Now for some sad news.
Our legendary former striker Geoff Horsfield has had to retire from the game in order to battle against testicular cancer.
Geoff will always be remembered for his whole-hearted performances in a Fulham shirt. Several stick in my mind from his hat-trick in an otherwise low-key League Cup game against Northampton, those brilliant showings in partnership with his slightly smaller strike partner Paul Peschisolido, his terrific leading of the line at Aston Villa in that brilliant FA Cup display at Villa Park, those two goals at Birmingham before his sending off in Paul Bracewell’s first game in charge and, of course, that sublime goal that made Sol Campbell look silly in our brilliant win over Spurs in the League Cup back in 2000.
Many of us were very surprised that one of Jean Tigana’s first acts upon taking over the reigns at Fulham was to sell the popular Horsfield, who had been a key part of the side that had stormed to the Second Division championship under Kevin Keegan a couple of years earlier. Having been released by Sheffield United, Geoff had been hoping to win a contact with Walsall this season but the discovery of his cancer put paid to that and he has started his battle against the disease.
As he said, he has always been a fighter and never was that more beautifully illustrated than in his performances in the black and white. I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I wish him all the best.
Good luck, Geoff.