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screamingalice
18-07-2005, 10:24 AM
A friend who lives about 1/2 mile form Selhurst Park had a letter on Saturday from Fulham F.C. trying to encourage him to buy a Fulham Season Ticket for the coming season.

I know in the past we had to put up with Wimbledon supporter poaching in our area and Charlton are well known for trying to generate support from non traditional Charlton areas, but Fulham now-it takes the mick!

Of course they are playing the premiere league card, but to mail shot in SE25 amounts to "tapping" the F.A. should look into this practice!

My friend who is a season ticket holder is going to ring them today and give them a piece of his mind. I hope Palace do not let this pass without thinking about their own marketing policy to encourage new supporters from our traditional area. It make sme so mad to see kids walking around Croydon and even worse SE25 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Moan Utd and Liverpool shirts and while its fair enough that supporters of other teams who have moved to the area keep to their original clubs, its the armchair TV fans who disgust me.

One good point about the Fulham leaflet was that it has a big picture of Andy Cole inside, just proves that its not just Palace who use a players photo in a promotion only for him to leave almost at once.

Fulhum
:veryangry

Gooders
18-07-2005, 10:26 AM
Yeah, but it's only Fulham.

screamingalice
18-07-2005, 10:27 AM
And another thing-I just hope that this is not a sign that they might be after the N.S.C. at Crystal Palace for a new home if the Olympic related development are looking for a tenant full time. There was rumour a year or so ago that if Palace were not interested Fulham might be! :bash:

c_block_lad
18-07-2005, 10:29 AM
The thing is Fulham are a fraud of a football club. They openly advertise their S/T on the basis of watching Man U, Chelscum And Co, rather than watching Fulham FC. They are a nothing football club.

Wheres as of course last season there was some poeple at Palace who had a S/T for the Premiership, at least Palace marketed it around Palace/AJ etc.

LP
18-07-2005, 10:29 AM
We should take it as a compliment, lets face it we're a much bigger club and they know it. Truth is Charlton tried the same ploy in our neck of the woods and how many Charlton fans do you see in Croydon etc...none.

Neil the Eagle
18-07-2005, 10:31 AM
Nowt to do with the Premiership, they've been doing this for years now...

ReadingPalace
18-07-2005, 10:36 AM
Fulham would never move to the NSC. Their fans were angry enough about having travel to Shepherd's Bush to see them play. If the NSC was ever redeveloped and they were looking for a football club to play there, if would have to be Palace to make any long term sense.

Scroatey
18-07-2005, 11:02 AM
Originally posted by screamingalice
I hope Palace do not let this pass without thinking about their own marketing policy... And herein lies the lesson!

etu
18-07-2005, 11:53 AM
Well, its not like they've got many fans of their own is it now?

Can't blame the poor lambs really...

GreatGonzo
18-07-2005, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by Scroatey
And herein lies the lesson!

You surely can only have a lesson on something that exists! :p

This is more a philosophy!

eagles #1
18-07-2005, 12:02 PM
People who are taken in by those leaflets are not true fans and we're better off without them anyway.

Time_Warp
18-07-2005, 12:02 PM
Yeah they have their "Come to the Cottage" posters all over South West Trains and have done for a couple of years. I have a mate who goes to Fulham every week and says they never fill the stadium and need new fans. No point getting upset about them sending out letters, it just shows their desperation...which is funny.

JayT
18-07-2005, 12:18 PM
What's the headline on the leaflet? "We need more cottagers to fill our holes"?

Dorking .Eagle
18-07-2005, 12:30 PM
Doesn't suprise me - half the "away end" is even designated as a "neutral area", so desperate are they to sell the seats, they don't care if home and away fans mix.
And whilst Palace technically class the home section of the Arthur Wait as "neutral" but I don't think many away fans got in there due to the high prices and A+B policy last season. Only Palace fans would be silly enough to pay 70 in order to get a ticket for one of the big games last season!

Scroatey
18-07-2005, 01:44 PM
Originally posted by JayT
What's the headline on the leaflet? "We need more cottagers to fill our holes"? "Children go for a fiver!" :eek:

screamingalice
18-07-2005, 01:53 PM
Originally posted by JayT
What's the headline on the leaflet? "We need more cottagers to fill our holes"?

The leaflet is headed

"Premiership Action Next Season. Its Closer Than You Think.

Thers's No Substitue For Being There!"

For as little as 469.00 you get...

Same seat for every home match g'teed
200.00 worth of Fulham FC reward vouchers
Priority booking for additional tickets
A saving equivalent of 3 FREE games
Free entry to reserve matches
Option to pay in monthly instalments.

Billyd
18-07-2005, 05:21 PM
Fulham is closer to Crystal Palace than alot of you think, theres just no direct train. So them moving to NSC is a possibility.

The leaflet should also say ' Watch football with atmosphere'
never heard so quiet fans as last year

Jay_Palace
18-07-2005, 05:27 PM
Not Bothered. I doubt that Fulham's endeavours will hurt our support one iota.

follow cpfc
18-07-2005, 08:00 PM
Im not supriesd Fulham have done this. When we played them last season there support was shit.

gjtango
18-07-2005, 08:42 PM
Yeah but all it means is that they will just attract and possibly take on more shit supporters, its just a money marketing ploy.

Mackenuff
19-07-2005, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by follow cpfc
Im not supriesd Fulham have done this. When we played them last season there support was shit.

Those stuck up posh twats at Fulham won't travel anywhere if it's not on the tube line!

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 10:40 AM
Yer there support is shit. They never got to away games if they are out of london. Remember how many they brough t to selhurst. It was appauling

Freddy Kurz
19-07-2005, 11:11 AM
Two seasons ago Fulham were holding schoolboy trials in Norwood Park,
Upper Norwood, well within Palace's catchment area, so they are quite
clearly not just content with trying to poach our fans but also our local
football talent as well!

JohnA
19-07-2005, 11:25 AM
Originally posted by screamingalice
And another thing-I just hope that this is not a sign that they might be after the N.S.C. at Crystal Palace for a new home if the Olympic related development are looking for a tenant full time. There was rumour a year or so ago that if Palace were not interested Fulham might be! :bash:

I'll have a word with the Treasurer of their Trust

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 11:26 AM
Originally posted by JohnA
I'll have a word with the Treasurer of their Trust


LOL:D

Richard
19-07-2005, 12:49 PM
Well I live in Fulham, and have never been marketed to by either club (aside from my CPFC season ticket mailing list stuff)!

Originally posted by follow cpfc
Yer there support is shit.

In fairness, that's not true. They have a small but very loyal following that has been with them though thick and (a lot of) thin. Their problem as a club is that they have struggled to attract the sort of fair-weathered fans you need to survive as a Premiership Club these days - unsurprisingly given the competing institution just up the Fulham Road. In some ways I rather admire that, and I definitely have a lot of time for their loyal long-term fans.

El Aguila
19-07-2005, 12:55 PM
Even the stuck up posh twats, Richard?

The EEEAAAGGGLLLEEE!!!
19-07-2005, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Jay_Palace
Not Bothered. I doubt that Fulham's endeavours will hurt our support one iota. This isn't true. I'm going to buy my Foolham season ticket tomorrow.:p I can't bear to watch Palace in the Fizzy Pop.

Mackenuff
19-07-2005, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by El Aguila
Even the stuck up posh twats, Richard?

Sorry, my bad. I guess not everyone from Fulham is a stuck up posh twat. I suppose the roundabout point in my earlier post was that Flarm's away support is pretty dire and that they need all the supporters they can get. Nothing beats a bit of canvassing in the hope that a fair-weather Palace fan might jump ship.

Richard
19-07-2005, 02:57 PM
Originally posted by El Aguila
Even the stuck up posh twats, Richard? All the twats, posh or otherwise, tend to go to Fulham's other club.

Trolley
19-07-2005, 03:01 PM
I am led to believe that both 'Hugh Grant' and 'Tessa Sanderson' are supporters of the 'Cottagers'.

MATTY THE EAGLE
19-07-2005, 03:03 PM
My old mans Boss plays Golf with Hugh Grant, he used to be in the Moter Trade before shagging Prossies, and now many people know that!

MATTY THE EAGLE
19-07-2005, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by MATTY THE EAGLE
My old mans Boss plays Golf with Hugh Grant, he used to be in the Motor Trade before shagging Prossies, and not many people know that!

JohnA
19-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Fulham have no plans as far as their Trust's Treasurer knows to move to NSC.
Their Trust is collaborating with the club on ground issues.

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 04:21 PM
they are stupid twats. Who think that they are a great club. They all suck of the chairman as well

Mackenuff
19-07-2005, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by follow cpfc
they are stupid twats. Who think that they are a great club. They all suck of the chairman as well

Well then. That settles the debate about Brighton fans but what about Fulham??

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by Mackenuff
Well then. That settles the debate about Brighton fans but what about Fulham??


LOL:D

Glazed Over
19-07-2005, 05:10 PM
Palace fans support Palace and Fulham fans support Fulham.

Their marketing policy, like Charltons, is to attract 'football' fans in south London to attend The Cottage and watch Premiership football. There is nothing wrong with that and as they have plenty of empty seats for their home games, it is a sound Marketing Policy. If some of those fans then go on to become genuine Fulham fans then that policy has worked.

It's just a shame Simon Jordan is so short sighted as to think these people could not be attracted to Selhurst.

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 05:25 PM
Yes but they dont ave to do it just a walk aways from selhurst. The reason Fulham dont get any fans is because they have chelski next door. As for Carlton people just plain dont like them

BIG DAVE
19-07-2005, 05:29 PM
Fulham are crap as are their fan's. They had no supporters until Al Fayed came along. They were basically the Chelsea of the first division. They bought their way into the Premier League from the second division upwards. They are a team that for some reason I really dislike.

Hope they have another crap season next year.

Al Fayed, woh-oh-oh
Al Fayed, woh-oh-oh
He wants to be a Brit,
His Fulham team are shi_t
Al Fayed, woh-oh-oh

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 05:43 PM
LOL love the song. Why did we not sing it when we played them???

Glazed Over
19-07-2005, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by BIG DAVE
They had no supporters until Al Fayed came along. They were basically the Chelsea of the first division. They bought their way into the Premier League from the second division upwards.

Quite true.

However since the Phoney Pharoah has been in power at Fulham, the whole face of football in this country has changed.

When he took over, Newcastle were averaging 14,000.

You can't live in the past. Football has changed and Fulham will probably average higher attendances than Palace next season. Whether or not they're 'real' Fulham fans is not the point. Their money through the turnstiles is as good as the true fans who have been going over the past 20/30/40 years.

follow cpfc
19-07-2005, 05:58 PM
yes but fulham have a loyal fanbase of about 20

Glazed Over
19-07-2005, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by follow cpfc
yes but fulham have a loyal fanbase of about 20

Why should that matter if they're getting 20k through the turnstiles on a regular basis?

screamingalice
20-07-2005, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by Glazed Over
Why should that matter if they're getting 20k through the turnstiles on a regular basis?

Spot on and once people start attending on a regular basis many become "real fans" the main issue is that more bums on seats means more revenue, which means available money to spend on players, wages and ground improvements, which in turn helps to attract more fans and the cycle grows. Thats why Charlton are establishing themselves in the premiere league and if they maintain they place in a few more years will be averaging 35000 a match and challenging for Europe on a regular basis.

Palace need to keep new fans coming to Selhurst, the population mix of traditional our traditional catchment area is changing and many people moving to the area are more likely to support the big TV teams (ARsenal, Chelsea, Moan utd etc) if interested in football at all. As Palace supporting families move away from the area with good intentions to keep attending matches, it becomes difficult for them to maintain their support and future generations of their family may not be interested in travelling to Selhurst when there may be a better option on the door step.

So while we can mock Fulham and Charlton, the trust is they are in a better position to grow their fan base than we are unless we can get promoted as quickly as possible. What division we play in has no bearing on my attendance or most of my family and I would suggest most people who post on here and who can travel to Selhurst without any difficulty would continue to attend. The issue is can we attract new support or bring back supporters who no longer attend for many reasons. What can the club do on top of getting promotion to attract new/no longer attending fans to Palace?

Its all very well being like the Labour party in the 80's and early 90's attitude of we would rather stay in opposition if that means we can maintain our head in the sand pure socialist agenda. Would we as committed fans rather not encurage new supporters , or seek trophies in order to keep the attendance at Selhurst "pure" i.e. 100% committed fans who have been going for years and are like some secret society?

BIG DAVE
20-07-2005, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by screamingalice
Spot on and once people start attending on a regular basis many become "real fans" the main issue is that more bums on seats means more revenue, which means available money to spend on players, wages and ground improvements, which in turn helps to attract more fans and the cycle grows. Thats why Charlton are establishing themselves in the premiere league and if they maintain they place in a few more years will be averaging 35000 a match and challenging for Europe on a regular basis.

Palace need to keep new fans coming to Selhurst, the population mix of traditional our traditional catchment area is changing and many people moving to the area are more likely to support the big TV teams (ARsenal, Chelsea, Moan utd etc) if interested in football at all. As Palace supporting families move away from the area with good intentions to keep attending matches, it becomes difficult for them to maintain their support and future generations of their family may not be interested in travelling to Selhurst when there may be a better option on the door step.

So while we can mock Fulham and Charlton, the trust is they are in a better position to grow their fan base than we are unless we can get promoted as quickly as possible. What division we play in has no bearing on my attendance or most of my family and I would suggest most people who post on here and who can travel to Selhurst without any difficulty would continue to attend. The issue is can we attract new support or bring back supporters who no longer attend for many reasons. What can the club do on top of getting promotion to attract new/no longer attending fans to Palace?

Its all very well being like the Labour party in the 80's and early 90's attitude of we would rather stay in opposition if that means we can maintain our head in the sand pure socialist agenda. Would we as committed fans rather not encurage new supporters , or seek trophies in order to keep the attendance at Selhurst "pure" i.e. 100% committed fans who have been going for years and are like some secret society?


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