Luzhniki2008 visited Craven Cottage on 07/01/2001
Game watched: Fulham 1-2 Manchester United
Visiting Craven Cottage is one of my favourite away trips as this is a truly historic old stadium. This is especially seen with the Johnny Haynes Stand on Stevenage Road which was built in 1905 by the hugely respect football architect Archibald Leitch. To the side of this the famous Cottage still stands, built in the same year as the Haynes Stand. These two buildings make the stadium instantly recognisable.
Fulham spent 2 seasons away from Craven Cottage between 2002 and 2004 groundsharing with QPR. Originally there were huge plans to redevelop the whole stadium but in the end these plans were scaled down, with seats put in both stands behind the goals with 2 new roofs to cover them. Seats were also put in place of the standing areas at the front of the Johnny Haynes Stand as well. Fulham have planning permission to put an extra tier of seats on the Riverside Stand opposite the Johnny Haynes Stand, which will further increase capacity and ensure the club remain at this stadium for many years to come.
Away fans are housed in half of the Putney End behind one of the goals. There is also a neutral section to the right of the away fans section, for fans of any club who wish to buy tickets. The neutral section also makes it easier for general football fans to make a visit to this stadium. Fulham is one of the safest grounds to watch football and the neutral section further proves this. Ticket, food and drinks prices here are typical of top flight London football clubs unfortunately, but despite this it is a great stadium to visit.
The area surrounding the groud is a really nice area and the walk to and from nearby Putney Bridge Tube Station, along the banks of the River Thames is definitely enjoyable. Taking the tube is the best option as parking around the stadium is restricted to residents only.