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    Old Premier League Football Stadiums

    Throughout the years we have seen a whole new number of football grounds being developed and old grounds being demolished.

    Below are some famous old stadiums of Premier League clubs:

                                                                 Maine Road - Manchester City

    This was Manchester City’s old ground based in Moss Side in Manchester from 1923 up until 2003, when they then moved into the Etihad Stadium. It is also famous for holding the second highest home attendance record in English football of 84,569 in 1934 for an FA Cup sixth round match against Stoke City. This record has only recently been surpassed by Tottenham’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley earlier in November 2016, which held 85,512 supporters. Maine Road is actually the name of a non-league football side which was formed in the 1950’s by a group of Manchester City supporters.
    The stadium was demolished in 2003, and was replaced by houses. The last game ever at Maine Road was a 1-0 defeat for City at the hands of Southampton.

    The capacity of the ground at the time of closure was just over 35,000.

    Ayresome Park - Middlesbrough

    This was Middlesbrough’s old ground in 1903 before moving to the Riverside Stadium in 1995. During the 1966 World Cup in England, three group matches were played here including North Korea defeating Italy, and as a result qualified for the knockout stages.

    The last League game to be played here was against Luton Town in April 1995 where Boro won 2-1 to win the old Division One title, and achieved promotion to the Premier League. The capacity of the ground was just under 27,000.

    The ground was used as a training ground while a new training facility was being opened until it was finally built over with a housing estate in 1997. However, Boro fans will still have some of Ayresome Park to remember as the gates of the old ground can be seen outside the main entrance to the Riverside Stadium.

    The Dell - Southampton

    The home of Southampton between 1898 and 2001 until the move to the St Marys Stadium. Saints legend and Sky Sports pundit Matthew Le Tissier scored his final goal at The Dell by scoring a late goal against Arsenal in a match were Southampton won 3-2.

    Former Germany international Uwe Rosler, who now manages Fleetwood Town, scored the final goal at the ground in May 2001 against Brighton and Hove Albion in a friendly match. The reason they were playing a friendly against Brighton was because they were the grounds first visitor’s way back to when The Dell first opened in 1898.

    The Dell had a capacity of just over 15,000, and was eventually knocked down and built over by a housing estate.

    Highbury - Arsenal

    This ground was officially called the Arsenal Stadium, but mainly known as Highbury was the old home of the Gunners. It was Arsenals home from 1913 till 2006 where they then moved to the Emirates. The capacity of the ground was approximately 38,420.

    Arsenal played their last season at Highbury wearing a redcurrant shirt which was the colour they wore during their first ever season at Highbury back in 1913. The final game at Highbury against Wigan Athletic was important as Arsenal needed to better rivals Tottenham Hotspurs result to qualify for the Champions League. Arsenal won the match 4-2 thanks to a Thierry Henry hat trick. It was fitting that Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer Henry, scored the final goal at Highbury.

    The site is now residential flats, and the pitch was turned into a communal garden.

    Baseball Ground - Derby County

    This ground was Derby County’s home stadium from 1895 until 1997 when they moved to their current home at Pride Park (IPro stadium). However, despite moving to Pride Park in 1997, the ground was still used for the reserve team matches for a few more seasons, but then it was sold on to property developers, and was finally demolished in 2003 to make way for housing. 18,300 was the grounds capacity at the time of its closure.

    Filbert Street - Leicester City

    Leicester City played at this old ground from 1891 until 2002. The last game to be played here was against Tottenham Hotspur which Leicester won 2-1 with Paul Dickov and Teddy Sheringham amongst the goal scorers. The ground was demolished in 2003, and it is currently used for student accommodation. It had a capacity of around 22,000.

    Boleyn Ground/Upton Park - West Ham United

    The Boleyn Ground, or often referred to as Upton Park was West Ham United’s home stadium from 1904 until 2016. The last game at the ground resulted in West Ham defeating Manchester United 3-2, although the game was marred by trouble prior to starting as the away coach was pelted with missiles resulting in broken windows, and as a result the match began 30 minutes later than scheduled. The club now play their home matches at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford with a capacity of around 60,000.

    By Carl Halsall

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