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Fulham FC remembers lives of players, fans and staff who have passed away

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Image captionImage 1: George Cohen, who died on 23 December 2022 at the age of 83, during a League Division One match against Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage in 1964. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Fulham FC’s wider family is to mark the lives of players, fans and staff who have 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 lost in the past year, 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 celebrationday@fulhamfc.com 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.

Listening to fans

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”.

Top of most people’s memories will, of course, be 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.”

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