1. Why were you looking forward to
I had heard great things from fans
of other clubs about Craven Cottage and as I
often struggle to get to games in London it
was an opportunity to visit a ground I had
not been to before.
2. How easy was your
journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We got the train into Euston and
despite the Victoria line being closed it
was easy to get to via the Northern and
District lines (change at Embankment).
When we arrived we made the mistake of not
walking through the park which is far
quicker than walking down the main
road. It seems all the roads around
the ground are closed off on match day and I
saw little places to park so tube seems to
be the best way in.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We had a look at the pubs around
the tube station but although the Eight
Bells let away fans in it was packed and the
other pubs around all required fans to be
“Fulham card holders” and as we were wearing
colours we couldn’t even blag it. We decided
to walk beyond the ground to The Crabtree,
as I had seen the recommendation on this
fine site, and again found that our return
journey walking along the river is quicker
than along the streets. The beer was
excellent (Doombar) and the queue at the bar
was short as there were adequate staff and
they were very helpful and efficient. It was
pouring with rain so the beer garden wasn’t
fully used as people huddled under covered
terrace but I imagine it is lovely when a
bit warmer and drier with views of the
river. There were a good mix of home
and away fans and although we just chatted
between ourselves the atmosphere was
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
We arrived 15 minutes before
kick-off and it was quick and easy to get
into the ground.
We took our seats and despite the
roof extending well in front of the stand
and us being back in Row U, we still got
soaked as the wind whistled around the
stadium. In fairness the home fans didn’t
fare any better as the roofs didn’t even
reach the edges of their stands.
Otherwise the view was good, the seating
spacious although I found the atmosphere a
little odd with so many neutral fans
scattered within the away following.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was a shocker for
Wolves, we were totally outplayed and
deservedly battered 5-0 with Dempsey and
Pogrebnyak tearing us to pieces. The
atmosphere was pretty poor, despite the
hefty win Fulham were virtually silent and
only self-deprecating songs from Wolves fans
punctuated the silence. The stewards
attempted to get people to sit down but as
with all grounds (Anfield and St James’ Park
to name a few) they didn’t seem to
understand that the people at the front need
to sit down before fans at the back can.
Having had a couple before the
game and broken the seal too early I had to
use the toilets a couple of times and they
were pretty good, clean and no queues.
The food and drink on the other hand was a
bit of a farce, the two main bars were
packed at the start of the game so we went
to the vendors at the far end which are
quieter. I had a beef pie and my dad a
chicken pie, they were both absolutely vile
and as we didn’t fancy lager couldn’t get
anything else without going to the main bar.
We braved the main bars at half time but
gave up on the ridiculous queues then when I
nipped back during the second half they
closed one meaning the only bar open had the
same huge queues.
6. Comment on getting away from
the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground was
fine as we followed home fans back through
the park and jumped on the tube. We
arrived at Euston earlier than expected so
nipped to the Bree Louise pub (on Euston
Street, head out of Euston past the Subway
and it’s on the side street opposite) for a
bite to eat. I had fish and chips my
dad had haggis pie and both the food and
drink was excellent (CAMRA pub).
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
The weather and the result put a
dampener on things but even had both been
better I feel Craven Cottage is over
hyped. Maybe for Champions League
chasing clubs this may seem quaint and
different but personally having been to
smaller grounds on a regular basis in the
lower divisions it just seemed pokey and
poorly laid out. I also found the mix of
neutrals and tourists created a muted
atmosphere, I’m sure there were Fulham
die-hards but I didn’t come across any.
In an effort to finish on a
positive note the two pubs we went in were
fantastic and the tube links were great also
the plans for the expansion of the Riverside
Stand look really impressive.