Within the circle of the M25 there are currently no fewer than 11 Premier and Football League teams. Whilst their status in football's hierarchy ranges from the Premier League to the lower reaches of League 2, the clubs and their grounds are all part of the rich football heritage within the Greater London area. Below the Football League, there are also myriad non-league teams that aspire, ultimately, to achieve league status.
Whilst certain teams, such as Chelsea and Fulham, have stayed close to their roots for most of the careers, choosing to redevelop their existing grounds, others, most recently Arsenal, have chosen to relocate. Other clubs, such as Leyton Orient have have had an itinerant existence throughout their history, being based as several grounds during their league career. In addition to the Metropolis's League clubs, London is also home to Wembley Stadium, the traditional venue of FA Cup finals and England internationals opened in the early 1920s, this ground is now approaching the end of a controversial and highly expensive redevelopment has seen the famous twin towers replaced with an arch.
Since it was established in the years immediately after the end of World War 1, the Aerofilms company acquired a remarkable archive of photographs recording the changing face of London generally and the capital's football grounds specifically. For example Aerofilms has been recording the evolution of Wembley Stadium from its original construction in the early 1920s through to the emergence of the new ground 80 years...
It can also trace the development of Arsenal's Highbury Stadium, showing the building of the classic East and West stands. From this impressive archive, this book offers 150 historic photographs portraying many of the varied football grounds in the Greater London area. Concentrating inevitably, on the Metropolis' League grounds, both those currently in use and those which have been lost, the book also features Wembley and a selection of the best-known non-league venues.
The year when two major new football stadia were completed, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and the new Wembley, this is surely an appropriate time to examine the fascinating history of football stadia in the Greater London area.
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 26th October 2006
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.2 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.358