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Fulham - The Insignifance of it All!

It`ll be interesting to see how high, or low, the attendance is at Craven Cottage this evening for our Europa League fixture against Basel.

With it being our first home fixture in the group stages it`ll be interesting to see just how much enthusiasm there is for our participation in this competition. My own personal estimate is that there will be circa 12,000 tops tonight.

In the shadow of its big brother, the Champions League, the Europa League is always going to struggle and with being a far from generous cash cow the incentive isn`t really there, especially in the early stages, to give it 100%.

Ahead of the game, our club captain and misfield inspiration, Danny Murphy has spoken out about it being the poor relation compared to our own domestic Premier League and comparing it with the Sunday afternoon clash with West Ham United, remarking,

"I don`t think these two matches are of equal value."

"Every game you want to win because you have an individual and collective pride to win a football match."

"But Sunday is more important because winning in the Premier League keeps you in it and that`s how the club runs, by staying in the league and getting the finances that come with it."

"Getting through the group stages of the Europa League certainly doesn`t brig the same benefits. If you said to me now, you`re only going to win one of the two; I`d rather win on Sunday. Simple."


An opinion that is probably shared by 99% of those who follow our club I`d say or would you beg to differ?


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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 1 2009

Time: 4:53PM

Your Comments

I've opted to save my money for PL home games!
Fulham Badger
same here, I'm watching it down the pub!
Al Billy
16K was the count I read, but with a large Basel traveling contingent.
Teddy_KGB
It's not down to the football, lack of money or lack of enthusiasm for the club, it's about the LACK OF BEER! Will never understand why they won't serve beer during European matches.
fifthcolumnblue
The turn out was poor. Our away following is bad enough, but to have such a small attendance at our first Europa League home game is extremely disappointing. Money shouldnt be too much of an issue, it was 15 a ticket at one point!!! However, the people who did go created a decent atmosphere.
JayFFC
i'd love to go, but i'd have to haul myself across the pond again... oh well...
woodysweats
live on ITV 4 did not help eather
truth sayer ffc
or a Thursday night! I mean it's Eastenders :-)
Al Billy
 

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