Ground Opened: 1891 (and was first called Walnut Street. Filbert Street was adopted later).
Ground Closed: 2002
Number of years at ground: 111
First Competitive Game Played:
Reserve match against Melton Swifts on October 17th, 1891.
Last Competitive Game Played:
Leicester City 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1. Premier League, May 11th 2002. Attendance: 21,716.
Record Attendance: 47,298 v Tottenham Hotspur, FA Cup 5th Round, February 18th, 1928.
Floodlights first used: October 23rd 1957 v Borussia Dortmund (friendly).
Club moved to: King Power Stadium (then called the Walkers Stadium) in 2002
Distance from to new stadium: 1/4 mile
The Main Stand was originally opened on November 24th 1921 and was subsequently replaced by the new Carling Stand in the 1993/94 season. As with most Main Stands built in the 1920's and 30's, it was two tiered with an upper tier of seating and a lower tier of terrace. It also had on its roof was to become known as the 'pigeon loft' which housed the media and television cameras. Interestingly, part of this stand was damaged by a German bomb in World War Two, which landed nearby on November 14th, 1940.
The Main Stand In 1987
The Team Tunnel
The South Stand, which was also called the Spion Kop was originally built in 1927. It was also known as the 'double decker stand' with seating above and terrace below. It was made all seated in the Summer of 1994.
The Popular Side was at one time an open terrace which was covered in the late 1920's and then made all seated in the early 1970's. It was also noted for having a clock perched on its roof.
I always thought the Filbert Street (North) Stand, was one of the oddest looking stands in English football. The former small covered terrace, was made all seated in the early 1970's and then in 1975, the Club made the decision to replace its roof, with a new structure incorporating a row of 20 Executive Boxes. I always wondered whether any of the Executive Box windows had ever been damaged or broken by a wayward shot! An electric scoreboard was added to its roof in 1998, although it was infamous with Leicester fans for regularly malfunctioning!
The Carling Stand was opened in 1994 and replaced the Main Stand that had been in existence since 1921. The stand which cost in the region of £5m to construct, was a great looking two tiered stand, with 28 executive boxes running across its middle. However, with the move to the new Walkers (now called the King Power) Stadium, the stand was to be demolished just nine years after it was built. Making it one of the best and most expensive stands to end up being bulldozed in modern times.
Filbert Street had an unusual looking set of Floodlights, being quite rectangular in appearance. The pair of floodlights at the Filbert Street End of the ground, had quite tall pylons, whilst at the South End, the floodlights (in the same style) protruded from the roof of the stand.
The Filbert Street ground was demolished in 2003 and was partly re-developed as the 'Filbert Village,' providing accommodation for students of the nearby DeMontford and Leicester universities. Filbert Street itself still exists as a road, as does part of the original club car park. The rest of the site was ear marked for a housing development, but this is yet to materialise. A new road has been built across the site called Lineker Road, after former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker.
The Student Accommodation
The video below shows footage of the FA Cup Fifth Round match played against Bolton Wanderers, on February 16th 1929. The attendance for the match was 30,591.
The above film was produced by British Pathé and made publicly available via YouTube.
The above model can be viewed in the main club reception at the King Power Stadium. It was built by Mick Bates a fan of the Club. The detail and quality of the model are quite simply stunning. Visit Mick's website: www.modelstadia.co.uk to see other examples of his work and current projects.
Special thanks to David Forsyth for providing photos of the old Filbert Street football ground in Leicester, as well Owen Pavey for supplying the picture of the Carling Stand, Mike Cleave for the photos of the present Filbert Street site and Graham Warr for the photo of the Main Stand taken in 1987.
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