April 26, 1965
Fulham boss Vic Buckingham started a promised ten-player clear-out yesterday by giving free transfers to Maurice Cook, “Tosh” Chamberlain and Dave Underwood. The trio of Craven Cottage “characters” were called into Buckingham’s office and told they can go. The full list will be announced later this week.
Buckingham’s decision to let centre forward Cook go without a fee is something of shock. He cost Fulham a £15,000 fee from Watford four years ago and has been a first team regular for much of this season. Reading are certain to show an interest.
Left winger Chamberlain, who has been out of action for the past ten weeks following a cartilage operation, will be ending a 15-year association with Fulham. He said last night: “I’m a bit choked. I understand the boss wants to cut the playing staff from 28 to 18. But because of my injury he hasn’t seen me play since he took over.”
Underwood, 36-year-old goalkeeper who has played for a string of clubs, joined Fulham two years ago. He said: “It seems the accent is going to be on youth at Fulham, so I’m out.”
(Source: Daily Mirror: April 27, 1965)