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Fulham supporters still look at Chelsea as their main rivals with Chelsea stadium of Stamford Bridge very close to Fulham’s Craven Cottage, but this rivalry has become rather one-sided in recent years, due to Fulham’s inability to stay in the Premier League with consistency. Chelsea simply don’t see them as true rivals anymore.
Apart from Chelsea, Fulham also have ongoing rivalries with Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Brentford, the latter two of which have become more pronounced recently.
The club was formed by Christian believers back in 1879, under the name of Fulham St Andrew’s Church Sunday School FC, and they’ve been playing at the Craven Cottage since 1896 (with a two-year stint at QPR’s Loftus Road due to the 2002-04 reconstruction of the Cottage).
Early on, they fought their way through the ranks and after winning the Southern League for the second time in 1907, they were permitted to join the Football League. They spent over two decades in Division Two, before getting relegated in 1928. For years later they were back, and stayed there until after the World War II, winning their first ever top tier promotion in 1949.
A series of ups and downs followed, but they still spent most of the remaining years of the 20th century in the second tier. In 2001, led by the legendary Frenchman Jean Tigana, they broke into the Premier League and stayed there for 13 years, their longest run yet. In that period, they managed to win the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup and reach the final of the 2010 Europa League, losing to Atletico Madrid by 2-1 after extra time. Those remain the club’s greatest moments in Europe while, domestically, they only boast one appearance in the FA Cup final, back in 1975.