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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.

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  1. marta del piero

    October 29, 2006 at 12:09 am

    How precious…Being an Architect grad… I love the little cottage idea…sorry to get all chick flick on ya, but wouldn’t that be a cool scene in a movie… maybe becks without a shirt… oh but I digress… cool wooden seats, and atmosphere, raise a glass for us!!!

  2. Eric PZ

    October 28, 2006 at 4:23 am

    I can’t remember the year (2000 or 2001) but I was back in England for the Holidays and my boys were at the Cottage for the Boxing Day match. I had tickets in the old open terrace stand at the end with the Cottage (don’t remember the name of it) I remember thinking at the time that it’ll probably be the last time I see a match at this level from terraces. So far, I was right. Too bad the match wasn’t great (0-0 draw if I remember correctly)

  3. Anonymous

    October 26, 2006 at 8:06 am

    That’s 30 quid too much.

  4. The Gaffer

    October 26, 2006 at 7:20 am

    $75 for one ticket. 40 GBP.

    The Gaffer

  5. Anonymous

    October 26, 2006 at 5:31 am

    Is that $75 for the 2 tix? how much in GBP?

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