Day: January 6, 2011

The Grounds That Never Were: Derby County’s Wembley Of The North

In the first of an occasional new series on football grounds that never quite came to be, Ian King takes a look at an ambitious post-war scheme to move Derby County into a then-state of the art stadium that came to nothing. In 1997, Derby County left The Baseball Ground, their home of 102 years, for Pride Park. Cramped and with an often almost unmanageable playing surface, The Baseball Ground had long been an unsatisfactory home for The Rams, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the club should have looked at the possibility of moving to a new ground before The Taylor Report and a rush of Premier League money led to numerous clubs leaving their ancestral bases. What may be surprising to some readers, however, is that one of the plans for Derby to leave The Baseball Ground involved the possibility of moving to a ground that would have been by a long way the most modern in Britain, and which may well have become one of the world’s great football venues. Maxwell Ayrton was the architect responsible for possibly the most iconic single building in British football. As the man behind the design and construction of Wembley Stadium between 1921 and 1923, Ayrton had been responsible for the Twin Towers, a trademark that came to take on a significance far beyond merely being two concrete pillars marking...

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(pre-)Friday Essay: Succeeding Roy Hodgson

Dotmund has been beavering away this morning and no mistake. He’s brought his illustrated Friday Essay forward by 12-odd hours in what is bound to be an ultimately doomed attempt to keep his finger on the pulse. Today (tomorrow?) he looks at the potential replacements for the beleaguered Roy Hodgson at Liverpool. Click for...

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Mungo S03E21

As if those post-Christmas blues weren’t hitting you hard enough, Mungo is back on Twohundredpercent. But the chances of him playing any football have been severely hit by the weather and an influx of normally non-migratory Arctic species. Hopefully the return of a familiar face or two will smooth over the cracks. Dotmund continues to draw Mungo, against medical advice. Click for...

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