St John's Lane

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St John's Lane
Location Bristol, England
Coordinates 51°26′06″N 2°35′43″W / 51.4351°N 2.5954°W / 51.4351; -2.5954Coordinates: 51°26′06″N 2°35′43″W / 51.4351°N 2.5954°W / 51.4351; -2.5954
Record attendance 17,909
Surface Grass
Opened 1894
Bristol City

St John's Lane was a football ground in Bristol, England. It was the home ground of Bristol City between 1894 and 1904.


The ground began to be used in 1894 when Bristol South End (later Bristol City). A 500-seat stand was built on the western touchline and embankments raised at each end of the pitch. As the ground was overlooked by a hill, a system of screening was created that involved raising canvas sheets on tall poles using pulleys whilst the football club were playing.[1]

Bristol City were elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1901, and the first Football League match at St John's Lane was played on 14 September 1901, with City beating Stockport County 3–0 in front of 7,000 spectators. The record attendance of 17,909 as set on 6 February 1904 for an FA Cup first round match against Sheffield United.[1]

At the end of the 1903–04 season Bristol City moved to Ashton Gate. The final League match at St John's Lane was played on 23 April 1904, with 4,000 watching City defeat Burslem Port Vale 2–1.[1]

St John's Lane remained in use as a sports ground until 2003, when a housing estate was built on part of the site.[1] The main road through the estate was named Bristol Southend.


  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, p116, ISBN 0954783042