2008–09 Fulham F.C. season

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Fulham
2008–09 season
Chairman Mohamed al-Fayed
Manager Roy Hodgson
Stadium Craven Cottage
Premier League 7th
FA Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Andy Johnson (7)
All: Andy Johnson (10)
Highest home attendance 25,661 vs Liverpool (4 April 2009)
Lowest home attendance 7,584 vs Leicester (27 August 2008)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 season was Fulham's 111th professional season and their 8th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League, since their return in 2001. They were managed by Roy Hodgson in his first full season as Fulham manager. They played in the Premier League by virtue of staying up on goal difference from Reading on the last day of the previous campaign and were hoping to improve on their placing of seventeenth. They eventually finished in 7th place in the Premier League table with 53 points, an improvement of ten places and 18 points. Their league position secured a place in the newly formed Europa League for the 2009-10 season as well as their highest league finish in their history. The club received a number of additional awards from the Premier League, namely the Fair Play Award,[1] the Behaviour of the Public Award and the Barclays Spirit Award for manager Roy Hodgson.[2]

Some of the most notable results of the season came against clubs who finished in the top four in the table. The club beat Manchester United and Arsenal at home and managed a draw at home against Chelsea. In other competitions, Fulham reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing to league champions Manchester United. In the Football League Cup they defeated Leicester City in the second round but were knocked out by Burnley in the third round.

Pre-season[edit]

Roy Hodgson added to the team in the summer with signings including goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from Middlesbrough and strikers Bobby Zamora from West Ham United and Andrew Johnson who arrived from Everton for a club record £10.5million (though Steve Marlet had cost more when including agents fees in 2001). Club captain Brian McBride decided to return to United States,[3] where he eventually signed with Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.[4] Olivier Dacourt joined Fulham during the winter transfer window.

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
15 July 2008 Southend United A 2–0 Nevland 59', Murphy 61' 3,750
19 July 2008 Celtic H 3–1 Nevland 2', Zamora 30', Andreasen 86'
(Celtic: Barry Robson 41')
16,000
23 July 2008 Busan I'Park A [ 0–1]
(Busan I'Park: Choi Ki Suk 57')
26 July 2008 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i A 2–1 Davies 57', Gera 79'
(Ulsan: Lee Jin Ho 32')
2 August 2008 Birmingham City A 1–1 Davies 17'
(Birmingham: Larsson 77')
9 August 2008 Torino H 2–2 Zamora 22', Gera 28'
(Torino: Abbruscato 82', Ogbonna 88')

Fulham also put out teams in away matches against Walton Casuals (won 3–1), Staines Town (lost 2–0), Banstead (won 3–0), Carshalton (won 2–0), Crystal Palace (drew 0–0) and Kingstonian (won 8–0). These matches are not included as part of the official pre-season match schedule and the club fielded second-string sides in each game.

Premier League[edit]

Fulham started the season playing away at the KC Stadium against newly promoted Hull City. Seol Ki-Hyeon gave Fulham the lead in the 8th minute. Their lead lasted less than 15 minutes because Geovanni equalised in the 22nd minute. Caleb Folan completed the Hull turn-around 10 minutes from the end of normal time, capping a 2-1 victory for the home team. However, the following week the team gained their first victory of the season with a win against much-fancied Arsenal for only the second time in 43 years. The only goal of the game came from Brede Hangeland midway through the first half who scored directly from a Jimmy Bullard cross, from a couple of yards. A slightly off-colour Arsenal played their usual passing game but could not break Fulham down.[5]

The team did not have another Premier League game to play until 13 September due to Manchester United's participation in the UEFA Super Cup, as well as the break from league football at the beginning of September for international World Cup qualifying matches.

On 17 May 2009 the club confirmed their highest ever league finish with a 1–0 victory over relegation-threatened Newcastle United at St. James' Park. The victory kept them in seventh place in the table, with eighth being the lowest they could finish, bettering the ninth place finish in 2004. Kamara scored in the 41st minute of a tense game which was full of chances for both sides.

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
16 August 2008 Hull City A 1–2 Ki-Hyeon 8'
(Hull: Geovanni 22', Folan 81')
24,525
23 August 2008 Arsenal H 1–0 Hangeland 10' 25,276
13 September 2008 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 Gera 15', Zamora 41'
(Bolton: K. Davies 82')
23,656
20 September 2008 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1
(Blackburn: Derbyshire 84')
19,398
27 September 2008 West Ham United H 1–2 Murphy pen 59'
(West Ham: C. Cole 43', Etherington 45'+1)
23,946
4 October 2008 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1
(West Brom: Bednar 61')
25,708
18 October 2008 Sunderland H 0–0 25,116
26 October 2008 Portsmouth A 1–1 Dempsey 87'
(Portsmouth: Crouch 61')
19,233
29 October 2008 Wigan Athletic H 2–0 Johnson 11', 60' 22,500
1 November 2008 Everton A 0–1
(Everton: Saha 87')
31,278
9 November 2008 Newcastle United H 2–1 A. Johnson 23', Murphy pen 66'
(Newcastle: Ameobi 57')
24,740
15 November 2008 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 Davies 33', A. Johnson 70'
(Tottenham: F. Campbell 81')
25,139
22 November 2008 Liverpool A 0–0 43,589
29 November 2008 Aston Villa A 0–0 36,625
6 December 2008 Manchester City H 1–1 Bullard 27'
(Manchester City: Benjani 6')
24,012
13 December 2008 Stoke City A 0–0 25,287
20 December 2008 Middlesbrough H 3–0 Bullard 41', Murphy 54', Dempsey 59' 23,722
26 December 2008 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 35,869
28 December 2008 Chelsea H 2–2 Dempsey 10', 89'
(Chelsea: Lampard 50', 72')
25,462
18 January 2009 West Ham United A 1–3 Konchesky 22'
(West Ham: Di Michele 7', Noble pen 60', C. Cole 76')
31,838
27 January 2009 Sunderland A 0–1
(Sunderland: K. Jones 55')
36,539
31 January 2009 Portsmouth H 3–1 A. Johnson 14', Nevland 71', 80'
(Portsmouth: Nugent 84')
23,722
7 February 2009 Wigan Athletic A 0–0 16,499
18 February 2009 Manchester United A 0–3
(Manchester United: Scholes 12', Berbatov 30', Rooney 63')
75,437
22 February 2009 West Bromwich Albion H 2–0 Zamora 61', A. Johnson 72' 22,394
28 February 2009 Arsenal A 0–0 60,102
4 March 2009 Hull City H 0–1
(Hull: Manucho 90+3')
23,051
11 March 2009 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 Dempsey 2'
(Blackburn: Diouf 69', Roberts 85')
22,259
14 March 2009 Bolton Wanderers A 3–1 A. Johnson 42', S. Davies 56', Kamara 88'
(Bolton: K. Davies 45')
22,117
21 March 2009 Manchester United H 2–0 Murphy pen 18, Gera 87 25,652
4 April 2009 Liverpool H 0–1
(Liverpool: Benayoun 90'+2)
25,661
12 April 2009 Manchester City A 3–1 Dempsey 50', 83', Etuhu 59'
(Man City: Ireland 27')
39,841
18 April 2009 Middlesbrough A 0–0 30,389
25 April 2009 Stoke City H 1–0 Nevland 29' 25,069
2 May 2009 Chelsea A 1–3 Nevland 4'
(Chelsea: Anelka 1', Malouda 10', Drogba 53')
41,801
9 May 2009 Aston Villa H 3–1 Murphy pen 6', Kamara 46', 60'
(Aston Villa: Young 14')
25,660
16 May 2009 Newcastle United A 1–0 Kamara 41' 52,114
24 May 2009 Everton H 0–2
(Everton: Osman 45', 88')
25,497
  • Fulham's home match against Blackburn Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on 10 January 2009.[6] Their match away against Manchester United, due to be played in August, was rearranged due to United's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup.

Premier League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 9 15 45 45 0 51
9 West Ham United 38 14 9 15 42 45 −3 51
10 Manchester City 38 15 5 18 58 50 +8 50
11 Wigan Athletic 38 12 9 17 34 45 −11 45
12 Stoke City 38 12 9 17 38 55 −17 45
13 Bolton Wanderers 38 11 8 19 41 53 −12 41
14 Portsmouth 38 10 11 17 38 57 −19 41
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 11 17 40 60 −20 41
16 Sunderland 38 9 9 20 34 54 −20 36
17 Hull City 38 8 11 19 39 64 −25 35
18 Newcastle United (R) 38 7 13 18 40 59 −19 34 Relegation to Football League Championship 2009–10
19 Middlesbrough (R) 38 7 11 20 28 57 −29 32
20 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 8 8 22 36 67 −31 32

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009.
Source: Barclays Premier League
For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Competition.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 11 3 5 28 14 +14 3 8 8 11 20 −9

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H A A H A A H A H H A H H A A H A H A H
Result L W W L L L D D W L W W D D D D W D D L L W D L W D L L W W L W D W L W W L

Last updated: 17 May.
Source: Premier League Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

The club entered the FA Cup in the third round, with an away match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on 3 January 2009. Fulham took the lead through Andrew Johnson from a Danny Murphy through ball in the 12th minute but were pegged back by a 25-yard goal from Tommy Spurr after 21 minutes. The game remained 1-1 until the 88th minute, when Johnson scored his second of the game which turned out to be the winner.[7]

Fulham next faced one of only two non-league sides left in the competition, Kettering Town. After a positive opening from the underdogs Kettering, Fulham took the lead in the 12th minute, Simon Davies scoring a volley from 15 yards from a Clint Dempsey cross. But the lead only lasted until the 36th minute as the lively Craig Westcarr scored a deflected freekick. Kettering continued to press after the break and with the additions of Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora, they regained the lead in the 77th minute with Murphy scoring the goal. However Kettering were not finished and 9 minutes later, Westcarr scored a penalty after a trip from Brede Hangeland. With Kettering planning a trip to London, Andy Johnson and Zamora scored two late goals to seal the tie.[8]

In the fifth round, Fulham were drawn away again to Championship side Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Roy Hodgson made three changes from Fulham's last Premier League match against Wigan, with Dempsey and Paintsil rested after playing abroad in midweek for their countries. to be replaced by Gera and Stoor while Zamora also dropped to the bench in favour of Nevland. Swansea created some clear-cut opportunities in the early stages, with Mark Gower, Alan Tate and Lloyd Dyer testing Mark Schwarzer. Fulham, however, found the breakthrough a minute before half-time with a slice of luck as Paul Konchesky's corner was deflected in off Swansea defender Garry Monk. Swansea continued to dominate and equalised in the 52nd minute when Jason Scotland scored, evading a challenge before firing the ball low past Schwarzer. With both sides playing attractive passing football the sides could not be separated.

Fulham and Swansea both went into the hat for the quarter-finals and were given the prospect of a tie with defending Premier League and Champions League champions Manchester United. They first had to get through the fifth round replay, which took place on 24 February 2009 at Craven Cottage. It was Fulham's second game in three days but Roy Hodgson put out a strong side with the only changes being Nevland replacing Johnson up front and Dacourt making his first start for the club in place of Danny Murphy. Jason Scotland scored just after half-time following an even first half, knocking the ball in from 15 yards. However, Fulham did not give up, Zamora coming close on several occasions before they equalised through Dempsey in the 67th minute. Four minutes later they turned the game around when Zamora scored his second goal in as many games. The home side held on to secure victory.[9][10]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
3 January 2009 Third Round Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 A. Johnson 12', 88'
(Sheffield Wednesday: Spurr 21')
18,377
24 January 2009 Fourth Round Kettering Town A 4–2 Davies 12', Murphy 77', Johnson 88', Zamora 89'
(Kettering: Craig Westcarr 36', 86'(pen))
5406
14 February 2009 Fifth Round Swansea City A 1–1 Monk 44' (own goal)
(Swansea: Scotland 52')
16,573
24 February 2009 Fifth Round replay Swansea City H 2–1 Dempsey 77', Zamora 81'
(Swansea: Scotland 47')
12,316
7 March 2009 Quarter final Manchester United H 0–4
(Manchester United: Tévez 20', 35', Rooney 50', Park 81')
24,662

Football League Cup[edit]

Fulham entered the Football League Cup at the second round stage after receiving the bye awarded to Premier League clubs in the first round. They faced a Leicester City side finding their feet in League One after relegation the previous season. Fulham took the lead in the 31st minute through one of their new signings, the Hungarian international Zoltan Gera but Leicester turned the game around in the early stages of the second half. Veteran Paul Dickov drew them level on 46 minutes and just two minutes later Andy King completed the turnaround. The match remained 2-1 until the 83rd minute when Jimmy Bullard levelled the scores. But this was not the end of the scoring and with the game seemingly heading for Extra-time, Danny Murphy scored the winner for Fulham in the second minute of stoppage time to win the encounter and send Fulham through to the third round.

In the third round, a Fulham side featuring the attacking talents of Johnson, Gera and Dempsey lost 1–0 to a Burnley side who had been performing well and sitting in the play-off positions in the Football League Championship. With the match seemingly heading for extra-time, Jay Rodriguez won the match in the 88th minute. He collected a Chris Eagles through ball just inside the area and then slotted the ball past Pascal Zuberbühler. Fulham were therefore knocked out of the competition.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
27 August 2008 Second Round Leicester City H 3–2 Gera 31', Bullard 83', Murphy 90'+2
(Leicester: Dickov 46', A. King 48')
23 September 2008 Third Round Burnley A 0–1
(Burnley: Rodriguez 88')
7719

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Elliot Omozusi received Jimmy Bullard's squad number, #21, when Bullard left the club. Giles Barnes was #7 while Seol Ki-Hyeon was out on loan.

Statistics correct as of final match against Everton, played 24 May 2009.[11]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup Carling Cup Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Australia Mark Schwarzer 38 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 44 0 0 0
2 DF Germany Moritz Volz * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF England Paul Konchesky 36 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 42 1 5 0
4 DF Ghana John Pantsil 37 0 2 0 0(1) 0 0 0 39(1) 0 8 0
5 DF Norway Brede Hangeland 37 1 5 0 1 0 0 0 43 1 4 0
6 MF Iran Andranik Teymourian ** 0(1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1(1) 0 1 0
7 MF South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon * 2(2) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 4(2) 1 0 0
7 MF England Giles Barnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 FW England Andrew Johnson 30(1) 7 4 3 1 0 0 0 34(1) 10 0 1
9 FW England Bobby Zamora 32(3) 2 3(2) 2 1 0 0 0 36(5) 4 1 0
10 FW Norway Erik Nevland 4(17) 4 2(1) 0 0(2) 0 0 0 6(20) 4 2 0
11 MF Hungary Zoltan Gera 20(12) 2 2(2) 0 2 1 0 0 24(14) 3 2 0
12 GK England David Stockdale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 MF England Danny Murphy 37 4 3(2) 1 1 1 0 0 41(1) 7 8 0
14 FW United States Eddie Johnson * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 FW Senegal Diomansy Kamara 3(9) 4 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 3(11) 4 0 0
16 MF France Olivier Dacourt 0(9) 0 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(10) 0 2 0
17 MF England Julian Gray 0(1) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(2) 0 0 0
18 DF Northern Ireland Aaron Hughes 38 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 44 0 0 0
19 GK Switzerland Pascal Zuberbühler 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 MF Nigeria Dickson Etuhu 20(2) 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 24(2) 1 2 0
21 MF England Jimmy Bullard ** 18 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 3 1 0
21 DF England Elliot Omozusi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Sweden Fredrik Stoor 0(1) 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
23 MF United States Clint Dempsey 28(7) 7 4(1) 1 1 0 0 0 33(8) 8 5 0
24 MF England Matthew Saunders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Wales Simon Davies 33 2 4(1) 1 1 0 0 0 38(1) 3 2 0
26 MF Denmark Leon Andreasen * 0(6) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2(6) 0 1 0
27 DF Australia Adrian Leijer * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Rob Milsom 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
30 MF England Wayne Brown * 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
33 DF Finland Toni Kallio 2(1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4(1) 0 1 0
34 DF Northern Ireland Chris Baird 3(7) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4(7) 0 0 0
37 DF England Chris Smalling 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
38 GK EnglandPhilippines Neil Etheridge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England Adam Watts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Algeria Hameur Bouazza * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabriel Zakuani ** 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Netherlands Collins John * 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF England TJ Moncur ** 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • * Player out on loan
  • ** Player left club

Top scorers[edit]

Player PL FAC LC Total
England Johnson, AndrewAndrew Johnson 7 3 0 10
United States Dempsey, ClintClint Dempsey 7 1 0 8
England Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy 5 1 1 7
Senegal Kamara, DiomansyDiomansy Kamara 4 0 0 4
England Zamora, BobbyBobby Zamora 2 2 0 4
Norway Nevland, ErikErik Nevland 4 0 0 4
Wales Davies, SimonSimon Davies 2 1 0 3
Hungary Gera, ZoltanZoltan Gera 2 0 1 3

Transfers[edit]

Summer[edit]

Mark Schwarzer arrived on a free transfer from Middlesbrough when his contract expired and fellow goalkeeper David Stockdale came from Darlington. Despite the promotion of West Bromwich Albion to the Premier League, Zoltán Gera rejected "the best contract the club could [offer]" [12] and signed with Fulham. The club also signed Andranik Teymourian from Bolton Wanderers on 12 June 2008. Toni Kallio signed a permanent contract after a loan spell during the second half of the previous season. On 15 July 2008, Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil signed on a joint-deal from West Ham.[13] On 30 July 2008, Sweden international Fredrik Stoor signed a deal with the team, moving on from Rosenborg BK.[14] Andrew Johnson was bought from Everton for a fee of around £10.5million, Fulham's second highest transfer fee.[15]

Fulham released ten players, including Carlos Bocanegra, Philippe Christanval and goalkeeper Tony Warner.[16] Paul Stalteri returned to Tottenham after a loan spell and Brian McBride went back home to America to play for the Chicago Fire. Norwich City took two of Fulham's players; Dejan Stefanovic permanently and Elliot Omozusi on loan for the season. Two goalkeepers also left the club, as Ricardo Batista left for Sporting Clube de Portugal and veteran Kasey Keller was released. David Healy moved to Sunderland, Steven Davis made a permanent switch to Rangers and Moritz Volz and Hameur Bouazza both went out on loan. Alexey Smertin had his contract with Fulham terminated.[17]

In

Date Pos. Name From Fee
22 May 2008 GK Australia Mark Schwarzer Middlesbrough Free[18]
4 June 2008 GK England David Stockdale Darlington Undisclosed[19]
11 June 2008 MF Hungary Zoltán Gera West Bromwich Free[20]
12 June 2008 MF Iran Andranik Bolton Free[21]
24 June 2008 DF England Chris Smalling Maidstone Free
4 July 2008 DF Finland Toni Kallio Switzerland BSC Young Boys Undisclosed*
15 July 2008 FW England Bobby Zamora West Ham £4.3m**
15 July 2008 DF Ghana John Paintsil West Ham £2m**
30 July 2008 DF Sweden Fredrik Stoor Norway Rosenborg BK £2m
6 August 2008 GK Switzerland Pascal Zuberbühler Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax Free
7 August 2008 FW England Andy Johnson Everton £12.5m [22]
29 August 2008 MF Nigeria Dickson Etuhu Sunderland Undisclosed[23]
1 September 2008 MF England Julian Gray Coventry Season-long loan
  • Kallio had been on loan at the club since January on loan and signed a permanent two-year deal.
  • Zamora and Paintsil came for a joint fee of £6.3 million.

Out

Date Pos. Name To Fee
23 May 2008 DF Canada Paul Stalteri Tottenham Loan return
23 May 2008 DF United States Carlos Bocanegra France Rennes Free
23 May 2008 DF France Philippe Christanval Released Free
23 May 2008 DF England Ian Pearce Oxted & District Free
23 May 2008 MF New Zealand Simon Elliott Released Free
23 May 2008 MF Finland Jari Litmanen Finland FC Lahti Free
23 May 2008 MF Northern Ireland Michael Timlin Swindon Town Free
23 May 2008 FW France Ismael Ehui Released Free
23 May 2008 FW Sweden Björn Runström Denmark OB Free
28 May 2008 GK England Corrin Brooks-Meade Released Free
28 May 2008 GK Trinidad and Tobago Tony Warner Hull City Free
28 May 2008 FW United States Brian McBride United States Chicago Fire Free
16 July 2008 GK United States Kasey Keller United States Seattle Sounders Free
18 July 2008 GK Portugal Ricardo Batista Portugal Sporting Lisbon Nominal
18 July 2008 DF Serbia Dejan Stefanović Norwich Undisclosed
25 July 2008 DF England Nathan Ashton Wycombe Undisclosed
21 August 2008 FW Northern Ireland David Healy Sunderland Undisclosed
21 August 2008 MF Northern Ireland Steven Davis Rangers £3m
1 September 2008 MF Russia Alexei Smertin Contract terminated[17]

Winter[edit]

The first departures of the winter transfer window happened in December when Lee Cook returned to his former club Queen's Park Rangers on a permanent deal, having spent several months back there on loan. He had not made any first-team appearances for Fulham since signing in the summer 2007 transfer window. Gabriel Zakuani also moved to Peterborough United following a successful loan spell. Midfielder Jimmy Bullard also left the club on 23 January 2009, signing for Hull City in a £5 million deal.[24] He had been a target for Bolton Wanderers but they decided not to pursue their interest in him. Adrian Leijer and Andranik Teymourian moved on loan to Norwich City[25] and Barnsley[26] respectively, with Elliot Omozusi returning from Norwich.[27] Leon Andreasen signed for German side Hannover on loan.[28] TJ Moncur left the club to sign for League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

Giles Barnes was Fulham's first signing during the winter transfer window, moving on loan from Derby County until the end of the season.[29] He was also joined on transfer deadline day by former Leeds United player Olivier Dacourt, who also signed on loan from Inter Milan. Julian Gray made his loan signing from Coventry City a permanent deal.[30]

In

Date Pos. Name From Fee
31 January 2009 MF England Giles Barnes Derby County Loan
2 February 2009 MF France Olivier Dacourt Inter Milan Loan[31]
2 February 2009 MF England Julian Gray Coventry City Undisclosed

Out

Date Pos. Name To Fee
5 December 2008 MF England Lee Cook Queen's Park Rangers Undisclosed[32]
December 2008 DF Republic of the Congo Gabriel Zakuani Peterborough United Free
2 January 2009 DF England TJ Moncur Wycombe Wanderers Free
23 January 2009 MF England Jimmy Bullard Hull City £5m[33]

Loan out[edit]

Date From Date To Pos. Name Moving To
19 July 2008 2 February 2009 DF England Elliot Omozusi England Norwich City[34]
1 August 2008 8 January 2009 MF England Lee Cook England Queens Park Rangers
8 August 2008 1 January 2009 DF England TJ Moncur England Bradford City[35]
9 August 2008 30 June 2009 MF Algeria Hameur Bouazza England Charlton Athletic[36]
22 August 2008 30 June 2009 FW United States Eddie Johnson Wales Cardiff City[37]
28 August 2008 30 June 2009 DF Germany Moritz Volz England Ipswich Town[38]
31 August 2008 3 March 2009 FW Netherlands Collins John Netherlands NEC Nijmegen[39]
11 September 2008 13 December 2008 DF Republic of the Congo Gabriel Zakuani England Peterborough[40][41]
21 November 2008 31 December 2009 MF England Robert Milsom England Southend United[42]
8 January 2009 30 June 2009 MF England Hameur Bouazza England Birmingham City[43]
14 January 2009 30 June 2009 MF South Korea Seol Ki-Hyeon Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2 February 2009 30 June 2009 DF Denmark Leon Andreasen Germany Hannover 96
2 February 2009 30 June 2009 DF Australia Adrian Leijer England Norwich City
2 February 2009 30 June 2009 MF Iran Andranik England Barnsley
2 March 2009 30 June 2009[44] GK England David Stockdale England Leicester City[45]
26 March 2009 30 June 2009 DF England Adam Watts England Northampton Town[46]
2 April 2009 16 August 2009 MF England Wayne Brown Finland Turun Palloseura[47]
  • David Stockdale was initially signed by Leicester City on a one-month loan deal but this was later extended for the rest of the season.

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Roy Hodgson
Assistant manager England Mike Kelly
First team coach England Ray Lewington
Reserve team coach Scotland Billy McKinlay

Last updated: 7 August
Source: Fulham FC

Kits[edit]

Supplier: Nike
Sponsor: LG

Other information[edit]

Chairman Egypt Mohamed Al-Fayed
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Craven Cottage (26,000 / 105x68 meters)

Last updated: 7 August
Source: Fulham F.C. and Craven Cottage

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