UK time is: 04:51:18
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Fulham - Stockdale Here to Stay!

Back injury or simply hoping for his transfer request t be granted, it`s fair to say that Mark Schwarzer wasn`t missed up at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Now I don`t want to disrespect Schwarzer`s contribution since joining us but if he is to leave Craven cottage then so be it, we need to move on and on Saturday the performance given by David Stockdale showed that the promise he showed in his younger days was a justifiable reason to purchase him.

After some great saves on Saturday, Stockdale was an obvious target for the media seeking a few words from the young keeper. David didn`t disappoint.

Speaking about his performance he had this to say,

"I just hope I`ve shown the gaffer today that I am capable of doing a job for him and given him something to think about."

Naturally David would like to see his run in the first team continue but with the more experienced Australian still around, David shows just how mad these keepers are implying that he`d like Mark Schwarzer to stay, commenting,

"I`ve played alongside Mark for two years and he`s improved my game no end."

"I`d rather he stayed but you hear the rumours about Arsenal and that`s not the sort of thing that comes along very often in you career."


A lot can happen in a week in football and with the Arsenal keeper looking far from as safe as houses at Anfield yesterday, Schwarzer (if a fee can be agreed) could well be history by the time our next fixture rolls around, a fixture against Manchester United next Sunday.

It`s a fixture Stockdale, as you would imagine, is looking forward to, even more so with his father-in-law being a staunch Leeds United supporter and looking forward to United being beaten again at Craven Cottage, on keeping the Old Trafford side at bay, David remarked,

"I`d fancy that if I was picked."

"Keeping Rooney out wouldn`t be an easy thing to do. He hasn`t scored for a while but you saw last season how good he is."

"I`m from Leeds and my father-in-law is a huge Leeds fan. He won`t talk to me if I let United win."


Looking into the crystal ball there`s a strong indication that Stockdale will be between the sticks next weekend and that we`ll be looking at a new goalkeeping era at Craven Cottage with a youngster between the posts.

It`ll make a nice change compared to all those veterans we`ve seen in recent years will it not?

Join The Vital Debate

Vital Fulham on: facebook

Vital Fulham on: twitter





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



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

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 16 2010

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

Would be happy with him taking number 1.
KBFulham
me too... it's time to get younger, and he's the key piece at the moment...
woodysweats
If he continues to do well we may just have found gem!!
Oldwolf
AH i see you lot have changed your minds.....not too long ago stockdale was too inexperienced.....told you! he will make mistakes but i really hope mark sticks with him.
Leonestar
Haha. I will admit I thought it should be another year before we risk him on the big stage. I'm happy to eat my words.
KBFulham
And very tasty words they were.
KBFulham
have always said its now or never
truth sayer ffc
good lad me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Let's not get carried away. He had one good match. It's a long season.
Teddy_KGB
true...
Leonestar
He has to start somewhere though. If he's never given a prolonged chance he'll never really fulfill his potential. Would be happy if we got Given but would be equally happy if we stuck by Stockdale. He's only going to get better...
KBFulham
Don't get me wrong. I like Stockdale and he looks to have a great future, but I have one name for you - Kasper Schmeichel. Looked great early on at Man City, but it never quite happened for him. With rare exception, young keepers struggle a bit. I just think we need to be prepared.
Teddy_KGB
that's the issue... i also said he needs another year, but maybe that's playing half the games here and not loaning him out... who knows... the real issue is whether he can deal with growing pains, and whether the fans and manager can deal with growing pains... he can't be tossed aside when he makes his first mistake... he's too young and too much potential to turn aside... but maybe he can prove me wrong and take the helm this year...
woodysweats
24 young for a keeper true but he is not a naieve 18 year old
truth sayer ffc
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Fulham Articles

And Still the Wait Goes On (Sunday October 19 2014)

Kavanagh and That First Senior Goal (Sunday October 19 2014)

Symons Praises Fulham Defence (Sunday October 19 2014)

You Can`t Blame Him for Trying! (Saturday October 18 2014)

Fulham Youngster Goes Off on Loan! (Saturday October 18 2014)

Fulham 1 Norwich City 0 (Saturday October 18 2014)

Stats: Fulham v Norwich (Saturday October 18 2014)

Fulham v Norwich - Team Sheets (Saturday October 18 2014)

Fulham`s Taggert Is Almost There! (Saturday October 18 2014)

McCormack Has No Regrets! (Saturday October 18 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)

1. dobox 8
2. Oldwolf 7
3. truezebra 1
4. acrossthepond 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 0 - 1 Wolves
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Fulham 0 - 1 Millwall
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 4 - 0 Bolton
Fulham 0 - 1 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 12 3 4 5 -3 13
19. Wigan 12 2 5 5 -2 11
20. Brighton 12 2 5 5 -3 11
21. Birmingham 12 2 5 5 -7 11
22. Fulham 12 3 1 8 -9 10
23. Bolton 12 2 2 8 -12 8
24. Blackpool 12 1 3 8 -10 6

Breaking League News

Cardiff v Forest: Match Report From Kid's Corner!
Forest : 21/10/2014 00:03:00
Watford v Forest Championship Preview
Forest : 20/10/2014 23:40:00
Toffolo Heads To Swindon
Norwich : 20/10/2014 22:14:00
Vital Preview: Cardiff v Ipswich
Cardiff : 20/10/2014 22:09:00
Johnson hoping fans remember what he did for Leeds
Leeds Utd : 20/10/2014 21:28:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Norwich (h)?
Suggested By:  putney
Bettinelli 2%
Hoogland 0%
Bodurov 58%
Burn 0%
Kavanagh 16%
Parker 8%
Christensen 0%
Staylidis 0%
Ruiz 8%
Rodallega 0%
McCormack 0%
Zverotic 8%
Dembele 0%