FOOTBALL: LOST GROUNDS
Here's a warm welcome to my Football Lost Grounds Visits Page
I like visiting the sites of old football grounds, which were once the home to League clubs*, but now either no longer there or just a mere shadow of their former self. Sites where the fans once stood, and where the cheers of the crowds, once loud and vibrant, have now become just a distant memory and have gone in the mist of time..
(* League - as in English Premier, Football League and Nationwide Conference, Scottish Premier and Football League)
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Below is a small selection of Lost Grounds that I have visited. However, here is a full list of all the Lost Grounds I’ve visited. These are all grounds that have at some time been home to clubs in either English Premiership, Football League and the Conference (Blue Square Premier) - or the Scottish Premier League and Football League:
Accrington Stanley....Peel Park: 1921-1962
Ayr Parkhouse....Beresford Terrace: 1902-1910
(Later merged with Ayr FC to become Ayr United)
Bolton Wanderers....Burnden Park: 1895-1998
Brighton & Hove Albion....Goldstone Ground: 1902-1997
Bristol Rovers....Eastville: 1897-1996
Chester City....Sealand Road: 1906-1990
Chesterfield ....Saltergate: 1871-2010
Clydebank....Kilbowie Park: 1966-2002
Colchester United....Layer Road: 1937-2008
(Also used by now defunct non-league side Colchester Town from 1910-1938)
Coventry City....Highfield Road: 1899-2005
Derby County....The Baseball Ground: 1894-1997
Doncaster Rovers....Belle Vue (Earth Stadium): 1922-2006
Dumbarton....Boghead Park: 1879-2000
Huddersfield Town....Leeds Road: 1908-1994
Leicester City....Filbert Street: 1891-2002
Northampton Town.... The County Ground: 1897-1994
Reading....Elm Park: 1897-1998
Rotherham United.... Millmoor: 1907-2008
Southampton....The Dell: 1898-2001
Stoke City....Victoria Park: 1878-1997
Third Lanark....Cathkin Park: 1872-1967
Walsall....Fellows Park (originally Hillary Street): 1896-1990
Wimbledon....Plough Lane: 1899-1991
Many more photographs of lost grounds, together with information on them, have been put together by Duncan Adams and Han van Eijden, and can be seen at:
and on Ryan Watterson's excellent website at
Here is a selection of the lost grounds I've been to:
ACCRINGTON STANLEY: PEEL PARK
Taken on 8th September, 2006, this photo is of Peel Park, which was Accrington Stanley's home from 1921 until 1962. The brick building on the left are the original changing rooms, built by the Supporters Club in 1937.
AYR PARKHOUSE: BERESFORD TERRACE
This picture, taken on 19th September, 2006 is of Beresford Terrace. The site of the ground of Ayr Parhouse is on the right of the road in this photo. They played there between 1902 and 1910, before merging with Ayr FC to become Ayr United FC.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION: GOLDSTONE GROUND
This was the site of Brighton's old Goldstone Ground as on 8th July 2007. The edge of the main stand would have just appeared in the extreme right of the picture. After leaving here, they moved to the Withdean Stadium. Now, a new stadium is planned for the area of the town.
BRISTOL ROVERS: EASTVILLE
These photos were taken on 29th September, 2008 at Eastville. In the shadow of the M32 motorway, it is now the home of an Akea store, but from 1897 until 1996, was the home of Bristol Rovers.
CHESTER CITY: SEALAND ROAD
In 1990, Chester City moved to a new ground, the Deva Stadium. However, in March 2010, the club folded.
In January 2012, the football club finally sold the Saltergate site to Barratt Homes. Its demolition to make way for a new housing development began in April and was completed in July 2012, which you can see in the pictures below.
CLYDEBANK: KILBOWIE PARK
Taken on 21st September, 2006, this is the site of Clydebanks old Kilbowie Park Ground. The Bankies played her from 1966 until 2002, when they sadly folded. The site is now the Kilbowie Retail Park.
COLCHESTER UNITED: LAYER ROAD
COVENTRY CITY: HIGHFIELD ROAD
Taken on 31st May, 2006, this photo is of Highfield Road, which was Coventry City's home from 1899 until 2005, when they moved to the Ricoh Arena. The main entrance to the ground was to the right of the pale blue railings in the centre of the picture..
.... and four years later:
DERBY COUNTY: BASEBALL GROUND
Taken on 1st June, 2007, this is all that remained of the Baseball Ground, home of Derby County from 1894 until 1997.
DONCASTER ROVERS: BELLE VUE
Taken on 6th April, 2007, this is me at Belle Vue (or towards the end, also called The Earth Stadium), just over three months after it was vacated by Doncaster Rovers, when they moved to their new Keepmoat Stadium.
While walking around Belle Vue that day, I picked up this little piece of wood off the pitch. You can see the black and the red of part of the club badge on it.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN: LEEDS ROAD
Taken on 22nd September, 2006, this is where my team, Huddersfield Town's ground was from 1908 to 1994 - Leeds Road, before they moved to the Galpharm Stadium. The Centre spot of the pitch was just outside what is now B & Q.
This is a plaque in the ground, in the car park outside B & Q, that marks where the centre spot exactly was.
"On the spot!!"
LEICESTER CITY: FILBERT STREET
Taken on 16th April, 2006, this is all that was left of Leicester City's old Filbert Street ground. They played there until 2002. In this photo, you'd have been looking towards the goalposts under the main stand. Leicester's present ground, the Walkers Stadium is less than half a mile from here.
The stadium was built in 1907 on the site of a flour mill. Redevelopment work was started on the ground, with a new main stand being built in place of the previous wooden main stand which was built in the 1950s. The new stand was planned to contain corporate facilities and bring the capacity back to over 10,000. The work was scheduled to finish in 2006, but has faced a series of setbacks, one of which was Japanese Knotweed being found on the site. At the start of 2011/12, Rotherham United moved from the Don Valley Stadium to the New York Stadium, only half a mile from Millmoor. In May 2011, Rotherham Council announced a plan to allow the Rotherham Titans Rugby Union Club to move into Millmoor
STOKE CITY: VICTORIA GROUND
Taken on 24th September, 2007, this is where Stoke City's Victoria Ground was. This was the "Potters" home from 1878 until 1997.The footpath behind me goes through where the original pitch was.
WALSALL: FELLOWS PARK
WIMBLEDON: PLOUGH LANE
Taken on 1st March, 2006, this is all that was left of the original Plough Lane ground - home to Wimbledon FC. from 1899 until 1991. The name has now disappeared as they relocated and became Milton Keynes Dons. A band of supporters did form AFC Wimbledon in protest and keep the name in football. AFC Wimbledon play their home matches at Kingstonian's Kingsmeadow ground.