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Football Ground Trivia ...


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The answers are all either the name of a British Club or Ground ..... good luck !

1) Which Club's move to a new ground was prompted by a Suffragette fire bomb, that burnt down the main stand in 1913 ?

2) Which Club bought a Grandstand from a race-course that shut in 1962, and moved the whole structure, taking nearly 6 years to rebuild it ?

3) What Club's redevelopment during the 1990's led to the discovery of a body, and a subsequent conviction for murder ?

4) Which Club spent nearly 25 years trying to sue the German Government for fire damage following fire-bombing by a Zeppelin in November 1916, before realising that they were wasting their time, when the " dastardly Hun " bombed them again in December 1940 ?

5) Which Club bought a stand from their local rivals in 1910, and floated it across the river to its new home ?

6) Which ground, built in the post-war years, was designed to hold 80,000 and optimistically nicknamed, " The Wembley of the North ", before being drastically scaled back when the money ran out ?

7) Which ground holds the UK and European record for an official Football attendance ?

😎 Dumfries and Palmerston Park are the home of which Club ?

9) For many years, Fred Davies & his family used to retrieve balls from the river, that ran alongside which Club's ground ?

10) The White City Stadium, originally built for the 1908 Olympics, hosted just one game in the 1966 World Cup Group stages, because Wembley's owners refused to reschedule a Greyhound meeting ! Which London Club had two spells at White City, the last being 1962-63, before deciding to stay at their original ground, where they still play today ?

11) Which British Professional Club's ground is nearest the sea ?

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7) I want to say is Hampden, used to hold 140,000 or more back in the day (bit more trivia - when Hampden was completed in 1903, the three largest football grounds in the world were in Glasgow. Hampden remained the world's largest until the Maracana opened some 50 years later.)

8) Queen of the South. Nice little town and ground

11) The typical answer is Arbroath's Gayfield, the closest in Europe I believe, but they're only semi-pro

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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

 

Bradford Northern/Bulls rugby league ground.

Lovely ground, was there for their game v. Dewsbury a couple of months ago. You can't beat the bowl shape with massive rakes of terracing.

(And thanks for the Northern reference, I can't get into the silly nicknames most of them have now at all.)

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3 minutes ago, Riversider28 said:

1) Crystal Palace 2) Mansfield Town  3) Rovers  4)Hartlepool. 5) Notts County. 6) Port Vale. 7) Hampden Park

8) Queen Of The South  9) Shrewsbury Town. 10) QPR. 11) Arbroath 

Cracking effort ... I'll reveal all later today, just decided to take our 18 month old Grand-daughter out to Lytham, so I'll post the answers when we get back !! 

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5 minutes ago, GHR said:

11) The typical answer is Arbroath's Gayfield, the closest in Europe I believe, but they're only semi-pro

Yeah the way the question is worded I would probably go with either Inverness Caley Thistle or Grimsby. Blackpool must be pretty close too.

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35 minutes ago, GHR said:

Lovely ground, was there for their game v. Dewsbury a couple of months ago. You can't beat the bowl shape with massive rakes of terracing.

(And thanks for the Northern reference, I can't get into the silly nicknames most of them have now at all.)

It used be absolutely enormous back in the day. For the Challenge Cup replay in 1954, Halifax v Warrington the acknowledged gate was 104,000. People that were there that night reckon there were thousands more. The aerial photo of the game and the crowd is jaw dropping.

There was talk of making it “ the Wembley of the North “ and I believe one of the Bradford football clubs played there.

The players used to make their way down through the crowd from the dressing rooms at the top. That could lead to some interesting encounters. We had a rough house prop who’d beaten all of Bradford’s pack up this particular day.

As he was walking back up through the crowd a little old lady, who was stood with her husband, started beating him with her umbrella. Our prop said “ If you don’t stop hitting me with that umbrella, I’ll punch your husband “.

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3 hours ago, sympatheticclaret said:

Cracking effort ... I'll reveal all later today, just decided to take our 18 month old Grand-daughter out to Lytham, so I'll post the answers when we get back !! 

It's raining.

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Answers .....

1) Arsenal. The Suffragettes also attacked Deepdale and Ewood Park as " bastions of male dominance " but were less successful. Arsenal moved the 13 miles from south of the river in leafy Plumstead, Kent to Highbury, North London. Without the Suffragettes, Spurs may have had " Norf London " all to themselves !!

2) Mansfield - Hurst Park racecourse held it's last meeting in 1962. It was in West Molesley, Surrey, less than 15 miles from Ascot. When it closed, Ascot actually bought 200 acres of turf from them to lay on their new National Hunt course .

3) Blackburn - The body found in a shallow grave at 84 Nuttall Street, was identified as Julian Brookfield who'd gone missing in August 1984. Brian Blakemore, of Accrington,was eventually convicted and sentenced to a total of 17 years.

4) Hartlepool - Their letter requesting £3,250 compensation was eventually replied to rather forcefully when the Heinkel He-111's appeared over Victoria Park in 1940

5) Notts County - The " temporary " structure was purchased from Forest when Meadow Lane was laid out in 1910.

6) Vale Park - The original 1945 plans were for an 80,000 capacity and parking for 1,000 cars. The Board could not be accused of lacking ambition, but post-war austerity, no money, lack of building materials and the fact they were in the 3rd Division ( N ) rather scuppered things.

7) Hampden - The record is 149,415 for the Scotland v England game in 1937.

😎 Queen of the South - Sounds a lovely part of the world !

9) Shrewsbury - One of the coracles used by Fred Davis is now on display at the new Shrewsbury ground.

10 ) QPR - My Dad attended the White City game between France and Uruguay in 1966. The BBC built a number of building on the White City site in the 1980's ..

11) Arbroath - Notable mentions for East Fife's ground, and Blundell Park, home of Grimsby Town, where you'll also feel a sea breeze or two ..

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A notable mention, also to Inverness Caley re 11) which, looking at Google Satellite, appears to be next closest to the sea, after Arbroath.

Re 3) I bet the b*stard thought he’d got away with it. Seventeen years for a life!!

Good quiz, SC. All this about you being a Claret. You’ll be switching allegiance soon, if you haven’t already done so. 😆
 

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2 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

A notable mention, also to Inverness Caley re 11) which, looking at Google Satellite, appears to be next closest to the sea, after Arbroath.

Re 3) I bet the b*stard thought he’d got away with it. Seventeen years for a life!!

Good quiz, SC. All this about you being a Claret. You’ll be switching allegiance soon, if you haven’t already done so. 😆
 

Yeah I mentioned ICT earlier Mark, you can see the sea behind one of the stands when they are on telly, and the lad who was murdered on Nuttall Street was a Darwen boy, I remember him and his brother Adrian from St Eddie's Youth Club.

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1 hour ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

A notable mention, also to Inverness Caley re 11) which, looking at Google Satellite, appears to be next closest to the sea, after Arbroath.

Re 3) I bet the b*stard thought he’d got away with it. Seventeen years for a life!!

Good quiz, SC. All this about you being a Claret. You’ll be switching allegiance soon, if you haven’t already done so. 😆
 

Ha ! I've been a member at Blackburn RUFC since 1979, and have a lot of Rovers supporting mates. There are a small band of Clarets there, though I'm always amused when I hear from " Oldjamfan ", as one of my oldest Rugby mates ( a Claret ) is just such a man, I remember him in his Jam tie at Disco's 40 years ago, and he's always kept that particular faith !

Kind comments about the Quiz, which I actually did put together myself .... As for a likely defection to the Blues, if you believe that, I've got a bridge I can sell you !!  Keep well, all ! 😁

 

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Not disputing any of the answers; just wondering how far from the sea-front in Kirkcaldy is Raith Rovers' ground??

I came past there on the train on my way to/from the pre-season Friendly game at Dundee last month and it felt really close to the seaside.

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6 hours ago, sympatheticclaret said:

Answers .....

1) Arsenal. The Suffragettes also attacked Deepdale and Ewood Park as " bastions of male dominance " but were less successful. Arsenal moved the 13 miles from south of the river in leafy Plumstead, Kent to Highbury, North London. Without the Suffragettes, Spurs may have had " Norf London " all to themselves !!

2) Mansfield - Hurst Park racecourse held it's last meeting in 1962. It was in West Molesley, Surrey, less than 15 miles from Ascot. When it closed, Ascot actually bought 200 acres of turf from them to lay on their new National Hunt course .

3) Blackburn - The body found in a shallow grave at 84 Nuttall Street, was identified as Julian Brookfield who'd gone missing in August 1984. Brian Blakemore, of Accrington,was eventually convicted and sentenced to a total of 17 years.

4) Hartlepool - Their letter requesting £3,250 compensation was eventually replied to rather forcefully when the Heinkel He-111's appeared over Victoria Park in 1940

5) Notts County - The " temporary " structure was purchased from Forest when Meadow Lane was laid out in 1910.

6) Vale Park - The original 1945 plans were for an 80,000 capacity and parking for 1,000 cars. The Board could not be accused of lacking ambition, but post-war austerity, no money, lack of building materials and the fact they were in the 3rd Division ( N ) rather scuppered things.

7) Hampden - The record is 149,415 for the Scotland v England game in 1937.

😎 Queen of the South - Sounds a lovely part of the world !

9) Shrewsbury - One of the coracles used by Fred Davis is now on display at the new Shrewsbury ground.

10 ) QPR - My Dad attended the White City game between France and Uruguay in 1966. The BBC built a number of building on the White City site in the 1980's ..

11) Arbroath - Notable mentions for East Fife's ground, and Blundell Park, home of Grimsby Town, where you'll also feel a sea breeze or two ..

I’ve been to Arbroath and I never realised that. Malcolm Darling, who I once thought was going to be the new Denis Law, was born in Arbroath. Just saying.

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15 hours ago, R0verb0y said:

Not disputing any of the answers; just wondering how far from the sea-front in Kirkcaldy is Raith Rovers' ground??

I came past there on the train on my way to/from the pre-season Friendly game at Dundee last month and it felt really close to the seaside.

It is pretty close and you are probably only really talking about yards of a difference between Raith, Arbroath, Inverness Caley and Grimsby. I think Peterhead is close too if I remember correctly. 

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18 hours ago, sympatheticclaret said:

There are a small band of Clarets there, though I'm always amused when I hear from " Oldjamfan ", as one of my oldest Rugby mates ( a Claret ) is just such a man, I remember him in his Jam tie at Disco's 40 years ago, and he's always kept that particular faith !

I know quite a few Clarets who have been going to see Weller in his various guises for 45 years now. It just goes to prove that you can't have good taste in everything 😉

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