Pre-Season Friendly Ticket Bundles

Tuesday 18 June 2013 16:46
The Whites welcome Real Betis to the Cottage on Monday 5th August (8pm) and Parma on Saturday 10th August (3pm). Adults can purchase a ticket bundle for both matches at the same time for just £15 - a saving of £5.

Supporters can also purchase a Family Package (2 adults and 2 juniors) for both fixtures for £30, saving up to £20 in total.

These offers are only available by phone, so please call the Ticket Office on 0843 208 1234 (Option 3, Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) and quote "Pre-Season Bundle" to buy.

This offer will expire 10 days before the match (subject to availability).

Inside the Opposition - Real Betis


One of the oldest clubs in Spain, Real Betis Balompié, S.A.D. finished the 2012/13 season in seventh place and impressed with their attacking football under Pepe Mel.

The club became the first Andalusian team to play in La Liga in 1932 and were also the first club in Spanish football to be given the Real prefix (by King Alfonso XIII in 1914). Now, continuing their royal roots, they are the chosen team of the current King of Spain - Juan Carlos I - who is an honorary member.

Betis enjoyed success in their early years and are one of the handful of teams to have broken up the domination of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as they won La Liga in 1935. Since then, they have enjoyed top flight football in 48 of the 82 years since its inception in Spain and also found success in the Copa del Rey in 1977 and 2005.

A golden age for the club, financially at least, came in 1998 when they broke the world transfer record to sign Brazilian winger Denílson de Oliveira Araújo for a fee of £21.5 million. Now, under Mel’s leadership, the club have been back in the top flight for two seasons and will look to improve their seventh place standing next season which saw them gain a UEFA Europa League Qualifying place.

Players to Watch: Beñat Etxebarria, Rubén Castro, Casto Espinosa Barriga
Famous former players: Denílson de Oliveira Araújo, Luis Aragonés, Joaquín Sánchez
Famous former managers: Javier Clemente, Guus Hiddink, Juande Ramos

Inside the Opposition - Parma


Parma FC are one of Italy’s premier clubs, finishing the 2012/13 season in 10th place in the Serie A table under the stewardship of manager Roberto Donadoni.

The club have a rich history which has seen multiple successes in European competition over the years but, like Fulham, they have also known what it is like to be at the very bottom and work your way back up to the top. With a commitment to playing attacking football and developing players through their Academy, I Crociati (managed at the time by Carlo Ancelotti) came close to breaking up the domination of Scudetto winners in 1996/97 when they finished second behind Juventus by two points.

In a golden time for the club in the 90s, Parma boasted a fine lineup of former Italy strikers including Enrico Chiesa and Gianfranco Zola and also had the likes of Lillian Thuram, Juan Sebastian Veron, Faustino Asprilla and Hristo Stoichkov on their books.

Now under Donadoni’s leadership, the club are looking to get back into the elite of Italy and showed they still have what it takes by beating Internazionale 1-0 in November; finishing with only one defeat in their last five games to secure a place in the top half of the table.

Players to Watch: Nicola Sansone; Gabriel Paletta; Ishak Belfodil
Famous former players: Hernan Crespo; Gianluigi Buffon; Fabio Cannavaro
Famous former managers:
Carlo Ancelotti; Hector Cuper; Arrigo Sacchi