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Monday
Nov202017

Awayday Guide: Sheffield United

TICKETING INFORMATION

Fulham have been allocated more than 2,000 tickets in the lower tier of the Bramall Lane stand. Tickets are available on general sale for personal callers to the Fulham ticket office at Craven Cottage until 1pm tomorrow (Tuesday 21 November). They are priced at £22 for adults, £15 for supporters aged over 60, £13 for students or those supporters aged between 18 and 21 and £11 for under 18s. There will be cash sales on Tuesday night from the away ticket office next to the Bramall Lane stand away entrance, but these tickets will cost £24 for adults, £17 for supporters aged over 60, £15 for students or those supporters aged between 18 and 21 and £13 for under 18s.

GETTING TO BRAMALL LANE

BY CAR

Exit the M1 at Junction 33 and take the A630 into Sheffield City Centre. When you get to the inner ring road follow signs for A621 Bakewell and the ground is located a quarter a mile on the other side of the city centre. There is no parking available at Bramall Lane itself and very limited street parking near the ground. Fulham fans who will be driving are advised to park at the multi-storey car park in Eyre Street, which will cost £3.50 on production of your match ticket. Supporters could also park at Meadowhall Railway Station, which is free, from where you can take a tram to the ground (£4 return).

BY TRAIN

Sheffield railway station is located about ten minutes away from Bramall Lane. Direct trains run from London St. Pancras or via Doncaster from London Kings Cross. The last train back to London on Tuesday evening leaves Doncaster station at 21:54. You can get a taxi from the Sheffield train station to the ground for around £4-£5).

BY COACH

The Club and Grovesnor Casinos are running free coaches from Craven Cottage and West Barnes Lane opposite Motspur Park train station from 1.45pm tomorrow. All ticket holders are able to take up the free coach travel by contacting the Fulham ticket office.

AWAY PUBS

Most of the pubs in the direct vicinity of Bramall Lane are designated as home fans only.

The closest pub to the ground welcoming away fans is likely to be the Sheaf Island on Ecclesall Road, which is a Wetherspoons chain (Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8HW). Behind the Waitrose on Cemetary Road is The Beer Engine (7 Cemetery Road, Sheffield S11 8FJ), which offers an excellent range of craft beers and food. The Devonshire Cat (49 Wellington Street, Sheffield S1 4HG), which regularly features in the CAMRA good beer guide, serves at least twelve real ales as well as a wide food menu and has a large TV screen showing live sport is also highly recommended.

There are a number of options closer to Sheffield train station, including The Globe (54 Howard Street, Sheffield S1 2LX), which offers an excellent selection of ales. Also on Howard Street is the appropriately named The Howard (Howard Street, Sheffield S1 2LW), a mock-Tudor fronted pub that welcomes away fans. Inside the station itself, the Sheffield Tap (1b Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, Sheffield S1 2BP) is a popular Edwardian bar that brews on-site real ale, although they may turn away fans who refuse to cover up their colours. 

Supporters opting to walk towards Bramall Lane may wish to visit the Rutland Arms (86 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS), which serves a wide selection of real ales and has an atmospheric interior and beer garden. The Sentinel Brewing Company (178 Shoreham St, Sheffield S1 4SQ), which brews its own selection of local, British, European and American ales, is also well worth a visit.

86 Brown St, Sheffield S1 2BS
Sunday
Nov192017

Matchday Atmosphere Report

There is an ongoing debate at Fulham FC about the match day atmosphere. Why do the away fans always sound louder and the Hammersmith End losing crowd noise through the gaps in the stand are just two of the comments made.

Matchdays form an important and regular topic of discussion between the FST and the club. From food, drink, disabled facilities, toilets, stewarding, ticket prices and much more.  One area we keep revisiting is how to improve the atmosphere during a game.

The club have from time to time requested reports from companies who are experts in sound and noise within a stadium.

The club have kindly passed on one of those reports for the FST to publish. The report was undertaken in the autumn of last year at home game vs Norwich.

Here are some of the main points and summary from it.

  • Vanguardia were commissioned by Fulham Football Club to undertake an assessment of the crowd atmosphere on a match day and investigate ways in which the stadium acoustics may enhance the fan experience
  • This report describes the findings of the assessment in terms of architectural acoustics, usage of the sound-system and subjective impression of atmosphere.
  • Through a combination of complaint emails and fan forum engagements, Fulham FC supporters have indicated they are dissatisfied with the atmosphere at their home stadium. The majority of complaints have come from season ticket holders in the Hammersmith End. The complaints are largely related to the perception of crowd noise escaping from the open corners at either side of the stand.
  • Fulham FC have trialled various methods of improving the atmosphere during the 2016/17 season. This has included the introduction of cardboard clappers on the seats which were in use on the match-day assessed. The club have also trialled goal celebration music and live drummers in the stands, however it is understood these were not well received by fans.
  • The majority of vocal support for the team comes from the rear of the Hammersmith stand. The stand itself has a long, shallow seating rake, meaning that the fans towards the back are a relatively long distance – approximately 35-40m from the pitch. Conversely, the Putney stand has a steeper seating rake and shorter distance of only 20-25m from back row to the pitch-side.
  • For supporters seated towards the middle of the Riverside and Johnny Haynes stands, the away support in the Putney end is going to be more audible than the chanting from the back of the Hammersmith stand due to the shorter distances involved.
  • A notable feature of the architecture of the Hammersmith stand is the restricted view fans have of the other parts of the stadium. The view, and subsequently the propagation path of sound is obstructed by the hospitality boxes at either side of the stand. This may be a contributing factor to the perception that noise generated by fans in these areas of the Hammersmith stand does not transmit to the rest of the home support.
  • As mentioned, there is a perception among fans in the Hammersmith stand that noise they generate is escaping out of the open corners of the stand. During the match-day survey, it was observed that the majority of vocal support is based towards the back of the Hammersmith stand, in the centre of the seating. It is unlikely that the open ended architecture of the Hammersmith is stand is resulting in a significant reduction of sound energy reaching the rest of the stadium.
  • A number of measurements of crowd noise were taken in both the Riverside stand and the Hammersmith Stand.
  • Towards the middle of the Riverside stand, crowd noise levels of 80-82dBLAeq were measured. These consisted largely of the away supporters in the Putney Stand at a point in the match where the visiting team was in the lead.
  • In the second half, measurements were taken in the Hammersmith end. During home goal celebrations in the second half, crowd noise levels of up to 102dBLAeq were measured in close proximity to the vocal support. This represents a good level of crowd noise and is in line with measurements taken in other, similar stadia.

                                                                           SUMMARY

  • It is not felt that the open ends of the Hammersmith Stand are particularly detrimental to the build-up of crowd noise generated by home supporters. More noticeable was the longer distance from the pitch to the rear of the Hammersmith stand, where the most vocal home fans are situated.

 

 

 

The trust would welcome any comments back from this report to take back to the club so please contact by email at info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com

Thursday
Nov092017

Trust congratulates Fulhamish on FSF Awards nomination

The Fulham Supporters' Trust have sent their warmest congratulations to the Fulhamish podcast after the boys received a Football Supporters' Federation nomination for best club podcast of the year at the forthcoming FSF Awards.

The Fulhamish podcast, only launched last season, has been nominated alongside such national contenders as Liverpool's The Anfield Wrap, Arsenal's Arsecast, Blue Moon from Manchester City, the Amber Nectar of Hull City and From the Rookery End put together by supporters of Watford. A specially-convened FSF panel will meet to pick the winner, who will be announced at the FSF Awards evening on Monday 4 December at the Tower of London.

The podcast, put together each week by a team that includes KISS FM's Sammy James, resident Irish expert Jack Collins, tactical guru Ben Jarman and awayday supremo Dom Betts has built up its own cult following on a Monday night. The team's latest episode disected the fallout following Fulham stats man Craig Klein's well-publicised departure and a disappointing defeat at Wolves on Friday night.

Fulham Supporters' Trust communications director Dan Crawford said: 'To be nominated in the FSF awards among such stellar company after a little more than a season of output shows that the boys behind Fulhamish had as a big as breakthrough year as Ryan Sessegnon. Their brand of humour, debate, tactical analysis and insight has quickly developed a cult following - even if I can't say I agree with many of Jack Collins' hot takes'. The Trust wishes the Fulhamish boys well for December's awards evening and let's home they can break that Fulhamish tradition and bring home a big prize'.

Sunday
Nov052017

Trust statement on today's press reports

Fulham fans are alarmed and concerned by further stories in the national press this morning about the circumstances surrounding the departure of Fulham Football Club's former assistant director of football operations and director of statistical research.

Whilst employment issues at Fulham Football Club should remain confidential, any implications following last week's events interest anyone who cares passionately about Fulham Football Club. The Fulham Supporters' Trust intend to discuss this matter fully with Fulham Football Club's chief executive officer, Alistair Mackintosh, and other senior Club officials during our upcoming regular structured dialogue meeting at Motspur Park later this month. 

Tom Greatrex, chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust said: "The Trust and senior management at Fulham football club have worked hard over recent times to develop a strong relationship where the independent fans organisation has structured dialogue with the Club on issues of importance. It is not enjoyable to read about such apparently stark division behind the scenes, and it should be no surprise that the implications for the club have prompted concerns and questions from Trust members. It is part of our role to put those concerns to the Club, and we will do so when we meet later this month. This is a very significant time for the Fulham both on and off the field, and we want to see a focussed and united organisation making progress."

 

Friday
Nov032017

Trust hosts evening with Micky Adams at Craven Cottage

The Fulham Supporters' Trust are looking forward to welcoming back former Fulham full-back and manager Micky Adams to Craven Cottage for a special evening with the fans later this month.

Adams, who established himself as a cult hero with the Fulham faithful after taking over Ian Branfoot as player-manager and saving the Whites from dropping out of the Football League before taking his side up from Division Three the following season, will be back at the Cottage for a question and answer session with supporters in McBride's on Thursday 30 November.

He will share his memories of the special 1996-97 promotion season that began Fulham's remarkable rise through the English football pyramid, which feature prominently in his recently released autobiography, My Life In Football. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the evening.

Fulham Supporters' Trust chair Tom Greatrex said: 'We are delighted to be able to welcome Micky Adams back to Craven Cottage. As the man whose first steps into management ensured Fulham retained their Football League status and then began the club’s remarkable rise with promotion from Division Three, Micky has always had a special place in the hearts of all Fulham fans. I’m looking forward to a great evening at the Cottage with a genuine Fulham legend'.

Tickets for this special event are available to Trust members, priced at £20, which includes a complimentary drink on arrival.

A year's membership of the Fulham Supporters' Trust, the democratically-constituted and indepedent voice of the Fulham fans formed from the Back to the Cottage campaign, costs £10 for adults and £5 for senior citizens or juniors. You can join the Trust here.