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Created 2 July 2012
The Nest was the home ground of Norwich City Football Club between 1908 and 1935. The club then relocated to Carrow Road, which was the last new top flight football ground to be built until the 1990s.
Alright then, just to clarify: it was newest ground to be used for games in the old First Division and from 1992 the Premier League during the period between 1935 and 1995, when Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium opened. Will that do you?
You said top flight but didn't define it. These photos only go up to 1953, and Carrow Road wasn't a First Division ground until 1972. By your own definition it wasn't top flight when built.
I specifically said 'top flight' - Scunthorpe, Hull, Port Vale and Southend all remained outside the old First Division between the 1930s and 1990s.
First of the "new wave" of League grounds was Scunthorpe's Glanford Park in 1988.
Hull City (1946), Port Vale (1950) and Southend United (1955) might take exception to that !
But still Swansea Town when this was taken !
Manchester City Football Club, Maine Road Ground
Brand new in 1923.
Muirton Park, former home of St Johnstone FC, Perth can be seen in the top right quarter of this photo if you zoom in. Now the site of an Asda.
The site of Saints previous home, the Recreation Ground at Craigie Haugh (1885-1924), is also visible, between the railway line and the prison in the left centre of the photo.
Charlton Athletic Football Ground (The Valley).Charlton won the FA Cup in 1947 beating Burnley. Charlton were the losing finalists the previous year. The ball burst on both occasions.
And just a corner of the old Greyhound stadium halfway down the right margin.
Shawfield Park original home of Clyde FC located by bullywee
Not quite original home, Clyde played north of the river at Barrowfield 1877-1898.
Cardiff City showing boxing match.
Even then the Canton stand was offset from the pitch. Anyone know why ?
Ninian Park 1921 the good old days.
Expand this photo to the max and look in the extreme top left hand corner.
Is that the Celtic ground ?
Definitely Carntyne greyhound stadium, briefly used for speedway. I believe it was used at one time by a local junior club.
I think it is Carntyne dog track and I don't believe football was ever played there
Park Royal Football Club
Ground built by Great Western Railway, note original Park Royal station alongside. The grandstand loiter moved to Loftus Road stood along this touchline. Capacity claimed as 60,000. Rangers forced out February 1915 when the military requisitioned ground. What would the club give for a site like this today ?
Home to QPR from 1907–1917, they took their main stand with them and rebuilt at their new Loftus Road ground. Also used for one international Rugby League match.
Douglas Park, Hamilton Academicals. Note the single Stand and the rest of the ground was just banked.
A photograph with Ibrox Stadium at the top states it was taken on 28th December 1928 can be seen here http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/spw020641
The problem with the date is that it appears that the Main Stand has not yet been built at the stadium, this is wrong because it was completed by that time and was indeed officially opened on 1st January 1929.
I have included another aerial picture dated 12th December 1938 which shows the main stand structure as it is today, see here http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/spw056856
I've included a picture of both together (zoomed in) for you to see what I mean, the wrongly dated one is at the top with the 1938 photo below it.
Could this mean many of the photographs found on Britain From Above are wrongly dated like the one I've discovered? How do I report this inaccuracy?
Kidderminster Harriers, 1938
The Drill Field, home ground of Northwich Victoria from 1875 to 2002. Until it disappeared, it was claimed to be the oldest football ground in the world on which football had been continuously played.
Blackpool FC, 1952
Dens Park (Dundee FC) and Tannadice Park (Dundee Utd) - the two closest league grounds in British football.
Hampden Park (Scottish national stadium and home of Queen's Park FC), and Cathkin Park (former home of Third Lanark AC, dissolved in 1967).
The Manor Ground, home of Oxford United between 1925 and 2001.
York Street ground, home of Boston United FC. In 1930 a predecessor club, Boston FC played there, and the ground was known then as Shodfriars Lane.
The Victoria Ground was Stockton Football Club's home from 1889 until 1975. The Club had mixed fortunes in various leagues in this period but were winners of the FA Amateur Cup in the 1898-99, 1902-03 and 1911-12.
Feethams - home of Darlington FC from 1883 to 2003 when they moved to the new Darlington Arena on the outskirts of town.
Bradford City, Valley Parade
anfield, home of Liverpool football club
Loftus Road Stadium
Braford Park Avenue
Nelson FC, Seedhill
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Port Vale FC, Old Recreation Ground
prescot cables founded in 1884 now the only football club in knowsley,merseyside.
Durham City FC, Holiday Park
Sheffield United FC
This shows Cowdenbeath' original ground North End Park as well as their current ground Central Park
Sunderland AFC 1897 to 1997
Ibrox home of Rangers
Edgar Street, Hereford United FC since 1924
Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury Town FC, 1910 - 2007
Hosted the FA cup finals from 1895 to 1914. In 1905 the owners wanted a professional club to play at venue so a new Crystal Palace FC was formed. They were forced to leave by the military, in 1915, and now play at nearby Selhurst Park.
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 1923.
Links Park the home of Montrose since 1887.
Northampton Town FC
The county ground, owned by Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, was shared with Northampton Town FC until 1994 when the football club relocated to Sixfields Stadium on the west side of town.
Notts County Meadow Lane - Nottingham Forest City Ground
On the banks of the river trent three hundred yards apart.
The two grounds are the closest professional football stadiums in England.
Bury-Gigg Lane, 1933
Easter Road Stadiumhome of Hibernian FC
Ibrox home of Rangers FC
Does anyone have any idea which junior club(s) may have played on the pitch/sheep grazing plot seen in SPW060068, 069, 070, and 071? Maitland Thistle? (Mid-Craigie Housing estate Dundee) My grandparents moved into the estate. (After the war I think). At some point my Granda was a trainer for this club. In the photos their home is not yet built.
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Yoker Juniors, Holm Park and Clydebank Juniors, Clydeholm Park located by Gerry_R
East Stirlingshire FC, Firs Park, in 2008 the club vacated this site, its home for 87 years.
Falkirk FC, Brockville also visible
Falkirk FC Brockville original home of the "bairns"
Blantyre Celtic and Blantyre Victoria football grounds in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone and Jock Stein played for these clubs respectively.
White City. QPR 31-33 and 62-63. Uruguay v France 66 World Cup.
Old Trafford, 1932
Main Stand was originally at Park Royal Stadium.. Rangers brought it with them when they moved here!
The Goldstone ground , original home of Brighton and Hove Albion 1931.
The Goldstone ground , original home of Brighton and Hove Albion 1921.
West Ham Stadium, home of Thames AFC from 1928 to 1932.
I'm afraid this is not The Memorial Grounds; it is Custom House - they are not the same places. The Custom House Stadium, as already remarked, has long since gone and is now a housing estate with road names which echo famous speedway riders. The Memorial Grounds was the original home of Thames Ironworks FC. It still exists as a sports arena (look here: http://maps.google.co.uk/) in which you will also be able to discern the faint outline of a cycle and motorcycle track (it was concrete and not a speedway) around the outside of the ground itself. The stands are all gone however. It is adjacent to the East London Cemetary.
So this photo should be re-titled as Custom House Stadium.
Thames Ironworks became West Ham United (thus their nicknames of 'The Hammers' or 'The Iron' pertaining to their historical connection to iron-working). Thames Association were a short-lived attempt to make use of this stadium which was great in extent than Wembley! They got into Division 3 South but soon foundered. There was NO connection between the two clubs other than the work Thames which is quite common in London!!!
The stadium later became known as the Custom House Stadium and West Ham Hammers Speedway team raced there. It was pulled down some time again and is now a housing estate. I visted it and drove round it earlier this year (2012).
There is a better history of this venue in Simon Inglis' the Football Grounds of Britain/Great Britain books.
Is Thames AFC the same as Thames Iron works F.C as a book i've got states that Thames wound up in June 1900 and relaunched a month later playing at Memorial Ground,Canning Town until 1904 when they moved to the Boleyn Ground.Wonder if another Thames played there from '28 to '34?
West Bromwich Albion
Highest attendance in '31-32 was Nov 14 v Aston Villa 59,674
The Throstles won 3-0
Doncaster Rovers FC Belle Vue Football Stadium
Watford FC Vicarage Rd
Peterborough & Fletton United FC
Newcastle United FC
Callenders Athletic Football Club
Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge.
Albion Rovers Football Ground, Cliftonhill Stadium, Coatbridge
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, Champion Hill.
Their first ground at Champion Hill, they played there from 1912 to 1931. To the right of the ground can be seen the site of the new ground opened in 1931, it appears to be in the very early stages of being developed.
A better view of the City ground on the banks of the River
Trent,home to Nottingham Forest since 1898. Three hundred
yards away on the opposite side of the Trent was Meadow Lane
home of Notts county. The two grounds are the closest professional football stadiums in England.
Belle Vue was the home of Doncaster Rovers from 1922 to 2006.
The ground was affectionately called by fans as 'Old Belle Vue' or OBV.
Motherwell-'The Dossers' is that really their nlckname?
The Baseball Ground permanent home of the Rams 1895-1997 as they had played twice there in 1892 as a clash with horse racing at the Racecourse Ground meant that they were to seek a better option,although the Racecourse or the County Ground had held five F.A.Cup semis and a Final replay,matches were often windswept affairs, so players preferred the new ground.
It was a Baseball Ground! Derby County twice won the English Baseball Championship!!
Arsenal Highbury 1929.
FA Cup Semi Final Aston Villa V Portsmouth
Manchester United, Old Trafford 1929
An unusual view of Arsenal's ground.
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 1928
Not a league ground but It has hosted an individual club's league matches on two occasions.....In 1930 when Leyton Orient F.C played two home Third Division South games there!
Orient won both games and didn't return until the 1999 play-off final against Scunthorpe when they lost 0-1. Have any other clubs remained unbeaten at Wembley for nearly 70 years?
Aston Villa 1920
Gods little acre. Aston Villa V Liverpool 1907.
Stamford Bridge 1947, two lads get passed down to the front
This is a double for Leicester City! Their old ground, Filbert Street, and the site used for their new ground are both shown.
Alloa Athletic Football Ground,
It says 1928 in the description. Great pic.
3 Glasgow junior football grounds located by peasy23
New Springfield Park, home of the now defunct Strathclyde Juniors FC.
New Barrowfield Park, home of the now defunct Bridgeton Waverley FC.
Helenslea Park, home of the now defunct Parkhead Juniors FC.
Central Park Football Ground home of Cowdenbeath or the "Blue Brazil" as they are also known.
Newcastle United 1927
St James Park Newcastle 1927.
St James Park Newcastle 1930.
Luton Town 1927.
St Mirren, Love Street 1927.
Southampton-The Dell 1928.
Brentford, Griffin Park 1921
Arsenal, Highbury 1921.
Coventry City, Highfield Road 1926.
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen in the top corner beside where the negative is damaged.
The grounds of both Dundee's senior clubs are visible close together on the same street near the top left. Dundee FC's distinctive "curved" stand can be seen and to the north of it is United's undeveloped Tannadice Park.
Norwich City Football Club, The Nest 1921, damaged negative so you can only make part of it out.
Sunderland AFC, Roker Park 1928.
Craven Cottage, Fulham 1928
Gainsborough Trinity FC, Northolme 1925.
Nottingham Forest 1928.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Molineux 1927.
Wolverton Town FC, Wolverton Park 1928. Note the banked cycle track.
QPR Loftus Road 1928
Lowestoft Town FC, Crown Meadow 1928.
Wimbledon Plough Lane 1928.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Loakes Park 1927.
Luton Town FC, Kenilworth Road 1929.
Ipswich Town FC, Portman Road ground during their Southern Amateur League days, note that the football ground is three sided as cricket was also played there at this time.
Thanks Paulie, yes just found out that they played at Roots Hall when they were founded in 1906 and moved to Kursaal in 1920 then moved to Southend Stadium in 1934 and back to Roots Hall in 1955.Thanx for the good idea of this group.Soz(sorry) for cluttering it up with views of the Baseball Ground,Derby but they have got a slight difference with year and stands etc, and i miss the place as compared to Pride Park there's no comparison,We used to be so loud in that small ground now there's nearly twice the capacity and sometimes im sure a tumbleweed will roll by,it's dead,unless we're playing Forest!
Southend United 1928
BrewerRamFan I think they've had three different grounds.
They moved to Roots Hall in the 1950s,this was taken at The Kursaal which was/is an amusement park.
Hi Paulie, just a quick note to see if you know if this is Roots Hall as I can't seem yo make out Shakespeare Drive (which is where an ex girlfriend of mine's Dad lives and when i visited you could just make out the pitch from the back bedroom window),and when i went last year with Burton Albion you accessed the away terracing from Victoria Avenue into a big open area used for car and coach parking,that in this picture looks like where the funfair is situated but it is just there's no Shakespeare Drive? I had heard that Utd played At Roots hall before the war and during it was turned into an allotment but can't find out where they played during this period, unless they folded during the war?
Derby County's Baseball Ground in 1921 before Osmaston End stand,which has been built by the 1928 views.
Derby County F.C. another view but more clearer of the B.B.G.
Stoke City FC, the Victoria Ground
Swansea City Vetch Field,
with match in progress date unknown.
Ibrox Park Rangers 1927
Bristol Rovers Eastville Stadium 1926
Liverpool,Stanley Park,Everton 1928.
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