When Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed bought Fulham Football Club in the summer of 1997, fortunes began to turn for the London club. The club were in the third tier of English football and their Craven Cottage ground was very rarely full. Since Al-Fayed came in, however, the club has been able to invest in some highly talented footballers and have just completed their twelfth season in the Premier League following promotion as Division One champions in 2001.
The club have had players such as Louis Saha, Clint Dempsey, Mark Schwarzer and Dimitar Berbatov on the books thanks to the investment from Al-Fayed as well as redeveloping Craven Cottage - which is now regularly packed to the rafters. Debt levels have remained relatively stable through the buying and selling of players, a strict wage budget and some of the cheapest tickets in the league helping to encourage supporters through the turnstiles.
Below you'll see how debt levels have changed at the club over the years compared to league position & goals scored in addition to other key stats. There's also a social media data analysis of who is the most valued player to the fans, compared to the clubs player of the year.
A comparison of the club voted player of the year to what we have defined as the 'Most Valued Player' (MVP).