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Town v Fulham - on t' telly again!
Huddersfield Town v Fulham
The Sky Bet Championship
Friday 16th August - 19:45 ko
at the John Smith's Stadium

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Huddersfield Town welcome Fulham to the Meltdown Festival at the John Smith's Stadium on Friday night for yet another match to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. We come in to this match on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Lincoln City. Fulham didn't play midweek, they had a bye for the first round of the Carabooboo.

If he's still in charge, expect head coach Jan Siewert to make a boat load of changes to the XI that started in midweek. The one shining light from Tuesday night was goalkeeper Ryan Schofield, but I suspect he will be back on the bench for this one with Kamil Grabara coming back in. Another one who showed promise was left back Jaden Brown, who could possibly play there, thus allowing Terence Kongolo to go to centre back to partner Christopher Schindler.
New signing Trevoh Chalobah looked confident and assured in his debut and could come straight into the Championship first XI, possibly for Juninho Bacuna who was the one player from the draw at QPR to retain his place for the Lincoln match, but is definitely lacking the confidence he had last season. And then there's homecoming boy Fraizer Campbell. Will he get a run out? Also Steve Mounié, will he start?
The one name who should be in the starting line up, but will probably not be even on the bench is Rajiv van La Parra. Whatever the problem with him and the manager is, get it sorted. He's our most skilful and creative player, yes a bit of a dope at times, but none of the lads who have supposedly been brought in to replace him are nowhere near his level.

A brief history of Fulham FC: Formed in 1879, they didn't become members of the Football League until 1907, by which time they had already moved into their current home ground, Craven Cottage. The stadium, situated next to the River Thames, became their home in 1896 and the actual Craven Cottage has a history going back over 300 years when it used to be a royal hunting lodge.
Those early FL days were spent mainly in the 2nd division, but they became original members of Division 3 South when the FL was expanded in 1928. They won their first title in 1932, winning Div 3S, with the momentum of a winning team almost taking them straight up again, only to finish 3rd in the days when only two teams were promoted.
They had to wait until 1949 for their First Division debut after winning the Division 2 title. And it wasn't a long stay, only three seasons before relegation. Back up again in 1959, staying a bit longer before being demoted again in 1968. Then they became a yoyo team between the bottom three divisions, although in the 1970s they did become something of a glamour club, attracting star names to the Cottage such as George Best, Rodney Marsh, Bobby Moore and Alan Mullery. With Moore and Mullery, they reached the FA Cup Final of 1975, where they lost 2-0 to West Ham.
In the 90s, Fulham dropped to their lowest position at the foot of the 4th tier. This was when the club was bought out by businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed. He put Ray Wilkins in charge of team affairs, with Kevin Keegan alongside him. Wilkins left soon after, leaving Keegan in charge and he led the team to promotion, before being tempted away to manage England. Paul Bracewell and then Jean Tigana took over and in the blink of an eye, Fulham had been promoted from the depths of the 4th division to the Premier League, finishing the 2001-02 season in 13th position.
They became an established Premier League team until they were relegated in 2014, by which time al-Fayed had left the club and in 2010 they had had a dabble with Europe, reaching the final of the Europa League, losing to Atletico Madrid 2-1 after extra time.
In 2017/18, after being out of the picture for most of the season, they qualified for the Play Offs and won promotion back to the Premier League. They beat Derby County 2-1 on aggregate in the semis, after a 0-1 defeat at Pride Park they won 2-0 at the Cottage with goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi. Then at Wembley they beat Aston Villa 1-0 with a first half goal from Tom Cairney. But of course, they came straight back down again.

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Head to Head

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The overall head to head is dead level with 26 wins each and 16 draws.

The first meeting of the two clubs was back in our first Football League season when we lost at their place on Boxing Day 1910.

We beat Fulham 3-0 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup en route to what to still our last venture as far as the quarter finals. Goals that day were from Les Chapman and a couple from Jimmy Lawson.

We did famously get pumped by them twice in our promotion to the Premier season. Walloped 0-5 down at the Cottage, we also got beat 1-4 back at ours. We had however already qualified for the Play Offs at that stage and were really just easing off the gas, so to speak.

Last season, we registered our first league win of the campaign against the Cottagers. It was a 1-0 win when Christopher Schindler scored a header, only for it to eventually being given as a Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goal. The match down at Craven Cottage took place over the Christmas/New Year period, now known as Twixmas, and was a disaster for the Terriers. It was part of our terrible December run of defeats, with the winner coming in the 90th minute from Aleksandar Mitrovic. And what was more galling was that it was on the breakaway after we looked like scoring up the other end. And all this came after Aboubakar Kamara had had his penalty saved by Jonas Lossl.

But let's not dwell on that, just concentrate on the fact that we beat them at home. That was the first win in 12 matches against this bogey team, going all the way back to 1992/93 when a Iwan Roberts goal gave us a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.

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So what's happening down at the Cottage? Managed nowadays by Scott Parker, the former child actor famous for playing keepie-uppie in a McDonald's advert. He played the majority of his career in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Spurs and finally Fulham.
He was player/coach when he signed for the then manager Slaviša Jokanović and then Claudio Ranieri, but took over as caretaker when Ranieri got the sack. And despite taking them to relegation, he was given the job full time at the end of the season.

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So who have they got in their squad? Well they still have that Aleksandar Mitrovic who scored against us last year. They also have another lad who's been a pain in our backside on many occasions, on loan from Brighton, Anthony Knockaert. Another loanee is Bobby Reid, who's on loan from Cardiff. And another one is Ivan Cavaleiro, on loan from Wolves. They've also got Harry Arter on loan from Bournemouth. Do they have any of their own players?
Yes, the captain, Scotsman Tom Cairney, who has played 150 times for the club and scored the goal to promote them at Wembley. Another captain in the team is the Norway international side 's skipper, Stefan Johansen. The goalie is Marcus Betinelli, son of the goalkeeping coach.
Another international in the team is Tim Ream, a centre back who has 35 caps for the USA. His centre back partner is Alfie Mawson, ex Swansea and Barnsley.

Club Connections:

Malcolm McDonald: was born in Fulham in 1950 and after a career as a superstar centre forward for Newcastle, Arsenal and England returned to his birthplace to manage the local football team in 1980. He won promotion to the 2nd division with them and almost took them up to the first division. After being seen as certainties to go up for most of the season, a slump at the end saw them fall at the final hurdle, controversially losing at Derby when the match was cut short following a pitch invasion. McDonald tried in vain to get the match replayed and he was replaced by Ray Harford as manager during the following season.
His time at Town was one of the worst periods in the club's history. He was here for less than a season, but in that time we lost 10-1 at Man City and were relegated having conceded 100 league goals in the season and finished 19 points adrift of safety. It was later revealed that he was an alcoholic, which was brought on by the pain suffered by the knee injury which had earlier caused him to cut short his playing career. He is widely regarded as the worst Town manager of all time.

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Dale Tempest: played for Fulham during the McDonald era of the early 80s scoring 6 goals in 34 matches. He was signed for Town by Mick Buxton in 1984 and went on to score 27 goals in 65 matches for us, being the leading scorer in 84/85.
After us, he went to Gillingham and Colchester before disappearing out to the far east. He moved to Hong Kong in 1989 and became something of a superstar out there, playing for South China and becoming the leading league scorer for 5 seasons in a row. He was granted Hong Kong citizenship and even represented the country at international level.
Nowadays he is back in England and works for Sky Bet and also has a regular column in the Unexamined.

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Lee Clark: in contrast to McDonald, he was the best Town manager of all time. Well, in his own mind anyway.
Appointed in 2008 as the first manager appointed by new chairman Dean Hoyle following the sacking of Stan Ternent, he got us to a reasonable 9th. His first full season saw him win three Manager of the Month awards and the team reached the Play Offs, eventually losing to Millwall.
It was Play Offs again the season after, with a memorable semi final victory over Bournemouth, followed by a less than memorable defeat at Old Trafford against Peterborough.
That defeat didn't count as a regular league match though and in the next season our run of unbeaten league matches was extended to an amazing 43, a Football League record, which some fans think was irrelevant due to the Peterborough defeat and the fact that it didn't actually lead to promotion. But nonetheless it's still an FL record whether the cynics like it or not. One of those cynics would appear to have been Mr Hoyle though and Clark was sacked and replaced by Simon Grayson not long after.
In his playing career he was one of the few players to have played for both Newcastle and Sunderland. His Sunderland career came to an abrupt end though. While on a night out with friends in London, he stopped to pose for photos with a group of Newcastle supporters, who put a t-shirt on him bearing the phrase "Mackem Bastards". He claimed he knew nothing about what was on the shirt, but it ended up with him being transferred to Fulham.
Unfortunately for us, his time at the Cottage coincided with the meltdown of the Steve Bruce era at Town and his man of the match performance in our end of season 0-3 defeat down there in May 2000 saw us miss out on the Play Offs after being in the top 6 since October. The following season, Town got relegated and Clark played a major role in Fulham's promotion to the Premier League.

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Scott Malone: always played well against us, particularly in those two matches in our promotion season. He scored the equalising goal for them when they beat us 4-1 at the JSS. So he was the obvious choice to go for when David Wagner decided he needed another left back in the squad. Unfortunately his 22 appearances for us in the Premier League were, let's say, unspectacular, and he was shipped back to the Championship with Derby County in the summer of 2018, where, to be fair, he's doing alright again, being part of the stop crying Frank Lampard match at Bellend Road in the Play Offs, unfortunately getting sent off and missing the final.
Before Fulham, he had been at Cardiff and before that in the lower leagues with Millwall, Southend, Burton and Bournemouth, where again, he scored against us.

All together now....He's magic you kno-o-ow. You'll never get past Scott Malone!  Big Grin

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Recent form: Town are 19th in the Championship with 1 point and Fulham are 11th with 3 points.

Results so far this season:

Town 1-2 Derby
QPR 1-1 Town
Town 0-1 Lincoln (Carabooboo Cup)

Barnsley 1-0 Fulham
Fulham 2-0 Blackburn

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Could this be herr siewerts last game in the dugout? Who do you thi k would be candidates to replace him? Who would you like town to target? Who would you want?
Another day, another door, another high, another low
I made my preferred option clear on t'Lincoln thread. If we're staying with lower league talent, get the best lower league talent available. They were in the stadium until well after 10:00 t'other night, how much time do we need to tap 'em up?
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Everybody on Facebook wants Houghton, whoever he is. I'd prefer Hughton myself. Whistle
No chance of him though.
If he does go, it'll be someone who Colin Bell knows.

No not him. David Webb. It'll be someone who David Webb knows. Got my 70s footballers mixed up there. Rolleyes
A few foreign options

Markus anfang - was sacked from koln with them sitting top of bundesliga 2. Also did well at kiel

Hannes wolf- no longer in charge at hamburg, another young manager. Also had a spell at stuttgart as well as being involved with the bvb set up. He first came to my attention when I was on holiday as he was mentioned as one of the two young upcoming managers in the bundesliga.

Dominico tedesco- he was the other manager and was my choice when wagner left, but he was in charge of schalke at the time, obviously he isn't now. Even younger than siewert but with more experience.

Frank schmidt--has been in charge of heidenheim for a rather long time and has achieved 2 promotions in that time. Looks a scary man. Would be interesting to see if a he leaves heidenheim after 11 years and b what he could do elsewhere.

Heiko herrlich- left leverkusen just before Xmas last year, also managed the German age groups as well as the bayern and bvb youth sides.

Edin terzic- rather left field as he has never been a number 1 instead has been assistant to slaven bilic at West ham and besiktas. Is currently assisting lucien favre at bvb. Has also coached in the bvb age groups as assistant to hannes wolf

Zeljko buvac- another left field suggestion, has basically followed klopp wherever he has been, but parted ways last year. Not known as much of a speaker but a keen tactician, would probably need someone like Bell around to help. Was linked with the arsenal job before emery got the gig.

Bruno labbadia- left wolfsburg at the end of last season. A more experienced coach, but is he a German version of a mark Hughes or Alan pardew?

Giovani van bronkhorst--left feyenoord at the end of last season and you'd suggest he would get a bit of respect from the players considering his playing history, didn't have too bad a record at feyenoord
Another day, another door, another high, another low
That's all very interesting jjamez, but Sol Campbell has just walked out on Macclesfield. Surely that can only mean he's heading our way. Whistle
He wasn't getting paid at Mucclesfield - neither was anyone else come to that. Doesn't matter how big or small your contract is, when the brass dries up the motivation stops right there. Ask a former coach of ours that we tried to sack but couldn't afford to. Our last decent shift that season was against Cardiff .... who we just happen to be playing next week.

In other news, there's something about this promotion that for some reason makes me think it's a good idea, just the wrong time to run it.
Can't think why just now ....... Whistle
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Town’s team vs Fulham
1. Kamil Grabara
4. Tommy Elphick
5. Terence Kongolo
6. Jonathan Hogg
7. Juninho Bacuna
9. Elias Kachunga
16. Karlan Grant
21. Alex Pritchard
26. Christopher Schindler ©
33. Florent Hadergjonaj
39. Lewis O’Brien

Ryan Schofield; Trevoh Chalobah, Adama Diakhaby, Herbert Bockhorn, Rajiv van La Parra, Collin Quaner, Steve Mounié

0-1 Mitrovic. Bacuna is having a mare.

Bacuna off. Chalobah on.
Fulham upped it after the break no surprise they lead
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