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Fulham - Changing Face!

This Saturday we start our 2009/2010 Premier League campaign against Portsmouth, it`s a campaign were all eagerly awaiting, can Fulham kick on from that wonderful season last time around or were we boxing above our weight?

I guess we`ll soon find out!

But, for the purpose of this article, I`d like to take a quick look at how suddenly things can change in football, of how quickly euphoria can turn into despair.

I`m sure you`ll all remember that incredible moment down on the south coast when a Danny Murphy header salvaged our top flight lives, grown men hugging each other knowing that we`d pulled off the improbable and that we`d silenced those critics who thought we`d gone through the relegation trap door.

Since then, we`ve gone from strength to strength under the cagey and astute leadership of Roy Hodgson. Only twelve months after that emotional afternoon we finished in our highest ever top flight position, in stark contrast to our opponents this Saturday.

Whilst we were celebrating Premier League survival that afternoon, our hosts were contemplating an appearance in the FA Cup Final, against Cardiff. It was a final they were to win, it was meant to be a piece of silverware that would enable this proud club to kick on and establish itself amongst the elite.

Plans were afoot for a new ground, a fantastic development on the sea front that would be the envy of all. Instead they now appear to be a club weighed down by those huge expectations and a club sinking fast.

Harry Redknapp has long gone, several of the players that propelled them to FA Cup glory (and European football) have been sold to service a debt. A proposed takeover, a takeover that should have made them rich beyond their wildest dreams appears to be floundering and the season ahead could have worrying consequences for a club whose supporters deserve better.

It just goes to show what a strange game we all have a passion for and how quickly things can change!


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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 13 2009

Time: 4:35PM

Your Comments

Nice article. To be honest, I wish well to Pompey...
KBFulham
Cheers KB And now we're vieing with each other for Viduka. Heaven help everyone!
UKTony
Portsmouth is a great town and a decent club. I was at the game to see that header go in and the Pompey fans were superb to us. However I think they overreached financially and now they are paying the cost. Thats Redknapps legacy, they backed him to the hilt in the transfer market. I was constantly amazed at the huge transfer fees and wages that they were throwing around bearing in mind the clubs actual size (stadium etc), it wasn't sustainable and Redknapp has come out in the press recently saying he saw it coming with the implication I take from those articles being he saw he'd bankrupted the club and so he jumped ship! I hope they do well, but not against us obviously
donfulham
It is strange. Good luck to Pompey this year, dont want to see them in adminstration. Let's hope we get 3 points on Saturday and in return I want to see them get 6 this season off Spuds.
FulhamJules
Cheers guys,a nice article,I often compare youre club and fans to ours,small,written off constantly,but in general a nice family club who bears no malice to others. Good luck for the rest of the season after this week,lol. Stick my neck out and go for a 1-1.
JASON R
Good luck for Pompey, I really hope you won't go down.
JKW
here here JKW can see a fulham hat trick coming
truth sayer ffc
Nice to see some camaraderie between us Fulham and Pompey fans. As your closest Premiership rivals mile-wise, it is certainly interesting. As a guy who lives near Pompey, I would certainly agree with your comment Jason; to an extent...
KBFulham
nice to see two clubs in harmony!
Al Billy
MAYBE BUT MIGHT NOT BE SO AFTER SATURDAY GOOD LUCK TO POMPEY BUT AGAIN AFTER SATURDAY
truth sayer ffc
good luck to portsmouth... hate to see harry destroy a club and then leave them with the bill...
woodysweats
 

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