Alec Stock was one of the best-known names in football, a 55-year-old west countryman who had made a career of working minor miracles at smaller clubs.
There was giant killing at Yeovil Town, the Third Division South title with Clapton Orient, a League Cup success at Wembley and promotion from the Third to the First Division with Queens Park Rangers as well as leading Luton Town into Division Two.
Not only that, but Stock had a shrewd eye for a bargain and his financial juggling pleased chairmen as much as his teams pleased the supporters.
Stock did not disappoint as Manager at Craven Cottage. The Whites’ league position was stabilised, with four seasons of remarkable mid-table consistency, youngsters were developed under the watchful eye of seasoned professionals like Alan Mullery and Bobby Moore (both Stock signings) and his usual profitable returns were shown on transfer dealings.
Above all, however, he got Fulham to Wembley in 1975 for the FA Cup Final, an achievement that guarantees him legendary status at the Cottage.
He died in Somerset on 16th April 2001 at the age of 84.