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THE PLAYING SQUAD

Season 1998/99


TEAM MANAGER KEVIN KEEGAN


Andre Arendse (Goalkeeper) Height 6'1 age 30. Andre signed for Fulham for 200,000 in the summer of 1997 from Cape Town Spurs. A current South African International in the France 98' squad, Likeable Andre is a brilliant trainer and a great squad member.


Kevin Betsy Utility player signed from non league Woking for 80,000. Kevin was Woking player and young player of the season before Kevin Keegan snapped up this very promising youngster for Fulham.


Paul Bracewell (Midfield, Player coach) Kevin Keegans first purchase, Brace took a pay cut to come and play at Craven Cottage, leaving behind his player/assistant manager roll at Sunderland. 50,000 was paid for Paul's services. His ball keeping quality and composure is not always appreciated by the Fulham faithful, although he is expected to play a lesser roll on the pitch this season, taking up the position of player coach. Born 19-7-62 his previous clubs are: Stoke City, Sunderland (3 times), Everton, Newcastle United. Height 5'9. Paul's career has taken in Championship and International experience.


Matthew Brazier (Midfield) Signed from QPR late on last season, Matt is a left footed winger/wing back with great potential. Signed for just 65,000, he is proving to be a real bargain at todays prices. Born 2-7-76, height 5'8. A trainee at QPR before signing pro. One for the future.


Rufus Brevett (Defender) Rufus has already made his mark with the Fulham faithful filling Terry Angus' roll as the crowd's favourite trier and tough guy. A left full/wing back, Rufus has pace and is rugged in the tackle. Born 24-9-69 his previous clubs are: Doncaster Rovers and QPR. Signed for 365,000 in January 98. Height 5'8.


Paul Brooker (Forward) Born in Fulham on 25-11-76, Paul is a pacey and tricky winger/forward with so much promise. Sadly he has yet to deliver and I would have to question his attitude toward being a pro footballer. He has endless talent yet must deliver if he is to progress in the game. Height 5'8. Previous clubs: Chelsea (Trainee)


Chris Coleman (Defender) Club captain Chris was born on 10-6-79 at Swansea and is a current Welsh International. Previous clubs: Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Blackburn Rovers. At 6'2 Chris is a huge defender with real presence. Steady and reliable, he is Fulham current record transfer purchase at 2.1 million. Will play a most important roll in Fulham's promotion bid this season. A real pro's pro and a player we must keep if we are to progress.


Wayne Collins (Midfield) Wayne is another expensive Ray Wilkins purchase who came from Sheffield Wednesday toward the tail end of season 97/98. A very talented and promising midfielder I expect big things from Wayne this season.


Luke Cornwall (Forward) One to watch! Young Luke is a product of the Fulham youth system and this prolific young striker has come on even further under the steady guidance of Alan Smith. Luke made just 8 full reserve team appearances last season and scored 4 goals. This came after his promotion from the youth team where he scored 26 goals in 28 appearances. Luke is a young star in the making and big things are expected from him from the Fulham faithful.


Sean Davies (Midfield) A very promising youngster who will go all the way to the top. Made his debut at the tender age of 16 against Cambridge in the season 96-97 and Kevin Keegan has said that Sean is one of the best he's ever seen at this stage of his career. Has kept Paul Bracewell out of the side on a couple of occassions, noteably at Liverpool in the Worthington Cup.


Steve Finnan 22 year old Steve was signed from Notts County in November 1998 for 600,000. A talented and very promising winger/wing back.


Barry Hayles (Forward) Signed from Bristol Rovers in November 1998 for 2 million. Hayles has been a revalation since coming from non league Stevenage Borough when he scored 32 goals in 62 appearances for Bristol Rovers. Hopefully his future is even bigger and better at Fulham. Born 17-5-72 in London.


Steve Hayward (Midfield) Likeable Steve was Captain of Carlisle's promotion winning side of 96-97 and promptly signed for the Whites shortly after that term ended. Steve has two good feet and is real captain material who always gives 110% on and off the pitch.


Geoff Horsfield Geoff signed from Halifax Town and made a great start to his Fulham career scoring on his debut against Walsall. A 325,000 but in October 1998, great things are expected from the 'Horse'


Sam Keevil (Defender) Young Sam is one of the unung members of the squad, slowly but surely working his way into the first team set up. A member of the youth team, Sam is a confident and skillful central defender with a bright future.


Dirk Lehmann (Forward) Signed in the Summer of 98 for 34,000 from German side Cottbus. Dirk is great in the air and made a good start at Fulham scoring twice against Manchester City at Craven Cottage. Looks to be in for a fight to keep his place although he could always be relied upon when and if called into the team.


Steve McAnespie (Defender) Steve's move from Bolton has not been a good one so far. Once a 900,000 footballer, Fulham paid Wanderers just 100,000 for his services. Formerly at Raith Rovers where he made his name, the Scot hasn't endeared himself to the Fulham faithful yet with poor performances at home especially. Will do better I'm sure.


Ian McGuckin (Defender) Ian McGuckins move from Hartlepool spelled disaster for a defender who was touted as a premiership contender. Two knee injuries has meant that we've yet to see Ian in real action. Maybe this year?


Paul Moody (Forward) Popular Paul came to Fulham from Oxford United for 200,000 as one of Micky Adams last buys before his departure from Craven Cottage. At 6'3 Paul is your typical old fashioned, no nonsense English type centre forward who was Fulham's leading scorer in season 97-98. Born 13-6-67 his previous clubs are: Waterlooville, Southampton, Reading (loan) and Oxford. Moody is a deceptively clever footballer, not blessed with blistering pace but has deft touches for someone so large.


Simon Morgan (Defence/Midfield) Former Skipper Simon Morgan is probably the most popular player at the club. His no nonsense and gutsy performances have earnt him a crowd favourite tag and you always know what to expect when Morgs takes the field. 110% and possibly a goal! Came from Leicester City and is only 18 months away from his testimonial. Captain of Fulham's promotion side of 96/07 season. Has recently signed a new deal that will see Simon into his 10th and testimonial season.


Alan Neilson (Defender) A 250,000 buy from Southamton Alan quickly established himself in the defence. Purchased by Ray Wilkins, Alan played most of the season at centre half although his preffered roll is at right, a position I expect him to make his own this season.


Paul Peschisolido (Forward) Signed by Fulham in October 1997 from WBA for a fee of 1.1 million. Height 5'7, born Canada on 25-5-71. Scored on his debut at Fulham in the 1-1 draw with Northampton. Canadian International. Previous clubs: Toronto Blizzard, Birmingham City (43 games 16 goals) Stoke City (66 games 19 goals) Back to Birmingham (9 games 1 goal) and then to WBA where he scored over 20 goals in little over 40 games. A firm crowd favourite at the Cottage, Paul is a tireless worker, goal scorer and creator.


John Salako (Midfield) Signed for Fulham under Bosman in July 1998 from Coventry City. A former England International Salako has played at Crystal Palace, Swansea City (loan) Coventry and Bolton Wanderers (Loan) Born 11-2-69 in Nigeria. Height 5'9. John is a pacey left sided winger who will hopefully bring us much needed width to the team. Not a prolific goalscorer but one who can create for others and pass with both feet.


Ian Selley (Midfield) Ian Selley will be a great player for Fulham. The problem is, getting him fit. Just two and a half games after an 800,000 move from Arsenal and Ian broke a leg against Northampton. I swear to this day the player meant it. A very talented and skillful player, Ian will run our midfield if and when he can get back to his best.


Neil Smith (Midfield) You never know what you're going to get with smudger! A very steady if unspectacular player who can be used as a right back as a last resort. Neil must get himself forward more this term or face the chop. Previous club: Gillingham.


Kit Symons (Defender) Signed by Kevin Keegan in July 1998 free under Bosman. A former Manchester City captain, Kit originally made his name at Pourtsmouth. At 6'1 he should be a great assett and playing alongside his Welsh International colleague Chris Coleman, things should hopefully work out well. Age 27.


Maik Taylor (Goalkeeper) Started his career at Barnet after Ray Clemence saw him playing for the British Army. Born in Germany, Maiks has a German Mother and English Father which enabled him to play for any of the home countries or Germany. He has recently been chosed to represent Northern Ireland at full International level. An 800,000 buy from Premiership Southampton, Maik has settled in well at the Cottage. Born 4-9-71, height 6'3. Previous clubs: Farnborough, Barnet, Southampton.


Paul Trollope (Midfield) Welsh International. Paul came to Fulham via Derby County where he had rave reports. At 6'0 Paul is a tall midfielder with a great engine but has so far failed to impress at Fulham, often being played out of postition on the wing. The fans expect lots more from Paul and I think he'll deliver this season. Born 3-6-73. Signed for 800,000. Previous clubs are: Swindon Town, Torquay United (loan & full time) Derby County, Grimsby Town (loan) Crystal Palace (loan).


Gus Uhlenbeek (Midfield) Another Keegan signing that came to the Cottage free under Bosman in July 1998. Dutchman Gus is a fast right winger/wingback that was literally stolen from under the noses of Ipswich Town after the player had agreed to sign a new deal at Portman Road. Keegan came in late and the player signed for Fulham the follwoing morning! Previous clubs: TS Tops (Holland) Ajax and Ipswich Town. Born 20-8-70 in Paramaribo, Surinam. Height 5'10.




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