Younger readers might not know just how deserving Gordon ‘Ivor’ Davies is of the ‘legend’ moniker bestowed on him by the offal during their recent interview. He was an expert goalgetter in two spells at Fulham, scoring a club record 178 goals for the club in the Seventies and Eighties. He seems as enthusiastic about Fulham’s future as he was when in front of goal during his playing days.
We’ve entered the New Year with a lot to look forward to and the expectations for us fans are as high as ever. We’re sitting very nicely in the Premier League and have a great tie against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League to look forward to, and a decent draw in the FA Cup too.
The only disappointment is that Bobby Zamora is now sidelined. I said at the start of the season that he had goals in him, and he’s shown that completely this campaign hasn’t he!? So it’s a big blow for both himself and the club.
It’s a bit like when we lost Brian McBride, because these type of target players are very difficult to replace. I’m not sure about the long-term extent of the injury and whether it is serious enough for Roy Hodgson to bring in another of that ilk during the January transfer window remains to be seen.
Some have been tipping him for an England call-up, myself included. Fabio Capello looks like he will take a target man to South Africa in the summer and in my opinion Bobby is better than both Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey. “So it’s a real shame, especially as the Club are fighting it out on three fronts – a situation where you need all of your best players available.
It’s a sign of how far we have come that we’re talking about competing competitively in three top competitions. However, we need to keep our feet on the floor because it’s too easy for us fans to get carried away.
That said, I certainly feel that another top 10 finish is achievable and I do think that we’re better than most of the teams around us at the moment. For me, we could well find ourselves in that same bracket of Manchester City, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Liverpool in competing for those European places.
If I had of said that we’d be fighting it out against Liverpool at the start of the season, I would have been thrown into an asylum – but that could well be the case. Even if we finish below those clubs, eighth place would be an incredible achievement and I think all of us would be extremely happy with that outcome. Things are certainly looking up, and I’m excited and looking forward to seeing how far we can progress.
I would also like to add, that I, along with all Fulham supporters are over-the-moon on hearing the news that Roy Hodgson has put his name to a new contract at the Club. I think there are quite a few clubs out there that would be very happy with having Roy at their helm, so this news is obviously fantastic for everyone associated with the Club.
He suits the Club and the Club suit him – it really is the perfect fit. He’s an old school manager who just seems to always get the best out of his players, and I don’t think there are too many out there like him. So we’re very lucky.
People talk about players rather than managers, but without doubt he’s been instrumental in our recent success and really has helped turn things around here. People always say “hasn’t he done a great job at Fulham!?” And he has, and long may that continue.
Sadly, for me, the interview doesn’t touch on Ivor’s time at Fulham. I’d have like to have heard some stories from his record breaking career. Hopefully, the offal are saving that one for a rainy day.