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1903-04 season
1903-04
Fulham1   Southern League Division One
Club information
Chairman Flag of England John Dean
Club Secretary Flag of England Herbert Jackson
Treasurer Flag of England Arthur Thomas
Club Captain Flag of England Jack Fryer
Ground Craven Cottage
League season information
League Southern League
Division Division One
Position 11th/18
Matches played 34 (W9 D12 L13)
Other competitions
London League Prem.  6th/7 (P12 W3 D1 L8)
FA Cup 1st round (v Woolwich Arsenal)
Season statistics
Top goalscorer (League) Flag of England Harry Fletcher (13)
Top goalscorer (All) Flag of England Harry Fletcher (20)
Most appearances (League) Flag of England Harry Fletcher (31)
Most appearances (All) Flag of England Harry Fletcher (47)
Biggest home win 4–0 v West Norwood (14 Nov 1903)
Biggest away win 5-0 v Crouch End Vampires (3 Oct 1903)
Biggest home defeat 1-5 v Tottenham (11 Apr 1904)
Biggest away defeat 1-8 v Millwall (15 Feb 1904)
Biggest home attendance 17,583 v Southampton (3 Oct 1903)
Biggest away attendance 20,000 v QPR (4 Nov 1903)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 v West Ham (11 Jan 1904)
Lowest away attendance 500 v West Ham (7 Mar 1904)
Fulham home (1903-04)
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OverviewEdit

The 1903-04 season was Fulham's 22nd season, and their 1st season playing first-class football, in the Southern League Division One (equivalent to today's League One).
      By the time Fulham started their first campaign as a Southern League First Division side, they had acquired virtually an entire team, most of whom had gained experience with Football League clubs. Although the Cottagers had yet to appoint their first manager (secretary Herbert Jackson was, for this season, the key official), they adopted a professional attitude from the start.
      Not only were they active in the transfer market, but they showed little sentiment towards the players who had been so successful at a lower level. Of those who had helped win the Second Division title the previous season, only Tommy Meade and Billy Porter were to play in the First Division, whilst David Lloyd, Fred Spackman, Bob Tannahill and George Tuthill played in the early qualifying rounds of the FA Cup.
      Of all the new signings, none were more valuable than goalkeeper Jack Fryer, a three-time FA Cup finalist with Derby County. Fulham signed full backs Billy Orr and Ted Turner from Manchester City and Portsmouth respectively. To start the season, the half back line comprised the former Wolves player Harry Robotham, Paddy Gray, once of Grimsby Town, and Ellis Green from Brentford. In January, however, Scotsman Billy Goldie arrived from Liverpool and took over at left half, Green dropping out. Amongst the forwards were two signings from Arsenal, centre forward Fergus Hunt and outside left Everard Lawrence, who had Albert Soar from Derby and Harry Fletcher from Grimsby for company.
      The playing record was no better than average, the team finishing 11th out of 18 teams, with 30 points. There had, however, been little time to prepare for higher grade football, and after this debut season, major changes were made.
      The side began reasonably, and although only two games were won out of eight to the end of October, five were drawn. This included home draws with eventual champions Southampton and with Tottenham, who finished runners-up. But it also included a single-goal defeat at Kettering who finished bottom. Over the next two months and six matches, only one was won and one drawn.
      January's matches saw an improvement, but over the following two months there were just three wins and a draw in nine games, including a defeat at next to bottom finishers Brighton. The team recovered to win one and draw four of the final six matches. They scored just 34 goals and only two clubs scored fewer. The top scorer in the league was Harry Fletcher with 13 goals, and these included a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Brighton in March.
      Centre forward Joe Connor, an arrival from New Brompton in October, became Fulham's first ever international when he represented Ireland against England at Belfast in March 1904.
      The highlight of the season was without doubt, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. Hampstead, Crouch End Vampires and Civil Service were defeated in the early qualifying rounds, mostly using reserve team players, before Queens Park Rangers were beaten after a replay, with the match attracting a crowd of 20,000. A Joe Connor hat-trick helped Fulham beat West Norwood in the next round, then Luton Town were beaten 3-1 at the Cottage. Fulham won a tricky tie at West Ham in the Intermediate round before they travelled to the Manor Ground at Plumstead to play Woolwich Arsenal in the first round proper, where they lost by a single goal.
      Fulham also entered the London League Premier Division but lost their first seven matches of the season and then won three of their remaining five matches and thus finished second bottom.
      There were some impressive attendances at Craven Cottage during the season, with 17,583 attending the match with Southampton in early October and 15,135 against West London rivals QPR later that month.
      Harry Bradshaw, the Woolwich Arsenal manager, was appointed by director Henry Norris as Fulham's new manager in February, but he did not take up the post until April. He was to have a major impact on the success of the club over the coming seasons.

League TablesEdit

Southern League Division OneEdit

PosClubPWDLFAGAPts
1Southampton34226675302.550
2Tottenham Hotspur341611754371.4643
3Bristol Rovers34178964421.5242
4Portsmouth34178941381.0842
5Queens Park Rangers341511853371.4341
6Reading341413748351.3741
7Millwall341681064421.5240
8Luton Town341412838331.1540
9Plymouth Argyle3413101144341.2936
10Swindon Town3410111330420.7131
11Fulham349121334360.9430
12West Ham United341071739440.8927
13Brentford34991634480.7127
14Wellingborough341151844630.727
15Northampton Town341071736600.627
16New Brompton346131526430.625
17Brighton & Hove Albion346121646690.6624
18Kettering*34672139760.5119

*Left league at end of season

London League Premier DivisionEdit

PosClubPWDLGFGAGA1Pts2
1Millwall Athletic1211103884.7523
2Tottenham Hotspur1271423141.6415
3Woolwich Arsenal1262424191.2614
4Queens Park Rangers1252518230.7812
5Brentford1223716190.847
6Fulham1231810290.347
7West Ham United1222814310.456

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.

SquadEdit

Pos. Name Age Prev Apps Prev Gls Date signed
Goalkeepers
GKFlag of England Jack Fryer (c)2600May 1903
GKFlag of England Billy Biggar2900Jun 1903
Full backs
RB/LBFlag of England Alf Harwood2400May 1903
LBFlag of England Fred Nidd3400May 1903
RBFlag of Scotland Billy Orr2700May 1903
RBFlag of England Roy Stephenson2400Jun 1903
LBFlag of England Ted Turner2900May 1903
Half backs
RHFlag of Scotland George Colville270016 Dec 1903
CHFlag of Scotland Paddy Gray300031 May 1903
RH/CH/LHFlag of England Ellis Green2300May 1903
LHFlag of Scotland Billy Goldie25004 Jan 1904
CHFlag of Scotland Jock Hamilton3400May 1903
LHFlag of England David Lloyd3170327 Jul 1899
RH/LHFlag of England Harry Robotham2400May 1903
LHFlag of England George Tuthill251282130 Mar 1899
RHFlag of England Fred Waterson2600May 1903
Forwards
OLFlag of Scotland Edward Anderson240011 Jan 1904
IRFlag of England Charlie Axcell2300May 1903
CFFlag of Ireland1 Joe Connor260016 Oct 1903
CFFlag of Scotland Alex Davidson2400Jun 1903
IRFlag of England Gilbert Farnfield240019 Apr 1904
ILFlag of England Herbert Farnfield200019 Apr 1904
OLFlag of England Percy Farnfield220019 Apr 1904
ILFlag of Scotland Jim Fisher2600May 1903
IRFlag of England Harry Fletcher3000Jun 1903
CFFlag of Malta Cornelius Hogan2500Jun 1903
IR/CFFlag of England Fergus Hunt2800May 1903
OLFlag of England Everard Lawrence2400May 1903
IR/ILFlag of Scotland Hugh May2500May 1903
IL/OLFlag of Scotland Hugh McQueen3500Aug 1903
CFFlag of England Tommy Meade2686642 Dec 1900
OLFlag of England Walter Miecznikowski260026 Oct 1903
ORFlag of England Billy Porter23176Feb 1902
ORFlag of England Albert Soar2200May 1903
OL/ILFlag of England Fred Spackman2551926 Oct 1903
CFFlag of England George Storey260026 Feb 1904
ORFlag of Scotland Bob Tannahill22711714 May 1901
ILFlag of Scotland Abraham Wales2700Mar 1904

StaffEdit

BoardEdit

Position Name
ChairmanFlag of England John Dean
Club SecretaryFlag of England Herbert Jackson
Assistant SecretaryFlag of England Alf Harwood
TreasurerFlag of England Arthur Thomas
DirectorFlag of England William Allen
DirectorFlag of England George Apps
DirectorFlag of England Charles Barter
DirectorFlag of England AF Foulds
DirectorFlag of England James Hitchcock
DirectorFlag of England HA Hymers
DirectorFlag of England Henry Norris

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
TrainerFlag of England Harry Ranson
Reserve Team TrainerFlag of Scotland Hugh McQueen

Other staffEdit

Position Name
GroundsmanFlag of England Tom Walker

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Name From
29 May 1903GKFlag of England Jack FryerFlag of England Derby County
29 May 1903LBFlag of England Ted TurnerFlag of England Portsmouth
29 May 1903LBFlag of England Fred NiddFlag of England Brentford
29 May 1903CHFlag of Scotland Paddy GrayFlag of England Grimsby Town
29 May 1903CHFlag of Scotland Jock HamiltonFlag of England Bristol City
29 May 1903RH/LHFlag of England Harry RobothamFlag of England Wolverhampton Wanderers
29 May 1903RH/CH/LHFlag of England Ellis GreenFlag of England Brentford
29 May 1903OLFlag of England Everard LawrenceFlag of England Woolwich Arsenal
29 May 1903IR/ILFlag of Scotland Hugh MayFlag of England Derby County
29 May 1903ORFlag of England Albert SoarFlag of England Derby County
29 May 1903ILFlag of Scotland Jim FisherFlag of England Aston Villa/Flag of Scotland Celtic
29 May 1903IR/CFFlag of England Fergus HuntFlag of England Woolwich Arsenal
29 May 1903CFFlag of Malta Cornelius HoganFlag of England Burnley
29 May 1903OR/IRFlag of England Ernest CottrellFlag of England Watford
5 Jun 1903GKFlag of England Billy BiggarFlag of England West Ham United
5 Jun 1903CFFlag of Scotland Alex DavidsonFlag of England Luton Town
5 Jun 1903?Flag of England MaddenFlag of England Burton United
5 Jun 1903RHFlag of England Fred WatersonFlag of England Burton United
20 Jun 1903IRFlag of England Harry FletcherFlag of England Grimsby Town
20 Jun 1903RBFlag of Scotland Billy OrrFlag of England Manchester City
20 Jun 1903RBFlag of England Roy StephensonFlag of England Chesham Generals
Aug 1903IL/OLFlag of Scotland Hugh McQueenFlag of England Gainsborough Trinity
16 Oct 1903CFFlag of Ireland1 Joe ConnorFlag of England New Brompton
16 Dec 1903RHFlag of Scotland George ColvilleFlag of England Glossop North End
4 Jan 1904LHFlag of Scotland Billy GoldieFlag of England Liverpool
11 Jan 1904OLFlag of Scotland Edward AndersonFlag of England Woolwich Arsenal
26 Feb 1904CFFlag of England George StoreyFlag of England Luton Town
Mar 1904ILFlag of Scotland Abraham WalesFlag of Scotland Third Lanark

Amateurs inEdit

Date from Position Name From Signed professionally
May 1903RB/LBFlag of England Alf HarwoodFlag of England Bishop Auckland15 Sept 1903
May 1903OLFlag of England Walter MiecznikowskiFlag of England West Ham United26 Oct 1903
May 1903IRFlag of England Charlie AxcellFlag of England Leigh Ramblers1 Jan 1904
19 Apr 1904OLFlag of England Gilbert FarnfieldUnattachedn/a
19 Apr 1904ILFlag of England Herbert FarnfieldUnattachedn/a
19 Apr 1904CHFlag of England Percy FarnfieldUnattachedn/a

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Name To
May 1903CFFlag of England Jack HilsdonFlag of England West Ham United
May 1903CFFlag of England Freddie Hopkinson?
May 1903ILFlag of Wales George Sheeran?
16 Jun 1903LBFlag of England Cabbo DwightFlag of England Woolwich Arsenal
Sept 1903RHFlag of England Bob CharrettFlag of England Southall
16 Oct 1903CFFlag of Scotland Alex DavidsonFlag of England New Brompton
21 Jan 1904OR/IRFlag of England Ernest CottrellFlag of England Hyde St George's

MatchesEdit

FriendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Thu 5 Nov 1903George Robey's XIHomeLost0-4Charity match
2Sat 19 Dec 1903CorinthiansAwayLost2-6
3Thu 24 Dec 1903Bishop AucklandHomeWon2-1
4Fri 25 Dec 1903Brighton & Hove AlbionHomeWon2-1

Southern League Division OneEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 5 Sept 1903Tottenham HotspurHomeDrew0-0
2Sat 12 Sept 1903Luton TownAwayDrew0-0
3Sat 19 Sept 1903New BromptonHomeWon1-0
4Sat 26 Sept 1903KetteringAwayLost0-1
5Sat 3 Oct 1903SouthamptonHomeDrew2-2
6Sat 10 Oct 1903Swindon TownAwayDrew2-2
7Sat 17 Oct 1903Millwall AthleticAwayWon2-0
8Sat 24 Oct 1903Queens Park RangersHomeDrew2-2
9Sat 7 Nov 1903ReadingHomeLost0-1
10Wed 11 Nov 1903Plymouth ArgyleAwayLost0-1
11Sat 21 Nov 1903Bristol RoversHomeLost0-1
12Sat 26 Dec 1903BrentfordAwayDrew1-1
13Mon 28 Dec 1903West Ham UnitedAwayLost0-2
14Wed 30 Dec 1903Wellingborough TownAwayWon3-2
15Sat 2 Jan 1904Tottenham HotspurAwayLost0-1
16Sat 9 Jan 1904Luton TownHomeWon1-0
17Sat 16 Jan 1904New BromptonAwayDrew0-0
Sat 23 Jan 1904KetteringHomeAbandonedA-AMatch abandoned at half-time due to fog
18Wed 27 Jan 1904KetteringHomeWon4-1
19Sat 30 Jan 1904SouthamptonAwayLost0-2
20Sat 13 Feb 1904Millwall AthleticHomeLost1-2
21Sat 20 Feb 1904Queens Park RangersAwayDrew1-1
22Wed 24 Feb 1904Brighton & Hove AlbionAwayLost1-2
23Sat 27 Feb 1904Plymouth ArgyleHomeWon1-0
24Sat 5 Mar 1904ReadingAwayLost0-3
25Sat 12 Mar 1904Wellingborough TownHomeWon2-0
26Sat 19 Mar 1904Bristol RoversAwayLost0-1
27Mon 21 Mar 1904Northampton TownAwayLost1-2
28Sat 26 Mar 1904Brighton & Hove AlbionHomeWon3-0
29Sat 2 Apr 1904PortsmouthAwayDrew0-0
30Tue 5 Apr 1904Swindon TownHomeLost1-2
31Sat 9 Apr 1904Northampton TownHomeWon2-0
32Sat 16 Apr 1904BrentfordHomeDrew0-0
33Mon 18 Apr 1904PortsmouthHomeDrew2-2
34Sat 23 Apr 1904West Ham UnitedHomeDrew1-1

London League Premier DivisionEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Tue 1 Sept 1903Queens Park RangersAwayLost0-2
2Mon 7 Sept 1903Woolwich ArsenalAwayLost0-2
3Mon 21 Sept 1903Tottenham HotspurAwayLost1-2
4Mon 19 Oct 1903Millwall AthleticHomeLost1-4
5Mon 11 Jan 1904West Ham UnitedHomeLost1-2
6Mon 15 Feb 1904Millwall AthleticAwayLost1-8
7Mon 7 Mar 1904West Ham UnitedAwayLost1-3
8Fri 1 Apr 1904BrentfordHomeWon2-1
9Mon 4 Apr 1904BrentfordAwayWon1-0
10Mon 11 Apr 1904Tottenham HotspurHomeLost1-5
11Mon 25 Apr 1904Queens Park RangersHomeDrew0-0
12Sat 30 Apr 1904Woolwich ArsenalHomeWon1-0

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
Preliminary roundSat 19 Sept 1903HampsteadHomeWon3-0
1st Qualifying roundSat 3 Oct 1903Crouch End VampiresAwayWon5-0
2nd Qualifying roundSat 17 Oct 1903Civil ServiceHomeDrew3-3
ReplayThu 22 Oct 1903Civil ServiceHomeWon3-0
3rd Qualifying roundSat 31 Oct 1903Queens Park RangersAwayDrew1-1
ReplayWed 4 Nov 1903Queens Park RangersHomeWon3-1
4th Qualifying roundSat 14 Nov 1903West NorwoodHomeWon4-0
5th Qualifying roundSat 28 Nov 1903Luton TownHomeWon3-1
Intermediate roundSat 12 Dec 1903West Ham UnitedAwayWon1-0
1st roundSat 6 Feb 1904Woolwich ArsenalAwayLost0-1

StatisticsEdit

Appearances & goalsEdit

No. Nat Pos Player TotalChampionship FA Cup EFL Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Players who left the club during 1903-04:

GoalscorersEdit

When total goals are equal, the list is sorted by player who achieved that number first

# Pos. Name Southern League Div One London League Premier Div FA Cup Total
1 IR Flag of England Harry Fletcher 13 2 5 20
2 CF Flag of Ireland1 Joe Connor 1 1 7 9
3 CF Flag of England Tommy Meade 1 2 4 7
4 OR Flag of England Albert Soar 6 0 0 6
5 IL Flag of England Charlie Axcell 4 1 0 5
6 CF Flag of England Fergus Hunt 3 1 0 4
7 OL Flag of England Everard Lawrence 2 0 1 3
8 LH Flag of England David Lloyd 0 0 2 2
IR Flag of Scotland Hugh May 2 0 0 2
OR Flag of Scotland Bob Tannahill 0 0 2 2
CF Flag of Malta Cornelius Hogan 1 1 0 2
IL Flag of Scotland Jim Fisher 0 0 2 2
13 RH Flag of Scotland Ellis Green 0 0 1 1
OL Flag of Scotland Hugh McQueen 0 0 1 1
LH/RH Flag of England Harry Robotham 0 0 1 1
CH Flag of Scotland Paddy Gray 1 0 0 1
CH Flag of Scotland Jock Hamilton 0 1 0 1
OL Flag of Scotland Edward Anderson 0 1 0 1
/ / Own Goals 0 0 0 0
/ / Total 34 10 26 70
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