Season 2005-06 Result
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle United
 S.Malbranque 75.
Date: 14/01/2006  Venue: Craven Cottage  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 21,974
Match Report Submitted on 16/01/2006 by Dirk
Fulham is always one of the more interesting London trips. After Arsenal (always a good trip and some memorable victories) and Chelsea, (posh area, but we only got a few draws there over the years) Fulham is my preferred London fixture.

Wednesday 4th of May 2005
Two poor teams met for this fixture at Craven Cottage. But surprisingly Newcastle play well and easily beat a poor Fulham side, safe from relegation. Newcastle’s goalscorers this evening : Ambrose, Kluivert and Ameobi. At the end of the match the fans celebrated the team and encouraged Clark to come home with the whole end singing ‘Clarkie’s coming home’ which he did later in the summer.
Saturday 14th of January 2006
Two poor teams met again at Craven Cottage. Newcastle starting with Alan Shearer as a lone striker having come to London for a nil-nil draw. Shearer was never in the game, Luque not noticeable and Bowyer terrible. The only player worth the money is, and always has been Shay Given. I am surprised he is not getting fed up: most supporters are. Very few chances were created by either side and the game plotted on. Newcastle probably had most of the possession (not that this means much) but overall played too passively. Souness must have been happy with a 0-0 draw. There was only one good chance for Newcastle worth mentioning which ended with a penalty appeal for handball in the second half. Otherwise it was pretty dire. In the second half after Fulham made a couple of substitutions they came better into the game and eventually scored through Malbranque in the 75th minute after Given has pulled off a very good save. The defence let us down – but only once.
The atmosphere was overall mediocre, but the song of the day was towards the end of the match ‘Souness Out, Souness Out’, which was sung by a small but not insignificant section of the crowd. It seems as if the fans are getting more and more restless with the team, the manager and the club and they are not interested in any excuses anymore. The chants did come mainly from Newcastle fans from Newcastle who travel to all the games and not from the Cockney Mags (I was the exception). After the game, walking back to the pub, we heard about Boro’s humiliating defeat at Arsenal, 7:0 (and it could have been more - apparently). Sunderland were playing Chelsea at home the next day. Well, that cheered us up and the game was soon forgotten. I wonder what Souness was thinking. I am sure he was going on and on about the penalty Newcastle did not get. Of course it could not have been his fault for such a performance.
Apart from the football, it was a good Saturday afternoon. The pubs around Putney are good, not too crowded and it is a pleasant walk to the ground. I am looking forward to this fixture next year and the good news is that the match cannot be worse than what we have seen this season.