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Title: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:44:22
A few people have been requesting old photos of the County Ground recently, so I will post them all here rather than in loads of different threads. Feel free to add your own if you have any...

Aerial shots

1930s
[url width=159 height=97]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1930spic.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1930spic.jpg)[/URL]

1970s - before the magic roundabout was built
[url width=160 height=114]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1970s.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1970s.jpg)[/URL]

1972 - not sure why there is a stage in front of the north stand?
[url width=120 height=160]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1972_stage.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1972_stage.jpg)[/URL]

1993 - premier league
[url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_ariel_1993.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=ariel_1993.jpg)[/URL]

late 90s
[url width=160 height=128]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_CG_arielview.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=CG_arielview.jpg)[/URL]

early 2000s
[url width=160 height=120]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_arielview2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=arielview2.jpg)[/URL]

I have quite a few of each of the individual stands which I will upload throughout the day...



Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:35:41
North Stand

Old stand
[url width=160 height=115]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_fleming_1910.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=fleming_1910.jpg)[/URL]

New construction, 1971
[url width=160 height=84]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstandbuild_72.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstandbuild_72.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=97]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstand_build.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstand_build.jpg)[/URL]

Finished stand
[url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_EMP-144498.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=EMP-144498.jpg)[/URL]

Early 90s
[url width=160 height=112]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstandnet1992.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstandnet1992.jpg)[/URL] [url width=159 height=111]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstandsteps.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstandsteps.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=109]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstandsteps2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstandsteps2.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=124]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_northstand1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=northstand1.jpg)[/URL]


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:42:21
Stratton Bank

Snow, 1962
[url width=160 height=97]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1962_snow.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1962_snow.jpg)[/URL]

1989
[url width=160 height=117]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1989_1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1989_1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=114]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1989_2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1989_2.jpg)[/URL]

removing stratton bank fence
[url width=159 height=72]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_bank_fence.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=bank_fence.jpg)[/URL]

early 90s
[url width=160 height=119]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_strattonbankterrace.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=strattonbankterrace.jpg)[/URL]

tv studio built for fa cup game v aston villa, 1992
[url width=160 height=124]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_bank_tv.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=bank_tv.jpg)[/URL]



Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:48:31
Shrivenham Road / South Stand

Before demolition in 1994
[url width=160 height=125]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_shriv_road1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=shriv_road1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_shriv_road2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=shriv_road2.jpg)[/URL]

Demolition
[url width=160 height=105]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_demolishion1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=demolishion1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=106]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_demolishion2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=demolishion2.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_demolishion3.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=demolishion3.jpg)[/URL]

New Intel stand construction, summer '94
[url width=160 height=106]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_intel_build1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=intel_build1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=106 height=160]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_intel_build2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=intel_build2.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=105]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_intel_build3.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=intel_build3.jpg)[/URL]

Nearly finished
[url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_newintel.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=newintel.jpg)[/URL]

Full
[url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_intel.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=intel.jpg)[/URL]


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:51:34
Good work. Seeing the shrivvy in all it's glory!!! Brings back memories.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: overthehill on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:52:31
A few people have been requesting old photos of the County Ground recently, so I will post them all here rather than in loads of different threads. Feel free to add your own if you have any...

Aerial shots

1930s
[url width=159 height=97]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1930spic.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1930spic.jpg)[/URL]

1970s - before the magic roundabout was built
[url width=160 height=114]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1970s.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1970s.jpg)[/URL]

1972 - not sure why there is a stage in front of the north stand?
[url width=120 height=160]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1972_stage.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1972_stage.jpg)[/URL]

1993 - premier league
[url width=160 height=107]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_ariel_1993.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=ariel_1993.jpg)[/URL]

late 90s
[url width=160 height=128]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_CG_arielview.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=CG_arielview.jpg)[/URL]

early 2000s
[url width=160 height=120]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_arielview2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=arielview2.jpg)[/URL]

I have quite a few of each of the individual stands which I will upload throughout the day...



1972   stage was for Marmalade, Lindisfarne concerts (also wrestling Ithink)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 12:05:38
tv studio built for fa cup game v aston villa, 1992

Jimmy Hill,
Jimmy Hill,
Jimmy Hill is a horses....


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Rustle on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 12:08:06
Memories of the good ole days.

Really nice photo's le god cuervo thank's,I used to love standing next to the away fan's when they was given that corner bit between stratton bank and the southside,those were the day's when it was propper football ground's,anyone remember the old den on cold blow lane,the away fan's was situated in that corner with the flood light pylon.I really miss those kind of days.

You just can't beat the old style ground's unlike today's souless stadiums.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: land_of_bo on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 13:53:38
Yep. That end of Shrivvy was where it was at. Me, Arriba and all the other lads we used to go with were there every week steaming around. I remember when my season ticket used to cost a mere 60


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 19:00:57
Yep. That end of Shrivvy was where it was at. Me, Arriba and all the other lads we used to go with were there every week steaming around. I remember when my season ticket used to cost a mere 60

Hooligan.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Rich Pullen on Thursday, May 7, 2009, 10:55:57
I notice a picture from the Kevin Morris match vs. Chelsea.

Anyone know the line-ups for that match?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Friday, May 8, 2009, 11:12:27
Found a few more old ones on getty images...

1912 fans
[url width=160 height=115]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1912strattonbank.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1912strattonbank.jpg)[/URL]

1924 north stand
[url width=160 height=123]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1924northstand.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1924northstand.jpg)[/URL]

1924 shrivenham road
[url width=160 height=123]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1924shrivenhamrd.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1924shrivenhamrd.jpg)[/URL]

1929 shrivenham road
[url width=160 height=121]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1929shrivenhamrd.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1929shrivenhamrd.jpg)[/URL]

1938 north stand
[url width=160 height=123]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1938northstand.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1938northstand.jpg)[/URL]

1963 north stand
[url width=160 height=131]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1963northstand.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1963northstand.jpg)[/URL]

1964 shrivenham road
[url width=160 height=111]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1964shrivenhamrd.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1964shrivenhamrd.jpg)[/URL]

1968 players entrance
[url width=131 height=160]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1968playersentrance.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1968playersentrance.jpg)[/URL]


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Peter Venkman on Friday, May 8, 2009, 11:25:19
I notice a picture from the Kevin Morris match vs. Chelsea.

Anyone know the line-ups for that match?

I only remember Hoddle playing, I stewarded the game that day and remember it was a great crowd of nearly 14,000 paying homage to the great servant Kevin "Jimmy Saville" Morris. He was a top bloke, met him many many times, a real character.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Friday, May 8, 2009, 15:22:18
A little extra...

Development plans

Proposed development in 1994
[url width=160 height=118]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_model3.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=model3.jpg)[/URL]

2006 stadium development plan
[url width=160 height=129]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=135]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_2.jpg)[/URL]


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Talk Talk on Friday, May 8, 2009, 16:16:43
2006 stadium development plan
[url width=160 height=129]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=135]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_2.jpg)[/URL]

Ha ha ha ha


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, May 8, 2009, 16:26:11
 Mega ace...I love the cricket pic of 68....the players used to put out a side in the local Thursday evening league.  Also they'd play friendlies, around the shires, which was a good thing because as is still the case many Town fans come from surrounding areas, and you'd always get quite a turnout for a Sunday game. Which helped engender a feeling of "club" and community.

Not like today's let downs who just get pissed and beat up on birds...what a contemptible shower, unworthy of any respect.

Back then many footballers played 1st class cricket in the summer...Don Rogers was a seriously good player, as was Rod Thomas.  I once saw Rogers score a hundred in an evening game, which consisted of 15 8 ball overs.

The 63 pic looks like one from the big freeze when the players wore basketball boots.



Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Don Rogers Shop on Friday, May 8, 2009, 16:54:01
A little extra...

Development plans

Proposed development in 1994
[url width=160 height=118]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_model3.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=model3.jpg)[/URL]

2006 stadium development plan
[url width=160 height=129]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_1.jpg)[/URL] [url width=160 height=135]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_2006dev_2.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=2006dev_2.jpg)[/URL]
Why you fucking laughing hayward? you may of won that battle then but we will knock down tree's and build soon.How is the tip these day?

Nice pics by the way



Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Talk Talk on Friday, May 8, 2009, 17:09:40
Why you fucking laughing hayward? you may of won that battle then but we will knock down tree's and build soon.How is the tip these day?

Nice pics by the way

You misunderstand me my dear Dean.

I was laughing at the old board's plan to concrete over the cricket and athletics tracks...

Tip is looking lovely in the spring sunshine btw. You should get up there and climb up the top. You can see for miles on a clear day.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Don Rogers Shop on Friday, May 8, 2009, 17:13:34
Never


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: ron dodgers on Friday, May 8, 2009, 20:15:58
can't get on the fucking thing they've closed me path down


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:19:30
1912 fans
[url width=160 height=115]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/th_1912strattonbank.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/?action=view&current=1912strattonbank.jpg)[/URL]

I can see Reg in the front row.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Fred Elliot on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:29:45
next to me


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Samdy Gray on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:30:43
And herthab.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Fred Elliot on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:31:36
 :D


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:46:41
Me and adje were still in the pub and missed kick off.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Fred Elliot on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:50:47
not a chance SR


They shut at 2.30pm in our days


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Friday, May 8, 2009, 21:53:06
Those were the days, six pack down the park to wait until 6pm opening!


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Fred Elliot on Friday, May 8, 2009, 22:08:05
just to drink over Will's sports ground


happy days !


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Doore on Friday, May 8, 2009, 22:27:39
Without sounding sad, that was one of the most interesting threads I've ever seen on here.  Thanks, Le god Cuervo. 

I love the County Ground.  Seriously love it.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Talk Talk on Friday, May 8, 2009, 22:34:28
can't get on the fucking thing they've closed me path down
Eh? The forest?

Or the CG?

If it's the forest I can provide an alternative route...


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, May 9, 2009, 00:13:44
Through your back garden?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: flash on Saturday, May 9, 2009, 06:53:19
I can see Reg in the front row.
[/quote

Those fans in 1912 look like a cheerful bunch - sad to think how many of them would be left six years later.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Only Me on Saturday, October 24, 2009, 14:36:20
Memories of the good ole days.

Really nice photo's le god cuervo thank's,I used to love standing next to the away fan's when they was given that corner bit between stratton bank and the southside,those were the day's when it was propper football ground's,anyone remember the old den on cold blow lane,the away fan's was situated in that corner with the flood light pylon.I really miss those kind of days.

You just can't beat the old style ground's unlike today's souless stadiums.

Yes, I remember the old Den very well.  That bit for the away fans was like a cage.  Hostile as f'k.  Did you go when the skinhead ran on the pitch and took the corner?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Pupster on Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:31:17
wish i did


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Friday, June 17, 2011, 23:08:40
Some good footage on you tube of when away fans were in corner, lots of Swindon in amongst them. Does anyone remember when the old tea hut in away section was set on fire, think it was either pompy or spurs fans !


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Only Me on Monday, July 11, 2011, 21:36:29
There are lots of quality photos there  :clap:


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, July 25, 2011, 15:23:14
Ha ha ha ha

No County Hotel for Talk Talk to have a drinkypoos!!! :(


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, July 25, 2011, 17:17:19
Some good footage on you tube of when away fans were in corner, lots of Swindon in amongst them. Does anyone remember when the old tea hut in away section was set on fire, think it was either pompy or spurs fans !

[url width=720 height=960]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/Reg__Smeeton/DSCF0005.jpg[/url]


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: singingiiiffy on Monday, July 25, 2011, 17:28:10
[url width=720 height=960]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/Reg__Smeeton/DSCF0005.jpg[/url]

"a local man had his nose broke by a tittingham supporter" assuming this is the adver, just shows how it hasnt changed a bit!


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Friday, July 29, 2011, 21:59:31
Good find Reg, was a teenager then but can't remember it being that bad trouble wise at spurs game. Is that the game we drew? Went to away game but loads of Swindon got turned away, us included ! A crash on the north circular delayed lots of fans and it was full when we finally got to the lane. Think we were winning until late on and spurs brought on Armstrong? Who got a couple of late goals and knocked us out.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: leefer on Friday, July 29, 2011, 22:13:44
Went to that home and away....absolutely hammered them away and i remember watching the highlights on Sportsnight in a local pub really distraught,think we had a goal dissalowed when 1 up also
Kamara was brilliant at White Hart Lane.

Sportsnight theme music......can you remember the midweek exitement before mass sports coverage became the norm.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Friday, July 29, 2011, 22:24:22
The Swindon fans that were locked out were trying to smash through the locked turnstiles, some managed to get in too ! Remember watching the highlights as we were back by about 10pm loved watching the Town around that time.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Anteater on Friday, July 29, 2011, 22:54:50
[url width=720 height=960]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/Reg__Smeeton/DSCF0005.jpg[/url]
twistYID fire starters


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Friday, July 29, 2011, 23:05:36
Like it, perhaps you could give the swin ad some tips on headlines.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: bathford on Friday, July 29, 2011, 23:45:56
The photo of the stage in the Arkells stand brings back memories.  If I remember right, the stage faced forwards into the seats around where the Directors boxs is now.

I remember my parents going to a Sid Lawrence Orchetra concert there.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: donkey on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 17:30:27
I remember my parents going to a Sid Lawrence Orchetra concert there.

Good bowler, he was.  Shame about the injury.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Don Rogers moustache on Sunday, March 25, 2012, 18:11:52
I notice a picture from the Kevin Morris match vs. Chelsea.

Anyone know the line-ups for that match?
I got the program


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Don Rogers moustache on Sunday, March 25, 2012, 18:26:54
Sorry sorry sorry,just looked for it and the Mrs said as I didnt sell on Ebay she took to charity shop,cant remember the team now


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Fred Elliot on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 17:27:56
Sorry sorry sorry,just looked for it and the Mrs said as I didnt sell on Ebay she took to charity shop,cant remember the team now

Fucking grounds for divorce that is !


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: graym on Friday, March 30, 2012, 00:03:14
t documentary on the town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwnrenHu7gc&feature=related


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: bertheadbabe on Monday, April 9, 2012, 20:40:30
Me dad had a season ticket from Day 1 of the old Shriv stand - they bought it from the Aldershot Tattoo showground if memory serves.












Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: bobby on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:26:29
Was there a reason we had multi coloured seats in the Arkells stand when it was first built?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:34:49
Yes.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:38:51
Was there a reason we had multi coloured seats in the Arkells stand when it was first built?

They were in coloured sections, so you bought say a green band seat or a blue band seat....not sure if there was a price difference as I never went in there for a good 15 odd years after it opened. My first visit, around 86  was with the preganant missus, as standing in the TE or South Side didn't seem such a good idea.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:40:02
Yes they were slightly different prices. Middle ones were the prime prices.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:43:49
Yes they were slightly different prices. Middle ones were the prime prices.

Makes sense...thought it may have been the case.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:45:44
The story was that Man U donated a load of their old red plastic seats to us a few years ago, don't know if this is true or not ?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 12:49:27
The story was that Man U donated a load of their old red plastic seats to us a few years ago, don't know if this is true or not ?

You're probably thinking of the padded jobs in the directors section...they did come from ManUre, whether donated or not, don't know.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Jimmy Glass is an Alien on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 13:30:18
You're probably thinking of the padded jobs in the directors section...they did come from ManUre, whether donated or not, don't know.

Slightly off topic, but didn't we aquire so bins etc from Wembley before it was knocked down. I seem to recall seeing some in the DRS concourse (not the hidden one!) and scrolling wall boards somewhere.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 13:33:28
The story was that Man U donated a load of their old red plastic seats to us a few years ago, don't know if this is true or not ?
I heard that some (over 1,000) red seats were bought from Middlesborough's Ayresome Park when it was demolished.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 14:54:52
Is it also true that our scoreboard was acquired from Wembley, and we were the first league club to have floodlights ? I've always believed this so will be a bit disappointed if not.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 15:02:35
Quote
The addition of floodlights in 1951 at a cost of 350, gave Swindon the honour of being the first League club to do so. These were first tried out v Bristol City on 2 April 1951 beating Arsenal by six months. These original set of lights were supplemented by lights on both side stand roofs, which were sufficient for the County Ground to stage its first floodlit league match on 29 February 1956 v Millwall. (7 days after Fratton Park became the 1st ground to stage a floodlit league fixture). The present pylons date from 1960.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 15:02:48
Is it also true that our scoreboard was acquired from Wembley, and we were the first league club to have floodlights ? I've always believed this so will be a bit disappointed if not.

For some reason, I think the scoreboard came from Reading...SY will know he's the scoreboard expert  :)   We were indeed the first league club to install floodlights, although there had been a long history of trials and exhibition matches dating back to the 19th century, at other places.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Samdy Gray on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 15:05:00
I was under the impression that the scoreboard came from Reading too.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 15:08:23
Well after some research it appears it was indeed from Wembley but not the one we have now.....

Quote
Updated Sunday, 24th April 2005

    Swindon Town RSS Feed

Saturday's win over Tranmere was the first chance for most fans to see the new score board.
The old score board hasn't worked properly for over 10 years, and last worked for a few games around 5 years ago.

This was replaced by with an old information board from Wembley stadium a few years ago, but these didn't last long before they stopped working.

Now the Supporters Club have paid over 8,000 to have a brand new colour score board fitted at the Stratton Bank end of the County Ground next to the clock. The new board is bigger than the last boards, and was working for the first time against Tranmere.

Quote
Town purchased a scoreboard from the old Wembley Stadium and after preparation work finished yesterday, the new board was put into place at the top of the Stratton Bank stand.

The Club have been without a functioning scoreboard since the season 2000-2001 and Town now have a piece of Wembley history at The County Ground

http://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10341~348335,00.html


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Notts red on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 15:13:20
Well after some research it appears it was indeed from Wembley but not the one we have now.....

I'm glad I wasn't too far out with the scoreboard story, I'll get the story correct for the next time I reminisce with my lads, or I'll just let them think it is from Wembley like I always have. :) Thank you for the link though, interesting stuff.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bogus Dave on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 16:09:02
The current scoreboard used to have readings sponsor on it didn't it? Kyocera? Or have I imagined that?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Benzel on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 16:34:34
The current scoreboard used to have readings sponsor on it didn't it? Kyocera? Or have I imagined that?

Yeah it did, if you look closely you can still see it underneath whatever they've put over the top of it.

Noticed some different red seats in the front row of the Stratton Bank recently too.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Simon Pieman on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 17:47:40
Does anyone know where the roof structure for the town end is from?

I'm finding this discussion rather riveting.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 18:46:51
Does anyone know where the roof structure for the town end is from?

I'm finding this discussion rather riveting.

This stuff is the nuts and bolts of fan's lives....


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Simon Pieman on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 18:51:10
This stuff is the nuts and bolts of fan's lives....

Most of us lead sheltered lives.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: THE FLASH on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 22:58:31
It better not be from Reading....I will hit the roof!


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: The Grim Reaper on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 12:20:38
The current scoreboard used to have readings sponsor on it didn't it? Kyocera? Or have I imagined that?

I'm assuming The County Ground redevelopment will see the scoreboard replaced? In terms of modern day scoreboards it's a bit of a relic and has appeared to be faulty over the last few seasons. That said for 8000 it's served it's purpose very well.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bert Heads head on Sunday, February 10, 2013, 15:16:35
And was the Spurs game the one where their fans started singing "Swindon Town is burning down!"?

Going back to an earlier post, I mainly remember the Lindisfarne concert cos the bearded one spent most of his time repairing his guitar with sellotape. They later said that they were really chuffed to be booked to play a football stadium, thinking they'd be playing in front of 20,000 fans. They disappointed to find just 2,000 of us shivering in the North Stand.

And even further back, before safe standing and all-seaters, anybody else remember the stampede at half time to go from Stratton Bank to the Town end, or vice-versa, depending upon which way we were playing. No barriers, joining the away fans for a chat without the risk of a knuckle sandwich, cold tea and crap pies. Those were the days.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Sunday, February 10, 2013, 17:01:10
And was the Spurs game the one where their fans started singing "Swindon Town is burning down!"?

Going back to an earlier post, I mainly remember the Lindisfarne concert cos the bearded one spent most of his time repairing his guitar with sellotape. They later said that they were really chuffed to be booked to play a football stadium, thinking they'd be playing in front of 20,000 fans. They disappointed to find just 2,000 of us shivering in the North Stand.

And even further back, before safe standing and all-seaters, anybody else remember the stampede at half time to go from Stratton Bank to the Town end, or vice-versa, depending upon which way we were playing. No barriers, joining the away fans for a chat without the risk of a knuckle sandwich, cold tea and crap pies. Those were the days.

Can recall the days before segregation but the only stampedes i remember in those days was when it kicked of on the terraces."joining the away fans for a chat" . . was the conversation about Nelson Mandela doing borstal? ;D


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Arriba on Sunday, February 10, 2013, 17:07:37
Cold tea and crap pies are very much a current thing.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Monday, August 26, 2013, 14:16:18
I found some more old County Ground pictures recently and thought I would post them up, as the ground redevelopment seems to be one of the hot topics at the moment...

Aerial view from the early 1920s
The football and cricket grounds can bee seen towards the back of the photo. The cricket pavilion is visible towards the top left. The North Stand was the only covered area of terracing. Anyone know what those buildings/sheds were at the top of the picture?

(http://imageshack.us/a/img94/6117/jzu2.jpg)


Aerial view from 1938
This is after the Town End had been built, and another small stand on the South side.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img23/4032/59p5.jpg)


It's quite poor that not much has been done to either stand behind the goal for nearly 70/80-odd years (with the exception of adding seats) - does anyone know if the terracing has ever been re-laid, or does this date back to the original build?

That 1938 photo is actually cropped from a larger photo that shows the whole of Old Town and the surrounding area...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img703/351/c3mu.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/c3mu.jpg/)

...including the old town railway line and station arching across the bottom of the image. Think there were a few people on here discussing the old railways a while back? You can also kind of see the line that went out through Stratton and off to Highworth in the top right of the picture. I think the small white building at the top of the picture (with chimney) is the Arkells brewery? This is probably for another thread though!


Last one is an image of the back of the old Shrivenham Road stand, taken in 1972 during construction of the Magic Roundabout...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img9/8867/3y39.jpg)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: RobertT on Monday, August 26, 2013, 14:30:55
Stratton Bank was re-laid in the early 90's with new barriers.  From memory the barriers were not up to scratch and had safety concerns following Hillsborough.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Monday, August 26, 2013, 15:16:08
I found some more old County Ground pictures recently and thought I would post them up, as the ground redevelopment seems to be one of the hot topics at the moment...

Aerial view from the early 1920s
The football and cricket grounds can bee seen towards the back of the photo. The cricket pavilion is visible towards the top left. The North Stand was the only covered area of terracing. Anyone know what those buildings/sheds were at the top of the picture?
That must be the old Wills factory.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, August 26, 2013, 15:41:32
That must be the old Wills factory.

looks like it

Tescos now


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:07:37
You sure about the date of the last pic ?
Looks earlier than 72,thought the now Arkells stand was built by then?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:14:50
You sure about the date of the last pic ?
Looks earlier than 72,thought the now Arkells stand was built by then?

North stand went up in 71 iirc


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:19:26
That must be the old Wills factory.

No it's not, that's off to the left...the top of the pic is a bunch of railway sheds....as I pointed out quite recently, there used to be railway sidings up to the back of the Bank...although the pic is a bit indistinct there, so difficult to see, you can make out 2 sidings merging one curving out from the sheds and one going straight on. 

Shrivenham Road didn't exist it was called Stratton Road...and you can see it snaking off, towards Stratton, which was a quite separate place at the time.

Good views of the Empire Theatre and Holy Rood church...and the chapel foot of Vic Hill now a nursery...in fact  completely ace photos...cheers lGC


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:20:21
You sure about the date of the last pic ?
Looks earlier than 72,thought the now Arkells stand was built by then?

Yes you are correct. The website I found it on has it labelled as construction of the magic roundabout, but I think they must just have been making the original roundabout bigger, as can be seen in this photo (which IS from 1972)...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/1970s.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/legodcuervo/media/the%20county%20ground/1970s.jpg.html)

...maybe that first picture was from around the time Queens Drive was built? Or something to do with the canal which went down Fleming Way? Anyone know?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:28:42
An interesting one....I'd have that pic down as probably around 65...the tennis courts are still there...that is around the time of Fleming Way, so possibly to do with that.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:48:42
There are a lot of good photos in this flickr collection as well if people are interested. Mainly 80s/90s pics...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8390/8642474427_4f64de91f5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8642474427/)
The County Ground, Swindon, 1990 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8642474427/) by cartercollectables.co.uk (http://www.flickr.com/people/cartercollectables/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8499039718_d02f912663.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8499039718/)
The County Ground, Swindon, 1990 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8499039718/) by cartercollectables.co.uk (http://www.flickr.com/people/cartercollectables/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8642473653_7f7c513280.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8642473653/)
The County Ground, Swindon, 1990 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/8642473653/) by cartercollectables.co.uk (http://www.flickr.com/people/cartercollectables/), on Flickr

More here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cartercollectables/sets/72157632625864702/with/8418917994/


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:56:28
Some great pics on that flickr link
Thanx for that

Remember the Arkells in different colours and no enclosures


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:58:08
The picture of the Shrivvy Road Stand brings back a lot of memories. I used to stand at the back, round about the half way line.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, August 26, 2013, 16:59:56
The picture of the Shrivvy Road Stand brings back a lot of memories. I used to stand at the back, round about the half way line.

Same as close to the away supporters fence

Either that or the bank - weather dependant


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bogus Dave on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:17:43
 :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:What was the thinking behind stopping the arkells so abruptly? And the mish-mash of seat colours?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Nick Bamosomi on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:21:16
Same as close to the away supporters fence

Either that or the bank - weather dependant

I stood around there too.
Some of my best STFC memories come from standing in the Shrivvy Road Stand.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:22:21
:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:What was the thinking behind stopping the arkells so abruptly? And the mish-mash of seat colours?

Not sure why stopped as did but colours were different sections/different prices


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Simon Pieman on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:26:54
:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:What was the thinking behind stopping the arkells so abruptly? And the mish-mash of seat colours?

(https://sphotos-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/p480x480/184204_136983346367111_5418421_n.jpg)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bogus Dave on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:29:02
Pahaha please tell me that's photoshopped. That's not a billion miles away from the 'build a wall around it' logic.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: le god cuervo on Monday, August 26, 2013, 17:39:02
It was built behind the old North Stand, and then the roof taken away. Which when finished looked like this...

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/legodcuervo/the%20county%20ground/EMP-144498.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/legodcuervo/media/the%20county%20ground/EMP-144498.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: leefer on Monday, August 26, 2013, 20:04:55
I found some more old County Ground pictures recently and thought I would post them up, as the ground redevelopment seems to be one of the hot topics at the moment...

Aerial view from the early 1920s
The football and cricket grounds can bee seen towards the back of the photo. The cricket pavilion is visible towards the top left. The North Stand was the only covered area of terracing. Anyone know what those buildings/sheds were at the top of the picture?

(http://imageshack.us/a/img94/6117/jzu2.jpg)


Aerial view from 1938
This is after the Town End had been built, and another small stand on the South side.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img23/4032/59p5.jpg)


It's quite poor that not much has been done to either stand behind the goal for nearly 70/80-odd years (with the exception of adding seats) - does anyone know if the terracing has ever been re-laid, or does this date back to the original build?

That 1938 photo is actually cropped from a larger photo that shows the whole of Old Town and the surrounding area...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img703/351/c3mu.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/c3mu.jpg/)

...including the old town railway line and station arching across the bottom of the image. Think there were a few people on here discussing the old railways a while back? You can also kind of see the line that went out through Stratton and off to Highworth in the top right of the picture. I think the small white building at the top of the picture (with chimney) is the Arkells brewery? This is probably for another thread though!


Last one is an image of the back of the old Shrivenham Road stand, taken in 1972 during construction of the Magic Roundabout...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img9/8867/3y39.jpg)


Brilliant.

Good stuff that.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: janaage on Monday, August 26, 2013, 21:25:02
The exits from the top tier of the Shrivvie Road stand (in the last pic) look like very thin t-rex's. Think I'm spending too much time with my nephew.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:15:13
North Stand in april 67

(http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab225/mark_woolhouse/f5024e37-3781-4325-804a-30237c929048_zps679f840f.jpg)

(http://i866.photobucket.com/albums/ab225/mark_woolhouse/Northstandapril67_zpsbd2aaa34.jpg)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:27:37

(http://imageshack.us/a/img94/6117/jzu2.jpg)


What is the park that appears bottom left - looks to be around the Euclid St area ?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Simon Pieman on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:44:21
That bit of grass is still there I think, behind halfords


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:52:00
That bit of grass is still there I think, behind halfords

I don't believe so. You may be thinking of Spring Gardens. The site in the photo is in Euclid Street where the Civic Offices are now.  You can clearly see Euclid Street School which is directly opposite the Civic Offices. I don't know what that piece of land was called before the Civic Offices were built though.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Gnasher on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:56:40
I don't believe so. You may be thinking of Spring Gardens. The site in the photo is in Euclid Street where the Civic Offices are now.  You can clearly see Euclid Street School which is directly opposite the Civic Offices. I don't know what that piece of land was called before the Civic Offices were built though.

There is a park/playing field behind Halfords.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 22:58:25
Is that Garrads factory  between the greenery and the CG?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:03:20
There is a park/playing field behind Halfords.

Yes, that's the old Spring Gardens. The bigger green area in Euclid Street is the site of the Civic Offices.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:06:13
Is that Garrads factory  between the greenery and the CG?

Yes, it is.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:10:21
(https://sphotos-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/p480x480/184204_136983346367111_5418421_n.jpg)
How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:16:26
How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

The driver would reverse very fast and then stamp on the brakes!   :)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: 4D on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 23:59:00
:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:What was the thinking behind stopping the arkells so abruptly? And the mish-mash of seat colours?

they built the arkells behind the original north stand, then removed the old stand. The seat colours were probably because it was the 70's


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, September 20, 2013, 00:07:58
Yes, that's the old Spring Gardens. The bigger green area in Euclid Street is the site of the Civic Offices.

Spring Gardens is extant....it was named after a now demolished street called amazingly Spring Gardens, just down from Lowestoft Street. The site of the Civic was a rec, I'm wondering if those are sight screens visible. The other open spaces were mostly allotments, parts of which were turned into Queen's Park, alongside  Tommy Turner's claypits. Roughly the back of Queen's Park entrance on Groundwell Road, was the likely the site of a Roman building.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Sir Pissalot on Friday, September 20, 2013, 08:25:57
Spring Gardens is extant....it was named after a now demolished street called amazingly Spring Gardens, just down from Lowestoft Street. The site of the Civic was a rec, I'm wondering if those are sight screens visible. The other open spaces were mostly allotments, parts of which were turned into Queen's Park, alongside  Tommy Turner's claypits. Roughly the back of Queen's Park entrance on Groundwell Road, was the likely the site of a Roman building.

Yep - spot on, Reg.  I had a school pal who lived in Spring Gardens and knew the area well in that era.  Those white structures do have the look of sight screens about them.  I wondered the same thing but have no recollection of Euclid Street pre-Civic Offices.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: leefer on Friday, September 20, 2013, 18:43:15
 
How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

They built the middle first :toocool:


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: 4D on Friday, September 20, 2013, 18:54:18
I reckon there was more than one crane, perhaps one is encased in concrete in the middle of the stand  :)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, September 20, 2013, 19:03:19
How did did that little ol Collet crane reach the middle bits?

It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: leefer on Friday, September 20, 2013, 19:27:45
It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.

Says Collett on the crane in the picture  :hmmm:

With Sparrows and cranes maybe we should bung this on the Birds thread.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Friday, September 20, 2013, 21:39:35
It was a Sparrow's Crane.

Collett's Cranes used to have a green shed about half way down Drove Road just below The Vicarage. Like a lot of industrial Swindon, it got knocked down for housing...in this case retirement flats.
Can remember it well and it was deffo Colletts.Think Swindon transport had the yard before and there was a hide and skin merchant opposite.
Chas Goodenough & sons removals office was nearby on Cricklade st.
Almost opposite ris a building with grey doors with a few packs of block paving out front,Goodenoughs used to park a couple of vans in there.
For the record ,Colletts head office  was at Langford,nr Filkins.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: 4D on Friday, September 20, 2013, 22:25:08
Never lived in Swindon, my earliest memories of the town were...

You didn't reach the town until the railway bridge near the running horse
Duck son and pinker
The enclosed staircase opposite McDonalds
Macilroys
"Adverrrrr"
Rhapsody (where my sister shopped)
Our price records (somewhere near superdrug)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Friday, September 20, 2013, 22:28:33
Can remember it well and it was deffo Colletts.Think Swindon transport had the yard before and there was a hide and skin merchant opposite.


I lived just round the corner from the hide/skin place - used to stink on hot days.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:07:11

That 1938 photo is actually cropped from a larger photo that shows the whole of Old Town and the surrounding area...

(http://imageshack.us/a/img703/351/c3mu.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/c3mu.jpg/)


Question - if you zoom in on this photo you can see a massive house, left hand corner to the right of croft hill. Does anyone know what this is ? I don't think it is still there. Anyone know anything ?


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Samdy Gray on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:18:52
A quick Google suggests that's The Croft, home of Levi Lapper Morse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Lapper_Morse

Now demolished and Hesketh Crescent sits in it's place.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:20:36
A quick Google suggests that's The Croft, home of Levi Lapper Morse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Lapper_Morse

Now demolished and Hesketh Crescent sits in it's place.

Cheers Sam


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:22:50
Question - if you zoom in on this photo you can see a massive house, left hand corner to the right of croft hill. Does anyone know what this is ? I don't think it is still there. Anyone know anything ?

That was The Croft, home of the Morse family. There used to be a sizeable department store in Regent Street called Morse's, I always suspected it was theirs, though never confirmed it.

The Croft was demolished in the 50's and Hesketh Crescent built...


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:27:04
I was showing my dad the pics and he didnt know - which is hugely surprising as he know a hell of a lot.

He remembers Morses shop as he was a decendant of the Keoghs who had the Keogh Bros shop in Bridge St.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: leefer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12:47:27
I lived just round the corner from the hide/skin place - used to stink on hot days.

Was that Coopers?...remember kids at school holding there noses and shouting...COOPERS!


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 19:49:08
Was that Coopers?...remember kids at school holding there noses and shouting...COOPERS!
No mate. Coopers farm services were on Marshgate ,along from Thos Borthwicks slaughterhouse. I used to be a tyre fitter for Nts, who"s yard was next door in the late 70s. Great fun when the offal shovel had a puncture  :no:


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 20:00:53
Was that Coopers?...remember kids at school holding there noses and shouting...COOPERS!

don't think so - this was half way up Drove hill - not sure what is was called. It was opposite Colletts


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 20:12:00
don't think so - this was half way up Drove hill - not sure what is was called. It was opposite Colletts

That place, I think was an abbatoir, Old Town was quite connected to the countryside in many ways up until at least the 60's, with the cattle market, and Vale of White Horse Hunt meeting in the Square.

I recall going there as a junior school kid with my teacher on the way back from a chess match at Lawn...he had to collect some cow's eyes we were going to dissect.  In later years it was daubed with grafitti by angry veggies.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bewster on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 20:13:50
and they turned it into a house early mid 90s. I bet it stinks


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: OrangeTransits on Friday, July 25, 2014, 00:06:14
Ah yes, The Drove Road Smelly House. Seem to remember that was where we used to "Pick up the "Orange Transits"" form an outfit called Z-Hire. For travelling to away games back in the Late 70's early 80's. I once had a Job Placement at RMCS in Shrivenham and was totally skint so had no fare for bus back to Swindon. 17-18 years old and knowing nothing of hitch-hiking decided I better get walking with me thumb out and someone might get me back to Swindon. About 2 miles into me walk a Lorry pulled up in a lay-by in front of me and asked me where I needed to get to. I say Old Town and the 2 Blokes reply with something along the lines of go on son "Hop in". Brilliant i thought till I got in the Cab. The Stink was stomach Curdling. Spent the next 30 minutes dry heaving on the way back to Swindon. The truck turned out to be on the way back to that Drove Slaughter House Fully laden with the most unthinkable horrors all piled on top of each other. The most memorable of the Items was a horses head. Over the years I have somehow managed to convince myself for some Reason that it was Shergars head. I ain't sure why as I knew nothing about Shergar at the time. I was born 1965 and 17-18 about the time of the lift which coincidentally was 1983 when Shergar Disappeared. I knew nothing of horse racing at the time either but there was definitely some chat between the drivers of the racing that day and something they had been told about a winner the next day. Given the proximity as well of Lambourn to the area I was picked up over the years I have put 2&2 together and come up with 5 I'm sure. But you just never know I guess........


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Friday, July 25, 2014, 00:10:57
Bet you 50p leefer knows the truth ;)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Friday, July 25, 2014, 01:00:25
Bet you 50p leefer knows the truth ;)

I miss Leefer. I know he had a trip out to the US...hope he's OK.

Shergar's Head...would make a good user name.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: OrangeTransits on Friday, July 25, 2014, 01:19:59
I have a vague recollection growing up in old town of a terrible smell occasionally when the wind was in the wrong direction and was always told it was the glue factory on Shrivenham Road. Close to the old Thorn EMI / TV rentals office where my mother worked. Not sure if it was called Coopers or not. I guess if we only smelt it occasionally in old Town because the wind in the wrong direction. The poor people of Stratton must have got the worst of it on a daily basis.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Levi lapper on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 17:25:32
That was The Croft, home of the Morse family. There used to be a sizeable department store in Regent Street called Morse's, I always suspected it was theirs, though never confirmed it.

The Croft was demolished in the 50's and Hesketh Crescent built...
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Levi lapper morse was the man


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 20:59:16
Resurrection of the dead

Not photos but a video
1950 military tattoo at the CG

http://vimeo.com/34661569

Click to play


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 22:48:23
Some old videos. Apologies if already been put up

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tfFiRAS38oI

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1p5ZMaWx8Q8


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: pauld on Sunday, December 16, 2018, 23:39:06
Some old videos. Apologies if already been put up

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tfFiRAS38oI
Same old results too: "Swindon looking for their first home win in 3 months....". Seriously though, not seen the Fleming one before, thanks that was a great watch


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Monday, December 17, 2018, 00:11:42
Not seen the Fleming one either.
Watched 6 days till Saturday again yesterday funnily enough.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Flashheart on Monday, December 17, 2018, 08:42:57
Same old results too: "Swindon looking for their first home win in 3 months....".

Power out.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 15:04:29
Not old photos per se but some good ones here nonetheless

https://www.soccerbible.com/design/residence/residence-57-county-ground-swindon-town/


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: @mwooly63 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 15:53:13
Not old photos per se but some good ones here nonetheless

https://www.soccerbible.com/design/residence/residence-57-county-ground-swindon-town/

Was just going to post that.
Not much of a write up but plenty of pics


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 16:05:14
Not old photos per se but some good ones here nonetheless

https://www.soccerbible.com/design/residence/residence-57-county-ground-swindon-town/

Photo 29, does that say what I think it does?  :)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 16:31:13
Photo 29, does that say what I think it does?  :)

It certainly looks like it!


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Red Frog on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 17:31:05
Not County Ground, but I just bought a print of this photo a friend took at Craven Cottage in the late 70s. What do you reckon?

(https://i.imgur.com/rM7wpPv.png)


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 18:10:47
They got your better side


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: wheretherealredsare on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 18:17:20
De Gaulle is about to lick someone's ear out.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Mother Brown on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 21:25:45
Peter Sutcliffe 2nd left.


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: suttonred on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 21:47:10
Reg is looking a little under the weather


Title: Re: The County Ground - Old Photos
Post by: Cookie on Sunday, September 1, 2019, 17:01:21
Followed a link from the Anglo Italian article to another article about initial plans for the North Stand by renowned Italian stadium architect Pier Luigi Nervi. I've never seen this before and what a fantastic design it is, shame it wasn't built.

https://calcioengland.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/florence-rome-swindon-how-the-grand-master-of-italian-stadium-design-nearly-made-his-mark-in-england/