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IN PROFILE: FULHAM

Fulham manager Felix Magath

Fulham manager Felix Magath

PUBLISHED

16:00 15th June 2014

by Ashley Houghton

As we countdown to fixture release, take a look at our new opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.

With the announcement of our Sky Bet Championship fixtures for the 2014/15 season just four days away, we continue our look at the division's six latest incumbents by profiling recently relegated Fulham.

Fulham

Founded: 1879

Stadium: Craven Cottage

Travel

Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club offer travel to all away games but, should you wish to make your own way to southwest London, the travel details are below:

Distance from the DW Stadium (By car): 212 miles (M6, M6 Toll, M40, A4)

By train: Wigan North Western to London Euston, Underground service from Euston to Victoria (Victoria Line), Victoria to Putney Bridge (District Line).

Last Season

After 13 seasons in the Premier League, Fulham’s long-stay in the top-flight was ended in 2014 after a campaign that included a change of ownership, three managers and an FA Cup upset ended with the Cottagers failing to win in their final four games, ultimately costing them as they ended up four points from safety.

Frontman Dimitar Berbatov left the club in January to join AS Monaco and left a huge void in attack with midfielders Steve Sidwell, Ashkan Dejagah and Kieran Richardson chipping in with the odd goal to support former Latic Hugo Rodallega who notched just two league goals.

Despite the lack of a prolific frontman, it was defensively where Fulham were found wanting with a 6-0 thrashing at Hull City contributing to the Premier League’s worst defensive record which averaged over two goals a game over the course of the season.

The one sign of promise for Fulham was the influence of their youth team with young striker Cauley Woodrow shining towards the end of the season after the Cottagers’ youth team went close to defeating Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup final.

Key Stat

The 47 away league goals shipped by Fulham were the most out of the 92 league clubs in English football, including those who played 23 rather than 19 away league games.

Key Man

Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg

Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top stoppers, though he could do little to help Fulham becoming the leakiest defence in the country.

The former Ajax and Roma man, who won two Eredivisie titles during his time at the Amsterdam Arena may attract interest from elsewhere but his experience could prove key to a push for promotion for Felix Magath’s side.

Capped 54 times by the Netherlands, Stekelenburg has made 249 career league appearances.

Latics Link

Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe

Former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe spent the last three months of the 2013-14 campaign with Latics.

The Heywood-born youngster signed for Fulham in January under then boss Rene Meulenteen but, following the Dutchman’s dismissal, opportunities were limited and Tunnicliffe moved to the DW Stadium in search of first-team football.

However, the form of James McArthur and Jordi Gomez, as well as the return to fitness of Shaun Maloney and Roger Espinoza, meant the former England youth international found starts hard to come by prior to his return to Craven Cottage.

Head-to-head

Without a win in the last 13 meetings between the two sides, Latics have struggled in their head-to-head with the Cottagers with Fulham winning 18 of the 42 clashes and Latics just 10.

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