‘We were given huge Harrods hampers and parties as bonuses!’ Fulham legend on how Mohamed Al Fayed kept the squad motivated

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2010 in London, England.
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Barry Hayles has given a hilarious insight into what life was like at Fulham under the ownership of Mohamed Al Fayed.

The Egyptian businessman took over at Craven Cottage in 1997 and oversaw the club’s rise from the third tier of English football back to the Premier League. The former Harrods owner pumped £40 million into the club in the late ‘90s in a bid to turn fortunes on the pitch, with a number of big-name signings arriving in London.

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Andy Wright

Andy is a freelance sports journalist whose work has appeared across a number of print and online titles, including Golf Monthly, Eurosport and TNT Sports. He graduated in 2019 and began his career working in golf before joining Future in February 2021 as a staff writer for Golf Monthly. Andy has since decided to branch out into other sports and now covers football, rugby, snooker, UFC, Formula 1, boxing, and others. He is a Manchester United fan and joins the FourFourTwo team at an interesting time for his club and the game as a whole.