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Tuesday
Aug152017

Fulham Supporters' Trust hits at out at 'extortionate' away ticket prices

Fulham fans who make a late decision to follow their team at Elland Road tonight will be charged £42 by Leeds United.
Tickets booked in advance of the matchday still cost the travelling supporters £37 - which is one of the highest prices in the Championship. The extortionate nature of Leeds' ticket pricing policy prompted Fulham's main sponsor, Grosvenor Casinos, to offer free travel to and from Elland Road - but the Fulham Supporters' Trust have renewed their call for the EFL to consider capping the cost of away tickets along the same lines as the Premier League clubs.
Trust board member Dan Crawford says that Leeds are far from the only offenders in the Championship and the cost of away ticket prices across the division needs to be looked at. 'Whilst Fulham fans are very grateful for the offer of free travel to and from tonight's game at Leeds, the price of going to watch a Championship team away from home has become ridiculously high over the last few seasons. With a cap now in place in the Premier League, it seems unfair that Championship fans are regularly having to pay out more than £35 to watch their side on the road.'
The issue was at the forefront of discussions during last month's Supporters Summit hosted by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation at St. George's Park last month, where fans from across the country voiced their disenchantment with rising prices. 
'It was clear from our discussions at the Supporters Summit that the time for a cap on away ticket prices has come,' added Crawford. 'Without a commitment from the EFL that they will explore a cap or encourage reciprocal pricing arrangements between their clubs, the regular away travellers - who are responsible for the vibrant atmosphere that makes English football unique - will continue to be penalised for following their team. The Fulham Supporters' Trust fully supports the FSF's call for fairer ticket prices and will be working with fans of all clubs over the course of this season to try and make this a reality'.
Monday
Aug142017

Awayday Guide: Leeds United

Fulham's second away league fixture in four days sees Slavisa Jokanovic's side travel to Elland Road on Tuesday night to play Leeds United.

Tickets are available priced at £37 for adults, £25 for those aged 60 and above, £25 for those aged between 16 and 22, £16 for under-16s and £8 for under-11s. Disabled supporters tickets are priced at £25. Tickets bought on Tuesday rise by £5 in each category. We would advise Fulham fans without tickets to purchase as swiftly as possible via the Fulham FC ticket office either in person or by calling 0203 871 0810. In response to the extortionate ticket pricing, Fulham's first team sponsor Grovesnor Casinos are offering free travel to and from Elland Road in the form of coaches, which can be booked on 0203 871 0810.

GETTING TO ELLAND ROAD

BY CAR

Exit the M1 at Junction 43 and take the M621 towards Leeds City Centre. You will go past the ground on your left, take the next exit at Junction 1 and turn left onto the A6110 ring road. Take the next left onto Elland Road for the ground. As you head under a railway bridge, you will see the entrances to two very large car parks (which are reasonably priced at £6).

BY TRAIN

The nearest railway station to Elland Road is Leeds, which can be reached from King's Cross. It is between 35 and 40 minutes walk to the ground, so your best bet will be to take one of the shuttle buses (£2.50 return) from Sovereign Street - directly opposite the Hilton Hotel - or get a taxi (which should cost around £8).

AWAY PUBS

At the ground itself, Howard's Bar, which is dedicated to away supporters, is situated between the South and West Stands. Supporters will have to show their away match ticket to gain access to the bar, which will open at 5.45pm.

The closest pub to the ground which admits away fans is The Drysalters (Elland Road, LS11 8AX), which is about 10 minutes walk from the stadium. This pub serves real ale, food and shows Sky Sports and BT Sport on its TV screens.

Some city centre pubs will also welcome away fans but may also insist that any colours are covered up.

Friday
Aug112017

Awayday Guide: Reading

Fulham's first away fixture of the league campaign is at Reading's Madjeski Stadium on Saturday.

Fulham have been allocated 3,114 tickets priced at for £20 for adults, £13 for senior citizens, £10 for those aged between 18 and 24 and £5 for under 18s. Prices will raise by £5 in each category on matchday and so Fulham fans are advised to book in advance and collect their tickets either from the Fulham or Reading ticket offices.

Tickets are no longer available to buy online so supporters wishing to purchase a ticket should either visit the Fulham ticket office in person or call 0203 871 0810.

GETTING TO THE MADJESKI STADIUM

BY CAR

The Madjeski Stadium is clearly visible on your left when travelling down the M4. Exit the M4 at Junction 11, bear left onto the A33, which will you take straight to the stadium, which is well signposted. This route can become congested the closer it gets to kick-off so all drivers are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey.

CAR PARKING

There is limited parking at the Madjeski Stadium priced at £8, but there will be significant delays exiting the official car park after the final whistle.

There is some limited parking available at the stadium itself for a cost of £8, but it can be a bit of lengthy process to get out of the car park at the end of the game. There also a number of unofficial car parks nearby in the local business parks, the cheapest being on Acre Road (£5).

Fulham fans could also use the Park and Ride facility at Mereoak (RG7 1PB), which is located close to the Junction 11 exit from the M4 and is served by buses from the town centre. Take the A33 towards Basingstoke from Junction 11 and follow the signs for the park and ride. Parking is free and the bus costs £3.50 return for adults, £1.70 for under-19s or concessions and there is a group ticket that covers up to four people for £7.

There are also a number of unofficial car parks in the area sited at local businesses (Acre Road at a cost of £5)

BY TRAIN

It is more than three miles from Reading Station to the Madjeski Stadium. Supporters are advised either to board the F1 'Football Special' bus from Station Hill (turn right out of the station's main entrance, go down the steps and the buses leave from the left hand side set of stops) or take a taxi from the station to the ground (which will cost approximately £10).

AWAY PUBS

The pubs in the vicinity of the ground are designated as home fans only. There are a number of mobile outlets close to the away end that will sell beer, soft drinks and food but away fans are advised to drink in the town centre and allow plenty of time for travelling to the Madjeski Stadium.

The recently refurbished The Three Guineas (Station Approach, RG1 1LY) used to run by a Fulham fan and welcomes away supporters. It is a Fulller's pub offering a large selection of guest ales, wine and ciders as well as excellent, reasonably-priced food and shows all live sport on their TV screens.

The Hope Tap (on Friar Street, RG1 1EP) is the closest Wetherspoons - located about five minutes walk from the station - that has welcomed Fulham fans on our last three visits and has a small beer garden.

The Oakford Social Club (53 Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1PZ) has also welcomed Fulham fans in the past and can be found directly opposite the station. This is an American-style bar serving a large selection of cask beers and offering a good range of food options.

Monday
Aug072017

Awayday Guide: Wycombe Wanderers

Fulham have been drawn against supporter-owned League Two side Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

There are still tickets available for tomorrow night's fixture at Adams Park. Tickets for away fans - located in the East Stand - are priced at £15 for adults, £12 for over 60s and £5 for under 16s. These are on general sale and should now be purchased by visiting the Fulham ticket office in Stevenage Road or calling 0203 871 0810. Those supporters requiring wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets should call the Wycombe ticket office on 01494 441 118.

GETTING TO ADAMS PARK

CLUB COACHES

The official Fulham coaches will leave Craven Cottage and Motspur Park at 5pm. Season ticket holders and members can book a space on the coach for £13 for adults and £5 for juniors, whilst general sale places are available for £18 for adults and £10 for juniors.

BY CAR

On matchdays, there is significant traffic around Adams Park so drivers are advised to leave plenty of time to complete their journey. Adams Park is clearly signposted from the M40. Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 (John Hall Way, signposted Aylesbury). Cross over three small roundabouts into New Road continuing down the hill to two mini roundabouts at the bottom. Turn sharp left at the first into Lane End Road and continue to the next mini roundabout at which turn right into Hillbottom Road. Adams Park is situated at the very end of the road.

CAR PARKING

A limited number of car parking spaces are available at Adams Park, priced £5. You can also park in some of the industrial units along Hillbottom/Lane End Road for the same price. This might be a better option as the official car park gets very congested and there are usually serious delays in leaving after full time. There is some street parking available, but this is subject to restrictions on matchdays, and traffic wardens are in operation.

BY RAIL

Supporters can reach High Wycombe station from London Marylebone. The ground is around 2.8 miles from the station and a taxi should cost around £6. Trains leave Marylebone at 17:00, 17:21, 17:24, 17:34 18:01, 18:21 and 18:24 tomrorow night. 

BY BUS

The best way to reach Adams Park from High Wycombe is via the Arriva football special bus service, which is priced at £2 for a single fare or £3 return for adults and £1 for a single (£1.50 return) for juniors and concessionary bus pass holders.

For tomorrow night's fixture, buses will leave at the following times:

Wycombe Railway Station: 17.50 and 18.50 
Eden Bus Station: 18.00 and 19.00 
Handy Cross Park & Ride: 18.10 and 19.10 
Adams Park: 18.20 and 19.20

The return journey from the ground will take place ten minutes after the final whistle, but can be very crowded.

AWAY PUBS

Many Fulham supporters will opt for the large away fans' marquee that will be open at Adams Park again tomorrow night and there is a mobile catering unit, selling hot food, drinks and pies located nearby.

There are not many pubs located near the ground, due to it being on an industrial estate. The exception is The Hourglass in Sands (144 Chapel Lane, High Wycombe HP12 4BY, tel: 01494 511125), which is about fifteen minutes walk from the ground, sells real ale and has previously welcomed away fans.

Your other best bets are located in Wycombe itself. The Falcon, a popular Wetherspoon's pub in the town centre, has catered for Fulham fans on a number of previous visits (9 Cornmarket, High Wycombe HP11 2AX, tel: 01494 538610). The nearby O'Neills offers a big screen, with the usual food and drink fare (Paul's Row, High Wycombe HP11 2HQ, tel: 01494 532499). Closer to the station are The Bootlegger (Crendon Street, High Wycombe, HP13 6NQ) and The Flint Cottage (Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, HP13 6NQ).

LIVE COMMENTARY

BBC Radio London are providing live commentary of the game from Adams Park at 7pm on their BBC London Sport show.

Monday
Aug072017

Trust urges Fulham fans to support #Fulham2ReadingWalk

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust are urging Fulham fans to support a charity walk from Craven Cottage to the Madjeski Stadium ahead of Saturday’s game against Reading.

Led by Trust member Lee Adams, who has been a long-term campaigner to raise the awareness of men’s mental health issues with CALM (the Campaign against Living Miserably), a group of ten Fulham fans are undertaking a through-the-night walk to the Madjeski seeking to raise funds to support CALM’s work.

The #Fulham2Reading Walk will see supporters set off from Craven Cottage on the Friday evening stopping at several Fulham meeting points along the way down towards Hammersmith and continue along the approximately 40 miles to Reading, arriving in advance of Fulham’s first away league game of the season.

Fulham Supporters’ Trust chair Tom Greatrex said: ‘Lee’s passion is well known amongst the Fulham fan base and he has already supported the Trust by helping to organise our successful history exhibition at Craven Cottage and our end of season dinner. He is now raising money for an extremely important cause and I encourage every Fulham fan to donate’.

Generous donations have already carried the total above £4,000 and there is much more to come. Fulham Football Club have been quick to rally to the cause too with chief executive Alistair Mackintosh personally paying for the walkers’ tickets for the match and head coach Slavisa Jokanovic signing first-team shirts that will be auctioned off to raise valuable funds for CALM.

Adams says he has already been ‘overwhelmed by the support of the Fulham family’. He said: ‘I am used to doing crazy things to raise money for CALM, but for some members of the #Fulham2ReadingWalk team this is their first involvement. I want to thank them for agreeing to join me on this adventure as CALM’s amazing work, including running a 365-day a year phone line from 5pm to midnight helping men struggling to cope with life, needs more funding. I want to thank everyone for their support and look forward to cheering the team on at Reading from the first whistle’.

You can donate to the #Fulham2ReadingWalk fund via JustGiving here.