Hi everyone!

Discussion in 'FulhamUSA Introductions and Announcements' started by 6ft2whiteguy, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. 6ft2whiteguy

    6ft2whiteguy New Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    I'm Sam, I'm from Seattle, and a supporter of the Seattle Sounders, looking to learn more about your guys' club! Cheers!
  2. dcheather

    dcheather Administrator

    Jul 29, 2005
    Welcome to the site. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have about the club, we love being helpful in promoting our beloved club to potential supporters.
  3. 6ft2whiteguy

    6ft2whiteguy New Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Well, this only applies to people who have never been across the pond (me). Why Fulham?
    And for those who have been to Fulham matches before at Craven Cottage, some personal stories would be cool. :)
  4. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Welcome, would venture to guess that less than half on here have been to The Cottage (me included). The co-founder of this site had a story featured on him on soccernet. Since this was published 5 years ago, Mike now works for the club.


    As for me, Fulham became my team when Brian McBride journeyed over. Many other US players, aside from the incomparable Clint Dempsey have been given chances at the Club. Boca, Eddie Lewis, Hahnemann, Kasey Keller, even Eddie Johnson. One thing is for sure, if glory hunting is what someone is looking for, then this is the wrong team to choose. The Premier League is basically set up where 3 teams can win the league (now that Citeh have spent a billion dollars), 2 to 3 teams trying to get the Champions League spots, and the rest of us. Following Fulham is like getting on a roller coaster, some amazing highs, and some stomach churning lows, but it's been a great ride.

    I was born in Bellevue, have been a Seahawks fan since they started in '76, but lived much of my early years in Portland, so I'm a Timbers fan :shock: However, I support USMNT and Fulham, and just starting to watch the MLS more, so no hatred of the Sounders here. I love the support the Pacific Northwest teams (including Vancouver) get, and it greatly raises the profile of the sport in this country.
  5. MisterF

    MisterF New Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Welcome! First thing I gotta ask, how tall are you!? :D

    Anyway, I was a little late to the sport as a whole but have been obsessed for the past 5 years. It started after an internship with the Columbus Crew. I followed MLS for a while but wanted even more and the premier league peaked my interest. After watching a bunch of matches, I kept getting drawn in by Fulham's history and uniqueness as a club. Their history of American players was also a great starting point. I seem to always be attracted to the underdog and Fulham were no different. I've been supporting them for about 4 years now.

    I finally made my first trip to the Cottage in October and it really was a trip of a lifetime. This thread shows a little bit about my trip
  6. VegasJustin

    VegasJustin New Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Been a Fulham supporter for eight years now. I knew McBride was on the team, but my story isn't one of those "I was an American so choose this team because of Bocanegra and McBride". I was watching a game between City and Fulham in the early morning and I was starting to root for Fulham. Boa Morte is denied a clear penalty and I start screaming at the TV. Since then I have been Fulham. It came out of nowhere. I was a United fan and then started liking Wolves and then Portsmouth, but that denial of a penalty settled it. Wouldn't change my support for the world.

    Never been to the Cottage. I am afraid of flying and am usually too broke to be in the supporters club so I couldn't go even if I wanted to. Someday, I will get a season ticket and couch surf for the year. That's always been on my list of things to do.
  7. dcheather

    dcheather Administrator

    Jul 29, 2005
    I've had a crush on Fulham since their first season in the Premier League. I had just started watching the Premier League when the games were on PPV and I could, err, watch without paying. And I saw this goal celebration:


    I thought how cool it was for a guy to celebrate like that and get the crowd into it. So that began my lukewarm crush for Fulham, but I wasn't completely in love with Fulham just yet. I had a friend who was from Manchester City and supported the Blues. So I, also, followed them for a bit, but they never completely won me over. I had a tepid, brief affair with the Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal. Arsenal because they were a very good team back when I started following the Premiership, and Tottenham because they were my dad's team when we were stationed in London back in the 80's. Tottenham were just too bland for me and I couldn't really like Arsenal because of Wenger (too whiney). So it was down to Fulham and Man City for a couple of years until I saw AmericanMike put the original FulhamUSA site together while reading the old Fulham message board (with the goofy smilie faces) back in 2004; and that helped to kick-start my love for Fulham. The posters were very witty and charming, what can I say? Plus, with Boca and McBride signing on, it pretty much sealed the deal.

    *Edit: I should add that I made my voyage to the Cottage back in 2006 for two games, one against Wigan (a loss) and the other against Everton (a win). And travelled with the away supporters for the Aston Villa game for a 1-1 draw. It was an amazing trip to see the Cottage on a game day and to see a win with the supporters celebrating a victory with singing and drinks afterwards.
  8. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    I used to be a 6'2" white guy also, but I've got to stretch to reach 6'1" now ... but that's another story.

    I came to FulhamUSA because of McBride, but I'd been partial to Fulham before that. It was Boa Morte that drew me in also, but the number of American players featuring certainly didn't hurt.

    I liked Boa, because I tend to pay more attention to left wingers and right backs more than anyone else on the pitch. I though Boa was brilliant. He was my first favorite Fulham player. My second was a right back -- Moritz Volz. If I had to pick one now, it would either be Murphy or Hughes. Since I'm a Texan, I naturally like Dempsey, but he's never been the lynchpin in my support. When he goes to Arsenal this summer, I'll stay with Fulham.

    welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy your time here.
  9. JackCaz

    JackCaz New Member

    Mar 29, 2012
    I'm from Columbus and am a huge Crew fan. (Side note: i'm among a large number of fans, at least in Nordecke, that are still upset that Sigi wasn't retained. His replacement SUCKS and everyone wants him fired. You're welcome for the best coach in the league. But I digress...)

    Obviously I liked McBride. I didn't become a Fulham fan because he played for them. I became a Fulham fan because of how he was embraced by the club and its' fans. A pub changed its' name to "McBride's" in SW6. He was beloved in Columbus and in SW6 (the Fulham fans, anyhow).

    So although he was gone by the time I started watching EPL I still chose Fulham because of McBride. I hate teams like the NY Yankees because of how they spend money so I couldn't justify rooting for the likes of one of the big money teams in the EPL. Whatever Fulham wins, they'll actually win, versus buying it like Citeh did this past season.
  10. AggieMatt

    AggieMatt Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Alamo City, Texas
    My hometown here in TX is Lufkin, which is about 15 min south of Nacogdoches. So when I was watching the '06 WC and see this kid from Nac come on against Italy, attacking the net and playing like he did with the ball at his feet, I took notice. You don't see many pro athletes come out of that backwater part of East Texas, especially in a sport like soccer which is all but ignored there beyond the age of 8. So I was pulling for him. It wasn't enough for me to start following MLS or the Revs, but I did keep track with how he was doing there online.

    That fall, we got Fox Soccer Channel here in San Antonio and I discovered the Prem. I was hooked immediately by the pace, the physicality, the lack of diving and faked injuries that are so prevalent in World Cups, and of course the goals (also few and far between in WC play). Plus I was burning out on US sports a bit b/c of the over-coverage, the endless commercials and the time commitment req'd to watch pretty much anything. So I figured I'd watch a full season, try to watch every team at least twice, and then pick one. If one picked me first, then so be it. I knew I didn't want to bandwagon, so that ruled out the Big 4 at the time (ManU, Liv, chel, Arse). Conversely, I was leery of teams that looked favorites to go down too b/c I didn't want to pick one only to find myself unable to watch them anymore.

    Following that WC, the transfer rumors of Dempsey to the Prem started up. Initially it was Charlton, but that didn't happen (thank goodness). Then in January MLS sold him to Fulham. So Fulham moved to the favorites category for me. I liked the simple & classic white and black kits, the iconic, unique, Fenway-like character of the Cottage, and that fighting spirit they showed when I watched them. Plus it didn't hurt that they had Americans in the side. I was a little reticent to jump on board fully b/c of their relegation chances but then Clint scored that goal against Liverpool that helped keep us up and I had my team.

    I came dangerously close to picking Newcastle early on. They played in the first match I watched and as a neutral, I fell into rooting for them that day. I did a little research on them though, saw they were a bit of a laughingstock, and decided to stick with giving every team a chance first. It's funny Heather mentioned Spurs, b/c that was my dad's team when he was stationed in England as well (in the 60's) and they were one of the teams high up my list as the season wore on. Ironically, they were managed by Jol at that time. Everton were the other one. Looking back, had Dempsey & their survival not pushed Fulham over the top for me, Everton probably would have nicked Tottenham for my support.

    The following summer I found the original FulhamUSA and enjoyed pretty much everyone on the site. I met HatterDon since we live in the same city and we hit it off. Then when the 07-08 season kicked off, I discovered the Chat Room. Back then, FSC only carried maybe 4-5 Fulham matches a year. So a lot of the members of FUSA would all get online, look for an internet stream to watch or listen to the online FFC radio broadcast while we talked about the match (and numerous other things) in the chat room simultaneously. We really formed a sense of community doing that. And then to go through the Great Escape together that way, well it just galvanized Fulham in my heart forever. That match against Portsmouth was one of (if not the) most exhilarating moments I've ever experienced watching sports. Our Euro final was close, but that very real fear of losing my ability to follow this club I'd grown to love was probably the difference.

    During that stretch run, we really were dead men walking and I was just about resigned to us going down and worrying about what I'd do. Wait a year and hope we come back up? Pick another team? Fortunately, it never came to that. We've come a long way since then, both as a club and in the coverage the Prem gets here in the States now. If we were to find ourselves in that spot again, I doubt I'd have that same level of fear b/c I can watch a couple of Championship matches per week on tv now. So in a sense it was a perfect storm of time and circumstance that brought me to the club and forged them as my club. Had any of those factors been different, I don't know that I would have wound up with the same result.

    Regardless, it's been one heck of a ride and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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