Tuesday
May152018

Fulham Supporters' Trust AGM - 22nd May

Congratulations to Slavisa Jokanovic and his Fulham team on their sensational victory over Derby last night - and we have one more game to play - and a second visit to Wembley after 43 years...so in the build up to the big game, come to the upstairs bar of The Crabtree next Tuesday, 22 May, at 7pm for the Fulham Supporters' Trust end of season get together and AGM.

We are pleased that Alistair Mackintosh, Chief Executive, and Sean O'Loughlin, Finance Director, have agreed to come along and will take part in a Q&A on all things Fulham. So be it tickets at Wembley, the Riverside Stand development, Financial Fair Play, transfer strategy for both results next week, atmosphere at the Cottage.....or whatever you want to ask about, this is your chance to do so. 

Join the Trust and our current committee in the upstairs bar to celebrate a memorable season (so far...), help pass what might be the longest week and a half in recent Fulham history with fellow fans, and let us know what you want the Trust to be doing on your behalf next season, be that in the Premier League or Championship. The upstairs bar will remain open after the AGM and Q&A for further discussion.

If you are a member of the Trust please just let us know if you are planning to come along (so we can make sure there are enough seats...) by email to info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com - and if you are not yet a member, you can join now for the 2018/19 season from as little as £5 here - we'd love to see you there next Tuesday. 
Friday
May112018

Derby awayday guide

GETTING TO PRIDE PARK

TICKETING INFORMATION
Tickets for Fulham’s Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Derby County are still on general sale, but they will need to be purchased prior to 1pm tomorrow (Friday). Fulham fans can call the Fulham ticket office on 0203 871 0810, visit the ticket office on Stevenage Road or book online via the club’s website.  Supporters can collect their tickets from the away ticket office at Pride Park between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

There will be no tickets on sale at the ground prior to the game.

BY CAR
Exit at Junction 25 of the M1 and head towards Derby on the A52. Pride Park Stadium is signposted off the A52 after about seven miles. There at least two sizeable car parks at the Velodrome situated next to Pride Park, close to the away end and parking here will cost you £8 per car, or £6 if the car has four or more people in it.

Fulham fans are advised that the M1 is due to be closed after the game and there are planned roadworks between Derby and the M1 on the A50. Our friends at the Rams Trust advise visiting supporters to make their way home towards west London via the A38, which means leaving Pride Park from the away fans’ car park and taking the A52 into Derby City Centre and following signs for the A38 marked south/Birmingham.

The afore-mentioned away fans car park is at the nearby Derby Conference Centre on the A6 London Road (DE24 8UX), which costs £5 per car. There may be attendants on hand to take your money, but supporters might have to go into the Conference Centre reception to get the ticket which you will need to display on your dashboard. The Centre is close to the Navigation Inn, a popular pub for away fans, and about 15 minutes walk to the away entrance.

Alternatively, several businesses located off the A52 offer parking. Matchday parking is usually available at the KFC and Burger King restaurants near the A52 roundabout for £6. The nearby Meadows Industrial Estate also provides parking for £5. There is some free parking at the West Meadow Industrial Estate (DE21 6HA) off the A52, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from Pride Park. Anyone seeking to use this parking should arrive early as the streets fill up very quickly.

BY TRAIN
Pride Park is around a 10 minute walk away from Derby Railway Station and is clearly signposted. Whilst travelling directly to Derby is the easiest route, some cheaper tickets are available if you return via Birmingham New Street.

BY COACH

The official club coaches will leave from Craven Cottage and Motspur Park at 2pm.

AWAY PUBS
There are very few away pubs located close to the stadium, with it being situated in the middle of a retail park and industrial estate. Visiting supporters have previously been made welcome at a nearby Harvester, but it is unclear if they will be admitting Fulham fans for this fixture.
The Navigation Inn (805 London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 8UU) is probably the best bet for Fulham fans prior to the game. It offers free street parking outside has a history of welcoming visiting fans and is located around a ten minute walk away from the ground. The pub serves a selection of good beers, with a basic burger and chips style food menu, and shows live sport on their televisions.

Closer to the station, several pubs will only admit home fans on matchdays. Away fans have previously been made welcome at the Mansion Bar (6-7 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SN) and the Tiffany Lounge (1 Midland Road, Derby, DE1 2SN), which are both within short walking distance of Derby train station. The Exeter Arms (Exeter Place, Meadow Road, Derby DE1 2EU) has also previously welcomed Fulham fans – and it is between 15 and 20 minutes walk from Pride Park.

If supporters arrive well ahead of kick off, there are sixteen pubs named in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide in the city centre, where visiting fans are not likely to face any problems with admittance. Inside Pride Park itself, there are bars at the back of the stands housing the away supporters, but they will get quite crowded.
Thursday
Apr262018

Fulham Supporters' Trust statement on Shahid Khan's bid for Wembley Stadium

Responding to the confirmation from Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan that he has bid to purchase Wembley from the Football Association, the Chair of Fulham Supporters’ Trust, Tom Greatrex commented:

“The news of the bid from Fulham’s owner for Wembley stadium is prompting interest and questions from across English football. While Shahid Khan’s ambition to promote NFL in England is well known, there are particular and specific concerns relating to the impact on his stewardship of Fulham Football Club that will be at the forefront of many of our fans’ minds.

“While we welcome the statement from Shahid Khan that his bid for Wembley is separate to his ownership of Fulham, it nevertheless raises a series of questions. During his time as Chairman of Fulham to date, Shahid Khan has reiterated his understanding of and appreciation for the importance of Craven Cottage, it’s heritage and identity to the character of Fulham Football Club. It is important that is not diminished if his bid for Wembley is successful. At a time when we are enjoying an exciting second half and climax to the season, playing some superlative football, nobody associated with Fulham will want to be distracted by questions of future grounds, the approved plans for a new Riverside Stand and ultimately the ownership of the Club.

“The fact that Shahid Khan has issued a statement signalling his continued commitment to the Club is welcome, but there will be questions fans wish to be reassured on in the period ahead. Fulham Football Club were the first in the EFL to agree to structured dialogue with the Fulham Supporters’ Trust. It is precisely in these type of circumstances that the value of that open, transparent and meaningful dialogue will be tested. We therefore ask Shahid Khan to ensure that any potential impact of his bid for Wembley in relation to Fulham is discussed with the Trust as we will fulfill our role representing Fulham fans and articulating their concerns as they arise.”

Friday
Mar302018

Awayday Guide: Norwich City

NORWICH CITY v FULHAM
FRIDAY 30 MARCH, 3PM

TICKETING INFORMATION
Fulham have sold all 2,000 tickets for the Good Friday trip to Carrow Road. As a result, there will be no matchday sales to away fans on the gate.

GETTING TO CARROW ROAD

BY CAR
Carrow Road is clearly signposted for drivers from the A11 and A47. After exiting the A47, also known as the southern bypass, use the A146 to head into Norwich. At the traffic lights turn right for the city centre on the A1054. At the next roundabout, remain in the left-hand lane and head towards the city centre on the A147. At the following set of traffic lights, turn right into King Street. The road becomes Carrow Road as it crosses the river and the ground is clearly visible to your right.
There is very little parking at Carrow Road so the best car parking option will be at Norfolk County Hall (£8), which is well signposted from the A146. Although there are around 2,000 spaces, it is advisable to get to car park by 1pm as it is usually full by 2pm and an early entrance can cut down your departure time after the final whistle.

BY TRAIN
Supporters are advised that there are engineering works affecting the Greater Anglia line between London Liverpool Street and Norwich over the Easter weekend. Some trains have been cancelled and return journeys may have to be made via Ely. All Fulham fans are advised to check for delays or alterations before travelling.

BY COACH
The official Club coaches from Motspur Park and Craven Cottage to Carrow Road have all sold out.

AWAY PUBS
Unfortunately, the traditional away pub the Compleat Angler is now under new management and admits home fans only.

Close to Norwich train station, the new away haunt is now the Prince of Wales (8-14 Prince of Wales Rd, Norwich NR1 1LB), which is a traditional Greene King pub, with big screen TVs showing live sport, and a good range of beers and reasonably priced food.

The Queen of Iceni
(6, Riverside Development, Norwich NR1 1ED) is the nearest Wetherspoon’s to Carrow Road, located on the river in the new Riverside development.

Lollards Pitt
(69-71 Riverside Rd, NR1 1SR) is also located in the new Riverside development, but is well worth a visit, with an wide selection of beers and ales, and plenty of space for supporters to congregate with a pool table and the opportunity to drink outside as well.

The Coach and Horses
(82 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1BA) is just four minutes walk from Norwich train station and is well worth a visit as it brews its own beer. The pub, which is listed in the CAMRA good beer guide, offers a decent array of real ale, lagers, wine and soft drinks as well as excellent food menu and regular live music.

The Fat Cat and Canary
(101 Thorpe Rd, Norwich NR1 1TR) also features in the CAMRA good beer guide. All the real ales are listed on an expansive chalk board beer menu with five regular ales on tap, Sky Sports and BT Sport on TV, front and rear terraces as well veranda seating outside and a large car park.

For those Fulham fans heading straight to the ground, the alcohol available inside Carrow Road includes Carling (£4), Stowford Press (£4.50), Worthingtons (£4), White, Red or Rose wine (£5), Vodka & Coke (£5), Gin & Tonic (£5), Wherry Beer (£4.50) and Rekordalig (£5).

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

For those of you staying in Norwich over the Easter weekend, there are a number of other local attractions that might be worth visiting.

Norwich Castle Museum:
Norwich Castle is renowned for its impressive architecture and is top of the tourist list for many visiting the area.

Norwich Cathedral:
The most complete Norman cathedral in England and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe, this cathedral is one of England’s finest. With over 900 years of history, explore the Cathedral building and discover the largest Cathedral Close and monastic Cloisters in the UK.

The Forum:
This impressive building is home to the region’s BBC platforms and studios and the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. The Forum also contains a restaurant, a café and is where the local Tourist Information Centre is located. The amphitheatre steps at the front of The Forum and the building’s atrium are home to many exhibitions and performances.

Shopping:
Norwich is one of the top UK shopping destinations with a mix of both high street names and individual boutiques, as well as the largest open-air market in England. Norwich Market has been in operation for over 900 years, with its iconic coloured roofs and local produce. The two main shopping centres, Chapelfield and Castle Mall, are just a five-minute walk from each other.

The Lanes:
The Norwich Lanes are a series of alleyways and open communal spaces set just a few steps away from the imposing clock tower of Norwich City Hall, which overlooks the market. The medieval architecture is some of the finest to be found anywhere in the UK. Today the lanes are home to a thriving independent retail area and a vast array of cafés, restaurants and bars.

Tombland:
Once the site of an Anglo-Saxon market place, now the hub of nightlife in Norwich, Tombland is full to the brim of bars and restaurants sure to please, both night and day.
Other sites worth a visit include The Great Hospital, The Halls, The Guildhall, Dragon Hall, The Assembly House, St James Mill, The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Surrey House and City Hall.
Friday
Feb232018

Trust February meeting with Fulham Football Club

Tom Greatrex and Dan Crawford of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, chief executive officer), Casper Sylsvig (CS, chief revenue officer), Carmelo Mifsud (CM, communications media relations manager), Sean O’Loughlin (SOL, finance director), Tony Khan (TK, vice-chairman and director of football operations), Huw Jennings (HJ, academy director), Mike McKinsey (MM, Fulham Foundation chief executive), Katy Brecht (KB, head of ticketing) and David Daly (DD, non-executive director) of Fulham Football Club at Motspur Park on Thursday 15 February

AM welcomed everybody to the meeting and explained that several Club representatives were in attendance at this meeting as they wanted to receive feedback and answer questions from the Trust and the Fulham fanbase around a number of issues.

CRAVEN COTTAGE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

SOL confirmed that the extension to the public consultation period for Fulham Football Club’s planning application to redevelop the Riverside Stand had come about following a request for further information to be provided by the Port of London Authority. He confirmed that the extension in the public consultation would not materially affect the determination date scheduled for the planning application with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, and the Club was still confident that the application would be heard in March, prior to the purdah period ahead of the 2018 local council elections.

In response to questions from the Trust, SOL confirmed that, in the event of the planning application being successful, the Club would like to begin work on redeveloping the Riverside Stand at the end of season 2018/19. The precise timetable for the works would be dependent on the detailed preparatory work carried out by a contractor and SOL said that there had been a number of expressions of interests from particular contractors to earn the tender. He hoped that the Club would be in a position to formally appoint a preferred contractor by July 2018.

Both SOL and AM reaffirmed, in response to questioning from the Trust, that the plans were intended to proceed regardless of which division Fulham would be playing in next season. SOL reiterated that there was no intention to leave Craven Cottage whilst this work was being carried out and initial indications were that the capacity of the ground would be around 17,000 seats whilst the work was undertaken. Both SOL and AM confirmed that the Club were looking at what improvements could be made to the Hammersmith and Putney Ends of the ground, although the extent of what work would be possible would become clearer when the Club’s preferred contractor had specified their building plans for the Riverside Stand in event that the planning application was successful.

CM thanked the Trust for their help in putting together the Riverside Stand frequently asked questions that are now available on the Club’s website. Both SOL and AM confirmed that the Club were still in discussions with local residents as well as the various residents’ groups and associations and Trust representatives repeated the Trust’s commitment to try and secure support for the proposals from Fulham supporters, especially those fans who lived in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. AM, SOL and CS said that the Club were keen to discuss the precise plans for those supporters who currently hold season tickets in the Riverside Stand as soon as possible and the Trust agreed to help facilitate that engagement

TICKETING MATTERS

KB confirmed that the Club were still discussing Ticketmaster’s scheduled improvements to the official website’s ticketing platform. In response to several queries from Trust members regarding the continued presence of a booking fee for coach tickets booked through the Club website, she confirmed that the Club had asked Ticketmaster to remove this and that she would ensure there was done as swiftly as possible. KB further commented that the Club were continually working to improve the coach service to away fixtures for Fulham fans. AM also invited the Trust’s comments about season ticket pricing for the  2018/2019 as had been provided in previous seasons and the Trust representatives would offer their feedback following consultation with Trust members and supporters.

KB and AM were pleased with the strong ticket sales for recent home matches, especially the Aston Villa fixture. In response to a question from the Trust surrounding the number of away tickets provided for fixtures towards the end of the season – especially the local derby against Brentford – AM confirmed that it remained his desire to sell as many tickets as possible to home supporters and that additional away tickets would be offered in the Putney End only if they remained available closer to the game.

On the broader question of the continued adoption of the neutral section within the Putney End, AM felt that the neutral end had worked work as an opportunity to introduce football fans to Fulham and Craven Cottage, with many supporters who had attended games there going on to come to further fixtures and even purchase memberships and season tickets. AM and KB said that the neutral end is reviewed as a matter of course every season and AM recognised that there could be a higher demand for tickets should the club win promotion.

FULHAM FOUNDATION

MM said he had wanted to attend this meeting to personally thank the Trust for their support of the Fulham Foundation’s activities and explore ways that the Trust and the Foundation could work together. He thanked Trust members for their generous donations to the Foundation’s charity matchday last November and reported that the Foundation had experienced a significant rise in donations from supporters when purchasing tickets online as well as merchandise at the stadium store in Stevenage Road.

The Trust representatives commented that the Foundation’s work was exceptionally well received by Fulham fans and that Trust members would like to see the Foundation’s visibility increased so that the good work undertaken by the Foundation in the local community was more widely acknowledged by the supporters. MM, AM and CM replied that the Foundation and the Club were currently discussing how more information about the Foundation’s activities could be shared across the Club’s media platforms.

TRANSFER WINDOW

TK thanked the Trust representatives for the opportunity to talk about the transfer window, which he felt had served to strengthen Slavisa Jokanovic’s squad. He insisted that the Club had never entertained selling any of their key players and that Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon remained pivotal to Club’s future prospects.

TK recognised that it would have been more ideal to be able to integrate January signings into the first-team squad from earlier in the month, but that often in this window, the successful completion of deals was often dependent on the selling club signing a replacement. He said that Matt Targett had been on the club’s radar for some time as a young, talented English player who was not getting regular games at Southampton. Targett’s arrival had strengthened the squad at left back and his successful introduction into the first team had allowed Ryan Sessegnon to operate as a left winger as well.

TK commented that the deadline day signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan was a huge boost to the club. The player had a strong relationship with Slavisa Jokanovic and Fulham moved quickly bring him in from Newcastle once he proposed move to Anderlecht had fallen through. He offered a different option to the strikers already in the first team squad and has an excellent goalscoring record in domestic, European and international football as well as experience of the Championship. TK also commented that Aboubakar Kamara and Rui Fonte have improved as they have adapted to the Championship and gained more first team experience.

TK also said that Fulham were very pleased to have signed Cyrus Christie as he was a strong player with a good Championship pedigree who had only moved clubs relatively recently. He said that AM had secured a very good financial deal for Christie and that the player provided additional depth at right back as well as real competition for Ryan Fredericks.

TK felt the transfer window had helped to provide much-needed strength in depth in three crucial positions and believed that the club now had a genuine chance of promotion. Both TK and AM confirmed that two plans were in place for the summer already depending on which division Fulham would be competing in and they had hoped for a strong end to the season.

MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE

The Trust representatives raised feedback from supporters about the difficulty of gaining refreshments and poor levels of service on matchdays in the Johnny Haynes Stand and the Hammersmith End. CS asked for details of this and assured the Trust that all reports of poor service are investigated. CM confirmed that, following correspondence between the Trust and the Club, that extensive testing of the public-address system was underway at Craven Cottage after complaints that supporters could not hear a number of the announcements and the recent half time interview with Brede Hangeland. The Trust and the Club are keen to work together to improve the matchday experience at Craven Cottage and will be planning to hold further meetings to facilitate this.

 

DD confirmed that there were a number of planned appearances of former Fulham players at the remaining home fixtures this season, and that the Club was keen to have former players return to the Club and make on pitch appearances. He explained that some players prefer not to be interviewed on the pitch.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

The Trust representatives congratulated the Club on winning the Programme Monthly’s Championship programme of the year award for the second time in the last three seasons. CM thanked the Trust on behalf of the Club’s media for their kind words as well as the positive feedback from the Fulham fans.

In response to questions from the Trust about Fulham FC TV, CM said that the Club were pleased with the product to date, although they were always seeking ways to improve their output. The Trust put forward a number of suggestions gleaned from our members about potential future content. CM, SOL and AM said that the Club were very pleased with the success of the match pass and season pass options for overseas fans, revealing that the Club’s sales levels were the second highest in the Championship, after Nottingham Forest. CM felt it had been right decision to decide to implement the Club’s own subscription service instead of adopting the EFL’s IFollow System and confirmed that there would be a full review at the end of the season. He also confirmed that if Fulham were to be promoted, then the overseas and other rights situation was different and would impact upon what can be broadcast through the Club’s platform.

FULHAM ACADEMY

HJ thanked the Trust and the Fulham fans for their continued support of the Club’s academy programme and the interest in the progress of the age group sides. He was delighted by the Under 18s FA Youth Cup quarter final victory at Plymouth, highlighting the contributions of Steven Sessegnon, who played at centre back, Nicolas Santos-Clase and Fabio Carvahlo. The Under 18s will now face Chelsea in the quarter final, which will be played at Craven Cottage on Tuesday 27 February, kicking off at 7.05pm. HJ stressed that whilst the Club were delighted with the achievements of the Under 18 side in the FA Youth Cup this year, he still saw the Club’s key role as helping to develop players – and was very pleased with the progress of so many young players along the pathway to Slavisa Jokanovic’s first team this season.

HJ commended the achievements of several Fulham young players currently out on loan, in particular the progression of Marek Rodak at Rotherham, which has been reflected by his recent signing of a contract extension, Elijah Adebayo with Cheltenham Town and Mattias Kait’s impressive start at Ross County. HJ admitted it was sometimes difficult to judge exactly when to loan out a player but said that the Club work extremely hard to source the right development opportunities for their players.

HJ said he was indebted to the work of the Club’s staff right across the academy and their commitment to excellence as well as the generous support of the chairman and AM. He was encouraged by a number of promising players coming through the younger age group ranks as well as Fulham’s successful retention of their most talented players.

The meeting finished at 11.58am