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1989-90 season
1989-90 season
Fulham4 Barclays League Division 3 FA Cup Littlewoods Challenge Cup Leyland DAF Cup
Club information
Chairman Flag of England Jimmy Hill
Manager Flag of England Ray Lewington
Club Captain Flag of England Jeff Eckhardt
Ground Craven Cottage
League season information
League Third Division
Position 20th/24
Matches played 46 (W12 D15 L19)
Other competitions
FA Cup 2nd round (v Bristol City)
League Cup 2nd round (v Sunderland)
Associate Members Cup Preliminary round (v Notts County)
Season statistics
Top goalscorer (League) Flag of England Clive Walker (13)
Top goalscorer (All) Flag of England Clive Walker (15)
Most appearances (League) Flag of England Jim Stannard (44)
Most appearances (All) Flag of England Jim Stannard (53)
Biggest home win 4-0 v Wigan (25 Nov 1989)
Biggest away win 5-3 v Oxford Utd (30 Aug 1989)
Biggest home defeat 2-5 v Cardiff (11 Nov 1989)
Biggest away defeat 1-5 v Bristol City (16 Apr 1990)
Biggest home attendance 7,141 v Leyton Orient (5 May 1990)
Biggest away attendance 16,139 v Bristol City (16 Apr 1990)
Lowest home attendance 1,317 v Notts County (28 Nov 1989)
Lowest away attendance 1,939 v Peterborough (8 Nov 1989)
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OverviewEdit

The 1989-90 season was not one to remember for most Fulham fans. Within twelve months of challenging for promotion, the club dropped to the other end of the table. They escaped the ignominy of relegation to the Fourth Division for the first time only on the final day of the season when Cardiff City failed to win. It was a collapse in the last third of the season that put the Whites in peril. They won just one of their last thirteen matches, and dropped from 12th to within a point of the League basement. During this poor run, Alan Dicks, coach at Jimmy Hill's Coventry in the 1960's, took on a consultancy role. The following season, he became manager whilst Ray Lewington became club coach.

This was also the season when the future of Craven Cottage seemed more important than what happened on the pitch, with controversy surrounding the local council's compulsory purchase order and the club's agreement with property company Cabra.

When the season began, Fulham had already lost the services of Doug Rougvie to Dunfermline, Robert Wilson to Huddersfield Town and Michael Cole had sustained a serious back injury. Crystal Palace's Gavin Nebbeling arrived to fill the gap in the centre of defence and Dunfermline striker John Watson came south as Rougvie went north. With the team struggling, Ray Lewington added to the squad. He signed striker Steve Milton from non-League Whyteleafe, and defenders Mark Newson and Martin Pike from Bournemouth and Sheffield United respectively.

Injuries clearly contributed to the club's difficulties, particularly to Glen Thomas and Gordon Davies. Only three players had played more than 40 matches, and included in the 30 used were three loan signings, two non-contract players, manager Lewington and his assistant Gary Peters. Altogether, there were thirteen players whose total appearances were in single figures.

TablesEdit

Third DivisionEdit

Associate Members Cup Southern Section Group 3Edit

SquadEdit

Pos. Name Age Prev Apps Prev Gls Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
GKFlag of England Jim Stannard261480June 1980Youth
GKFlag of England Laurence Batty2580Sept 1984Youth
Defenders
LBFlag of Scotland Hugh Burns2400Dec 1989Loan
LBFlag of England Alan Dowson1900Jan 1990Loan
LBFlag of England Gary Elkins231071Aug 1982Youth
CBFlag of England Shaun Gore20361Jul 1985Youth
RBFlag of England Steve Greaves1910Jul 1986Youth
LBFlag of England Garry Kimble2300Aug 1989Free
RBFlag of England Richard Langley24410Nov 1986Nominal
CBFlag of South Africa1 Gary Nebbeling2600Jul 1989£80,000
R/CBFlag of England Mark Newson2900Mar 1990£125,000
R/LBFlag of England Gary Peters35854Aug 1979/Aug 1988/Sept 1989£40,000/Free/Free
LBFlag of England Martin Pike2500Feb 1990£55,000
C/LBFlag of England Glen Thomas21781Oct 1984Youth
LBFlag of England Des Vertannes1700Jul 1988Youth
Midfielders
AM/CFFlag of England Gary Barnett2618034Dec 1984/Sept 1985Loan/£20,000
CMFlag of Scotland Des Bremner3600Aug 1989Free
DMFlag of England Martin Ferney1700Jul 1988Youth
CM/RBFlag of England Jeff Eckhardt (c)23793Nov 1987£50,000
AMFlag of Ireland Leo Donnellan24794Aug 1985Nominal
CMFlag of England Ray Lewington3227224Mar 1980/Jul 1986£50,000/£25,000
R/CMFlag of England John Marshall2523022Jun 1980Youth
CM/RBFlag of England Ronnie Mauge20150Aug 1988Free
CMFlag of England Justin Skinner208616Jul 1985Youth
CMFlag of England Peter Scott2520525May 1980Youth
Forwards
RWFlag of England Michael Cole22494Mar 1988£45,000
RW/CFFlag of Wales Gordon Davies34405167Mar 1978/Oct 1986£4,000/£45,000
CFFlag of Northern Ireland Iain Dowie2400Sept 1989Loan
CFFlag of England Steve Milton2600Oct 1989£20,000
CFFlag of England Andy Sayer233411Aug 1988£70,000
LWFlag of England Clive Walker327417Oct 1987Nominal
CFFlag of Scotland John Watson3000Aug 1989£40,000

StaffEdit

BoardEdit

Position Name
ChairmanFlag of England Jimmy Hill
Vice ChairmanFlag of England Bill Muddyman
DirectorFlag of England Andy Muddyman
DirectorFlag of England Dave Gardner
DirectorFlag of England Cyril Swain
General ManagerFlag of England Stuart Dalrymple

Coaching staffEdit

Until 1 Sept 1989Edit
Position Name
Player/ManagerFlag of England Ray Lewington
Assistant ManagerFlag of England Jack Burkett
Club CoachFlag of England Terry Bullivant
From 1 Sept 1989Edit
Position Name
Player/ManagerFlag of England Ray Lewington
Player/Assistant ManagerFlag of England Gary Peters
Youth Team Development Officer/Chief ScoutFlag of England Jack Burkett
Youth Team CoachFlag of England Terry Bullivant

Medical staffEdit

Position Name
Head physioFlag of England Glen Hunter
PhysioFlag of England Peter Westacott

Other staffEdit

Position Name
Club SecretaryFlag of England Yvonne Haines

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Name From Fee
Jul 1989CBFlag of South Africa1 Gavin NebbelingFlag of England Crystal Palace£80,000
17 Aug 1989CMFlag of Scotland Des BremnerFlag of England Birmingham CityFree
17 Aug 1989CFFlag of Scotland John WatsonFlag of Scotland Dunfermline Athletic£40,000
Aug 1989LBFlag of England Garry KimbleFlag of England Doncaster RoversFree
Aug 1989R/LBFlag of England Gary PetersUnattachedFree
Oct 1989CFFlag of England Steve MiltonFlag of England Whyteleafe£20,000
Feb 1990LBFlag of England Martin PikeFlag of England Sheffield United£55,000
Mar 1990R/CBFlag of England Mark NewsonFlag of England Bournemouth£125,000
///Total£320,000

Loans inEdit

Start date Position Name From End date
Sept 1989CFFlag of Northern Ireland Iain DowieFlag of England Luton TownOct 1989
Dec 1989LBFlag of Scotland Hugh BurnsFlag of Scotland Dunfermline AthleticJan 1990
Jan 1989LBFlag of England Alan DowsonFlag of England MillwallFeb 1989

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Name To Fee
Jun 1989CFFlag of Wales Chris PikeFlag of Wales Cardiff CityFree
Jun 1989CFFlag of England Colin GordonFlag of England Birmingham City£80,000
Jul 1989CBFlag of Scotland Doug RougvieFlag of Scotland Dunfermline Athletic£30,000
Jul 1989AMFlag of Ireland Robert WilsonFlag of England Huddersfield Town£20,000
Aug 1989CMFlag of England Kevin HoddyFlag of Belgium RoeselareFree
Sept 1989LBFlag of England Wayne KerrinsFlag of England Sutton UnitedFree
Oct 1989LBFlag of England Garry KimbleFlag of England Maidstone UnitedFree
Feb 1990CFFlag of Scotland John WatsonFlag of Scotland Airdrieonians£5,000
Feb 1990CFFlag of England Andy SayerFlag of Scotland Leyton Orient£70,000
///Total£205,000

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Name To End date
23 Dec 1989LBFlag of England Gary ElkinsFlag of England Exeter City30 Jun 1990
Feb 1990GKFlag of England Laurence BattyFlag of England Farnborough Town30 Jun 1990
Mar 1990AMFlag of Ireland Leo DonnellanFlag of England Farnborough Town30 Jun 1990
Apr 1990RBFlag of England Steve GreavesFlag of England Brighton & Hove Albion30 Jun 1990

MatchesEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Wed 19 Jul 1989Tottenham HotspurAwayLost1-3
2Sat 29 Jul 1989Crawley TownAwayWon4-0
3Tue 1 Aug 1989Carshalton AthleticAwayLost0-1
4Thu 3 Aug 1989Chesham UnitedAwayWon2-0
5Sat 5 Aug 1989ChelseaHomeDrew0-0
6Tue 8 Aug 1989Maidstone UnitedHomeDrew1-1
7Wed 9 Aug 1989Tooting & Mitcham UnitedAwayLost1-3
8Thu 10 Aug 1989SouthwickAwayLost0-2
9Sat 12 Aug 1989GillinghamAwayWon2-1

Additional friendliesEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Wed 9 May 1990ChelseaHomeLost1-2Peter Scott & John Marshall Benefit Match

Third DivisionEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1Sat 19 Aug 1989Tranmere RoversHomeLost1-2
2Sat 26 Aug 1989Bolton WanderersAwayDrew0-0
3Sat 2 Sept 1989Mansfield TownHomeWon1-0
4Sat 9 Sept 1989Crewe AlexandraAwayWon3-2
5Sat 16 Sept 1989Swansea CityHomeWon2-0
6Sat 23 Sept 1989WalsallAwayDrew0-0
7Tue 26 Sept 1989Huddersfield TownHomeDrew0-0
8Sat 30 Sept 1989Chester CityAwayWon2-0
9Sat 7 Oct 1989Bristol RoversAwayLost0-2
10Sat 14 Oct 1989Rotherham UnitedHomeDrew1-1
11Tue 17 Oct 1989ReadingAwayLost2-3
12Sat 21 Oct 1989BuryHomeDrew1-1
13Sat 28 Oct 1989BrentfordAwayLost0-2
14Tue 31 Oct 1989Northampton TownHomeDrew1-1
15Sat 5 Nov 1989Leyton OrientAwayDrew1-1
16Sat 11 Nov 1989Cardiff CityHomeLost2-5
17Sat 25 Nov 1989Wigan AthleticHomeWon4-0
18Sat 2 Dec 1989Notts CountyAwayLost0-2
19Sat 16 Dec 1989BlackpoolAwayWon1-0
20Tue 26 Dec 1989Bristol CityHomeLost0-1
21Sat 30 Dec 1989Shrewsbury TownHomeWon2-1
22Mon 1 Jan 1990Birmingham CityAwayDrew1-1
23Sat 6 Jan 1990Preston North EndAwayLost0-1
24Sat 13 Jan 1990Bolton WanderersHomeDrew2-2
25Fri 19 Jan 1990Tranmere RoversAwayLost1-2
26Sat 27 Jan 1990Crewe AlexandraHomeDrew1-1
27Sat 10 Feb 1990Swansea CityAwayLost2-4
28Tue 13 Feb 1990Mansfield TownAwayLost0-3
29Sat 17 Feb 1990Notts CountyHomeWon5-2
30Sat 24 Feb 1990Wigan AthleticAwayLost1-2
31Sat 3 Mar 1990Preston North EndHomeWon3-0
32Tue 6 Mar 1990Chester CityHomeWon1-0
33Sat 10 Mar 1990Huddersfield TownAwayWon1-0
34Sat 17 Mar 1990Bristol RoversHomeLost1-2
35Tue 20 Mar 1990Rotherham UnitedAwayLost1-2
36Sat 24 Mar 1990ReadingHomeLost1-2
37Sat 31 Mar 1990BuryAwayDrew0-0
38Wed 4 Apr 1990WalsallHomeDrew0-0
39Sat 7 Apr 1990Northampton TownAwayDrew2-2
40Tue 10 Apr 1990BrentfordHomeWon1-0
41Sat 14 Apr 1990Birmingham CityHomeLost1-2
42Mon 16 Apr 1990Bristol CityAwayLost1-5
43Sat 21 Apr 1990BlackpoolHomeDrew0-0
44Tue 24 Apr 1990Shrewsbury TownAwayLost0-2
45Sat 28 Apr 1990Cardiff CityAwayDrew3-3
46Sat 5 May 1990Leyton OrientHomeLost1-2

League CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1st Round 1st LegWed 23 Aug 1989Oxford UnitedHomeLost0-1
1st Round 2nd LegWed 30 Aug 1989Oxford UnitedAwayWon5-3Fulham won 5-4 on aggregate
2nd Round 1st LegTue 19 Sept 1989SunderlandAwayDrew1-1
2nd Round 2nd LegTue 3 Oct 1989SunderlandHomeLost0-3Sunderland won 4-1 on aggregate

Associate Members CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
Preliminary Round Group 3Wed 8 Nov 1989Peterborough UnitedAwayLost0-1
Preliminary Round Group 3Tue 28 Nov 1989Notts CountyHomeLost0-1

FA CupEdit

# Date Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1st RoundSun 19 Nov 1989Bath CityAwayDrew2-2
1st Round ReplayWed 22 Nov 1989Bath CityHomeWon2-1
2nd RoundSat 9 Dec 1989Bristol CityAwayLost1-2

StatisticsEdit

Appearances & goalsEdit

No. Nat Pos Player TotalThird Division League Cup Associate Members Cup FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flag of England GK Jim Stannard 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Jeff Eckhardt 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Garry Kimble 4 0 1+1 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Ronnie Mauge 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of South Africa1 DF Gavin Nebbeling 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England DF Glen Thomas 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Gary Barnett 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Scotland MF Des Bremner 3 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Ray Lewington 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF John Marshall 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Peter Scott 3 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Justin Skinner 4 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Flag of England MF Clive Walker 4 1 1+1 0 1+1 1 0 0 0 0
Flag of Wales FW Gordon Davies 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of England FW Andy Sayer 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Scotland FW John Watson 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during 1989-90:

GoalscorersEdit

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

# Pos. Name Third Division League Cup Associate Members Cup FA Cup Total
1 MF Flag of England Justin Skinner 0 2 0 0 2
MF Flag of England Peter Scott 0 2 0 0 2
3 DF Flag of England Jeff Eckhardt 1 0 0 0 1
MF Flag of England Clive Walker 0 1 0 0 1
Own Goals 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 5 0 0 6

AssistsEdit

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

# Pos. Name Third Division League Cup Associate Members Cup FA Cup Total
1 FW Flag of Scotland John Watson 1 0 0 0 1
MF Flag of Scotland Des Bremner 0 1 0 0 1
Total 1 1 0 0 2

Disciplinary recordEdit

CardsEdit

# Pos. Name Third Division League Cup Associate Members Cup FA Cup Total
Yellow card Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow card Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow card Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow card Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow card Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card
1 DFFlag of England Garry Kimble 100000000000100
FWFlag of England Andy Sayer 100000000000100
Total 200000000000200

SuspensionsEdit

PlayerDate ReceivedOffenceLength of suspension
Flag of England Peter Scott25 May 1989Yellow cardYellow cardRed card1 match (v Tranmere (h))
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