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.


  • 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


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'.


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."



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 can be bought at HERE 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.



Awayday Guide: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham side travel to Molineux tomorrow night for their third fixture of a busy week against the current Championship leaders, Wolverhampton Wanderers. This match has been moved forward to Friday night from its original Saturday afternoon slot to facilitate live television coverage on Sky Sports Football and will now kick off at 7.45pm



Fulham were initially allocated 1,816 tickets in the Stan Cullis stand upper tier. There are four loyalty points on offer for supporters who book a ticket and, anyone mulling over a late decision to travel to the Midlands must buy their tickets by 2pm tomorrow afternoon. No tickets will be sold on the gate at Molineux. Fulham fans wishing to get a ticket should call the Club's ticket hotline on 0203 871 0810 or pay a personal visit to the Craven Cottage ticket office on Stevenage Road. Tickets are priced at £25 for adults, £15 for those aged over 65 or under 21, £12 for under 17s and £5 for under 12s. A family ticket (for two adults and two juniors) is available for £40.



Exit the M6 at Junction 10 and join the A454 heading towards Wolverhampton. There are a number of speed cameras on the way into the city that drivers should be wary of. When you reach the traffic lights that intersect with the ring road, turn right and the ground is soon visible to the right of a second set of traffic lights.

There is no street parking available at Molineux so supporters should opt for one of the numerous pay and display options in the city centre. The closest option is the Civic Hall Car Park, which will charge £2 for motorists arriving after 5pm. There is also street parking on an industrial estate close to Wolverhampton train station, located in Kennedy Road, off Culwell Street. This is about ten minutes' walk from Molineux.


Direct trains are available from London Euston to Wolverhampton and supporters can also change at Birmingham New Street. Molineux is around 15 minutes' walk from the station. Heading out of the main station concourse, go straight on towards the city centre and turn right at the inner ring road. The ring road will wind round in a circular fashion towards the line and the ground will become visible on the right.


Fulham's official coaches will leave Craven Cottage and opposite the Earl Beatty pub on West Barnes Lane outside Motspur Park train station at 2.45pm. Places are still available on either coach and they are priced at £17 for adult season ticket holders and members and £10 for junior season ticket holders and members. The general sale prices are £22 for adults and £15 for juniors. Coach tickets must now be booked by phoning the Fulham ticket hotline on 0203 871 0810 or visiting the ticket office.


There are very few openly away-fan friendly pubs in the vicinity of Molineux. In addition most of the city centre pubs are designated as home fans only venues on a matchday and several of the others listed here may require you to cover up any colours on display.

The two best options for Fulham fans are the Bohemian Bar (25-27 Lichfield Street, WV1 1EQ) and The Hogshead (186 Stafford Street, WV1 1NA). The Bluebrick Bar at the Wolverhampton City Centre Premier Inn (Broad Gauge Way, WV10 0BA) has previously allowed in away supporters, although they may charge an entrance fee of £2.

A selection of alcohol is available inside the stadium - and that may be the best bet for Fulham fans wishing to drink in large numbers prior to the kick off.