Fulham Football Club is based the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Founded in 1879, they celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2004, and they are in the top tier of English football, the FA Premier League. Fulham are the oldest professional football team in London, founded in 1879. They spent much time in the old First Division through the 1960s, but are yet to gain any major honours. The club had mixed fortunes outside the top-flight of English football, from 1970 onwards, including a short period in the lowest league level, the former Fourth Division, in the mid 1990s. Millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed purchased the club and his financial input allowed Fulham to regain top-flight status for the 2001-02 season.
Opportunities to Bet on Fulham
Fulham currently play at Craven Cottage, their famous home since 1896, a riverside ground on the banks of the Thames. In 2002-03 and 2003-04 Fulham played at Loftus Road while their own stadium was updated to comply with Premiership regulations, but then returned to Craven Cottage.
Fulham and the Premiership
Since their return to the Premiership, Fulham have finished 13th, 14th, 9th, 13th, 12th, 16th and 17th, only surviving on goal difference in the 2007-08 season. Despite new manger Roy Hodgson’s wholesale changes in playing personnel prior to the 2008-09 season, the bookmakers’ opening offer of 5000/1 about Fulham winning the Premiership doesn’t look overgenerous. Similarly, Fulham odds of a top six finish make no appeal at around 25/1. Surely, the only bet on Fulham that merits consideration is relegation, with Fulham betting odds of around 6/1.
Betting on Fulham Premiership Matches
In recent seasons, there has been no element of the Fulham side which has been entirely satisfactory in terms of Premiership football. The side have regularly been involved in relegation battles, to one degree or another. Fulham have been weak in front of goal, compounded by the fact that supply from the midfield has been virtually non-existent. Coupled with a leaky defence, a best recent finish of 9th comes as no great surprise. In the 2008-09 season, despite recovering from an opening day defeat to Hull with wins over Arsenal and Bolton, Fulham still fail to inspire confidence. Regardless of the Fulham betting odds on offer, a bet on Fulham has the look of an accident waiting to happen!
Domestic Cup Competitions
In 1975, whilst playing in the Second Division, Fulham reached the FA Cup final for the only time in their history, losing 2-0 to West Ham United, a brace of second-half goals from Alan Taylor securing the Cup for the Hammers. Fulham also got as far as the FA Cup semi-finals in 2002, 1962, 1958, 1936 and 1908. Their most recent semi-final, the only one in the Premier League era, resulted in a 3-0 replay defeat to Burnley. Fulham’s only decent FA Cup run in the Premiership era came in 2002 and cannot be entertained as prospective winners of the trophy.
Fulham’s best performances in the League Cup have been quarter-final appearances in 2005, 2002, 2001, 1971 and 1968. Despite some respectable recent performances, Fulham make little appeal as Carling Cup winners. Fulham betting odds of around 100/1 are widely available, probably an accurate reflection of their trophy-winning chances.
FA Community Shield
Having never been successful in the FA Cup or League Championship winners, Fulham have never contested the Shield.
Given that Fulham have only finished in the top half of the table in one season out of eight since their return to the Premiership, they seem more likely to be involved in a relegation battle than the fight for European qualification places. As such, any discussion of betting on Fulham in Europe seems nonsensical.
Fulham won the Intertoto Cup in 2002. In the second round, a goalless draw at home, followed by a 1-1 away draw sent Fulham through on away goals against FC Haka of Finland. In the third round they beat Greek side Egaleo FC 2-1 on aggregate, thus qualifying for the semi-finals. Fulham won both legs, 1-0 at home and 2-0 away, beating FC Sochaux-Montbeliard, of France, to qualify for the final against Bologna. A 2-2 home draw was surpassed by a 3-1 way win, giving Fulham victory 5-3 on aggregate.
Intertoto Cup success gave Fulham entry to the UEFA Cup. In the first two rounds, Fulham face Croatia’s premier clubs, in the shape of Hadjuk Split and Dinamo Zagreb. They manage to overcome both, 3-2 and 5-1 on aggregate, respectively. However, having lost 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin, Fulham were unable to recover, managing only a goalless draw away, exiting 21 on aggregate.