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Defunct grounds of current clubs

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I was driving down the A19 in Doncaster this morning past where Tattersfield used to be and it occurred to me that there were now quite a lot of grounds that no longer existed.

I'm not sure whether this has been a topic before. But I began to count the number I've been on

Tattersfield

The Boulevard

(old) Craven Park

Clarence Street

Barley Mow/Mclaren Field

Parkside

Elland Road Greyhound Stadium

Crown Flatt

Thrum Hall

Don Valley (does this count?)

Watersheddings

Station Road

The Willows

Hilton Park

Knowsley Road

Wilderspool

Central Park

I can't think of any more.

For some reason I never went to Fartown - I once saw a game between Huddersfield and Fev at Leeds Road, Are there any I've missed?

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Good list there Trojan . One that isn't there but should be is the Athletic Grounds , Rochdale's home in Milnrow which was one of the first to go in about 1987 I think . Also how about including Elland Road football stadium where Hunslet played in the mid 80s

With Salford now having vacated the Willows and Saints leaving Knowsley Road by my reckoning ALL the traditional RL grounds in Lancashire are now consigned to history ,though in Yorks we still have the old stadiums at Leeds Cas and Wakefield .

Im proud to say that I have been on every one of the stadium ,and most of the new , since I started supporting Whitehaven as a schoolboy in 1970 .

Have to say Central Park was my favourite, just oozed tradition and history , while in Yorkshire its Fartown though McLaren Field runs it a close second in my opinion.

Don't half make you feel old ,though ! :ohmy:

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Just thought of two others

Blackpool Boroughs Stadium - was it Rigby Road or Borough Park ??

And the once visited never forgotten home of Huyton RLFC - Alt Park !!

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Good list there Trojan . One that isn't there but should be is the Athletic Grounds , Rochdale's home in Milnrow which was one of the first to go in about 1987 I think . Also how about including Elland Road football stadium where Hunslet played in the mid 80s

With Salford now having vacated the Willows and Saints leaving Knowsley Road by my reckoning ALL the traditional RL grounds in Lancashire are now consigned to history ,though in Yorks we still have the old stadiums at Leeds Cas and Wakefield .

Im proud to say that I have been on every one of the stadium ,and most of the new , since I started supporting Whitehaven as a schoolboy in 1970 .

Have to say Central Park was my favourite, just oozed tradition and history , while in Yorkshire its Fartown though McLaren Field runs it a close second in my opinion.

Don't half make you feel old ,though ! :ohmy:

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It may be my age but I woudnt say McLarenfield was old .It was only about 1967 when it was opened.Now the Barley Mow that did ooze history ,the All golds played their first game at"THE MOW'

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Some of the longer established clubs had a previous generation of grounds, for example:

Mather Lane - Leigh

Chorley Road - Swinton

Borough Park - Workington

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All gone in London:

Fulham - The Polytechnic Stadium in Chiswick

London Highfield - White City

Acton and Willesden RLFC - Park Royal and Mitcham stadiums

Streatham and Mitcham RLFC - Mitcham Stadium

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London Highfield - White City

Acton and Willesden RLFC - Park Royal and Mitcham Stadium

Streatham and Mitcham RLFC - Mitcham Stadium

You've been to those grounds? You must be getting on a bit.

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You've been to those grounds? You must be getting on a bit.

Ha! No. Drove past the Chiswick poly ground in the past.

I missed the bit about the thread relating to current clubs

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With Salford now having vacated the Willows and Saints leaving Knowsley Road by my reckoning ALL the traditional RL grounds in Lancashire are now consigned to history ,though in Yorks we still have the old stadiums at Leeds Cas and Wakefield .

Not quite, Widnes still play at the same ground, but after major redevelopments.

My List:

Station Road (One of the biggest playing surfaces I have ever seen)

Gigg Lane (Our temporary home, where we scared Sintelins in a cup game)

Moor Lane (A truely dreadful surface that must have made the previous players turn in their duvets)

Borough Park (Right next to Blackpool FC, and the Greyhound Stadium)

Alt Park (One of the worst places I have ever visited)

Wilderspool (Don't wear away colours, said my cousin, how right he was, violent thugs)

Central Park (A superb arena, one of the best for watching RL)

Knowsley Road (I Cycled here to watch Swinton @ Sts to start my speccy career in 77, a Lancs cup defeat, 49-3, but they never gave up)

Thrum Hall (Then back to Colin Dixon's pub)

Fartown (where I played in 1979, Colleges Cup Final, Salford Tech v Hudd Uni)

Most of the London Grounds (See another thread)

The Willows (See another thread, RIP, at least we got closure here)

Tattersfield (A dreadful, sh1thole of a pitch, I remember going here after playing on Station Rd, and wondering, why the hell?)

Brunton Park (My Mam's Mam died when we were returning from the game here in Ladywell Hospital)

The Brewery Field (I was delayed getting there due to a "Passenger Incedent" at Swindon)

Cardiff City's Ground (Forgive me I forget what it was called) (Saw 1984's Kangaroos v Wales here)

Victory Park, Chorley (I had an Epileptic fit on the way back from here)

Athletic Grounds (One of my first away games, in the Cup)

Watersheddings (Almost my 3rd ground I used to spend so much time here, I saw a Wire fan throw an Oldham fan off the top tier of the double stand and then throw his crutches after him in a Lancs Cup game)

Hilton Park (I remember Hull KR winning the Championship here, and celebrating in the main stand before their game was over because the 2nd place team had lost by radio - those were the days)

Elland Road (When New Hunslet used it as their home ground)

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Not quite, Widnes still play at the same ground, but after major redevelopments.

Ah hah! Theseus' paradox*! I would venture to suggest it is NOT the same ground but is of course in the same place.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus

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I went to a Doncaster game that was at a Greyhound Stadium either late 90s or early 00s.

Yes, they played at Stainforth for a while after Tattersfield was sold.

Other missing off the list include :-

Gillford Park, Carlisle

Fylde RUFC (Blackpool Panthers)

McCain Stadium (Scarborough Pirates)

Springfield Park, Wigan (Springfield Borough)

Moss Lane, Altrincham (Trafford Borough)

Deepdale (Lancashire Lynx)

Canal Street (Runcorn Highfield)

Valerie Park (Prescot Panthers)

Sedgely Park (Swinton)

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I was driving down the A19 in Doncaster this morning past where Tattersfield used to be

For those who don't remember it, Tattersfield is shown in all its glory in the quite brilliant 'Another Bloody Sunday' -

, then follow the links to the rest of the programme.

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I lined up one day opposite the great winger John Stopford at Borough Park.

Never visited Blackpool's earlier home of St Annes Greyhound Stadium further down the coast.

Often visited Knotty Ash home of Liverpool City. The Chemics played a memorable Cup tie there. It was the first ever away game for me. Bought a Yates coach ticket for 3s-9p and had it on the mantle-piece in the living room for a week checking its validity each morning. A bit later re-visited on my bike going up to Rainhill and on via Prescott. Mike Brocken's book on Liverpool City a great read.

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I lined up one day opposite the great winger John Stopford at Borough Park.

Gordon, you are surely older than you look!! :biggrin: :biggrin:

( BTW, how did it go?)

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Yes, they played at Stainforth for a while after Tattersfield was sold.

Other missing off the list include :-

Gillford Park, Carlisle

Fylde RUFC (Blackpool Panthers)

McCain Stadium (Scarborough Pirates)

Springfield Park, Wigan (Springfield Borough)

Moss Lane, Altrincham (Trafford Borough)

Deepdale (Lancashire Lynx)

Canal Street (Runcorn Highfield)

Valerie Park (Prescot Panthers)

Sedgely Park (Swinton)

Deepdale still very much in existence - it's just that there's no RL played there anymore.

Gilford Park and Sedgely Park are still operating.

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Athletic Grounds

The Boulevard

Owlerton

Don Valley (does this count?)

Watersheddings

Station Road

Wilderspool

Central Park

Partington Street (Rochdale Mayfield)

Maine Road (staged many a Championship final)

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All gone in London:

Fulham - The Polytechnic Stadium in Chiswick

London Highfield - White City

Acton and Willesden RLFC - Park Royal and Mitcham stadiums

Streatham and Mitcham RLFC - Mitcham Stadium

Polytechnic Stadium's still there, the Poly's now Westminster University who I think were trying to find someone to lease it to earlier this year.

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Not quite, Widnes still play at the same ground, but after major redevelopments.

My List:

Station Road

Gigg Lane

Moor Lane

Borough Park

Alt Park

Wilderspool

Central Park

Knowsley Road

Thrum Hall

Fartown (where I played in 1979, Colleges Cup Final, Salford Tech v Hudd Uni)

Most of the London Grounds

The Willows

Tattersfield

Brunton Park

The Brewery Field

Cardiff City's Ground (Forgive me I forget what it was called)

Victory Park, Chorley

Athletic Grounds

Watersheddings

Hilton Park

Elland Road (When New Hunslet used it as their home ground)

Couldn't you say the same about Leigh? The stands have changed and the lines might not be in exactly the same place, but isn't it basically the same bit of earth underneath it all?

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Gordon, you are surely older than you look!! :biggrin: :biggrin:

( BTW, how did it go?)

JS was right at the end of his career then 1970.I saw him register three against Tommy Voll at Knowsley Road in his pomp. No mean feat. I had just a cameo role at the Chemics as a stop gap. Funny in those days nearly every worthwhile Lancashire footballer finished their days at either Blackpool or Knotty Ash. As well as Stopford, Billy Boston and the immortal Brian Bevan finished up there.

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Yes, they played at Stainforth for a while after Tattersfield was sold.

Other missing off the list include :-

Gillford Park, Carlisle

Fylde RUFC (Blackpool Panthers)

McCain Stadium (Scarborough Pirates)

Springfield Park, Wigan (Springfield Borough)

Moss Lane, Altrincham (Trafford Borough)

Deepdale (Lancashire Lynx)

Canal Street (Runcorn Highfield)

Valerie Park (Prescot Panthers)

Sedgely Park (Swinton)

ah, but as the thread suggests, how many did you visit?

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Made alterations.............

My List:

Station Road (One of the biggest playing surfaces I have ever seen)

Gigg Lane (Our temporary home, where we scared Sintelins in a cup game)

Moor Lane (A truely dreadful surface that must have made the previous players turn in their duvets)

Borough Park (Right next to Blackpool FC, and the Greyhound Stadium)

Alt Park (One of the worst places I have ever visited)

Wilderspool (Don't wear away colours, said my cousin, how right he was, violent thugs)

Central Park (A superb arena, one of the best for watching RL)

Knowsley Road (I Cycled here to watch Swinton @ Sts to start my speccy career in 77, a Lancs cup defeat, 49-3, but they never gave up)

Thrum Hall (Then back to Colin Dixon's pub)

Fartown (where I played in 1979, Colleges Cup Final, Salford Tech v Hudd Uni)

Most of the London Grounds (See another thread)

The Willows (See another thread, RIP, at least we got closure here)

Tattersfield (A dreadful, sh1thole of a pitch, I remember going here after playing on Station Rd, and wondering, why the hell?)

Brunton Park (My Mam's Mam died when we were returning from the game here in Ladywell Hospital)

The Brewery Field (I was delayed getting there due to a "Passenger Incedent" at Swindon)

Cardiff City's Ground (Forgive me I forget what it was called) (Saw 1984's Kangaroos v Wales here)

Victory Park, Chorley (I had an Epileptic fit on the way back from here)

Athletic Grounds (One of my first away games, in the Cup)

Watersheddings (Almost my 3rd ground I used to spend so much time here, I saw a Wire fan throw an Oldham fan off the top tier of the double stand and then throw his crutches after him in a Lancs Cup game)

Hilton Park (I remember Hull KR winning the Championship here, and celebrating in the main stand before their game was over because the 2nd place team had lost by radio - those were the days)

Elland Road (When New Hunslet used it as their home ground)

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JS was right at the end of his career then 1970.I saw him register three against Tommy Voll at Knowsley Road in his pomp. No mean feat. I had just a cameo role at the Chemics as a stop gap. Funny in those days nearly every worthwhile Lancashire footballer finished their days at either Blackpool or Knotty Ash. As well as Stopford, Billy Boston and the immortal Brian Bevan finished up there.

Leeds had a player Eddie Ratclffe never a regular in the first team,but he always and particularlly in the 1961 season he was put in against Vollenhoven with the orders to mark him closely,and he stopped the great man.

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I once played soccer at the City Road ground, the home of St Helens Recs in the late 50s. It felt great to be getting changed in the same dressing room as the members of their Mangling Machine once did: Smith, Fildes and Mulvaney.

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