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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'.
Monday
Aug142017

Awayday Guide: Leeds United

Fulham's second away league fixture in four days sees Slavisa Jokanovic's side travel to Elland Road on Tuesday night to play Leeds United.

Tickets are available priced at £37 for adults, £25 for those aged 60 and above, £25 for those aged between 16 and 22, £16 for under-16s and £8 for under-11s. Disabled supporters tickets are priced at £25. Tickets bought on Tuesday rise by £5 in each category. We would advise Fulham fans without tickets to purchase as swiftly as possible via the Fulham FC ticket office either in person or by calling 0203 871 0810. In response to the extortionate ticket pricing, Fulham's first team sponsor Grovesnor Casinos are offering free travel to and from Elland Road in the form of coaches, which can be booked on 0203 871 0810.

GETTING TO ELLAND ROAD

BY CAR

Exit the M1 at Junction 43 and take the M621 towards Leeds City Centre. You will go past the ground on your left, take the next exit at Junction 1 and turn left onto the A6110 ring road. Take the next left onto Elland Road for the ground. As you head under a railway bridge, you will see the entrances to two very large car parks (which are reasonably priced at £6).

BY TRAIN

The nearest railway station to Elland Road is Leeds, which can be reached from King's Cross. It is between 35 and 40 minutes walk to the ground, so your best bet will be to take one of the shuttle buses (£2.50 return) from Sovereign Street - directly opposite the Hilton Hotel - or get a taxi (which should cost around £8).

AWAY PUBS

At the ground itself, Howard's Bar, which is dedicated to away supporters, is situated between the South and West Stands. Supporters will have to show their away match ticket to gain access to the bar, which will open at 5.45pm.

The closest pub to the ground which admits away fans is The Drysalters (Elland Road, LS11 8AX), which is about 10 minutes walk from the stadium. This pub serves real ale, food and shows Sky Sports and BT Sport on its TV screens.

Some city centre pubs will also welcome away fans but may also insist that any colours are covered up.

Friday
Aug112017

Awayday Guide: Reading

Fulham's first away fixture of the league campaign is at Reading's Madjeski Stadium on Saturday.

Fulham have been allocated 3,114 tickets priced at for £20 for adults, £13 for senior citizens, £10 for those aged between 18 and 24 and £5 for under 18s. Prices will raise by £5 in each category on matchday and so Fulham fans are advised to book in advance and collect their tickets either from the Fulham or Reading ticket offices.

Tickets are no longer available to buy online so supporters wishing to purchase a ticket should either visit the Fulham ticket office in person or call 0203 871 0810.

GETTING TO THE MADJESKI STADIUM

BY CAR

The Madjeski Stadium is clearly visible on your left when travelling down the M4. Exit the M4 at Junction 11, bear left onto the A33, which will you take straight to the stadium, which is well signposted. This route can become congested the closer it gets to kick-off so all drivers are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey.

CAR PARKING

There is limited parking at the Madjeski Stadium priced at £8, but there will be significant delays exiting the official car park after the final whistle.

There is some limited parking available at the stadium itself for a cost of £8, but it can be a bit of lengthy process to get out of the car park at the end of the game. There also a number of unofficial car parks nearby in the local business parks, the cheapest being on Acre Road (£5).

Fulham fans could also use the Park and Ride facility at Mereoak (RG7 1PB), which is located close to the Junction 11 exit from the M4 and is served by buses from the town centre. Take the A33 towards Basingstoke from Junction 11 and follow the signs for the park and ride. Parking is free and the bus costs £3.50 return for adults, £1.70 for under-19s or concessions and there is a group ticket that covers up to four people for £7.

There are also a number of unofficial car parks in the area sited at local businesses (Acre Road at a cost of £5)

BY TRAIN

It is more than three miles from Reading Station to the Madjeski Stadium. Supporters are advised either to board the F1 'Football Special' bus from Station Hill (turn right out of the station's main entrance, go down the steps and the buses leave from the left hand side set of stops) or take a taxi from the station to the ground (which will cost approximately £10).

AWAY PUBS

The pubs in the vicinity of the ground are designated as home fans only. There are a number of mobile outlets close to the away end that will sell beer, soft drinks and food but away fans are advised to drink in the town centre and allow plenty of time for travelling to the Madjeski Stadium.

The recently refurbished The Three Guineas (Station Approach, RG1 1LY) used to run by a Fulham fan and welcomes away supporters. It is a Fulller's pub offering a large selection of guest ales, wine and ciders as well as excellent, reasonably-priced food and shows all live sport on their TV screens.

The Hope Tap (on Friar Street, RG1 1EP) is the closest Wetherspoons - located about five minutes walk from the station - that has welcomed Fulham fans on our last three visits and has a small beer garden.

The Oakford Social Club (53 Blagrave St, Reading RG1 1PZ) has also welcomed Fulham fans in the past and can be found directly opposite the station. This is an American-style bar serving a large selection of cask beers and offering a good range of food options.