In Both Camps, Fulham

Picture: Barry Hayles

Fulham is back in the best party and several “foxes” has also been at “the cottage” during the years, with players from the past such as Allan Clarke and Steve Earle coming to mind. They had good careers in both camps, and became favorites among fans.

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Allan Clarke became the most expensive signing ever, not only for Leicester City but also a British record when Matt Gillies decided to pay £150.000 for his services. His time with Leicester City lasted only a season, and sold on to Leeds United for another record fee, £165.000, ironically signed by a former Leicester City player, Don Revie.

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Barry Hayles played his best football while at Fulham, signed from Bristol Rovers and part of that group that took Fulham back to the limelight as they ran the league ladder up while depending on Barry’s goalscoring skills. At the age of 48, Hayles is still active in football, playing for Merstham FC. Hayles had a short stay at Leicester City from 2008 to 2009, did play 28 games and scoring a modest amount of 2 goals.

Anthony Knockaert is today a Fulham player, but recenlty loaned out to Nottingham Forest. He has become something of a League Championship promotion expert as his play and goals for Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and last season while at Craven Cottage helping all of them to promotion to the Premier League. But as soon as the clubs reach the top level, Anthony looks surplus and not the player they want in their teams, but fondly remember Knockaert from the days at Leicester City, when being integral for Nigel Pearson during a couple of seasons of pushing promotion.

Richard Stearman is another former fox with a life at the cottage. We all remember him from his early years in football with Leicester City, and while “foxes” have flown to the top, Stearman made his mark in the 2nd tier mostly, though being involved at Premier League level over a number of seasons at a few clubs, he cannot be said to be an established Premier League performer. Stearman played for Fulham from 2015 to 2017 playing 29 league games.

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Not to forget Kasey Keller who we all remember from his days at Leicester City as a stabile and trustworthy goalkeeper, with him also turning out for Fulham later in his career. Mark Schwarzer had his best years in the game while at Craven Cottage, and being the understudy at Leicester City during that wonderful 2015/16 season.

Left back Paul Konchesky was another of those recent stars to have played in both clubs. Joining from Liverpool and before that move playing for Fulham from 2007 to 2010. His time with Leicester City lasted five years joining the club in 2011 and leaving after his contract ended in 2016. 97 league games with Fulham, 138 for Leicester City.

Billy McKinlay had two periods with Leicester City, firstly under Martin O’Neill, a short lived loan spell and later joining Micky Adams in that 2002/03 campaign, staying on for one more season. Later a player coach at Fulham were he also played a couple of league games back in 2004-05.

  • Goalkeepers
    • Mark Schwarzer
    • Kasey Keller
    • Mark Grew
    • Tony Warner
    • David Stockdale
  •  Defenders
    • Paul Konchesky
    • Richard Stearman
    • Rufus Brevett
  • Midfield
    • Billy McKinley
    • Tony Sealy
  • Forwards
    • Steve Earle
    • Frank Large
    • Allan Clarke
    • Barry Hayles
    • Elvis Hammond

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