While Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage marks a new era at Fulham Football Club, there will also be an air of nostalgia around the place.
Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington will be in the away dugout, Brede Hangeland will be on the gantry doing commentary for TV2, and another Whites legend will also be present.
This season sees Simon Davies take on a role as matchday host in our hospitality lounges, starting in the Super Box for the Crystal Palace game, where he will be catching up with supporters on everything from the Great Escape to scoring in the UEFA Europa League Final.
For Simon, he’s relishing the opportunity to get back in amongst it at the Club where he spent six-and-a-half largely successful years.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he told fulhamfc.com. “I always enjoyed a good relationship with the Fulham fans so it’s going to be nice to catch up and share some stories with them.
“I kind of left a bit under the radar and never came back really which was sad for me personally, but that was just the way it worked out.
“I was injured for the majority of the last season I was there, then retired and just sort of walked away from it.
“But the memories I have from my time at Fulham are really special to me and it’s nice to be back involved now, it really is.
“I had such good times at Fulham that it’s nice to have links to the Club again. I came to the Cottage for the Sunderland game towards the end of last season and it was great to be back for that.”
Davies’ best years with the Whites came under the stewardship of Hodgson.
He won the Club’s Player of the Season award in 2007/08, helped the team to a highest ever league finish of seventh the following term, before scoring in both the Semi-Final and Final of the Europa League in 2010.
Unsurprisingly, the former winger is keen to catch up with his old boss at the weekend.
“I was speaking to my mum and dad about it the other day actually,” he said. “I’m going to make a point, if I can, to go over and say hello to him.
“It would be nice to get over to the Cottage and see him and Ray Lewington again – it would be great.
“The last time I saw Roy was the morning after the Europa League Final. He said ‘see you next season’ but obviously things can move very fast in football and next thing we know he’s off to Liverpool!
“So I’m going to make a point of trying to see him on Saturday as it would be great to catch up.
“Hopefully I can see Brede as well. He’s a great guy who I got on very well with when we were at the Club together, so it would be fantastic to see him.”
Don’t miss the chance to bend Simon’s ear about his memorable stint in SW6!
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