Fulham - We Are So Kind
As I'm sure some of you know, our very own Chris Smalling came on to make his competitive début for Fulham at the end of last season, in the 2-0 defeat to Everton.
The lad is a very bright prospect, brought from Maidstone, by manager Roy Hodgson, a former Maidstone player himself.
It may seem no surprise then that Fulham then pulled out the wallet to fund Maidstone after Smalling made that elusive first appearance. However, our humble club were under no obligation to fund Maidstone and there was certainly no clause in the lad's contract that meant any more money must be paid over.
In the rather good nature of Fulham FC though, we sent 'The Stones' a monetary gesture of good will, and are set to do so again once he has made 10 starts for us.
A rather bizarre piece of news in these 'financial-worrying' times, but, of course, our club puts the community and people first, and cash second.
Maidstone Chairman Paul Hayden-Brown stated,
'This has been a wonderful gesture as they were not obliged in any way to
pass on any money for Chris.'
So, we continue to raise out 'friendly' profile throughout the footballing world. What do you think? Are we perhaps coming pushovers?