For any football club, the stadium stands as a symbol, an architecture that affixes history and its proud heritage with the beautiful game.
Throughout the years, several stadiums in top-flight football have witnessed historic matches – games that have shaped the landscape of the sport, and in the process have transformed these grounds of yesterday into the cathedrals of today.
Let’s see how some football’s stadiums have changed over the years.
The Old Trafford Football Ground has changed enormously over the years. This picture was taken in 1930. As you can see, only one section of the stand was covered
Old Trafford today – It has a capacity approaching 74,994, it is the largest club football stadium (and second largest football stadium overall after Wembley Stadium) in the UK.
But back in 1913, it could theoretically hold 80,000, most of which would have been on standing terraces
1923. First known as the Empire Stadium, Wembley was built for the British Empire Exhibition
Nowadays the stadium has 90,000 seats. Wembley is the largest football stadium in England and the second-largest stadium in Europe
This photo was taken at the 1921 final between Tottenham and Wolverhampton. The huge crowd of 72,805 saw Spur’s Jimmy Dimmock score the only goal
White Hart Lane in 1932
These days, they are patiently waiting to get into the new White Hart Line. “I think we will know better in January or the end of the year in December. I hope if it is not January then it is February. I think it is so close”, said Spurs manager Mauricio Pocchetino
Villa Park during a match against Liverpool in 1907; the ground is yet to be squared off, and the cycle track can still be seen
Nowadays Villa Park is one of the beautiful stadiums in England. Last year the club announced plans to increase Villa Park capacity to 60,000
St James’ Park in 1975. The four giant floodlight pylons stood from the late-1950s to the late-1970s
With a seating capacity of 52,388, it is the 7th largest football stadium in England
“You will never walk alone” – This photo was taken at the start of the 20th century. This is Anfield. It’s completely unrecognisable now.
Nowadays it is the 6th largest stadium in England.
Did you know? It was originally the home of Everton from 1884 to 1891, before they moved to Goodison Park after a dispute with the club president
Celtic Park has been the home of Celtic since 1892. The picture was taken in 1960.
With a capacity of 60,411, it is the largest football stadium in Scotland
Elland Road stadium was built in 1897. One of the most famous stadium in England with the capacity of 37890.
Elland Road was originally known as The Old Peacock Ground, and was the reason behind one of Leeds early nicknames, ‘The Peacocks’