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In focus: Fulham

25 June 2015

Ahead of the Dons’ inaugural Sky Bet Championship campaign, takes a look at the new sides they will face in 2015/16.

Next up is another side that the Dons haven’t played before, Fulham, who will visit stadiummk for the first time in November. 

Manager: Kit Symons

Key and notable players: Marcus Bettinelli, Ross McCormack, Scott Parker, Patrick Roberts, Bryan Ruiz,

Former Dons: George Williams

Stadium: Craven Cottage (25,700 capacity)
Nickname: The Cottagers
Kit: White shirts, black shorts, white socks

Fulham, founded in 1879, have spent 25 seasons in English football's top division, the majority of that in two spells during the 1960s and 2000s.

The Cottagers have never won a major honour, although they have reached two major finals - in 1975 they contested the FA Cup final for the only time in their history while they reached the Europa League final in 2010.

The 2015/16 campaign will be Fulham’s second in the Championship – they were relegated from the Premier League in 2014 after 13 consecutive campaigns in the top tier.

Fulham finished 17th in the Championship table last season, surviving relegation by 11 points.

Felix Magath was the man in charge at the start of the year but he was dismissed in mid-September with the Cottagers lying in the bottom three.

Under the guidance of Symons, Fulham clawed themselves out of the drop zone in October and after that they never returned – in the end, the London club finished five places above relegated Millwall.

After committing his complete attention to Fulham by leaving his post as Wales’ assistant manager, Symons began his overhaul by releasing a number of players, including Colombian Hugo Rodallega.

The striker was let go along with Tim Hoogland, Gabor Kiraly, Chris David and Adil Chihi, while goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg joined Southampton on loan until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

In terms of recruiting, Fulham have signed a pair of free agents in the form of midfielder Ben Pringle and goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

The Cottagers also tied down striker Cauley Woodrow to a new three-year contract extension – the 20-year-old scored five goals in 34 appearances last season.

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