Andy Ducat 1924-1926

Andy Ducat

After having had just two Managers in 20 years, the Cottagers had five in the next 11 seasons, as well as a Caretaker Manager who held the fort on two occasions.

The first former Fulham player to manage the Club was Andy Ducat. He was appointed in May 1924 and was one of the most distinguished sporting figures in Britain.

A Londoner from Brixton, he played for Brewery Road and Compton House Schools, Westcliff Athletic and Southend Athletic, before signing for Woolwich Arsenal - and Phil Kelso - in 1905.

A year later, he joined Surrey County Cricket Club, and he ran the two careers side by side until his retirement from football in 1924.

By the time he signed for Fulham and Kelso for £2,000 in May 1921, Ducat had won six England caps as a footballer, played once for the Test cricket side and captained Aston Villa to the FA Cup in 1920.

Between 1921 and 1924, Ducat played 68 times at wing-half for Fulham and his experience, stature and popularity with players and supporters alike made him a natural choice to succeed Kelso.

Unfortunately, he inherited a struggling team and in May 1926, Ducat became the first Fulham Manager to be sacked.

When he left the Cottage, Ducat was re-instated as an amateur and turned out for Casuals. He continued playing cricket for Surrey until 1931, coached at Eton College and reported on football and cricket for a national newspaper throughout the 1930s. In July 1942, whilst batting at Lords for the Army, he collapsed after lunch and died. He was 56.