Fight For The Right

Tuesday 6 March 2018 12:00

It’s been a strange old season for Cyrus Christie. Only last summer he was being paraded as a new signing at Middlesbrough after the recently appointed Garry Monk captured the right-back from Derby County.

But, just a few months down the line, Monk was dismissed, and Tony Pulis was named as his replacement. Christie found himself frozen out of the first-team picture and in January, Fulham came calling, snapping up the 25-year-old on transfer deadline day.

Boro’s loss is certainly Fulham’s gain and, in Christie and Ryan Fredericks, the Whites have arguably two of the best right-backs in the Championship.

“I know all about Freddo, he’s a brilliant player and a great full-back,” Christie tells Tuesday’s official matchday programme. “He’s done fantastically well for Fulham. We’re similar in some ways but we’ve also got a lot of different attributes.

“It’s always tough to come into a team on an unbeaten run like Fulham are. You have to be patient and wait for your chance. I managed to make my debut at Bristol City, which was good, as I hadn’t started a game in two months. But as a squad, we can push each other on and I’m sure I can make Freddo even better. He’s having a fantastic season and that can only benefit Fulham.”

To read the full interview with Christie, in which he discusses his brief stint at Boro, his famous boxing uncle, and his promotion aims, pick up a programme on Tuesday.

Other highlights from the publication - named Programme Monthly’s ‘Championship Programme of the Season’ - include:

  • Slaviša Jokanović, Tom Cairney and Gordon Davies pen their latest columns
  • Michael Brown recalls his stints at Sheffield United and Fulham
  • Marcus Bettinelli takes our nine-dart challenge
  • Peter Mellor picks the best XI he played with in his time at the Cottage
  • And former kitman Billy Sparks looks back on his time in SW6

Priced £3.50, the 100-page publication is available from various sellers on Stevenage Road from two hours before kick-off. Or order it online from ProgrammeMaster where you can also purchase past editions and take out a half-season subscription.

For just £1.99, the programme is also available as a digital download on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC or Mac via Pocketmags from 9am on Tuesday morning.

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