Away Days - Travel Guide: Fulham vs. Cardiff City
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Fulham is located in the Hammersmith and Fulham Borough of Southwest London. The journey by car takes almost three hours from the Welsh capital, although matchday parking close to the stadium is extremely limited. There is a one hour maximum stay policy for non residential pay-and-display visitors between 9am and 9:30pm on all matchdays.
Disabled parking is also limited, and as such must be arranged in advance by contacting Fulham’s Disability Liaison Officer on 02083367477. Spaces are finalised on a first-come, first-served basis to home or away supporters.
The closest Tube station to the ground is Putney Bridge, in Fare Zone 2. There is a direct service from Paddington Station on the District Line, which takes nineteen minutes. The walk from Putney Bridge Station to the stadium is approximately 10-15 minutes. Fans should be advised that due to railway improvement work in the Bristol area on Saturday 9th September, train services between Cardiff and London will be diverted and reduced to hourly. Fans should plan their journey at GWR.com.
Craven Cottage is the 16th biggest stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, with a capacity of 25,700. The Stadium is idyllically located alongside the River Thames, and still contains the original Cottage Pavilion dating back to 1905.
Away fans are located in the Putney End, which has a full capacity of around 7,800 spectators. The stand is divided into two sections; one 3,000 allocation for away fans and a separate ‘Mixed’ area for home, away or neutral spectators – one of the few grounds in the country to have such an area.
The nearest cashpoint is located at TESCO Express on Fulham Palace Road, although this carries a service charge. The closest free cash machines are located at the Putney Bridge Underground station. The club’s Matchday programme ‘We are Fulham’ can be bought on Stevenage Road or in the Putney End concourse for £3.50.
Pies and Pints
There is a wide range of catering facilities at Craven Cottage, serving a variety of matchday meals including cheeseburgers, pies, sausage sandwiches and hot dogs. A salt beef sandwich is available from a specialist mobile unit on the Riverside Terrance.
Carlsberg, Tetley’s and Guinness are all available to purchase inside the ground, although supporters should note that alcoholic drinks must not be consumed within sight of the pitch and cannot be taken into your seat in the stand. Refreshment units stop serving alcohol 10 minutes prior to Kick-Off and resume again 15 minutes before Half-Time.
There are shared facilities along the length of the Putney End concourse and visiting fans can also take advantage of the larger space on the riverside terrace, which has a number of catering units, TV screens and betting facilities. Particularly at Half-Time, queue times are often shorter in this location than at the fixed units along the back of the stand.
Food for Thought
A number of locations have been recommended which enjoy a friendly mix of home and away fans, including The Crabtree and The Eight Bells. Another popular pub, The Spotted Horse has welcomed both City and Fulham fans for pre and post-match use via their social media accounts.
There are also plenty of alternative food options in Fulham, including the renowned Claude’s Kitchen which offers high quality food in an excellent location or the River Café with good value pub grub just outside the Putney Bridge Tube Station.
One incredible attraction that most supporters will visit without realising is Bishop’s Park – those using the Tube service at Putney Bridge will walk through the park to get to Craven Cottage. Within the Park is the spectacular Fulham Palace, a Grade 1 Listed building with over 800 years of history.