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The Fulham Fanzine 2019-20 Championship Season

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WHEN THE MEDIA Talks about Fulham

Break out the condiments You might need more than a pinch of salt!

billp TOOFIF Sunday, 6 October 2019


A small sample of quick headlines

A view of our failed promotion attempt that killed Fulham after Malcolm’s team looked certain to go up, see The Derby Debacle . However, the rot  had started 5 games earlier.

As the weeks unfold, full articles from various media

will be added to this page


More 'Experts' doing the job of our players' agents already, this time TransferTavern, no I'd never heard of them either:

The Anorak puts a negative sping on 'Wenger's Snub', the reason Fulham gave waas that "He has no intention of working in the Prmier League again":


Khan replied to a tweet asking him to leave the club and claimed the fan had been critical in the past

OK, this is old news but some might have missed it:

Tony Khan: Fulham vice-chairman promises investment but argues with fan on Twitter

BBC Sport online Jan 12 2019

Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan told a critical supporter who had urged him to leave the club to "go to hell".

Khan, 36, tweeted fans after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Burnley, which left his side 19th in the Premier League, five points adrift of safety.

In a succession of messages he promised "multiple signings" in January but one fan replied: "Leave my club please."

Khan, the son of Fulham owner Shahid Khan, responded: "Never. I'll die at this club. Go to hell." him to leave had been critical in the past, including shortly after Fulham won promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May.

The fan quickly denied he had been in touch after promotion and in turn said he was frustrated by the fact Khan splits his time with other roles at NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars and as president of All Elite Wrestling.


These are the crumbs from before the season kicked off. Now that Spuds have stolen Ryan Sessegnon, there hasn't been a massive amount of nonsense in the internet media so we can still enjoy some of last season's examples below.


Hamish Dutton Everton FC Official Site

Everton Under-23s began the defence of their Premier League Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Sunday.

Kyle John levelled for the young Blues in the second half but the Londoners' late winner inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on David Unsworth's team.

Travelling down to the Cottagers’ Motspur Park training base, Everton had the game’s opening chance as early as the second minute. Anthony Gordon, deployed on the right, won a corner and Ryan Astley powered a header over the bar.

Fulham hit back – Nico Hansen’s palms stung by a rasping drive from Ben Davis – as both sides used the early exchanges to prod and probe for openings.

As the half wore on, and with Fulham’s rearguard proving its worth, Everton tried their luck from long range, but Magnus Norman, the home keeper, saved comfortably from Beni Baningime and then Gordon.

However, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 36 minutes as Luca de la Torre fired home from close range.

At the break, boss Unsworth introduced John and Manasse Mampala – in place of Dennis Adeniran and Ellis Simms respectively – and the change inspired a much-improved showing from the young Blues.

Indeed, the latter had barely entered the field of play before he fed Matty Foulds down the left and when he crossed for Gordon, hands were on heads as the 18-year-old steered over the bar. However, Gordon was unperturbed. On the hour, he won a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Taking it himself, the youngster came within a whisker of drawing Everton level, smacking the crossbar with Norman well beaten.

Another dipping effort from a set-piece had Norman scrambling to tip the ball over, but the Toffees finally drew level on 66 minutes. Mampala squared the ball from the left and John tucked home from a few yards out.

But Fulham snatched victory against the run of play. On 78 minutes, Jaydon Harris was left unmarked and he finished emphatically past Hansen. Defeat then for Everton, but there is plenty of time to rebuild with five more group stage fixtures to come.

On this page, the term 'Media' in our header is used very loosely. It means that it includes every type of outlet that publishes relevant Fulham related pieces. We do not agree with some, laugh at many and sometimes concur with a few. They appear here unadorned and uneditted although we re-iterate that we at TOOFIF do not necessarily agree with any of the views expressed.


Fulham: Fans want Marcus Bettinelli dropped after WBA howler

By Stephan Georgiou – Transfer Tavern

Posted on September 15, 2019

Fulham fans were calling for Marcus Bettinelli to be dropped after the goalkeeper was guilty of gifting West Bromwich Albion their equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The Whites had taken the lead through Anthony Knockaert's wonder-strike, only for Bettinelli to flap at a West Brom corner that allowed Semi Ajayi to level the scores late on.

Scott Parker's side have now gone three league games without a win, and missed out on the chance of ending the weekend inside the play-off places.

Perhaps Fulham's downturn in form is getting to the fans, with supporters calling for drastic changes following the draw against the Baggies – as Bettinelli was the name on the lips of the Craven Cottage faithful for all the wrong reasons.

Some supporters have urged Parker to select Marek Rodak for their game against Sheffield Wednesday next weekend, as Fulham are set to go an entire month without a win in all competitions.


Date: 16th September 2019 at 8:48am

Written by:  Brian Gower Vital Fulham

I cannot blame Fulham coach Scott Parker for his choice of starting eleven at home to West Brom.

It once again was the tactics he firmly believes in, that are the main reason the team are dropping unnecessary points at home.

With an extraordinary amount of possession in the first half, Parker may have been thinking of the Millwall game where the opposition totally collapsed, and the whites netted four times without conceding. However, that was a one-off match. Other Championship sides are not so easily brushed aside. This was more of a repeat of the Forest match where we were beaten 2-1 last time out at Craven Cottage, having so much of the ball.

It was just incredible that Fulham were not two or three goals ahead by half-time, and that the Baggies were still in the game. Cairney was unlucky with a shot that hit the bar, and the away goalie made two good saves. Apart from that, it was just more of the same. Passing left and right and backwards and back to Bettinelli in goal, just to start the same boring moves over and over again.

Why do Fulham not make use of their pace up front by speeding things up?

Mitrovic is one of the best with his back to the opposition goal and holding the ball up for our wingers to use their speed and skills. Instead, every move is laboured, with the final outcome usually ending with a poor final pass, as defenders are back in their numbers.

Bilic the West Brom coach must have been delighted to go in at half time goalless. Parker must have been thinking that it was only time before the sheer dominance turned into goals.

The second half started much the same as the first, but it wasn't long before Knockaert swung a perfect cross-cum-shot into the top corner of the visitors net to give Fulham the lead. This should have been the catalyst to see the Whites knock several more goals in.

It was Bilic who started to use his substitutes, and the game slowly began to turn. Fulham now started to look like they were chasing shadows. At this point, or even at half time, Parker should have used his subs more wisely. Giving a home debut to Onamah in place De-Reed was not a good call. Cairney was fading and should have been replaced by Johansen, and Kamara should have swapped with Cavaleiro.

Instead, Bilic made astute substitutions that turned the game. West Brom equalised after 80 minutes when Bettinelli flapped at a corner and palmed it directly to Ajayi to score, and in the 90th Darnell was inches away from getting the winner for the visitors. How will these dropped points at home affect Fulham's final position come to the end of season? Can Parker change things up during a game, and make the team invincible by using the pace we have?

Where will we be by Xmas and will Parker still in charge? I would love to see Scott Parker succeed at Fulham in his first managerial role, as he is a dedicated man.

The owners, the Khan family will be looking at him getting the side into the top six and a play-off position at very least.

Fulham are without a win in three Championship games ahead of the weekend trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

Scott Parker's side started the season as favourites for promotion due to their hugely talented squad and you can understand why. With the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro, Anthony Knockaert and Aleksandar Mitrovic operating in the final third, they are the envy of many in the league.

Yet, after seven games, the Cottagers are sitting in 11th and have won just two of their league fixtures in this campaign. Clearly, that's not good enough.

And, the 1-1 draw against West Brom last time out perfectly encapsulated their mixed start to the season.

Firstly, there are undoubted positives. They dominated possession against a good Albion team and there was a nice balance to the team in the way they moved around and the attacking trio looked dangerous – as you would expect.

However, for all their good play, the only goal they scored against the Baggies came courtesy of a cross by Knockaert that deceived keeper Sam Johnstone.


Published  18/09/2019

By Chris Gallagher Football League World

That was the first issues with Parker's side, they just weren't clinical enough despite the talent they have.

Even though 11 goals in seven games is a respectable return, four of those came against Millwall and they only have three in their last three.they have.

Opponents are facing Fulham with the same game plan, to sit deep, contain and break at speed and it's becoming a slight issue in the way they struggle to break them down. It's not an exaggeration to say that the team should be able to blow most away, the quality in the final third, backed up by the classy Tom Cairney in midfield, is arguably the best we have seen at this level on paper for some time. they have.

Another more alarming problem is that they just aren't keeping enough clean sheets. they have.

The Londoners are regularly controlling possession but they are lacking game management right now and are making silly mistakes. On Saturday, it was conceding from a ball into the box and there is a real soft aspect to this team. There needs to be more fight to keep the ball out and there needs to be more control and intelligence in how they try and see games out. Of course, the manager needs to take responsibility for that and his substitutions will be questioned as he can often appear to be reactive as opposed to proactive when it comes to changing the dynamics of a game. they have.

Ultimately, Fulham have a squad that should be more than good enough to finish in the top two but they are showing worrying traits right now that need to be addressed quickly before they give themselves too much to do.

Ex-PL boss recalls Man United 'laughing' at transfer proposal


Date published: Wednesday 18th September 2019 10:10

Borrowed from The Athletic

Chris Coleman remembers trying to sign Nemanja Vidic for Fulham before he joined Manchester United.

Vidic joined United in January 2006 and, after a brief period of struggle, managed to establish himself in the first team.

The centre-half, 24 when he moved to the Premier League, won five Premier League titles and one Champions League in eight years at Old Trafford.

Doucoure is regarded as Lens’ best player and ripe for a move to a bigger club, but Fulham might be a bit late on the scene for him with the likes of Juventus circling.

The Serie A club have had him on their radar for a while – as have Ligue 1 side Nice, who were credited with an interest in Doucoure last term.

Last season, the 19-year-old started in 25 league games, scoring two goals and providing two as he broke through with the Ligue 2 club. The defensive midfielder almost helped his side to promotion but Lens were beaten in the play-offs by Dijon.

It was a surprise to many that Doucoure, who is under contract with Lens until 2022, was not sold in the summer.

He came through the system at Jean-Marc Guillou’s JMG Soccer Academy in Bamako, Mali and was in his country’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.

This season, he has made only two Ligue 2 appearances for Lens but looks set to feature regularly as the Sang et Or bid to return to the French top-flight.

Fulham’s scouting team have found a number of talented players in the French lower leagues down the years with current Whites striker Aboubakar Kamara snapped up from second-tier Amiens in 2017. And last year, French magazine France Football claimed the Cottagers are one of several clubs keen on signing the 19-year-old Ousoumane Camara from Auxerre.

The recruitment at Craven Cottage is overseen by director of football operations Tony Khan and his assistant directors, James Lovell and Brian Talbot.

Talbot takes responsibility for the live scouting of targets so it will be interesting to see if Fulham continue to follow Doucoure throughout the season.

Boss Scott Parker is not short of options in the centre of his midfield right now with Tom Cairney, Harrison Reed, Harry Arter and Stefan Johnsen in the squad.

Fulham and Juventus scouts saw Lens' Ligue 2 win over Chateauroux on Monday amid claims in France that the clubs were watching midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

Vidic himself recalls turning down the chance to join Liverpool at the time, but former Fulham manager Coleman says he was also interested.

“Vidic. I'd spoken to the agent and Mohamed Al Fayed was on board,” he told The Athletic.

“He was sensational, only young but already a man. I knew Jim Lawlor, United's chief scout, because we'd done our Pro Licence together out of Belfast. He's a top boy.

“I said to him, 'You can't take him, he's not ready for you, let him come to me for a few years, do well, then you can take him.' “He was laughing. 'No we're taking him now.'”

Coleman recalls another piece of business involving United, and how little of the proceeds he actually saw.

“We sold Saha for £13million and I got 500 grand to reinvest. The rest of it went on the Cottage, because it was deemed not fit for Premier League football. We were playing at QPR, Loftus Road.”


Date published: Thursday 19th September 2019 13:29


As has become routine, Social Media Warriors have been out in force screaming for Scott Parker's head following a run of disappointing results, naturally we all know better than those in charge, don't we, so there's no surpise there.

Honestly, you can't go anywhere on the internet without tripping over this type of posting, the Phone-in radio shows are naturally crammed with this type of outpouring from various clubs' fans.

I understand the frustration, the promise this squad offers has been woefully short on being converted into results so far.

The games so far have been undeniably perplexing. We rely on possession football at all costs and attempt to play out of defence and take our time to pull the opposition out of position for us to launch our potentially lethal strike force.

The reality is that, we are so slow in our play at times that teams have learned to stand off and pressure us once the whole outfield advances. Only one or two teams have been cleverer and just push right up onto us in our area and thus stop us at source, luckily this is a tactic that only seems to occur to our rivals in the closing minutes otherwise who knows how our season would be at this stage. Maybe that's what we need, an oppostion team that presses us right from the off?

The last two draws came about because we couldn't close the game down in the last 15 minutes. We seem to be caught between the devil an the deep blue sea, go hell for leather and finish them off with an all out death blow or fiddle around and keep possession away from them?

The answer to that has been, neither. We just aren't ruthless enough to finish the job and we are not good enough to be arty-farty at the back, this is what has cost us dearly. Once again, the late goals against us come from mstakes right in front of goal, while we attempt to look like Man City.

it's all down to the Manager's tactics right? Apparently so according to those vocal critics among us.

All I can say to that is what exactly do the SJWs out there expect the club to replace Scott Parker with, I doubt that Poch (and what's he won anyway?), Klopp or Pep are looking to take over at Craven Cottage anytime soon. It's laughable really, when Ranieri ws failing, people were baying for Parker to replace him. It seems that some of those armchair pundits wouldhave us switch managers after every poor performance. There aren't that many coaches in the world!

A convincing win against Wigan might relieve a little pressure but we need a steady run of three pointers right now if we are to keep within reach of the leaders, let's hope Scotty can confound the keyboard experts and get this show back on the rails.


The usual cries for the Manager's head from the Twits!

billp TOOFIF Monday, 23 September 2019


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Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Sunday 6 October 2019

Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey


Line-up: Norman; Drameh, Asare, Le Marchand, Edun; Harris (Santos-Clase 61'), Francois, Hilton, Davis, De La Torre; Taylor-Crossdale (Abraham 61')

Unused substitutes: Las, Tricker, De Havilland


Line-up: Hansen; Astley (Denny 84'), Feeney, Gibson, Foulds; Baningime, Adeniran (John 46'); Gordon, Markelo, Charsley; Simms (Mampala 46')

Unused substitutes: Anderson, Tyrer