Intake Ground

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Intake Ground
Location Doncaster, England
Coordinates 53°31′15″N 1°06′43″W / 53.5209°N 1.1119°W / 53.5209; -1.1119Coordinates: 53°31′15″N 1°06′43″W / 53.5209°N 1.1119°W / 53.5209; -1.1119
Surface Grass
Tenants
Doncaster Rovers

The Intake Ground was a football ground in Doncaster in England. It was the home ground of Doncaster Rovers between 1885 and 1919, and is still used today as a football field.

History[edit]

Doncaster Rovers started playing at the Intake Ground in 1885, with their first match against Elsecar on 26 April 1885.[1] Initially the sole spectator facility was a small wooden stand, which had to be rebuilt following storm damage in 1891.[1]

Doncaster Rovers were elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1901, by which time the ground had a 1,000-seat main stand on the western touchline, a covered enclosure on the eastern touchline and duckboards around the perimeter of the pitch. The first Football League game at the Intake Ground played on 7 September 1901 being a 3–3 draw with Burslem Port Vale in front of 2,000 spectators. The record League attendance at the ground of 6,000 was set on 28 March 1902 for a game against Middlesbrough.[1]

Doncaster were voted out of the League at the end of the 1902–03 season. Although the club returned to the League a year later, they were voted out again at the end of the season. The last Football League match at the ground was a 2–0 defeat by Grimsby Town on 24 April 1905.[1]

During World War I the Intake Ground was requisitioned by the British Army. In 1919 Doncaster Rovers moved to the Bennetthorpe ground, taking the main stand with them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p70, ISBN 0954783042