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Abon Sermon
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Fulham info
Full name Abon Hassan Sermon
Date of birth 4 Aug 1872
Place of birth    Fulham, London, England
Date of death    Jan 1960
Place of death    Surrey, England
Playing position Forward
Current player? Incorrect
Debut Barnes Institute (h) (6 Dec 1890)
Last Appearance Old St Marks (h) (5 Nov 1898)
First goal Barnes Institute (h) (6 Dec 1890)
Last goal Metropolitan Railway (a) (20 Nov 1897)
Left for Retired - Dec 1898
League apps (gls) 19 (4) (Incomplete data)
All apps (gls) 54 (17) (Incomplete data)
Other clubs n/a

Abon Sermon was a forward who played for Fulham between 1887 and 1898. A first team regular throughout the 1890's, Abon's rather strange name was attributed to a character in Arabian Nights, of which his parents were fans. During his earlier Fulham career, he played mainly as an outside right or an outside left, but with age he moved into an inside forward role and on occasion as a centre forward. He was supposedly a fairly selfish player, always looking for goal rather than a teammate, though this did not detract from his worth to the side and was, amongst others, part of the team that won the West London League undefeated and scored twice in the first ever match at Craven Cottage.

CareerEdit

Before Fulham Edit

Fulham (1887-1898)Edit

Abon joined Fulham with his brother Will in or around the 1887-88 season. He began in the 3rd XI and it wasn't long until he made his way into the first team to join his brother in the 1890-91 season.

His competitive debut was more than impressive, netting four goals in a West London Cup match at home to Barnes Institute on 6 December 1890. Prior to this he had featured for the first team in a handful of friendlies. At the tailend of that season, he featured in the cup run culminating in one of the club's first pieces of silverware, as he helped the team claim the West London Observer Cup in its inaugural season. He had scored a hat-trick in the Semi-final against Kensal to put them in the Final against rivals Stanley in which Fulham came out 5-3 victors in a replay after the original match finished 0-0.

The following two seasons, Abon again helped the club reach the West London Observer Cup Final but unfortunately on both occasions lost; first to Stanley 2-1 and then to Queens Park Rangers 3-2. However, Abon was to enjoy success with the team once more at the end of 1892-93 when he helped the side win the newly-formed West London League title.

He played in the club's first ever match at Craven Cottage in 1896, scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Minerva in the Middlesex Senior Cup. Unfortunately for Abon, as the club grew in stature and headed towards professional status, he found time in the first team gradually harder to come by, and at the age of just 26, his played his final match in a London Senior Cup tie in which Fulham were knocked out by Old St Marks at Craven Cottage 1-0.

After Fulham Edit

After his career at Fulham was over, he continued his work as a solicitor's clerk and the 1901 census shows us he was living with his brother Will and former goalkeeper Johnny May.

StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Season League League West London Cup West London Observer Cup Middlesex Senior Cup London Senior Cup FA Cup FA Amateur Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1890-91 n/a - - 2 4 4 3* - - - - - - - - 6 7*
1891-92 n/a - - 1* 0* 3 0* 3* 1* 1 0 - - - - 8* 1*
1892-93 West London League 4* 1* - - 2* 1* 0* 0* 0* 0* - - - - 6* 2*
1893-94 West London League 1* 0* - - - - 2* 0* 2* 1* - - - - 5* 1*
1894-95 n/a - - - - - - 2* 1* 3* 0* - - - - 5* 1*
1895-96 n/a - - - - - - 1* 0* 0 0 - - - - 1* 0*
1896-97 London League Division Two 10* 2* - - - - 3 2 1 0 1 0 - - 15* 4*
1897-98 London League Division Two 3 1 - - - - 0 0 2 0 - - 1 0 6 1
1898-99 Southern League Division Two 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0 - - 0 0 2 0
Total 19* 4* 3* 4* 9* 4* 11* 4* 10* 1* 1 0 1 0 54* 17*

*(Incomplete data)

Fulham Matches Edit

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