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1902-03 season
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Club information
Chairman Flag of England James Hitchcock
Club Secretary Flag of England Henry Shrimpton
Treasurer Flag of England HA Hymers
Club Captain Flag of England Jack Head
Ground Craven Cottage
League season information
League Southern League
Division Division Two
Position 1st/6 (Champions)
Matches played 10 (W7 D1 L2)
Other competitions
London League Division One  6th/10 (P18 W6 D5 L7)
FA Cup 5th Qualifying round
Season statistics
Top goalscorer (League) Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson (6)
Flag of England Tommy Meade (6)
Top goalscorer (All) Flag of England Tommy Meade (18)
Most appearances (League) 4 players (11)
Most appearances (All) Flag of England Jack Head (37)
Flag of Scotland Bob Tannahill (37)
Biggest home win 6–0 v Chesham (20 Dec 1902)
Biggest away win 6-2 v Chesham (2 Mar 1903)
Biggest home defeat 0-2 v Arsenal Reserves (27 Sept 1902)
Biggest away defeat 1-6 v Arsenal Reserves (7 Mar 1903)
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Overview[]

The 1902-03 season was Fulham's 5th season of professional football and as members of the Southern League Division Two.

The teams kit for this season changed slightly, this time incorporating the familiar black shorts and black and white striped socks that would be seen in their first ever white strip the following season in their debut in first-class football. The red tops with white sleeves still remained however, and would be the last of the red strips that the club would see as their home kit.

It was also a successful season financially for the club, with growing attendances and an admission fee of 6d. (up on the previous fee of 4d.)

There were only six teams left in the Southern League Second Division by the start of 1902-03. The crowd potential was beginning to grow and it was only lack of ambition on the part of the management committee and the peculiar system for promotion that was holding the club back. There were three new signings during the season and these did not make much of an impact. Scotsman David Cowan arrived from Swindon Town but returned to Scotland only months after joining. Jack Hilsdon, a forward from Luton Town who joined midway through the season did not impress and failed to score a goal. Alec Mills joined from Catford Southend and was mainly a reserve player. Freddie Hopkinson, David Lloyd and George Sheeran returned from the Boer War in South Africa but James Miller move in the opposite direction to live in the country. Hopkinson replaced the departing Kennny McKay, Lloyd was converted into a centre half and Bill Lacey replaced Miller at right half. Fulham scored a massive 114 goals in the Southern & London Leagues, FA Cup and Friendlies with Tommy Meade hitting a total of 37 goals
There were two very unusual matches during the season. When Fulham visited Grays United on 27 December 1902, Jack Head conceded his first Southern League goal of the season but they still won 4-1. Tommy Meade arrived at the ground without his boots and had to rush off to the local market to buy some new ones. He returned to score all four Fulham goals that afternoon but unfortunately the match was ordered to be replayed as Fulham had included an illegible player in H Easter. Easter was a reserve team player who had not been registered 7 days previous as per the Southern League rules. The club were very lucky not to have been docked points of receive a heavy fine. Fulham lost the replayed game in April 2-1. The other strange game came at Chesham Town. Cabbo Dwight, Fred Spackman and Tommy Meade were out injured, and when George Tuthill failed to arrive, the "Reds" looked up against it and found themselves 2-0 down at half time. Tuthill finally arrived at scored two of Fulham's six second half goals to turn the match around.
Despite only drawing 0-0 at Wycombe Wanderers and losing at Grays United, Fulham took the title on goal average from nearest rivals Brighton & Hove Albion. However, Fulham disastrously the Test Match against Division One's Brentford by 7 goals to 2 at Shepherd Bush's Wormholt Farm Ground. This was the third Test Match lost by Fulham in four seasons.
Fulham had a good run in the FA Cup and reached the fifth qualifying round before losing 5-1 at Luton Town.
At the end of the season the club had to act quickly, especially as the Division they were stuck in was to become a league for the reserve teams of Division One sides. The chairman of the Fulham committee, James Hitchcock contacted the Southern League management committee after the disappointment of the Test Match defeat and was informed that if the club could raise a first class team by 30 May 1903, then their application to go up into Division One would be considered. Fulham straight away formed a Limited Company, raising a share capital of £7,500 and signed 14 new professionals from Football League sides. John Dean then became chairman and Herbert Jackson, a former player, was appointed as the club's secretary. Fulham were finally elected to the top division after a vote. Plymouth Argyle received 33 votes followed by Fulham with 22 and Watford, the unlucky club with 13 votes. The Fulham committee had been slow to make progress even though the game had really taken off in the South during the 1890's, but it seemed they were now on the road to becoming a Football League club.

League tables[]

Southern League Division Two[]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Fulham 10 7 1 2 27 7 3.86 15 Promotion test matches
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 7 1 2 34 11 3.09 15
3 Grays United 10 7 0 3 28 12 2.33 14
4 Wycombe Wanderers 10 3 3 4 13 19 0.68 9
5 Chesham Town 10 2 1 7 9 37 0.24 5
6 Southall 10 1 0 9 10 35 0.29 2

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.
2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

London League Division One[]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 18 13 2 3 53 12 4.42 28
2 Queens Park Rangers Reserves 18 10 3 5 30 31 0.97 23
3 Woolwich Arsenal Reserves 18 8 5 5 40 16 2.5 19
4 Deptford Town 18 7 4 7 22 34 0.65 18
5 West Ham United Reserves 18 6 5 7 26 20 1.3 17
6 Fulham 18 6 5 7 31 34 0.91 17
7 Clapton Orient 18 6 5 7 19 23 0.83 17
8 Millwall Athletic Reserves 18 8 2 8 24 28 0.86 16
9 Leyton 18 4 5 9 30 40 0.75 13
10 Wandsworth 18 4 0 14 22 59 0.37 8

Squad[]

No. Position Player
Flag of England GK Jack Head
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight
Flag of England FB H Brown (on loan from Fulham Thursday)
Flag of England FB Jack Graham Vice-captain
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight
Flag of England FB Harry Spackman
Flag of England HB Bob Charrett
Flag of England HB Bill Lacey
Flag of England HB David Lloyd
Flag of England HB Alec Mills
Flag of England HB George Tuthill
Flag of England OF H Easter
No. Position Player
Flag of England OF Billy Porter Captain
Flag of England OF Peter Robinson
Flag of England OF Fred Spackman
Flag of England OF Ossie Stone
Flag of Scotland OF Bob Tannahll
Flag of Scotland IF David Cowan
Flag of England IF Freddie Hopkinson
Flag of Wales IF George Sheeran
Flag of England CF Jack Hilsdon
Flag of England CF Tommy Meade

Starting XI[]

This represents the most commonly selected players by competitive appearances

No. Pos. Name Appearances Notes
1 GK Flag of England Jack Head 37
2 RB Flag of England Jack Graham Captain 32
3 LB Flag of England Cabbo Dwight 32
4 RH Flag of England Bill Lacey 33
5 CH Flag of England David Lloyd 31
6 LH Flag of England George Tuthill 36
7 OR Flag of Scotland Bob Tannahill 36
8 IR Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson 33 Flag of Scotland David Cowan had 14 appearances
9 CF Flag of England Tommy Meade 35
10 IL Flag of Wales George Sheeran 26
11 OL Flag of England Fred Spackman 26

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Staff[]

Committee[]

Position Staff
Chairman Flag of England James Hitchcock
Secretary Flag of England Jack Aylott
Club official Flag of England Charles Barter
Groundsman / Trainer Flag of England Tom Walker

Kits[]

Home kit

Transfers[]

Players in[]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
May 1902 Centre half / Left back Flag of England Alec Mills Flag of England Catford Southend Free
Oct 1902 Inside right Flag of Scotland David Cowan Flag of England Swindon Town Free
Jan 1903 Centre forward Flag of England Jack Hilsdon Flag of England Luton Town Free

Players out[]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
Jan 1903 Inside right Flag of Scotland David Cowan Flag of England Swindon Town Free
May 1903 Left back Flag of England Cabbo Dwight Flag of England Arsenal Free
May 1903 Right back Flag of England Jack Graham ?
May 1903 Centre forward Flag of England Jack Hilsdon Flag of England West Ham United Free
May 1903 Centre forward / Inside forward Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson ?
May 1903 Centre half Flag of England Bill Lacey ?
May 1903 Inside left Flag of Wales George Sheeran ?

Loans in[]

Date Pos. Name From Date returned
Jan 1903 Left back Flag of England H Brown Flag of England Fulham Thursday Mar 1903

Matches[]

Friendlies[]

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1 Sat 6 Sept 1902 West Hampstead Home Won 3-1
2 Sat 13 Sept 1902 Richmond Association Home Lost 4-5
3 Fri 26 Dec 1902 Woolwich Arsenal Reserves Home Lost 0-1
4 Sat 17 Jan 1903 2nd Grenadier Guards Home Drew 1-1
5 Sat 14 Feb 1903 South West Ham Home Won 2-0
5 Sat 28 Mar 1903 2nd Grenadier Guards Home Won 8-1
7 Fri 10 Apr 1903 Shepherd's Bush Away Won 8-1
8 Mon 13 Apr 1903 Sparta Rotterdam Home Won 3-2

Southern League Division Two[]

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1 Sat 11 Oct 1902 Brighton & Hove Albion Home Won 1-0
2 Sat 25 Oct 1902 Wycombe Wanderers Home Won 5-0
3 Sat 13 Dec 1902 Southall Away Won 2-0
4 Sat 20 Dec 1902 Chesham Town Home Won 6-0
Sat 27 Dec 1902 Grays United Away Won 4-1 Match void & replayed at a later date due to Fulham fielding an unregistered player
5 Sat 31 Jan 1903 Brighton & Hove Albion Away Lost 1-3
6 Mon 2 Mar 1903 Chesham Town Away Won 6-2
7 Sat 4 April 1903 Southall Home Won 4-0
8 Sat 11 Apr 1903 Grays United Home Won 1-0
9 Tue 14 Apr 1903 Wycombe Wanderers Away Drew 0-0
10 Wed 22 Apr 1903 Grays United Away Lost 1-2

Test Match[]

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1 Tue 28 Apr 1903 Brentford Neutral Lost 2-7 Played at Shepherd's Bush

London League Division One[]

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1 Sat 27 Sept 1902 Woolwich Arsenal Reserves Home Lost 0-2
2 Sat 8 Nov 1902 Queens Park Rangers Reserves Away Lost 2-4
3 Sat 22 Nov 1902 West Ham United Reserves Home Drew 4-4
4 Sat 6 Dec 1902 Deptford Town Away Lost 0-3
5 Thu 25 Dec 1902 Leyton Away Lost 1-2
6 Sat 3 Jan 1903 West Ham United Reserves Away Lost 1-3
7 Sat 10 Jan 1903 Deptford Town Home Drew 1-1
8 Sat 7 Feb 1903 Wandsworth Away Won 6-2
9 Sat 21 Feb 1903 Millwall Athletic Reserves Home Drew 1-1
10 Sat 28 Feb 1903 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves Home Drew 1-1
11 Sat 7 Mar 1903 Woolwich Arsenal Reserves Away Lost 1-6
12 Sat 14 Mar 1903 Millwall Athletic Reserves Away Won 2-0
13 Sat 21 Mar 1903 Queens Park Rangers Reserves Home Won 1-0
14 Wed 1 Apr 1903 Clapton Orient Home Won 4-0
15 Sat 18 Apr 1903 Wandsworth Home Won 3-0
16 Sat 25 Apr 1903 Leyton Home Drew 1-1
17 Mon 27 Apr 1903 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves Away Lost 0-3
18 Thu 30 Apr 1903 Clapton Orient Away Won 2-0

FA Cup[]

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
Preliminary round Sat 20 Sept 1902 Civil Service Away Won 2-0 Played at Craven Cottage despite being an 'away' fixture
1st Qualifying round Sat 4 Oct 1902 Crouch End Vampires Home Won 4-0
2nd Qualifying round Sat 18 Oct 1902 Willesden Town Away Drew 0-0 Played at Craven Cottage despite being an 'away' fixture
Replay Thu 23 Oct 1902 Willesden Town Home Won 5-0
3rd Qualifying round Sat 1 Nov 1902 Watford Away Drew 1-1
Replay Thu 6 Nov 1902 Watford Home Won 3-0
4th Qualifying round Sat 15 Nov 1902 Luton Amateurs Home Won 4-1
5th Qualifying round Sat 29 Nov 1902 Luton Town Away Lost 1-5

Statistics[]

Appearances & goals[]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Southern League London League FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flag of England GK Jack Head 37 0 11 0 18 0 8 0
Flag of England FB Bright 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England FB H Brown 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Chatterton 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England FB Cabbo Dwight 32 5 10 1 14 3 8 1
Flag of England FB Jack Graham 32 0 10 0 14 0 8 0
Flag of England HB Carnot 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England HB Bob Charrett 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
Flag of England HB Bill Lacey 33 1 10 0 17 1 6 0
Flag of England HB David Lloyd 31 12 9 3 16 6 6 3
Flag of England HB Alec Mills 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England HB George Tuthill 36 6 11 5 17 0 8 1
Flag of England OF Cameron 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF H Easter 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Billy Porter 6 3 1 1 1 0 4 2
Flag of England OF Peter Robinson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Sherrard 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Flag of England OF Fred Spackman 26 3 9 0 12 3 5 0
Flag of England OF Ossie Stone 3 2 1 0 2 2 0 0
Flag of Scotland OF Bob Tannahill 36 5 11 4 17 0 8 1
Flag of England IF Freddie Hopkinson 33 10 11 6 16 3 6 1
Flag of Wales IF George Sheeran 26 8 7 2 14 5 5 1
Flag of England CF Jack Hilsdon 9 0 4 0 5 0 0 0
Flag of England CF Tommy Meade 35 19 10 6 17 4 8 9
Flag of England CF Russell 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
Players who left the club during 1902-03:
Flag of Scotland IF David Cowan 14 3 3 0 4 2 7 1

Top scorers[]

Position Nation Name Southern League Div Two London League Div One FA Cup Total
1 Flag of England Tommy Meade 6 4 9 19
2 Flag of England David Lloyd 3 6 3 12
3 Flag of England Freddie Hopkinson 6 3 1 10
4 Flag of Wales George Sheeran 2 5 1 8
5 Flag of England George Tuthill 5 0 1 6
6 Flag of England Cabbo Dwight 1 3 1 5
Flag of Scotland Bob Tannahill 4 0 1 5
8 Flag of England Billy Porter 1 0 2 3
Flag of Scotland David Cowan 0 2 1 3
Flag of England Fred Spackman 0 3 0 3
11 Flag of England Ossie Stone 0 2 0 2
Flag of England Russell 0 2 0 2
13 Flag of England Bill Lacey 0 1 0 1
/ / Own Goals 1 0 0 1
/ / TOTALS 29 31 20 79
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