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1902-03 season
1902-03 season
0Manager n/a
0League Southern League Division Two
0Position 1st/6
0FA Cup 5th Qualifying Round
0London League Div 1 6th/10
0Top scorer (League) Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson & Flag of England
Tommy Meade (6)
0Top scorer (All) Flag of England Tommy Meade (18)
0Most appearances (League) 4 players (11)
0Most appearances (All) Flag of England Jack Head (37)
Flag of Scotland Robert Tannahill (37)
0Biggest win Fulham 6-0 Chesham (2 Mar 1903)
0Biggest defeat Brentford 7-2 Fulham (28 Apr 1903)
0Prev season 1901-02
0Next season 1903-04


OverviewEdit

The 1902-03 season was Fulham's 5th season of professional football and as members of the Southern League Division Two.

The teams kit for this season changed slightly, this time incorporating the familiar black shorts and black and white striped socks that would be seen in their first ever white strip the following season in their debut in first-class football. The red tops with white sleeves still remained however, and would be the last of the red strips that the club would see as their home kit.

It was also a successful season financially for the club, with growing attendances and an admission fee of 6d. (up on the previous fee of 4d.)

There were only six teams left in the Southern League Second Division by the start of 1902-03. The crowd potential was beginning to grow and it was only lack of ambition on the part of the management committee and the peculiar system for promotion that was holding the club back. There were three new signings during the season and these did not make much of an impact. Scotsman David Cowan arrived from Swindon Town but returned to Scotland only months after joining. Jack Hilsdon, a forward from Luton Town who joined midway through the season did not impress and failed to score a goal. Alec Mills joined from Catford Southend and was mainly a reserve player. Freddie Hopkinson, David Lloyd and George Sheeran returned from the Boer War in South Africa but James Miller move in the opposite direction to live in the country. Hopkinson replaced the departing Kennny McKay, Lloyd was converted into a centre half and Bill Lacey replaced Miller at right half. Fulham scored a massive 114 goals in the Southern & London Leagues, FA Cup and Friendlies with Tommy Meade hitting a total of 37 goals
There were two very unusual matches during the season. When Fulham visited Grays United on 27 December 1902, Jack Head conceded his first Southern League goal of the season but they still won 4-1. Tommy Meade arrived at the ground without his boots and had to rush off to the local market to buy some new ones. He returned to score all four Fulham goals that afternoon but unfortunately the match was ordered to be replayed as Fulham had included an illegible player in H Easter. Easter was a reserve team player who had not been registered 7 days previous as per the Southern League rules. The club were very lucky not to have been docked points of receive a heavy fine. Fulham lost the replayed game in April 2-1. The other strange game came at Chesham Town. Cabbo Dwight, Fred Spackman and Tommy Meade were out injured, and when George Tuthill failed to arrive, the "Reds" looked up against it and found themselves 2-0 down at half time. Tuthill finally arrived at scored two of Fulham's six second half goals to turn the match around.
Despite only drawing 0-0 at Wycombe Wanderers and losing at Grays United, Fulham took the title on goal average from nearest rivals Brighton & Hove Albion. However, Fulham disastrously the Test Match against Division One's Brentford by 7 goals to 2 at Shepherd Bush's Wormholt Farm Ground. This was the third Test Match lost by Fulham in four seasons.
Fulham had a good run in the FA Cup and reached the fifth qualifying round before losing 5-1 at Luton Town.
At the end of the season the club had to act quickly, especially as the Division they were stuck in was to become a league for the reserve teams of Division One sides. The chairman of the Fulham committee, JF Hitchcock contacted the Southern League management committee after the disappointment of the Test Match defeat and was informed that if the club could raise a first class team by 30 May 1903, then their application to go up into Division One would be considered. Fulham straight away formed a Limited Company, raising a share capital of £7,500 and signed 14 new professionals from Football League sides. John Dean then became chairman and Herbert Jackson, a former player, was appointed as the club's secretary. Fulham were finally elected to the top division after a vote. Plymouth Argyle received 33 votes followed by Fulham with 22 and Watford, the unlucky club with 13 votes. The Fulham committee had been slow to make progress even though the game had really taken off in the South during the 1890's, but it seemed they were now on the road to becoming a Football League club.

League tablesEdit

Southern League Division TwoEdit

PosClubPWDLGFGAGAv1Pts2Notes
1Fulham107122773.8615Promotion test matches
2Brighton & Hove Albion1071234113.0915
3Grays United1070328122.3314
4Wycombe Wanderers1033413190.689
5Chesham Town102179370.245
6Southall1010910350.292

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.
2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

London League Division OneEdit

PosClubPWDLGFGAGAv1Pts2
1Tottenham Hotspur Reserves18132353124.4228
2Queens Park Rangers Reserves18103530310.9723
3Woolwich Arsenal Reserves1885540162.519
4Deptford Town1874722340.6518
5West Ham United Reserves1865726201.317
6Fulham1865731340.9117
7Clapton Orient1865719230.8317
8Millwall Athletic Reserves1882824280.8616
9Leyton1845930400.7513
10Wandsworth18401422590.378

SquadEdit

No. Position Player
Flag of England GK Jack Head
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight
Flag of England FB H Brown (on loan from Fulham Thursday)
Flag of England FB Jack Graham Vice-captain
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight
Flag of England FB Harry Spackman
Flag of England HB Bob Charrett
Flag of England HB Bill Lacey
Flag of England HB David Lloyd
Flag of England HB Alec Mills
Flag of England HB George Tuthill
Flag of England OF H Easter
No. Position Player
Flag of England OF Billy Porter Captain Symbol
Flag of England OF Peter Robinson
Flag of England OF Fred Spackman
Flag of England OF Ossie Stone
Flag of Scotland OF Robert Tannahll
Flag of Scotland IF David Cowan
Flag of England IF Freddie Hopkinson
Flag of Wales IF George Sheeran
Flag of England CF Jack Hilsdon
Flag of England CF Tommy Meade

Starting XIEdit

This represents the most commonly selected players by competitive appearances

No. Pos. Name Appearances Notes
1GKFlag of England Jack Head37
2RBFlag of England Jack Graham Captain Symbol32
3LBFlag of England Cabbo Dwight32
4RHFlag of England Bill Lacey33
5CHFlag of England David Lloyd31
6LHFlag of England George Tuthill36
7ORFlag of Scotland Robert Tannahill 36
8IRFlag of England Freddie Hopkinson33Flag of Scotland David Cowan had 14 appearances
9CFFlag of England Tommy Meade35
10ILFlag of Wales George Sheeran26
11OLFlag of England Fred Spackman26

Fulham starting XI (1902-03)

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StaffEdit

CommitteeEdit

Position Staff
ChairmanFlag of England JF Hitchcock
SecretaryFlag of England Jack Aylott
Club officialFlag of England Charles Barter
Groundsman / TrainerFlag of England Tom Walker

KitsEdit

Fulham home (1902-03)

TransfersEdit

Players in Edit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
May 1902 Centre half / Left back Flag of England Alec Mills Flag of England Catford Southend Free
Oct 1902 Inside right Flag of Scotland David Cowan Flag of England Swindon Town Free
Jan 1903 Centre forward Flag of England Jack Hilsdon Flag of England Luton Town Free

Players out Edit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
Jan 1903 Inside right Flag of Scotland David Cowan Flag of England Swindon Town Free
May 1903 Left back Flag of England Cabbo Dwight Flag of England Arsenal Free
May 1903 Right back Flag of England Jack Graham ?
May 1903 Centre forward Flag of England Jack Hilsdon Flag of England West Ham United Free
May 1903 Centre forward / Inside forward Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson ?
May 1903 Centre half Flag of England Bill Lacey ?
May 1903 Inside left Flag of Wales George Sheeran ?

Loans in Edit

Date Pos. Name From Date returned
Jan 1903 Left back Flag of England H Brown Flag of England Fulham Thursday Mar 1903

MatchesEdit

FriendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 6 Sept 1902West HampsteadHomeWon3-1
2Sat 13 Sept 1902Richmond AssociationHomeLost4-5
3Fri 26 Dec 1902Woolwich Arsenal ReservesHomeLost0-1
4Sat 17 Jan 19032nd Grenadier GuardsHomeDrew1-1
5Sat 14 Feb 1903South West HamHomeWon2-0
5Sat 28 Mar 19032nd Grenadier GuardsHomeWon8-1
7Fri 10 Apr 1903Shepherd's BushAwayWon8-1
8Mon 13 Apr 1903Sparta RotterdamHomeWon3-2

Southern League Division TwoEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 11 Oct 1902Brighton & Hove AlbionHomeWon1-0
2Sat 25 Oct 1902Wycombe WanderersHomeWon5-0
3Sat 13 Dec 1902SouthallAwayWon2-0
4Sat 20 Dec 1902Chesham TownHomeWon6-0
Sat 27 Dec 1902Grays UnitedAwayWon4-1Match void & replayed at a later date due to Fulham fielding an unregistered player
5Sat 31 Jan 1903Brighton & Hove AlbionAwayLost1-3
6Mon 2 Mar 1903Chesham TownAwayWon6-2
7Sat 4 April 1903SouthallHomeWon4-0
8Sat 11 Apr 1903Grays UnitedHomeWon1-0
9Tue 14 Apr 1903Wycombe WanderersAwayDrew0-0
10Wed 22 Apr 1903Grays UnitedAwayLost1-2

Test MatchEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Tue 28 Apr 1903BrentfordNeutralLost2-7Played at Shepherd's Bush

London League Division OneEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 27 Sept 1902Woolwich Arsenal ReservesHomeLost0-2
2Sat 8 Nov 1902Queens Park Rangers ReservesAwayLost2-4
3Sat 22 Nov 1902West Ham United ReservesHomeDrew4-4
4Sat 6 Dec 1902Deptford TownAwayLost0-3
5Thu 25 Dec 1902LeytonAwayLost1-2
6Sat 3 Jan 1903West Ham United ReservesAwayLost1-3
7Sat 10 Jan 1903Deptford TownHomeDrew1-1
8Sat 7 Feb 1903WandsworthAwayWon6-2
9Sat 21 Feb 1903Millwall Athletic ReservesHomeDrew1-1
10Sat 28 Feb 1903Tottenham Hotspur ReservesHomeDrew1-1
11Sat 7 Mar 1903Woolwich Arsenal ReservesAwayLost1-6
12Sat 14 Mar 1903Millwall Athletic ReservesAwayWon2-0
13Sat 21 Mar 1903Queens Park Rangers ReservesHomeWon1-0
14Wed 1 Apr 1903Clapton OrientHomeWon4-0
15Sat 18 Apr 1903WandsworthHomeWon3-0
16Sat 25 Apr 1903LeytonHomeDrew1-1
17Mon 27 Apr 1903Tottenham Hotspur ReservesAwayLost0-3
18Thu 30 Apr 1903Clapton OrientAwayWon2-0

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
Preliminary roundSat 20 Sept 1902Civil ServiceAwayWon2-0Played at Craven Cottage despite being an 'away' fixture
1st Qualifying roundSat 4 Oct 1902Crouch End VampiresHomeWon4-0
2nd Qualifying roundSat 18 Oct 1902Willesden TownAwayDrew0-0Played at Craven Cottage despite being an 'away' fixture
ReplayThu 23 Oct 1902Willesden TownHomeWon5-0
3rd Qualifying roundSat 1 Nov 1902WatfordAwayDrew1-1
ReplayThu 6 Nov 1902WatfordHomeWon3-0
4th Qualifying roundSat 15 Nov 1902Luton AmateursHomeWon4-1
5th Qualifying roundSat 29 Nov 1902Luton TownAwayLost1-5

StatisticsEdit

Appearances & goalsEdit

No. Nat Pos Player TotalSouthern League London League FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flag of England GK Jack Head 37 0 11 0 18 0 8 0
Flag of England FB Bright 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England FB H Brown 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Chatterton 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight 32 5 10 1 14 3 8 1
Flag of England FB Jack Graham 32 0 10 0 14 0 8 0
Flag of England HB Carnot 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Bob Charrett 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
Flag of England HB Bill Lacey 33 1 10 0 17 1 6 0
Flag of England HB David Lloyd 31 12 9 3 16 6 6 3
Flag of England HB Alec Mills 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England HB George Tuthill 36 6 11 5 17 0 8 1
Flag of England OF Cameron 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF H Easter 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Billy Porter 6 3 1 1 1 0 4 2
Flag of England OF Peter Robinson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Sherrard 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Fred Spackman 26 3 9 0 12 3 5 0
Flag of England OF Ossie Stone 3 2 1 0 2 2 0 0
Flag of Scotland OF Robert Tannahill 36 5 11 4 17 0 8 1
Flag of England IF Freddie Hopkinson 33 10 11 6 16 3 6 1
Flag of Wales IF George Sheeran 26 8 7 2 14 5 5 1
Flag of England CF Jack Hilsdon 9 0 4 0 5 0 0 0
Flag of England CF Tommy Meade 35 19 10 6 17 4 8 9
Flag of England CF Russell 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
Players who left the club during 1902-03:
Flag of Scotland IF David Cowan 14 3 3 0 4 2 7 1

Top scorersEdit

Position Nation Name Southern League Div Two London League Div One FA Cup Total
1 Flag of England Tommy Meade 6 4 9 19
2 Flag of England David Lloyd 3 6 3 12
3 Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson 6 3 1 10
4 Flag of Wales George Sheeran 2 5 1 8
5 Flag of England George Tuthill 5 0 1 6
6 Flag of England Cabbo Dwight 1 3 1 5
Flag of Scotland Robert Tannahill 4 0 1 5
8 Flag of England Billy Porter 1 0 2 3
Flag of Scotland David Cowan 0 2 1 3
Flag of England Fred Spackman 0 3 0 3
11 Flag of England Ossie Stone 0 2 0 2
Flag of England Russell 0 2 0 2
13 Flag of England Bill Lacey 0 1 0 1
/ / Own Goals 1 0 0 1
/ / TOTALS 29 31 20 79
Fulham F.C. Seasons
1882-831883-841884-851885-861886-871887-881888-891889-901890-911891-92
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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
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