OPPOSITION PREVIEW: FULHAM
Match Previews29th June
Saturday, 8th August 2015 - Cardiff City Stadium - 12pm kick-off
Saturday, 9th April 2016 - Craven Cottage - 3pm kick-off
The Bluebirds open their 2015/16 campaign against Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium. The Cottagers will be looking to improve on last season's 17th placed finish, with Welshman Kit Symons entering his first full season at the helm. The signing of midfield creator Tom Cairney from Blackburn Rovers somewhat signals their intentions to challenge during the coming campaign. Alongside the addition of Cairney, the London side have also added former Rotherham midfielder Ben Pringle and ex-Bolton ‘keeper Andy Lonergan, adding further depth and experience to their ranks.
Last Time Out: Cardiff City 1-0 Fulham - Saturday, 10th January 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Our last game against Fulham, on the 10th January, was a significant one for Bluebirds fans with a return to the traditional Blue strip. An enjoyable day was complimented on field as Sean Morrison headed home from an Aron Gunnarsson long-throw to give City the win.
Previous Encounter: Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City - Saturday, 28th September 2013, Barclays Premier League
Another memorable game against the Cottagers came during our Premier League season in 2013/14. A late Jordon Mutch wonder strike gave City their first top-flight away win. Steven Caulker headed the opener but Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz equalised on the stroke of half-time. Mutch had the last say though sending the travelling Bluebirds into dreamland.
Success at Craven Cottage this season will depend heavily on keeping hold of top-scorer and former Bluebird Ross McCormack. The Scottish striker scored 25 goals for Cardiff City in his two year spell before moving onto Leeds United. His much publicised move to the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham came about in the summer of 2014, and the striker didn't disappoint, scoring 19 times in his first campaign.
Did you know? Fulham were founded in 1879 by Church of England followers as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C before shortening the name to what we are familiar with today in 1888.