Fulham, as we all very much know, scurried away with 3 points on Tuesday night after a blockbusting encounter with the in-form Sheffield United which ended in a 5-4 scalping for the Whites, despite a late fightback from Chris Wilder’s impressive set-up.
Hopefully by now, safe in the knowledge that Sheffield United cannot score again, we’ve also managed to catch our breath and collectively relax our throbbing heart rates, and with Slavisa Jokanovic’s attention being drawn towards Saturday’s meeting with Millwall and Craven Cottage, we smugly cast our minds back to 6 enthralling victories which have been of the same high-scoring nature, just to get our blood pumping frantically once more.
Fulham 6-0 Queens Park Rangers – 2/10/11
There’s no better occasion to start with than the 6-0 mauling of Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage on October 2nd, 2011, a west-London derby thrashing for Martin Jol’s rampant men which ruthlessly handed Fulham the local bragging rights at their bitter rival’s expense in the Premier League.
Andy Johnson bagged the match-ball with a hat-trick, Danny Murphy dispatched a penalty, whereas Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora notched a solitary goal apiece to condemn the ‘Hoops’ to a sobering spanking, a sheer, glorious pummelling which was indeed Fulham’s joint-biggest win in the top-flight.
Fulham 6-0 Norwich City – 15/5/05
Fulham ended the 2004-05 Premier League campaign in some style against Norwich City by registering yet another 6-0 win down by the river, the club’s record-equalling victory in the Premier League, of course. Fulham finished 13th in the standings as reward for their clinical efforts and more or less relegated the Canaries – who subsequently languished in 19th – to the Championship, though the Whites weren’t likely to take any prisoners.
Goals from Papa Bouba Diop, Zat Knight, Steed Malbranque, Andy Cole and a brace from Brian McBride contributed towards Norwich’s sorry exit from the Premier League that day, a Sunday afternoon which left Fulham fans basking in the sunshine as Norwich’s following faithful trudged back to East Anglia glum faced, deflated and beaten indefinitely.
Bristol City 1-4 Fulham – 31/10/15
Bristol City were dealt a Halloween scare at Ashton Gate in 2015 when Moussa Dembele scored twice within the first 20 minutes of the proceedings, an early double sucker-punch which creaked open the door for Ross McCormack and Ryan Tunnicliffe to nab strikes of their own, making the scoreline 4-0 in Fulham’s favour at the break.
Perilled and shell-shocked in the first 45 minutes, a rallied Robins squad stood firm in the second period and weathered the storm, however their resilience paid little reward against ‘Slav’s’ demonstrative fold. Jonathan Kodija did, however, grab the last laugh by chalking a goal in the dying embers to make it 4-1, although it was the Whites which ultimately walked away from City’s home patch with all the spoils.
Barnsley 2-4 Fulham – 15/10/16
Heads were in hands within the first 5 minutes of play at Oakwell on October 2nd, 2016, when Fulham found themselves 1-0 down against Barnsley due to a strike from Marley Watkins, however the Whites weren’t about to roll over submissively after being caught with their shorts down early on.
Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon restored parity with just under 15 minutes to go in the first-half, however their new-found momentum was stunted by Sam Winnall in the 42 minute. But, just one minute later, the Tykes’ 2-1 lead was pegged back by Sone Aluko, meaning that in the second half with the scores locked at 2-2 the Whites pressed on to emerge victorious at the final whistle. Scott Malone and Chris Martin sealed the win for the Cottagers, a frenzied 4-2 triumph with many nail biting twists and turns.
Fulham 6-1 West Bromwich Albion – 11/2/06
West Bromwich Albion may have wished that they never made the trip down to the Capital to face Fulham on February 2nd, 2006, as a rampant Fulham onslaught lay mercilessly before them. A first-half double for Heidar Helguson gave the Whites a 2-0 lead going into the interval, paving the way for the Baggies’ capitulation once the tie resumed.
3 minutes after the referee’s whistle in the second half, Tomasz Radzinski made it 3-0 to the home side and an own goal from West Brom centre-half Curtis Davies ruefully handed Fulham their 4th just before the hour. In the final ten minutes Collins John netted the Whites’ 5th, however Kevin Campbell, just a few moments later, snatched West Brom a consolation. Although Collins John did provide Fulham’s 6th in the 90th minute, his second of the game, ensuring that his employers restored their lofty 5 goal gap over their heavily bruised opponents.
Fulham 5-0 Watford – 26/12/00
Whether it be slumped in an armchair or braving the chilly December climate, Fulham fans will fondly remember the Boxing Day cracker the Whites threw for them at the Cottage in 2000, a welcome 5-0 drubbing of Watford which was certainly a belated Christmas gift to one and all affiliated with the club.
The sobering hiding for the Hornets was wrapped up by the likes of Louis Saha, Andrejs Stolchers and Barry Hayles, who smashed a hat-trick against Graham Taylor’s hapless contingent, which were evidently still struggling to digest the majority of their festive turkey dinner from the day before. Fulham marched on that season to become champions of the old First Division with an eye-watering 101 points, and this particular result was indeed a true measure of their class and supremacy over their chasing counterparts.