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Beyond the Centre-Fold – Fulham 1960

By on 19 April 2018

This Fulham team from the 1959-60 season was quite a mixed bag of players: a World Cup winner, a couple of former England captains, a European Cup-winning manager and some of the best known and loved Fulham players of any era. There’s even a former Chelsea legend!


Having reached an FA Cup semi-final in 1958 an improving Fulham gained promotion in 1958-59 to the top flight for only the second time in their history. They then finished 10th in the 1959-60 season which, until 2003-04, was their best ever league position. Note: subsequently in 2008-09, under Roy Hodgson, Fulham finished 7th – still their highest ever position..

Hover or tap on individual team members to get a brief “pen-pic” of the players’ careers.

Fulham 1959-60

Fulham 1959-60

Tony Barton Eddie Lowe Jim Langley George Cohen Tony Macedo Roy Bentley Alan Mullery Derek Lampe Alf Stokes Graham Leggat John Doherty Jimmy Hill Maurice Cook Johnny Haynes Trevor Chamberlain

Tony Barton

A right-winger, Tony had been transferred to Notts Forest by the time this pic was published. Never really made it at Forest before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He finished his playing career there in 1967 before moving onto coaching side. He ended up as Aston Villa assistant-manager to Ron Saunders as they won their first League title in 71 years. The following season Tony took over following Saunders' resignation and guided them to become European Champions. He was sacked by Villa in 1984 when they were mid-table. He took various management and coaching jobs before succumbing to a heart attack in 1993 aged just 56.

Eddie Lowe

Eddie was a wing-half who played for Aston Villa and Fulham making the second-all-time club record appearances for Fulham of 511, behind Johnny Haynes, between 1950 and 1963. He won 3 England caps and later, managed Notts County. He died on 9 March 2009 aged 83.

Jim Langley

 "Gentleman" Jim Langley was a pacey left-back renowned for his long throw-ins. He was a long-serving Fulham player and helped them to promotion to the First Division in 1958–59. After 8 years at Fulham he moved to QPR and featured in the side which won the Third Division title and sensationally beat First Division WBA in the League Cup Final in 1966–67. Langley also won 3 England caps in 1958. He died in 2007 aged 78.

George Cohen

A World Cup winner in 1966, George was an old-fashioned one-man club throughout his career. He made around 500 appearances for Fulham and won 37 England caps. He is inducted in the England Hall of Fame and was awarded and MBE. Glad to say that George is still with us and is actively hosting luncheons on match days in the George Cohen restaurant at Craven Cottage.

Tony Macedo

Born in Gibralter, Tony was considered for the senior England team but because UEFA did not recognise Gibralter until 2013, was ineligible to play. He played 346 league games and a total of 391 matches in all competitions. He ended his career in 1968 after suffering a string of injuries at the age of 31. He is still with us although we have no info on his whereabouts.

Roy Bentley

Roy actually became a Chelsea legend as he captained them to what was, in 1954-55, their only League title until 50 years later. For a while considered the top striker in England, he made 12 appearances for England, before finishing his career with Fulham and then QPR. At Fulham he was converted into a centre-half. He is still with us at age 93.

Alan Mullery

After enjoying a successful career with Fulham and Spurs in the 1960s and 1970s, he became a manager working at Brighton, Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR. He won promotion with Brighton twice and kept them in the top-flight. He is now employed as a television pundit. He won 35 caps but is also famous for being the first ever England player to be sent off in an international match. Alan is now 76 and still does hosting at Brighton on match days.

Derek Lampe

Lampe joined Fulham as a junior in the summer of 1952. He progressed to the senior team in May 1954, and made his first class debut against West Ham in August 1956. Lampe sustained an injury in a game against Everton in March 1961 from which he never fully recovered. He played his final game for Fulham against Manchester City in November 1962, and retired, aged 27, in 1964. He made a total of 88 appearances in the Football League.

Alf Stokes

Only made 15 league appearances for Fulham after joining from Spurs in 1959. He did, however score six goals carrying on the fairly prolific record that he brought with him from Tottenham where he scored 42 goals in just 69 appearances. After a brief time in Australia, he became a chauffeur in London after football. He died on 30 March 2002 aged 69.

Graham Leggat

Right winger Leggat joined Fulham in 1958 from Aberdeen. He made 254 league appearances scoring 127 goals including the fastest ever hat-trick in England against Ipswich in 1963 – a record that remained until 2015. He was capped for Scotland 18 times. He died in August 2015 in Canada where he emigrated in 1971. 

John Doherty

Joined Fulham from Chelsea in 1954.  He made 11 appearances as the Whites clinched promotion back to the First Division in 1958-59. He made 51 appearances in total before he left to play in Australia in 1962. He also played for Aldershot and non-league Guildford City. He died in 2014 aged 77.

Jimmy Hill

A man who needs no introduction, he joined Fulham in 1952 from Brentford making just shy of 300 appearances scoring 52 goals. He would successfully campaign for the abolition of the maximum wage in 1962. He would go on to manage, and be Chairman, of Coventry City where he was considered a visionary within the game.

Maurice Cook

Made 221 league appearances for Fulham after joining from Watford in 1958. Played a significant part in gaining promotion to Division One in the 1958-59 season scoring 17 goals. He left to join Reading in 1965 but only made 12 appearances. He died on New Year’s Eve in 2006, aged 75.

Johnny Haynes

Considered the greatest player ever to play for Fulham he made 657 appearances scoring 157 goals between 1952 and 1970. He was the first footballer to earn £100 per week following the abolition of the maximum wage. He was capped for England 56 times between 1954 and 1962 and played at two World Cups.

Trevor Chamberlain

‘Tosh’ as he was known played for Fulham 204 times scoring 64 goals. The only league club of his career he stayed from 1954 to 1965 and he was a major factor in persuading Johnny Haynes to join Fulham as they were childhood friends. He is famous for stopping mid-game and asking a supporter for a drag on his cigarette. Still frequently seen at Craven Cottage he is now 83.

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