England 2011-12: Craven Cottage

"Hot Dog" - London, England

While in England this year, we saw a few football matches.  I have already posted images from our trip to Carrow Road to see Norwich City  FC v. Fulham FC, and now I thought I would show our trip to Craven Cottage to see Fulham FC take on Arsenal FC.  I have been to Craven Cottage a few times before, but this was the first time that I have seen an evening game, and the first time I’ve seen Arsenal live.  Good for us that we were treated to a very entertaining game, and I managed to get a few photographs in as well.

Unlike at Norwich, the stewards at Craven Cottage were far more lax about taking photographs inside the stadium.  I was allowed to roam freely with my camera and do as I please.  We arrived early enough that I also had plenty of time to soak in the pre-match atmosphere.  Craven Cottage is a great stadium, and Fulham are a great team to follow for a variety of reasons–the fans are great, the tickets are cheap (reasonably), and the team have been pretty successful lately.  If you’re looking for a match to see when you’re in London, or a team to support, I can recommend them highly!

Fulham went down by a goal, but managed to stay in the game.  They equalized, and then scored a winner deep into injury time to leave their London counterparts stunned.  Bobby Zamora scored the winner after coming on as a substitute.  Sadly, he was sold less than a month later, and now plies his trade at neighboring QPR.

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