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Fulham FC

Craven Cottage

Capacity: 25,678 (all seated)
Address: Stevenage Road, London, SW6 6HH

Main Telephone No:
0843 208 1222
Fax No:
0207 384 4715
Ticket Office:
0843 208 1234
Ticket Office Fax No:
0207 384 4810
Team Nickname:
The Cottagers or The Whites
Ground Opened:
1896
Pitch Size: 109 x 71 yards

Shirt Sponsors:
Marathon bet
Kit Manufacturers:
Addidas
Home Kit Colours:
White With Black Trim
Away Kit Colours:
Black and Red
Official Web Site:
www.fulhamfc.com

Unofficial Web Sites:

FulhamWeb

Fulham Supporters Club
Independent Message Board
The Green Pole
Friends of Fulham Forum

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Contents

What's Craven Cottage Like?
Future Ground Developments
Johnny Haynes Stand External View  (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Hammersmith End And Riverside Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Ox Wagon Bar & Eating House
Riverside Stand And Putney End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Johnny Haynes Stand (photo)
By Train/Tube
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzine

Ground Layout

Fixtures 2014-2015

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Stadium Tours

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away Section (video)
Craven Cottage Location Map
 


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What's Craven Cottage Like?

On one side of the ground is the Stevenage Road Stand which has recently been renamed the Johnny Haynes Stand after the former Fulham great. It previously had terracing at the front, but this has now been made all seated. The stand was originally designed by Archibald Leitch (who designed a number of football grounds and stands in the early part of the 20th century) and was opened in 1905. Considering its age, it can be forgiven for having a number of supporting pillars and old wooden seating in its upper tier. It does though have a fine classic looking gable on its roof; labelled Fulham Football Club.

Opposite is the aptly named Riverside Stand. which sits on the banks of the River Thames. This all seated, covered stand was opened in 1972. It was slightly raised above pitch level, but at the beginning of the 2007/08 season additional rows of seating were installed at the front of it, bringing it down to the pitch side. It also has a row of executive boxes running across the back of it and also houses a television gantry. There are a couple of small windshields to either side, plus it has a couple of supporting pillars. Overlooking the ground from one corner, between the Johnny Haynes Stand and Putney End, is the unique Pavilion building, which many fans refer to as 'the Cottage' (although this is technically incorrect as the original cottage after which the ground is named, was demolished many years ago). This looks somewhat misplaced being more reminiscent of a small cricket pavilion, rather than something found at a football ground, but it does add to the overall character.

Both ends which were previously terraced have now been replaced by two new large all seated, covered stands, that look fairly similar in design. They both though have some supporting pillars which is disappointing. The Hammersmith End has one large pillar towards the front and middle of the stand, whilst opposite the Putney End has a row of pillars running across the stand, about a third of the way down it. Attached to these stands in three corners of the ground are some three storey structures that are used to house corporate executive boxes.
An unusual feature is that the teams enter the field from one corner of the ground, by the Cottage and then make their way up onto the pitch as it is raised. The only disappointment is that the fabulous old floodlights that the ground previously had, have been removed and replaced by a nondescript modern set. There is a small electric scoreboard situated above the Putney End. Outside the stadium alongside Stevenage Road is the Johnny Haynes Statue.

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Future Ground Developments

The Club have now received planning permission to redevelop the Riverside Stand. The new stand which will incorporate a riverside walkway behind it, will increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000. No firm time scales have been announced yet as to when this will take place. Further information about the stand and an artists impressions of how it might look, can be found on the Fulham FC website.

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Johnny Haynes Stand - External View


The Red Brick Facade Of The Johnny
                            Haynes Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed to one side of the Putney End Stand on the river side of the ground. This stand is shared with 'neutral' supporters, with away fans being allocated around 3,000 seats, which is just under half of the overall capacity of this stand. There are a couple of supporting pillars that could impede your view, but this only applies to certain seats in Row DD and above. The leg room is ample and as the rows of stand seem to have been constructed from metal and plywood, rather than concrete, fans can't resist making some noise, by stamping up and down on it.

Food and drink are served from a number of outlets and stalls situated behind the stands. These areas although mostly covered are not enclosed, which is great in the Summer but can be rather cold in Winter. However if you go to the outlets around to the left of the stand then you can enjoy some nice views of the Thames, whilst having your beer. Cans of Tetleys, Guinness and plastic bottles of Carlsberg (500ml) are available at 4. The Club offer an interesting range of pies by Vilis. Including amongst others Lamb & Mint (3), Vegetable (3), Cottage Pie (3.50) and Sausage Rolls (2.50). You could also get a roll with a Cumberland sausage filling (3.50). On my last visit I did try the Lamb & Mint pie, but I have to admit that it was not my 'cup of tea'. Generally there seems to be enough food and drink outlets available so that the queues were never too long (those located on the Thames side, hardly even had a queue at half time (even though on my last visit the away section was sold out). Around the concourses are flat screen televisions showing the game going on inside.

I have been previously to Craven Cottage on a number of occasions and on a nice summer day, this is one of my favourite grounds. From the walk from the tube station through a park, to having a pint overlooking the River Thames, this can be quite an enjoyable experience and I have never had any problems there. The walk down Stevenage Road to the away entrance, gives you chance to admire the quaint red brick facade of the Johnny Haynes Stand, whilst inside you can enjoy modern facilities, and apart from the game, you can still catch glimpses of rowers making their away along the Thames.

I have to say the recent re-developments have made a great ground even better and there is now a superb blend of the new and the old, giving the ground great individuality and character. My only grumble has been sometimes the rather large police presence outside the ground (including mounted police and dog handlers), before and after the games that I have attended. One would have thought they were expecting a riot. On one of my visits the Birmingham Fans were chanting to the Fulham fans, "you only sing when you're rowing!"

One other item of interest is that Fulham is the only Club that I know of that has a designated area of the ground reserved for 'neutral supporters'. This is located on one side of the Putney End, adjacent to the away fans section. I guess that the original idea was to attract tourists to London to a game. However, for each game there seems to be a good mix, of home, away and neutral fans in this area. Both away fans and neutral supporters use the same entrance and both can access the same facilities at the back of the stand.

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Hammersmith End And Riverside Stand

Where To Drink?
Near to the tube station is the 'Eight Bells' which is popular with away fans. Along Fulham High Street there are a number of pubs to be found, including the Ox Wagon Bar (see below). David Frear recommends; 'The Crabtree on Rainville Road (10 minutes from the ground) welcomes all away supporters and as a Fulham season ticket holder I can tell you that as long as you don't watch your football at Loftus Road you can be assured of a warm welcome'. To find this pub go along Stevenage Road away from the Cottage and the away end. On reaching the home end of the ground, turn left along an alley which runs behind the stand. When you reach the River Thames turn right and walk along the riverside path. You will reach the Crabtree on your right.

Alan Holmes a visiting Norwich City fan adds; 'The Eight Bells (before the game) had a wonderful atmosphere (home fans enjoying it as well) and there was even a backboard proclaiming "Run by football fans for football fans" and headed "Welcome to all Canaries fans!" The Crabtree (afterwards) was well worth the swim against the tide and when the weather is pleasant, the spacious beer garden is an added bonus. This pub is also just under 20 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station. There was an excellent range of real ales in both pubs'.

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Riverside Stand And Putney End


  Riverside Stand And Putney End

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From the North M1
At the end of the M1, turn right (west) onto the A406 (North Circular) and follow it towards Harrow for nearly 4.5 miles. Turn left (east) onto the A40 heading into London (passing close to Loftus Road and after a little over 4 miles turn right (west) onto the A402 for just about 350 yards. Here you turn left (south) along the A219 for a little over half a mile. This brings you into Hammersmith where you turn right onto the A315 and then after just 130 yards or so turn left (south) back onto the A219. Follow this road for a little over a mile, and the ground down the side streets off to your right.

From The North M40 & West M25
Leave the M25 at Junction 15 and take the M4, which then becomes the A4, towards Central London. After around two miles branch off left into Hammersmith Broadway (before the flyover). Go around the ring road around central Hammersmith, keeping to the right. Then take the A219 Fulham Palace Road. Keep straight on this road, passing Charing Cross Hospital on your left. After about another half a mile, take one of the right hand turns for the ground. If you pass the Fulham Palace Garden Centre on your right, then you have gone too far.


From the South M25
Leave the M25 at Junction 10 and take the A3 towards Central London. After around eight miles, leave the A3 at the turn off for the A219. Take the A219 towards Putney. Continue straight on this road, down Putney High Street and across Putney Bridge. You will see the ground on your left. 

Parking close to the ground can be quite difficult as Jim Huegett informs me; 'please note that parking on the streets near to the ground is restricted to one hour 'pay & display' on matchdays. This isn't obvious from the parking meters and signage and the wardens are out in force on match day'. To compound matters these restrictions are also in place for Bank Holidays, Sundays and evenings up to 9.30pm, so it will be a case of finding some parking further away from the stadium.

Thanks to Robert Donaldson, a visiting Stockport County fan, for providing the directions.

Map showing the location of Craven Cottage, Fulham (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
SW6 6HH

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Johnny Haynes (Stevenage Road) Stand


Johnny Haynes Stand

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By Train/Tube

The nearest London Underground station is Putney Bridge, which is on the District Line. The ground is about a fifteen minute walk. Turn left out of the station and then immediately turn right into a street called Ranelagh Gardens. As the road bends around to the right you will see the Eight Bells pub on your right. Turn left after the pub to take you up to the main road by Putney Bridge. Cross over to the other side of the main road and proceed up to the bridge and then on reaching the bridge turn right to enter into Bishops Park alongside the Thames. Just proceed through the park (keeping the Thames on your left) and you will reach the ground ahead.

An alternative route by tube, is to get the Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith from Central London or Heathrow. It is then around a 20 minute walk to the ground, going straight down Fulham Palace Road (passing Charing Cross Hospital). Further on you can then turn right into Crabtree Lane (for the pub of the same name) or carry on and turn right into Harbord Street for Craven Cottage.

Tony Baker adds; 'Those wishing to avoid the Tube can use the Putney National Rail station, which can be reached from Waterloo and Clapham Junction. Its about a 15 or 20 minute walk to the ground. Turn right upon leaving the station, and keep going straight, down Putney High Street and over Putney Bridge. You will meet the crowds from the Tube station here. Follow them along the river bank through Bishops Park and to the ground'.

For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Local Rivals
Chelsea, QPR and Brentford.

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Admission Prices For Away Fans

Putney End:

Adults 49 (B 40) (C 35)
Concessions 39 (B 30) (C 25)
Juniors 25 (B 20) (C 15)

Concessions apply to Over 65's and Under 21's. Juniors are under 17's.

In addition the Club sell a number of 'restricted view' tickets at a 2 discount on the above prices.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: 3.50
One F In Fulham Fanzine: 2.

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Ground Layout


Craven Cottage Fulham Ground Layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Fulham FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Record &  Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
49,335 v Millwall,
Division Two, October 8th, 1938.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
25,700 v Arsenal
Premier League, September 26th, 2009.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 24,977 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 25,394 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 25,293 (Premier League)

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Tours Of Craven Cottage Of C O
The Club offer tours of Craven Cottage on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Sunday tours are also combined with taking Sunday lunch at the ground. The cost of the normal tours are; Adults 8, Under 12's 5 and Under 5's are Free. There is also a Family Ticket available (2 Adults + 2 Children) for 21. Sunday tours with lunch cost Adults 38, Under 12's 19 and Under 5's 9.95. See the Fulham website for tour dates.

Fans Reviews Of Craven Cottage
Mark Woods (Everton) 30/3/14
Philip Pegram (West Ham United) 30/1/13
Greg Thompson (West Bromwich Albion) 15/9/12
Kate Brown (Neutral) 17/3/12
Tom Sperrink (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 4/3/12

Dean Williamson (Blackpool) 3/04/11

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from Craven Cottage.

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View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map showing the location of Craven Cottage, Train/Tube stations and listed pubs




 

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Last Updated: 6 August 2014