Great home games, football stadium right on the River Thames,
lovely area to grab a bite to eat before kick-off.Family oriented football club, and good for youngsters, also
Billy the badger sometimes hangs aroundUnsure about the Michael Jackson statue But hey ;)Pleasant walk through Bishop's Park to the groundsThe fans (as being one of them) are passionate but very friendlyLove our home games at the cottage
This is my footballing mecca and home of Fulham FC. I first visited this place 21 years ago and return every 10-14 days for another home game of the mighty Fulham FC. I hope as a Fulham supporter people can read this review and take on board some good knowledge without making abuse comments as I was there when we were poor and dreadful, so being in the Premier League means I feel untouchable to your comments!
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Say what you want about Fulham as a team (go ahead, I dare ya) but I will not hear an ill word spoken about Craven Cottage. One of the last Premier League stadiums with any character, the Cottage is nestled along the Thames in a relatively quiet residential part of Fulham. The old cottage is still part of the ground and really adds to the charm of this rustic ground. Sure it only holds a fraction of an Old Trafford or Emirates but that's a good thing as there are really no bad seats in the ground, it's a very intimate place.
It's a very safe and family friendly ground with a good atmosphere and when the team lose, which they doa lot, there's no rioting or swearing just lots of oh well, musn't grumble as you come out of the stadium.
Tickets are cheap (for the Premier League), the amenities and food are good, and you can't beat the location, just a 5 minute walk from my house :-D
I was really taken aback by Craven Cottage. It's rather a lovely looking ground.
It was only 1996 that saw Fulham not far off the bottom of what is now League Two (I think) so their stadium had to be rebuilt around 2004ish to meet Premiership standards. Even now though, the full capacity is "only" 25,700 people.
This makes Craven Cottage really rather special to visit.
Rather than the usual London Premier League stadia, which I find rather intimidating in size and the vast swells of people one encounters to and from a match, this ground feels friendlier and more welcoming.
It's a particularly pleasant walk through Bishop's Park to get there, the tickets are relatively affordable, and the fans are passionate but friendly (although I may have neglected to wear my Tottenham Hotspur shirt the day I went).
I watched them play against Roma and didn't hear any swearing that I can recall, felt closer to the pitch than I have at any other stadia I've been to (even Loftus Road), and it was easy to get out afterwards.
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Lovely old style football stadium right on the River Thames. Beautifully quaint old stands (although the stands behind the goals are modern) give it an atmosphere that is gradually being lost at English football grounds as new identikit stadia take over.
Although it's old the facilities aren't too bad and a half-time beer beside the river is a pleasant way to kill the 15 minutes. It's relatively close to Hammersmith and Putney so there are plenty of places nearby for pre and post match drinks.
I've only been once but at least my team won.
I've been to Craven Cottage about three times now in the last three years to go and see the Fulham v Middlesborough game (don't even ask why it just became a tradition for us!) Admittedly I've not been to any other Premiership matches to compare it to though I've seen a few international games Wembley Stadium.
The walk to Craven Cottage is fairly entertaining as you make your way there from Putney Bridge (or Fulham Broadway) with the rest of the crowd. Most people seem to be quite energised and make the walk at pace to get to the stadium.
The stadium doesn't seem very big and as a result you can really feel part of the action. The atmosphere as a result is very good and I love the fact you can stomp your support and you when you're all doing it must sound pretty impressive to the players. Great character.
The last time I was here (the away end), Aston Villa managed a draw after missing two penalties (that's Juan Pablo Angel for you). I like the atmosphere of the place, though, if not the result. The home fans are useless. You can have a great time here as an away fan abusing all the American fund managers who go to the Cottage to support their local team. They don't sing and they don't get behind their team. It makes you feel good about your own team. Still, the Fulham fans can't be all that bad, otherwise they'd be down the other end of the Fulham Road supporting Chelsea. Don't get me started.
Decent little place for the family and friends. Very conservative football ground, football O.K by their standards. If u do visit do not sit in the jonny Haynes stand as it is very cramped and you could hear a pin drop.
Declaration of interest - my dad took me to my first game here in 1960. Yes, I am really old. Once you've made that riverside walk from Putney Bridge through Bishop's Park to the most beautiful football ground in the country, you're hooked. Where else can you watch the boat race and a football match in the space of an hour? Of course, Fulham are perennial under-achievers, but it matters not at the Cottage. One rainy Wednesday evening many years ago, the whites were battling to a goalless draw against Bury. The ball was kicked into the crowd. An actor (of which there are many here) caught it, and quick as a flash, whipped out a pen and signed it. His pals followed suit. That's the way it is at Fulham - the crowd's autographs are worth more than the players. A lovely place to spend a quiet Saturday.
Another good family club to take the youngsters to and reasonable ticket prices
One of the few old style stadiums remaining (especially for a top flight club), I quite actually enjoyed my experience in the Craven Cottage. Albeit you may be unlucky enough to sit behind a beam or a supporting pillar (which makes it that much more important to choose your seating carefully if you are booking online!), the atmosphere is not bad, you can feel the passion of the fans.
I would say the scale or size of the stadium helps all this as it is rather compact, and it is funny how the players have to strut to one corner of the stadium to get back into the changing rooms.
Not too far from Putney Bridge, the short walk (through a small park) is not bad. Having visited as an away fan, I felt Fulham have a nice stadium here - however, does not seem like it can be expanded so no idea if they will move away one day to increase attendances - would be a pity.
Whilst this stadium does not have great facilities, you are guaranteed a nice friendly crowd and a great view of the game! Highly recommended.
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