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Greatest Fulham Players Ever – Top 10 Legends

Fulham are London’s oldest active football club. Founded in 1879, The Cottagers have a rich and long history. Many great players have played for the club over the years. In this article, let us have a look at some of the greatest Fulham players ever.

Considering the impact, success, consistency, longevity, loyalty, here are the ten greatest Fulham players ever.

10. Tony Macedo

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Tony Macedo spent nearly his whole career at Fulham. One of the greatest goalkeepers in the club’s famed sixties side, Macedo was agile, brave and commanded his area. He played 346 league games and a total of 391 matches in all competitions. He ended his career in 1968 after suffering a string of injuries.

9. Bobby Robson

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Bobby Robson enjoyed two spells as a player at Craven Cottage, separated by his time at West Brom. Fulham secured Robson’s signature in October 1950. He then formed a great inside-forward trio with Bedford Jezzard and Johnny Haynes.

Robson eventually moved to West Bromwich Albion for £25,000 in 1956, but returned to Craven Cottage in 1962 for a second spell and played in a more defensive position for the Whites.

8. Bedford Jezzard

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A typically English centre-forward, Bedford Jezzard was a powerful header of the ball. He could also score with both feet. Most of his goals for Fulham came in the Second Division where he formed a brilliant partnership with inside-forwards Bobby Robson and Johnny Haynes.

Jezzard’s playing career came to a premature end when he broke his leg on a tour to South Africa with the Football Association in the summer of 1956.

7. Arthur Stevens

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A one-club man, Stevens served Fulham for 25 years as player, coach and caretaker manager. Arthur Stevens became only the third player to score a century of goals for the Club, a remarkable feat for a winger.

Stevens played regularly in the side from 1946, and for 12 years was an automatic choice. He rejected a move to Chelsea to remain with the club. He also starred in the run to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1958. Stevens is regarded as one of the greatest Fulham players ever.

6. Alan Mullery

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Alan Mullery was a quick central midfielder, who made his debut as a youngster for Fulham in 1958. A born winner, he hated to lose. He was extremely aggressive, and would literally drag players through games, a magnificent captain who scored some wonderful goals. He appeared in 364 games for Fulham, scoring 37 goals.

5. Gordon Davies

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Gordon Davies holds the honour of being the Club’s highest ever goalscorer, having netted 178 times for the Whites. He had the wonderful knack of being in the right place at the right time and could score goals with just about any part of his body. Davies had two spells at Fulham; between 1978-84, and then a five-year return in 1986. He is among the greatest Fulham players ever.

4. Graham Leggatt

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Leggatt made his debut with home club Aberdeen in 1953, before joining Fulham in 1958. His time at Fulham was a massively successful one on a personal and team level as he helped the Whites win promotion to the top flight, as well as reach the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1962.

In 280 games for the Club, he scored no less than 134 times – which included a staggering eight hat-tricks. Leggat created a record for the fastest hat-trick in the English league, having scored three goals in three minutes in a 10–1 win against Ipswich Town in 1963.

3. Ronnie Rooke

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Ronnie Rooke joined Fulham from Crystal Palace in 1936 and spent the next ten years with the club. At the end of the 1939 season, Ronnie Rooke was 27 years old and had scored 63 goals in 90 games for Fulham. Then came the war. He scored 13 more in 18 games in 1946-47.

Rooke also scored 212 goals in 199 unofficial wartime games for Fulham. During his three decades playing career, he scored at least 929 goals in 1028 official matches, among which more than 763 league goals at all levels. According to the RSSSF, he is the best league goalscorer of all time and the third overall behind Erwin Helmchen and Josef Bican.

2. George Cohen

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George Cohen played his entire career at Fulham from 1956 to 1969. One of the original overlapping full-backs, he equally excelled in defending. Very few players got the better of him. He ended his career with 459 appearances for the club, a figure surpassed by only five other players in Fulham’s history.

He was a part of the English World Cup winning team of 1966. George Cohen is one of the greatest Fulham players ever.

1. Johnny Hayes

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Haynes is widely regarded as Fulham’s greatest ever player, remaining loyal there for 20 years despite coming no nearer to a major trophy win than two FA Cup semi-final appearances.

Haynes could pass, control and shoot the ball like no other of his era, and although classed as an “inside forward”, he knew where the goal was.

He appeared in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup finals, but a car crash in ’62 robbed him of his pace and his game finally came down to earth. The Johnny Haynes Stand at Craven Cottage is a fitting tribute, and he has been immortalised as a statue outside the ground.

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