This afternoon we welcome the supporters of Fulham to Hillsborough. There is no doubt that the season has been somewhat traumatic and painful for "The Cottagers" but they have many good players and inflicted a rare heavy defeat on us earlier in the season. Despite never having won a major trophy in their history, the late great Bobby Moore led Fulham to the 1975 F A Cup Final and as recently as 2010 Fulham contested the Europa League Cup Final, losing 2-1 after extra time to Atletico Madrid.
Fulham F.C. was formed in 1879 and has produced some truly fantastic players over the years such as Johnny Haynes, Bobby Robson, World Cup winning right back George Cohen, Alan Mullery, and Rodney Marsh. Discounting the great Bobby Moore and the genius that was George Best, who represented Fulham relatively late in their careers, one man probably deserves the title of their greatest ever player: one JOHNNY HAYNES. Certainly he was one of the best players I ever saw as a young lad growing up. Johnny became the first £100 a week footballer following the abolition of the £20 per week maximum wage in 1961. His vision and ability to read the game was incredible and he could consistently thread the ball first time through "the eye of a needle". Pele once described Johnny as the best passer of a football he had ever seen. Johnny represented England on 56 occasions, 22 as captain and scoring 18 goals. He was essentially a one club man like many others of that generation, representing Fulham from 1952 through to 1970. World class and greatness are too often overused words. Not in this case, his skill, ability, attitude, professionalism, loyalty and charm epitomise those qualities that constitute true greatness.
He died in Edinburgh in 2005 at the age of 71. R.I.P. John Norman Haynes, a true great in every sense.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY
On April 28th, 1984, Mel "Zico" Sterland, one of our greatest ever full backs, fired home the winner from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace to finally end 14 years of pain and return Wednesday to the top flight. It is a treasured moment, perfectly captured in an iconic photograph taken by club photographer, Steve Ellis. A limited edition of 100 prints have been released. No more will be released, once they're gone, they're gone! There is a one off opportunity to purchase one of the individually numbered prints AT THE WEDNESDAYITE LOUNGE IN THE NIAGARA ON EASTER SATURDAY, APRIL 4th, before the home game with Huddersfield Town. On this day only, you can buy a print for the special price of £75 and Mel ZICO Sterland himself will be there to sign and individualise the print on your behalf. If you don't have transport in which to store the print, whilst you attend the game, for the sum of £10 it can be posted to you.
Please take this unique opportunity to support and meet one of our greatest ever players and simultaneously purchase a piece of photographic history. Mel will be at the Wednesdayite lounge from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm on the day.
Enjoy the game this afternoon.
Peter Shaw, Wednesdayite