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1896-97 season
1896-97
0Manager None
0League London League Division Two
0Position 8th/9
0FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
0Middlesex Senior Cup 2nd Round
0London Senior Cup 1st Qualifying Round
0Top scorer (League) Leonard Moon (3)*
0Top scorer (All) Sammy Aylott (4)
Leonard Moon (4)
Abon Sermon (4)*
0Most appearances (League) Will Robertson (13)*
0Most appearances (All) Will Robertson (19)*
0Biggest win 5-0 (h) v Harrow Athletic
0Biggest defeat 0-8 (h) v Stanley
0Prev season 1895-96
0Next season 1897-98
0NOTE: *Scorer details from two matches unknown, and team line-up from one match unknown.


OverviewEdit

The 1896-97 season was Fulham's 15th season playing football and as an amateur outfit. It was also the first season in the inaugral London League, which Fulham entered in Division 2. It was also their debut season entering the FA Cup. Perhaps even more notable was that this was the first season that the club used Craven Cottage for its home matches. The 4-0 victory over Minerva in the Middlesex Senior Cup was the first match to ever take place at the ground (apart from a reserve fixture shortly before). Fulham's first season in the London League could have gone a lot better, and they finished a poor 8th position out of the 9 teams in the league. In the cup competitions, Fulham's debut in the FA Cup was short-lived, getting thumped 5-0 away to Swanscombe. This embarrassed the club and caused them to not enter the competition for 4 years, preferring instead the FA Amateur Cup in the intervening seasons. It was a more graceful exit in the Middlesex Senior Cup, where Fulham exited in the 2nd round to eventual winners Ealing. There was also a 1st Qualifying round exit in the London Senior Cup.

The one result of note, however, was the 8-0 thumping that rivals Stanley gave Fulham at Craven Cottage early in the season. Goalkeeper and captain Johnny May was largely blamed for the defeat by club secretary Horace Wilkins and he was briefly kicked out of the club for it. May had conceded the first penalty of his entire career, and had been protesting throughout the match about the pitch conditions to the referee but to no avail. One report said that the other players were discouraged by Johnny's failing to negotiate at least five easy shots. In consequence a new goalkeeper had been chosen to play against Swanscombe, Fred Kingsbury.

League TableEdit

London League Division TwoEdit

PosClubPWDLGFGAGav1Pts2Notes
1Bromley16113242162.6325
2Brentford1696142192.2124
3Queens Park Rangers16101531142.2121
4Stanley1676322102.2020
5Hammersmith Athletic1653818250.7213
6Harrow Athletic1643919340.5611
7Forest Swifts1634925370.6810
8Fulham1634917400.4310
9West Croydon1634912330.3610

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing

3 Clapton Clifton withdrew during the season and the team's record was deleted

SquadEdit

No. Position Player
- Flag of England GK George Taylor
- Flag of England GK Johnny May
- Flag of England GK Fred Kingsbury
- Flag of England FB Atkinson
- Flag of England FB Alec Frame
- Flag of England FB Ted Humphries
- Flag of England FB Laird
- Flag of England FB Alex Mitchell
- Flag of England FB Henry Shrimpton
- Flag of England FB Tom Shrimpton
- Flag of England FB A Williams
- Flag of England HB Bob Charrett
- Flag of England HB John Cox
- Flag of England HB Herbert Jackson
- Flag of England HB Harry Johnson
No. Position Player
- Flag of England HB George Pearce
- Flag of England HB HW Peet
- Flag of England HB Jack Shrimpton
- Flag of England OF Freddie Hollands
- Flag of England OF Will Robertson
- Flag of England OF Jimmy Steers
- Flag of England IF Stan Cadley
- Flag of England IF Patsy Harris
- Flag of England IF G Hooper
- Flag of England IF Leonard Moon
- Flag of England IF Abon Sermon
- Flag of England IF Eddie Witheridge
- Flag of England CF Sammy Aylott
- Flag of England CF Davey
- Flag of England CF Jimmy Lindsey

StaffEdit

CommitteeEdit

Position Staff
Club SecretaryFlag of England Horace Wilkins
Assistant SecretaryFlag of England Jim Shrimpton
TreasurerFlag of England Arthur Thomas
Committee MemberFlag of England Harry Coleman
Committee MemberFlag of England Herbert Jackson
Committee MemberFlag of England Billy Mugford
Committee MemberFlag of England Tom Walker
Committee MemberFlag of England Arthur Wilson

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
TrainerFlag of England Harry Ranson

KitEdit

Fulham home (1896-1900)

TransfersEdit

Players in Edit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
Sept 1896 Utility player Flag of England Bob Charrett ? ?
Sept 1896 Goalkeeper Flag of England Fred Kingsbury ? ?
Sept 1896 Outside left Flag of England Freddie Hollands Flag of England Millwall Athletic ?
Sept 1896 Right back Flag of England Ted Humphries ? ?
Sept 1896 Centre forward Flag of England Jimmy Lindsey Flag of England Ilford ?
Sept 1896 Wing half/Full back Flag of England HW Peet ? ?
Sept 1896 Goalkeeper Flag of England George Taylor Flag of England Leytonstone ?
Oct 1896 Right half Flag of England Harry Johnson ? ?
Nov 1896 Right half Flag of England John Cox ? ?
Nov 1896 Left back/half Flag of England Laird ? ?
Jan 1897 Inside left Flag of England G Hooper ? ?
Jan 1897 Left back Flag of England A Williams ? ?
Feb 1897 Inside right Flag of England Stan Cadley Flag of England Old Sherbrookians ?
Feb 1897 Centre forward Flag of England Davey ? ?
Feb 1897 Inside left Flag of England Leonard Moon Flag of England Pembroke College Free
Feb 1897 Outside right Flag of England Jimmy Steers ? ?
Mar 1897 Left back Flag of England Atkinson ? ?
Apr 1897 Inside left Flag of England Patsy Harris ? ?

Players out Edit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
Jul 1896 Half back Flag of England HC Churchill ? ?
Jul 1896 Half back/Inside left Flag of England ED Grimmond ? ?
Jul 1896 Outside right Flag of Scotland Fred McKay ? ?
Sept 1896 Centre forward Flag of England Frank Withington ? ?
Nov 1896 Right back Flag of England Ted Humphries ? ?
Jan 1897 Outside left Flag of England Freddie Hollands ? ?
Feb 1897 Inside left Flag of England G Hooper ? ?
Mar 1897 Inside right Flag of England Stan Cadley ? ?
Mar 1897 Centre forward Flag of England Davey ? ?
Mar 1897 Utility player Flag of England Alec Frame ? ?

MatchesEdit

FriendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 5 Sept 1896CheshamAwayLost1-3
2Sat 19 Sept 1896West CroydonAwayWon1-0
3Sat 26 Sept 1896Reading AmateursAwayDrew2-2
4Sat 5 Dec 1896WalthamstowAway??-?
5Sat 12 Dec 1896PolytechnicAwayWon2-1
6Sat 19 Dec 1896West NorwoodAwayLost1-4
7Sat 26 Dec 1896Reading AmateursHome??-?
8Sat 23 Jan 1897QPRAwayDrew2-2
9Sat 3 Apr 1897RomfordHomeDrew2-2
10Sat 24 Apr 1897CheshamHome??-?

London League Division TwoEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 3 Oct 1896BrentfordAwayLost1-6
2Sat 24 Oct 1896StanleyHomeLost0-8
3Sat 7 Nov 1896QPRAwayLost0-2
4Sat 21 Nov 1896BrentfordHomeLost0-2
5Sat 28 Nov 1896Harrow AthleticHomeWon5-0
6Sat 9 Jan 1897Forest SwiftsAwayLost1-8
7Sat 30 Jan 1897Hammersmith AthleticAwayLost2-4
8Sat 6 Feb 1897Forest SwiftsHomeWon2-1
9Sat 13 Feb 1897West CroydonAwayDrew1-1
10Sat 27 Feb 1897Harrow AthleticAwayWon1-0
11Sat 6 Mar 1897QPRHomeLost1-2
12Sat 13 Mar 1897StanleyAwayLost0-2
13Sat 20 Mar 1897BromleyAwayLost1-2
14Sat 27 Mar 1897BromleyHomeDrew0-0
15Sat 10 Apr 1897Hammersmith AthleticHomeDrew1-1
16Sat 17 Apr 1897West CroydonHomeDrew1-1

The following match(es) were scratched from the records due to Clapton Clifton withdrawing from the League

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 12 Sept 1896Clapton CliftonAwayDrew4-4
2Sat 12 Jan 1897Clapton CliftonHomeCancelledn/a

Middlesex Senior CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1QSat 10 Oct 1896MinervaHomeWon4-0
2QSat 14 Nov 1896Enfield SpartansHomeWon3-0
1Sat 16 Jan 1897London WelshHomeLost1-3Fulham later awarded tie
2Sat 20 Feb 1897EalingHomeLost1-3

London Senior CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1QSat 17 Oct 1896WoodfordAwayLost1-4

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
2QSat 31 Oct 1896SwanscombeHomeLost0-5

StatisticsEdit

Appearances & goalsEdit

No. Nat Pos Player TotalLondon League Div 2 FA Cup Middlesex Senior Cup London Senior Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flag of England GK Fred Kingsbury 5 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England GK Johnny May 15 0 11 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Flag of England GK George Taylor 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Atkinson 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Laird 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Alex Mitchell 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Henry Shrimpton 9 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
Flag of England DF Tom Shrimpton 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Flag of England DF A Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Bob Charrett 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF John Cox 12 0 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Herbert Jackson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Harry Johnson 18 1 12 1 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England MF George Pearce 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF HW Peet 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Jack Shrimpton 17 1 11 1 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England FW Sammy Aylott 9 4 6 2 0 0 3 2 0 0
Flag of England FW Patsy Harris 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FW James Lindsey 8 4 5 2 1 0 1 1 1 1
Flag of England FW Leonard Moon 9 4 8 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
Flag of England FW Will Robertson 19 1 13 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
Flag of England FW Abon Sermon 15 4 10 2 1 0 3 2 1 0
Flag of England FW Jimmy Steers 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FW Eddie Witheridge 6 1 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 0
Players who left the club during 1896-97:
Flag of England DF Ted Humphries 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Flag of England FW Stan Cadley 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England FW Davey 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FW Alec Frame 15 0 9 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England FW Freddie Hollands 11 3 6 2 1 0 3 1 1 0
Flag of England FW G Hooper 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorersEdit

Includes all competitive matches. When total goals are equal, the list is sorted by player who gained that number first

# Position Nation Name London League Div 2 FA Cup Middlesex Senior Cup London Senior Cup Total
1 FW Flag of England Abon Sermon 2 0 2 0 4
FW Flag of England Sammy Aylott 2 0 2 0 4
FW Flag of England Leonard Moon 3 0 1 0 4
FW Flag of England James Lindsey 2 0 1 1 4
5 FW Flag of England Freddie Hollands 2 0 1 0 3
6 FW Flag of England Eddie Witheridge 0 0 1 0 1
MF Flag of England Jack Shrimpton 1 0 0 0 1
MF Flag of England Harry Johnson 1 0 0 0 1
DF/MF Flag of England Laird 1 0 0 0 1
MF Flag of England Will Robertson 0 0 1 0 1
MF Flag of England George Pearce 1 0 0 0 1
FW Flag of England Stan Cadley 1 0 0 0 1
/ / / Own Goals 1 0 0 0 1
/ / / TOTALS 16 0 9 1 26
Fulham F.C. Seasons
1882-831883-841884-851885-861886-871887-881888-891889-901890-911891-92
1892-931893-941894-951895-961896-971897-981898-991899-001900-011901-02
1902-031903-041904-051905–061906–071907–081908–091909–101910–111911–12
1912–131913–141914–151915–161916–171917–181918–191919–201920–211921–22
1922–231923–241924–251925–261926–271927–281928–291929–301930–311931–32
1932–331933–341934–351935–361936–371937–381938–391939–401940–411941–42
1942–431943–441944–45
1945–461946–471947–481948–491949–501950–511951–52
1952–531953–541954–551955–561956–571957–581958–591959–601960–611961–62
1962–631963–641964–651965–661966–671967–681968–691969–701970–711971–72
1972–731973–741974–751975–761976–771977–781978–791979–801980–811981–82
1982–831983–841984–851985–861986–871987–881988–891989–901990–911991–92
1992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–981998–991999–002000–012001–02
2002–032003–042004–052005–062006–072007–082008–092009–102010–112011–12
2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-18

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