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Lost League Football Grounds [Hardcover]

Michael Heatley
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Book Description

7 Oct 2010
In the 25 years since the Bradford City fire and the Hillsborough Disaster four years later, more than a third of all teams currently playing in the top four divisions of English football have relocated and this is a process that is continuing rapidly. Currently under construction or at an advanced planning stage are new ground for teams like Chesterfield, Everton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Southend United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bristol City. During this period of number of the most famous grounds in the country - such as Highbury (Arsenal), Ninian Park (Cardiff), Maine Road (Manchester City), Ayresome Park (Middlesbrough), Roker Park (Sunderland) and Leeds Road (Huddersfield Town) - have all disappeared. Most of the 'lost' grounds have been demolished with virtually no trace of the original ground left whilst others survived for a period in some form of half-life, being used for example for reserve team matches. But even these have for the most part now disappeared as well. North of the border, in Scotland, clubs likeSt Mirren, Falkirk, Clyde and Airdrie United have also moved from the grounds traditionally associated with the clubs In addition to those clubs that have relocated but still survive in the leagues in both England and Scotland, there are many clubs that were once part of the league structure - such as Bradford Park Avenue, Newport County and Gretna - that have disappeared or been reborn at a much lower level in the football pyramid, often at grounds that have never seen league football. This new book provides a full and detailed history of the lost league grounds of Britain, and includes a great selection of photographs from in and around the grounds, with an eclectic mix of nostalgic memorabilia to bring some old football memories back to life.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711034753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711034754
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 29.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Heatley graduated from Southampton University in 1976 with a degree in economics. He formed his own company, Northdown Publishing, in 1988 after working for a number of respected publishers.

He has specialised as a writer in the fields of sport and music and is the author of over one hundred biographies, ranging from Robbie Williams to Rolf Harris. Reference books he has edited include the Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock and European Football Stadia.


He worked for Orbis Publishing, London as an editor on part works between 1977 and 1984, including The History of Rock of which he was overall editor.
National publications he has written for include 4-4-2, Radio Times, Classic Rock and the Mail On Sunday colour supplement. He is currently a regular contributor to Guitar & Bass, Vintage Rock and Record Collector magazines.

Working in the music business on publicity projects for record companies, he earned a gold disc for work on promoting Jimi Hendrix 'Radio 1'album.

Van Morrison commissioned him to annotate his catalogue on iTunes as a guide to purchasers.

He has written for the leading UK and US trade papers Music Week and Billboard. He also edited the short-lived trade paper For The Record in the Nineties.

Showbiz celebrities interviewed include Slash (Guns N'Roses), Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Daltrey, Dolly Parton, Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, Minder), Status Quo, (newsreader) Angela Rippon, the Eagles and the Four Tops.

He recently appeared on the BBC Radion London Sports programme to talk about his latest book, "Fulham - Match of My Life".

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good old days! 6 Jan 2011
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Secured this book off Amazon after having seen it in a shop window on the way to a match. At a very reasonable 12.99( 7 cheaper than RRP) i decided to take a punt and was not disappointed. Packed with colour photographs of both English and Scottish grounds this is an essential purchase for those with a passion for football stadiums. The likes of Barrow,Bradford Park
Avenue,Workington,Southport,Airdrieonians,Clydebank and Third Lanark are all featured here along with the more recently vacated grounds such as Highbury,Maine Road,The Den,Fellows Park,Leeds Road,Christie Park,Gay Meadow,Baseball Ground,Filbert Street,Ninian Park etc. Over 60 clubs are featured within these pages,most in colour and the majority have 2 or more images accompanied with brief history and memories text. An excellent book highly recommended!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by some whopping errors 2 April 2011
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This book was better than I thought it was going to be but that's for two reasons: the brilliant photography of Bob Lilliman (here often reproduced in glorious 10 x 8 format) and the quality print and binding. The actual text adds very little to what you will find in the far superior Football Grounds of Britain by Simon Inglis, and the book has been padded out by the inclusion of 'Memories' from a variety of sources. For such a prolific author as Michael Heatley there are two unforgiveable errors in this book that definitely require an "errata" slip being provided with each copy: on page 81, the photo purporting to be Oxford United is actually the Main Stand at St Johnstone's Muirton Park, and on page 95 there's a superb shot of Scarborough's old Grandstand - shame it's in the Scunthorpe United section.

These errors aside, I would still recommend that people purchase the book for Bob Lilliman's wonderful pictures from the seventies and eighties. Bob is the 'Don' of football ground photography and a comprehensive book of his astonishing archive would be something to treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift book for all football fans 17 Oct 2011
By Lucy B
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I bought this as a present for my brother who loves sport and especially football, and who I always struggle to think of ideas for. I have three brothers and a husband in their 20s/30s/40s who love football and once my brother opened this they were passing it around sharing stories of grounds they'd been to and generally being tremendously boring - although completely engrossed - for a couple of hours. This is a good sized, great quality, hardback book, of the sort that you'd be unlikely to buy for yourself as it would be a bit of a niche indulgence -therefore making it a great present idea. Highly recommended for all the football obsessives in your life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars promises more than it delivers 1 Feb 2011
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A missed opprotuniy by the authors - eg. lots of great photos - but no indication of dates which is pretty critical info in a book of this type.

Lots of Scottish grounds which is great for Scottish fans but less intriguing for me.

A worthwhile addition to my obsession with books about sports grounds but a long long way from the top of my favourites list!
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