Magic of the FA Cup

Friday 8 March 2002

This Sunday marks another milestone for Fulham FC. For the first time in 27 years we have reached the Quarter Finals of the most prestigious club tournament in world football - The F.A Cup. We are now only two games from the Final - two games from walking out at the Millennium Stadium, being one of the most talked about teams in the world and from realising one of my true ambitions for Fulham FC.

You will all remember the last time that Fulham reached an FA Cup final and the great goal scored by John Mitchell that took us to Wembley. It was a momentous occasion for the Club, not least because it was the longest cup run in history - taking us 11 games to reach the final - but also because not one of those games was actually won at Craven Cottage! All of the original ties this season have been draw away from home, so I think that this is a good omen for our Cup chances.

When I first bought the Club I promised great things for Fulham. Five years later we are in the Premiership - the first time the Club has been in the top flight for over three decades. I have found one of the most sought-after managers in the world to steer the team towards achieving my vision. I have spent millions on world class players and in only a few months work will begin on the most fantastic new stadium so that Fulham Football Club has a home that befits the football that Jean Tigana's team play.

These steps are all part of the realisation of my vision for Fulham Football Club and the ambition for success, which I know I share with you the fans. Without you my dreams for this Club would be difficult to realise. Your support of the team is a vital ingredient in their success on the pitch. To see how your cheering can lift players makes me feel great pride and I urge you to continue this support both home and away because of the difference that it makes.

Cheer loudly on Sunday, for the players and for this our great Club.