Lives of players, fans and staff who passed away will be honoured
Tributes to George Cohen outside Craven Cottage
January 23, 2023
Fulham Football club is to mark the passing of the players, fans and staff who were part of the wider club family and who passed away in the last year.
The shared bond between those who have played for the club, watched from the Craven Cottage seats or worked behind the scenes will be celebrated with a time of reflection ahead of the home tie with Nottingham Forest at 3pm on Saturday 11 February.
Fans are being asked to send photos of relatives and friends who have died recently, and they will be displayed on the stadium’s screens, read out over the PA and featured in a pull-out section in the matchday programme.
The club has asked fans to submit names and images to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of play on Tuesday 31 January, ensuring that attached photos are as high resolution as possible and that the deceased’s name is in the subject line.
It’s the second such event following the inaugural day on 19 February last year ahead of the Fulham v Huddersfield Town match. The idea emerged during discussions with the Fulham Supporters’ Trust, which represents fans’ views.
Simon Duke, who chairs the trust, said it was “an opportunity to remember those members of the Fulham family we have lost in the last 12 months”.
The event will be especially poignant this year following the passing of George Cohen, the one-club legend, ambassador and World Cup winner who died just before Christmas at the age of 83.
Fulham FC director David Daly said, “After an incredibly moving and symbolic day last year, we’re pleased to have the opportunity to again recognise members of the Fulham family who passed away since the start of 2022.
"We have worked closely with the Fulham Supporters’ Trust to ensure this remains part of the Fulham FC calendar and thank them for their efforts in helping honour those who held the club dear.”
George Cohen with another former Fulham player after winning the World Cup. Picture: Fulham FC
Tributes were paid to George Cohen at the first full meeting of Hammersmith & Fulham Council since his death. The Mayor, Cllr Emma Apthorp, said that it was with great sadness that news had been received of the passing of one of the borough’s honorary freemen.
Council leader Cllr Stephen Cowan described the one-club Fulham FC defender as “a Hammersmith & Fulham lad made good”.
He said that sadness at the news of his death had been “amplified and made all the more deep by the fact that many of us in this chamber came to know George as a champion for Hammersmith & Fulham”.
A minute’s silence was observed in his memory.
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