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Friday
Aug252017

Awayday Guide: Ipswich Town

Fulham's third away fixture in the Championship is against high-flying Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday. Fulham have been allocated 1,509 tickets in the Cobbold Stand Upper Tier priced at £25 for adults, £22 for adults over 65, £15 for under 23s and £8 for under 19s. Season ticket holders and members can earn two loyalty points for this fixture. Fulham fans who have yet to book tickets can purchase them from the Portman Road ticket office from 1.30pm tomorrow but these will be cash sales only.

GETTING TO PORTMAN ROAD

BY COACH

A few coach tickets are still available but must be purchased urgently. The club's official coaches will leave from Craven Cottage and West Barnes Lane, opposite the Early Beatty pub, in Motspur Park at 10.30am. They are priced at £13 for adult Season Ticket Holders and Members and £5. If you are not a season ticket holder or member, you will need to pay £18 for adults and £10 juniors. If you want to book a coach place, please call the Fulham ticket office for more information on 0203 871 0810.

BY CAR 

Ipswich is around 95 miles from London. Portman Road is well signposted. Take the A14 around Ipswich and then venture onto the A214 into the town itself, from where the ground is again clearly signposted.

Street parking is very limited near to the ground and traffic wardens patrol the area regularly. Alongside Portman Road itself there are three pay and display car parks that will cost £4 for four hours parking. The traffic usually clears very swiftly after the final whistle. You can also park in any of the town centre car parks or at the NCP car park opposite Ipswich station, which is priced at £2.70 per hour. The West End Road pay and display car park costs £4 for four hours.

BY TRAIN

Portman Road is about a quarter of a mile from Ipswich station and is about five minutes' walk away. You can see the stadium's floodlights as your train pulls into the platform. Regular trains run from London Liverpool Street and there are no reported delays or engineering works scheduled for tomorrow.

AWAY PUBS

The traditional away pub in Ipswich is the Riverside Station Hotel (Burrell Road, Ipswich, IP2 8AJ), which backs onto the railway and is five minutes walk from the ground. It offers a wide selection of beers and food as well as having large TV screens that will show live sport and a jukebox. It will be very busy with visiting Fulham fans.

The Punch and Judy (41 Grafton Way, Ipswich, IP1 1UZ) is a great family pub, which should have its accompanying Punch and Judy fayre in operation for the Bank Holiday weekend. The pub serves a wide selection of beers, ales and ciders as well as a considerable food menu, complete with children's options, and has been welcoming visiting fans for several seasons. 

If you arrive in plenty of time, a walk into the town centre might be in order. The Lord Nelson (81 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ) sells Adnams, real ale and has a wide selection of traditional pub food. The Dove Street Inn (76 St. Helen's Street, Ipswich, IP4 2LH) is regularly listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and offers 20 real ales and ciders on tap. The home cooked food is also highly recommended.

At the ground, alcohol is available from a number of kiosks but will not be served to away fans at half-time if previous visits are anything to go by. Adnams (£3.40), Carlsberg (£3.90), spirits and red and white wine (all £3.90) are all available.

Friday
Aug252017

Trust sends message of support to Grimsby Town fans

The Fulham Supporters' Trust have sent a message of support to female Grimsby Town supporters who were subjected to invasive and unacceptable searches prior to last Saturday's game at Stevenage.

The Mariners' Trust have submitted a formal complaint to Stevenage and the EFL after their fans were subjected to underwear searches and reports of children being given full-body searches surfaced. You can the Mariners' Trust's letter to the football authorities here. Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn is also writing to the Sports Minister complaining about the 'overzealous' treatment of supporters.

The Fulham Supporters' Trust have been long-standing supporters of the Football Supporters' Federation's 'Watching Football Is Not A Crime' campaign against unacceptable policing and stewarding of football fans. Trust Board member Dan Crawford, who was elected to Supporters Direct's England and Wales Council alongside Mariners' Trust's Hannah Dawson, said: 'This sort of attitude to football fans belongs to the dark ages and the Fulham Supporters' Trust had no hesitation in sending our best wishes to all Grimsby Town fans and the Mariners' Trust as they challenge this unacceptable behaviour'.

This morning's Grimsby Telegraph reports that 20 Grimsby Town supporters have come forward alleging that they were subjected to the type of searches described. Trust members may also be interested in reading this Guardian article from FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks on the continuing suspicion football fans face just for following their side away from home.

Monday
Aug212017

Trust marks 13 years since Fulham returned to Craven Cottage

On this day, thirteen years ago, Fulham beat Bolton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on their return to their historic home following a two-year exile at Loftus Road. The victory in the first Premier League home fixture of the season marked the culmination of a successful 'Back to the Cottage' campaign and was secured by two goals from Andrew Cole. You can relive that special day by watching the highlights here:

Following Fulham's return to Craven Cottage, the 'Back to the Cottage' campaign was consolidated into the Fulham Supporters' Trust and the Trust has worked hard to form a constructive relationship with the Club. Since 2014, the Trust has held monthly meetings with Alistair Mackintosh at Motspur Park and established one of the strongest structured relationships in British football, according to the Government and Supporters Direct.

We look forward to working with Fulham Football Club and our members over the coming months on the plans to redevelop the Riverside Stand and other issues raised by Fulham fans.

Sunday
Aug202017

Trust statement on yesterday's Times story

The Fulham Supporters' Trust were surprised to read a story in yesterday's Times by the paper's deputy football correspondent, Matt Hughes, stating that Shahid Khan was interested in selling Fulham Football Club. We note that yesterday afternoon the story was amended to include a quote from a Fulham Football Club spokesperson insisting that 'Mr Khan has no intention of selling Fulham Football Club'.

The Trust has worked hard since Mr. Khan's purchase of Fulham Football in 2013 to build a constructive working relationship that has allowed us to communicate the views of Fulham fans to the Club's ownership and decision makers. This has led to what has been recognised by the Government and Supporters Direct as one of the strongest structured relationships in British football.

We are heartened by Mr. Khan and Fulham Football Club's desire to retain their key players, such as captain Tom Cairney, and Ryan and Steven Sessegnon, as well the continued investment in Motspur Park and Craven Cottage. We believe the story that was published in the Times to be totally without foundation. We look forward to working closely with Fulham Football Club to further our structured relationship over the coming months.

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'.