Alec Stock was one of the best-known names in football when he arrived at Fulham.
A 55-year-old west countryman, he had made a career of working minor miracles at smaller clubs such as Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers and Luton Town.
As a player, Stock played as an inside-forward for Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic and QPR before the Second World War and guested for several other clubs during the hostilities. He joined Yeovil Town in 1946.
Stock did not disappoint at Craven Cottage. The Club’s league position was stabilised, with four seasons of remarkable mid-table consistency.
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 left Fulham in December 1976 as financial problems hit the Club.
He died on 16th April 2001.