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Lancashire & Yorkshire clubs

29/09/2014 19:04
Not strictly falling i the range of 'Midlands' teams, but whilst researching for my second book,the Birth Of The Saddlers, I read dozens of northern newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s, and in doing so, I discovered the names of the grounds for a fair few teams so I thought Id post them up just in...

Darlaston All Saints update

22/09/2014 22:24
Thanks to the website 'History of Darlaston' via Facebook, I have been given a lead as to where this team's ground was.My search cast a net a circle  only a radius of 500 yards from the James Bridge itself,with the Globe Inn being the nearest pub.The recently demolished Railway Tavern (which...

Spital /Chesterfield FC

06/09/2014 22:39
These two Chesterfield clubs have confused and bewildered football historians for some time. Many held a suspicion that Spital became Chesterfield, but there was also a Chesterfield Town at around the same time to confuse matters. Dave Twydell now has found evidence that Spital and Chesterfield...

Crewe Alexandra

06/09/2014 22:33
We all know that this team took its name from the hotel in which they met for their formative meetings, but Dave Twydell has identified that three of their earliest grounds were all fields behind the Crewe railway station, and all next to each other.They are also within a few hundred yards of...

Burslem Port Vale

06/09/2014 22:26
Despite my belief that Port Vale had been at Vale Park  for most of the 20th century, I now know that they spent a long portion of the 2oth century in their previous ground, the Hanley Recreation Ground, from 1913 to 1950 in fact. Prior to 1913, they spent the Victorian and Edwardian era at...

Shrewsbury football

06/09/2014 22:22
Shrewsbury football is somewhat infuriating as their teams were either very short lived(sometimes less than one year) or/and the venues were either not recorded, or vague in terms of excatly where they were. However, thanks to the great Dave Twydell, I can now say that Amblers Field was directly...

Leicester Fosse update

06/09/2014 22:15
In the Lost Teams book, I said that their Belgrave Cycle ground still existed as the Belgrave Road Recreation park, but I have just discovered,thanks to Dave Twydell (The greatest of all football historians) that the gound was acutally across the road from todays park, and faced the junction with...

Small Heath's Muntz Street ground

08/08/2014 17:17
Got it wrong bigtime in the book; ive put the ground on the opposite side of the street to where it actually was; bet theres a few BlueNoses whove picked up on this! The exact site of the ground was between Muntz St and Charles Rd; one corner of it came up to the rear of the school on Somerville...

RUABON DRUIDS

01/08/2014 12:08
Although clearly not a Midlands team, I have always been fascinated by this legendary club and its history. Here we have a small village side from Cefn Maw near Ruabon, who won the Welsh Cup 8 times, and the Welsh national League, all during 1880-1902 period. Druids often played Shropshire teams in...

Darlaston All Saints FC

02/05/2014 12:15
This Black Country club is my current obsession, and I am trying earnestly to nail where their ground was. I didnt put them in the 'Lost Teams' book, simply because so little is known about them, that I would have been stretched to make even a single page. Apart from some team line-ups from the...
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