Looking back at Blues v Fulham

Last updated : 04 January 2003 By Brian Cartlidge
Blues and Fulham first played each other at League level in season 1908-09 in Division Two. After a 1-1 draw in London, Blues then lost 3-1 at home in the return fixture.

Blues did not win any of their first eight meetings with Fulham.They finally broke their duck with a 2-1 victory at home in September 1912.

In the last season before the Great War, Blues completed the double over The Cottagers, winning 3-2 away & 1-0 at home - Percy Barton scoring the winner in the latter.

When Blues crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Fulham in March 1921 it was their heaviest defeat of their Second Division Championship-winning season.

After that encounter Blues did not meet Fulham in the league for another 25 years. Then a goal by Cyril Trigg gave them a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in November 1946. The double was completed later in the season with a2-1 home win.

Fulham won 4-1 at St. Andrew's early in the 1952-53 season, by 3-1 at Craven Cottage on 3rd January and by 5-2, also in London, in February 1954.

Blues started their final charge for promotionin 1954-55 with a 3-2 home win over Fulham on 30th March, but the attendance at St. Andrew's was just 7,000, the second lowest of the season.

The first game between the two sides in the top flight took place at St. Andrew's on 24th October 1959, a crowd of 26,698 saw the visitors win 4-2, Johnny Gordon scoring twice for Blues.

Stan Lynn
Blues won 4-1 at home in September 1962 when Stan Lynn almost burst the ball with a spot-kick, and six goals were shared in a thrilling game at Craven Cottage in May 1963.

Stan Lynn also netted penalties against Fulham in August 1963 and August 1964.

A nine-goal thriller in October 1968 in front of just over 27,000 fans, ended with Blues triumphant by 5-4 over Fulham in a second Division game. Jimmy Greenhoff was the star of the show with a four-timer (all his goals coming in succession) after Johnny Vincent had scored the first. Greenhoff also fluffed a 64th minute penalty!

In season 1979-80 Blues lost 4-3 at home to the Cottagers yet won 4-2 in London - 13 goals in two terrific 2nd Division matches. In the game at St. Andrews on September 18th, Blues were 3-0 up at half time but 'blew up' after the interval.

Blues and Fulham met for the first time in a Division Three fixture in 1989-90 when the scores finished 1-1 at St. Andrew's with Blues winning 2-1 in London later in the season.

Ian Rodgerson scored three goals against Fulham in 1991-92 - the winner in a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage and a brace when Blues won 3-1 at St. Andrew's.

Fulham beat Blues with a last minute goal by John Mitchell in the replay of the 1975 FA Cup semi-final at Maine Road after the side had drawn 1-1 at Hillsborough.

Blues' 5-0 ASC win over The Cottagers was in season 1979 when Keith Bertschin scored twice in front of less than 3,000 fans!

Geoff Horsfield became Blues' record signing when he joined the club from Fulham for £2.25 million in July 2000.

In the two ill- tempered games in the Premiership this season Blues have not been beaten by the Londoners - a 0-0 scoreline at St. Andrew's saw Fulham finish the game with only nine men while at Loftus Road in the return fixture Darren Purse was shown the red card as Blues came out 1-0 winners courtesy of Jovan Kirovski's first goal in a Blues shirt.

Fulham Head-To-Head

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