Earlsmead Stadium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Earlsmead Stadium
Earlsmead
Earlsmead Clock.JPG
Full name Earlsmead Stadium
Location London Borough of Harrow
Owner Harrow Borough F.C.
Capacity 3,070
Field size 111 x 71 yards
Construction
Built 1934
Opened 1934
Tenants
Harrow Borough F.C.

Earlsmead Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Harrow, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Harrow Borough F.C. The stadium has a capacity of 3,070 people. This includes 350 seats and covering for 1000 people.

History[edit]

Harrow Borough F.C. took residency in 1934 a year after forming. They played their first season at a ground on nearby Northolt Road.

A local pavilion was dismantled and rebuilt on the Earlmead site in 1938. Having been presented to the Club by a local land owner Mr G Champniss, later club president, it was to call the Champniss Stand. This stand had room for 250 seated and a further 100 standing. During the Second World War the Pavilion was successfully blacked out and the club could continue playing. Hurricane lamps under biscuit tins with words such as 'way in' and 'turn left' punched out provided signage.

In 1947-48 extra covering was built out of Ex-Anderson shelter sheeting and ex-government 6" steel tubes. The remains of this covered terracing is still used on the South-east corner of the ground.

Earlsmead initially consisted of two pitches but the second was sold to the local council in the seventies who then built Earlsmead Primary School on it. With the money raised from its sale Harrow Borough F.C. built a new clubhouse, floodlights good enough for colour TV Cameras and concrete terracing. Whilst this major redevelopment took place the team would spend the 1973-74 season on opponents' or neutral grounds.

In 1995 The Champniss Stand was knocked after 57 years to be replaced with a modern stand to comply with new regulations. This new stand with a seated capacity of 350 was funded through private donations, club fundraising and the Football Foundation.

Location[edit]

Earlsmead is on the site of common land on the furthest west side of Roxeth in what was once known as Dabbs Field. In this area around 850 AD it is believed there was a now forgotten battle as commemorated in place names such as the Bonefield and the Hundred of Gore (spears).

The surrounding area was built as part of the Metro-land developments in the 1930s. This development, the Earlsmead Housing Estate, appears to have given the ground its name.

The streets around the ground are largely named after castles in the British Isles; Windsor, Warwick, Kenilworth, Walton, Arundel, Corfe, Balmoral, Ludlow, Tregenna. The only exceptions being Holyrood Avenue, which appears to be named after the Palace, Ivy, Carlyon Avenue, Somervell Road, Eastcote Lane and Earlsmead itself.

Access[edit]

Earlsmead is within walking distance of three London Underground Stations on three separate lines. Rayners Lane (Met/Pic), South Harrow(Pic) and Northolt (Central).Northolt Park (Chiltern Line)British Rail. Bus Routes 140 & 114 stop within minutes of the ground. The H10 through Rayners Lane and 282 through Northolt also pass nearby.[1]

See also[edit]

Harrow Borough F.C.

References[edit]

  • Transport for London Journey Planner. [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′30″N 0°22′20″W / 51.5584°N 0.3723°W / 51.5584; -0.3723