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Fulham v Liverpool (05/12/2011) - Double Agents
Friday, 2nd December 2011

As we prepare for our League meeting at Craven Cottage on Monday evening, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both Fulham and the mighty reds.


Current double agents
Danny Murphy moved to Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day in August 2007, and has so far netted 26 goals in 185 outings as well as becoming club captain. Spud arrived at Anfield from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee in July 1997. He was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later became a vital squad member. He made a total of 249 first-team appearances, notching 44 times, and helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. Malcolm Elias was appointed as Head of Talent ID and Recruitment at Fulham's Academy in July 2009, a month after leaving Melwood where he had been Director of Recruitment for three years.


Sixteen-year old Finnish forward Lauri Dalla Valle signed from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000 in November 2007, going on to sign a professional contract with the reds ten months later. He made just one senior appearance, as a late substitute in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round meeting with Rabotnički Skopje in July 2010. He has played just twice for Fulham and is currently on loan with Dundee United. Swedish left-winger Alex Kacaniklic joined the reds from Helsingborgs IF in the summer of 2007 and scored in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009, establishing himself as a regular in the reserves before joining the Cottagers along with Dalla Valle as part of the Konchesky deal.


The boss
Roy Hodgson was appointed reds boss in July 2010, but struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving ‘by mutual consent' last January. He had taken over at Fulham in December 2007 with the side in the relegation zone, leading them to just nine points in his first thirteen games in charge. However, twelve points from the last five games kept them in the Premiership. They finished seventh in his first full campaign, their best ever League finish. Last season he took them to the UEFA Europa League Final, where they lost out to Club Atlético de Madrid, as well as finishing twelfth in the League. He was subsequently named LMA Manager of the Year by a record margin. He brought his first-team coach Mike Kelly with him from Craven Cottage, who has also unsurprisingly since left Anfield.


Other recent double agents
Left-back Paul Konchesky arrived for a £3.5m fee on transfer deadline day in August 2010, as well as transferring Dalla Valle and Kacaniklic to Fulham as part of the deal, who were valued at a combined £1.5m. He made eighteen reds appearances without scoring, being sold to Leicester City last July for £1.5m after spending the second half of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest. Academy left-back Christopher Buchtmann moved to Craven Cottage for £100,000 in February 2010, although he returned to his native land to sign for 1. FC Köln the following June. He helped us to the FA Youth Cup Final in 2008 and was named among UEFA's top ten stars of the future after impressing for Germany Under-17's in their European Championships triumph.


Jari Litmanen failed to feature for the Cottagers after joining from Malmö FF on transfer deadline day in January 2008, and is now back in his native land with HJK Helsinki. He struck nine goals in 43 reds games after signing from Barcelona in January 2001, before returning to his spiritual home with Ajax in Amsterdam in August 2002. He has played an amazing 137 times for Finland. Steve Finnan spent nearly five years at Craven Cottage, netting eight times in 208 games as he helped them to promotion from the Second Division up into the Premiership, before following Christian Damiano to Anfield for £3.5m in July 2003. He made 217 appearances for us, bagging his only goal against West Bromwich Albion in September 2004. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008.


Tony Warner spent three years as our number two keeper, sitting on the bench 121 times without making a first-team appearance. He then spent five years with Millwall, and made an unexpected return to top-flight football when he moved to Craven Cottage from Cardiff City on loan in August 2005 before signing permanently the following January. He appeared 26 times for Fulham, including both our League meetings in 2005/06, before moving to Hull City in July 2008.


More management
1950's reds wing-half Bobby Campbell took over as Fulham Manager in December 1976, staying in charge until he was sacked in October 1980. He had kept them in the Second Division until they were relegated earlier that year. He only made 25 first-team appearances during his seven years at Anfield. Kevin Keegan was named boss at Craven Cottage in May 1998, before being lured by the England job. He guided Fulham to the Second Division title with an amazing 101 points in his one season in charge.


Karlheinz Riedle netted fifteen times in 76 reds games before joining Fulham for £200,000 in September 1999. He struck six times in 35 matches for the Cottagers, and stood in as Manager for four months between Paul Bracewell's exit the following March and the arrival of Jean Tigana. Roy Evans spent a short spell advising Riedle at Craven Cottage. Coach Christian Damiano spent three years at Fulham as assistant to Tigana before coming to Anfield in July 2003 for a year.


1980's stars
Kevin Keegan brought Peter Beardsley to Fulham in November 1998 on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers, following two loan spells there earlier that year. Quasi only remained for a further month, before moving on again to Hartlepool United. In total he scored seven times in 28 games for the Cottagers. Ray Houghton joined Second Division Fulham in July 1982 from West Ham United, whom he had been with as a junior. He played 145 times for the West London outfit, scoring 21 times, before joining Oxford United for £147,000 in September 1985. He arrived at Anfield from Oxford two years later, going on to help us to claim two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield, and netting 38 times in 202 games.


Howard Gayle was the first black player to wear a reds first team jersey in the modern era, netting once in only five senior appearances in the early 1980's, joining Fulham on loan for fourteen games before moving permanently to Birmingham City in January 1983. Centre-back Richard Money only played seventeen first-team games for the reds, having signed from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980, for whom he bagged three goals in 106 League outings. He spent two years at Anfield before leaving for Luton Town for £100,000.


Other double agents
Stan Collymore netted 35 times in 81 reds games after signing from Nottingham Forest for a British record £8.5m fee in July 1995. He was offloaded to Aston Villa in February 2000 for £7m, where he again failed to fulfil his potential. He joined Fulham on loan from Villa in July 1999, scoring just once in nine appearances for the Cottagers before returning to Villa Park. Right-winger Arthur Berry spent two years at Anfield, making only three first-team appearances after signing pro terms in March 1908, before signing for Fulham. He briefly rejoined the reds in June 1912 from Everton, only playing once more. He won Olympic Gold medals with the United Kingdom team in both 1908 and 1912. Left-half Bill Goldie joined Fulham in January 1904 after playing 174 reds games and notching six times, helping us to our first ever League title in 1901.


Cliff Lloyd signed for the reds in 1936 but never actually played a first-team game. After the war he joined Fulham with whom he had guested during hostilities. He was best known as PFA Secretary between 1953 and 1982. William Banks struck six times in 26 reds games following his signing from Ashington in September 1913. He moved on to Fulham at the end of the First World War. Ex-reds physiotherapist Dave Galley had his first full-time post with Fulham, under Ray Harford in the 1980's. He worked with us for six years from the summer of 1999, before moving on to Derby County, but returned to Melwood for a second spell in 2009. Keeper Dave Underwood joined the reds for £7,000 from Watford in December 1953, playing fifty reds games before returning to Vicarage Road in July 1956. He later turned out for Fulham after a third spell with the Hornets, making eighteen top-flight appearances for them.


Wartime guests
Scottish left-half Jimmy McInnes notched once in 48 reds games after signing from Third Lanark in March 1938 for £5,500. Fulham was one of many sides he guested for during the war, before joining the reds administrative staff after he retired in 1946. Scottish winger Hugh McQueen signed from Leith Athletic in September 1982, netting eighteen goals in 61 games before joining Derby County in July 1895, later joining Fulham.


Wing-half Ted Savage played 105 times for the reds in the 1930's, netting just twice, with both goals coming in his first game. He also guested for the Cottagers during the Second World War. Tom Bush also played wing-half, signing from Shrewsbury Town in March 1933. He struck once in 69 appearances before joining the coaching staff in 1947. He too guested for Fulham during the war. Frank O'Donnell also guested for the reds, as well as playing for the Cottagers. Left-winger Peter Kippax joined the reds as an amateur from Burnley in 1948. He made one League outing, against Birmingham City in March 1949, having already netted in a Wartime League fixture for the reds against Bolton Wanderers in August 1945, before moving on to Yorkshire Amateurs in 1950. He also guested for Fulham during the war.






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