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2007-08 season
2007-08
0Manager Lawrie Sanchez succeeded by Roy Hodgson
0League Premier League
0Position 17th/20
0FA Cup 3rd Round
0League Cup 3rd Round
0Top scorer (League) Dimitar Berbatov (6)
0Top scorer (All) 4 players (6)
0Most appearances (League) Simon Davies (36)
0Most appearances (All) Simon Davies (39)
0Biggest win Fulham 3-1 Reading (3 Nov 2007)
0Biggest defeat Tottenham 5-1 Fulham (26 Dec 2007)
0Highest home attendance 25,357
Fulham 1-2 Chelsea (1 Jan 2008)
0Lowest home attendance 10,500 - Fulham 1-2 Bolton (26 Sept 2007)
0Prev season 2006-07
0Next season 2008-09


OverviewEdit

The 2007-08 season was Fulham's 110th of competitive football, and the club's 7th consecutive season in the Premier League. It was notable in the club's history due to the nature of Fulham's late escape from relegation, narrowly avoiding the drop on goal difference, which culminated on the final day of the season in a 1-0 away victory against Portsmouth.

Lawrie Sanchez had been appointed as manager following on from his caretaker role toward the tail end of 2006-07 and brought about changes by bringing in no fewer than fifteen players - Mohammad Al Fayed had given Sanchez a reasonable large transfer budget to spend to ensure that the club would not find themselves in a situation similar to 2006-07 where Fulham had just about stayed up. Despite the large intake of players, many fans felt that Sanchez hadn't spent wisely, with many of the players were deemed below par for Premier League standard, and he was also criticised for using up nearly £10 million on his fellow Northern Ireland players whom he had previously managed for the national team.

Fulham had the best possible start to a season when David Healy scored in the very first minute of their opening match against Arsenal, but unfortunately for Lawrie Sanchez and the club, it went downhill from there. Despite not entirely struggling to score goals, and not conceding a barrage of goals every week, Fulham couldn't muster up any wins under Sanchez other than against Bolton and Reading. Too many draws occurred and it became clear that they couldn't carry on with the same setup, and on 21 December 2007 he was sacked by the club, with Ray Lewington becoming caretaker manager until Roy Hodgson was brought in on 30 December 2007.

Hodgson immediately looked to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window with several signings, the most notable being that of Norwegian international defender Brede Hangeland. It wasn't a good start for him either as Fulham only picked up a single point in January as well as an embarrassing defeat to Bristol Rovers in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. However, a 2-1 win against Aston Villa brought about an air of optimism amongst the fans, and though the performances were slightly better, a further three losses sunk the squad morale.

Arguably, the Great Escape as many fans and the media called it started when Jimmy Bullard claimed a point away at Blackburn with a late free-kick. The following week the club managed an impressive 1-0 victory over Everton which helped the fans and players believe that relegation was by no means a definite. Fortunately for Fulham, other clubs around them were struggling greatly - Derby County, Birmingham City and Reading mainly; all of which Fulham were to play in the final two months of the season. A slightly disappointing 2-2 draw away at Derby didn't help, but after a painful 3-1 loss at home to Sunderland, many of the fans felt it was possibly too late to survive, and with the club stranded in 19th place with four matches left to play and morale once again very low.

On 12 April 2008, Fulham remarkably recorded their first away victory in the league for 19 months, when they beat relegation rivals Reading 2-0 courtesy of Brian McBride and a late Erik Nevland strike. Another loss followed against Liverpool and the club knew they needed results to go their way the next week to ensure they would not get relegated. Fortunately, Fulham stayed in the race for survival after a miraculous victory away at Manchester City, where upon falling 2-0 down at half-time, Fulham scored three second half goals to win 3-2 with Diomansy Kamara stamping his name in Fulham's history books with a thumping 92nd minute winner.

On 3 May 2008, Fulham pulled themselves out of the drop zone following another vital 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Birmingham who were one point ahead of them. This sent Birmingham to 19th position and Reading to 18th position, as Fulham leapfrogged both to 17th position on goal difference. This set up the finale at Fratton Park, Portsmouth, where the club knew they had to win to ensure they survived. A nervy first-half ensued with Fulham unable to find a breakthrough, but in the 76th minute, Jimmy Bullard's free-kick found an unmarked Danny Murphy in the area, who grabbed a rare headed goal and the victory, sparking scenes of euphoria for Fulham players and fans in what was the most incredible of seasons.

League tableEdit

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1Manchester United3827658022+5887
2Chelsea38251036526+3985
3Arsenal38241137431+4383
4Liverpool38211346728+3976
5Everton38198115533+2265
6Aston Villa381612107151+2060
7Blackburn Rovers381513105048+258
8Portsmouth38169134840+857
9Manchester City381510134553-855
10West Ham United381310154250-849
11Tottenham Hotspur381113146661+546
12Newcastle United381110174565-2043
13Middlesbrough381012164353-1042
14Wigan Athletic381010183451-1740
15Sunderland38116213659-2339
16Bolton Wanderers38910193654-1837
17Fulham38812183860-2236
18Reading38106224166-2536
19Birmingham City38811194662-1635
20Derby County3818292089-6911

SquadEdit

No. Position Player
1 Flag of the United States GK Kasey Keller
2 Flag of Germany DF Moritz Volz
3 Flag of the United States DF Carlos Bocanegra
4 Flag of England DF Paul Konchesky
5 Flag of France DF Philippe Christanval
6 Flag of England DF Zat Knight (left 29 Aug 2007)
' ' Flag of Serbia DF Dejan Stefanović
7 Flag of South Korea MF Seol Ki-Hyeon
8 Flag of Russia MF Alexey Smertin
9 Flag of Northern Ireland FW David Healy
10 Flag of Northern Ireland MF Steven Davis
' ' Flag of Finland MF Jari Litmanen
11 Flag of Senegal FW Diomansy Kamara
12 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago GK Tony Warner
13 Flag of Portugal GK Ricardo Batista
14 Flag of Senegal MF Papa Bouba Diop (left 31 Aug 2007)
' ' Flag of Finland FW Shefki Kuqi (left 31 Dec 2007)
' ' Flag of the United States FW Eddie Johnson
15 Flag of the Netherlands FW Collins John
' ' Flag of Norway FW Erik Nevland
16 Flag of Ireland MF Michael Timlin
17 Flag of England MF Lee Cook
No. Position Player
' ' Flag of Canada DF Paul Stalteri (on loan from Tottenham)
18 Flag of Northern Ireland DF Aaron Hughes
19 Flag of England DF Ian Pearce
20 Flag of the United States FW Brian McBride
21 Flag of England MF Jimmy Bullard
22 Flag of England DF Elliott Omozusi
23 Flag of the United States MF Clint Dempsey
24 Flag of Algeria MF Hameur Bouazza
25 Flag of Wales MF Simon Davies
26 Flag of Denmark MF Leon Andreasen
27 Flag of England MF Danny Murphy
28 Flag of England MF Rob Milsom
29 Flag of Finland GK Antti Niemi
30 Flag of England MF Wayne Brown
31 Flag of England DF Adam Watts
32 Flag of Norway DF Brede Hangeland
33 Flag of Finland DF Toni Kallio (on loan from Young Boys)
34 Flag of Northern Ireland DF Chris Baird
35 Flag of New Zealand MF Simon Elliott
37 Flag of Australia DF Adrian Leijer
38 Flag of England DF Nathan Ashton

Starting XIEdit

StaffEdit

BoardEdit

Position Staff
ChairmanFlag of Egypt Mohamed Al-Fayed
Managing DirectorFlag of Scotland David McNally
Technical DirectorFlag of England Les Reed
DirectorFlag of Egypt Karim Fayed
DirectorFlag of Egypt Omar Fayed
DirectorFlag of England Mark Collins
DirectorFlag of England Stuart Benson
Commercial ManagerFlag of England Olly Dale
Commercial ManagerFlag of England Mark Maunders
SecretaryFlag of England Zoe Ward

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
ManagerFlag of Northern Ireland Lawrie Sanchez succeeded by Flag of England Roy Hodgson
First Team CoachFlag of England Ray Lewington
Goalkeeping CoachFlag of England Mike Kelly
CoachFlag of Scotland Billy McKinlay

Medical staffEdit

Position Staff
PhysiotherapistFlag of Australia Jason Palmer
Club DoctorFlag of England Steve Nance

KitsEdit

Fulham home (2007-08) Fulham away (2007-08) Fulham third (2007-08)

TransfersEdit

Players in Edit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 Jul 2007 DF Flag of Northern Ireland Aaron Hughes Flag of England Aston Villa £1 million
5 Jul 2007 MF Flag of Northern Ireland Steven Davis Flag of England Aston Villa £4 million
9 Jul 2007 FW Flag of Senegal Diomansy Kamara Flag of England West Brom £6 million
12 Jul 2007 DF Flag of Northern Ireland Chris Baird Flag of England Southampton £3 million
13 Jul 2007 FW Flag of Northern Ireland David Healy Flag of England Leeds £1.5 million
13 Jul 2007 DF Flag of England Paul Konchesky Flag of England West Ham £3.25 million
19 Jul 2007 MF Flag of England Lee Cook Flag of England QPR £2.5 million
4 Aug 2007 DF Flag of Australia Adrian Leijer Flag of Australia Melbourne Victory Undisclosed
8 Aug 2007 MF Flag of Algeria Hameur Bouazza Flag of England Watford £3 million
23 Aug 2007 GK Flag of the United States Kasey Keller Flag of Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Free
31 Aug 2007 MF Flag of England Danny Murphy Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed
31 Aug 2007 MF Flag of South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon Flag of England Reading Undisclosed
31 Aug 2007 DF Flag of Serbia Dejan Stefanović Flag of England Portsmouth £1 million
22 Jan 2008 DF Flag of Norway Brede Hangeland Flag of Denmark Copenhagen £3 million
18 Jan 2008 MF Flag of Denmark Leon Andreasen Flag of Germany Werder Bremen £3.75 million
23 Jan 2008 FW Flag of the United States Eddie Johnson Flag of the United States Kansas City Wizards £2 million
31 Jan 2008 FW Flag of Finland Jari Litmanen Free Agent Free
Total £34 million

Players out Edit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 Jul 2007 FW Flag of Wales Mark Crossley Flag of England Oldham Free
1 Jul 2007 MF Flag of England Matty Collins Flag of Wales Swansea Free
23 Jul 2007 FW Flag of Iceland Heiðar Helguson Flag of England Bolton £2.5 million
31 Jul 2007 MF Flag of England Michael Brown Flag of England Wigan £1.5 million
3 Aug 2007 FW Flag of France Franck Queudrue Flag of England Birmingham £2 million
29 Aug 2007 DF Flag of England Zat Knight Flag of England Aston Villa £3.5 million
31 Aug 2007 MF Flag of Senegal Papa Bouba Diop Flag of England Portsmouth £4.5 million
31 Aug 2007 DF Flag of England Liam Rosenior Flag of England Reading £1.5 million
Total £15.5 million

Loans in Edit

Date Pos. Name From Date Returned
31 Aug 2007 DF Flag of Finland Shefki Kuqi Flag of England Crystal Palace 1 Jan 2008
31 Jan 2008 DF Flag of Finland Toni Kallio Flag of Switzerland Young Boys End of season
31 Jan 2008 DF Flag of Canada Paul Stalteri Flag of England Tottenham End of season

Loans out Edit

Date Pos. Name To Date Returned
27 Jul 2007 FW Flag of Sweden Björn Runström Flag of Germany Kaiserslautern End of season
31 Aug 2007 DF Flag of Sweden Björn Runström Flag of Germany Kaiserslautern End of season
23 Oct 2007 FW Flag of the Netherlands Collins John Flag of England Leicester 23 Jan 2008
25 Jan 2008 FW Flag of the Netherlands Collins John Flag of England Watford End of season (returned 22 Apr 2008)
29 Jan 2008 DF Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabriel Zakuani Flag of England Stoke End of season
31 Jan 2008 GK Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Tony Warner Flag of England Barnsley 31 Feb 2008
31 Jan 2008 MF Flag of Northern Ireland Steven Davis Flag of Scotland Rangers End of season
31 Jan 2008 MF Flag of England Lee Cook Flag of England Charlton End of season
11 Feb 2008 MF Flag of England Rob Milsom Flag of England Brentford 11 Mar 2008
22 Feb 2008 DF Flag of England Ian Pearce Flag of England Southampton 22 Mar 2008
25 Feb 2008 MF Flag of England Wayne Brown Flag of England Brentford End of season
13 Mar 2008 MF Flag of Ireland Michael Timlin Flag of England Swindon End of season
27 Mar 2008 DF Flag of England Nathan Ashton Flag of England Crystal Palace 5 May 2008
27 Mar 2008 FW Flag of France Ismaël Ehui Flag of England Carshalton 27 Apr 2008

MatchesEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

First teamEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Tue 17 Jul 2007Dagenham & RedbridgeAwayWon1-0
2Fri 20 Jul 2007BrightonAwayWon2-1
3Tue 24 Jul 2007PortsmouthNeutralLost0-1Played at Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po
4Fri 27 Jul 2007South ChinaAwayWon4-1
5Fri 3 Aug 2007QPRAwayLost1-2

Additional FriendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information/Goalscorers
1Wed 1 Aug 2007StainesAwayWon2-1
2Tue 7 Aug 2007AldershotAwayDrew1-1

Premier LeagueEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sun 12 Aug 2007ArsenalAwayLost1-2
2Wed 15 Aug 2007BoltonHomeWon2-1
3Sat 18 Aug 2007MiddlesbroughHomeLost1-2
4Sat 25 Aug 2007Aston VillaAwayLost1-2
5Sat 1 Sept 2007TottenhamHomeDrew3-3
6Sat 15 Sept 2007WiganAwayDrew1-1
7Sat 22 Sept 2007Man CityHomeDrew3-3
8Sat 29 Sept 2007ChelseaAwayDrew0-0
9Sun 7 Oct 2007PortsmouthHomeLost0-2
10Sat 20 Oct 2007DerbyHomeDrew0-0
11Sat 27 Oct 2007SunderlandAwayDrew1-1
12Sat 3 Nov 2007ReadingHomeWon3-1
13Sat 10 Nov 2007LiverpoolAwayLost0-2
14Sun 25 Nov 2007BlackburnHomeDrew2-2
15Mon 3 Dec 2007Man UtdAwayLost0-2
16Sat 8 Dec 2007EvertonAwayLost0-3
17Sat 15 Dec 2007NewcastleHomeLost0-1
18Sat 22 Dec 2007WiganHomeDrew1-1
19Wed 26 Dec 2007TottenhamAwayLost1-5
20Sat 29 Dec 2007BirminghamAwayDrew1-1
21Tue 1 Jan 2008ChelseaHomeLost1-2
22Sat 12 Jan 2008West HamAwayLost1-2
23Sat 19 Jan 2008ArsenalHomeLost0-3
24Tue 29 Jan 2008BoltonAwayDrew0-0
25Sun 3 Feb 2008Aston VillaHomeWon2-1
26Sat 9 Feb 2008MiddlesbroughAwayLost0-1
27Sat 23 Feb 2008West HamHomeLost0-1
28Sat 1 Mar 2008Man UtdHomeLost0-3
29Sat 8 Mar 2008BlackburnAwayDrew1-1
30Sun 16 Mar 2008EvertonHomeWon1-0
31Sat 22 Mar 2008NewcastleAwayLost0-2
32Sat 29 Mar 2008DerbyAwayDrew2-2
33Sat 5 Apr 2008SunderlandHomeLost1-3
34Sat 12 Apr 2008ReadingAwayWon2-0
35Sat 19 Apr 2008LiverpoolHomeLost0-2
36Sat 26 Apr 2008Man CityAwayWon3-2
37Sat 3 May 2008BirminghamHomeWon2-0
38Sun 11 May 2008PortsmouthAwayWon1-0

League CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
2nd RoundTue 28 Aug 2007ShrewsburyAwayWon1-0
3rd RoundWed 26 Sept 2007BoltonHomeLost1-2

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
3rd RoundSun 6 Jan 2008Bristol RoversHomeDrew2-2
ReplayTue 22 Jan 2008Bristol RoversAwayDrew0-0*(Bristol Rovers win 5-3 on penalties)

Editing in progress

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1962–631963–641964–651965–661966–671967–681968–691969–701970–711971–72
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