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Which Premier League Club Has Had The Most Home Grounds?

3005251258 c01971fd6f1 Which Premier League Club Has Had The Most Home Grounds?

Football grounds in Great Britain are like cathedrals. Many of them are beautifully designed stadiums. And for many football supporters, especially those who have been with the club for most of their life, they see them as holy places. A place of “worship,” from August through May.

So it’s no wonder that many English football supporters get upset at the mere discussion of these sacred places being renamed with a sponsor’s name. Or the sheer mention of a club deciding to move from its current ground to a new one outside of town.

But if you look back at history, you’ll see that the vast majority of Premier League clubs have played at more than one stadium before settling on the latest ground as their own.

Which club do you think has had the most home grounds in their history? The answer may surprise you.

    • Arsenal. Invicta Ground (1890-1893), The Manor Ground (1893-1913), Arsenal Stadium (1913-2006), Emirates Stadium (2006-Present).
    • Aston Villa. Aston Park (1874-76), Perry Barr (1876-97), Villa Park (1897-Present).
    • Blackburn Rovers. Oozehead Ground (1875-77), Pleasington Cricket Ground (1877-78), Alexandra Meadows (1878-81), Leamington Road (1881-90), Ewood Park (1890-Present).
    • Bolton Wanderers. Park Recreation Ground (1874-unknown), Cockle’s Field (unknown-1881), Pikes Lane (1881-95), Burnden Park (1895-1997), Reebok Stadium (1997-Present).
    • Chelsea. Stamford Bridge (1905-Present).
    • Everton. Stanley Park (1879-82), Priory Road (1882-84), Anfield (1884-92), Goodison Park (1892-Present).
    • Fulham. Star Road (1879-83), Eel Brook Common (1883-84), Lillie Rec (1884-85), Putney Lower Common (1885-86), Ranelagh House (1886-88), Barn Elms (1888-89), Parson’s Green (1889-91), Half Moon (1891-95), West Brompton (1895-96), Craven Cottage (1896-2002), Loftus Round (groundshare, 2002-04), Craven Cottage (2004-Present),
    • Liverpool. Anfield (1892-Present).
    • Manchester City. Hyde Road (1887-1923), Maine Road (1923-2003), City of Manchester Stadium (2003-Present).
    • Manchester United. North Road (1887-93) Bank Street (1893-1910), Old Trafford (1910-Present).
    • Newcastle United. Chillingham Road (1882-92), St. James’ Park (1892-Present).
    • Norwich City. Newmarket Road (1902-08), The Nest (1908-35), Carrow Road (1935-Present).
    • QPR. Welford’s Fields (1886-88), London Scottish FC’s Ground (1888-89), Brondesbury (1888-89), Home Farm (1888-89), Kensal Green (1888-89), Gun Club (1888-89), Wormwood Scrubs (1888-89), Kllburn Cricket Ground (1888-99), Kensal Rise Athletic Ground (1899-1901), Latimer Road/St Quintin Avenue (1901-02), Kensal Rise Athletic Ground (1902-04), Royal Agricultural Society Showgrounds (1904-07), Park Royal Ground (1907-17), Loftus Road (1917-31), White City Stadium (1931-33), Loftus Road (1933-62), White City Stadium (1962-63), Loftus Road (1963-Present).
    • Stoke City. Victoria Cricket Club Ground (1868-75), Sweeting’s Field (1875-78), Victoria Ground (1878-1997), Britannia Stadium (1997-Present).
    • Sunderland. Blue House Field (1879-82), Groves Field (1882-83), Horatio Street (1883-84), Abbs Field (1884-1886), Newcastle Road (1886-98), Roker Park (1898-1997), Stadium of Light (1997-Present)
    • Swansea City. Vetch Field (1912-2005), Liberty Stadium (2005-Present)
    • Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham Marshes (1882-88), Northumberland Park (1888-99), White Hart Lane (1899-Present)
    • West Bromwich Albion. Cooper’s Hill (1878-79), Dartmouth Park (1879-81), Bunn’s Field (1881-82), Four Acres (1882-85), Stoney Lane (1885-1900), The Hawthorns (1900-Present).
    • Wigan Athletic. Springfield Park (1897-1999), DW Stadium (1999-Present).
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers. Goldthorn Hill (1877-84), Molineux (1889-Present).

      It’s interesting to note that Chelsea and Liverpool have played their home matches in the same ground since their existence. However, both clubs have been discussing stadium moves in the past few years. Queens Park Rangers supporters, meanwhile, will be used to moving their home ground around London, especially the older supporters.

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      19 Responses to Which Premier League Club Has Had The Most Home Grounds?

      1. Jason says:

        Interesting that only Chelsea and Liverpool have been in one stadium only. Of course most clubs move because of limited capacity in their existing stadium.

        It would be helpful to give the capacity of the stadium that each club is in now.

      2. Attaturk says:

        Blackburn’s former “Oozehead Ground” must have a lovely story behind it.

      3. Why? says:

        Man City have played at more than the three mentioned :

        Clowes St/Thomas St 1889-1881
        Kirkmanshulme Lane Cricket Club1881-1882
        Queen’s Rd 1882-1884
        Pink Bank Lane 1884-1885
        Bull’s Head Hotel 1885-1887
        Hyde Rd/Bennett St 1887-1923
        Maine Rd 1923-2003
        Eastlands/COMS etc 2003-2011

      4. Dan says:

        Bit of asinine nerdiness for you, but Newcastle East end played at a wide variety of locations before Heaton, here is a great article showing photographs: http://www.stuffbypaulbrown.com/before-st-james-park-origins-newcastle-unite/

        Technically East end became Newcastle United since West end folded before the merger, but it’s worth noting the locations they played at too, as well as other defunct clubs like Newcastle Rangers!

      5. Mike says:

        Anfield could certainly be considered holy ground, or at least somewhat sacred given the ceremonies held there over the years for the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough. I know the place will eventually be abandoned for a new park but that will be a sad day. Anfield is a special place for so many reasons.

      6. Nelson says:

        Doesn’t Chelsea lose the right to use the name “Chelsea” if they ever move off the grounds? With that said, I wouldn’t expect to see then ever leave.

        • The Gaffer says:

          There’s been a lot of talk about Chelsea moving to Earl’s Court or Battersea.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

        • Keith says:

          Technically yes but I think that provision is more of a poison pill than anything. Interesting read…
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Pitch_Owners

          Abramovich would probably just buy out the ownership of the Bridge or help them convert the stadium into real estate development. The owners are just Chelsea fans that don’t want to be stuck owning a stadium with no team. They obviously are rich but not rich enough to tear down a stadium and pay to build condos/offices.

          • eChelseaFC says:

            Keith the reverse is actually true the CPO exist so the club did not lose its stadium and secondly to ensure that the team did not move elsewhere.

            The Chelsea Pitch Owners exist as Chelsea very nearly went under in the 1980′s and the ground was nearly sold to developers after the prime real estate.

            The organisation can vote to allow a move but the CPO are fans and not money motivated so it is unlikely they could just be bought out as you suggest.

            • Keith says:

              eChelsea FC,

              Sorry my last paragraph is in regards to the provision today. Absolutely, you’re right about the original reason for the CPO but the provision not allowing a team to leave and keep the name Chelsea is clearly to not let Chelsea leave (and thus lose most of the value of the Bridge).

      7. Jason says:

        It doesn’t look like Anfield will be abandoned anytime soon as the plan now is to renovate it and add more capacity. It will cost less too.

        • soonerscotty says:

          While I agree that is more than likely it must be noted that NO decision has been made or announced as yet.

          I’m betting FSG won’t opt for a new stadium in Stanley Park, but it’s still a distinct possibility.

        • Mike says:

          It does appear now from the recent tweets by owner Henry, FSG, and from Henry’s recent press comments that Anfield can’t be renovated to the club’s satisfaction. It will be sad but necessary when the team leaves the legendary ground. I have confidence though that FSG will build a truly amazing new facility however, and the naming deal will bring ‘Pool a major windfall of cash.

      8. Kyle says:

        not the arsenal stadium…..the almighty Highbury

      9. Matt says:

        “Queens Park Rangers supporters, meanwhile, will be used to moving their home ground around London, especially the older supporters.”

        lol, yeah the 130 year old ones will really have some memories…

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