Jack Stroudley travels back through time to look through our previous Premier League drubbings.
It’s amazing what a few wins can do for the mood of a football club. Fulham have returned from the international break with a spring in their step and showed the quality this squad possesses with an emphatic 5-0 win at home to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night. We’ve become used to Fulham dismantling teams in the Championship, but in the Premier League these results are few and far between. Here’s a trip down memory lane with a few other games in which Fulham took their opponent to the sword.
Fulham 5-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
In March 2012, Fulham recorded their 1,000th league victory in emphatic fashion with a 5-0 dismantling over struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers. Martin Jol’s side went into the half-time break two goals ahead with a brace from Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak (remember him!) the forward would get his third in the second-half alongside two goals from Clint Dempsey would make it a day to forget for Terry Connor’s side.
Fulham would finish that season in ninth on the same points tally as Liverpool, Pavel Pogrebnyak wouldn’t stay at Fulham past that season with both parties failing to come to terms over a contract, he ended up signing for Reading. Wolves would finish that season rock bottom with future Fulham players Richard Stearman and Jamie O’Hara both involved for them.
Fulham 5-0 Norwich City
An opening day to remember. The following season, Fulham started off the 2012/13 campaign with another 5-0 drubbing, this time at the expense of Norwich City. Damien Duff would put Fulham into the lead just before 30 minutes but the star of the day was debutant Mladen Petric with goals either side of half-time.
Then youngster Alexander Kacaniklic would add a fourth for Fulham before substitute Steve Sidwell added salt into the wounds with a late penalty. Both Fulham and Norwich would finish this season comfortably in mid-table before both being relegated a season later.
Fulham 6-1 West Bromwich Albion
The first of three games on this list to consist of Fulham scoring six goals in a Premier League game occurred in February 2006. Heidar Helguson’s brace would ensure Fulham would enter the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. After half-time, a John Collins brace alongside a goal from Tomasz Radzinski and an own goal from Curtis Davies would give Fulham one of their most convincing Premier League wins to date.
Kevin Campbell took the gloss off things slightly with a consolation in a season which saw Fulham finish in 12th and saw the Baggies relegated after picking up just 30 points.
Fulham 6-0 Norwich City
Norwich must really hate us. Like London buses, the Canaries appear on this list twice following a 6-0 dismantling in May 2005. In a day in which the visitors came to London needing a win to secure Premier League status for another season, it was a truly bad day at the office. Brian McBride scored a goal in either half with goals coming from the late Papa Bouba Diop, Zat Knight, Steed Malbranque and an injury time tap-in from Andy Cole.
Fulham would end the season in 13th and following relegation to the Championship, Norwich’s aspirations of returning to the top flight would be short lived, with a mid-table finish the season after.
Fulham 6-0 Queens Park Rangers
“It’s happened again, it’s happened again…”
Of course our joint-biggest Premier League win comes against Queens Park Rangers. Following their promotion to the Premier League, a first game with Fulham in 10 years would’ve been one that QPR fans would’ve looked out for on fixture release day – I bet they wish they wouldn’t have bothered now.
Andy Johnson was the star of the show in SW6 with his first Fulham hat-trick. There were goals from Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey and future QPR signing Bobby Zamora to make it a miserable day for our local neighbours. Over the course of the next twelve years, Fulham would continue to make life miserable for QPR with losing just two of the last twelve fixtures against them.