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Wednesday 22 May 2013

On this day: Mark Schwarzer moves to Fulham

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the goalkeeper switching to Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer has been a stalwart in Fulham's defence for eight seasons

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 22 May 2008 Mark Schwarzer moves to Fulham

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer ended an 11-year association with Middlesbrough to join Fulham.

The 35-year-old Australian had joined the North-East club in February 1997 and played 332 matches in the Barclays Premier League, keeping 93 clean sheets.

"I am delighted to have joined Fulham and look forward immensely to the new challenge in my career," he told Fulham's website. "I spent many happy years at Middlesbrough and would like to thank everyone for their valued support.  Although I had other offers from some great clubs throughout Europe, it didn't take long to make a decision about joining Fulham."

For Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, the goalkeeper’s signing was a boost to a squad he had steered away from relegation the previous season in dramatic fashion.

"After stiff competition from a number of high-profile European clubs, I am exceptionally pleased that Mark has chosen to come to Fulham," Hodgson said. "His credentials in both the domestic and international arenas are impeccable, which is reinforced by the calibre of clubs that wanted to sign him."

At Craven Cottage, Schwarzer became a stalwart over the next six seasons, playing 172 league matches and this campaign joined the elite “500 Club”.

Schwarzer gave premierleague.com some goalkeeping tips earlier in the season. Click here to watch his guide

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Mark Schwarzer leaving Middlesbrough for Fulham