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.


Trust's dialogue with Fulham FC featured in Supporters Direct guidance

The Fulham Supporters' Trust's structured dialogue with Fulham Football Club has been featured as a leading case study in Supporters Direct's set of guidance to English and Welsh football clubs on how to engage with the fans.

This recognition for the Fulham Supporters' Trust's innovative structured relationship with Fulham Football Club follows the success of the monthly meetings started in 2014 and the commendation in a report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year. The Fulham case study in SD's 'Engage' document (which you can download here) states:

'Since 2014, at the instigation of Fulham Football Club Chief Executive Officer Alistair Mackintosh, members of the Fulham Supporters Trust Board have met with senior representatives of Fulham Football Club on a monthly basis as part of a structured relationship between the Trust and the Club. The Trust representatives are free to ask any questions they wish, and notes from the meeting are prepared by the Trust Board for rapid circulation, first to members and then to the wider Fulham fanbase. The meetings are always attended by the CEO and a selection of the Club’s management board and have become an excellent forum for frank discussion and cooperation.

The structured relationship has served to help increase trust between the Club and the fans and has delivered a number of tangible benefits already for Fulham supporters, which include:


  • Securing Fulham’s long-term future at Craven Cottage.
  • Delivering a three-year season ticket price freeze.
  • Regular meetings with the local police forces, local councils and the football authorities to raise concerns of Fulham fans.
  • Supporting the award-winning work of the Fulham Foundation, including the ‘Fulham Memories’ and Walking Football projects.
  • Holding successful supporters’ events, such as the Fulham History exhibition and the Trust’s end of season dinner, at Craven Cottage



Awayday Guide: Aston Villa

Fulham's eighth away trip of the season sees Slavisa Jokanovic's side travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on the exact same weekend as when the Whites last lost in Birmingham last year.


Tickets for Saturday's game are on general sale until tomorrow (Friday 20 October) afternoon at 3pm priced at £30 for adults, £20 for over-65s, £20 for students or members of the armed forces, £17 for under-21s and £10 for under-16s. Supporters can purchase tickets via the Fulham FC ticket hotline on 0203 871 0810, but will need to collect them either from the Fulham ticket office in Stevenage Road or Villa Park on Saturday. Fulham have sold over 1,400 tickets and the away allocation is now divided between the Lower and Upper Tier of the Doug Ellis Stand. There will be no alcohol on sale in the upper tier on Saturday. A small number of upper tier tickets will be available to purchase on the day through cash sales only from the Aston Villa ticket office at Villa Park in Witton Lane



Exit the M6 at Junction 6 and take the slip road signposted Birmingham (NE). Take the fourth exit from the roundabout beneath the motorway (turning right), towards the City Centre/Aston/Star City and follow the signs towards Villa Park. Turn right along Lichfield Road onto Aston Hall Road, which will take you down to the ground.


Fulham fans can take a direct train from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and then take a ten or fifteen minute train to either Aston or Witton train station. Witton is the closest train station to the Doug Ellis Stand, which houses the away fans, and supporters are advised to turn left out of the station and head towards the roundabout into Witton Lane, where the away section is on the right. Aston is about ten minutes walk from Villa Park

Although extra trains are running on matchdays, the trains to and from Aston and Witton can be become extremely crowded both before and after the game. Fulham fans may find it easier to get a taxi back to Birmingham New Street, board one of the local buses or travel to Birmingham Moor Street station and continue their journey from there.


Fulham Football Club's official coaches will depart from Craven Cottage and opposite the Earl Beatty pub on West Barnes Lane at Motspur Park train station from 10am on Saturday. Seats on these coaches are still available and cost £17 for adult season ticket holders and members and £10 for junior season ticket holders and members or £22 for general sale adults and £15 for juniors.


Most pubs in the vicinity of Villa Park or in Aston serve home fans only on matchdays and have bouncers on the door. The Witton Arms (458 Witton Rd, Birmingham B6 6SN) is divided between home and away supporters on matchdays, with a separate entrance for visiting fans, although you will be charged £2 for entry. The Yew Tree (Brookvale Road, Witton, Birmingham, B6 7AS) will also welcome away fans and is about 15 minutes walk from the ground. It does not serve real ale, but offers a wide range of other beers and Magner's on draft.

Supporters arriving with a bit of time to spare should visit one of Birmingham's best pubs the Bartons Arms (144 High St, Birmingham B6 4UP), which is a Grade II listed building and has one of the finest Victorian pub interiors in the country. A regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the pub has been in operation on this site for over a century and serves award-winning Oakham craft and cask ales, a wide range of drinks and outstanding Thai food.

Fans travelling in to Birmingham New Street station have a number of venues to choose from. Regular away pubs include The Shakespeare (Lower Temple Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4JD) directly outside the station and there are several more on nearby Bennett's Hill. These include the popular Wetherspoon's The Briar Rose (25 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RE), The Sun on the Hill (23 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5QP), which has a wide selection of beers, food and shows live sport on their big screens, and The Wellington (37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN), which serves a comprehensive range of real ale and, although it does not provide food, is happy for customers to bring in their own.

Supporters arriving or departing from Birmingham Moor Street Station might wish to try The Woodman (New Canal St, Birmingham B5 5LG) or The Windsor (33 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EE). The Centenary Lounge restaurant (Moor Street, Queensway, Birmingham B4 7UL) offers breakfast, lunch or snacks or tea to eat in or take away and is ideally located if you are coming off a train waiting for friends or have some time before your departure.


Aston Villa away ticketing update

The Fulham Supporters' Trust are very grateful to Katy Brecht, the ticketing manager of Fulham Football Club, for providing the Trust and Fulham fans with the following update on ticket sales and arrangements ahead of Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

Fulham were intially allocated 1,1394 tickets in the Lower Tier of the Doug Ellis Stand for the Championship game at Villa Park. As of 9.30am this morning, Fulham had sold 1,317 tickets. Aston Villa requested that the lower tier should be sold first due to the far greater facilities for visiting fans in the lower tier and, following the excellent support, Fulham have requested and now received permission to sell 611 tickets in the upper tier of the stand. These tickets went on sale last night.

This leaves under 700 tickets now available for purchase priced at £30 for adults, £20 for those aged over 65, £20 for full-time students or those in the armed forces, £17 for under 21s and £10 for under 16s. The official club coaches depart from opposite the Earl Beatty pub on West Barnes Lane at Motspur Park or Craven Cottage from 10am on Saturday morning. Coaches places are priced at £17 for adult season ticket holders and members and £10 for junior season ticket holders and members or £22 for general sale adults and £15 for juniors.

You can buy tickets online, by visiting the Fulham FC Ticket Office in Stevenage Road or calling the ticket hotline on 0203 871 0810.


Trust welcomes Brian McBride back to Craven Cottage

The Fulham Supporters' Trust are looking forward to welcoming former Fulham captain Brian McBride and his family back to Craven Cottage this weekend.

The revered Fulham and American striker and his wife Dina accepted an invitation from Fulham Football Club and the Trust to be guests of honour at Saturday's home fixture against Preston North End, who gave him his first taste of English football in 2000. McBride will make his first visit to the Riverside bar named in his honour when he joins Fulham fans for an evening of memories, questions and answers tomorow night before meeting supporters in the reopened stadium shop on Saturday lunchtime before being introduced to the Craven Cottage crowd at half-time of the afternoon's Championship clash.

Fulham Supporters' Trust chair Tom Greatrex said: 'We made the suggestion of bringing Brian back to Craven Cottage during our September meeting with Fulham Football Club. We are delighted that the Club have moved so quickly to make this happen and I know the fans are looking forward to welcoming Brian and Dina back this weekend. Brian's place in Fulham folklore was firmly established over his six years at Craven Cottage, culminating in his pivotal return from a serious injury to lead Roy Hodgson's team in the Great Escape in 2008'.

McBride, who was twice voted the club's player of the year, scored 40 goals in 153 appearances for Fulham and became the first American to captain a Premier League. Since retiring from professional football, the fourth highest scorer in US national history has set-up his own football academy, a company designed to help the next generation enjoy football and become a board member of Urban Initiatives in his home city of Chicago.