Monday 9 November 2020

British Football's Greatest Grounds

With lockdown completely stopping the watching of live football at all levels, TLFG would normally lie dormant until grounds begin opening up again.

However, last week, my friend and former Non-League Day campaign manager Mike Bayly finally published 'British Football's Greatest Grounds: One Hundred Must See Football Venues'.

After initially asking football fans to nominate their favourite ones, Mike has spent the last six years selecting the top 100 and travelling the length and breadth of the country researching each one.

Groundhoppers, club historians, photographers and fans have all been interviewed or contributed to its production - I even helped with the Loftus Road part.

It is a fantastic book with thousands of copies pre-ordered before its publication by Pitch Publishing last Monday.

If you're a fan of football, the game's history or love a bit of groundhopping then this is the book for you.

Clubs at all levels appear throughout its 320 pages and it should keep you amused as we move towards the time when we can all watch the sport we love once again.

How many of the 100 have you been to? Which ones are on your list? In your opinion, are there any missing that should be on there? 

One that seems to be very popular is Cappielow Park, the home of Scottish club Greenock Morton which lies next to the town's docks to the west of Glasgow.

Although I've visited almost 150 grounds worldwide, I've never been to a match in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales - bar a play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.

I did once have tickets for Celtic v Motherwell but it was around New Year and the match got snowed off, I couldn't make it back for the re-arranged game and I've never come close to having the opportunity again.

Mike's book will give you all kinds of ideas about where to go next so treat yourself to an early Christmas present, you won't regret it.


  1. Been to Cappielow once (to see my team Hibs). We lost and got chased down the road by the locals afterwards, certainly not in my top 100!

  2. are there any missing that should be on there?