The Kippax

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Facing the Kippax stand in 1985
The new Kippax built in 1994

The Kippax was one of the best known and vocally active terraced stands at Manchester City's Maine Road Ground. Originally "The Popular Side" from the stadium's opening in 1923, its name was changed in 1956 when the club gained planning permission to build a roof on the stand to shield fans from the rain.[1] It was named after Kippax Street which ran along this side of the ground.

The Kippax was unusual in that unlike in most other grounds, this area of passionate support occupied a full side rather than an end of the ground, as was the case with goal end terraces like Liverpool's Spion Kop, Manchester United's Stretford End or Aston Villa's Holte End.

In the summer of 1994, due to the Taylor Report, the Kippax was demolished. A new all seater stand was built in its place and opened by City legend Bert Trautmann in October 1995. It housed 10,178 seated fans, had three tiers and was at the time the highest stand in the country.[2]

The club left Maine Road in May 2003 and relocated to the City of Manchester Stadium and the old stadium was demolished in early 2004. Unofficially the East stand in the new stadium is also named Kippax.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LocationMCR - Kippax Street". Manc magazine (Issue #1 ed.). Manchester City FC. August 2010. p. 28. 
  2. ^ http://www.english-football.org.uk/stadiums-grounds/maine-road/

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