truth be told, last year, I had no idea who the players were. It didn't take long though and now I know each of them, and how they play. I know Chris Martin was a lazy putz and Tom Cairney is a legend. I still get mad at David Button for trying to kick the ball down the pitch instead of boot it out of bounds when we played at Newcastle, and I find myself screaming obscentities, quickly followed by praises, at Sone Aluko.

Fulham is my club, the club I love, my beloved. FulhamFCTV made this all happen for me last year. I would pay any amount to watch this club. Maybe someday I'll be able to visit Craven Cottage as it's my on my bucket list.

Thanks for this site. This community. COYW!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: love4ffc on August 06, 2017, 03:08:06 AM
Welcome Matt10.  It's always good to see another Yank on the board.  Like you I have love that Fulham have given so many Americans a chance at European Football. 

I'm in Atlanta and follow ATL United.  Great atmosphere going to their games, almost always sold out.  It's still not the same though as watching Fulham at the Cottage. 

Hope to see you on the board posting as often as possible. 

Cheers,

Love4FFC


PS - you should join us in the FOF6 competition  049:gif   
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FulhamKC on August 29, 2017, 04:05:45 AM
I can't remember the details of my first Fulham game. I moved to London in July 1990 and at some point met a group of fellow American soccer lovers. We made it our mission to attend all games at all of London's division 1-4 grounds (I made it to all but Barnet). I remember that we stood in the Hammersmith end and that it was so empty you could have rolled a bowling ball lengthwise down the stand and not hit anyone. I also remember being amazed at how narrow the turnstile booths were (and still are!). As ashamed as I am of it now, I chose to follow QPR for the two years I lived in London (I could get to Loftus Road from where I lived without changing buses and they were in the 1st division).

After returning to the US in 1992 I got to move back to London in December 1998 midway through the season. I got to paying attention to FFC through the papers as we did so well to get promoted to the second tier. For the start of the 1999-2000 season I decided to go to the opening game against Man City to see what it was all about. I took the train from Richmond to Putney and walked through Bishops Park on a magnificently beautiful Saturday afternoon. The game was sold out so I had to buy a ticket from a tout. I couldn't believe how cool the Stevenage Road stand looked for the street. I don't remember the score (or even if we won) but I was totally captivated by the ground and the crowd (especially when they chanted "you fat b*st*rd" at the City player sent off as he walked all the way from the Hammersmith end to the Cottage). I was sold and bought two season tickets for the rest of the year.

That was the Paul Bracewell team that finished 9th. My most memorable game that year was the FA Cup defeat of Tottenham when we chanted "Horsefield for England!" I loved watching Finnan, Pesch, Horse, the Dead Snake and the rest of the boys. My daughter loved Sir Craven (she was 4). It was a great season.

Unfortunately I had to return to the States before the next year's promotion campaign but I followed the club as best I could that year and for all the years since then. It always surprises my soccer friends here in the US that my team is Fulham and not one of the big teams. But we all know why that is, don't we.

COYWs!
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Post by: FFC365 on September 30, 2017, 08:42:51 AM
First match circa 1957/8
First match remembered Fulham 6 Sheffield Wednesday 2, I watched the game from the touchline at the Hammersmith End. Johnny Haynes undoubtedly favourite player by a mile.
I missed the opening 2 games of 1975 season, but have been at every home league match since, except three, 1-0 QPR (daughters wedding), 1-0 Leeds United (famiiy meal), 5-0 Huddersfield Town(won a cruise with Fred Olsen) last season.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: VegasFulham on November 10, 2017, 11:33:09 PM
My name is Justin. I am from Las Vegas Nevada in the USA. Been following Fulham since my teens since 2004. Fell in love the first match I watched.

I also love other sports. Everything from Basketball to American 🏈. I love studying the universe and playing video games as well.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: romano de fabiani on December 08, 2017, 03:15:42 PM
Hay, how is everyone. I've always seen CC as being a bit of a rollercoaster ride but now as I'm entitled to 50% off ticket prices as I'm PIP, I'll be putting on the black and white and heading down some time soon.   :beer:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: JustinoShull on January 22, 2018, 01:17:24 PM
Hello friends!

My name is Justin and I am also from across the pond in the U.S. I am a new Fulham fan and I fell in love with the deep history of the club plus the attacking playstyle as well.  I began watching the Championship over the past couple years and I love the competitiveness of the league.  The PL to me, is spend loads of money and it is always the same few teams that finish at the top that have all the money.  It got a little boring, haha.  Fulham was the team I just gravitated towards just watching games and well, here I am!  I look forward to continue to watching Fulham and learning all I can about the club!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: lewislewes on February 03, 2018, 01:15:56 PM
I don't have any real time to write an introduction as I am going to the match today! But I am new to the forum here. Will post a big introduction tonight.

Cheers
Danny
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: lewislewes on February 17, 2018, 10:02:55 PM
I don't have any real time to write an introduction as I am going to the match today! But I am new to the forum here. Will post a big introduction tonight.

Cheers
Danny

Two weeks later and I'm finally getting around to this. Buzzing after that amazing performance today against Villa.

My name is Danny and I am a 20 year old university student from Philadelphia in the states. I am currently studying at the University of Roehampton for this term. I play for my university in the states and football has been at the forefront of my life ever since I was four. I support the Seattle Sounders at home in the states as a lot of you will know that Clint Dempsey plays there now. Since I have been in England I have been to all three home games for Fulham: Burton, Forest, and Villa. I've gotten tickets in the Hammersmith end and have loved it every time. Fulham has really grown on me since I have been here and I am super stoked to really put effort into supporting the Whites. COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on February 18, 2018, 10:25:46 PM
Welcome Danny, glad you are enjoying the Fulham experience. Long may your unbeaten run last!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: mouse on February 21, 2018, 09:58:55 PM
My name's Richard Groombridge

I would have been 62 this year and would have supported Fulham for 56 years since my first watched game.
Unfortunately cancer got the better of me 3 weeks ago and my funeral is this Friday.
As I loved Fulham so much I will be forcing everyone who knows me to wear Fulham colours/ clothes and listen to the Fulham Anthem (N.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. our Fulham).
I have left my son with 2 holdalls of match programmes from 2 Oct 65 vs west ham and 2 pictures.
Unfortunately he never got into football although I tried and he hasn't got a clue what to do with them lol.

He remembers in the 80s when my uncle Charlie used to look after the changing rooms being snuck into the ground. Going onto the pitch at the end and pretending to score the winning goal, then going into the players bar to meet them. Great times.
To anyone who knows me this will be my last post.

COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on March 03, 2018, 08:31:44 PM
My name's Richard Groombridge

I would have been 62 this year and would have supported Fulham for 56 years since my first watched game.
Unfortunately cancer got the better of me 3 weeks ago and my funeral is this Friday.
As I loved Fulham so much I will be forcing everyone who knows me to wear Fulham colours/ clothes and listen to the Fulham Anthem (N.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. our Fulham).
I have left my son with 2 holdalls of match programmes from 2 Oct 65 vs west ham and 2 pictures.
Unfortunately he never got into football although I tried and he hasn't got a clue what to do with them lol.

He remembers in the 80s when my uncle Charlie used to look after the changing rooms being snuck into the ground. Going onto the pitch at the end and pretending to score the winning goal, then going into the players bar to meet them. Great times.
To anyone who knows me this will be my last post.

COYW


Thanks for posting this, your words remind us that, whilst football is only a game (one that we all love), there are bigger things. You obviously loved Fulham and we'll miss you.

RIP Richard
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: mrmicawbers on March 04, 2018, 04:19:21 PM
Greetings all, my first post here.

Relatively new Fulham fan - moved to London about 3 years ago and have been living around Hammersmith/Fulham for the duration.  Went to a few games last season and decided to bite the bullet and get a season ticket for this year about a week ago.

Very much looking forward to the season.
Hello Jupiter.Your not the only White I'm Brisbane.My Sister lives in the Gap and both her and her husband an Aussie and two kids are all avid Whites.A bit late but welcome to the Fulham Family COYW.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: AmiMike on March 17, 2018, 03:04:55 PM
Hi, I'm Mike.  Been an football fan most of my life but crippled by being an American from the 80's when there was nothing but an occasional World Cup to watch on TV.

I first heard about Fulham due to a dispute about releasing Eddie Lewis for international duty some time around 2000, and obviously it wasn't a positive association  :)  Naturally, though, as Fulham started signing more US national teamers I started following them more closely.  At that time I was following US players more than particular teams; I dropped PSV the second they sold Damarcus Beasley, dropped Glasgow Rangers when Claudio Reyna left, etc.  Once Dempsey was gone, I assumed I would become a Spurs follower for a while, disappointed as I was about it.

I couldn't do it.  Couldn't stand them.  I found myself going back to what I now know is my team.  I started lurking here on FoF around that time, but never posted.  I look for bootleg streams every Saturday so I can watch the games, since that's the only option I know of in my location.  Really excited about potentially seeing us get back where we belong in the prem, as well as being able to watch us play on a a full-sized TV again!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on March 18, 2018, 04:21:13 PM
Hi, I'm Mike.  Been an football fan most of my life but crippled by being an American from the 80's when there was nothing but an occasional World Cup to watch on TV.

I first heard about Fulham due to a dispute about releasing Eddie Lewis for international duty some time around 2000, and obviously it wasn't a positive association  :)  Naturally, though, as Fulham started signing more US national teamers I started following them more closely.  At that time I was following US players more than particular teams; I dropped PSV the second they sold Damarcus Beasley, dropped Glasgow Rangers when Claudio Reyna left, etc.  Once Dempsey was gone, I assumed I would become a Spurs follower for a while, disappointed as I was about it.

I couldn't do it.  Couldn't stand them.  I found myself going back to what I now know is my team.  I started lurking here on FoF around that time, but never posted.  I look for bootleg streams every Saturday so I can watch the games, since that's the only option I know of in my location.  Really excited about potentially seeing us get back where we belong in the prem, as well as being able to watch us play on a a full-sized TV again!

Hi Mike, welcome to the fold  076.gif

We have quite a few posters on here from your side of the pond, where are you?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: AmiMike on March 18, 2018, 11:13:42 PM
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Hi Mike, welcome to the fold  076.gif

We have quite a few posters on here from your side of the pond, where are you?

Thanks for the welcome.  I live in Indiana at the moment, though I'm originally from Texas and travel all over the country for business.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on March 20, 2018, 06:51:23 PM
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Hi Mike, welcome to the fold  076.gif

We have quite a few posters on here from your side of the pond, where are you?

Thanks for the welcome.  I live in Indiana at the moment, though I'm originally from Texas and travel all over the country for business.

No problem. I look forward to seeing you post in some of the general topics soon.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Alon_boy on May 09, 2018, 07:30:21 PM
Hi All,

My name is John Sager. I am from Northhampton in the Uk. I like to spend time on football. Fulham is one of my favourite team. Fulham plays speedy football that attracts me more.

Fulham FC plays 22 games in this year and grabs 16 wins. it's a great effort.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FirstCoastFulham on May 22, 2018, 01:47:37 AM
Aaron, 27, from Jacksonville FL (aka the "First Coast" in local parlance, and in my handle). Rather recently became aware of Fulham when a drunk bar patron at my local watering hole opined to me that I should support Fulham because "it's Shahid Khan's team" and it was my duty as a Jacksonvillian football fan to support our favorite billionaire. I guess now that I think of it I was vaguely aware of FFC before, knew some Americans played for them and that they'd once come to the States for an MLS all-star game but I didn't really know too much else except that they hadn't been in the Premier League for a bit and they had some young superstar-in-waiting named Ryan Sessegnon.

Haven't had a chance to watch much but learning the history and club culture, seems like everyone likes Fulham even if they don't support them, a real "family club" ethos, fans that always lean a bit toward optimism with a dash of occasional self-deprecation, never full of themselves, reminds me a lot of my college (American) football team. Let's see, what else is there...oh, Craven Cottage is gorgeous and on my must-see list if/when I ever get to London, and *that* Dempsey goal (thank you Footballia for letting me see that moment) might be the best goal ever scored by an American, anywhere.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on May 26, 2018, 12:06:51 AM
Aaron, 27, from Jacksonville FL (aka the "First Coast" in local parlance, and in my handle). Rather recently became aware of Fulham when a drunk bar patron at my local watering hole opined to me that I should support Fulham because "it's Shahid Khan's team" and it was my duty as a Jacksonvillian football fan to support our favorite billionaire. I guess now that I think of it I was vaguely aware of FFC before, knew some Americans played for them and that they'd once come to the States for an MLS all-star game but I didn't really know too much else except that they hadn't been in the Premier League for a bit and they had some young superstar-in-waiting named Ryan Sessegnon.

Haven't had a chance to watch much but learning the history and club culture, seems like everyone likes Fulham even if they don't support them, a real "family club" ethos, fans that always lean a bit toward optimism with a dash of occasional self-deprecation, never full of themselves, reminds me a lot of my college (American) football team. Let's see, what else is there...oh, Craven Cottage is gorgeous and on my must-see list if/when I ever get to London, and *that* Dempsey goal (thank you Footballia for letting me see that moment) might be the best goal ever scored by an American, anywhere.
Thanks for the write up Aaron, nice read. Looking forward to reading more of your posts in other topics.

Btw, a mate has just emigrated to St Augustine... he reckons it's lovely out there  :54:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Cantos on May 27, 2018, 12:44:30 PM
I am Grant and first attended Craven Cottage in 1969 to watch Fulham play Bradford City.

My family on both sides lived in Fulham since 1906 and I lived in Kinnoul Road for a number of years though I was born in Chelsea(oh the shame)
I now live in Hornchurch Essex and see Dean Coney  occasionally

I used to work at the ground during the summer holidays when I was young as my 2nd cousin was club secretary.I believe Hugh Grant was there at the same time, but John Chapman the groundsman always called him college.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Licker-1 on May 29, 2018, 11:38:11 AM
Hello everybody, I was on here a few years ago and met several of the members of this forum at the Cottage (Pub) for a few drinks before the game, its one of those Grounds that is so enjoyable to watch an away game, I used to go in the Neutral part of the ground which was always good for banter with the Home fans.
 I'm sorry to say I deserted you when you got relegated but its good to see the Whites back in the big time.
In the second half of the season you were almost untouchable and you thoughrally deserved your promotion, so well done and I hope you have a good season.
Bill.

PS .... Is the neutral side of the ground still available. ?? I come from the Blue side of Merseyside.   :dead horse:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FulhamVic on May 31, 2018, 06:02:45 PM
My name is Victor, a Hillingdon-based Fulham fan. I’m a long time reader, but first time poster, of this forum.

I’ve been a season ticket holder for the last 6 years, initially in the JH (when my nephew used to attend with me) and latterly in the Riverside.

I started watching Fulham during the last Europa League campaign – tickets were cheap, the fans seemed friendly, the stadium had history and the team were good. I attended a few league games that season, and became a season ticket holder the subsequent season.

I grew up following my then local semi-pro team, Hayes (at one time, the “Fulham” of the Conference), but when they merged with their local rivals, Yeading, and changed their name, colours etc, it never felt the same. When they sold their stadium, with no prospect of moving to a new one of their own any time soon after, and a lack of information as to where the club stood, that was the last straw for me, and for many other long-term supporters (they eventually moved to a new stadium last season, but that still seems to be a work in progress).

Ironically my first game at Craven Cottage was Hayes’ 2-0 win in the FA Cup in the early 90s – a highlight for Hayes, but a lowlight for Fulham – it was the time of the infamous Alan(?) “Dicks out” chants!

The highlight whilst watching Fulham was undoubtedly last weekend, but the whole second half of this season has been an absolute pleasure, and one unlikely to be matched any time soon.

I’ve already renewed my season ticket, and I’m looking forward to the new campaign back in the Premier League.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FulhamFrenchFans on June 04, 2018, 07:16:16 PM
Hi there!

Following our contact on Twitter I am happy to introduce myself here!

I have been living in London for 5 years until July 2017 and was living near Craven Cottage (SW6) and then in Putney (SW15).

I knew about Fulham of course because I love football and FFC is an iconic club and some frenchies have been playing for the club. I was first curious because I was hearing the cheers from the crowd from my flat and saw all these supporters in the streets with an incredible atmosphere.

So I first bought a ticket and I was blown off by this atmosphere, the passion and was moved by seeing entire families coming to the stadium, sometimes 3 generations of supporters coming altogether.

Since then I attended the most possible games until sadly I had to go back to France for good. I brought back in my homecountry a piece of Fulham, a piece of my life that will remain forever.

Willing to share news and my passion for FFC to the french public I have created an active Twitter account for french FFC fans (even if all my tweet are bilingual), and you can find it here:

https://twitter.com/FulhamFrench

On this forum, it will be a pleasure to read your thoughts, activities and experiences while following the Whites that will probably move me and make me feel as one of your own :)

Thanks for having me here and I am looking forward to reading you guys!

#COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on June 07, 2018, 06:41:32 PM
Hi there!

Following our contact on Twitter I am happy to introduce myself here!

I have been living in London for 5 years until July 2017 and was living near Craven Cottage (SW6) and then in Putney (SW15).

I knew about Fulham of course because I love football and FFC is an iconic club and some frenchies have been playing for the club. I was first curious because I was hearing the cheers from the crowd from my flat and saw all these supporters in the streets with an incredible atmosphere.

So I first bought a ticket and I was blown off by this atmosphere, the passion and was moved by seeing entire families coming to the stadium, sometimes 3 generations of supporters coming altogether.

Since then I attended the most possible games until sadly I had to go back to France for good. I brought back in my homecountry a piece of Fulham, a piece of my life that will remain forever.

Willing to share news and my passion for FFC to the french public I have created an active Twitter account for french FFC fans (even if all my tweet are bilingual), and you can find it here:

https://twitter.com/FulhamFrench

On this forum, it will be a pleasure to read your thoughts, activities and experiences while following the Whites that will probably move me and make me feel as one of your own :)

Thanks for having me here and I am looking forward to reading you guys!

#COYW


Bienvenue

Thanks for posting and welcome to the fold. Hope to see you joining in with other topics in the future.

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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: IndyFulhamFan on June 17, 2018, 05:02:17 PM
Hi guys, I'm Nick. I'm new and looking forward to getting to know everybody and talking Fulham football with you. I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana. I love the sport of football and also coach youth travel. Cheers 🍻
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on June 19, 2018, 10:41:30 AM
Hi guys, I'm Nick. I'm new and looking forward to getting to know everybody and talking Fulham football with you. I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana. I love the sport of football and also coach youth travel. Cheers 🍻
Hi Nick,welcome to the forum. Looking forard to seeing you post in other topics.

Btw... how do you coach 'youth travel'?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: bencher on June 25, 2018, 10:44:17 AM
Hello everyone. Here's a little bit about me.

I'm a third generation (or possibly fourth generation) Fulham fan. My great grandfather emigrated to the UK from what is now Belarus around 1900, and settled in Fulham, living on Munster Road. My grandfather grew up there and was a regular at the Cottage. He got married around 1937 and moved to Wandsworth, where my dad grew up. Like many others, my dad tells me he would go with his dad and see whichever of Fulham or Chelsea were playing at home on a Saturday, in the 1950s and 1960s, but they were fundamentally Fulham fans. I grew up in North West London, and, although my dad used to take me and my older brother to Fulham matches a few times a year, I was influenced by my schoolmates and flirted with Arsenal. That was until I saw the light at around age 12 or 13 and devoted myself fully to Fulham. By luck, it would happen to coincide with our promotion season under Micky Adams.

I moved to Israel from London in 2012, and I've been following Fulham mostly through the official website with GJ since then. I have the good fortune now to travel to London once a month for a work, and I try to fit in a visit to the Cottage when I can. I was delighted to be able to get to the Playoff 2nd leg against Derby.

Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: revengeanceful on July 25, 2018, 09:28:18 PM
Hey all!  I'm new around here, but a long-time fan of Fulham.  As an American (Boston, MA area), Fulham has held a special place in my heart since I started paying attention, around the time of Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra.  Been following the team very closely over the last few years, and even had the chance to see a match at the Cottage when my wife and I visited London last year.  Excited that we're back in the Premier League and happy to have found a community of fellow supporters!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: ramon_rbb on July 29, 2018, 06:12:14 PM
Hi Friends.

I have presented myself in International Fans and I explain, why Fulham? I copy-paste my messages


My name is Ramón and I am from Two Sisters a city of Seville, in Spain. My fauvorite team is Real Betis Balompié, why Fulham is a good question.
To get started, I love the English league, the charm of its stadiums and when I first saw in photo Craven Cottage, I fell in love, wonderful.
Since that day I follow everything I can to Fulham.
The past November of 2013 I fulfilled a dream, I visited Craven Cottage to see a football match, Fulham vs Swansea. I wouldn´t forget this day, the only bad point, the result, defeat.
But see Craven Cottage, see a football match and when the match ended, appreciate the stadium and watch a dream come true, it's fantastic.
This year I want to come back and watch another game.
I have registred to this forum to talk about Fulham, meet other fans and to get better my level of English, I need to improve it  :003: :003:

Regards
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: btowndoug on August 09, 2018, 02:45:44 PM
Hello fellow Fulham fans,
Another American Fulham fan here, located in Bloomington, Indiana. Been following them loosely since '08, but got serious in '10 when I began doing work regularly with colleagues based in London (who are all Liverpool supporters). I knew football would provide us common ground outside of work, so I began to really pay attention just so that I could talk semi-intelligently (though they still made fun of my American way of pronouncing Tottenham). I learned what the Europa League was as FFC were having their incredible run to the final. I quickly went from casual observer to Fulham diehard!

To step back, "why Fulham?" I have never been a "front runner" or one that chooses the popular team, so knew I would not/could not support any of the top dogs, and when studying the others, thought Fulham were a solid mid-table team with upside. I loved the rich history in London and knew they had a propensity to sign American players. Relegation challenged my resolve. Games harder to find over here. Depressing times with Magath. I recall whining to one of my mates in Bath about maybe not being able to stick with it, especially if they fell another level. And his response, "the team you choose is the team you live and die with. Period." I hung in there and refocused my resolve. I sat by myself in a bar (after begging the owner to put the game on) as we lost to Reading in the playoffs last year and felt so low - realizing how precious those opportunities are. The second half of this past season and playoff run, though incredibly stressful, were the payoff!

I'll be bringing my family to London this March. As it just so happens, we will be there when Liverpool come to the Cottage. I've purchased my FFC membership, but imagine I'll still have a tough go to get tickets for that game, but I am committed.

Come on Fulham!!!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: amoens on August 10, 2018, 10:39:44 AM
Hello everybody,

I'm a French Fulham fan based in Grenoble, France. I used to leave in Grenoble between 1999 and 2003, and started to go to Craven Cottage the year we got promoted in the Premier League. My last live game there was a 2-0 victory with an Andy Cole brace, so it lasts a bit now^^.

I mostly follow the French League nowadays as I'm more focused on Ice Hockey than on football now.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Woody_White on August 13, 2018, 02:25:13 PM
Hey guys!

Another member of Fulhamerica here located in Russellville, KY. Been following Fulham since 2004 when we bought Brian McBride. He was my favorite player at the time and I needed an English club to support, so here we are 14 years later. Haven't had the chance to make it to the Cottage for a match yet, but I am definitely hoping to make that happen soon.

Look forward to discussing things with you guys! Preferably in less tense circumstances than after the Palace match! Haha
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: milis on August 29, 2018, 12:15:36 PM
Hallo guys,

I am 50 years old game developer from Belgrade, Serbia. I am a lifelong supporter of Partizan FC. I was intrigued when Slav came to manage here and started following events around Fulham. I am totally enchanted with charm, atmosphere and the tradition of the club.

COYW!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: DaysOfDempsey on September 05, 2018, 09:14:09 PM
Hello everyone!

New joiner here. I've been a Putney resident and Fulham Fan for a good few years now. I used to go to games back in 2011 and 2012 (hence the username!) but unluckily that's way too far back in the past to have any purchase history nowadays.

I'm glad to see the Watford game is now open to members with no history. Unfortunately we're away that weekend, but fingers crossed for the Arsenal one. My fiancée grew up with a Gooner dad and also plenty of trips to Vicarage Road so either of those would be fantastic to get back to the Cottage.

Glad to see this is an active and friendly forum. Looking forward to spending some time here.
 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: zoltangeraHUN on September 23, 2018, 10:15:31 AM
Dear FFC,

Can you help me? Im a Fulham supporter since 2008 when Zoltán Gera choosed you. Im from Hungary, Budapest.

A few years ago I do a registration on the official FFC forum. I wrote an enquire about a Gera-jersey. The next day one policeman, who lived in Fulham and was a big FFC-fan asked my hungarian adress and name on the forum privately and then 2 weeks later a package arrived to my home inside a Gera-jersey and a FFC scarf.

Please, help me. Im looking for that policeman who sent me the package with his 2 policeman friends too. I dont know the names apologies me.

Can you find out who are they? On the forum or on Facebook? Please...

Thank you very much,

Lets go Cottagers!

Tamás Mészáros
Budapest
Hungary
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on September 24, 2018, 07:19:57 AM
Dear FFC,

Can you help me? Im a Fulham supporter since 2008 when Zoltán Gera choosed you. Im from Hungary, Budapest.

A few years ago I do a registration on the official FFC forum. I wrote an enquire about a Gera-jersey. The next day one policeman, who lived in Fulham and was a big FFC-fan asked my hungarian adress and name on the forum privately and then 2 weeks later a package arrived to my home inside a Gera-jersey and a FFC scarf.

Please, help me. Im looking for that policeman who sent me the package with his 2 policeman friends too. I dont know the names apologies me.

Can you find out who are they? On the forum or on Facebook? Please...

Thank you very much,

Lets go Cottagers!

Tamás Mészáros
Budapest
Hungary

You're better off creating a new topic on this, as I'm not sure how many read this thread. I can't help you on your search personally.... good luck.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: sirjamesp on December 27, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
Hello All!

My name is James. I started playing football (soccer) at the age of 3. Played the usual local leagues and ended up on a travelling team in 6th grade.  That was cool, got to travel around the tri-state area playing squads from different states. 

In high school, I broke several records (scoring, assists, etc.) and was named all-state as a forward. Ah, the glory days.

I started following Fulham when Brian McBride played for them. The Premier League was just becoming televised in the states in my area, and there was a TV channel that had the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga games, and even rugby and some cricket. This channel was fantastic.  It's unfortunate that I didn't start following the Premier League earlier, it might have improved my game (hehe).

After we got relegated 4 years ago, I did not follow them as much. Started following them again 2 years ago. I was lucky enough to finally make my way to London where I saw two home matches in April 2017 (Ipswich and Aston Villa). We won both games, and sitting in Johnny Haynes stand that day was the highlight of my 18-day trip.

I am passionate about Fulham, and have lived and died with them in my short 2-decade following. My dream is to one day live in London and become a season ticket holder! :)

COYW!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on January 22, 2019, 08:07:21 PM
Hello All!

My name is James. I started playing football (soccer) at the age of 3. Played the usual local leagues and ended up on a travelling team in 6th grade.  That was cool, got to travel around the tri-state area playing squads from different states. 

In high school, I broke several records (scoring, assists, etc.) and was named all-state as a forward. Ah, the glory days.

I started following Fulham when Brian McBride played for them. The Premier League was just becoming televised in the states in my area, and there was a TV channel that had the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and La Liga games, and even rugby and some cricket. This channel was fantastic.  It's unfortunate that I didn't start following the Premier League earlier, it might have improved my game (hehe).

After we got relegated 4 years ago, I did not follow them as much. Started following them again 2 years ago. I was lucky enough to finally make my way to London where I saw two home matches in April 2017 (Ipswich and Aston Villa). We won both games, and sitting in Johnny Haynes stand that day was the highlight of my 18-day trip.

I am passionate about Fulham, and have lived and died with them in my short 2-decade following. My dream is to one day live in London and become a season ticket holder! :)

COYW!
Two decades is not a short following James, for many it seems a lifetime.

Sorry for the delay in response (generally, not me), but it's good to have another transatlantic fan on the forum.

Hope your own game is flourishing, but go back a year or to for positive FFC influences!

What part of the States are you from?

COYW
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: McBridefan1 on February 21, 2019, 04:23:46 PM
Admittedly been out in the wilderness for quite some time... found my way home (away from home). How is everyone?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: YankeeJim on March 12, 2019, 09:02:57 PM
Admittedly been out in the wilderness for quite some time... found my way home (away from home). How is everyone?

The fact that no one answered sort of says it all. Good to see your moniker none the less.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Babybooboo666 on May 21, 2019, 09:10:17 AM
Hi all
My name is Eddie  i was born in Fulham but now lived in Nottingham . i am 34 year old . i suffer with dwarfism but don't stop me from living life too the full i suffer with spinal spenoist that is narrowing on the spin where my spin and nerves touch it can course me alot off pain so down the line i will not be able too walk so at moment i do as much as i can i attend all home game last season and most away game dome off you might know me from crowed suffering at away games at west ham and Bournemouth. I will be renewing my season ticket next year as i got too take one season as a time due too my back problem. . i got a lovely partner who i have been with for over 6 years that why lived in Nottingham now . last season was very dissapointing but hope life in the championship will be better i meet some great people over last season and hope too meet more great Fulham fans next season . i think the way the club are treating us fans last season and still over season ticket renewing us very sad we use too have a good relationship with the club but think now it all about money and they don't care about us loyal fans
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on May 22, 2019, 10:04:07 PM
Hi all
My name is Eddie  i was born in Fulham but now lived in Nottingham . i am 34 year old . i suffer with dwarfism but don't stop me from living life too the full i suffer with spinal spenoist that is narrowing on the spin where my spin and nerves touch it can course me alot off pain so down the line i will not be able too walk so at moment i do as much as i can i attend all home game last season and most away game dome off you might know me from crowed suffering at away games at west ham and Bournemouth. I will be renewing my season ticket next year as i got too take one season as a time due too my back problem. . i got a lovely partner who i have been with for over 6 years that why lived in Nottingham now . last season was very dissapointing but hope life in the championship will be better i meet some great people over last season and hope too meet more great Fulham fans next season . i think the way the club are treating us fans last season and still over season ticket renewing us very sad we use too have a good relationship with the club but think now it all about money and they don't care about us loyal fans
Welcome to the fold B666. Thanks for introducing yourself.

Sorry to hear of your condition, i hope it doesn't deteriorate further, and certainly not quickly if it does.

Hope to see you posting on some of the other topics soon?

Best wishes
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TOAzer on June 01, 2019, 10:52:39 PM
   Am in Massachusetts, USA, and like "SirJamesp" I started to follow Fulham FC when Brian McBride joined the club.  It seems like yesterday, despite what the calendar tells.  This year, in January, at last had the opportunity to see a game in person. The was the match against Tottenham, when for over a half Fulham led and it seemed that there was life to the hope of staying up in the Premier.  It was a brutally tough loss, but the folks I met, together in that atmosphere and stadium, made it a brilliant experience.  I look forward to many more years following Fulham FC.  Best.
   
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on June 05, 2019, 08:40:25 AM
   Am in Massachusetts, USA, and like "SirJamesp" I started to follow Fulham FC when Brian McBride joined the club.  It seems like yesterday, despite what the calendar tells.  This year, in January, at last had the opportunity to see a game in person. The was the match against Tottenham, when for over a half Fulham led and it seemed that there was life to the hope of staying up in the Premier.  It was a brutally tough loss, but the folks I met, together in that atmosphere and stadium, made it a brilliant experience.  I look forward to many more years following Fulham FC.  Best.
   

Welcome to FoF, there's no place quite like the Cottage
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: DownByTheRiver on June 09, 2019, 10:19:27 PM
Hi all,

Irish fan here, 24, been reading the site for about a year now and never had the urge to post but decided it was time.

My story? Pretty simple, dad is a big Villa fan and tried to force them on me so naturally as we watched Fulham Villa back in 2005 as being one of the first times I watched a full 90 I went against him and supported us. Led 3 times in the game and each time we got pegged back. Didn't stop me. Been to the Cottage only a handful of times over the years. Living away it wasn't easy to visit and then went travelling after leaving school. Just finished uni in the UK so hope to make the trip down to London a few times this year.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Milo on June 17, 2019, 01:14:58 AM
Hi all,

Irish fan here, 24, been reading the site for about a year now and never had the urge to post but decided it was time.

My story? Pretty simple, dad is a big Villa fan and tried to force them on me so naturally as we watched Fulham Villa back in 2005 as being one of the first times I watched a full 90 I went against him and supported us. Led 3 times in the game and each time we got pegged back. Didn't stop me. Been to the Cottage only a handful of times over the years. Living away it wasn't easy to visit and then went travelling after leaving school. Just finished uni in the UK so hope to make the trip down to London a few times this year.

Welcome!

I think this board is great for people who live in other parts of the UK, or indeed away from the UK, and get to a handful of games each year. Keeps people in touch with the same sort of things discussed down the pub in Putney!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barnabyffc on June 23, 2019, 09:31:47 PM
Hi everyone Barnaby here I have just joined. Been a Fulham fan since 1996 lived next to Craven Cottage with my parents for many years I also have twitter so you might see me on there too at some point nice to meet you all
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Burt on June 24, 2019, 01:35:22 PM
Hi everyone Barnaby here I have just joined. Been a Fulham fan since 1996 lived next to Craven Cottage with my parents for many years I also have twitter so you might see me on there too at some point nice to meet you all

Welcome! Good to have you on board.
Title: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: AshfordFFC on August 09, 2019, 06:00:17 PM
Evening All,

Firstly saying hello and a little about myself.   Left the Army in 1990 and whilst playing football (goalkeeper) for Army and then local saturday and sunday leagues, never supported anyone really untill i was invited to a match at Fulham in '94 and was hooked and regulaly went to home and occasional away games, through the redevelopment and then at the Loftus and then finally back to the cottage.  Unfortunatly due to illness I have only attended once through the last 8 years but getting back on  track and hopefully visiting more regulaly now  :54:

Been reading the FOF for a while and whilst viewing the 'discussions' that have been ongoing through the last couple of years, finally decided to throw in my hat and contribute (for what its worth) instead of sitting on the fence :003:

hopefully catch up with you all at some point on the forum.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 11, 2019, 09:15:26 AM
Evening All,

Firstly saying hello and a little about myself.   Left the Army in 1990 and whilst playing football (goalkeeper) for Army and then local saturday and sunday leagues, never supported anyone really untill i was invited to a match at Fulham in '94 and was hooked and regulaly went to home and occasional away games, through the redevelopment and then at the Loftus and then finally back to the cottage.  Unfortunatly due to illness I have only attended once through the last 8 years but getting back on  track and hopefully visiting more regulaly now  :54:

Been reading the FOF for a while and whilst viewing the 'discussions' that have been ongoing through the last couple of years, finally decided to throw in my hat and contribute (for what its worth) instead of sitting on the fence :003:

hopefully catch up with you all at some point on the forum.

welcome AshfordFFC

glad to have you with us, I hope you manage to get a visit to the Cottage in the not too distant future as it'll show that you're getting on the mend?

rgds
John(WhiteJC)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: roberto w6 on January 06, 2020, 07:59:03 PM
Hi all.
A Hammersmith boy, I have recently returned to the "manor" having worked abroad for much of my adult life.
Since being back, I've seen the last 2 games (Reading and Villa) in the Hammersmith End. Great view, nice lively atmosphere and friendly supporters all around me. I've really enjoyed being back and was lucky to have a fantastic view of Saturday's 2 brilliant goals from Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter.
I had asked for the same seat in H4, Row BB for both games and this morning went to the ticket office to see if I could buy a season ticket for the remaining games. Unfortunately, that option does not exist (I was surprised, I thought Fulham would have been delighted to receive money in advance for all remaining home games) so I'll become a regular visitor to the ticket office every couple of weeks as home match tickets become available! Still the walk from the Broadway is good exercise lol.
Looking forward to contributing to the forum once my views have credibility having seen more games.
"London is calling and I live by the river".
Rob
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on January 09, 2020, 04:11:12 PM
Hi all.
A Hammersmith boy, I have recently returned to the "manor" having worked abroad for much of my adult life.
Since being back, I've seen the last 2 games (Reading and Villa) in the Hammersmith End. Great view, nice lively atmosphere and friendly supporters all around me. I've really enjoyed being back and was lucky to have a fantastic view of Saturday's 2 brilliant goals from Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter.
I had asked for the same seat in H4, Row BB for both games and this morning went to the ticket office to see if I could buy a season ticket for the remaining games. Unfortunately, that option does not exist (I was surprised, I thought Fulham would have been delighted to receive money in advance for all remaining home games) so I'll become a regular visitor to the ticket office every couple of weeks as home match tickets become available! Still the walk from the Broadway is good exercise lol.
Looking forward to contributing to the forum once my views have credibility having seen more games.
"London is calling and I live by the river".
Rob

attend games or not your views will be welcome

rgds
John(WhiteJC)
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on January 10, 2020, 09:04:45 PM
Hi all.
A Hammersmith boy, I have recently returned to the "manor" having worked abroad for much of my adult life.
Since being back, I've seen the last 2 games (Reading and Villa) in the Hammersmith End. Great view, nice lively atmosphere and friendly supporters all around me. I've really enjoyed being back and was lucky to have a fantastic view of Saturday's 2 brilliant goals from Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter.
I had asked for the same seat in H4, Row BB for both games and this morning went to the ticket office to see if I could buy a season ticket for the remaining games. Unfortunately, that option does not exist (I was surprised, I thought Fulham would have been delighted to receive money in advance for all remaining home games) so I'll become a regular visitor to the ticket office every couple of weeks as home match tickets become available! Still the walk from the Broadway is good exercise lol.
Looking forward to contributing to the forum once my views have credibility having seen more games.
"London is calling and I live by the river".
Rob

attend games or not your views will be welcome

rgds
John(WhiteJC)

 :plus one:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: WestLondonWhite on March 20, 2020, 03:39:40 PM
Hi all, I just joined the forum having been reading it for a while now. Have been an FFC fan for 26 years ever since attending a game back in old division 3, I think, vs Yeovil (they wore green and white hoops anyway). I was 12 years old and standing in the terrace watching Gary Brazil score a hat-trick in a 4-2 home win has had me hooked ever since. I was a season ticket holder for a few years during the Sanchez / Hodgson era and made it to the Euro final in Hamburg that year - how funny was scaring those German commutors on the way to the stadium!  :005:
I've only managed to get to a single match in the last couple of years due to becoming a father and just not having time to juggle running around after 2 toddlers with the rest of everyday life but hope to get my boy to the cottage when he is a little older and wont be bored after 10 minutes  :003:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on March 26, 2020, 11:09:59 PM
Hi WLW, thanks for your intro. looking forward to seeing you post on the forum now  082.gif  049:gif
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Moonraker on April 23, 2020, 11:14:08 AM
I would like to introduce myself "Moonraker".

I have been a Fulham fan since the 1960's in Dorset when we we fighting off Northampton to say in the old First Division. I have never been a season ticket holder as I have to travel up from Wiltshire and I work at the weekends. I have however been to the Cup Final in 1975 and the Europa League Final in Hamburg in 2010 plus the play off Final against Aston Villa in May 2018.

I have always enjoyed following General Discussion, as most of the posts are well informed, in spite of the fact there is a tendency to be over critical of the Ownership and the Team at certain times.

Come on Fulham
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on May 18, 2020, 11:21:54 PM
I would like to introduce myself "Moonraker".

I have been a Fulham fan since the 1960's in Dorset when we we fighting off Northampton to say in the old First Division. I have never been a season ticket holder as I have to travel up from Wiltshire and I work at the weekends. I have however been to the Cup Final in 1975 and the Europa League Final in Hamburg in 2010 plus the play off Final against Aston Villa in May 2018.

I have always enjoyed following General Discussion, as most of the posts are well informed, in spite of the fact there is a tendency to be over critical of the Ownership and the Team at certain times.

Come on Fulham

Hi Moonraker, sorry for the delay.
Welcome to the fold.... as you're a long-time lurker, it'd be nice to see you post a few times on the forum. Sadly the topics have been more sparse recently imo, but don't let that put you off. There's always the music threads  :003:
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: KilianG on August 01, 2020, 11:58:49 AM
Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Kilian and I'm a cottager from Spain, I've been a Fulham fan since I started following the English football league (here we can only see Championship and Premier), regarding La Liga, I used to support FCB (not anymore until there is a change in the direction board, they are killing the club)

So when it came to English football there was only an option for me, not that I knew that back then, but you can believe it or not but Fulham is pretty similar to FCB, it's a traditional and historic club, with values, never involved with gangs or violence and with a really family friendly ambient at the stadium so I ended up falling in love with Fulham and Craven Cottage, I've never been there in a match day but it's in my to do list once the world goes back to normal
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 02, 2020, 10:43:55 AM
Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Kilian and I'm a cottager from Spain, I've been a Fulham fan since I started following the English football league (here we can only see Championship and Premier), regarding La Liga, I used to support FCB (not anymore until there is a change in the direction board, they are killing the club)

So when it came to English football there was only an option for me, not that I knew that back then, but you can believe it or not but Fulham is pretty similar to FCB, it's a traditional and historic club, with values, never involved with gangs or violence and with a really family friendly ambient at the stadium so I ended up falling in love with Fulham and Craven Cottage, I've never been there in a match day but it's in my to do list once the world goes back to normal

welcome KilianG, hopefully you can make a trip to the Cottage next season, you won't be disappointed whichever league we're in  049:gif
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Parsons Green on August 02, 2020, 11:08:18 AM
Hello all
I'm new here. I've been supporting Fulham for just over 10 years. I have gone to the Cottage fairly regularly apart from when I was away at Uni.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: colham on August 06, 2020, 06:57:07 AM
Hi folks.

Long time reader having spent my formative years on toofif/tiff and finally decided to sign up.

I've been following Fulham since '99 having moved from Scotland to London for work and picking a side.  First game was a draw against Wrexham in Div2 sat in the Riverside when Keegan was still in charge.  Since then was a season ticket holder in the hammy end for 5 years (Bracewell first season  :022:) before moving up to Milton Keynes. 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 10, 2020, 10:53:26 AM
Hello all
I'm new here. I've been supporting Fulham for just over 10 years. I have gone to the Cottage fairly regularly apart from when I was away at Uni.

welcome to the forum, hopefully we will all be able to go back to the Cottage soon
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 10, 2020, 10:56:04 AM
Hi folks.

Long time reader having spent my formative years on toofif/tiff and finally decided to sign up.

I've been following Fulham since '99 having moved from Scotland to London for work and picking a side.  First game was a draw against Wrexham in Div2 sat in the Riverside when Keegan was still in charge.  Since then was a season ticket holder in the hammy end for 5 years (Bracewell first season  :022:) before moving up to Milton Keynes.

welcome once you get the Fulham bug you're doomed, just like the rest of us  :dft011: I'm expecting a difficult season back in the Premiership but hopefully we'll see some exciting games
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: FriendofFulhamDodger on August 21, 2020, 12:42:27 AM
New member, and first post tonight re: Antonee Robinson. I am a friend of Fulham Dodger who some of you may know.

Look forward to saying hello occasionally. I wish Fulham FC and its supporters congratulations on promotion and success on there upcoming season in the EPL.

Cheers,
Jim
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 21, 2020, 12:47:49 PM
New member, and first post tonight re: Antonee Robinson. I am a friend of Fulham Dodger who some of you may know.

Look forward to saying hello occasionally. I wish Fulham FC and its supporters congratulations on promotion and success on there upcoming season in the EPL.

Cheers,
Jim

welcome Jim
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barnabyffc on August 26, 2020, 08:34:05 PM
Hi my names Barnaby I post. Lot on twitter. Fulham
Born and bred fam since 1996. Twitters just locked me out for some strange reason so I though now was a good as a time as any to start posting here
More. Hope to chat to you as many of you as possible.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Macedoish on August 31, 2020, 04:06:55 PM
May I introduce myself having just joined the forum. My user name of 'Macedoish' will give you some idea of my Fulham heritage. Although born in Tooting at the age of 5 I moved with my parents to the midlands due to my Fathers work. Despite this I have always looked upon myself as a 'Londoner' mainly due to family and my love of Fulham.
I first went to Craven Cottage in the mid 50's with my Dad and Uncle and was immediately hooked, I remember the flags and the old scoreboard along the Thames fascinated me. Although living most of my life here in the midlands I have always sought to get to games when I can including many years as a season ticket holder. Don't get too much nowadays being in my mid-seventies and the travel and cost is getting a bit much, but my support and excitement at the upcoming season is as strong as it ever was. Glad to be a member of this forum and hope to make a useful contribution to it over time. Thank you   
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: TheGoodMitro on September 09, 2020, 04:39:00 PM
Hello!
I’ve only recently joined as a member, but I began reading this forum on and off when Kit got the job in 2014. My early memories watching Fulham start somewhere in the mid-2000s but are somewhat of a blur until the years under Roy, my fondest have come from watching Slav’s re-build at the cottage.(forewarning: this may have created an unhealthy adoration of/bias towards the man and his stamp on the club).

COYW!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: QUICKRICH on September 19, 2020, 01:06:27 PM
Afternoon  just introducing myself (Richard) after being a lurker for 5 years plus for news and post match thoughts from fellow fans.

Little bit of my background been a fulham supporter since I attended fulham soccer schools over school holidays when I was a nipper. Been a previous season ticket holder during our promotion season recently and our short premier league campaign 2 years ago.

Sadly could not afford a season ticket anymore due to moving to my first home.

Now working within IT within a hospital in redhill for the last 3 years. Looking to get to a few games this season if we get the chance next year.



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Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: winterline on October 27, 2020, 11:00:04 AM
I'm Canadian, became Fulham fan via FIFA 06, was looking through the players of the PL teams and found fellow Canadian Tomasz Radziński, started actually watching Fulham play 2012-13
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Harko on August 17, 2021, 01:32:33 PM
Hello all,
Im John, live in Australia. Started following Fulham 17/18 season after a visit (ignorant tourist visit to the cottage you so much here about) . Saw FFC v Middlesb. had the best day although a 1-1 draw. From that moment totally hooked, so much so Im now calling the game football instead of soccer as they call it down here.

I think I may have become a little obsessed with the club but that cannot be a bad thing. When wearing my Fulham top out in the street , I'm completely convinced if a car toots they are a fellow whites supporter and celebrating the win as opposed to trying to hurry me off the road to avoid running me over.

Up the Fulham!

John
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Milo on August 18, 2021, 01:15:07 PM
Welcome everyone!
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: KallioRocks on August 28, 2021, 11:52:06 AM
Warm greetings from the cold and rainy Finland!

Back when I still played in the u16-team of Ilves Tampere, my local club, all my teammates supported the big clubs. Yet I struggled to find a team in the Prem that felt right until Hodgson left Finland to take the Fulham job and signed two Finnish legends, The King (that’s how we address Jari even today) and the personal hero of mine. The latter (his last name reading literally as ”rock” or ”boulder” in Finnish, hence the wordplay in user name) is genuinely a top bloke, given that he found the time to join our training sessions many times during his off-season(s) and gave great advice to us all, in a technical sense especially to us CDs. Thus, my mind was set to become a Cottager.

And what a ride it has been! Indeed, I joined the wagon in the best possible moment and after having tasted sweet moments of success, witnessed in disgrace the gradual downfall (I’ve been to Cottage 10-15 times in recent years). It is like the arch of Raging Bull although unlike La Motta, Fulham have more hope for tomorrow.

Anyway, I thought it was high time for me to sign up and join the conversation with you, dear fellow Cottagers. Today is a match day, which is always a great day in my books.

Nice to meet you all and thank you for sharing your stories!  049:gif

PS. Kallio took the Ilves job a fortnight ago, after the previous manager was sacked following a string of poor results. Hopefully he can right the ship, I was delighted he got the chance. Granted, The King and The Rock left a lukewarm impression of themselves due to injuries but still: Roy respected the hell out of them and maybe they played some minor role in the successful relegation battle.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: whitejc on August 29, 2021, 10:14:46 AM
welcome KallioRocks

any Finnish players we should be looking at?
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: KallioRocks on August 29, 2021, 10:43:28 PM
welcome KallioRocks

any Finnish players we should be looking at?

Thank you.

Well, there is already one in the system: Ablade. Hopefully he develops into a decent player for us. Definitely encougaring signs there.

Aside from young Terry, there is no-one we should set our eyes at really. Teemu Pukki of Norwich thrives only in an environment, where he is considered the number one striker (how do you say ’no thanks’ in Serbian?) Lukas Hradecky, being the unanimous first choice GK for Bayern Leverkusen, Fulham is the wrong career move. Joel Pohjanpalo, a dangerous target man, would have what it takes as a super sub in the Prem, but he is always injured. Being dubbed as his Rolls Royce by Gerrard, Glen Kamara is an elite CM for the Glasgow Rangers, but we are good in that position, at least for the time being. The others just lack quality, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Tfhiggins88 on September 28, 2021, 12:01:42 PM
Hello All -

I'm a newly minted season ticket holder (Putney End, P4) moving to London after many years of support from afar.

I'm from Boston, USA, and began supporting Fulham as they had the best players from the USMNT. I'm in my early 30s so was on the latter end of the Brian McBride and Bocanegra years, but got to experience peak Dempsey (and now Reeeeam).

I've finally gotten my visa processed and have settled into a flat in Islington, but will be making my second trip to the Cottage (and first as a season ticket holder) tomorrow.

Anyone fancy a pint before the game? Respond or message me.

Timothy 
Title: Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
Post by: Barrett487 on September 29, 2021, 08:07:22 PM
Hello All -

I'm a newly minted season ticket holder (Putney End, P4) moving to London after many years of support from afar.

I'm from Boston, USA, and began supporting Fulham as they had the best players from the USMNT. I'm in my early 30s so was on the latter end of the Brian McBride and Bocanegra years, but got to experience peak Dempsey (and now Reeeeam).

I've finally gotten my visa processed and have settled into a flat in Islington, but will be making my second trip to the Cottage (and first as a season ticket holder) tomorrow.

Anyone fancy a pint before the game? Respond or message me.

Timothy 

Wow, that's dedication for you! I sorta hope you moved to be near Fulham, but maybe suspect you had a job/family motive?

Either way, welcome aboard the Fulham ship. If you have hair now you'll lose it fairly soon.

I look forward to seeing you post on the forum.  049:gif