By George Preece
Name: Craven Cottage
Home to: Fulham Football Club
Craven Cottage is located on the banks of the River Thames in West London and has been home to Fulham since 1896. The club did briefly play at rivals Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road stadium whilst Craven Cottage was getting redeveloped from 2002-2004. The stadium was designed by Archibald Leitch.
Craven Cottage is made up of four separate stands; The Hammersmith End, The Putney End, The Riverside Stand and The Johnny Haynes Stand.
The Hammersmith End is where the more vocal Fulham fans are located and the stand is situated behind the goal at the north of the ground. The Putney End is the only ‘neutral’ stand in the U.K where both home and away fans can sit together. There is also a tree in the stand towards the river, making it the only ground with a tree in the stadium in the U.K.
The Riverside Stand, not surprisingly backs onto the River Thames and is home to the corporate seating within Craven Cottage.
The Johnny Haynes Stand was built in 1905 – making it the oldest stand in professional world football and is also a grade two listed building. The original wooden seats from 1905 still remain in use in the stand.
The stadium however is probably most known for its pavilion, which like the Johnny Haynes Stand was built in 1905. The Pavilion was used as changing rooms and to accommodate players’ family and friends where they could watch from the balcony.
A statue of Michael Jackson can be found outside Craven Cottage as he was close friends with former Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Fulham 4-1 Juventus (Europa League, 18/03/2010)
Fulham 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Division One 16/04/2001)
Fulham 10-1 Ipswich (Division One 26/12/1963)
Name: Johnny Haynes
Stadium Years: 1952-1970
Johnny Haynes played a club record 658 games for Fulham, scoring 158 times. Haynes became the first player to be paid £100 and was described by Pele as the “best passer of the ball” he’d ever seen. After his death in 2005, Fulham renamed the Stevenage Road Stand after him and a statue of Haynes can also be found outside Craven Cottage.
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