Fulham

Founded in 1879 when a school teacher and churchwarden formed a team for local boys at Fulham St Andrew’s Church, the club changed its name to Fulham Football Club in January 1889.  

Fulham reached the FA Cup final in 1975 after a record 11-game run that included six replays, only to lose 2-0 to West Ham United.  

They dropped to the bottom of the football pyramid in 1996, but after being taken over by chairman Mohamed Al Fayed in the summer of 1997, Fulham returned to the top flight in 2010.  

They finished a respectable 13th in their debut Premier League season before taking part in the Intertoto Cup in the summer of 2002, eventually beating Bologna 5-3 in the two-legged final. 

After finishing an impressive seventh in the previous season, Fulham became the toast of Europe in 2010 as they disposed of UEFA Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk, Italian giants Juventus, German champions VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV in a stunning journey to the inaugural Europa League Final – where only a heart-breaking late extra-time winner by Atletico Madrid denied them fairytale win. 

Fulham were relegated to the Championship in 2013 and had to wait until 2018 to return to the top flight after beating Aston Villa in the play-off final.  

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