Our third league game of the new season will see Fulham as the visitors to St. James Park, the Magpies hoping
to get three points against a side who are notoriously bad travellers, especially in recent years, although last season we had to rely on some late Papiss Cisse to secure a win which sent 52,000 supporters and Alan Pardew into euphoria and proved to be vital come the seasons end. Our first fixture against Fulham took place at Anfield in the FA Cup Semi Final of 1908, in which we ran out 6-0 winners, two years later beating them again in the 2nd round for their first fixture at St. James Park. Both sides had to wait until 1935 for their first league meeting in the old second division, the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
As mentioned before, Fulham have traditionally not been the best away from home since their promotion to the Premier League in 2001, but despite United being unbeaten in Fulham’s last three visits, their record on Tyneside does not read too badly during the post-1992 era. Perhaps the most painful memory of The Cottagers in recent years was the last home game of the 08/09 season when a Diomansy Kamara goal and a questionable Howard Webb decision sent Newcastle into the last game at Villa Park needing to avoid defeat if they were to have any hope of surviving the drop, we all know what happened there. Another encounter which had Geordie heads in hands was a 4-1 reversal back in 2004, in which Fulham appeared to score with every shot at goal in one of Graeme Souness’ first games in charge.
Happier memories of this fixture include Kevin Keegan’s first win back in his short second stint as manager
when Mark Viduka and Michael Owen scored either side of half time in a 2-0 victory and in January 2004 when we managed a 3-1 win over The Cottagers in which some of you may remember a Laurent Robert bicycle kick settling the points that night.
Fixtures with Fulham appear sporadically over Newcastle’s history, with brief periods in which we’d been relegated to the second division where they languished most of the time, or periods in the 50’s and 60’s when they were in the first division. One of the key matches of the “going up” season of 83/84 was when Fulham arrived at St. James’ with legendary former striker Malcolm Macdonald back managing the Londoners, United scoring twice in the final few minutes to grab a vital 3-2 win, highlights can be seen here
Another scoreline that catches the eye was a 7-2 win for the Magpies in August 1960 over a Fulham side featuring Johnny Haynes, Bobby Robson was plying his trade at The Hawthorns by this point.