Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham - Friend to the Promoted!

Fulham - Friend to the Promoted!

Fulham is nothing if not friendly.

Why, we`ve recently been credited with having the best-behaved fans, who generously contributed the chant of the season. We won the 2008/09 Fair Play League. We were tops in the disciplinary table with only forty yellow cards and a single red card. And, our astute, but humble gaffer recently received the Barclays Spirit Award which goes to manager or player who best encompasses the spirit of the game. My goodness… warms the heart, doesn`t it?!?

Well, another area where our friendly nature comes out is our treatment of the newly promoted clubs. As it was not terribly long ago that we were a newly promoted club, ourselves, we love to make the new guys feel right at home by dropping as many points as possible to these upstarts.

All joking aside, this has become one of the more infuriating aspects of our performances over past several years. Where we should be taking advantage of these opportunities to maximum points, we often let them slide by with little or nothing to show for them. Feel free to double-check my numbers, but just a quick look at our record over the past few seasons paints a bleak picture.

2005/06 - 6 points (Sunderland - 3 points; Wigan Athletic - 3 points; West Ham United - 0 points)

2006/07 - 5 points (Reading - 0 points; Sheffield United - 3 points;
Watford - 2 points)

2007/08 - 7 points (Sunderland - 1 point; Birmingham City - 4 points;
Derby County - 2 points)

2008/09 - 7 points (West Bromwich Albion - 3 points; Stoke City - 4
points; Hull City - 0 points)

To summarize, over the past four seasons, out of a possible 72 points (six matches per season), Fulham have collected a measly 25 points against newly promoted clubs. It must be noted that during this period Fulham played four matches against the worst two sides in Premier League history, 05/06 Sunderland and 07/08 Derby, and collected a paltry five points from a possible twelve. It`s shocking to realize that this season we collected nine points from the 'Big Four` and only seven points from West Brom, Stoke and Hull.

Don`t get me wrong. I`m not suggesting that newly promoted clubs should be push-overs. I`ll freely admit that many are larger, more heralded clubs than ourselves. And, to be perfectly honest, until this season, we were only marginally better than the clubs that were eventually relegated, so it shouldn`t come as a shock that we have performed so poorly. I`m simply saying that this is a trend that needs to be stopped. With Europe being added to the equation for 2009/10 and the number of fixtures greatly increasing, we cannot afford stumbles against clubs that should not be able to afford the same quality of player that our Premier League status and associated revenue over the past eight seasons should garner us.

So, for 2009/10, I wish Wolverhampton, Birmingham City and Burnley the best of luck, and with all the friendliness that Fulham can muster, I hope we flatten you!

Cheers.



For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Samboney
Date:Tuesday June 2 2009
Time: 4:24PM

Comments

0
This is something which has irritated me also, and IT MUST STOP!
Edens
02/06/2009 16:44:00
0
too right it must - we're like charity cases!
Al Billy
02/06/2009 20:45:00
0
weird how we do so well against the top four and so crap against the promoted sides!
Putney
02/06/2009 20:48:00
0
it's truely regrettable... that hull did the double over us this year was horrifying... but hopefully we can keep our away wins going from the end of this season to the beginning of next season, and then we can work on flattening the promoted sides, as sam honorably suggested... i agree though... this season we just cannot throw away points...
woodysweats
03/06/2009 13:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Recent Fulham Articles

Fulham - How the Land Lies

We`re at that stage of the season whereby Slavisa Jokanovic has gotten the team playing well and we`ve gate-crashed the promotion play-off places in the Championship.

Cairney`s a Wanted Man

Speculation has resurfaced in the media linking Newcastle United with a move for Tom Cairney.

Johansen In Team Of The Week (24/4/17)

Fulham are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Huddersfield (a)?
Suggested By: Putney
Bettinelli1%
Fredericks0%
Kalas0%
Ream0%
Malone16%
McDonald0%
Johansen79%
Cairney4%
Aluko0%
Ayite0%
Sessegnon0%
Odoi0%
Piazon0%
Kebano0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football