Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Fulham

Posted in London, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 31 January 2013

Just like buses are league derbies. You wait ages, and then three come along in succession. Not content with the last away game to Arsenal, the one prior to that was a home game against QPR. Would you Adam and Eve it (said Chairman Pip going all cockney on the world)? Still, there we are – we go where we must. And obviously a derby game is a must, no matter who it is against. There are the big ones against ones most hated rivals, and then there are the other ones – of course you still want to win, because you want bragging rights. But there is much less of the intrinsic hostility. That being said, I’ll be very annoyed if, having been their bogey team for so long, we fail to come away with something from the trip to Fulham.

Date: 30th January 2013
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Capacity: 25,678
Attendance: 24,791
Away Section: Putney End
Score: Fulham 3-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Putney Bridge
Local rozzers: Metropolitan Police
Total Travel Cost: N/A (Zone 1-2 Travelcard)

Rail journeys:
District LineFulham Broadway to Putney Bridge (C69/77 Stock)
District Line – Putney Bridge to Wimbledon (D78 Stock)
22:17 – Wimbledon to London Waterloo (South West Trains Class 455)
22:55 – London Waterloo East to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)

Station to Stadium: Craven Cottage is one of those funny grounds that looks like it should be fairly close to the nearest station, until you actually get there and find that it isn’t. Not that I’m saying that it’s an especially onerous walk – it’s quite pleasant in fact, as all you need do once leaving the station is cross over Putney Bridge itself and descend into Bishops Park, which then allows you to do something that you very rarely get to do when going to football, which is take a walk by the river. That being said, this particular walk will take you a good 10-15 minutes and (as I found out) is not to be advised for an evening game as the river path has no lighting at all.

Anything else?: The route between Putney Bridge and East Putney is one of only two points where the Underground network crosses over the River Thames rather than under it, the other being between Gunnersbury and Kew Gardens, also on the District Line.

Putney Bridge tube station

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