Old Grounds

'Nothing remains except a hump, a wall or a Tesco site.' This is a pictorial tribute to the old football grounds of England, Wales & Scotland, that were once steeped in rich history. Featuring many photos by Han van Eijden, whose introduction to this section can be found below, as well as David Forsyth and Dave Couseins, this website stands as a tribute to those great old grounds and stands that have long since been demolished.

Lost Grounds Old Stands and Terraces
Arsenal - Arsenal Stadium Barnsley - Oakwell
Bolton Wanderers - Burnden Park Birmingham City - St Andrews
Brighton - Goldstone Ground Blackburn Rovers - Ewood Park
Bristol Rovers - Eastville Burnley - Turf Moor
Cardiff City - Ninian Park Bury - Gigg Lane
Chester City - Sealand Road Carlisle United - East Stand
Chesterfield - Recreation Ground Chelsea - North Stand Terrace
Colchester United - Layer Road Crewe - Alexandra Stadium
Coventry City - Highfield Road Everton - Park Stand
Darlington - Feethams Exeter City - Big Bank Terrace
Derby County - Baseball Ground Leyton Orient - West Stand & North Terrace
Doncaster Rovers - Belle Vue Liverpool - The Kop  
East Fife - Bayview Mansfield Town - West & North Stands
Huddersfield Town - Leeds Road Norwich City - Barclay End
Hull City - Boothferry Park Nottingham Forest - Trent End
Leicester City - Filbert Street Nottingham Forest - Bridgford End
Manchester City - Maine Road Port Vale - Lorne Street Side
Middlesbrough - Ayresome Park Sheffield United  - John Street Stand
Millwall - The Den Southend United - South Terrace
Morecambe - Christie Park Stockport County - Popular Side
Newport County - Somerton Park Torquay United - Main Stand
Northampton Town - County Ground West Bromwich Albion - Rainbow Stand
Oxford United - Manor Ground  
Reading - Elm Park Redeveloped Grounds
Rotherham United - Millmoor Aston Villa - Villa Park
Scarborough - Athletic Ground Blackpool - Bloomfield Road
Scunthorpe United - Old Show Ground Bournemouth - Dean Court
Shrewsbury Town - Gay Meadow Gillingham - Priestfield Stadium
Southampton - The Dell Glasgow Rangers - Ibrox Park
Stoke City - Victoria Ground Glasgow - Hampden Park
Sunderland - Roker Park Preston - West Stand & Fulwood End
Swansea City - Vetch Field Wembley - Old Stadium
Third Lanark - Cathkin Park Wolverhampton - South Bank
Walsall - Fellows Park  
Wigan Athletic - Springfield Park Non League
Wimbledon - Plough Lane Workington - Main Stand

Introduction By Han van Eijden

This website is dedicated to those grounds from a bygone era. These were the type of football grounds that were tucked away in a forest of chimneys, making for a delightful approach through cobbled streets on a rain swept afternoon, evoking an adrenaline surge when spotting the floodlights and sheer ecstasy on entering for the first time. Grounds with the charm of outdated conditions and pre-war facilities.

The Taylor report has introduced a dramatic change or loss of stands and traditional football grounds in Great Britain. Yet, with the demolishing of stands and grounds Great Britain is losing its footballing heritage. Nothing is saved for posterity. Why did it need a Dutchman to save parts of the West Stand at Deepdale in a country that dwells with the annual Trooping of the Colour? Great Britain and its inhabitants have an exquisite taste for traditions, history and romance in so many aspects but strangely enough not when it comes to football.

Preston North End - Deepdale

Old West Stand Deepdale Preston

It is heartbreaking to see clubs ignoring their rich history when yet another stand is reduced to rubble. As if there is a collective shame over yesteryear. What is wrong with incorporating traditional features in new designs?
Probably the best preserved ground is Hillsborough. This is a sheer relic for the connoisseur. This teasing shrine evokes the smell of Oxo, the whiff of tobacco, the odour of genuine leather balls and the sight of terraces packed to the rafters with men in hats.

Am I anti-progress? No, I am pro-nostalgia. Duncan has given me the privilege of letting my heart speak through the pictures you will see in this section. To save your wonderful football history for posterity.

Han Van Eijden

Do you have any photos of Old Football Grounds or Stands?

The why not dust them off and allow others to also enjoy them via this Football Grounds website? Please note that I can only accept photos that you have either taken yourself or you have the permission of the person who took them. I am particularly looking for photos of the Stretford End (when it was a terrace) at Old Trafford, the Kop Terrace at Anfield and the Shelf at White Hart Lane, but any others are always welcome. The website contact email address is: duncan@footballgroundguide.com