Today’s Fulham squad includes two players who have swapped red and white for black and white in west London.
David Button spent three years at Griffin Park as number one, making 141 appearances. The tall stopper played 45 games, keeping 20 clean sheets, during our 2013/14 promotion season. He followed that up with 49 appearances as Mark Warburton’s side then reached the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off’s the following year. During his final season with The Bees he added another 47 appearances before moving on to Fulham in July 2016. An injury late on in the season saw him lose the number one shirt just before last season’s Play-Offs but he has played every minute in the league this campaign.
Also returning to Griffin Park this afternoon is Ryan Fredericks. The pacy full-back spent two months on loan with The Bees in the autumn of 2012, making just four appearances. He returned to his parent club Tottenham Hotspur and spent further loan spells with Millwall and Middlesbrough before signing for Bristol City in the summer of 2015. Homesickness brought him back to London just 25 days later and he has been with Fulham ever since, notching up 84 appearances.
David and Ryan are just two of 98 players who have represented both sides. Among those famous names to have played for both include Jimmy Hill and Marcello Trotta. Hill spent his entire playing career with the two clubs, making more than 350 league appearances, before making his name post-retirement as an administrator, manager, broadcaster, and chairman. Despite playing just 69 times for The Bees, Trotta’s legacy comes from his infamous penalty miss against Doncaster Rovers which denied Uwe Rosler’s side automatic promotion. However, the Italian frontman returned the following season, scoring 14 goals, including the vital winner away at Leyton Orient, as automatic promotion was secured 12 months later.