Cardiff City Ninian Park

External View
External View
Grandstand and Canton Stand
Grandstand and Canton Stand
Canton Stand and Popular Bank
Canton Stand and Popular Bank
Popular Bank
Popular Bank
Looking Towards The Canton Stand
Looking Towards The Canton Stand
Grange End
Grange End
External View Of The Canton End and Grandstand
External View Of The Canton End and Grandstand
External View Of The Grandstand
External View Of The Grandstand

Ground Opened: 1910
Ground Closed: 2009
Number of years at Ninian Park: 99
First Game Played:
Cardiff City 1 Aston Villa 2, Friendly Match, 1st September 1910, Attendance 7,000
Last Competitive Game Played:
Cardiff City 0 Ipswich Town 3, Championship League, 25th April, 2009, Attendance 19,129
Record Attendance: 
62,634 Wales 1 England 1, 17th October 1959
Record Attendance For A Cardiff Match: 
60,855 Cardiff City 1 Swansea Town 0, Division Two, 27 August 1949.
Floodlights first used:
Cardiff City 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1, Division One, August 24th 1960.
League game Club moved to: Cardiff City Stadium  
Distance from Ninian Park to the new Cardiff City Stadium: 250m

The Grandstand was opened just before the outbreak of the Second World War and replaced an older wooden Main Stand that was destroyed by fire. When built it was originally around a third of the size from that seen below and sat astride the halfway line. It was extended along the full length of the pitch in the 1950's.

The Grandstand in the late 1980's - Notice the terraced paddock at the front

Grandstand with terraced paddock

The Grandstand on matchday
With the Paddock now all seated and roof extended forward

Grandstand on matchday

The Popular Bank was originally a large terrace that ran down one side of the pitch.
It was nicknamed the 'Bob Bank' as at one time it cost a shilling (a bob) to stand there.

Popular Bob Bank

Noted for the large painted adverts on its roof
It had seating installed to the rear in the early 1990's.

Popular Bank

The Grangetown End or more commonly called the Grange End, took its name from a local Cardiff District. The open terrace as pictured below was smaller than the original terrace that stood there, which also had a roof. A new roof was added in 2001. Away fans were also housed on one side of this terrace (towards the Main Stand).

The Grange End Open Terrace

Grange End Terrace

Looking acoss the once more covered Grange End
(note the seating installed at the front of the away section)

Looking Across The Grange End Terrace

The Canton Stand was also named after a local district.
Originally a terrace, it was later made all-seated.
Like the Bob Bank it was noted for the large colourful adverts painted on its roof.

Canton Terraced Stand

Canton Stand

As Viewed From the Away Fans Section In The Grange End

Canton End

The All Seated Canton Stand

All Seated Canton Stand

Ninian Park was demolished 2009.
The land was used for a housing development, aptly named Ninian Park!

Ninian Park Housing Estate Entrance

Ninian Park Housing Estate Entrance

The Close Proximity Of The New Stadium To The Ninian Park Site

Cardiff City Stadium As Viewed From The Ninian Park Housing Estate

Welcome To Ninian Park Stained Glass WindowThe Club had some difficulty in obtaining a lease on the land that was to become Ninian Park, as the Club needed to provide some financial guarantees, which proved troublesome. The new ground which was to be called Sloper Park, was finally secured when Lord Ninian Chrichton-Stuart stepped in to offer the Club the financial guarantees that were needed. As a thank you the ground was named Ninian Park, to reflect his great contribution that the Lord had in making it happen. Ninian Park was only one of a handful of football grounds in Britain that were actually named after a person.

Interesting Lord Ninian Chrichton-Stuart became an MP for the local area, before being called up to serve in the army in the First World War. Reaching the rank of  Lieutenant-Colonel he was killed in action in October 1915 during the Battle of Loos whilst leading the 6th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment.

Jock Stein Memorial StoneNinian Park was regularly used to stage Wales International matches. At total of 84 internationals were played there, the first in 1911, which was a match against   Scotland,which ended in a 2-2 draw. It saw its last international match in 1998. I believe that one the reasons that a number of improvements were made to Ninian Park such as terracing being converted to seating, were to meet international standards for hosting matches.

On a poignant note, Jock Stein the then manager of Scotland who were playing a World Cup Qualifier against Wales at Ninian Park in 1985, suffered a heart attack at the end of the game and passed away at the ground. There is a memorial stone to him, outside the new Cardiff City Stadium

Wales v England, played at Ninian Park on October 18th 1947. A then record crowd of 55,000 saw England run out three nil winners, courtesy of goals from;  Tom Finney, Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton.

The above film was produced by British Pathé and made publicly available via YouTube.

If you possess photos of the old Ninian Park 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].

Special thanks to Dave Couseins, Owen Pavey and Han van Eijden for providing the Ninian Park Cardiff photos for this page.

Updated 6th April 2020



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