Fulham: Club Profile
Down by the Thames riverside in south west London lives a club called Fulham, situated on Stevenage Road if you’re into your tenuous connections. Dating back to 1879, there’s no older club from London in the Football League. After relegation from the top flight back in 1968, it took a long while for them to scale those same heights. Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the Cottagers as a Division Two (League One) club in 1997, however. Four years later, they were in the Premier League. Al-Fayed moved on in 2013; taking with him a weird statue of Michael Jackson.
Players For Us... and Them
Away Supporters' Stand:
Putney End Stand
Facilities for Disabled Fans:
For less-abled supporters travelling to Craven Cottage, Fulham offers a limited number of car parking spaces at Fulham College Boys School on Kingwood Road – complete with accessible shuttle bus to the ground itself.
To buy tickets, please contact the ground's Ticket Office on 0203 871 0810 (choosing option 3). The office has a low-level counter and hearing loops if you have the option of visiting the Ticket Office in person. To qualify for Personal Assistant tickets, you'll need to supply confirmation of either DLA/PIP medium or higher rate, or the mobility component.
For away supporters, there are 20 wheelchair spaces in the Putney End Stand with companions seated adjacent. An in-house audio commentary service, 4 dedicated Access Stewards and an in-seat catering order service are also among the provisions made by the club.
If more information is needed or you'd like to request assistance in advance, contact Disabled Liaison Officer Nicola Walworth on 020 8336 7477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You shouldn't be short of pre-match pint options within a reasonable distance of Craven Cottage. One pick is the Eight Bells, though this can get really busy really quickly. Other options include The Temperance, The King's Arms and (confusingly) The King's Head.
Travel Information – Distance: 36 miles
A tough ask if you're heading for sunny south west London in your motor. Famous for being a pain to drive anywhere, London gives you two options – both of which could be excruciating depending on nothing more than the toss of a coin.
The most direct route takes you into the smoke from the north; travelling down the A1(M). You can either go right down to Baker Street and chance your arm along the Westway or settle on the North Circular to get you round to where you need to be.
Our option here, however, is to abandon the A1(M) at its junction with the M25 and go counter-clockwise until you get to Junction 15. The seasoned pros among you will know this to be where the M4 runs towards London in one direction and South Wales in the other. No prizes for guessing you want the London-bound carriageway.
Keep on keeping on when the M4 becomes the A4. It's no more than 2.5 miles to the A306/A315 exit towards A219/Hammersmith, but it'll feel like 25. Go right round the giant building that houses Hammersmith Tube station and continue onto the A219 Fulham Palace Road. If you've gone past the Apollo theatre, you've gone too far and have to go round again.
After a mile-or-so, take a right onto Finlay Street. The ground will literally be right in front of you.
It's a built-up area in London, so your chances of finding free parking close to the ground are almost non-existent.
Station: PUTNEY BRIDGE
Services to: LONDON VICTORIA (for LONDON KINGS CROSS)
The nearest station to Craven Cottage is Putney Bridge, which is served by the District line from Victoria. You can get here from Finsbury Park off the train from Stevenage.
As a walk, it's not a bad 'un from Putney Bridge. Go south on Station Approach and turn right onto Ranelagh Gardens, before taking a left for Fulham High Street. Soon after, it's a right onto Willow Bank. A couple of slight rights will take you under the A219 and up towards Fulham Palace.
Keep going with the Thames to your left and the Palace to your right. As you come to Bishops Park, you'll be heading around to the right and then left onto the bottom of Stevenage Road. Head on up here and you'll eventually get to the ground. The walk is no more than a mile (15 minutes) in total.