‘What To Do On A Saturday’ aims to provide you with information of where to go so planning a day out is one less worry for you. So, sit back and relax – hopefully your monthly footballing fix will be sorted with my help.
Welcome back everyone! Let me firstly say well done to all of us getting through another term at uni, especially those in first year. Before the Christmas break, I wrote about visiting West Ham United; both fixtures were cracking games, including a 94th minute in the West Brom match.
However, this month I’m recommending that we leave the East London setting and go across this magnificent city to West London. No it’s not Chelsea (you’ll be lucky to ever get a ticket). Rather it’s their local rivals, Fulham FC.
A quaint little club along the Putney river, Fulham are a club which ooze class. Having found themselves in England’s second tier for a number of seasons now, it is Slaviša Jokanović job to guide The Cottagers to the promised land. Last season’s semi-final defeat in the playoffs were tough to take but the SW6 club seem to be back with a vengeance.
A slow start to the campaign had many questioning whether another top seven finish was possible. Recently however, the squad have their “mojo” back. Highly rated youngster Ryan Sessegnon has found returned to form; 2 goals and 1 assist against Ipswich a few weeks back has again made him a target for many top English sides. Seasoned pros Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney have also been contributing to goals in a side which has a realistic chance of a top-seven finish minimum.
Games coming up
17th February 3.00 KO vs Aston Villa
Fulham currently 8th, Villa sit in 4th whilst Forest languish down in 15th. At the time of writing this, before their home fixture against Burton and away match to Barnsley, “The Whites” are currently 5 unbeaten and should be looking to extend it to 7 with two winnable games coming up. So, the Aston Villa fixture will mean even more as both sides look to cement themselves in those precious play-off places.
Seats and prices
When I have been to Craven Cottage, I have sat in the Johnny Haynes stand; the seats are wooden which bides into the rustic, family feel surrounding the club but legroom is on the sparse side unfortunately.
As Craven Cottage is a fairly small ground, the view from any of the stands is pretty spectacular. If you want to sit next to the away fans, you can sit in the Putney End stand, a 18-21 year old ticket is £25.00. In the Johnny Haynes stand the price varies between £25.00-£35.00 for 18-21 year olds whilst in the Hammersmith End Stand and Riverside Stand the tickets are priced at £25.00.
Travelling to the game
From the Fulham FC website: “The closest station to Craven Cottage, Putney Bridge is approximately a 10 – 20 min walk from the stadium. Exit the station, turn left and follow the road (Ranelagh Gardens). Walk through the underpass into Bishops Park. Follow the path through Bishops Park, along the river until you reach the stadium.”
From Mile End, take the Hammersmith and City Line via Wimbledon and you will arrive at Putney Bridge without having to make any changes. This tube journey will take you around 40 minutes.
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