Best Fulham Players of All time
Which team do you think is the best team in the English Premier League? Is the history of a team important to you or its players? Our goal in this article is to introduce you to the best Fulham Players of All Time.
Along with the professional achievements ofFulham
, in all these years there is only one factor which keeps Fulham as great as ever, the clubs' players who have played with zeal on the ground for the love of the fans and the team. Many legendary figures with just one target, to keep The Fulham's flag as high as they could. Before we get to the names of the
greatest players in the history of Fulham
, it is good to have an overview of the history of this club.
A quick look at Fulham history
With a 189-year history, it is safe to say that Fulham is one of the oldest and most experienced football teams in the EnglishPremier League.
The club was formed in 1879 by the worshipers of their local church. At first, their name was Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C, but as they won West London Amateur Cup in 1887, they had shortened the name of the club and so since the present moment we all call it Fulham.
The club has spent 27 seasons in English football's top division and is considered London's oldest football club playing professionally. The club used a white shirt and black socks as its kit in 1903, which has been used ever since. The home ground of the club is Craven Cottage. Before going directly to our list of best Fulham players of all time, let's have a glance at some of Fulham's trophies and achievements in these 189 years.
FA Cup Runners-up:1974–75. English second-tier Champions 1948–49, 2000–01. English second-tier Runners-up 1958–59. English second-tier: Play-off Winners
UEFA Europa League Runners-up: 2009–10. UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners: 2002.
Legendary Fulham Players ever
The names below is our list of the Fulham best footballers of all time.
Edwin van der Sar
Who might even forget this footballer- one of the
Fulham legends of all time? Edwin van der Sar was born on 29 October 1970 in Voorhout, Netherlands. He began his career at his hometown club, Foreholte, and then joined VV Noordwijk. Louis van Gaal- the former manager ofAjax
- got interested in him and his superior talents. So the young Edwin signed Ajax as his first professional football club in 1990. After nine successful years in Ajax, he joinedJuventus
in 1999 by a £5 million contract, as one of Europe's top goalkeepers and the first non-Italian to keep goal for the Turin club.
Following some rough days in the 2001 seasons, he decided to leave Juve, and later on, On 1 August 2001, he joined Fulham bu a four-year £7 million contract. He remained with The Lily Whites until 2005 and then movedManchester United
and stayed there till his retirement in 2011. He is known as the oldest player to win the Premier League, having done so in 2011 at the age of 40 years and 205 days. Edwin Van der Sar made 149 appearances in his five-year spell with Fulham. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best Fulham players ever
UEFA Cup: 1991–92/ UEFA Super Cup: 1995/ Intercontinental Cup: 1995
UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2002
Dutch Football Goalkeeper of the Year.Best European Goalkeeper. PFA Premier League Team of the Year. UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament. Dutch Golden Shoe. Premier League Merit Award: Premier League Golden Glove. UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year. Fulham Player of the Year:
Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov was born on 30 January 1981 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. His parents were professional athletes. Ivan- his father- was a footballer with the Pirin and CSKA Sofia and Margarita- his mother- was a handball player. Growing up in such a sportive family, He started his football career in his father's former club-Pirin Blagoevgrad
and then joinedCSKA Sofia
and at the age of 18 signed his first professional contract with the club and made his debut during the 1998–99 season.
Having spent two years with the club he joinedBayer Leverkusen
. Before playing for fulham, he also played as a powerful striker forTottenham Spurs
and Manchester united. Dimitar Berbatov as one of the greatest Bulgarian players of all time joined Fulham's side on On 31 August 2012 for a two-year contract and undisclosed fee and soon named the club's player of the year. The Belgium all-time leading goalscorer spent two successful spells with fulham, He made 51 appearances, scored 20 goals, and had 6 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best Fulham players of all time
Bulgarian Cup: 1998–99
kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season. Bulgarian Man of the Year. Bulgarian Footballer of the Year. Fulham Player of the Season. Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year. Premier League Player of the Month. Premier League Golden Boot.
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Our third best Fulham player of all time is Clint Dempsy who is considered the greatest American men soccer player in history. He was born on March 9, 1983, in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States. He has started his professional football career in Dallas Texans youth academy in 1998 and then after 3 years, he joined Furman University's men's soccer team. He didn't remain that long in Fuman's club. He then joined theNew England Revolution
in 2004 and finally, he made his breakthrough once he received Fulham's offer in December 2006. His contract was one of the controversial one, Fulham offered $4 million for the transfer of Dempsey that was the largest amount ever offered for an MLS player. His £2- million contract got signed On January 11, 2007. By this expensive deal, he named the most expensive American export to the Premier League. The newcomer striker made his debut for Fulham in a 1–1 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur on January 20, 2007. He remained with The Lily Whites. He made 232 appearances, scored 60 goals, and had 21 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Fulham players ever:
New England Revolution
MLS Cup: runner-up 2005, 2006
UEFA Europa League: runner-up 2009–10
Fulham Player of the Season. U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Honda Player of the Year. MLS All-Star. MLS Rookie of the Year. MLS Comeback Player of the Year. Fulham Top Scorer
The French former footballer is our next one as the greatest players in the history of Fulham. He was born on 8 August 1978 in Paris, France. He started his professional football career at Clairefontaine and then at the age of 15 he joinedMetz
and in just two years he got promoted to the senior team. He remained with Metz since 2000 and then decided to continue his professional life in England's Premier League. In 2000 he signed his r £2.1 million contract with Fulham. He soon showed his talents as a professional footballer. In his Fulham debut, he scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–0 win againstCrewe Alexandra
in the opening game of the season. He spent two spells with Fulham and then joined the other great British club, Manchester United. For Fulham, he made 96 appearances and scored 38 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best Fulham players of all time
Football League First Division: 2000–01. UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2002
PFA Team of the Year. Football League First Division Top Scorer. Premier League Player of the Month
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Gordon Davies, one of Fulham's veteran, is our next best Fulham player of all time. This great footballer was born on 3 August 1955 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. He started his professional football career in one of the most famous English clubs. in 1972 he joined theManchester City
youth team and having passed a year he joined Merthyr Tydfil and spent six years with the London club. In 1978 he joined Fulham's side as a forward and in his first 6-year spell with Fulham, he could achieve great experiences.
In 1984 as he left Fulham he joinedChelsea
and just after a year, he moved to Manchester United on a £100,000 contract. Following the departure of Billy McNeill from Man United, Davies also left the club and once again returned to Fulham, and this time he remained Five years there. For Fulham, he made 394 appearances and scored 178 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Fulham players of all time:
All-time best goalscorer: 178
Our six Best Fulham players of all time is Danny Murphy who won a treble of the League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup in 2001. He was born on 18 March 1977 in Chester, England. He started his professional football career in Crewe Alexandra and after 4 years he took a bigger step and joinedLiverpool
in 1997 for an initial fee of £1.5 million. Having spent 7 years with Liverpool he later joinedCharlton Athletic
and Tottenham Spurs before joining Fulham in 2006.
On 31 August 2007, it was officiated that Fulham signed a contract with this prolific Central midfielder. Murphy shortly after his debut could make an influential impact on the team that he became fix in the arrangement. He spent 5 years with Fulham, he made 211, scored 29 goals, and had 25 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
Fulham legends of all time
Football League Second Division play-offs: 1996–97
FA Cup: 2000–01. Football League Cup. UEFA Cup: 2000–01. UEFA Super Cup: 2001
UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2009–10
Premier League Player of the Month. Liverpool Player of the Season
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Steve Finnan was born on 24 April 1976 in Limerick, Ireland. Began his career playing inWimbledon
's youth system, and later on, at the age of 16, he joined the non-League club Welling United in 1993. His professional football started as he joinedBirmingham City
in 1995, by a £100,000 contract. He didn't play that much for Birmingham and shortly after his contract, he joinedNotts County
on loan. That was where he showed his real talents as a right-back and consequently, Fulham got interested in him. So Kevin Keegan- Fulham manager- paid £600,000 for his services in November 1998. He made his Fulham debut against Chesterfield on 21 November 1998 and on 20 March 1999 he scored his first goal for Fulham againstBlackpool
He soon became popular with the fans, especially as he played an important role in Fulham's promotion to the first division. His first season with Fulham in Premier League was indeed flourishing. He voted into the 2001–02 Professional Footballers' Association team of the year and was also voted as the Fulham player of the year.Til 2003 he remained at Fulham and later on he was transferred to Liverpool with a £3.5m contract. He made 191 appearances and scored 1 goal. Below is some of his achievement as one of the greatest players in the history of Fulham:
Football League Third Division 1997-98
Football League Second Division 1998-99. Football League First Division 2000-1. UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002
Football League Second Division PFA Team of the Year. Football League First Division PFA Team of the Year. FA Premier League PFA Team of the Year. Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year. Fulham Player of the Year
The Great Maestro is the next on our list of the best Fulham players of all time. John Norman Haynes was born on 17 October 1934 in Kentish Town, London, England, and died on 18 October 2005 at the age of 71, just the day after his birthday. As a teenager, he was a fan ofArsenal
. To pursue his football dream he joined Fulham youth academy as a 15-year-old amateur in 1950. He remained with The Lily Whites for 18 years. As a wonderful and prominent forward, rightly after the abolition of the £20 maximum wage in 1961 he became Britain's first footballer to earn £100 per week.
He is widely appreciated as Fulham's greatest ever player remaining loyal there for 20 years. After his death, his Statue was unveiled outside Fulham stadium. In his tribute, Pele once said that "he had never seen a better passer of the ball than Haynes". In all his years at Fulham, he made 594 appearances and scored 146 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of
Fulham best footballers of all time
National Football League 1970-71
Ballon d'Or Bronze Award. Football League 100 Legends. Member of English Football Hall of Fame
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Who could even forget this memorable forward? Sir Bobby Robson was born on 18 February 1933 in Sacriston, County Durham, England. When he was 15, he began to play for Langley Park Juniors. Due to his situation, he couldn't play football whenever he wants. At the age of 15, he left the school to start work as an electrician's apprentice for the National Coal Board in the Langley Park Colliery. But destiny couldn't let him work as a worker. In May 1950, Bill Dodgin, the manager of Fulham, made a personal visit to the Robson family to offer Bobby a professional contract. At the same time, he got another offer fromMiddlesbrough
. But he preferred Fulham over Middlesbrough and signed for Fulham and moved to London. He made his first-team debut for Fulham in a match againstSheffield Wednesday
After 6 years, he left Fulham to joinWest Bromwich Albion
. There he played for 6 years and once again he returned home. In 1962 he rejoined Fulham and spent another 5 years with the club. After his retirement, he started his career profession and he started it with coaching his ever home- Fulham- in 1968. Robson died of lung cancer at his home in County Durham. Following his death, he was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award, for the "gentlemanly characters he showed throughout his career as a player and coach. For Fulham, He made 344 appearances and scored 77 goals.
Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Fulham players of all time:
FWA Tribute Award. UEFA President's Award. English Football Hall of Fame Inductee. FAI International Football Awards – International Personality. BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. FIFA Order of Merit. UEFA Order of Merit. Ipswich Town Hall of Fame:
Ronald Leslie Rooke was born on 7 December 1911 in Guildford, Surrey, England. He began his playing professional football career with the local club Guildford City and then he moved to Woking in 1932–3. His real professional career started as he joinedCrystal Palace
. After 3 successful years in Crystal Palace as a Centre forward, in November 1936 he joined Fulham by a £300 contract. At that time Fulham was playing in the Second Division. He spent a decade with Fulham and was considered the club's leading scorer for three consecutive seasons. After Fulham, he played in different English clubs including Arsenal, Bedford Town, Haywards Heath Town, Addlestone, and Bedford Town.
Ronnie Rooke is admittedly one of the
Legendary Fulham players ever
, He died of lung cancer in June 1985 at the age of 73. For Fulham, He made 105 appearances and scored 70 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Fulham players of all time:
First Division top scorer. Daily Express Footballer of the Season
With no doubt, Fulham is one of the dearest teams in the English Premier League at the moment. It has been 189 years since the founding of this local team, but still has its fans and is a promising place to flourish the new talents of the fascinating world of football. In this article, we have introduced you to the top ten players of this team, the
best Fulham players of all time
are the identity of this English team. Which players do you think should be added to the above list of the Legendary Fulham players ever? Share your opinions with us in the comment section.
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