Way out east… glorious grandstands

Above you’ll see the remarkable covered terrace at Wisbech Town Football Club‘s old home, Fenland Park – a truly unique barn-like structure. The Cambridgeshire team moved out of the ground in 2008. The club has been in the news recently after Storm Ciara tragically destroyed a stand at their current Fenland Stadium home and they are raising money for a replacement on their gofundme page.

Below is an image taken on 35mm film in April 1991. Pictured is the old main stand at Brantham Athletic Football Club‘s Leisure Centre ground. A classic wooden contruction that has subsequently been replaced by a modern version. Brantham’s ground is one of those rare, three-sided venues that shares its facilities with the local cricket club.

The main stand at Brantham Athletic FC Football Ground, Brantham Athletic & Social Club, New Village, Brantham, Suffolk, pictured on 2nd February 1991

One classic East Anglian stand that you can still visit is located at Halstead Town Football Club. Rosemary Lane sports a brilliant grandstand constructed in the early 1950s. A visit is highly recommended. Another notable feature is the close proximity of the old Colne Valley & Halstead railway line which ran behind the goal at the west end of the ground – captured in a wonderful painting by local artist Malcolm Root.

The main stand at Rosemary Lane – Old Bramstonians vs Broomfield – Braintree & North Essex Sunday League Neil Horrocks Memorial Invitation Plate Final at Halstead Town FC, Halstead, Essex – 10/05/15

Last but patently not least is the Grade 2 listed grandstand at Great Yarmouth Town Football Club‘s Wellesley Recreation Ground. Opened in 1892 for a combined athletics and cycle sports event, the stand is generally regarded as the oldest surviving one in English football. A must-see beauty that also houses the dressing rooms. The picture below was taken on 35mm film way back in March 1994.

The main stand at Great Yarmouth Town FC Football Ground, Wellesley Recreation Ground, Wellesley Road, Yarmouth, Norfolk, pictured on 5th March 1994

Take a peek at our football grounds image archive by clicking here and you’ll find some more images of the grounds featured here in the gallery below…

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