On behalf of my family and everyone at Fulham Football Club, I want to spend a few moments to wish you all a bright and happy holiday season and thank you for your loyal support throughout the entire journey of 2018.
What a journey this year has been, from 23 consecutive undefeated matches to the Championship Play-Offs and an appearance, finally, at Wembley Stadium and the thrill of promotion, to what has undeniably been a difficult experience thus far in our return to the Premier League. Our highs and lows have been extreme, and your nerves and mine have been severely tested as a result.
However, I am very encouraged by our past two outings. Despite a two-goal deficit at half-time versus West Ham United, I thought we began to show signs of the club we envisioned at the start of the season. And yesterday, at Newcastle United, we produced our first clean sheet of the season and were extremely unlucky late on not to have clinched the game-winner. In the weeks ahead, we will hopefully build resolve and a capability to capture all three points in matches like this, and I bet we do. Nonetheless, our scoreless draw represents progress and an important point earned on the road, far away from home.
As I noted when the fixtures were released over the summer, I am thrilled for us to be home at Craven Cottage in the coming days for an early Boxing Day match versus Wolves, and then a traditional 3pm start on Saturday versus Huddersfield Town. It’s been several years since we’ve been home for the holidays, and that’s been a shame not only for our supporters, but just for the fact the setting of the Cottage is as perfect as it gets during the festive season. Our London derby on January 1st at Arsenal will then keep us close to SW6 as we welcome the challenge and opportunity of a new year under Claudio Ranieri, who will receive my support during the January transfer window as we aim to improve our position in the table.
Let’s take the opportunity in the week ahead to enjoy the company of family, friends and fellow supporters of what we all feel is the most special of football clubs anywhere in the world. I will be at the Cottage on Saturday for the important match against Huddersfield, and hope to see you there.
In the meantime, always know that I remain grateful for the welcome and continued warmth you’ve given me since being honoured in 2013 with the privilege of serving as your Chairman, and I look forward to sharing good times ahead with you in 2019 and beyond.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Come On You Whites!