Fulham to honour legend Cohen
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.