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And Odsal and Post Office Road, there are no new Cumbrian superdomes either.

I think Odsal opened in the 30s,perhaps some of the historians on here can tell us of the other sites for their ground

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On the subject of the Widnes ground, the club played on at least 5 other sites in the town before moving to the current location a few weeks into the first Northern Union season.

Two of the other grounds were also on Lowerhouse Lane (respectively next door and next door but one to the current North Stand) and at one point in the 1880s the club used a fourth site on the same road for reserve team games, probably about where Paul's chippy now stands.

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I think Odsal opened in the 30s,perhaps some of the historians on here can tell us of the other sites for their ground

I was about to suggest Park Avenue - I don't know if Northern played occasionally there in later years and I would be very surprised if anybody is old enough to remember it when it was the home of the club.

I have seen cricket there (on the adjacent pitch) and have wandered around the football pitch.

Bradford also played at Birch Lane - between PA and Odsal - which was in the West Bowling area, so not a million miles from Odsal.

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I was about to suggest Park Avenue - I don't know if Northern played occasionally there in later years and I would be very surprised if anybody is old enough to remember it when it was the home of the club.

I have seen cricket there (on the adjacent pitch) and have wandered around the football pitch.

Bradford also played at Birch Lane - between PA and Odsal - which was in the West Bowling area, so not a million miles from Odsal.

Wasn't Park Avenue the original ground of Bradford? The club then split into the soccer club and Bradford Northern (Union)

When Park Avenue when bust in the seventies I believe Northern had the chance to move to Park Avenue but turned it down - Park Avenue was also a Yorkshire CCC ground. I remember Jim Laker once saying he started his career for Yorkshire seconds there.

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Wasn't Park Avenue the original ground of Bradford? The club then split into the soccer club and Bradford Northern (Union)

When Park Avenue when bust in the seventies I believe Northern had the chance to move to Park Avenue but turned it down - Park Avenue was also a Yorkshire CCC ground. I remember Jim Laker once saying he started his career for Yorkshire seconds there.

Bradford Northern were formed after splitting from the soccer section in 1907. Bradford FC being founder members of the Northern Union together with Manningham who moved to Association Football at turn of the 20th century. They of course played at Valley Patade where they are today known at Bradford City

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I once went to see Bradford PA play Birmingham city in the league cup.I was a very young schoolboy at the time ,we were on school holidays.At that time over 50 years ago the ground looked very good

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Leeds St Johns ,the forerunner of Leeds RFLC before they moved to Headingley used to play at Cardigan fields ,on Kirkstall road.its now Warner village multiplex cinema ,bars restaurants etc.Itused to be recriation grounds and William cody,Buffalo Bill had his wild west shows there

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Wasn't Park Avenue the original ground of Bradford? The club then split into the soccer club and Bradford Northern (Union)

When Park Avenue when bust in the seventies I believe Northern had the chance to move to Park Avenue but turned it down - Park Avenue was also a Yorkshire CCC ground. I remember Jim Laker once saying he started his career for Yorkshire seconds there.

It wasn't the first, no.

That was opposite Park Avenue, on the other side of Horton Park Avenue (and the former railway line) and on what was, until a few years ago, a cricket field. Not certain about this, but I think that when the railway cutting was filled in, the land, along with the cricket field was sold for building. I remember playing cricket on that ground many years ago.....

They then had at least one ground near Apperley Bridge, going towards Rawdon, again I don't really know exactly where, but I'd guess it was one of the two areas, one used by Bradford City as a training ground quite recently and and ditto for the Bulls on the other side of the road near the school, before they moved to Park Avenue. This was all in the 19th century of course, going back to 1863.

As MrPosh has correctly said, they moved to Birch Lane (I think/assume this was where Bowling Old Lane played Bradford League cricket) before moving to Odsal.

Info gleaned from Bradford Northern the official history, 1863 - 1989 by Nigel Williams who was club historian in 1989 when it was published.

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Great memories

my best

Central Park Wigan v Manly

Wiggington Rd York v Hull KR

Boulavard Hull v Wigan in the CC

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watched highfield at houghton road sutton st helens, the old st helens town football ground and chorley at victory park chorley

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That was opposite Park Avenue, on the other side of Horton Park Avenue (and the former railway line) and on what was, until a few years ago, a cricket field. Not certain about this, but I think that when the railway cutting was filled in, the land, along with the cricket field was sold for building. I remember playing cricket on that ground many years ago.....

Where was that? If I remember rightly (and it's a while since I lived there - although I could see Park Avenue out of my window on Dirkhill Road) there was a cricket pitch on the corner of Horton Park Avenue and Laisteridge Lane (?). Is that the one you are talking about or is that still there?

Alternatively, it must be the area between Park Avenue and All Saints Road - which is where the railway line ran, I think. There didn't look a lot of space there when I was there long after the railway had gone, let alone when it was there.

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Burnden Park was home to selected Swinton games in the 80's

Also seen Sheffield Eagles play against the Lions at Millmoor, Rotherham and they also played some games at Saltergate, Chesterfield.

All 3 of these are now gone, though Millmoor is still standing-not sure if the new Rotherham stadium is to be built on the same site though.

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Oldham have played home games at:-

Watersheddings

Boundary Park

Park Lane - Sedgley Park RUFC

Hurst Cross – Ashton United FC

Ewan Fields – Hyde United FC

Bower Fold – Staylybridge Celtic FC

Maine Road – Man City

Bloomfield Road – Blackpool FC

Whitebank Stadium

And I am sure I have missed somewhere.

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Where was that? If I remember rightly (and it's a while since I lived there - although I could see Park Avenue out of my window on Dirkhill Road) there was a cricket pitch on the corner of Horton Park Avenue and Laisteridge Lane (?). Is that the one you are talking about or is that still there?

Alternatively, it must be the area between Park Avenue and All Saints Road - which is where the railway line ran, I think. There didn't look a lot of space there when I was there long after the railway had gone, let alone when it was there.

Your two alternatives are the same ground. It was between All Saints Road and Horton Park Avenue with Laisteridge Lane up the side, virtually on the opposite side of Horton Park Avenue to the Park Avenue ground. The railway definitely ran between the ground and Horton Park Avenue. From what I remember (in the 1960's when I played junior league cricket there) it would have been small for a rugby ground but big enough. I think too we have to remember that the railways only started (in Bradford) in the mid 1840's, so it's far from inconceivable to think that that the local line along Park Avenue hadn't yet been built in 1863, which could have meant the ground was a good bit larger than either of us imagine.

I've not been down there for many years but the ground isn't shown on modern street maps. The book isn't absolutely specific about this first ground though, but this one is the only one that makes any sense with the description given. Obviously I've no idea what else might have been around in 1863 so it might not be a correct assumption.

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Ive been chatting elsewhere as towhat now are the oldest grounds still in operation, Belle vue, wakey, Headingley,or Mount pleasant?

I know that Craven Park (Barrow) has been used by Barrow RLFC since 1931.

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I know that Craven Park (Barrow) has been used by Barrow RLFC since 1931.

Post office road, 1904

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The book isn't absolutely specific about this first ground though, but this one is the only one that makes any sense with the description given. Obviously I've no idea what else might have been around in 1863 so it might not be a correct assumption.

Never mind Nigel.....

First season 1863 on Horton Cricket Ground, All saints road.

Yorkshire CC had played Notts that year on the ground....

They (Bradford) ripped up the pitch so they got chucked off.

So they went to Laisteridge Lane. After that they went on to North Park Road in Manningham.

Nomadic existence continued as they then went on to Peel Park, and then Girlington. After that they went to Apperley Bridge where they would return to after the club decided to switch to soccer.

Bradford CC played on Pemberton Drive opposite the university and went on in 1879 to buy Park Avenue. That needed the help of the Rugby Club, but Bradford Cricket, Athletic and Football Club was the result £4,000 later.

The club's headquarters were at the Talbot Darley Street, and later The Alexandra Great Horton Road that has associations with the barbarians.

After the soccer split the club chased the ground at Bowling Old Lane. However they failed to get it and ended up (after chasing Victoria Rangers ground at Stanacre) at the greenfield stadium off cutler heights lane. That later became a greyhound stadium.

They based themselves at the Greenfield Hotel, a Whittakers Brewery pub. I have a repro tin advertisment for Whittakers.

One year on from the opening 1907 game, they got B.O.L. at Birch Lane and spent 26 years there. I think that ground is still there and there are the old turnstyle entrances in the outer wall and there's foundations of a stand in one of the adjacent back gardens in houses that were built on the end of the old Rugby pitch.

So there you go, not bad for someone accused of being a multiple account troll by Mick Gledhill :laugh:

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Your two alternatives are the same ground. It was between All Saints Road and Horton Park Avenue with Laisteridge Lane up the side, virtually on the opposite side of Horton Park Avenue to the Park Avenue ground. The railway definitely ran between the ground and Horton Park Avenue. From what I remember (in the 1960's when I played junior league cricket there) it would have been small for a rugby ground but big enough. I think too we have to remember that the railways only started (in Bradford) in the mid 1840's, so it's far from inconceivable to think that that the local line along Park Avenue hadn't yet been built in 1863, which could have meant the ground was a good bit larger than either of us imagine.

I've not been down there for many years but the ground isn't shown on modern street maps. The book isn't absolutely specific about this first ground though, but this one is the only one that makes any sense with the description given. Obviously I've no idea what else might have been around in 1863 so it might not be a correct assumption.

Horton Park Station was opened in 1880 - more here.

I've had a look at Google Maps, too. The cricket ground I was referring to was on the other side of Laisteridge Lane on the opposite corner to the other area we are talking about - Girlington Cricket Club according to the map, but I don't remember it as that.

It must have been a small ground, as that is a tight space in there.

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Never mind Nigel.....

First season 1863 on Horton Cricket Ground, All saints road.

Yorkshire CC had played Notts that year on the ground....

They (Bradford) ripped up the pitch so they got chucked off.

So they went to Laisteridge Lane. After that they went on to North Park Road in Manningham.

Nomadic existence continued as they then went on to Peel Park, and then Girlington. After that they went to Apperley Bridge where they would return to after the club decided to switch to soccer.

Bradford CC played on Pemberton Drive opposite the university and went on in 1879 to buy Park Avenue. That needed the help of the Rugby Club, but Bradford Cricket, Athletic and Football Club was the result £4,000 later.

The club's headquarters were at the Talbot Darley Street, and later The Alexandra Great Horton Road that has associations with the barbarians.

After the soccer split the club chased the ground at Bowling Old Lane. However they failed to get it and ended up (after chasing Victoria Rangers ground at Stanacre) at the greenfield stadium off cutler heights lane. That later became a greyhound stadium.

They based themselves at the Greenfield Hotel, a Whittakers Brewery pub. I have a repro tin advertisment for Whittakers.

One year on from the opening 1907 game, they got B.O.L. at Birch Lane and spent 26 years there. I think that ground is still there and there are the old turnstyle entrances in the outer wall and there's foundations of a stand in one of the adjacent back gardens in houses that were built on the end of the old Rugby pitch.

So there you go, not bad for someone accused of being a multiple account troll by Mick Gledhill :laugh:

I've been working from memory on this thread, though I did get the book out yesterday to check the details, and I'd certainly forgotten the name of the cricket club, though I don't think Horton Cricket Club has existed for many years. I certainly don't remember that being the name of the cricket club using the ground in the 1960's, though to be honest I can't remember what it was. I think it's also worthwhile pointing out that the 1863 date for the club might not be exactly when the club was formed. That year is just the date on the first written evidence of the club's existence (as mentioned in the book) and it's far from inconceivable that it could have been a little earlier.

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Horton Park Station was opened in 1880 - more here.

I've had a look at Google Maps, too. The cricket ground I was referring to was on the other side of Laisteridge Lane on the opposite corner to the other area we are talking about - Girlington Cricket Club according to the map, but I don't remember it as that.

It must have been a small ground, as that is a tight space in there.

Little Horton is a fair way from Girlington too!

As I mentioned in my reply to Parksider I've had the book out and it seems it was the other one, which was pretty much opposite Park Avenue. Looking at the railway site it seems the line wasn't built until well after the Bradford Rugby Club moved in, so it would have been a slightly larger area than it appeared later.

Going back to the book (as in Parky's post) there were a number of grounds used, sometimes for fairly short periods, over a number of years, many of which have disappeared, covered in houses or factories, and in many cases it's pretty difficult to pin down just where some of these grounds might have been.

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Never mind Nigel.....

First season 1863 on Horton Cricket Ground, All saints road.

Yorkshire CC had played Notts that year on the ground....

They (Bradford) ripped up the pitch so they got chucked off.

So they went to Laisteridge Lane. After that they went on to North Park Road in Manningham.

Nomadic existence continued as they then went on to Peel Park, and then Girlington. After that they went to Apperley Bridge where they would return to after the club decided to switch to soccer.

Bradford CC played on Pemberton Drive opposite the university and went on in 1879 to buy Park Avenue. That needed the help of the Rugby Club, but Bradford Cricket, Athletic and Football Club was the result £4,000 later.

The club's headquarters were at the Talbot Darley Street, and later The Alexandra Great Horton Road that has associations with the barbarians.

After the soccer split the club chased the ground at Bowling Old Lane. However they failed to get it and ended up (after chasing Victoria Rangers ground at Stanacre) at the greenfield stadium off cutler heights lane. That later became a greyhound stadium.

They based themselves at the Greenfield Hotel, a Whittakers Brewery pub. I have a repro tin advertisment for Whittakers.

One year on from the opening 1907 game, they got B.O.L. at Birch Lane and spent 26 years there. I think that ground is still there and there are the old turnstyle entrances in the outer wall and there's foundations of a stand in one of the adjacent back gardens in houses that were built on the end of the old Rugby pitch.

So there you go, not bad for someone accused of being a multiple account troll by Mick Gledhill :laugh:

I think I can remember the greyhound stadium on Cutler Heights Lane still being there in the sixties. I used to work Saturdays on Newboulds bread vans, and passed it on the way to work. On the way from work, I used to finish about 2-30 catch the trolley bus up to Wakefield Road, catch the no 61 Wakefield bus - sit upstairs and hope the conductor hadn't noticed I'd got on - then ride all the way to Wakey for nowt, walk to Belle Vue and arrive at half time - where you could get in for nowt a free afternoon's entertainment. (apart from the trolley bus) That's how I saw Brian Bevan play for Warrington :tongue:

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Never mind Nigel.....

First season 1863 on Horton Cricket Ground, All saints road.

Yorkshire CC had played Notts that year on the ground....

They (Bradford) ripped up the pitch so they got chucked off.

So they went to Laisteridge Lane. After that they went on to North Park Road in Manningham.

Nomadic existence continued as they then went on to Peel Park, and then Girlington. After that they went to Apperley Bridge where they would return to after the club decided to switch to soccer.

Bradford CC played on Pemberton Drive opposite the university and went on in 1879 to buy Park Avenue. That needed the help of the Rugby Club, but Bradford Cricket, Athletic and Football Club was the result £4,000 later.

The club's headquarters were at the Talbot Darley Street, and later The Alexandra Great Horton Road that has associations with the barbarians.

After the soccer split the club chased the ground at Bowling Old Lane. However they failed to get it and ended up (after chasing Victoria Rangers ground at Stanacre) at the greenfield stadium off cutler heights lane. That later became a greyhound stadium.

They based themselves at the Greenfield Hotel, a Whittakers Brewery pub. I have a repro tin advertisment for Whittakers.

One year on from the opening 1907 game, they got B.O.L. at Birch Lane and spent 26 years there. I think that ground is still there and there are the old turnstyle entrances in the outer wall and there's foundations of a stand in one of the adjacent back gardens in houses that were built on the end of the old Rugby pitch.

So there you go, not bad for someone accused of being a multiple account troll by Mick Gledhill :laugh:

Great stuff, thanks.

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I think I can remember the greyhound stadium on Cutler Heights Lane still being there in the sixties. I used to work Saturdays on Newboulds bread vans, and passed it on the way to work. On the way from work, I used to finish about 2-30 catch the trolley bus up to Wakefield Road, catch the no 61 Wakefield bus - sit upstairs and hope the conductor hadn't noticed I'd got on - then ride all the way to Wakey for nowt, walk to Belle Vue and arrive at half time - where you could get in for nowt a free afternoon's entertainment. (apart from the trolley bus) That's how I saw Brian Bevan play for Warrington :tongue:

Not sure just when it went top be honest, which is a bit embarrassing as I live just half a mile along the road, it was certainly left derelict for some time after the sixties though I'm not sure if it was still there when I moved around here in 1977. The site is now occupied by a massive fruit and veg packing site belonging to Morrisons.

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hunslet grounds no longer called home grounds

parkside great ground

elland road dog track remember the night they beat the mighty widnes there in the bbc 2 trophy

mount plesant they spent time there as well

crown flatt yet another home ground

mclaren field a season there i seem to remember

elland road

bramleys grounds

barley mow

mclaren field

clarence fields headingley rugby union they spent a season there

headingley there final home

been to the lot watching those teams

of course back in the 70s hunslet played a home game at headingley due to bad weather i belive bradford also did .

maine road was used for home games by both warrington and oldham over the space of 3 days in the 80s

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