The British football grounds featured in this article are some of the most iconic world football. While some stadiums have seen more success for their residents than others, each one of them boasts its own rich heritage and unique atmosphere.
Elland Road, Leeds (Leeds United)
Built: 1897 (occupied by Leeds United since 1919)
While most grounds built more than 100 years ago are now surrounded by houses, Elland Road Stadium is one exception: it’s a virtual no-man’s land just off the M621, on the outskirts of the city.
Now playing host to matches in the Football League Championship, Sir Alex Ferguson once called it “the most intimidating venue in Europe”.
Despite abortive plans to move in 2001, the club remains at the ground where it won the league in 1969, 1974 and 1992.
Wembley Stadium, London
The world-famous Wembley is England’s national stadium. First built in 1923, even the likes of Pele spoke about the old stadium and its famous twin towers in reverential terms. The most memorable moment in its history was undoubtedly England’s World Cup win in 1966.
It was also host to numerous FA Cup finals, and five European Cup/Champions League matches.
The new stadium certainly provides a better experience for spectators than the old stadium did, but while its imposing arch is certainly distinctive, it remains to be seen whether it will become as iconic as its predecessor.
Old Trafford, Manchester (Manchester United)
Is there a football fan on Earth who hasn’t heard of Old Trafford? We doubt it.
The stadium has been home to Manchester United since 1910. As the largest club football ground in the UK, its sheer size continues to prove intimidating for visiting teams.
On the southeast corner of the stadium stands a clock commemorating the 1958 Munich air disaster. Statues of Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson and the “trinity” of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best all take pride of place outside.
Celtic Park, Glasgow (Celtic)
Celtic’s Irish Catholic links are so strong that the original turf used to lay its pitch in 1892 was transported from Donegal in what became the Republic of Ireland.
The Jock Stein stand is named after the manager who was in charge between 1965 and 1978. During that time, Stein took them to glory as the first British winners of the European Cup in 1967.
Anfield, Liverpool (Liverpool FC)
Built in 1884, Anfield is actually the former home of Everton FC. However, a land dispute led to the Toffees leaving and moving to their current home at Goodison Park. Liverpool FC was formed specifically to occupy Anfield; their first match there was a 7-1 victory against Rotherham Town in September 1892.
Anfield is renowned for its atmosphere and has played host to Liverpool’s many footballing achievements throughout its illustrious history.
The Spion Kop end of the stadium is the most well-known terrace/stand at Anfield and it has gained legendary status throughout the world. The Kop could once hold 30,000 fans, but was rebuilt in 1994 to meet the specifications of the Taylor Report.