Fulham Football Club is a professional association football club based in Fulham, West London, England. Founded in 1879, they currently compete in the Championship, the second tier of English football. They are the oldest football team from London to play in the Football League.
The club has spent 25 seasons in English football's top division, the majority of these in two spells during the 1960s and 2000s. The latter spell was associated with former chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, after the club had climbed up from the fourth tier in the 1990s.
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The first crest (a large black image of Craven Cottage) used was introduced in 1931 when it was felt the club needed a new identity. A second crest - that of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham - was first used in 1947 following the end of the second world war.
A simple 'retro FFC logo', introduced in 1972 was to last just five years before the reintroduction of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham crest in various guises.
The new crest has been carefully designed to coincide with a new generation of supporter and appeal more to younger fans in particular, while also providing a strong brand for the club.
Its modern outline shape is taken from the shield of the previous crest. The clean and distinctive bold outline emphasizes stability while the club's two core colours - black and white - are represented by its wide bars. The letters 'FFC', that were so popular during the mid-1970s, are prominently visible, but this time in a modern format, linked together for cohesion and using the club's reserve colour of red.
Black and White are Fulham's traditional colours.
Fulham fans consider their main rivals to be Chelsea. Despite this fixture not being played that often in the years preceding Fulham's ascent to the top division, this is a clear local derby as Chelsea's ground, Stamford Bridge, is actually within Fulham.
However, it is only recently that the two teams have been competing in the same league. Fulham consider their secondary rivals to be Queens Park Rangers. Fulham also have rivalries with other London clubs, including Brentford and Crystal Palace.
Outside of London, Gillingham are still considered rivals to Fulham supporters despite the two clubs having played in different divisions for the past 11 years.
George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger. He is regarded as one of the greatest players and dribblers of all time. Best's playing style combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to easily beat defenders. Born and brought up in Belfast, Best began his club career in England with Manchester United, with the scout who had spotted his talent at the age of 15 sending a telegram to manager Matt Busby which read: "I think I've found you a genius. After making his debut aged 17, he scored 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years, and was the club's top goal scorer in the league for five consecutive seasons. He had a brief resurgence in form with Second Division club Fulham in 1976–77, showing that, although he had lost some of his pace, he retained his skills. His time with the "Cottagers" is particularly remembered for a match against Hereford United on 25 September 1976 in which he tackled his own teammate, and old drinking mate, Rodney Marsh.
Gordon John Davies (born 3 August 1955) is a former Welsh international football player. He is the record goal scorer for Fulham and earned 16 caps for Wales between 1979 and 1986, scoring 2 international goals. Davies, a forward, played club football for a number of English clubs, including Fulham, Manchester City and Chelsea. He joined Fulham in 1978 from Merthyr Tydfil F.C., and spent six years with the London club. His second spell at Fulham lasted five years, at the end of which he had become Fulham's record goal scorer, with 159 league goals in 460 appearances. At the end of his Fulham career, the club granted him a testimonial which was played against a Wales XI.
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