The second edition of the popular 'Lost League Football Grounds' has been fully revised, updated and re-illustrated to appeal to all those seeking quality football nostalgia.
In the three decades since the Bradford City fire and the Hillsborough disaster, over a third of all teams currently playing on the top four divisions on English football have relocated, a process that is still continuing. Several clubs have moved grounds since the first edition (eg West Ham United, Morecambe, Barnet, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Brighton & Hove Albion) and there are several others waiting to open, under construction and at the advanced planning stage.
The rapid changes in the face of football in the last few decades have seen the disappearance of some of the most famous football grounds in the country including Highbury (Arsenal), Ninian Park (Cardiff), Maine Road (Manchester City), Ayresome Park (Middlesborough), Roker Park (Sunderland), Leeds Road (Huddersfield Town) and Upton Park (West Ham). Most of the 'lost' grounds have been demolished with virtually no trace of the original ground left, whilst others have survived for a period in some form of half-life - for example being used for reserve team matches. However, even these have now mostly disappeared as well.
In addition to those clubs that have relocated but still survive in the leagues in England, there are many clubs that were once part of the of the league structure - such as Bradford Park Avenue and Newport Country - 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 an attractive illustrated history of the lost league football grounds of England, and includes a great selection of photographs of inside and around the grounds, to bring some old football memories back to life.