Ground Opened: 1908*
Ground Closed: 1994
Number of years at ground: 86
First Game Played:
Huddersfield Town 2 Bradford Park Avenue 1. Friendly Match, September 1908.
Last Competitive Game Played:
Huddersfield Town 2 Blackpool 1, Division Two, 30th April 1994. Attendance 16,195.
Record Attendance: 67,037 v Arsenal, FA Cup 6th Round, February 27th 1932**
Floodlights first used:
11 January 1961, FA Cup 3rd Round Replay v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Score 2-1)
Club moved to: The John Smith's Stadium (then called the Alfred McAlpine Stadium)
Distance from to new stadium: 0.5 miles.
The Main Stand Stand pictured below was built in 1951 and replaced an older stand that destroyed by fire the year before. This older stand was designed by the famous football architect Archibald Leitch. Opened in 1910, it apparently looked very similar to the existing Stevenage Road Stand at Craven Cottage Fulham, which Leitch had also designed.
This newer Main Stand had a seating area to its rear, with a terraced paddock to its front. This paddock was filled with seating in 1970, raising the seating capacity to around 6,000. This Main Stand also had an area incorporated into its roof for television cameras.
The Popular Terrace (also known as the East Terrace) was originally a large bank of open terrace that was 126 steps high.
The Popular Terrace had a roof erected over it in 1955.
During the 1920's, the Leeds Road End was given a new 'barrel shaped roof' which covered the whole of the terrace. The wooden roof led to the end being nick-named the 'Cowshed' by the supporters, a name which stuck until the ground was closed in 1994.
This particular style of roof was known as a Belfast Truss Roof and was easily recognised by its barrel shape and intricate internal lattice framework, as can be seen in the photo above.
The Dalton Bank End was named after the hill located behind it. It was not an uncommon sight to see people sitting on the hill, watching the game going on below for nothing.
The Dalton Bank End also boasted the country's first ever electric scoreboard to be installed at a football ground. Dutch Company Phillips gave it to the Club as a gift in the 1950's.
The Leeds Road ground had a large striking set of floodlights. They were installed in 1961.
The floodlights were nicknamed the 'Denis Law Lights', as it was the proceeds of his £55,000 transfer fee to Manchester City, that funded their installation. Interestingly two of the floodlights blew down in a gale during the following year!
The video below shows footage of the FA Cup Quarter Final played against Blackburn Rovers on March 4th 1939. A crowd of 56,518 were in attendance to watch the game played at Leeds Road.
The above film was produced by British Pathé and made publicly available via YouTube.
The Leeds Road Retail Park has been built on the site and nothing remains of the old Leeds Road ground.
However there is a metal plaque laid into the tarmac outside a B&Q store on the retail park, which marks the location of the centre spot of the former pitch:
However over the years the plaque has been stolen a few times and has either been recovered or replaced.
From the edge of the Retail Park you can easily see the new Huddersfield Town Stadium, which is located no more than half a mile away.
If you possess photos of the old Leeds Road ground, which you would be happy to share with others via this website, or if you have any general feedback about this page, then please e-mail me at: [email protected].
Please note that I can only accept photos where you have either taken the photos yourself, or where you have the permission of the photographer, for them to appear on this website.
Special thanks to Dave Couseins and Han van Eijden for providing the photos of the Leeds Road Football Ground for this page.
* The ground had been used previously as a Showground and had staged football matches in the 1890's. Huddersfield Town FC were formed in 1908.
** Although this was the official recorded attendance, it may have been more as a number of fans broke down gates on the Popular Side and got into the ground for nothing.