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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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Craven cottage

Hey guys,
I have read some articles recently about how Fulham have asked for permission to expand Craven Cottage; does anyone know how far these plans have gone? Is the expanded capacity going to be around 4,000.
I was watching the game against Juventus recently, and I was impressed by how unique the stadium was, although the pillars could be a problem for vision; are there any proposals to renovate the stadium and remove these in the future?
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #2
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Not particularly relevant, but here's a photo I took on my mobile at last night's game..

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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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Not particularly relevant, but I wish Fulham had bunged Maidstone United a few quid more for Chris Smalling. They had no legal responsibility to do so, but I can remember when Fulham were in the lower leagues with no money, and their stadium was literally falling down.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 12:22 PM   #4
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Not particularly relevant, but I wish Fulham had bunged Maidstone United a few quid more for Chris Smalling. They had no legal responsibility to do so, but I can remember when Fulham were in the lower leagues with no money, and their stadium was literally falling down.
They should have done bang out of order if Maidstone don't get anything from it. Although i did read the other day that Fulham are £160 mill in debt!!

On another note Craven Cottage is one of my favourite grounds in the Premiership along with Villa Park & Goodison..
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 03:40 PM   #5
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The debt is to Al Fayed no doubt, which means they are up shits creek if he dies, or he does like Gaydamak and pulls out.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 03:42 PM   #6
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Oh and I heard about the expansion too, it's been on the cards for a while, I'd assume it would be the riverside stand that they'd rebuild/extend. I reckon fulham have another 8-10,000 worth of elasticity in their match going fan base at their current prices. If they can get past spurs & pompey and win the FA cup who knows...
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 09:59 AM   #7
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10% of the Smalling profit would have built Maidstone's new stadium and ended their long exile from the town. I wouldn't blame them for not bothering to bring on any more kids.

Back on topic. How much capacity does the Cottage have for further expansion? Apart from the two huge crumbling terraces they have built on, it seems a very limited site. If I were an eccentric billionaire, I would be looking to completely rebuild or move, rather than keep cobbling on new bits of stands.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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That would be a tragedy. Far better to 'keep cobbling on new bits' and add to the uniqueness of the ground than replace it with a perfect bowl a la Emirates, Wembley etc.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #9
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The only plans I could find are these from three years ago. Are they being implemented?

http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/Ne...geRelease.aspx

I always thought the older Stevenage Road stand with its roof supports would benefit from an upwards redevelopment similar to Ibrox.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...0.24,,0,-13.03

It would allow for a second tier and removal of roof supports, if the local council are football friendly:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...8.67,,1,-13.53

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Old March 24th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #10
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It would allow for a second tier and removal of roof supports, if the local council are football friendly:
lol hammersmith and fulham have three football clubs within their boundaries, Fulham, QPR and Chelsea, I'd assume they have to be football friendly...
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Old March 25th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #11
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I always thought the older Stevenage Road stand with its roof supports would benefit from an upwards redevelopment similar to Ibrox.

It would allow for a second tier and removal of roof supports, if the local council are football friendly:
Isn't that a listed building though?
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Old March 25th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #12
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Isn't that a listed building though?
If it is, i'd expect it to be similar to our main stand at Ibrox, in that the facade is the listed building, rather than the full building itself.

Our main stand had listed status when the club deck was built, so there would be no reason that listed status should stop Fulham adding to it, although I would imagine it would need to be done in a manner befitting the original architecture.

The biggest issue, I would expect, would be the condition of the stand and the foundations. I know that it dates to a similar time to the Ibrox main stand, built by the same Archibald Leitch, but while I know that the Ibrox stand was one of his most grandioise projects, I don't know the type of budget or quality that went to the Craven Cottage stands.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #13
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From what I've heard Fulham have submitted plans to the local council to expand the stadium by 4,000 seats, however I have no idea if or when this is being implemented.
They have already been carrying out modifications recently, I'm led to belive. Al Fayed has been a lifesaver for the club; it will be a tragedy when he leaves.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #14
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Is it falling in the thames
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Old February 15th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #15
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Is it falling in the thames
It may well do, it is very close to it after all. i'm sure they could build a pier like structure to extend it out a bit and build like in the river.....might cost a bit but should work and allow them to extend that stand.....it's either that or they have to look for a new ground as I don't see how they can carry on at that level once Al Fayed leaves.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #16
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