Here's To You

Friday 6 November 2015 09:00

There will be a minute’s silence at Saturday’s game with Birmingham City as football takes the opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Fulham will also wear poppy-embroidered shirts to mark Remembrance Day and support The Royal British Legion and the official matchday programme remembers those with with Fulham links who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Ryan Tunnicliffe is the main interview. A key component in Fulham’s midfield this season, the 22-year-old has begun to add goals to his game. After the Whites’ unbeaten run came to an end at Burnley on Tuesday, the midfielder is looking to get back on track on Saturday.

He may be a bundle of energy on the pitch, but it’s a tired Tunnicliffe we speak to on the phone on Wednesday. Like the rest of the squad, the midfielder had only arrived back in London in the early hours after Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at in-form Burnley.

The 22-year-old cut a frustrated figure on the team coach from Turf Moor to Manchester Airport. He asked to view Burnley’s first goal again on a laptop to see if there was anything he could have done to prevent Andre Gray’s header that opened the scoring in Lancashire.

Tunnicliffe told the official matchday programme: “I was annoyed afterwards, you’re right. We’d gone there off the back of a few good results and had a bit of confidence. Going 2-0 down wasn’t the greatest start, but considering how we played second half I thought we deserved something.”

Attentions now turn to today’s meeting with another high-flying side in Birmingham City. Blues arrive in SW6 in sixth place and have won four of seven games on the road.

“I won’t get the Burnley defeat out of my system until we start training again for the Birmingham fixture,” said Tunnicliffe. “Then you start focusing on the next game and try and get the last match out of your head and move on to the next one.

“Again, they’ll be another hard team to play against. But they’re coming to our place and we’ll go into the game confident that we can beat them. It will be a tough match but one I’m fully expecting us to go into and do the job.”

To read the full interview with Tunnicliffe in which he discusses goals, scrapbooks and inconsistency, get your hands on Saturday’s matchday programme.

Other highlights in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is also available to download digitally from 12pm on Saturday - are:

  • Manager Kit Symons on taking six points from a possible nine in the last three games
  • Captain Scott Parker reveals why he sat out Fulham’s last two fixtures
  • Jamie O’Hara answers some random questions in the Name Game
  • Harry Potter star James Phelps discusses a life of following Birmingham
  • Alain Goma waxes lyrical on his spell in SW6
  • Les Strong pens his latest columns
  • We continue to take a walk down memory lane to the 1998/99 promotion-winning season
  • And we chat to legendary striker Steve Earle ahead of his return to the Cottage on Saturday

Priced £3.50, the 84-page publication is available from various sellers on Stevenage Road from two hours before kick-off. Or order it online from ProgrammeMaster.

For just £1.99, the programme is also available as a digital download with added video content from 12pm on Saturday, so whether you’re at home or away, you need never be without it on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC or Mac via Apple’s Newsstand or Pocketmags.

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