Prior to and after the recent pre-season friendly match on 7th. August, 2010, the Trust welcomed and hosted some members of the 'Racaille Verte', an independent fans' group of SV Werder Bremen and a very cheery bunch they were too. In a heartfelt display of 'Schadenfreude' they thanked us profusely, including a banner inside Craven Cottage, for defeating fierce, and relatively local, rivals, Hamburger SV, in last season's Europa League semi-finals. (For diplomatic reasons, we played down our friendly links with HSV's fans!)
The meagre crowd of little more than 8,000, some braving a heavy downpour in the uncovered seating, saw an entertaining game, with no shortage of goalmouth action. Despite Werder looking very slick in the first half and taking an early lead, through a well-struck volley by Pizarro, Fulham were much the better-organised side in the second and scored five goals without reply, including a particularly fine second goal for Gera.
Discussions with the fans of Werder at 'The Duke's Head', and, subsequently 'The Half Moon', ranged from general footballing to specific fans' issues. FST has offered to give them any advice and support they need, should they decide to set themselves up as a formal fans' body. We have maintained contact with them subsequently and hope to see them at Craven Cottage again this season. Their web site is: http://racaille.de/