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Craven Cottage
Fulham v West Ham United
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, 7.45pm
By Philip Pegram
(West Ham United fan)

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

I was looking forward to the game as I love travelling away with West Ham and it just so happened to be my birthday. Plus it is always good to visit different grounds.

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

We travelled to Fulham by tube from London Stratford. Easy journey and got off at Putney Bridge and walked the rest. About 20 minute walk from tube station to the ground.

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

We had a full half day to waste before the evening Kick off. Coming from London Stratford plenty of places to stop in Central London for a few before the game. We ended up eating in Chinatown before getting the tube to Putney Bridge and having a couple of beers in the Eight Bells. The pub filled up very quickly and it wasn’t long before they stopped any more people coming in. All other pubs on way to ground were home fans only and wouldn’t let away supporters in. We ended up heading for the ground and having a couple of beers before the game started.

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

On first entering the ground I was very impressed. We actually had tickets in the neutral end, but it turned out to be almost an away section as three quarters of this end was full of West Ham Supporters. Great little ground and very good for away fans.

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

As for the ghe game itself, well West Ham lost 3 – 1. A very poor performance by West Ham but a cracking atmosphere. Away fans very noisy through out the game. The home fans remained very quiet unless a cheer for a goal. Facilities very good. Only time we had to queue for a beer was at the half time rush. Beer was £4 a pint with hot dogs being the same.

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 to the tube station Just followed the crowds. Once on the platform didn’t have to wait long for a train to come.

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

Ignoring the result we would with out a doubt would visit again. Great Stadium in a pleasant area and great away support.

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