Fulham Fever

Thursday 30 August 2001

Report from Phil Mison

It's the power of being a Premiership club - and something Fulham FC can look forward to with relish over the coming months.

The massive world-wide interest in our domestic game, however often we may stumble on the international stage, means the world will soon be as familiar with Fulham's fabulous rise - and our brand of adventurous football - as the denizens of SW6.

You only need look at the number of hits now coming into our website from all parts of the globe to realise replica shirt wearers will soon be popping up from Peking to Pretoria. And the power of the media is something our current board knows plenty about!

The manner of that opening day Old Trafford defeat just may have done more positive things for the name of Fulham Football Club than a scuffling 1-0 win amidst a welter of yellow and red cards, as per the bulk of week one headlines elsewhere in the Premiership.

Witness the following fraternal greeting from our faithful friends in Ghana, sent by Raymond Tetteh, the President of Fulham-Ghana FC.

"We were very sad and send our sympathy to the Mother club and wish them better luck next time. This game has alerted many supporters here in our country to the cause of Fulham-Ghana FC, to believe in us that we too have a good chance to make it big.

They see Fulham has a new team and were very impressed with their great performance over Manchester United, which is one of the popular teams with a lot of fans in Ghana. We at our club Fulham-Ghana FC are looking also to make much impact and we will pray to God for this link of ours to tighten and be a strong one.

Last week we won 2-1 against Akowaste and the boy's at the moment are in good shape. We hope our friends in England don't give up on us now and like Mr Roger give us help and promises for the future (Exiled Fulham fan Roger Sime in Australia contacted Raymond after reading about the club when my first article on Fulham-Ghana FC ran on the web-site last season).

In fact ,we have registered a lot of good players for this year and now must work hard to ease our financial problems and find ways to transport the boys with a mini bus. This will be our goal for the season. Greetings to all supporters of Fulham FC."

The Ghanaian branch of the Fulham brotherhood have been heartened by efforts from our own Community Office, who've endeavoured over the summer to track down any unsold or end-of-line merchandise we will freight down to Accra.

Even more encouragingly for team morale, 19-year-old striker Charles Nkrumah has been staying with relatives in London while we looked to bring him to the attention of league clubs.

He's already scored 5 goals in three trial games for Leyton Orient and next week will be playing in trial matches with two local Second Division sides. A future Louis Saha in the making perhaps?

Once again - if any supporters in the UK wish to make contact or offer more concrete help to the boys of Fulham-Ghana FC please mail me at kptv@tesco.net or contact Raymond at RTetteh@TRACTOREQUIP.com

Don't forget we have a dedicated bank account set-up for cash donations or lifeline subscriptions (administered by the Simon Morgan testimonial people for security purposes) and, believe me, any help no matter how small in a society like Ghana really goes a long way.

I'm hoping to set up a collection point at a future home game for unwanted or outgrown replica shirts and donations. Keep watching for updates!

Phil Mison, Honorary Vice-President Fulham-Ghana FC