Relief for Fulham supporters as club’s battle for extra final tickets bears fruit

FULHAM fans have until 5pm this afternoon to snap up the last few tickets for tomorrow’s Europa League final after the club succeeded in increasing its allocation.

Supporters besieged the Cottagers with complaints after the initial supply of tickets sold out within hours of going on sale last week.

Fans were unhappy that the club had allowed season ticket-holders to buy four seats each for the historic showdown with Atletico Madrid in Hamburg.

Chiefs in turn pleaded with governing body Uefa to provide more tickets – and that request bore fruit yesterday when hundreds more were put on sale to Craven Cottage regulars.

Season ticket-holders who missed out on the first batch can now purchase one each for the club’s first European final. Although they are available by telephone, officials are encouraging anyone interested to buy in person from the box office, due to the shortage of time until the final.

The ticket chaos follows concerns that the team’s travel to Germany would be disrupted once again by volcanic ash.

l Meanwhile, Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson was last night named Manager of the Year by the League Managers’ Association.

Hodgson received the award – voted by coaches and managers from all 92 member clubs – by a record margin.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: “He is highly respected within the game and held in the highest regard in the family of football.”