Referee Mr P Walton took the recent FIFA edict that there should be no more than six substitutions in a friendly a little far and with both sides wanting to make more changes than were officially allowed he abandoned the game at half time. The second half continued as an ‘exhibition match’.
GT on passing the landmark of 1000 games as a manager.
Think back to the start of the season, when we could look at our forthcoming opponents without fear, when even our fellow Premiership casualties didn’t appear to offer a serious challenge. Our squad was as strong as any in the division, more complete and more experienced than the one that had been promoted. All we needed were performances to match. On Saturday morning, those thoughts were finally laid to rest. Fulham are better than us, better than everyone else. Of course, the league table already provides a fairly clear indication of that…but it’s beyond doubt now.
BSAD report:And so Mohammed Al Fayed’s weary band of third-rate commentators comes to town. It’s not too difficult to understand the Fulham fans’ anger at recent events – if seeing Mickey Adams booted out wasn’t bad enough, finding that he’s been replaced by Ray Flamin’ Wilkins must feel like a severe boot in the privates. For the rest of the footballing world, however, the prospect of having to spend slightly less time in the company of Kevin Flippin’ Keegan’s shrill, earnest enthusiasm (once, just once, I’d love to hear him describe a player as ‘crap’) and Wilkins’ dreary witticisms is something of an early Christmas present. One can only hope that there’s a job for Mark Bloody Lawrenson too…
A future Watford manager equalised for Fulham.
The programme included a form to sponsor Graham Taylor who was running the London Marathon with all proceeds going to the building of the Family Terrace.