FFC Facts and Figures

Tuesday 25 June 2013 09:30

We have trawled through the Fulham archives to find you some of the best facts and figures from the Club’s history for our weekly feature. If you have any of your own, tweet them to us using the hashtag #ffcfacts

Five Fulham facts

  • When Frank Osborne and Harvey Darvill made their debuts in the league in 1921 they both scored in the 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. It was the only time that two Fulham players have ever managed that feat together on their debuts.
  • The gate receipts at our pre-World War II largest crowd at Craven Cottage (43,407 in a 2-2 draw between Tottenham Hotspur in 1932) came in at £2,583 which put the average ticket at 6p. The record was then comfortably beaten in 1938.
  • The Dodgin family had an interesting season in 1969/70 as Fulham, managed by Bill Dodgin Junior, played Bristol Rovers who were managed by a former Whites boss Bill Senior. Both sides won on their own grounds to ensure that the family remained amicable.
  • Ara Bedrossian became the only Cyprus international to play for the Club when he made his debut against Bolton Wanderers in March 1993.
  • Fulham managed 13 home wins in 2005/06 to set a record for top flight wins at the Cottage in a single season.

Magic Numbers

12 – The most league goals scored by a defender came in 1981/82 as Roger Brown netted 12 in his 46 games - none of which came from either a penalty or a free-kick. Kit Symons came closest to matching that total in 1998/99 when he notched 11 times.

13 – 2013/14 will be our 13th consecutive season in the top flight of English football.

24 – The number of clean sheets kept by goalkeeper Maik Taylor in the 1998/99 season. He did it from 46 league games and also kept four in the Club’s 12 cup ties as well.

56 – The number of England caps won by the legendary Johnny Haynes.

98 – The most prolific of our scorers was Frank 'Bonzo' Newton who joined in 1931 and netted 81 goals in 88 games (one every 98 minutes).

Quote, Unquote

“This first time I was late (in 1938) because of the trains to Hammersmith from Uxbridge, I was hauled immediately before Jack Peart and fined £1 from my weekly wage of £2.50 on the spot. That was discipline.”

Jim Taylor reveals how tough a manager Jack Peart was when it came to discipline.

“He was special. Early on in my Fulham career his team talk consisted of ‘Okay lads, get an early two-goal lead today before the opposition realise what a terrible side you are.”

Maurice Cook on manager Dugald Livingstone’s motivational techniques in 1959.

“I was just pleased we had pulled a goal back, and I hoped it would get us back into the game. As things turned out, it wasn’t to be.”

Gordon Davies on breaking Johnny Haynes’ 18-year goalscoring record in the 5-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11th February 1989.

Cover Stars - 1936 v 1985

On the left is the programme from the 1936 FA Cup Replay with Chelsea which finished in a 3-2 win for the Whites. The goals came from Trevor Smith, John Arnold and Jim Hammond. The 1985 game with the Blues on the right was also a Replay, this time in the Milk (League) Cup, but resulted in a 1-0 defeat.