Traveling Back In Time To Fulham’s Craven Cottage
Only 23 days remain until EPL Talk embarks on a Premiership journey that you’ll be able to experience online, via nearly-daily podcasts and more.
Between now and then, I’ll be sharing with you some of my experiences planning the trip. That’ll include the trials and tribulations of purchasing tickets to Premiership matches.
The first ticket to go on general sale was Fulham against Reading scheduled for November 25, which will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel (10am ET). The process was surprisingly easy. I purchased the ticket from the Fulham web site. Step one was a free online registration for a Cottage Stadium Card. After registering, it was a painless process ordering the tickets and selecting the option to pick them up at the ticket office on matchday.
I bought two tickets (one for my cousin who lives in London and who is a Leeds United fan, but that’s another story). How much did the ticket cost? $75.
The seats are located near the halfway line in the Johnny Haynes Stand, which was built around 1905. The stand, along with the adjacent Cottage, remain the finest examples of football architect Archibald Leitch to remain in existence today, and both have been designated as Grade II listed buildings (more about Leitch can be heard on the Simon Inglis interview from the EPL Talk Podcast).
The back of the stand (pictured here) is a brick facade facing Stevenage Road. The seats in the upper section of the stand are wooden, which is quite rare to find nowadays, but they’re reportedly more comfortable than the plastic seats in the rest of the ground.
Of course, we’ll try and capture the mood and experience of watching a Premiership match in a stand that’s over 100 years old. It’s going to be an exciting time for EPL Talk and you, the reader.