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Pitch invasion at Bramall Lane following the end of the Sheffield United v Stevenage 2011/12 League One Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg that the Blades won 1-0.

Charlton Athletic - The Valley

In 1985 Charlton left The Valley and mother nature moved in. The Charlton fans however were having none of it. They came together and fought to get their home back. They laboured and toiled, cutting back and clearing up until finally the dereliction that had sullied their home was cleansed in fire.

From the flames a political party was born. A band of brothers and sisters with one aim, through the force of grass roots participatory democracy, to pressurise the local council to listen to the wishes of the people and grant planning permission for a new redesigned and modern stadium. They did it, contesting 60 out of 62 council seats they won nearly 15000 votes and the local council was forced to bow to their will. Charlton Athletic returned to The Valley in December 1992. 

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906

Empire Day Pageant at Bramall Lane, 1906

Rotherham United’s new home the New York Stadium takes shape. So called because it is being built on the site of the old Guest and Chrimes Foundry which made those iconic New York fire hydrants. Check out more pictures of the stadium construction by following the @RotherhamGround twitter feed. 

The old Stade Louis II in Monaco, sat alongside the Mediterranean and underneath the Rock of Monaco, surely had one the nicest aspects in all of football. It was officially opened in 1939 and became the home of AS Monaco. It was replaced in 1985 when a new Stade Louis II was built.

A short history of the Stade Louis II

Cathedrals of Football: Stadio Olimpico di Torino (formerly Stadio Mussolini and Stadio Communale)

Cathedrals of Football - La Bombonera. 

Home of Boca Juniors

Cathedrals of Football: Estadio do Maracana 

Rotherham United New Community Stadium

Work is well under way constructing Rotherham United’s new community stadium. Local company Ellrod Site Services must be congratulated on their use of social media to provide updates on the construction of the stadium. They’re tweeting regular photos of the site and looking through their twitter gallery it’s fascinating see the stadium rise from the ground. 

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Vintage Stadium Porn

Wonderful shots of old football grounds. From top to bottom left to right ..

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Groundhop Week - 165 Grounds: 165 Hours

There’s something about football that brings out the eccentric side of people and makes them do crazy things all for the love of the game.

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The Opening of Glanford Park in 1988 - Scunthorpe United’s new ground

Back in August 1988 Glanford Park, the new home of Scunthorpe United opened it’s doors to the public. According to the official Iron website the new ground brought “gasps of disbelief” from supporters. Costing £2.5m it was the first new football ground built in England since Southend United had moved to Roots Hall in 1955.

Glanford Park 1988

The inaugural match saw Scunny, wearing a specially commisioned strip, take on a Football League XI. Kevin Keegan, who had started his career with Scunthorpe, guested for the Iron and his appearance prompted a boycott of the event by local Labour councillors protesting his coaching involvement in the then apartheid state of South Africa. A decision he called ‘selfish’ and ‘childish’.

The Football League XI included Peter Shilton, Peter Reid, Mike Phelan, Danny Wilson, Trevor Francis, Alan McInally and Mick Harford amongst others and ran out easy 5-1 winners.

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Derelict Boothferry Park - Hull City FC

Our last post was of a tiger playing with a football. Well to follow on from that this is where the Tigers, as Hull City are nicknamed, used to play. It’s their former ground Boothferry Park and they played here from 1946 until 2002. Over 55000 folk once crammed into here for a game against Manchester United. These images show it in a right old state prior to it’s demolition in 2008.

Proposed new Derby County football stadium 1945

Here’s some images of a new stadium planned for Derby County in the 1940’s. It included a swimming pool, badminton & tennis courts, a cinema & restaurants. The inclusion of leisure facilities it was thought would make,

"the man’s visit to his football ground an occasion for an attractive outing for his wife and family, with perhaps an evening of dancing or swimming or badminton and a handy and attractive restaurant which can relieve the wife of the anti-climax of returning to prepare the evening meal."

Twohundredpercent have recently done an expanded piece on this proposed development you can read it here ..

before playing football he was a tailor’s assistant but decided he looked better in vest and shorts than in one of his own made suits

Some quality British Pathe footage from the 1930s showing Sheffield United players in training. Includes great background shots of the John Street Stand which was the first Archibald Leitch stand to be built in England. It held 9000 and was destroyed during the Sheffield Blitz of 1940. Click the link below ..