As the clock ticks down to Christmas, we wanted to wish all our readers and every Fulham fan a very happy Christmas. When Nick and I started this website what seems decades ago now, it was intended to offer some commentary and a fans’ perspective on matters at Craven Cottage that people wouldn’t get elsewhere. It has grown beyond our wildest dreams and made us many new friends and colleagues as well as providing a path into professional journalism for many of our contributors.
It might be a labour of love to compile the latest match reports or think up a new angle on the game we’ve all watched or the transfer rumour everybody is talking about, but the responsibility of keeping our readers well informed about our beloved club is one I take very seriously. Thank you to everybody for reading, commenting asking questions and continuing the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a massive pleasure to write for such a well-informed audience – and we hope to keep HammyEnd.com going for many years to come.
If you are anything like me, then your friends, family and loved ones might have all suffered due to your love for Fulham this year. I wish you all the most relaxing and merry of Christmases and a wonderful New Year. Let’s hope Slavisa Jokanovic’s boys can keep climbing the Championship table and give us plenty more to smile about in 2017.
The season of festive cheer often overlooks us football fans. While Ebenezer Pellegrini and his band of not so merry Mancunian Scrooges spoiled our comeback on Saturday, it still seems only appropriate to wish everyone connected with Fulham Football Club a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
2013 has been a year of mixed fortunes and troubled transition for our fabled football club. Too often the brief highs have been followed by conspicuous lows.
Now, after another encouraging performance, it appears that we have emerged from the period of prolonged worry and fear, and can hopefully move on into the second half of the season with renewed hope and a sense of optimism under new Head Coach Rene Meulensteen.
We are obviously a long way from safety and while we may not have turned the corner completely, we have certainly approached the bend. With festive fixtures against four fellow relegation candidates in a row to come, we will soon see if our transition translates into points on the board.
This season, the Premier League is living up to its reputation to expect the unexpected. Across the division we have seen a quarter of managers lose their jobs with that number likely to rise. Christmas cheer it seems is in short supply all around.
In the Fulham household there is a palpable sense of us all wishing for Good Saint Nick to come down the chimney clutching gifts, albeit a day late on Boxing Day. Three points on Thursday would be the present we’re all craving. A defeat and we may as well be looking at a lump of coal.
With Chairman Shahid Khan at Craven Cottage last Saturday, he would have seen a motivated Fulham side playing in front of a spirited crowd. The atmosphere was tremendous. Hope has sprung its merry web amongst the Fulham Faithful.
January will prove pivotal. If the performance against Man City proved anything, it’s that the squad and first team remain short on quality even with a good new coach. It is no use if our players play to the best of their ability, yet their maximum performance ceiling is still short of the level we need to escape the doldrums. Clint Dempsey’s return is a great first present sitting under our tree, but Santa Khan must provide the chequebook for several more players to follow.
Regardless of the matters on the field, Fulham fans and the devoted hardworking staff at the club have had an arduous and fraught few months. With relationships and communication becoming fractious and increasingly agitated, it is splendid to see the club, its staff and fans once again unified.
Like any family at this time of year, the Fulham family has had its fair share of squabbles. Now though, we go onwards to the New Year as one; a cohesive body of collective support for the new Head Coach and his chosen charges that will undoubtedly aid our ascent from the depths of relegation candidacy.
Merry Christmas Fulham Family. Let’s make 2014 memorable for the right reasons.
On behalf of the Hammy End team, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and an even better 2013. 2012 has been a crazy year for Hammy End, both on the football pitch and with matters off it (the exit of Zamora, Murphy, Dembele and Dempsey, a double over QPR, the purchase of Berbatov, a top 10 finish and swift League Cup exit, and of course the sad passing of Danny Fullbrook) , and we are hoping that 2013 is more prosperous than ever before. Let’s hope it starts with three points on Boxing Day!
The Hammy End Team
The Enclosure applauds the boys against Amkar Perm
On behalf of everyone at HammyEnd.com, I’d like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. You guys have been brilliant again this year, establishing our site as a place of lively comment and debate, as things have gone from strength to strength on the field.
I’d like to thank Nick the Swede, Lydia Campbell, Nick West and Jason Gatties for all their help with the website this year.
Of course, I’d also like to thank Roy Hodgson, Mike Kelly, Ray Lewington, David Stockdale, Pascal Zuberbuhler, Mark Schwarzer, John Pantsil, Stephen Kelly, Paul Konchesky, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Chris Smalling, Dickson Etuhu, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Chris Baird, Jonathan Greening, Danny Murphy, Clint Dempsey, Simon Davies, Damien Duff, Zoltan Gera, Diomansy Kamara, Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora, Erik Nevland, Eddie Johnson and everybody at Fulham Football Club for giving us so much to enjoy over the last year. Long may it continue!