Proposed redevelopment at Craven Cottage

Further to the initial announcement, the Trust was pleased to attend the 'open days' held at Craven Cottage in late October. As the Trust grew from the 'Back to the Cottage' movement, we are delighted that the club are actively considering proposals to make a permanent stay at our historic home a reality. We would welcome any feedback from members on the club's proposals. Although the exhibition's displays were well illustrated with plenty of photographs and a drawing of the current structure of the ground, those hoping for detailed plans of what a redeveloped Riverside Stand would look like would have been disappointed.

According to club officials, the open days were held to facilitate feedback from supporters as to what they would prioritise in an enlarged Riverside Stand, with the starting point of increasing the capacity to the stated 30,000 and an upgrading of the existing facilities. Each attendee was given a questionnaire which asked for their comments and ideas.

The club presented both the positives and the negatives of the proposed expansion: stating that the increased capacity would bring additional revenue from increased attendance, but may also necessitate expansion into the River Thames. A very rough sketch of potential riverside frontage was available and, after discussion with representatives from the club, it was clear that the redevelopment could be completed during the close season and avoiding the closure of the stand for any prolonged period.


Crucial to the plans was the re-opening of the Thames path for use on non match days, which featured in the club's last set of redevelopment proposals back in 2007. It would appear likely that an increased number of supporters attending the ground would place greater pressure on current facilities for egress onto Stevenage Road and could result in concomitant damage to the banks of Fielder's Meadow at the Putney End. As well as the obvious fire and safety issues presented by larger attendances, it is both rational and practical to augment and improve egress from the ground at both ends.


With reference to the Putney End, a combined programme of re-opening the Thames Path - and bringing it the same level as that of the Riverside Stand, with appropriate modification for wheelchair and disabled access, the creation of a 'spillway' to avoid any serious damage to Bishop's Park and major improvements to the 'Putney Wall,' which is non-uniform in construction and would require additional support, and appropriate horticultural development in the surrounding areas would present the Club with an opportunity to follow through on their previous offer to support much-needed improvements in Bishop's Park as well as simultaneously fulfilling their own desire for much-needed expansion.

The Trust notes that, in their recent statement on the future of Chelsea Football Club in the borough, Hammersmith and Fulham Council said: "We are currently assisting Fulham FC with its plans to expand the capacity of its historic ground at Craven Cottage and we have already agreed to grant planning permission for additional capacity.  A new scheme is about to be consulted on."

The Council's support is welcome and will be crucial to ensuring that these proposals are not mired in the wrangling with local residents that has hindered the Club's previous attempts to expand Craven Cottage. The Trust will be working with all relevant bodies to ensure that the permanent expansion of Craven Cottage is a success. Trust members are encouraged to view the Club's presentation of the plans on the Fulham website at:


Trust backs Craven Cottage expansion

Fulham Supporters' Trust welcomes today's announcement that Fulham Football Club are looking to stay at Craven Cottage by increasing the ground's capacity to 30,000 seats.

We encourage all Fulham fans to take part in the consultation process, either by attending the consultation days at the Cottage between Wednesday 19 October and Saturday 22 October and/or completing the questionnaire on the club's website.

Fulham Supporters' Trust, who, as Back to the Cottage, led the campaign to return Fulham to their historic home, look forward to supporting the club's plans to secure their long-term at Craven Cottage.


Ghana versus Brazil at Craven Cottage

The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) is conducting an investigation into events outside Craven Cottage, prior to the international friendly match between Ghana and Brazil on Monday, 5th. September, 2011. Many independent eye-witness account have stated that the means for collection/distribution of pre-paid tickets was highly unsatisfactory, resulting in chaotic, potentially dangerous, scenes on Stevenage Road and adjacent streets. The delay in gaining entry meant that many fans missed a large part of the game or simply abandoned their quest. Dismissive responses from the Club to written complaints appear to have inflamed feelings yet further.

The FSF is compiling witness accounts and will send a report to Fulham FC, the FA, local Safety Advisory Group, Football Licensing Authority, and relevant police officials. Trust members, or fans in general, who attended this match and who wish to comment on their observations are encouraged to contact the FSF's Amanda Jacks at:


For further comment and reaction from those who were there, please see:


The O's: judicial review granted over the award of the Olympic Stadium

On our website and in the June newsletter, the Trust has supported the objections of Leyton Orient FC’s fans to the award of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United FC. The Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust's stated position has always been that neither Tottenham Hotspur FC nor West Ham should be allowed to move so close to another League club without the possible effect on Leyton Orient being considered, and that the Olympic Stadium should be what it was always intended to be after the Games; an athletics stadium with other sports (non-football) use. That position hasn't changed, and it is one shared by both the O’s Supporters Club and the club itself.

Whilst Spurs’ case is self-serving, linked directly to the pressuring of Haringey council into further concessions for their proposed development in the borough, the 130-year existence of the O’s in their local community is under threat. In granting a judicial review, the judge decided that the legality of the £40 million loan of tax-payers’ money by Newham council to support West Ham’s bid was questionable. Proceedings will begin on October 18th., 2011. Leyton Orient’s statement regarding the judgement can be read on:,,10439~2430909,00.html


Non-League Day, 2011

The Trust gives its full support to this event, as we did in 2010. Details may be found on: 

This contains information on all the day’s fixtures as well as maps, a club guide section and articles from football writers.

Non-League Day is a chance to support these teams for one weekend a year, to see what the hard-working people, the majority of whom are volunteers, at the clubs are doing to keep the fabric of English football alive.

Across the country, many smaller teams walk a financial tightrope between surviving and falling into liquidation. Money is always needed, but there's rarely enough to go round. Barely a month seems to go by without a club resigning their status or being wound up, and the latest high profile collapse of Rushden & Diamonds merely heads a list that is growing at an alarming rate.

Formally, Non-League Day is on Saturday, 3rd. September, but please check your local club’s fixtures list since some matches have been switched to Sunday, 4th.? Please support the day and your local non-league team?