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The Football Grounds of Britain [Hardcover]

Simon Inglis
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6 April 1987
As a result of the Taylor Report, which arose from the Hillsborough disaster, Football League and Scottish League clubs are having to make stringent alterations to their grounds, in preparation for all-seater stadia. This revised edition reflects many of those changes, as well as the promotion to Football League status of Maidstone United and Barnet. New illustrations have been included, where appropriate. Since his book was first published in 1983 as "The Football Grounds of England and Wales", Simon Inglis has become acknowledged as an authority on the safety aspects of football ground architecture, and is now a member of the Football Licensing Authority. His survey, in this book, of every ground in all Divisions of the Football and Scottish Leagues, discusses their significance from the perspectives of football history, architecture, safety and social history.
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsWillow; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002182491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002182492
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this completely new third edition, Simon Inglis has revised and updated his original classic to take into account the demands of the Lord Justice Taylor's Report following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and the ever-changing football scene of the 1990s.

Old stands have come tumbling down, terraces have been replaced by seats, and a host of long cherished notions have been challenged by the onset of modernization and redevelopment. Yet 'Football Grounds of Britain', with its new photographs and many additional entries, continues to be the first point of reference for all football supporters, stadium enthusiasts and those who cherish our national sporting heritage.

"An essential, fascinating and standard work… every soccer fan should have one"

"We should be grateful to Simon Inglis for doing such a magnificent job of chronicling this fantastic heritage while it still exists…"
MIKE TICHER, 'When Saturday Comes'

"Superbly illustrated, sharply written, it is simply the most fascinating book on football I have ever read"
DAVID RANDALL,'The Observer'

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About the Author

Simon Inglis is a writer, broadcaster and consultant on football and stadium-related matters. Born and brought up in Birmingham, he fell in love with Aston Villa and Villa Park at the age of seven. He graduated in history and the history of architecture from University College London, before beginning his journalistic career in Manchester. His first book was ‘The Usborne Guide to Soccer’, followed by ‘The Football Grounds of England and Wales’ (CollinsWillow, 1983).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 27 Sep 2005
This is a comprehensive book that will interest anyone who enjoys the history, architecture and politics that go into making a football ground what it is. It would have been nice to have some more photos of some of the grounds but the text descriptions do make up for this. There seems to be a good balance between the history of the clubs grounds and the description of the ground at present.
The only real problem is that the book is quickly out of date. The Taylor report and subsequent development work means although many new developments are included many more clubs have developed or moved grounds since publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grounds for Divorce 27 Dec 2002
In April 1981, Wolves played Spurs in a cup semi final at Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday. Late arrivals to the game contributed to thirty eight people being injured in the Leppings Lane End. Exactly eight years later, ninety five people were killed in the exactly the same circumstances. In fact over four thousand people had been killed or injured at football grounds in Britain before Hillsborough.
Since the disaster of Hillsborough, and the resulting Lord Justice Taylor report, many football grounds have gone under a fundamental redesign, with some being demolished altogether and their club's relocating to new premises.
I first bought this book ten years ago. When I recently bought the latest version, I was astonished to find how football grounds have changed over the last decade. I'm a regular visitor to these wonderful places, but even though I noticed the changes going on around me, it wasn't until I read this book that I realised the tremendous upheaval and fundamental change that has happened.
A history of football grounds in general is followed by an in depth description and history of the homes of every current Premier, First, Second and Third Division clubs in England, Wales and Scotland, except those recently promoted from the Nationwide Conference and the Highland League. In depth analyses is accompanied by some marvellous photographs of the old and new, with the authors personal comments on the past, the present and the future of the homes of each individual club.
For every football fan who has had that fantastic feeling of anticipation as he or she first catches sight of the floodlight pylons, this book is an absolute must. It brings home the fact that we had to have so many disasters before action was taken to reduce the risk of it happening again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 Jun 2014
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OK, so this is horrendously out of date but it was good to show my footy mad son some of the old grounds I'd visited while following Coventry City around the country in the 70's and 80's. We followed the Sky Blues home (yes in Northampton!) and away last season so it's good for him to see how things have changed, and for the better, over the last twenty years or so.

I wonder what happened to Simon Inglis? An updated volume would be most welcome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars present for grandson 19 Aug 2013
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Again a good read for the price but would like to buy an updated version when it comes out. Recommended.
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