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One year later Fulham joined the Second Division of the Southern League and in December 1898, the decision to turn professional was taken.In 1903 the club was promoted to the Southern League First Division and adopted their now traditional white shirts and black shorts.The hooped stockings worn at the time were highly unusual if not unique.After winning the championship in 19, Fulham were elected to the Football League, replacing Burton United in the Second Division.In 1999, Fulham ran away with the Nationwide Division Two championship, finishing 14 points clear.Keegan's departure to become England manager proved a setback but in summer 2000, Jean Tigana, a member of the great French side of the 1980, was appointed.Al-Fayed dismissed critics who predicted that he would asset-strip the club and laid out his plans to take Fulham into the Premier League within five years.After persuading Kevin Keegan out of retirement, al-Fayed opened his cheque book to bring quality players to the club.
In 2001, al-Fayed's five-year plan reached fruition a year early as Fulham won the Nationwide First Division championship.
With a history going back to 1879, Fulham are one of the oldest senior clubs in London.
They started out as a Sunday school team, leading a nomadic life as St Andrews (Fulham St Andrews from 1886).
In 1975, with former England players Bobby Moore and Alan Mullery in the side, Fulham reached the FA Cup final where they lost to West Ham.
In the following years, George Best and Rodney Marsh joined the club.