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Fulham Football Club, more commonly known as just Fulham, are an English football club based in London. Their main nickname is The Cottagers thanks to their home ground, Craven Cottage, which has a capacity of 25,700 spectators. Other nicknames include The Whites and The Lilywhites, both accredited to Fulham’s typical home kit that is a predominantly white strip.

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Fulham’s History 

The general club of Fulham was founded in 1879 as the Fulham St Andrew’s Church cricket team who played football on the side. In 1889, they changed their name to Fulham Football Club, and in doing so also lost their original ‘Saints’ nickname. Fulham’s first home game at Craven Cottage was a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Minerva in which they won 4-0. They claimed their professional title in 1898, and were part of the Football League by 1907.

In 1975, Fulham reached the FA Cup final, although they lost 2-0 to West Ham United. They had a rough patch throughout the 70s and 80s, but were taken over by Mohamed Al Fayed in 1997, a takeover with a 5-year promise to reach the top flight of football. Al Fayed had a revolution with Fulham during the next season, storming the lower divisions and reaching Division One for the 2000/01 season. This, however, came with the price of losing Al Fayed to England national team management. 

Who Owns Fulham FC? 

Pakistani businessman Shahid Khan is the majority shareholder of Fulham FC. He is also the owner of NFL team, Jacksonville Jaguars, and is a part-owner of a wrestling promotion, too. Khan has divided his wealth between multiple streams. 

Fulham’s total market value is estimated to be around €243 million, which is calculated based on player value, merchandise sales, and other investments that provide monetary value to the club.

Fulham’s Manager 

Fulham’s most successful manager was Kevin Keegan, who oversaw the club from 1998 to 1999, managing 59 games and averaging 2.12 points per game. Their longest-running manager was Phil Kelso, who managed the club for 25 years between 1909 and 1924. 

Going into the 2023/24 season, Marco Silva is the manager at the wheel of Fulham Football Club. Marco Silva took over the club in 2021, and has kept the club in the Premier League for the last 2 seasons. Incredibly, after only 94 fixtures, he is in the top 5 most successful Fulham managers based on points per game (1.68). 

Biggest Fulham Transfers

Fulham Football Club have been in and out of the Premier League for years, and with each relegation and promotion, their allocated budget has shifted. Despite this, they have let some players leave the club for decent chunks of money, and have brought players in for much the same. Some of Fulham’s biggest outgoing transfers include:

  • Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham Hotspur in 2019/20 for €27 million
  • Mousa Dembele to Tottenham Hotspur in 2012/13 for €19 million
  • Louis Saha to Manchester United in 2002/03 for €17.5 million
  • Frank Anguissa to Napoli in 2022/23 for €16 million
  • Ross McCormack to Aston Villa in 2016/17 for €14.3 million

With their record outgoing being almost 5 years ago, it makes sense that Fulham do not have the funds to bring in any star players, and instead focus on developing youth players into first team starters. The following are some of Fulham FC’s biggest spends:

  • Jean Michael Seri from OGC Nice in 2018/19 for €30 million
  • Frank Anguissa from Marseille in 2018/19 for €24.85 million
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle in 2018/19 for €24.7 million
  • Joao Palhinha from Sporting CP in 2022/23 for €20 million
  • Issa Diop from West Ham in 2022/23 for €17.8 million

Fulham Drama 

Fulham’s biggest bit of drama since their inception was a very recent altercation between Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic and the referee of one FA Cup fixture. In a match between Manchester United and Fulham in the FA Cup, Mitrovic scored a goal which saw the game open up, but later got a red card for a physical altercation with referee Chris Kavanagh. This altercation was caused by a handball by teammate Willian which granted Man United a penalty and Willian a red card. It all went downhill for Fulham after this, losing the game 3-1.

Who Plays For Fulham Now? 

Fulham’s most recognisable face is their main striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, although the rest of their squad has some decent names, too. In goal, they have Bernd Leno, with a defence consisting of Issa Diop, Antonee Robinson, and the potential additions of Mohammed Salisu of Southampton and Calvin Bassey of Ajax. In the midfield, players like Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Harry Wilson are all confirmed members of the squad, with contracts expiring soon for players like Willian, Harrison Reed and Bobby De Cordova-Reid. Fulham’s striking force aside from Mitrovic consists of Carlos Vinicius and Rodrigo Muniz.

What Have Fulham Won? 

Fulham have topped the EFL Championship table 3 times and claimed the trophy as well as Premier League promotion. In their earlier years, they also won the EFL League One trophy twice. They have managed to stay in the Premier League since their most recent promotion in 2021/22, but their position could be in jeopardy if they do not strengthen their squad.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is the main talking point for Fulham whenever they are brought up in discussion, and this continues into the player accolades for the club. Not only is he Fulham’s 6th top goalscorer (1st if you only count current players), but he holds the record for the most goals scored in an EFL Championship season with 43, contributing to his teams trophy claim and promotion in the same year. 

Fulham 2023/24 Season Prediction 

Balls Out Bet predict that, without adding new players to their squad, Fulham Football Club could end up in a relegation battle towards the final days of the season. They secured a mid-table finish last season despite not having some key players, but we think with Mitrovic uncertain of his future with the club, and Marco Silva’s luck potentially running out, Fulham could be threatened with the drop. Top goal scorer for the club will, invariably, be Mitrovic, although we think Carlos Vinicius could contribute a few, too!

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