FULHAM TODAY EXCLUSIVE
Fulham's Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has revealed that he will fulfil a dream on Sunday when Fulham take on Premiership Champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Harrods boss took control of the Club back in May 1997 shortly after it had been promoted to the second division and swiftly promised fans that they would be watching top-flight football within five years.
Supporters were quick to subscribe to the seemingly far-fetched dream but on Sunday that becomes reality, as Mr Al Fayed said:
"We had a five year plan and thanks to a lot of hard work and investment we have achieved that ahead of schedule.
"On Sunday I will fulfil one of my own dreams - not so much that we are playing Manchester United in a fine stadium in the Premier League - but more so that I will be able to join our loyal supporters to see our team playing at the very highest level once again.
"There have been times when I needed the supporters full backing and they have always been right behind me .The fans have always made me feel so welcome and I am so pleased for them that we have been able to achieve Premiership status once again. Nobody deserves it more than they do."
Mr Al Fayed then went on to add that the dream doesn't end at Old Trafford and he still has ambitious plans which will enable the Club to build further on its current success.
"We want to become one of Europe's biggest and best Clubs right up there with Manchester United and Barcelona. With God's will, the guidance of Jean Tigana and the skill of the players, there is no reason why that cannot happen."
"We have also invested heavily in our youth policy and our training facilities at Motspur Park - as I have always said, careful investment is the key to a successful future."
The Fulham Chairman ended by offering a tongue-in-cheek challenge to the Club's travelling supporters who'll be making their way North on Sunday.
"They'll be heavily outnumbered. But I'm hoping that from where I am sitting I'll be able to hear them out-sing the home crowd and no matter what the result of the game, we will have given the team the support they have truly deserved."