FULHAM V STOKE CITY
Saturday 5 October 2013
STADIUM INFORMATION //
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 that 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 all-seater stadium.
Plans have also recently been given the green light to rebuild the Riverside Stand to modernise the stadium.
YOUR ROUTE //
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 INFORMATION //
Parking around the stadium is very restricted unless you arrive more than three hours prior to kick-off, where limited parking is available.
We have been asked to kindly remind supporters of the residents' only parking zones on match-days.
Craven Cottage is 162 miles away from the Britannia Stadium, with an approximate travel time of 3 hours 15 minutes.
Due to traffic however, we would recommend allowing 4 hours to complete the journey to London.
TRAVELLING VIA TRAIN //
The easiest way to reach Craven Cottage solely via train is as follows:
Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston, and then take District Line tube to Putney Bridge, which is then about a ten-minute walk from the stadium.
Please check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for up to date travel information prior to your departure.
LOCAL RADIO //
Supporters in the area can find out local news and traffic information via a number of radio stations in London. BBC Radio London broadcast on 94.9FM while Capital FM are on 95.8FM and LBC on 97.3FM.