Fallowfield Stadium

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Coordinates: 53°26′35″N 2°12′56″W / 53.44306°N 2.21556°W / 53.44306; -2.21556 Fallowfield Stadium was an athletics stadium and velodrome in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. It opened in May 1892 as the home of Manchester Athletics Club after it was forced to move from its home next to Old Trafford Cricket Ground.[1] Fallowfield was most regularly used for cycling by the Manchester Wheelers' Club, who held their annual competition there until 1976.[1]

During the 1893 FA Cup final

The stadium came to national attention on 26 March 1893 during the FA Cup final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton which Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1–0. With a capacity of 15,000 the attendance of 45,000 meant the majority of spectators had no view of the match.[1] Despite this, the stadium hosted the 1899 FA Cup semi-final between Sheffield United and Liverpool; the match had to be abandoned due to a crush in the crowd.[1]

The cycle track was originally of shale, later resurfaced with concrete, 509 yards in circumference with 30-degree bankings. The stadium hosted cycling events for the 1934 British Empire Games and the 1919 national championships.[1] In 1955 sprint cyclist Reg Harris bought the stadium and it was for a period renamed the Reg Harris Stadium.[1]

The stadium hosted the AAA championships in 1897 and 1907.[1] Sydney Wooderson set a world 3/4-mile athletics record at the stadium on 6 June 1939 with 2:59.5.

In rugby union, the last England home international versus Scotland held outside London was hosted in 1897.[1] In rugby league, two Northern Union Challenge Cup finals were held in 1899 and 1900.[1]

Student match in 1985

Manchester University bought Fallowfield Stadium in the early 1960s. It was demolished in 1994[1] and the site is now the Richmond Park Halls of Residence, part of the Fallowfield Campus.

Results of FA Cup Finals at Fallowfield Stadium

Year Attendance Winner Runner-up
1893 45,067 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Everton 0

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Inglis, Simon (2004). Played in Manchester. Swindon: English Heritage. p. 62. ISBN 1-873592-78-7. 

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Preceded by
The Oval
London
FA Cup
Final Venue

1893
Succeeded by
Goodison Park
Liverpool
Preceded by
Headingley
Leeds
Challenge Cup
Final Venue

1899-1900
Succeeded by
Headingley
Leeds