Fulham Strikers: a celebration of post-war goalscoring
Published in November, 2013, the book details one hundred ‘number 9s’, centre forwards and principal Fulham goal-scorers from the Second World War until the end of last season, in an eight-decade sequence - ‘From Beddy to Berbatov’. For all of the principal seventy-five players, it covers their youth career, careers at previous clubs, but concentrates on their time at Craven Cottage. Also included are their playing careers after leaving Fulham, including non-league and, if known, what they did after leaving the game. Their history includes clubs abroad and their international careers. Their Fulham period details highlights, hat-tricks and special matches and anecdotal material, and also analyses what kind of player he was, his attributes and style. Each player’s playing statistics are given and is illustrated with Ken Coton/Ashwater pictures augmented by some newspaper and private images. The book is completed by a number of intriguing statistical tables, facts and figures.
The book is a quality limited edition hardback publication, A4 size (12” x 8.5”), with 272 pages and, in full colour, it contains well over 250 pictures, a number of which were yet to been published.
The Trust continues to offer is full support and endorsement of Ashwater Press’s publications and recommends ‘Fulham Strikers’ to all our members and to fans of Fulham FC in general.
As requested by Ashwater’s customers, there will be a final opportunity to buy or collect the few remaining books at the ground before the home game with Manchester City on 21st. December, 2013. There will be plenty of opportunity in terms of time, since Martin will be there from approximately 15.15 until around 14.50, right next to David Lloyd and the TOOFIF team, at the Hammersmith End of the ground. The Trust is informed that Martin will bring with him a few of the remaining copies of the tomes on Johnny Haynes and David Hamilton.
Try to be early to avoid disappointment since they have been sold out inside 30 minutes on previous occasions. If possible, to save time on the day and to guarantee a reserved copy, please pay in advance by using the ‘collect from ground’ option in the drop down menu on the Ashwater Press website (http://www.ashwaterpress.co.uk/).
N.B.: A recent up-date from Ashwater Press has indicated that 60% of the available print-run has been sold or reserved within the first fortnight of going on sale. The ‘Fulham Strikers’ continues to sell very rapidly and we expect to be sold out by mid-December. If you haven’t yet ordered or reserved yet – please do so promptly to avoid disappointment? For more details, please visit the Ashwater Press website (ibid.), and pre-order using PayPal, credit or debit card, or by calling the Ashwater Press order line on 01344-624-231?
Following the 3-0 defeat by West Ham, Fulham FC yesterday announced the sacking of Martin Jol, who's role as head of first team duties is to be replaced by head coach Rene Meulensteen. Club owner Shahid Khan said:
“I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming Chairman earlier this year. Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There's no question Martin is an excellent football man and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our Club.
“However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.”
Accompanying the announcement, Jol said "It was a priviledge to manage Fulham", adding he knows "there are better days ahead".
Meulensteen is in no doubt about what he needs to do after taking over:
"Don't even speak about getting into the top six, top 10, whatever it is. You need to make sure you close your ranks, and you make sure you start winning again. It's a massive challenge. But when you're faced with a challenge like this it comes down to making sure you get the basic things right. You need to stay mentally strong and make sure the fans are getting behind the team. We need to make sure the players are mentally strong and believe."
Today also confirmed a change around in coaching staff. Billy McKinlay leaves after 9 years at the club, alongside Jol appintements Cornelis Jol and Michael Lindeman. Promoted to the first team set-up is Kit Symons, who has been doing fantastic work with the U21 team. Jonathan Hill is also a new appointment, joining as first team coach after 10 years coaching at youth level with Manchester United, between which he was Technical Director at the FA and coach at Tromso and Manchester City.
The managerial change follows a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and the Trust regrets that Martin Jol's reign at Fulham did not work out as we wished it would have done, but would like to thank him for his services to the club over the two-and-a-half years - especially the three wins over QPR (including the 6-0 hammering). With a fresh impetus provided by Meulensteen and the rest of the new set up, we and everyone else connected with Fulham will be hoping we recover and climb back up the table. Committee members Chris and Lorcan have penned some further personal words on HammyEnd.com for those looking for a deeper evaluation of where the club is at and where we can go from here.
Amended: After asking for clarification from the club, Rene Meulensteen remains head coach after Martin Jol's departure and does not take the title of manager. Jonathan Hill is First Team Coach, and not Head Coach.