Tuktuk Day 38

The Pride of Fulham – Johnny Haynes

I could not continue from QPR on Day 37 to anywhere else than Fulham, I guess. The iconic Craven Cottage is walking distance to QPR’s Loftus Rd. Unlike, say, Millwall and West Ham, there is a healthy respect between both sets of fans which is always good to see.

Fulham treated me well when I cycled there in 2010. First full day in the saddle Fulham, Chelsea, Brentford and QPR in the dark if I remember and then a long trek to Watford to find a room!

I wrote, “Next stop was Fulham’s Craven Cottage. It has always been a favourite ground and although it is so olde worlde, the fans are really proud of this season’s achievements. The guy in the shop thought I was mad and came out to be photographed with the scarf you see. Sad memories of what might have been against Atletí a few weeks before.”

It was a bit of a glory time for Fulham (“The Cottagers”) as they finished twelfth in the top flight, got to the sixth round of the FA Cup and the final of the UEFA League under, who other than, Roy Hodgson. He left at the end of the season to take over at Liverpool. Who knows what he might have achieved if he had stayed. Instead there have been a dozen managers, the Championship and a more recent period of consolidation in the Premier League. Shahid Khan took over as chairman in July 2013 and there has been much done to the ground but always the “What if?” in the background.

Recently, I have been exchanging memories with Ian Prime who told me of an upcoming event at the ground and as you can see, it’s a bit different from the usual!

Ian says, “I’ve been going to Fulham since I was 5 and that’s a long time ago now. Every time I’ve left the ground I’ve gone home to a warm, safe home and bed sometimes elated with the result but more often than not a little frustrated !!

….. and yes that is me in the photo !

On the 21st March I’ll be doing something different and sleeping overnight at Craven Cottage (or trying to sleep) as part of Fulham FC Foundation’s first Stadium Sleepout. (Details below……)

Why ? because not everyone is as lucky as I am

If you can support me on this challenge it would be fantastic – even just £1 would make a difference and it will help Fulham FC Foundation, by building better lives through sport.

Here’s the sponsorship link – https://fulhamfc.enthuse.com/pf/9d13e#!/

I was happy to support and hope you will be too ….and if you have any memories of Fulham or Craven Cottage please let us know. Thanks.

Stadium Sleepout

21 March 2024 – 22 March 2024

Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, Fulham, SW6 6HH

Stadium Sleepout 2024 

Brave the elements and join us for our first ever Stadium Sleepout! 

On Thursday 21st March Craven Cottage will be opening its doors overnight for the first ever time in support of Fulham FC Foundation. 

At Fulham FC Foundation we are passionate about building better lives through sport. We deliver programmes 7 days a week to a broad range of the community, supporting disabled young people, refugees, socially isolated adults, people with mental health challenges and many others. We help change the lives of over 10,000 people every year, using sport as a tool to improve both the physical health and mental wellbeing of our participants. 

Before you brave the elements there will be entertainment and opportunities to get food to fuel you for the night ahead! This is an inaugural event for Fulham FC Foundation, so you will not want to miss out on being one of the first ever people to sleepout overnight in the Stadium. This is set to be a truly unique event, and we would love to have you join us. Spaces are limited, with access only to adults aged 18 and over, with those registered fundraising towards Fulham FC Foundation’s work in our community.

Wrap up warm and help us on our mission to build better lives through sport! Register here

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