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5.0 out of 5 stars Making a stand, 7 April 2012
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Quiverbow (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Engineering Archie: Archibald Leitch - Football Ground Designer (Played in Britain) (Paperback)
Many of us have been to a football ground at one time in our lives and, like seaside piers, have done nothing more than gone in and come out once the entertainment has ended. However, how many take the time to look at the make up of such things? Galpharm Stadium, Stadium of Light, Riverside Stadium, and St. Mary's Stadium, etc. may well be wonderful modern arenas in which to watch football but something is missing. History. (They all have rather boring names too, with equally insipid monikers for the four sides - at one time only two league clubs had `Stadium' in the name; now there are 22.)

Simon Inglis' fourth book on football grounds delves into the man that was most responsible for transforming basic Victorian enclosures into Edwardian delights; Archibald Leitch. He had an involvement in the development of 42 football grounds (two in Belgium), and also that of Twickenham, Cardiff Arms Park, and West Ham Stadium, used for greyhound racing and speedway and, briefly, league football. Sadly, no more than a dozen examples of his grandstands still survive. Who would have thought a football grandstand would involve mosaics, marble flooring, lattice steel columns, terracotta brick linings, ornate splayed steelwork, Dutch gables and cartouches. Maybe that's why two of the surviving stands are now Grade 11 listed buildings. If you want to go on a tour of a Leitch stand, Ibrox Park is your destination. It wasn't just grandstands he had a hand in; those tubular crush barriers everyone used to lean on when standing was allowed were his design.

Containing a plethora of colour and black and white photos, sketches and design drawings, you'll know why this was runner-up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2005, a strap line added to the 2007 reprinted edition. That it also includes photos of wanton acts of vandalism on the part of club owners in their desperate chase for new revenue streams gives much of this book a tinge of sadness for anyone with an interest in early 20th Century architecture. Yes, some had to be demolished for safety reasons but to see Aston Villa's superb Trinity Road Stand reduced to rubble and replaced by some characterless structure, makes you wonder whether everyone involved really was that short-sighted. Money is everything. Nothing, not even the history and soul of a club, can get in the way.

If you think Pride Park, Reebok Stadium or Emirates Stadium are what football grounds are all about, buy this and discover that the character and surroundings do matter. Insipid, clinical boxes create a similar atmosphere. For many spectators, the fun of watching football started its decline the day the speculators moved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educated by Archie, 27 April 2011
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Simon Inglis has brought us a well produced, well researched, factual and entertaining book with so many interesting insights into the building and history of the amazing numbers of football grounds that Mr Leitch designed.

I bought it as a Fulham supporter, to enhance my library on Craven Cottage, but this book will be of interest to any football fan with any desire to learn of the heritage of the sport. Leitch was such an important character whose engineering works have been used and enjoyed by generations. Recommended.

LBNo11

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 6 Jun 2014
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going on a trip along several stadium with my son, is this an excellent book in the preparation. next to the beatifull pictures and sketchs, it gives a great insight in the early development in the building of stadiums. it also highlights the context of that time; overcrowded open standing terraces for working class etc. So absolutely a must for the lovers of stadium as a building and an excellent book for my preparation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 20 Jan 2013
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Bought this for my husband for his Xmas and he was over the moon with it. It appeared in a top football books list in one of the papers which alerted him to it's existence. The copy I managed to get was pre-owned as it is currently out of print, however, it was as good as new. His favourite Xmas gift this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth more than five stars, 13 Jun 2012
This review is from: Engineering Archie: Archibald Leitch - Football Ground Designer (Played in Britain) (Paperback)
If you like the subject - football history - there's nothing not to like about this: it's really brilliantly researched and very nicely written too. The photography is just as good, and makes you want to read the rest of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making a stand, 10 Sep 2011
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Quiverbow (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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Many of us have been to a football ground at one time in our lives and, like seaside piers, have done nothing more than gone in and come out once the entertainment has ended. However, how many take the time to look at the make up of such things? Galpharm Stadium, Stadium of Light, Riverside Stadium, and St. Mary's Stadium, etc. may well be wonderful modern arenas in which to watch football but something is missing. History. (They all have rather boring names too, with equally insipid monikers for the four sides - at one time only two league clubs had `Stadium' in the name; now there are 22.)

Simon Inglis' fourth book on football grounds delves into the man that was most responsible for transforming basic Victorian enclosures into Edwardian delights; Archibald Leitch. He had an involvement in the development of 42 football grounds (two in Belgium), and also that of Twickenham, Cardiff Arms Park, and West Ham Stadium, used for greyhound racing and speedway and, briefly, league football. Sadly, no more than a dozen examples of his grandstands still survive. Who would have thought a football grandstand would involve mosaics, marble flooring, lattice steel columns, terracotta brick linings, ornate splayed steelwork, Dutch gables and cartouches. Maybe that's why two of the surviving stands are now Grade 11 listed buildings. If you want to go on a tour of a Leitch stand, Ibrox Park is your destination. It wasn't just grandstands he had a hand in; those tubular crush barriers everyone used to lean on when standing was allowed were his design.

Containing a plethora of colour and black and white photos, sketches and design drawings, you'll know why this was runner-up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2005, a strap line added to this 2007 reprinted edition. That it also includes photos of wanton acts of vandalism on the part of club owners in their desperate chase for new revenue streams gives much of this book a tinge of sadness for anyone with an interest in early 20th Century architecture. Yes, some had to be demolished for safety reasons but to see Aston Villa's superb Trinity Road Stand reduced to rubble and replaced by some characterless structure, makes you wonder whether everyone involved really was that short-sighted. Money is everything. Nothing, not even the history and soul of a club, can get in the way.

If you think Pride Park, Reebok Stadium or Emirates Stadium are what football grounds are all about, buy this and discover that the character and surroundings do matter. Insipid, clinical boxes create a similar atmosphere. For many spectators, the fun of watching football started its decline the day the speculators moved in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Stadia 'Anoraks' everywhere!!! - Records Football History so well., 2 July 2010
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Chris "Reactiv8" (Herefordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I love this book! - I've been to many of the old grounds myself and it brings back happy memories, albeit a little scary bearing in mind the state of terraces in the 1970s (:lol:) ...

Feel the surges as if you were there ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for those with an interest in football, 11 Mar 2010
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Bought as a present for 40 something football fan who never picks up a book. however he can't put this one down. a must for any football fan in the UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering Archie:Archibald Leitch-Football Ground Designer, 25 Oct 2009
This review is from: Engineering Archie: Archibald Leitch - Football Ground Designer (Played in Britain) (Paperback)
Recently,in Europe and United States Many Stadiums are rebuilt to create new market of sports spectators. This Book is one of books that I want to know about the history of stadiums, so that I am very happy to find this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as expected, 30 Dec 2011
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Arrived in good time,well packaged. Had a search for this on other sites and this was the best I could find, a very good price
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