Not much to say about PSG except at least we didn't lose, somehow, and I did warn you about their fans. Still it keeps it interesting for Santander doesn’t it!
Anyway we’ve just picked KK 165 up from the printers and delivered it to Needbest and Urbis, and it’s looking pretty good if I may say so!
Hot news is that Keane’s quit Sunderland, and Pompey’s out of Europe. Shame!
Fulham tomorrow and an early dart for the 12.45 kick off. Now we’re rich surely we can tell Sky and Setanta to stuff it and we can get back to sensible kick off dates and times.?
Anyway here’s ‘It’s a Fix as most of you won’t get the zine til after the game. See you there!
Fulham's llast promotion was in 2001, so they’re in their 7th season in the Prem., and they’ve never won eff all!
Most recent connections : Dickson Etuhu, Andy Cole, Michael Brown, Kevin Keegan, Ali Mac.
Big name supporters : Ray Brooks, but you may spot a few more.
Roy Hodgson’s squad includes : Schwarzer, Hangeland, Hughes, Panitsil, Bullard, Murphy, Konchesky, Davies, Johnson, Zamora, Dempsey, Etuhu
Last season : At Fulham, in September we drew 3-3. They went ahead, we equalised through Petrov, they went ahead again, we equalised again,through Mpenza. We went ahead through Petrov but couldn’t hold on and Murphy equalised with 15 mins to go. (24,674, 2,330 Blues)
At COMS in our last home game we went two up by the 21st minute thanks to Ireland and Benjani and it looked curtains for the doomed Fulham club. But the old MCFC Benevolent. Society kicked in, we pratted about and let them com back at us and win 3-2 in the last minute. Kamara two, and a Murphy pen doing the damage aided and abetted by Bullard. (44,504)
They finished in 17th place with 36 points and 5 wins 5 draws and 9 losses at home
This season so far : They’re currently in 10th place with 19 points from 14 games and five wins, one draw, one loss at home. They went out of the Carling Cup 1-0 at Burnley, and are at Sheff. Wed. in the F.A.Cup 3rd rd.
Groundwise: No change since last season to one if not THE original riverside stadiums. We get a good sized area in the temporary stand next to the neutral section – with its cute pillars, and beware of a squash coming out! £35 a ticket - £5 up on last season..
Craven Cottage, Capacity : 22,000 (3,000 for City)
Our form at Fulham: Last seasons draw made it just two losses in our last eight visits.
Ed’s comment : Always an enjoyable trip to Fulham, with it’s setting in the park next to the Thames. Usually there’s a chance of a result, so fingers crossed, for a point or three, though they're no pushovers. Lot’s of different accents outside (like at O/T) as the neutrals, and City fans, pay to go into the neutral bit.
John Burffield (best wishes to Lewis for a speedy recovery)’s pre-season prediction was 15th Fulham being strengthened with Andy Johnson who replaced McBride, providing Bullard stays injury free. So they’re doing a bit better than anticipated.
STATS: 8 pre-war and 38 post-war make it our 47th league meeting, and down there, post-war, it’s:-
Played: 19 Won 6 Drawn 5 Lost 8.
Wwtwtwshite?: Averaged 4,057 in 90/91
Away Day Zines: There’s Only one F in Fulham (very good), Where Else We…
Their current average home attendance : 24,339
Steve P’s Route: Our usual route to Fulham – but see below - M6, M42, M40, A40 (or M1, A406 North Circular to A40 at Hanger Lane Gyratory, then toward London), A40 Western Avenue becomes Westway. After A219 junction take slip road to A3220 (right at roundabout). Along A3220 and right at first roundabout to A402 to Shepherds Bush Green, and left into A219 Shepherds Bush Road. Continue to one way system under Hammersmith Flyover and take A219 Fulham Palace Road. (KK has preferred this to going onto the M25 then the M4 past Heathrow then hitting traffic at Chiswick roundabout and at Hammersmith. However, the new Westfield mall is off the A3220 and it’s near Christmas, so we think M4/A4 may be a better bet now; M4 becomes A4 – Great West Road, Chiswick roundabout, then off before Hammersmith flyover to go round and onto A219 southbound toward Fulham.) On A219 Fulham Palace Road, after Fulham Cemetery on left, any street on the right leads to the ground. On street pay parking. (There are side streets to avoid the traffic, but with one-way systems, it's not easy).
But after the game we head east toward B317 North End Road, then north to A315 Hammersmith Road, and right toward Kensington, and left on A3220 back to the A40 – assuming Westfield traffic will mostly still be in Westfield…
Parking: On the streets. A nice walk in the park is recommended.
Public Transport: It’s still chaos on the Euston line; early trains might get through but coming back it’ll be from St Pancras via Sheffield. Might be odd advance singles available around £25 each way but otherwise it’s the off-peak return (any train) at £62.40.
Parking: On the streets, but be early and careful. A nice walk in the park is recommended.
Pubs: South of the river – The Duke’s Head, overlooking the Thames (the pub, not his head), but 20 minutes from the ground; The Crabtree on Rainville Road, and The King’s Head on Fulham High Street, plus there's a nice Italiam restaurant on Fulham Palace Road just past the ground.