Matchday at the Cottage

Everybody is welcome

If you are new to the Cottage, or indeed to football, then we hope you enjoy your visit to our stadium. The Club has an increasingly diverse fan base who create a friendly atmosphere at Craven Cottage, an environment that is particularly welcoming to first time visitors or new supporters.

Get involved with the fans

Regular supporters will encourage the Whites by chanting, cheering and singing throughout the entire game. Noisy support is encouraged but abusive behaviour or inappropriate chants/songs will not be tolerated. If you encounter any poor behaviour during your visit to the Cottage, please report this to any Club steward or staff member located nearby. 

To ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the game supporters are encouraged to remain seated during the match. On occasions supporters will stand up from time to time during exciting periods of play but persistent standing is not permitted.

During the warm up and the match, keep an eye out for flying footballs, although the players will be trying to score sometimes you might find a ball coming towards you! Fans seated in the Hammersmith or Putney Ends experience this more than others.

Dress for the occasion

Membership 2012/13

Many supporters choose to wear replica shirts or other official items of Club clothing, such as scarves, hats, jackets and tracksuits. These can be purchased at either Club Shop, online at, or on matchdays at the stadium. 

Branded clothing or accessories are often referred to as ‘Club Colours’. 

There are not many restrictions on clothing, although supporters should note that replica kits of the visiting team may not be worn in any Home area of the stadium. Supporters in all areas of the stadium should refrain from wearing items of clothing that are indecent, or that carry offensive wording or slogans. 

We would advise supporters to dress comfortably and to take into account the weather conditions before travelling, including the chance of rain or snow. 

During winter it is not unheard of for temperatures to drop near to or below freezing. Being situated so close to a river, the stadium can also feel rather cold, particularly in winter or at evening games, so be sure to check the forecast and come prepared.

In the ground

Grab a copy of the matchday programme before Kick-Off, for only £3.50 you will get insight from the Club leading into the match, including interviews, a preview from the manager, the latest news and ticket and travel information for forthcoming games.  The programme also carries a full set of fixtures for the season and the squad names and numbers for both the Whites and the opposition team.

Ensure you get down to the ground early, take advantage of the public catering offers for early arrivals and enjoy the build up on our screens around the ground. Food and beverages are also available at halftime. 

You will also find betting facilities (over 18s only), toilets and baby changing facilities located within the vicinity of each stand. 

There are close to 800 staff members in and around the stadium on a matchday, so you are never far from assistance at any point in your visit. 

Staying in the area

If you're are thinking of staying in the area before or after a game, the below places are all in close proximity to Craven Cottage.


Premier Inn – Putney Bridge

Double Tree by Hilton – Imperial Wharf

Holiday Inn Express – Hammersmith

Novotel – Hammersmith

The Lodge – Putney

Travelodge – Fulham

Ibis Hotel – West Brompton

Bed and Breakfast

Hurlingham B&B – Fulham

Thames Walk B&B - Fulham

Barclay House - Fulham

Putney B&B – Putney


St Christopher’s Inn – Hammersmith

Abercorn House – Hammersmith

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