Football stadiums are the lifeblood to many cities in Britain and the second home of many football fans. Here are some random facts about the homes of 6 Premier League football teams.
1. A stadium with its own cottage
Nestled in the corner of Fulham FC’s stadium is the Cottage Pavilion, a red-brick cottage dating back to 1901. Formerly a part of the stadium’s terraces, it’s now reserved for the players’ family to cheer on their team.
2. A stadium that makes beer
Some footie fans live and breathe football but at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, you can eat and eat and drink it too! The new stadium has an in-house bakery and a micro-brewery that produces 10,000 pints a minute.
3. A stadium with a striking history
During the World War II, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, was badly damaged in a German air raid in 1941. Man United and Manchester City put aside their rivalry to share Maine Road stadium during the 8 years it took to rebuild Old Trafford.
4. A stadium with the most beautiful gates
The last thing you’d expect to see in a football stadium are elaborate handcrafted wrought iron gates with gold leafwork, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Anfield. The Shankly Gates are a memorial to Liverpool’s most popular manager, Bill Shankly, who turned around the club’s fortune in the 1960s and 70s.
5. A stadium with a grisly name
The Gallowgate area of Newcastle’s St. James’ Park is named after an execution site that was close to the stadium!
6. A stadium where it all began
The first official league game in English history was played in 1889 at Molineux Stadium, the home of Wolverhampton Wonderers (or ‘Wolves’ for short). The 12-team league helped to lay the foundations of the world famous 20-team Premier League we have today.