Testing Times

Friday 22 November 2013 09:39

After a stop-start 2012/13 campaign, Kieran Richardson has established himself as Martin Jol’s first choice left-back. And in this, his 12th consecutive Premier League season, the former England international is desperate to help Fulham return to winning ways.

Without a win in their last four outings, the 29-year-old describes the recent period as a ‘test of character’, but believes the Whites have the experience and talent to pull through.

“We’re in the bottom three at the moment, and we know that it hasn’t been good enough,” Richardson told Saturday’s official matchday programme. “But, as a group, we share the trust that we will turn things around. It’s still relatively early - no one in the changing room is panicking.

“There’s only four points separating us and 10th-placed West Bromwich Albion, so we know that a couple of victories could really change the shape of the season for us. We have a lot of experience in the squad, players that have been in similar positions before and know what it takes. We also have some very, very talented individuals, and I’m confident that talent will shine through. There’s been 11 league games played, so there’s plenty of football ahead of us and points to be won.”

To read the full interview with Richardson, in which he discusses the arrival of Rene Meulensteen, playing at left-back, and how one of his sketches ended up on Sir Alex Ferguson’s office wall, pick up a copy of the official matchday programme on Saturday.

Other key content in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is available to download digitally from 9am on Saturday - include: 

  • Martin Jol’s regular programme notes
  • Derek Boateng takes the Fulham 50 challenge
  • Ex-Fulham defender Duncan Jupp recalls a famous thumping of Swansea City
  • Former Swansea striker Lee Trundle assesses the weekend’s game
  • There’s a chunk of programme nostalgia in Rewind
  • Young Welshman Jordan Evans is profiled in Through The Ranks
  • And Gordon Davies reveals why his moustache is making a return in Yesterday’s Hero

Priced £3.50, the 84-page publication is available from various sellers on Stevenage Road from two hours before kick-off. Fans can also order copies directly from www.programmemaster.com

The programme is also available as an app with added video content from 9am on Saturday via Apple’s Newsstand or Pocketmags. You can subscribe for the whole season for the digital edition or buy a single issue for £1.99.

A limited amount of Monday night's Italy v Nigeria commemorative 76-page programme are available for just £1.50 as part of a double deal with Saturday's matchday programme for £5. The programme feature Fulham legend Les Strong's exclusive interview with Roy Hodgson, Teddy Maybank’s Serie A XI and much more exclusive content of interest to all Fulham supporters.