FULHAM v STOKE CITY
Saturday 23rd February 2013
Barclays Premier League
Craven Cottage | Kick Off 12.45pm
A Foot in Both Camps – Cliff Carr:
Full-back Cliff Carr spent the majority of his career spread across spells at both Fulham and Stoke City.
He started off with the South London club in 1982, going on to play 145 times in the league before moving to City in 1987 after being signed by Mick Mills.
Despite a slow start to his time in the Potteries, he established himself on the left side of the defence, making 124 league appearances before being released by Lou Macari.
Short stints at Shrewsbury Town and Mansfield Town followed, before he signed off with two years at Chesterfield. He earned one Under-21 cap for England.
Fulham Football Club
Undoubtedly one of football's best loved venues, Craven Cottage has been Fulham's home since October 1896. The original cottage was built by Baron Craven amid woods that formed part of Anne Boleyn's hunting grounds and was a magnet for the high society of the day.
The site fell into disrepair until the football club purchased the land by the side of the Thames in an area which at that time had very little surrounding housing.
The club progressed quickly and soon engaged Archibald Leitch to design a new ground, part of which was the present "Cottage", a corner pavilion containing the dressing rooms on the ground floor and offices and balcony above.
Many schemes to develop a new stadium on the hugely valuable riverside site have been proposed but the coast has always proved prohibitive and so the club undertook a £10million refurbishment programme in 2004 resulting in a 25,350 seater stadium, all under cover.
From the Britannia Stadium take the M6 southbound to join the M1 southbound (signposted London).
Continue on the M1 past London Gateway Services to exit M1 onto A406 (signposted North Circular (West), Wembley).
Continue on A406 for 7 miles to join the A4 at the roundabout (signposted Central London, Hammersmith).
At Hogarth Roundabout, take the second exit onto the A4 (signposted Central London, Hammersmith).
At Hammersmith Flyover, branch left and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A306 (sign-posted Kensington, Fulham, Shepherd's Bush).
At Hammersmith Broadway traffic lights, turn left onto Caroline Street (A219, one way) and follow A219 (signposted Fulham).
Turn right into Finlay Street and then left in Stevenage Road.
Parking is very restricted unless you are very early when some space is available. Beware of the residents’ only parking zones on match-days.
162 Miles. Journey time - 3 hours 10 minutes.
Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston.
Take the District Line tube to Putney Bridge, which is about ten minutes’ walk from Craven Cottage.
An alternative is to go to the Hammersmith station, which is on the Hammersmith, City, Piccadilly and District lines (20 minutes’ walk)
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train information.
BBC Radio London broadcast on 94.9FM while Capital FM are on 95.8FM and LBC on 97.3FM.