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Old Football Grounds

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I loved the old grounds
fans packed in tight,
huge towering floodlights
turned on for games at night.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I travelled around the country
on the coach and by train,
watched my team at Roker Park
in the open air hit by wind and rain.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Went to the Millwall’s Den
a very intimidating ground,
and Manchester City’s Maine Road
where the Kippax made loads of sound.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 All the way down south to the Dell
and up north to Ayresome Park,
I’d set off in morning daylight
and return home in the dark.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I loved our local matches
especially at Filbert Street,
we’d go there in our thousands
in the hope Leicester City got beat.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Old stadiums had character and style
unlike many grounds around today,
but I’ll never ever forget them
as in my memory they’ll always stay.

It’s ten years since we left Highfield Road to move across the city to our new home of the Ricoh Arena. I like the Ricoh but no new stadium I’ve been to match the old grounds for atmosphere etc in my opinion. Old grounds nearly always had one end open to the elements but strangely that was all part of going to a game you’d take a good soaking but if you got the win you didn’t seem to care.
But these grounds are still around in the lower leagues and it’s as if you’re still watching football back years ago.
So to me old stadiums are just like old players you never forget many which inspired me to write this.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/old-football-grounds/