In the latest instalment of how best to Follow Fulham Away this season, our away day maestro Dom Betts conducts you through the four away days in December.
2nd December, 15:00
Brentford Train Station – The national rail station served by South West Trains from London Waterloo is only a 10 minute walk from Griffin Park
South Ealing Underground Station – This is the nearest underground station which is served by the Piccadilly Line and is a 20 minute walk from Griffin Park, alternatively you can get the 65 bus from the station towards Kingston for 4 stops to New Road.
Where to park
- There is a small pay and display car park in Layton Road (first right off Ealing Road) which costs £5 for three hours
- Some roads in the area (such as Somerset Road, which is off the A3002 Boston Manor Road) do also allow pay and display parking at a cost of £1 for 30 minutes, so you would be looking at a cost of £6 for three hours.
Where to drink
1) The New Inn – Of the 4 pubs on the corners of the ground. This is the one frequented by away fans the most.
2) Putney Pubs – A lot of Fulham fans tend to frequent the home matchday pubs in the vicinity of Putney Station, such as The Fox & Hounds, and then get the train across to Brentford from there
3) The Lord Nelson – A rogue Collins addition, but if you’re happy to keep your head down and drink amongst the Brentford faithful, the Lord Nelson, just across the Great West Road from Griffin Park, is one of the most iconic football pubs out there. A proper old boozer.
16th December, 15:00
There are advance tickets now on sale. You can get a direct train to Sunderland or via Newcastle from London Kings Cross. The Stadium of Light is only a 20 minute walk from the railway station or you can get the metro to St. Peters which is one of two metro stations within the vicinity of the ground, and the one which is closer to the away end.
The faster train goes into Newcastle, which is also a far superior area for fans to drink in before the game. The Toon offers numerous pubs, restaurants and bars, almost all of which are happy to let in away fans, and the Metro across to the Stadium of Light takes less than half an hour from the City Centre.
London Kings Cross (KGX) – Sunderland (SUN)
Journey Time – 3 hours 30 minutes
Adult – £62.00
Adult with Railcard – £40.90
Child – £31.00
London Kings Cross (KGX) – Newcastle (NEW)
Journey Time – 2 hours 50 minutes
Adult – £64.00
Adult with Railcard – £42.67
Child – £24.00
Where to park
1) There is limited parking available at the ground itself
2) Stadium of Light metro station has a car park which costs £4 per car
3) There is a park and ride service in operation from Sunderland Enterprise Park which is free
Where to drink – Sunderland
1) The William Jameson, 30-32 Fawcett St, SR1 1RH – This is Sunderland’s main Wetherspoons so expect it to get busy from before the game however it provides cheap beer (nearly all pints are under £3) and your standard spoons food
2) The Harbour View, 1 Benedict Rd, SR6 0NX – The pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, serves good beer, reasonably priced food and has a large screen television. As the name of the pub suggests you get some good views along the coast from its location.
3) The Colliery Tavern, 12 Southwick Rd, SR5 1EQ – Just across the road from the stadium. Although predominantly a home fans pub, it does allow in away fans It shows live football on a number of TV’s and it has a marquee outside.
Where to drink – Newcastle
1) The Union Rooms, 48 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1TT – Newcastle has two Wetherspoons close to the station, this one and The Mile Castle. Both are pretty nice, but The Union Rooms is based in an old Victorian building which gives it a healthy dose of both charm and splendour. It’s well worth a visit.
2) The Osborne Road, West Jesmond Metro – Hop on the Metro for one or two stops to West Jesmond, and you reach the student paradise of the Osborne Road. There’s bars lining the road which open early and close late – Spy, Bar Blanc and Osbornes would be a good place to start – which offer ridiculous drinks deals all afternoon long.
BONUS) Fat Hippo Underground, 2-6 Shakespeare St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AQ – If you’re getting food in town, don’t mess about, go to Fat Hippo. Literally the best burgers in the world, alongside beers and hard milkshakes and just loads of amazing feed. I would regularly travel to Newcastle from Durham in my Uni days purely to have a burger – Jack.
26th December, 15:00
As it’s a Boxing Day game there’ll be no trains running for the game so you’re going to have to either drive or get the club coach, unless a fan run coach is put on (which we’ll let you know of, if one comes up).
Club Coach – Price TBC
Where to park
1) If you pass the ground on your right and then turn right at the next lights (about 250m) and proceed up this road for about 300m, you will see HSS Hire (plant hire) on your right. Turn right in front of this and it leads you into a fenced off area adjacent to Turnstile 7 (the away entrance). You can go straight into the ground without leaving this area. It was also well marshalled on our visit. Cost is usually £8
2) You can park at the Gol centre near to ground. Parking there isn’t a problem at all. The only downside is that after the game it can take a long time to get back onto the main road as the centre is located at the bottom of a cul-de-sac
Where to drink
1) The Prince of Wales, 81-83 St Mary St, CF10 1FA – A standard Wetherspoons outlet serving standard pub food and cheap beer and a 25 minute walk from the ground (there are no pubs in the vicinity of the stadium). You’ll have a good mix of home and away fans in here
2) The Cottage, 11 Sanquhar Street, CF24 2AA – This pub has been frequented very often by Fulham Fans previously, simply due to it’s name. But it is a very nice pub in the centre of Cardiff serving nice beer and food.
3) Walkabout, 65-74 St Mary St, CF10 1FA – Your typical Walkabout pub in the centre of Cardiff. Serving food and drink, as well as showing Live Sport, so you’ll be able to catch the lunchtime kick off in here
30th December, 15:00
There are advance tickets now on sale. You can get a direct train to Hull or via Doncaster from London Kings Cross. The KCOM Stadium is only a 20 minute walk from the railway station.
London Kings Cross (KGX) – Hull (SUN)
Journey Time – 2 hours 40 minutes
Adult – £30.00
Adult with Railcard – £19.80
Child – £15.00
Where to park
1) There is parking available at the ground itself which costs £5 per car
2) The most convenient car park in the city centre is the Pryme Street multi-storey car park, which is open to 7.30pm
3) There is also an NCP car park at the end of Pryme Street
Where to drink
1) The Admiral of the Humber,1 Anlaby Rd, HU1 2NT – A Wetherspoons serving standard pub food and cheap beer and a 25 minute walk from the ground. Like most spoons you’ll have a good mix of home and away fans in here
2) Pitchside, KCOM Stadium, HU3 6HU – This is the designated away fans bar at the ground. Serving bottled beer and showing Live Sports on TV Screens so you’ll be able to catch the early kick off.
3) The Bowery, 30-32 Princes Ave, HU5 3QA – Nice pub in Hull and it has lots of TVs showing Sky Sports, making it perfect to watch the early or late kick off games. It is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium.