Our first clash with The Cottagers in the post war era came in 1946 where a strong looking United side containing the backbone of the successful cup winning team of the 1950’s in the likes of Cowell, Brennan, Harvey and Milburn came out 3-0 winners with a double from Charlie Wayman and a strike from Roy Bentley, who would later join Chelsea on his Doctor’s advice to move down south to help ease his lung problems! Roy would go on to captain Chelsea to the league title in 1955 and is still seen regularly at Stamford Bridge on a matchday. We overcame Fulham by the odd goal in 9 as Londoner Vic Keeble scored two in a game which marked the final United appearance of little known Bermudan full back Arnold Woolard an article on him can be read here (http://www.nufc.com/html/woollard-bermudasun.html).
We lost out in another high scoring game in 1960 however as Fulham came out on top winning 4-3 despite United goals from Ivor Allchurch, Gordon Hughes and Charlie Woods who would later go on to form a successful partnership with Bobby Robson, becoming our chief scout when he took over in 1999. In 1967 we were duly given a hammering by The Cottagers in a 5-1 reverse with Bryan Robson scoring what was to be only a consolation. We were back to winning ways however in 1978 as both sides met in the second division, a 3-1 victory was secured by goals from John Connelly, Alan Shoulder and Peter Withe. We were catapulted out of the second division in 1984 but not before a 2-2 draw away at Fulham in that year with our goals coming from the two main catalysts in getting us promoted Kevin Keegan and Peter Beardsley with ‘Pedro’ scoring from an overhead kick.
Fulham became a Premier League club in 2001 and have remained so ever since, in 2003 however we had to play them at Loftus Road as development work was being done to Craven Cottage; we managed to overturn a 2 goal deficit to win 3-2 with Laurent Robert pulling one back before Alan Shearer rescued us with two important goals after our poor start to that season. In 2007 United managed to win a game which was diabolical by anyone’s standards with both teams managed by managerial dinosaurs in Sam Allardyce and Lawrie Sanchez: Howard Webb awarded us a controversial last minute penalty which was converted by Joey Barton on that day. In 2012 we gifted the game to Fulham with some dreadful defensive mistakes and ending up being walloped 5-2 despite leading at half time through a Danny Guthrie strike. Fulham’s American forward Clint Dempsey took advantage of poor performances by the likes of Krul, Williamson and Santon to score a hat trick.