FULHAM CRAVEN COTTAGE
There have been many changes in football over the last twenty years but the most significant, from a fan perspective, are the stadium in which the games are now played. In the past, Stadiums were usually situated in the heart of the city and fans were shoe-horned into crumbling edifices where the majority of fans had to stand to watch the game on concrete terraces. As a result of this, watching the game was a much more visceral experience. Every kick and tackle was felt on the terraces as the crowd, as if with a single pulse, swayed and moved with the action. It was a world away from the ‘SUPER STADIA’ of today, with their corporate boxes, shiny plastic seats and, at times. Manufactured atmosphere. Photographer, JOHN BALSOM took the opportunity to document “how it once was” when he visited FULHAM’S CRAVEN COTTAGE before it was refurbished to bring it in line with Premier League requirements.