Fulham and Craven Cottage
Fulham plays their home games at Craven Cottage on Stevenage Road, London. It has been their home since 1896. The stadium is located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, bounded by the River Thames.
In 2002 Fulham played what they thought was their last game at what was then known as the ‘Cottage’. They planned to play at Loftus Road while a new ground was built, however, opposition to the proposal obstructed their plans eventually abandoning the new stadium project.
Plans were later unveiled for £8million worth of refurbishment work at the existing stadium to bring it in line with Premier League requirements. The club returned to the stadium in 2004.
What’s it like for away fans?
Visiting supporters are housed to one side of the Putney End Stand alongside the ‘neutral’ section with away fans being allocated around 3,000 tickets. Many away supporters tend to snap up tickets in the neutral end meaning that there could be a total of 6,000 away supporters at the Cottage. There are pillars in the stand and some seats could be affected.
Food and drink are available from a number out outlets situated behind the stands. Although most of these areas are covered they are not enclosed and it can get very cold. There is, however, a very nice view of the Thames to the left of the stand.
Where can I get a pint pre-match?
Fulham away is a very popular game for Aston Villa fans, mainly down to the pre-match drinking options.
The Eight Bells is situated very closely to the Tube Station but can get extremely busy so get there early to avoid disappointment. The pub usually opens at 10 am.
The Temperance is another option and is just a few minutes walk away from the Eight Bells on Fulham High Street. They have a round bar in the centre of their main room with plenty of seating and usually have football on a large projector.
I am driving, where can I park?
Like most places in the Capital, parking can be quite difficult around the ground. Parking on local streets is restricted to a maximum of one hour pay and display on matchdays.
If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.