There’s only one F in Fulham
The Fulham Fanzine
FULHAM Faces On the telly
Oi, it's them Off the Telly! This page is still under compilation
billp TOOFIF Site updated Tuesday, 24 April 2018 20:22
I’ve revived this page from the 2013 site and will strive to add to it and include more featured fans but for now just wallow in the afterglow of the following line up.
Just for a little light amusement, this will be a page where we can include real people, fictional characters and so on who are current, past or purported to support Fulham, I’ll eventually add the more obvious ones over the next couple of weeks and maybe in the close season have a properdig e=round and add more.
Terry McCann Fulham Fan
Dennis Waterman though…
He became well known and something of a pin-up as DS George Carter in The Sweeney, during the 1970s.
Waterman starred in Minder, a long running comedy drama on which he sang the theme song, "I Could Be So Good For You", which was a top three UK hit in 1980 and a top 10 hit in Australia. Waterman also recorded a song with George Cole "What Are We Gonna Get For 'Er Indoors".
The premise for Minder we that Arthur Daley (George Cole), a small-time conman, hires Terry (Dennis Waterman) to be his 'minder' to protect him from other crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to satisfy his employer's demands, and risking his life, Arthur is busy exploiting Terry for all he is worth, usually by keeping most of Terry's share of the money for himself. Later nephew Ray becomes the Minder.
An avid fan of Chelsea Football Club, London. Ironically, as Terry McCann, his character in Minder, he had to play a fan of Fulham football Club a point enjoyed very much by the Only Team in Fulham.
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I caught the back end of an episode of Minder a couple of weeks ago and laughed like a drain, normally, I would avoid most old stuff of that ilk like the plague, however I had completely forgotten that it was fairly sharply written and that George Cole carried off the role of Arthur Daley so brilliantly. I didn’t channel hop next time I came across another episode re-run, instead I stayed with it, marveling at the outside broadcast shots of bits of London, and cringing at rather a lot of what I was seeing.
Remembering that the Terry McCann character was a Fulham Fan, I was amused to catch a scene showing evidence in the form of a scarf, pennant and a rosette.
I recall that McCann actor Dennis Waterman is in fact a follower of the late-comers to SW6 which naturally made me chuckle even louder.
In honour of this Fulham/Minder association, there is a small piece dedicated to this fact to the right, who knows, this could lead to a few features on other notable Whites fans, fictional and actual. Budgie (Adam Faith), Citizen Smith (Robert Lindsay) being two other fondly remembered TV character examples from the last century, Liz Hurley’s ex, with Keith and Lilly Allen and the tall chap from Pointless, being a few well-known more current celebrities with black and white blood.
If there are any of you out there that can remember a few others, (Ray Brooks, Sharon Deuce, OXO Dad and other obvious candidates excepted) please send in your suggestions by email to TOOFIF please.
'Terry' and some of his Fulham paraphenalia
In the same vein, there were other TV series that featured characters supporting the Super Whites, two of them most notably being Citizen Smith and the other Budgie
Robert Lindsay played the namessake in the former, a lefty hypocritical, revolutionary type who wsas anyhing but peoples' champion.
Budgie featured Adam Faith in the lead role, havig had a career as a pop singer in the 50s, Terry Nelhams-Wright (stage name Adam Faith) made a decent fist in the comedy role of small time crook Budgie.
The series co-starred Iain Cuthbertson as Charles (Charlie) Endell, a suave and Machiavellian Glaswegian gangster based in London, who employed Budgie, often against his better judgement, or when he was in need of an unsuspecting fall guy
Lynn Dalby as Budgie's girlfriend, Hazel Fletcher, Stella Tanner had a semi regular role as her mother, Mrs Fletcher. Rio Fanning appeared three times as Budgie's gullible criminal Irish pal, Grogan. Guest Stars included Georgina Hale as his wife, Jean, Adrienne Posta as a stripper and George Tovey as his father, Jack Bird.
John Rhys-Davies has an early semi regular role as a corpulent gangster working for Endell, with the colourful name of Laughing Spam Fritter.
Although quite obviously the show was of it's time, it was a huge success and if, like me, one likes a nostalgic look at the grey old streets of London in the seventies, it's worth a look. The episode highlighted below opens at Craven Cottage.
From IMdb, Wikepedia (and billp)
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting, London, a self-proclaimed urban guerrilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara.
He leads a small group called the Tooting Popular Front with aspirations to create a communist Britain. However, as a result of being thoroughly disorganised, his chances range from slim to none.
From episode three, "Abide with Me", Wolfie Smith (Robert Lindsay) lives, with his religious, teetotal friend Ken Mills (Mike Grady), in a flat in the house of his girlfriend's family—Shirley Johnson (Cheryl Hall, at the time Lindsay's wife); her affable but naïve mother, Florence, who mistakenly calls Wolfie "Foxy"; and her strict, right-wing father, Charlie, who disapproves of Smith's lifestyle and refers to him as a "flaming yeti" or "Chairman Mao". Shirley considers herself engaged to Wolfie, on account of a fake crocodile tooth necklace he gave her after she was asked when they would get engaged.
Other regular characters in the series are the other 'urban guerrillas': Tucker (married to the ever-pregnant but never-seen June); Speed, the TPF's Warlord, and his girlfriend Desiree; and local gangster publican Harry Fenning (played by Stephen Greif), who refers to Wolfie as "Trotsky". Wolfie and the TPF frequent Harry's pub, 'The Vigilante', and are at times menaced by Harry's hired muscle Floyd and Cyril (played by Dana Michie and Barry Hayes), who are referred to by Florence as "Mr Fenning's foster children".
The nearest Wolfie comes to legitimate political office is contesting the Tooting North constituency as the TPF candidate at a televised by-election; however, he gains only six votes, losing to Conservative candidate David West. He and the gang attempt to kidnap the new MP from a victory celebration, only to mistakenly capture Harry Fenning (who was leaving the Conservative Club during the occasion) instead (Episode 6 - "The Hostage").
The opening titles of each episode of series 1 and 2 always began in the same way with Wolfie emerging from Tooting Broadway Underground station, then with a shot of Wolfie kicking a can across a bridge until he is in close up, accompanied by a background rendition of the socialist anthem The Red Flag.
They always ended with him shouting "Power to the People" resulting in awkward consequences, for example, waking a sleeping baby or causing a vehicle to crash.
From Series 3, this was altered: in place of the shots of Wolfie on the bridge, the other cast members were now credited individually; their names were accompanied with an on-screen clip of them, rather than just the list of names that had been used before, and the reactions to Wolfie's shout were dropped entirely.
Series 4 had a new title sequence, which began with Tucker's van driving past Tooting Broadway tube station with 'The Revolution is Back' painted on it. The rest of the credits were backed by clips from the last episode of series three, "The Glorious Day", and Wolfie's shout is heard but not seen. Series two consists of six episodes; however, owing to industrial action at the BBC on 22 December 1978, one episode ("Spanish Fly") had to be rescheduled as a special in August 1979.
"The Glorious Day", which Wolfie had always been plotting, comes at the end of the third series, in an episode of the same name, in which the Tooting Popular Front 'liberate' a Scorpion tank and use it to invade the Houses of Parliament, only to find the place empty, owing to a parliamentary recess.
During the TPF's 'annual manoeuvres' on Salisbury Plain, Wolfie, Ken, Tucker and Speed decide to camp down after an evening of heavy drinking; unbeknownst to them, they are in the middle of a military live firing area.
During the night, the British Army hold an exercise, and the Scorpion is 'abandoned' by its crew after being declared "knocked out" by a "landmine" during a training exercise. When Wolfie and his comrades discover this, Wolfie comes up with his revolutionary plan. Speed states that he learned to drive a Scorpion during his time in the Territorial Army, at which point the lads steal it and drive it back to London.
On returning, they hide it in Charlie Johnson's garage. Charlie comes home from work and opens the garage door to park his car. Curious as to the purpose of the Scorpion parked amongst the garden tools, he climbs down inside and accidentally steps on the machine-gun fire button.
The result is that their neat garden is raked with heavy machine-gun fire, narrowly missing his wife Florence who is hanging out the washing, and annihilating their garden gnomes. This episode also includes a new song from John Sullivan and sung by Robert Lindsay—"We are the TPF. We are the People."
Series three consists of seven episodes.
The series began with Wolfie and company being paroled, a brief flirtation at being pop stars on the back of their 'fame' ended in disaster. While the TPF have been away, a new gangster, Ronnie Lynch, has usurped Fenning's position in Tooting, including his old pub.
Wolfie hates him more than he did Fenning, and after various run-ins with Lynch (who constantly refers to Wolfie as "Wally"), the series was concluded in the penultimate episode, with Wolfie fleeing Tooting to escape a £6,000 contract put on his head by Ronnie Lynch after Lynch had caught Wolfie in his wife Mandy's bedroom.
Closing with a shot mirroring the opening credits, we see Wolfie entering Tooting Broadway tube station. Series four consisted of seven episodes and a Christmas special, "Buon Natale", in which Wolfie and Ken ride to Rimini on Wolfie's Lambretta to visit Shirley for the festive period, only to find that she herself has returned to London. This episode was shown after the series officially ended, but is set before the events of the last episode.
From, Wikepedia (and billp) Sadly neglectedas `a Fulham celeb', he is a genuine dyed in the wool White!
A roll call of 'Celebrity fans'
From, Wikepedia (and billp) (I borrowed the following list from http://fulhamfc.wikia.com/wiki/Famous_Fans, I have not edited it at all, qute a few of those on the list are sadly not with us now.
Margot Robbie (Actress)
Ray Brooks scores. No ‘Big Deal’! www.raybrooksbooks.co.uk
Ray Brooks (Actor - Eastenders, Robbie Box in Big Deal & Narrator of Mr Benn, iconic Brit film ‘The Knack’) ￼
Sharon Duce (Actress - Big Deal)
Dominic Guard (Actor & Sharon Duce's partner)
Christopher Guard (Actor - Dominic's brother & Cathy Shipton's partner)
Cathy Shipton (Actress, Nurse Duffy in Casualty)
Michael Redfern (The OXO Dad)
Hugh Grant (Actor)
Iain Fletcher or "That bloke off The Bill" (Actor - DC Rod Skase in The Bill)
Neil Dudgeon (Actor - Ginger haired detective from BBC's Messiah - pretty sure he used to sit near me in block H3)
Daniel Radcliffe (Actor -Harry Potter, though now seems he's not really interested in football but lives in Fulham)
Keith Allen (Actor, Comedian)
Willie Rushton (Actor & Satirist)
Nigel Havers (Actor)
Liz Frazer (Actress, Carry-On Films)
Sam Kydd (Actor)
Bella Emberg (Actress, Russ Abbott's sidekick)
Pierce Brosnan (Actor, Ex-James Bond)
Kerok Malikyan (Actor - Greek bloke off Mind Your Language)
Fulton MacKay (Actor - Mr MacKay in Porridge)
Tony Booth (Actor & Father of Cherie Blair)
Tony Curtis (Actor)
Ben Chaplin (Actor, Game-On and a film with a long title)
Patrick Mower (Actor, Emmerdale & Hazel)
John Woodvine (Actor)
Honor Blackman (Actress, Steed's femaile sidkick in the first series of the Avengers, Pussy Galore in James Bond)
George Tipper (Actor & Comedian)
Margot Robbie (Actress)
Jimmy Hill (ex-Player, ex-Chairman, TV Presenter & part time linesman)
Bernard Gallacher (Golfer)
Tim Henman (Tennis Player - dubious!)
Andy Woodman (Journeyman Goalkeeper - suggested he may be a Palace fan)
Dario Gradi (Football Manager)
Alan Pardew (Football Manager)
Alan Smith (Football Manager)
Rasmus Falk (Football Player)
Max Clifford (Publicist) (Ed’s note “really?”)
The Bloke Karate Kicked by Eric Cantona (Assumed he was a Palace fan but apparently he was a regular at Fulham)
Pope John Paul II (Pope)
From, Wikepedia (and billp).
Sadly neglected as `a Fulham celeb', he is a genuine dyed in the wool White, or at least he used to come to the Cottage after a few pints in the Dukes Head!