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Craven Cottage
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League

Saturday, September 15th 2012, 3pm
By Greg Thompson
(West Bromwich Albion fan)

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

I am always excited to see an away ground I haven’t been to before. Added to this, the way Albion had started the season meant I was going to the cottage with optimism despite us having an awful record there in the Premier League.

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

I headed down by car with four friends and we planned to park a good 25 minute walk away from the ground near Westfield’s shopping centre. This meant we could take in a bit of London before the game making it a great day out. Parking was £8, so between the five of us, very cheap. In this day and age finding the ground was very easy using the mapping on our mobile phones.

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

Before the game we had some lunch at the Westfield’s centre. Also that day Chelsea were playing away at QPR so there was a great atmosphere around London with Chelsea and Rangers fans everywhere. Once we headed towards the Cottage, Fulham fans were great as we looked around the ground.

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

Craven Cottage grew on me immediately, just walking around the place, I love the old style ground whist the cottage had modern touches to it, the character of this classic stadium remained. The TV lorries and satellites all parked out on the road, I doubt there is another Premier League ground where this as to happen. They have worked it very well. Walking into the ground there are televisions everywhere and staff on the food courts are very helpful.

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

The game itself from a West Brom point of view was disappointing, with Peter Odemwingie getting sent off very early on for a ridiculous piece of retaliation. We then surrender our unbeaten start to the season losing 3-0 with little to shout about. Albion fans were loud throughout, home support is very quiet, they don’t really get excited about much.

The teams coming out at the start of the game:

The teams come out at Craven
                  Cottage

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

Getting away from the ground wasn’t bad, we had the 25 minute walk back from the ground to the car park which gave us plenty of time to catch up on other results and have an in depth conversation about the game. The traffic seemed very heavy whist we were on foot, after all the cottage does have the river Thames one side with housing estate the other side. I would imagine if you park near the ground it would take some while to get going.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: Game attended:

Without taking the result into consideration it was a top day, there is something special about the cottage, it’s an ideal location and great compact small ground. I will defiantly be visiting the cottage again in the future, would also love to visit there for a night game.

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