Thriller at Fulham: The extraordinary story of Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage, by those who were there

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson did a lap of the Craven Cottage pitch ahead of Fulham's game with Wigan in 1999 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Back in 1999, Fulham were flying high. Or as high as you can fly when you are in the third tier. Kevin Keegan was manager, international players such as Chris Coleman, Kit Symons and Philippe Albert had dropped down to play and they were pushing for promotion.

With eccentric Egyptian owner Mohamed Al-Fayed at the helm the club were on an upward trajectory and trying to stick to the five-year plan to reach the Premier League that he had set when he took control in 1997. And what was clear for fans, players and staff alike was to expect the unexpected when the colourful chairman was about.

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James Andrew

James Andrew is the editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing both the magazine and website. James is an NCTJ qualified journalist and began his career as a news reporter in regional newspapers in 2006 before moving into sport a year later. In 2011 he started a six year stint on the sports desk at the Daily Mail and MailOnline. James was appointed editor of FourFourTwo in December 2019. Across his career James has interviewed the likes of Franco Baresi, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham and Michael Owen. James has been a Fulham season ticket holder since the mid-1990s and enjoys watching them home and away, through promotion and relegation.