Ful­ham to hon­our leg­end Co­hen

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Black­ett

THEY love a statue down Ful­ham way – and their next one is sure to be pop­u­lar with fans.

To cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of Eng­land’s World Cup vic­tory in 1966, the Whites are set to un­veil a statue of right-back Ge­orge Co­hen, who played in Eng­land’s 4-2 fi­nal win against West Ger­many, in Oc­to­ber.

Ful­ham al­ready have a statue of the leg­endary Johnny Hayes out­side Craven Cot­tage, while, bizarrely, they used to have one of pop singer Michael Jack­son in the days when Mo­hamed Al Fayed owned the club.

Co­hen, 76, spent his en­tire ca­reer in Ful­ham colours and re­mains a host of his own Ge­orge Co­hen Lounge on match­days at the Cot­tage, where he de­lights vis­i­tors with anec­dotes and tales of his for­mer play­ing days.

Ful­ham chair­man Shahid Khan said. "It’s only ap­pro­pri­ate that Mr Co­hen be cel­e­brated and hon­oured here at Craven Cot­tage by the club as well as our fans, who can take part in the ef­fort to recog­nise a leg­endary mem­ber of the Ful­ham fam­ily and make a dif­fer­ence in the good causes that Mr Co­hen sup­ports.”

As part of the fundrais­ing cam­paign, two ini­tia­tives in Co­hen’s name will be launched with the aim of im­prov­ing men’s health through lo­cal de­men­tia care and health pre­ven­ta­tive pro­grammes.

Khan has pledged to match ev­ery sin­gle pound raised to en­sure that not only the statue is erected, but that the other causes can be sup­ported, too.

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