Ground Opened: 1923
Ground Closed: 2003
Number of years at the ground: 80
First Competitive Game Played:
Manchester City 2 Sheffield United 1, First Division, 25th August 1923, Attendance 56,993
Last Competitive Game Played:
Manchester City 0 Southampton 1, Premier League, 11th May 2003, Attendance 34,957
84,569, Manchester City 1 Stoke City 0, FA Cup 6th Round, 3rd March 1934
Floodlights first used:
Manchester 6 Heart of Midlothian 3, Friendly Match, 14th October 1953
Club moved to: the City of Manchester Stadium (now called the Etihad Stadium)
Distance from Maine Road to the new stadium: 3 miles
The Main Stand Dated back To The Grounds Opening in 1923
Although the central part of the roof was replaced in 1967.
Another New Roof Costing £1m Was Erected In 1982
External View With New Roof
Named after a local street this impressive terrace had a capacity of 18,300
shortly before being demolished in 1994.
Originally an open terrace a roof was erected over it in 1956.
The stand that replaced it was opened in 1995 and was the tallest stand in the country.
It cost £16m, housed 14,000 seated fans and was three-tiered.
External View Of The New Stand
It has to be the best 'new' stand to be demolished having only seen 8 years of use.
The Platt Lane Stand The Roof Was Erected In 1935
Originally a terrace it had seating installed just after the Second World War.
(Note the location of the away fans in the corner, in-between the Kippax & South Stand)
A New Stand Was Opened In 1993 Replacing The Above
The North Stand Was Opened in 1971
The Seats Were Later Replaced With New Ones
The video below, is a short piece about some of the Manchester City players.
It contains some good shots of the ground, especially the huge open Kippax Terrace:
The above film was produced by British Pathé and made publicly available via YouTube.
W Gibson shares with us some cine footage he took of the Maine Road ground in 1979:
The video above is made publicly available via YouTube.
The site was redeveloped for housing, the construction of which began in 2005. Some of the street names of the new development, such as Blue Moon Way, reflected the areas of the former ground. A plaque set into a grassed area, shows the position of the original centre spot as the video below shows:
If you possess photos of the old Maine 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].