UK time is: 07:41:27
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fulham - Break the Trend!

As the new 2009-2010 fixture list just came out, it`s time to take a look at a disturbing trend that needs to be ended - poor opening day performances.

We begin this next season with a trip to the south coast to take on Pompey. I think we would have all preferred to begin the season at Craven Cottage against a newly promoted side (or Bolton), but that didn`t happen.

Still, there`s hope with this one. We can take full points, but it will require an improvement in our opening match performance. From what I could find from various websites, not since the 2003-2004 season have we taken full points from the season`s first fixture.

01/02 Loss 3-2 ManU
02/03 Win 4-1 Bolton
03/04 Win 3-2 'Boro
04/05 Draw 1-1 Man City
05/06 Draw 0-0 Birmingham
06/07 Loss 5-1 ManU
07/08 Loss 2-1 Arsenal
08/09 Loss 2-1 Hull

Ending this trend is made more difficult by the fact that the opening match is an away fixture. We all know how poorly we perform on the road, particularly early in the season. Correct me if I`m wrong, but I believe this makes the fourth season in a row that we`ve played our opening match on the road.

Does that strike anyone else as a little unfair?

Regardless, a good opening always takes the pressure off, so let`s hope Roy has the lads ready to take full points from this one.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

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

The Journalist

Writer: Samboney Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 17 2009

Time: 5:07PM

Your Comments

those are frightening stats! time to reverse the trend!
Al Billy
ouch I remember the 5-1 at United :-(
Al Billy
on the other hand (excluding last season), pompey tend to start well. I disagree that you would want a newly promoted side. they are the last people you want! We had derby a couple of seasons back, and they played an absolutle blinder, and people even began to think they'd be good enough to stay up. that didn't happen. This fixture could go either way, your at the moment a better tean (that could change by the game if our new owner opens his wallet), but we are at home. should be good!
pompeycarpet
I can see this being a barnstormer of an opening game. I like to watch both teams and it would be hard to separate you. But it will come down to goals, and if Pompey keep Crouch then i can see them winning it, I just wish Man City would buy Crouch, I've been lobbying to bring the big man to Eastlands for ages... But in Hodgson you Cottagers have the canniest of managers. I won't be betting any cash on the outcome.
Sindbad
Without a doubt will be at the fixture - should be one hell of a season opener. Home advantage is huge at fratton park as the stands are pretty much on top of the pitch and pompy have a very vocal bunch of followers. See you in the Shepard's Crook :P
FFC Daz
yeah we really need to start off this season on the right foot... it's going to be tough enough with european competition to deal with...
woodysweats
interesting to view what's happening with the Pompey takeover - CARNAGE anyone?
Al Billy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

He Cannot Wait to Quit! (Sunday July 27 2014)

It`s a Fair Price to Ask Isn`t It? (Saturday July 26 2014)

Magath Signs Two New Players! (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Is there Anyone Left? (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Fulham Win at Crawley! (Sunday July 20 2014)

Trio to Stay (Sunday July 20 2014)

Stockdale Brighton Bound? (Saturday July 19 2014)

Zamora Pens 1-Year Deal! (Thursday July 17 2014)

Ruiz Going Greek! (Thursday July 17 2014)

Centre Back Tracked! (Thursday July 17 2014)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Charlton 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Ipswich 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Leeds Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Fer, Olsson And RvW Set To Leave
Norwich : 29/07/2014 07:33:00
LUFC On This Day - July 29th
Leeds Utd : 29/07/2014 07:27:00
Brentford Turn Down Latics Bid For Forshaw
Wigan : 28/07/2014 20:50:00
Clarke Returns to Familiar Settings
Huddersfield : 28/07/2014 20:31:00
LUFC White set to miss start of season
Leeds Utd : 28/07/2014 20:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Can Fulham Bounce Straight Back Up?
Suggested By:  putney
Yes! 47%
No! 45%
Ask me around Christmas! 8%