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'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, this website stands as a tribute to those great old grounds and stands that have long since been demolished.

Lost Grounds Old Stands & Terraces

Arsenal Arsenal Stadium
Bolton Wanderers
Burnden Park
Brighton Goldstone Ground
Bristol Rovers
Cardiff City Ninian Park
Chester City Sealand Road
Chesterfield Recreation Ground
Colchester United
Layer Road

Coventry City Highfield Road
Darlington Feethams
Derby County Baseball Ground

Doncaster Rovers Belle Vue
East Fife Bayview
Huddersfield Town Leeds Road
Hull City Boothferry Park
Leicester City Filbert Street
Manchester City Maine Road
Middlesbrough Ayresome Park

Millwall The Den
Morecambe Christie Park
Newport County Somerton Park
Northampton Town County Ground

Oxford United
Manor Ground
Reading Elm Park

Rotherham United
Scarborough Athletic Ground

Scunthorpe United Old Show Ground
Shrewsbury Town Gay Meadow
Southampton The Dell
Stoke City Victoria Ground

Sunderland Roker Park

Swansea City Vetch Field
Third Lanark Cathkin Park
Walsall Fellows Park

Wigan Athletic Springfield Park New!
Wimbledon Plough Lane

Barnsley Oakwell
Birmingham City
St Andrews
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park
Burnley Turf Moor
Gigg Lane
Carlisle United East Stand
Chelsea North Stand Terrace
Crewe Alexandra Stadium
Everton Park Stand
Exeter City Big Bank Terrace
Leyton Orient West Stand & North Terrace
Liverpool The Kop  
Mansfield Town West & North Stands
Norwich City Barclay End
Nottingham Forest Trent End
Nottingham Forest Bridgford End New!
Port Vale
Lorne Street Side
Sheffield United John Street Stand
Southend United South Terrace

Stockport County Popular Side
Torquay United Main Stand
West Bromwich Albion Rainbow Stand

Redeveloped Grounds
Aston Villa
Villa Park
Blackpool Bloomfield Road New! Bournemouth Dean Court
Gillingham Priestfield Stadium
Glasgow Rangers
Ibrox Park
Glasgow Hampden Park

Preston West Stand & Fulwood End
Wembley Stadium
Wolverhampton South Bank

Non League
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

                            Preston North End

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.

Copyright Information (please read):

All of the photographs in this Old Football Grounds and Stands Section are
Copyright of Han van Eijden, or are Copyright of their respective owners, as individually stated. Written permission must be given by this website for the use of any image or information contained within this section. Please note that Photographs are Digimarc protected.

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