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|
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 Grounds with the charm of outdated conditions and pre-war facilities.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
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
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.
Do you have any photos of Old Football Grounds or Stands?
why not dust them off and allow
others to also enjoy them via this
Football Grounds website? Please note
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.
All of the photographs in
this Old Football Grounds and Stands
Football Ground Guide Main Index