Coundon Road Stadium

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Coundon Road Stadium
Location Coventry, England
Owner Coventry R.F.C.
Construction
Opened 1921
Closed 2004
Demolished 2004
Tenants
Coventry R.F.C. (1921-2004)
Coventry Bears (1998-2004)

Coundon Road Stadium in Coventry was the home ground for Coventry R.F.C. from 1921 to 2004. The stadium has now been demolished.

Manchester, in red, kick off for the last match at the ground. The Main Stand is in the background.

The first game at the ground was against United Services, Portsmouth, with Coventry R.F.C. losing 13-3. The biggest crowd at the ground was reputedly 18,000 for an England versus Wales School's International on 12 March 1939. In the modern era, just over 8,000 people attended the National League One match between Coventry R.F.C. and Newcastle on 2 November 1996, which was a record for the league until 2004.[1][2]

The stadium had two stands; the Main (Road) Stand and the terraced Cowshed, though additional temporary structures were put in place for some representative games at the ground. The two stands only had minor alterations in their 83 years of existence. However, a clubhouse was opened in 1959, next to the Main Stand.

Coventry applying pressure in front of the posts during the final game. The white faced building in the background is the clubhouse, with a cameraman on the roof recording the proceedings.

Their final game at the ground was a 34-20 victory for Coventry R.F.C. against Manchester R.F.C. on 2004-04-17, with an attendance of 2,200. Coventry R.F.C moved to the Butts Park Arena in September of that year, with the old stadium being demolished during November. The site has now been developed as a housing estate by Bryant Homes. Apartment houses on the site are named after former Coventry R.F.C. players including David Duckham, Bert Godwin and Peter Jackson.

Coordinates: 52°24′51″N 1°31′27″W / 52.4142°N 1.5243°W / 52.4142; -1.5243

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby Union: Harris has the drop on tough Newcastle". The Independent. 4 November 1996. 
  2. ^ "Falcons in Division Two 1996/97". thesouthstandchoir.wordpress.com. 9 August 2012.