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Craven Cottage
Fulham v Aston Villa
Saturday, March 3rd 2007, 3pm
Premier League
By Joe Flynn
(Aston Villa fan)

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

Haven't been to Fulham before and want to do as many grounds as I can! I always enjoy going to the capital so I was looking forward to this game and the Villa away is always fun regardless of who we play which is the same for most teams I would have thought!

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

Got a train from Birmingham New Street to London (Euston) and caught underground to Putney bridge. We had to change a couple of times. We started off at 9.50am arriving at Putney bridge tube station for 12.15 so easy to get there I would say.

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

We went to Eight bells pub which is located right next to Putney bridge station, you cant miss it, just follow the one way road and its on the corner. Was full of away fans so I think this is a good pub for away supporters to go. There was a number of police as we was all outside the pub (nice day) and too many fans to fit in the pub, they just made sure we didn't spill out onto the roads, good quick service for a small pub and only 10 minutes from ground. There are a number of pubs on the way down to the ground though as well Zulus being one that seemed packed with fans. Also there were number of off licences located around Putney bridge (good for journey home!) Home fans didn't cause any trouble in fact they was taking pictures of us outside the pub, didn't get to chat to any but there was no sign of trouble anywhere.

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

Fulham is not a very attractive ground but it is in a nice area located right next to the river Thams. The kiosks etc.. are located behind the stand which is in the open, its quite odd but seemed to work ok!! Away end seemed to be the better of the stands and we was located in row UU which is the very back row. here there is a metal fence which makes for loud banging and can get a good chant going.

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

Game its self was not the best with both teams looking like a draw would suit them, only John Carew stood out as being someone that played well. His goal and celebration in the crowd being the highlight of the game but the lead only lasted 2 minutes. I didn't hear much from the Fulham fans but a lot of that may have been because I was at the back and the noise from the away support and metal fences drowned theirs out although they did get a bit louder after they had scored! Stewards where fine there was not that many and just kept themselves to themselves, allowed us to bang on the metal to create a bit of atmosphere! The foot long hot dog at 2.50 was good value for money.

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

Easy to get away from ground although a bit congested on entrance to the park located just outside the ground but within 5 minutes was out the main crowd and on our way back to Putney bridge. They did close the station for a short while as there were a lot of people on the platform, but we were soon on our way.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, recommend Eight bells to all away fans, don't expect to much of the ground but the area is nice I suggest you get there a few hours before kick off to enjoy it. Not sure I would go back in the next few years though, there are a lot more better places to travel to but a day out in London will always be a good day!


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