Arsenal FC – our record against the Cottagers

Our first game against Fulham was on February 6th, 1904 when Fulham, then in the First Division of the Southern League, passed through all seven Preliminary Qualifying Rounds to make their debut in the First Round of the FA Cup. The eighth game was one too many as Woolwich Arsenal won 1-0. This was the one and only time the two clubs have met in any Cup competition.

Fulham gained professional status on 12 December 1898, the same year that they were admitted into the Southern League’s Second Division. They were the second club from London to turn professional, following Arsenal in 1891- then named Royal Arsenal.

While Fulham have never beaten Arsenal in away games (they have lost 22 tied 5 and been outscored 67 to 23), their home record is a tad better having won 8 tied 5 and lost 14 and were outscored 13 to 38. Their last away win was on Jan 2nd 2012 when they won 2-1.

Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images

London Club Trivia

Chelsea beat Clapton Orient in the first Football League derby between two London clubs – in November 1905.

The first derby in the top flight, between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge (November 1907), was watched by an estimated 55,000.

As Highbury Stadium was built in 1913 on land owned by the Church Commissioners, Arsenal agreed not to play on Christmas Day or Good Friday, until they bought the freehold in 1925. The last Christmas Day game there was against Chelsea in 1954.

When Spurs were relegated in 1934-35, a year after finishing third, they lost both games to League Champions Arsenal – by 5-1 at Highbury and 6-0 at White Hart Lane; still their joint record home defeat.

If you think fixture congestion is bad these days, in 1905-06 Chelsea had to play a League game and FA Cup qualifying round tie on the same day. Prioritising the League, they sent their reserves to meet Crystal Palace in the Cup and lost 7-1; still the heaviest Cup defeat by any League club against non-League opposition.

For the 1989-90 season London had a record number of clubs – eight – in the top division, meaning 56 derby matches. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham finished in the top five while Charlton and Millwall were both relegated, the remaining three teams were, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and Queens Park Rangers.

Arsenal have finished as highest placed London club 58 times, more than everyone else put together. It includes a run of nine successive seasons from 1996-2004; the longest sequence since they were the capital’s only representatives more than 110 years ago.

Steve Bould scored the quickest-ever own goal in the top flight in the Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal fixture on Saturday February 17th 1990. The Arsenal defender put one past his goalkeeper John Lukic after just 15 seconds.



40 Responses to Arsenal FC – our record against the Cottagers

  1. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Thank you as always.

    Sorry but before we get all footbally, I have to recommend the vid I put up earlier. I have no idea how it was filmed or how anyone has the bolleaux to climb without ropes

  2. chas says:

    Bouldie’s OG. Nice finish!

  3. chas says:

    Thanks GN5

    Some good stuff as ever.

  4. chas says:

    Oh, I’m sorry. Put the post up too early.

    Here’s BR’s vid with the 360 feature – simply stunning……..

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks GN5

    Fulham are one of the nothing clubs to me. No emotion stirs whatsoever

    They are called The Cottagers though 🙂

  6. Big Raddy says:

    7.25 Interesting to see Steve Bould in DB10’s shirt 😀

    Really enjoyed the London Club trivia.

  7. VP of Oz says:

    Thank you GN5, excellent intro to the game, my day is complete now.

  8. LBG says:

    Oh Micky!
    Craven Cottage was a true real football ground. Quaint, compact, with a sense that you would always see quality football, without the on going threat of a place like, for instance, Upton Park.
    Didn’t see much of him live, but Johnny Haynes, was a pass master, in the same bracket as one of my all time early heroes, George Eastham. Bobby Moore and Bestie graced the turf in the early 70’s and I went to the West Ham v Fulham Cup Final at the old Wembley, courtesy of a friend’s spare ticket.
    For me anyway, it’s great to see them back in the top division.

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Nope, still nothing LBG 🙂

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    When I think of famous Cottagers, the best I can do is George Michael

  11. Big Raddy says:

    😀 😀 😀

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Just cut open my 2 kilo game pie I built last night

    Definately puts life back into perspective 🙂 🙂

    Screw the nibble ban

  13. chas says:

    Interesting piece about Craven Cottage.
    That photo of the wooden seats and the mural at the end of the stand is just lovely.


    I’d forgotten the changing rooms were in the Cottage and are tiny.
    Also mentions the geezer who used to fish balls out of the Thames up until 1972.

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the roof as well Chas. nice pic

  15. LB says:

    Clammy hands and feet from watching that climbing clip. Very good though.

    I used to always got to Fulham and try and buy a ticket from a tout, I am not sure that is possible any more?

    Do they still exist Chas, probably yes but in the same number?

  16. LB says:

    Manu have become an enjoyable watch, who would have thought?

  17. chas says:

    No idea, LB.
    Just the thought of giving money to a tout makes me feel queasy.
    Different times, I suppose.

  18. chas says:

    Nostalgia aint what it used to be.
    The man of the match on the bench made me laugh.

  19. chas says:

    Behind the scenes in the cottage

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  21. Big Raddy says:

    I remeber being shocked by the wooden seats at CC. It was a lovely ground when I visited it and we usually won there.

    I went a few times when Best, Moore and Rodney Marsh played together. It was a real party atmosphere.

  22. LBG says:

    Chas 10.50
    “Simply the Best”.

  23. LBG says:

    Surely even that hard hearted villain, Micky ” no emotion stirs” Didit, can’t feel a tiny pang of goodwill towards FulhamFC, after all the efforts on the blog today.
    Naaaaah, he’s a lost cause…..GOG!

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Don’t really like these kind of weekend’s of fixtures, as with the exception of Pool City, Chelsea, Totnum, Arsenal and Utd are all playing rubbish teams

    These are the weekends dropped points are quite costly

    Hoping for a Pool and Chelsea loss, Cardiff to equalise and funnily enough I’d like a Utd draw as that might keep Maureen in his job and drag the agony out 🙂

    Do we think Utd have someone nastily competent lined up, a Zidane for example, or praying they try to stabilise things by appointing a crap “one of their own” sorts, like a Bryan Giggs 🙂

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    LBG 🙂

    Look, they are a cosy little rather inoffensive outfit, but when someone mentions their name…….nothing. That’s all, not hateful or critical, just hollow emptiness

  26. LBG says:

    Sky Sports pundits “Arsene Wenger has got to be new (Manure) manager”.


  27. LB says:

    Its perfect for him; he gets one over Mourinho and gets to stick two fingers up at us for the poor way he was treated at the end.

  28. LB says:

    Our defence leaves a lot to be desired but even Mustafi would get in theirs.

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    I get what you’re saying LB, especially the bit about getting one over Mourinho, but I suspect if things didn’t go well, he’d get worse stick from their fans as well as brutal treatment from their board

    I really hope he doesn’t go there. For his sake.

  30. LB says:

    It is too hard to imagine but if he did he would be taken on on a short term contract and therefore very little would be expected of him.

    I don’t understand why Mourinho hasn’t reverted to boring the life out of the opponents with his negative brand of football that has got him so much success, instead United are playing so hung ho.

    Still, I am not sure why I am complaining.

  31. LBG says:

    What odds on Moaninho coming off the pitch and resigning?

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, not the draw I wanted, but a good game

    Utd “could” be very good

  33. chas says:

    “That’s where a right back should be standing, Hector”

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  36. chas says:

    Going to have to put a lid on the cage to keep the animals in and keep other animals out.

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  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the nature vids Chas, especially wave ones. Wave patterns have the lot, cycles, fibonacci sequences, the cosmos and tons of other shit all in there

    I’m llate up. it’s an early KO so I have to get out now

    Join you all at 12

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Horrible morning for BR … overloaded at a late night party and feel wretched this morning., despite the lovely nature vids.

    And there is a post to write 😦

    Don’t expect any flowing prose or insight.

  40. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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