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With far more spare time on my hands than normal, I've found myself making the long trip to Fulham far more often than usual of late. The more frequent my trips, the more apparent it becomes that seating choice really can make or break a game for me.

Sitting in row Z of the Riverside Stand against Aston Villa, the only real noise I could make out was that of the Midlanders. To add insult to injury too, the bulk of their chants were aimed at the lacklustre response from us in the Riverside Stand.

However, once you take a seat far closer to the Hammersmith End, the only real noise that becomes apparent is that of the Fulham faithful, and it becomes all the more difficult to make out the songs coming from the away support.

Once you're in the Hammy End itself, it's practically impossible to notice the away fans even exist.

So, that has got me thinking; is it all in the design of the Cottage?

Craven Cottage is rather unique for a Premier League ground, possessing four open corners: Four open corners where plenty of sound is lost.

The majority of the noise from the home fans will appear from the Hammy End, with The Riverside Stand being overly family orientated. It would be an interesting experiment to see just how far that noise travels, as I expect it struggles to make it over the half way line.

That is, I must say, to no fault of our own, but, it can be rather embarrassing when mocked by travelling supporters.

Overall though, it must be recognised that we are a 'Family Club' and many fans in the Cottage are purely there for a fun day out. Good on them; and good choice, I must add!

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Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 15 2010

Time: 11:43AM

Your Comments

The cottage is a magical place where for a period of time in my life all the worries are left behind and I am carried high on a sea of emotion......COYW!
I'm content with our fans demeanor, even if we are relatively quite and don't travel well in comparison to other clubs. It suits me.
It's what I love about the Cottage, I can take my son there and very rarely will he see or hear anything inappropriate. It is only the away fans who remind me of the vulgar face of football. However, I thank them for regularly re-affirming that I am a fan of a great football club, who play at a very special ground
My season ticket is in the Hammy end, and the boys do an amazing job singing their hearts out. The atmosphere is sometimes disapointing, even if we are playing well. I dont see it as a competition between fans, I couldnt give a monkeys how loud the opposition is. But we should give the boys all the support we can. No harm in trying to have a 12th man. But as mentioned, we are a family club and I wouldnt change anything about us or the Cottage. The only thing that has disgusted recently is the booing of our own team and occasionally players. This even happens when the half time whistle blows when its 0-0. Its counter productive and frustrates me no end. COYW!!!!!!
Well said Jay!
it's an old fashioned stadium - more suited to terraces which produce more noise! Plus some of our supporters are a little reserved to say the least!
Al Billy
I wonder if we'll fill Wembley with noise (if we get there!)
yes magic me thinks
truth sayer ffc
I really hate the early leavers.....why? Do we expect our players to pack up and go with 5 minutes left? No !!! We pay all that money so why leave early? Cheer your teams efforts even when we lose and of course to see pantsil's lap too, legend!!!!
agreed... never boo and don't leave early... that's like fan support 101... my one trip to the cottage, i was in the haynes stand, closer to the hammy end, and it was lovely... a 0-2 loss to everton, but we qualified for europe! we were singing despite the loss!

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