Fulham fans fear Norwich City are poised to end their Craven Cottage hoodoo

Robert Green looks despondant after Norwich City lost 6-0 at Fulham and were relegated from the Prem

Robert Green looks despondant after Norwich City lost 6-0 at Fulham and were relegated from the Premiership on the final day of the 2004/05 season. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant © 2005

Going to Craven Cottage may be a trip that Norwich City supporters dread – but is it a match that Fulham fans relish?

The Canaries have not won at the home of the Cottagers since January 1986 and have lost seven and drawn one of their subsequent eight visits.

A 6-0 thrashing in 2005, a 5-0 thumping in 2012 and a frustrating 1-0 loss at the end of last season have turned Craven Cottage into a true house of horrors for the Canaries.

But Dan Goodwin, communications officer for the Fulham Supporters Trust, fears City may end their West London hoodoo this weekend.

'Circumstances have changed. With Norwich keeping faith with Neil Adams, they have done really well so far and look set to go straight back up,' Goodwin said.


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'So if people are expecting it to go with the historical form book, they might be disappointed.'

That is because Fulham lost six and drew one of their opening seven matches in the Championship, after joining Norwich in dropping through the Premier League trapdoor.

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That saw controversial manager Felix Magath sacked and club legend Kit Symons placed in caretaker charge.

The former Cottagers' defender then got Fulham's season up and running with a 2-1 win at Birmingham and a 4-0 home win against Bolton, before slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough before the international break.

'I wouldn't read too much into one defeat at Boro, there's quite a lot of optimism under Kit Symons,' Goodwin warned.

'He's been around the club a long time and obviously had a very difficult job when he stepped in but most fans hope it will be Kit (permanently) as he has got the experience and we have a predominantly very young squad, which he knows from his time in the youth set up.

'The previous manager under-estimated the quality and the competitiveness of this league where anyone can beat anyone on an almost weekly basis.

'There has to be a realisation that it is going to be a relegation battle but there is enough quality in the squad and some of the football played in the last couple of games is encouraging to see.'

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