Ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Birmingham City, we’ve taken a look back at a few famous wins at St. Andrew’s. There’s the night Jean Tigana’s French revolution introduced itself to a national television audience, memories of a Mark Pembridge piledriver, when the late Papa Bouba Diop sealed a famous comeback and how Hugo Rodallega lifted the Whites off the bottom of the Championship table back in 2014. I’m sure you have plenty more memories – so feel free to share those in the comments.
Birmingham City 1-3 Fulham (18 August 2000)
This was one of the first indications that Jean Tigana’s Fulham were set to be something special. Trevor Francis lauded the Whites’ wonderful performance as the best he’d ever seen at St. Andrew’s. In a clash billed as Geoff Horsfield’s opportunity to remind Fulham what they were missing out on after the cult hero was shipped out of Craven Cottage shortly after Tigana’s arrival, it was the visitors who made all the running in front of the Sky cameras. John Collins crashed home a first minute opener from the edge of the box before Louis Saha intercepted a dreadful pass from Darren Purse to double Fulham’s lead and, although Danny Sonner halved the hosts’ arrears, a quick free kick from Sean Davis restored the two-goal cushion.
Birmingham City 0-1 Fulham (27 October 2004)
This clash wouldn’t live long in the memory in terms of quality but, at a time when Chris Coleman’s side were struggling to pick up results, Fulham showed real resilience to complete a serious smash and grab raid to reach the fourth round of the League Cup. Mark Crossley made several outstanding saves to deny Dwight Yorke, Julian Gray and Jesper Gronkjaer as Blues dominated the contest, but it was Fulham who progressed despite barely threatening the home goal. The decisive goal was worthy of winning any game as veteran midfielder Mark Pembridge darted in from the left flank and curled an unstoppable 30-yarder past former Fulham keeper Maik Taylor.
Birmingham City 1-2 Fulham (22 January 2005)
Papa Bouba Diop’s late header secured all three points for Fulham as the Whites came from behind to win a fiery fixture at St. Andrew’s. Chris Coleman’s men scored twice in five second half minutes as time ticked away and Birmingham looked to be heading for a crucial home win. The visitors shrugged off the setback of conceding Moritz Volz’s own goal after Edwin van der Sar had saved from Emile Heskey, but the home crowd were furious with referee Phil Dowd after he adjudged that Damien Johnson had brought down Luis Boa Morte inside the box. Andrew Cole converted the penalty and, with the locals still fuming, Diop rose majestically at the back post to head home Mark Pembridge’s free-kick to steal all three points.
Birmingham City 1-2 Fulham (27 September 2014)
This was a meeting of two former Fulham team-mates with Lee Clark in charge of Blues, whilst Kit Symons had been handed the Craven Cottage hotseat following the end of Felix Magath’s disastrous tenure. A late strike from Hugo Rodallega earned Fulham’s first win at the ninth time of asking and Symons’ side showed great character to battle their way to three points after trailing to David Cotterill’s beautiful curling effort. German full back Tim Hoogland rifled home an equaliser just after the hour when Nikolay Bodurov’s effort fell kindly for him at a corner, before Rodallega punished some sloppy home defending to steer home the winner from a tight angle – sparking scenes of unbridled joy amongst the travelling support.
April 1975, FA Cup semi final. Hillsboro, Bobby Moore majestic, Alan Mullery a powerhouse, John Mitchell fabulous strike.
FA Cup semi final replay, Maine Road, the glass ceiling was broken, with just seconds left Johnny Mitchell toe ended the ball over the line it didn’t even reach the back of the net.
A cup final had been achieved, a dream had been realised, on that night the stars aligned, Wembley was calling, we all know the result in the final, but for the next two- three weeks, the Fulham faithful dreamed the dream, and I for one went to every game in the cup run, nobody can ever take those memories away from me.
Cliff. Saw both semi finals as well.
I remember watching Birmingham City beating Fulham 5-4 on Nov 5th 1968 in the old 2nd division. They were 3-0 up at half time but within a quarter of an hour of the 2nd half the scores were level at 3-3. Then 4-3, 4 all, and finally 5-4 to Birmingham. Not the result we wanted but what a match!