|Inauguration||10.10.1896 (Fulham - Minerva)|
|Record attendance||49 335 (Fulham - Millwall, 08.10.1938)|
|Address||Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, Fulham, Londyn SW6 6HH, England|
Description: Craven Cottage
Located on the Thames riverside, this ground has an exceptional history to it. The name Craven Cottage derives from a residence that – supposedly – hosted a number of majestic guests, including Queen Victoria. The building standing in the place of today’s central circle of the pitch was lost in a fire in May 1888. Converting the ruins and surrounding garden into a football field took 2 years. First ever game with admission fees was played in 1886. Ironically, first wooden stand accommodating some 1,000 people was raised short afterwards.
But the ‘real deal’ came in 20th century when renown architect Archibald Leitch was on the job. In his carrier Leitch designed almost 40 of the most famous British and Irish grounds. Craven Cottage with its red-brick façade of the main stand is among the most precious monuments of Leitch’s work along with the historical Ibrox front wall.
In its history the stadium went through quite a few revamps, but among British stadiums, especially in top flight football, Craven Cottage has an opinion of a ‘classic’. Single-tiered stands with flat roof supported on pillars based in the audience are topped with four tall floodlight masts. There’s no seating in the corners apart from the clubhouse – literally, a house. Although called simply “The Cottage” it is not to be mistaken with the historical Craven Cottage. This one is the result of an… error. Leitch, although a specialist in stadia, had apparently forgotten about players changing rooms in his initial design. Now it is used as a special suite for corporate clients who wish to watch “The Cottagers” in premium conditions.
Although its history dates back into the 19th century, for Fulham it was already the 9th ground (!), making the London club one of two teams with the highest number of home grounds, losing only to QPR which leads with 14. Apart from Fulham the national teams of Ireland and Australia treated this venue as ‘home away from home’, playing their home fixtures there temporarily. In 1948 four games of the Olympics were played here and in 1967 a record hattrick was scored here. Jimmy O’Connor of Ireland needed only 133 seconds to score 3 goals!
London: Fulham's stadium deadlock explained
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10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
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Premier League: Most clubs ‘inflate’ attendances
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New design: Craven Cottage that never will be…
… and we regret this a whole lot! A unique vision of redeveloped Fulham stadium was created by Mariusz Sępek. The Polish author presented a bold approach at connecting heritage with the future.
England: Premier League stadiums not fit for disabled fans
Only 3 of the 20 Premier League grounds meet all guidelines in terms of accessibility. World's richest league made little progress despite current guidelines being 10 years old.
London: Al Fayed takes Jackson statue from Craven Cottage
The Michael Jackson statue installed at Craven Cottage by former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed is set to be removed., according to The Independent.
London: Fayed warns new Fulham owner not to remove Jackson statue
Passing his beloved club to new owner, Mohamed Al Fayed warned Shahid Khan to respect the Michael Jackson statue near Craven Cottage. In return he heard that fans will first be asked.
London: Supporters protest against ticket (over)pricing
Average price of the cheapest season ticket for 2013/14 Premier League grew once again and stands at over £500. Overall, entry fees have gone up by whopping 718% since 1989, when the reform of English football began ahead of Premier League’s establishment.
Technology: Premier League to introduce goal-line system
The Premier League has confirmed that goal-line technology will be in place for the start of the 2013-14 season. FIFA has already said that goal-line technology will be used at this year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Report by FSF.org.uk.
England: Nationwide campaign to cap away ticket prices under way
It seems recent rejection of away tickets by Manchester City has been a strong signal that change is needed. Largest fan associations in England announced they will soon launch a campaign to cap ticket prices.
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
London: Fulham given planning permission for Cottage expansion
On Thursday evening local council’s planning commission approved plans of the football side to redevelop their historical home. New Riverside Stand will raise capacity by 4,300 seats.
London: Famous roof over Craven Cottage being changed
While no football is played currently, Fulham are making use of spare time and changing the roof over the world's oldest and maybe most iconic stand. Should be ready by next season.
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He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.