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Proper football grounds that survive (terrace porn)

Discussion in 'football' started by tangerinedream, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    Was browsing the other day and I realised just how brilliant Greenock Morton's ground is, inspired by a great pic on the Cardiff vs Nottingham Hotspurts thread - I want pictures of proper sexy old fashioned football grounds that are still standing today on here - NOW!

    So, Cappielow - would you?

    I would :cool:

    click link for best pic ever...

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/87/Cappielow.JPG

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    It's even got *drools* industrial buildings and dock cranes in the background.

    You can keep the shiny shite they build today - I'd swap 'Nu-Bloomfield' for this tomorrow, no questions.

    :cool:

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  2. nonamenopackdrill

    nonamenopackdrill Banned Banned

  3. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    I am very enthusiastic about the topic. :)
  4. Error Gorilla

    Error Gorilla My spoon is too big

    No smoking in the Main Stand.

    Still standing, just.

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  5. pagan

    pagan Guerilla Gardener

    Been to Cappielow to see Hearts play Morton in the 80's.
    It aint so great mate. Wet and cold. And you have to go through Glasgow to get there <shudder> Give me Ashburton Grove anyday.

    ps, you'd have loved Easter Rd. Bit tarted upnow but still has best view of any ground in the UK, Arthurs Seat and the Firth of Forth. Just as well as the Hibees are shite so the Orcs have to look at something.......
  6. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    When did Belle View stop being curvey and become 'normal?'

    The only (English) oval shape grounds I can think of were Springfield Park, Belle View and Stamford Bridge, all of which have gone or lost their curves.

    Seem to be a few in Scotland though.
  7. pagan

    pagan Guerilla Gardener

    Tannadice is a bit wierd isnt it?
  8. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

  9. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

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    Palmerston seems to still boast the largest terrace in Britain, despite me reading it had been closed about 15 months ago - I was on the car park recently and the brilliant Portland Drive Terrace appeared to be intact from the outside.
  10. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

    The picture of the Dumbarton ground on the site above is impressive, not for the terraces though.
  11. Error Gorilla

    Error Gorilla My spoon is too big

    I'm not sure. My first game was in 1988 and I'm pretty sure there were no curves then. During my time attending games at Belle Vue I know the following work took place:

    1) The Town End terrace was condemned as unsafe. It remained closed until 2004, when it was re-concreted and had temporary executive boxes erected behind it. The small Family Stand was demolished after the Bradford Fire in 1985.

    2) In 1987 the large Popular Side terrace was found to be subsiding, due to mining works below ground. The top two-thirds were demolished and the roof removed.

    3) In 1989, a new roof was erected, paid for by the fans to the tune of £50,000.

    4) In 1995, an arsonist hired by the chairman attempted to redesign the Main Stand so that patrons on the Pop Side could have unfettered views across to the race course. He failed. Both were paid a visit by Inspector Knacker and ended up behind bars.

    5) In 2004, the Pop Side was extended to meet the Rossington End, itself extended and shorn of the cage that penned in away fans. The few old pictures I've seen of the Rosso End - formerly the Kop - reveal it to be a huge open terrace. Back in the 1940s the ground held over 40,000. By the end of the 1980s, this was down to 7,000.

    Apart from some licks of paint and a new temporary structure housing the club bar in the car park, that's about it. No idea about the curves, sorry.
  12. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    I've realsed I was thinking of the Shay :oops:

    Stupid boy:(
  13. Andy the Don

    Andy the Don Wise men say only fools..

    Exeter City have a new terraced stand. Aptly called "Big Bank Terrace"

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    But for proper old style football grounds (including industrial buildings, check out the chimmney stacks) you cannot beat where Murdock & I will be spending this Saturday, Gravesend & Northfleet..

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  14. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    I'd forgotten about the Big Bank at St James Park. Too busy mourning the loss of the Cowshed along the side :(
  15. Donna Ferentes

    Donna Ferentes jubliado

    They were rebuilding when I made my one visit there, which was probably in the 2000-1 season.

    (Indeed, 24 February 2001. As I recall that game was 91st v 92nd.)
  16. tbaldwin

    tbaldwin the experts are morons R.I.P.

    Morton's got a shitty open end with seats...And i thought that covered terrace which was great had now got seats in it?
  17. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    The Shay now has two big covered terraced ends and a half finished stand on one side 'cos the money ran out. Or it did when I was last there anyway which would have been 2002
  18. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

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    This is why the Shay is one of my favourites
  19. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    Still has as far as I know.
  20. Donna Ferentes

    Donna Ferentes jubliado

    Yeah, that was still there. Also a very fine pub not at all out of one's way,as I recall.
  21. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    I recall an excellent pub not far from the ground too, the stand I posted up was one of the new ones that replaced the curved ends - The redevelopment was funded by Halifax R.L. leaving Thrum Hall amongst other things

    I think it is perhaps worrying that I am finding myself searching furiously for pictures of the old shay.

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    (Thrum Hall)
  22. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    The second round of redevelopment which resulted in three new stands and the shay that stands now began about 98/99ish I reckon.

    I think this is quite interesting. I am aware that my definition of quite interesting might not be the same as yours, if you aren't JTG, Donna or a couple of other folk, but hey!

    I want to see the stand they bought off Scunny - I can't see it on the modern pics :cool:

    (presumabley from the Old Showground which featured the first ever cantilever stand at a football ground according to Wikipedia (pictured below))

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    http://www.scunthorpeunited-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED21&id=188823 (for more scunny pics)

    I need help I think:)
  23. ShakespearO

    ShakespearO Well-Known Member

    Port Vale's Vale Park used to be curved - the Wembley of the North they called it if I recall correctly.
  24. tangerinedream

    tangerinedream Density of Sound

    did it? I know the plan was, to expand it to silly size and it become a northern wembley but they never got past the first stage - I didn't realise it was wembley shaped too at one point.

    I actually thought it had been relatively unchanged for years apart from one new stand and seats bolting on ala Luton or somewhere like that.

    :cool: .
  25. Error Gorilla

    Error Gorilla My spoon is too big

    Some other thoughts come to mind about Belle Vue: I think it was the only ground, apart from Loftus Road, with seperate tunnels for both teams; the Main Stand was originally at the Rovers' Bennethorpe ground, and was jacked onto rollers for the half-mile journey to what is now Belle Vue in 1922; Paul Daniels owned both penalty spots.

    If any more tedious nuggets come to mind, I'll be sure to let you know.

    The new ground looks impressive doesn't it? A lack of money, and frankly a lack of interest in actively supporting a club that flogs anything that isn't nailed down puts me off going regularly nowadays.


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  26. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    Best curved ground was of course Eastville Stadium :)
  27. Fez909

    Fez909 I'm a Fishco Dancer (And a Sweet Romancer)

    Hartlepool FC, Victoria Park - Town End Terrace

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