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 when the stadium opened in 1923, its name was changed in 1956 when the club gained planning permission to build a roof 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 at most other grounds, it occupied a full side rather than an end of the ground as with goal end terraces like Liverpool's Kop, Manchester United's Stretford End, Everton's Gwladys Street 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. The old stadium was demolished in early 2004. Unofficially, the East Stand at the new stadium is also called The Kippax.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LocationMCR - Kippax Street". Manc magazine (Issue #1 ed.). Manchester City FC. August 2010. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Maine Road

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