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Craven Cottage
Fulham v Everton
Premier League
Sunday, March 30th, 2014, 1.30pm
Mark Woods
(Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

In the race for 4th place and living in London I was really looking forward to the game, as well as this it looks unlikely I will be going to Fulham next season due to their league position. I love the old classic ground and hold happy memories there. It was also the first time I was going to see Everton on my own.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Living near Wembley this journey was fairly routine with me. However both District and Piccadilly lines were suspended for the day, so I caught the Central line to White City. Then changed at Wood Lane for the Hammersmith and City line to Hammersmith and then walked the 15 minute journey from the underground station to Craven Cottage.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I arrived at the ground 45 minutes prior to kick off so just went straight inside. I had a reasonably priced pint inside the ground and then watched the players during the warm up. The Fulham fans seemed friendly enough and they were quite vocal in getting behind their team. I've been to this fixture for the last three years and I noticed that this was the loudest I've heard Fulham in a long time.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Interestingly I was surprised that there was no segregation line between the neutral and away sections in the Putney End, until I realised that the "neutral section" was about 90% blue! The ground maybe old and small by Premiership standards, but you feel really close to the players which is a lot better then being high up in the gods like at other grounds

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was pretty cagey and sluggish with few chances falling to either side. Everton started the second half a lot better due to the substitutes and fully deserved the eventual 3-1 win. I found the Fulham stewards helpful and friendly as well as the local police. Didn't taste the food but the toilets were clean and big enough to service the 3,000 fans.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game I walked along the river bank back to Hammersmith Bridge to avoid the massive congestion outside the ground. I  got to Hammersmith in fairly quick time bearing in mind there seem to be a large amount of joggers in the area!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out made even better with three points, met some Fulham fans after the game and they were a really nice bunch, hope they stay up as would really like to return next year!


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