Did you recognise this ground? Believe it or not five years before this photo was taken Manchester City’s new ground at Maine Road was described as being designed to emulate this venue. This image is from the 1920s. Did you recognise it? The answer is…
When Maine Road was being built it was described as ‘The English Hampden’ as City’s new venue was perceived as of equal status to Hampden, perceived as the greatest British ground at the time. People today incorrectly claim Maine Road was built as the Wembley of the North but that is absolute rubbish. Both Maine Rd and Wembley were being built at the same time and when Wembley opened a few months before City’s ground, it received negative press. The view when Maine Rd opened in August 1923 that Wembley may never stage a prominent game again.
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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season 2021 as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.