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1896-97 season
Fulham1  London League Division Two
Club information
Club Secretary Flag of England Horace Wilkins
Treasurer Flag of England Arthur Thomas
Club Captain Flag of England Tom Shrimpton
Ground Craven Cottage
League season information
League London League
Division Division Two
Position 8th/9
Matches played 16 (W3 D4 L9)
Other competitions
FA Cup 2nd qualifying round (v Swanscombe)
Middlesex Senior Cup 2nd round (v Ealing)
London Senior Cup 1st qualifying round (v Woodford)
Season statistics
Top goalscorer (League) Flag of England Leonard Moon (4)
Top goalscorer (All) Flag of England Leonard Moon (5)
Most appearances (League) Flag of England Harry Johnson (15)
Most appearances (All) Flag of England Harry Johnson (21)
Biggest home win 5–0 v Harrow (28 Nov 1896)
Biggest away win 3-0 v Enfield (14 Nov 1896)
Biggest home defeat 0-8 v Stanley (24 Oct 1896)
Biggest away defeat 1-8 v Forest Swifts (9 Jan 1897)
Fulham home (1896-1900) Fulham change (1896-99)
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OverviewEdit

The 1896-97 season was Fulham's 15th season playing football and as an amateur outfit. It was also the first season in the inaugral London League, which Fulham entered in Division 2. It was also their debut season entering the FA Cup. Most notably it was the first season that the club used Craven Cottage for its home matches. The 4-0 victory over Minerva in the Middlesex Senior Cup was the first match to ever take place at the ground (apart from a reserve fixture shortly before). Fulham's first season in the London League could have gone a lot better, and they finished a poor 8th position out of the 9 teams in the league. In the cup competitions, Fulham's debut in the FA Cup was short-lived, getting thumped 5-0 away to Swanscombe. This embarrassed the club and caused them to not enter the competition for 4 years, preferring instead the FA Amateur Cup in the intervening seasons. It was a more graceful exit in the Middlesex Senior Cup, where Fulham exited in the 2nd round to eventual winners Ealing. There was also a 1st Qualifying round exit in the London Senior Cup.

The one result of note, however, was the 8-0 thumping that rivals Stanley gave Fulham at Craven Cottage early in the season. Goalkeeper and captain Johnny May was largely blamed for the defeat by club secretary Horace Wilkins and he was briefly kicked out of the club for it. May had conceded the first penalty of his entire career, and had been protesting throughout the match about the pitch conditions to the referee but to no avail. One report said that the other players were discouraged by Johnny's failing to negotiate at least five easy shots. In consequence a new goalkeeper had been chosen to play against Swanscombe, Fred Kingsbury. The fallout between May and Wilkins only lasted around two months as he was back in the team shortly after Christmas.

It was a poor League campaign for the Reds as they were then known. Other than the 1892-93 West London League success, this was the first time the club had entered a league and were hoping for a top table finish though this was not to be. The results were generally poor, and although showing glimpses of promise in performances from players such as centre half Harry Johnson, winger Willie Robertson and new signing Leonard Moon, Fulham were simply not good enough to earn a higher finish. Other than the thrashing served out by rivals Stanley, there was another severe beating of note when Fulham visited Forest Swifts in January 1897. When centre forward [[Sammy Aylott], inside forward Alec Frame and full back and skipper Tom Shrimpton failed to turn up after travelling to the wrong ground, it left Fulham with only 8 men. This prompted reserve John Laird to play and club secretary Herbert Jackson to start as centre forward in his ordinary clothes! Managing to head into half time only 1-0 down, club treasurer Arthur Thomas turned out in the second half, again in normal dress! Fulham then the misfortune to lose three players to injury which included goalkeeper Fred Kingsbury and Forest Swifts eventualy ran out 8-1 winners.

Better performances did follow, especially after the arrival of Leonard Moon in February 1897, who was more famous for playing first-class cricket but less famous than his older brother Billy Moon who was an England international as a goalkeeper. He finished with four league goals and five in total, making him the top scorer excluding friendlies.

League TableEdit

London League Division TwoEdit

PosClubPWDLGFGAGav1Pts2
1Bromley16113242162.6325
2Brentford1696142192.2124
3Queens Park Rangers16101531142.2121
4Stanley1676322102.2020
5Hammersmith Athletic1653818250.7213
6Harrow Athletic1643919340.5611
7Forest Swifts1634925370.6810
8Fulham1634917400.4310
9West Croydon1634912330.3610
10Clapton Clifton3--------

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used
2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing
3 Clapton Clifton were expelled from the league in March 1897 and the team's record was deleted

SquadEdit

Pos. Name Age Prev Apps Prev Gls Date signed
Goalkeepers
GKFlag of England Fred Kingsbury2300Sept 1896
GKFlag of England Johnny May2860*0Sept 1886
GKFlag of England George Taylor?00Aug 1896
Full backs
LBFlag of England Tom Atkinson?00Mar 1897
RB/IRFlag of England Alec Frame243*1*Nov 1895
RB/LBFlag of England Ted Humphries?00Sept 1896
LB/LHFlag of Scotland John Laird?00Nov 1896
RBFlag of Scotland Alex Mitchell2100c.1895
LB/RBFlag of England Henry Shrimpton (vc)215*0*Sept 1893
RBFlag of England Tom Shrimpton (c)2628*0*Sept 1887
Half backs
RH/CH/IRFlag of England Bob Charrett?00Sept 1896
RHFlag of England John Cox?00Nov 1896
RHFlag of England Herbert Jackson2211*0*Sept 1893
CHFlag of England Harry Johnson?00Sept 1896
LH/IRFlag of England George Pearce2842*8*Sept 1887
RHFlag of England Fred Peet?5*0*Sept 1892
LHFlag of England Jack Shrimpton235*0*c.1891
CHFlag of England Jimmy Taylor3000c.1897
Forwards
CF/IRFlag of England Sammy Aylott216*1*c.1893
IRFlag of England Stan Cadley2000Feb 1897
CFFlag of Scotland Peter Davey?00Feb 1897
ILFlag of England Patsy Harris?00c.1896
OLFlag of England Freddie Hollands2600Sept 1896
ILFlag of England George Hopper?00Jan 1897
CFFlag of England Jimmy Lindsey?00Sept 1896
ILFlag of England Leonard Moon1900Feb 1897
OLFlag of England Willie Robertson185*2*Sept 1895
ILFlag of England Abon Sermon2431*12*Feb 1897
ORFlag of England Jimmy Steers?00Feb 1897
IRFlag of England Eddie Witheridge2313*1*c.1893

Starting XIEdit

This represents the most commonly selected players by competitive appearances

No. Pos. Name Appearances
1GKFlag of England Johnny May16
2RBFlag of England Henry Shrimpton9
3LBFlag of Scotland John Laird7
4RHFlag of England John Cox11
5CHFlag of England Harry Johnson21
6LHFlag of England Jack Shrimpton18
7ORFlag of England Freddie Hollands10
8IRFlag of England Alec Frame17
9CFFlag of England Sammy Aylott12
10ILFlag of England Abon Sermon13
11OLFlag of England Willie Robertson19

Fulham starting XI (1896-97)

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StaffEdit

CommitteeEdit

Position Staff
Club SecretaryFlag of England Horace Wilkins
Assistant SecretaryFlag of England Jim Shrimpton
TreasurerFlag of England Arthur Thomas
Committee MemberFlag of England Harry Coleman
Committee MemberFlag of England Herbert Jackson
Committee MemberFlag of England Billy Mugford
Committee MemberFlag of England Tom Walker
Committee MemberFlag of England Arthur Wilson

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
TrainerFlag of England Tom Walker

TransfersEdit

Transfers in Edit

Date Position Name From
Sept 1896HBFlag of England Bob Charrett?
Sept 1896GKFlag of England Fred Kingsbury?
Sept 1896OLFlag of England Freddie HollandsFlag of England Millwall Athletic
Sept 1896RBFlag of England Ted Humphries?
Sept 1896CFFlag of England Jimmy LindseyFlag of England Ilford
Sept 1896HBFlag of England Fred Peet?
Sept 1896GKFlag of England George TaylorFlag of England Leytonstone
Sept 1896CHFlag of England Harry Johnson?
Nov 1896RHFlag of England John Cox?
Nov 1896LB/LHFlag of Scotland John LairdFlag of England Woodford
Jan 1897ILFlag of England George HopperFlag of England Polytechnic
Feb 1897IRFlag of England Stan CadleyFlag of England Old Sherbrookians
Feb 1897IRFlag of Scotland Peter Davey?
Feb 1897ILFlag of England Leonard MoonFlag of England Pembroke College
Feb 1897ORFlag of England Jimmy SteersFlag of England Brentford
Mar 1897LBFlag of England Tom AtkinsonFlag of England St Mary's (Lewisham)
Apr 1897ILFlag of England Patsy Harris?

Transfers out Edit

Date Position Name To
Jul 1896HBFlag of England HC Churchill?
Jul 1896HBFlag of England ED Grimmmond?
Jul 1896ORFlag of Scotland Fred McKay?
Sept 1896CFFlag of England Frank Withington?
Nov 1896RBFlag of England Ted Humphries?
Jan 1897OLFlag of England Freddie Hollands?
Feb 1897ILFlag of England George Hopper?
Mar 1897IRFlag of England Stan Cadley?
Mar 1897IRFlag of Scotland Peter Davey?
Mar 1897RBFlag of England Alec Frame?

MatchesEdit

FriendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 5 Sept 1896CheshamAwayLost1-3
2Sat 19 Sept 1896West CroydonAwayWon1-0
3Sat 26 Sept 1896Reading AmateursAwayDrew2-2
4Sat 12 Dec 1896PolytechnicAwayWon2-1
5Sat 19 Dec 1896West NorwoodAwayLost1-4
6Sat 26 Dec 1896Reading AmateursAway??-?
7Sat 23 Jan 1897QPRAwayDrew2-2*Originally scheduled as a London League match
8Sat 3 Apr 1897RomfordHomeDrew2-2
9Sat 24 Apr 1897South West HamHome??-?

London League Division TwoEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 3 Oct 1896BrentfordAwayLost1-6
2Sat 24 Oct 1896StanleyHomeLost0-8
3Sat 21 Nov 1896BrentfordHomeLost0-2
4Sat 28 Nov 1896Harrow AthleticHomeWon5-0
5Sat 9 Jan 1897Forest SwiftsAwayLost1-8
6Sat 30 Jan 1897Hammersmith AthleticAwayLost2-4
7Sat 6 Feb 1897Forest SwiftsHomeWon2-1
8Sat 13 Feb 1897West CroydonAwayDrew1-1
9Sat 27 Feb 1897Harrow AthleticAwayWon1-0
10Sat 6 Mar 1897QPRHomeLost1-2
11Sat 13 Mar 1897StanleyAwayLost0-2
12Sat 20 Mar 1897BromleyAwayLost1-2
13Thu 25 Mar 1897QPRAwayLost0-2
14Sat 27 Mar 1897BromleyHomeDrew0-0
15Sat 10 Apr 1897Hammersmith AthleticHomeDrew1-1
16Sat 17 Apr 1897West CroydonHomeDrew1-1

The following match(es) were scratched from the records due to Clapton Clifton being expelled from the League in late March

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 12 Sept 1896Clapton CliftonAwayDrew4-4
2Sat 2 Jan 1897Clapton CliftonHomePostponedn/a

Middlesex Senior CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1QSat 10 Oct 1896MinervaHomeWon4-0
2QSat 14 Nov 1896EnfieldAwayWon3-0
1Sat 16 Jan 1897London WelshAwayLost1-3Fulham later awarded tie
2Sat 20 Feb 1897EalingHomeLost1-3

London Senior CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1QSat 17 Oct 1896WoodfordAwayLost1-4

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
2QSat 31 Oct 1896SwanscombeAwayLost0-5

StatisticsEdit

Appearances & goalsEdit

No. Nat Pos Player TotalLondon League Div 2 FA Cup Middlesex Senior Cup London Senior Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flag of England GK Fred Kingsbury 5 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England GK Johnny May 16 0 12 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Flag of England GK George Taylor 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Tom Atkinson 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FB J Houston 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Scotland FB John Laird 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Scotland FB Alex Mitchell 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Henry Shrimpton 9 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
Flag of England FB Tom Shrimpton 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Bob Charrett 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England HB John Cox 11 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Herbert Jackson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Harry Johnson 21 1 15 1 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England HB Fred Peet 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Jack Shrimpton 18 1 12 1 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England HB Jimmy Taylor 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England OF George Pearce 8 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Willie Robertson 19 1 13 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
Flag of England OF Jim Shrimpton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Flag of England OF Jimmy Steers 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England OF J White 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England IF Harry Boys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England IF Alec Frame 17 0 11 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
Flag of England IF Patsy Harris 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England IF Leonard Moon 10 5 9 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
Flag of England IF Abon Sermon 13 3 8 1 1 0 3 2 1 0
Flag of England IF Arthur Thomas 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England IF Eddie Witheridge 7 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
Flag of England CF Sammy Aylott 12 4 9 2 0 0 3 2 0 0
Flag of England CF James Lindsey 8 4 5 2 1 0 1 1 1 1
Flag of England CF Tom Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during 1896-97:
Flag of England FB Ted Humphries 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Flag of England OF Freddie Hollands 10 3 6 2 1 0 3 1 0 0
Flag of England OF George Hopper 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England IF Stan Cadley 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of Scotland IF Peter Davey 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England CF Frank Withington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorersEdit

Includes all competitive matches. When total goals are equal, the list is sorted by player who gained that number first

# Position Nation Name London League Div 2 FA Cup Middlesex Senior Cup London Senior Cup Total
1 IF/CF Flag of England Leonard Moon 4 0 1 0 5
2 CF/IF Flag of England Sammy Aylott 2 0 2 0 4
CF Flag of England James Lindsey 2 0 1 1 4
4 OF Flag of England Freddie Hollands 2 0 1 0 3
IF Flag of England Abon Sermon 1 0 2 0 3
6 IF Flag of England Eddie Witheridge 0 0 1 0 1
HB Flag of England Jack Shrimpton 1 0 0 0 1
HB Flag of England Harry Johnson 1 0 0 0 1
FB/HB Flag of Scotland John Laird 1 0 0 0 1
OF Flag of England Willie Robertson 0 0 1 0 1
HB/OF Flag of England George Pearce 1 0 0 0 1
IF Flag of England Stan Cadley 1 0 0 0 1
/ / / Own Goals 1 0 0 0 1
/ / / TOTALS 17 0 9 1 27
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