Football clubs have been at the heart of their communities across Great Britain since the 19th Century and every city town has its own stadium where fans come together to enjoy (or endure) their local team in action.
Mostly you only get to see them from the ground while you walk up to the stadium with hope in your heart and a song on your lips, but what would they all look like if you could see them from the sky?
Here’s every football stadium from the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish leagues, all in one video.
Let’s see how it all breaks down in each country, starting with England.
The home of football, at least according to England fans, it’s no surprise to find stadiums of all shapes and sizes across the five professional leagues here.
Starting in the Premier League, we’ve got the spectacular sight of Manchester United’s Old Trafford, also known as The Theatre of Dreams, even if the balance of power has recently swung towards the nearby Etihad Stadium and Manchester City.
Elsewhere, there’s real history on show at Bramall Lane, home to Sheffield United, which has been in use since 1855, making it the oldest major stadium in the world still used for football matches.
Up in Scotland, the contrast between the biggest stadiums and the smallest is even more apparent as the gap between the leagues seems smaller. That means there are deceptively few league places between the Glasgow giants and the more humble surroundings of the likes of East Fife and Stranraer.
But there’s one stadium that really sticks out from the pattern and that’s the home of lowly Queen’s Park, the only fully amateur team in the Scottish league. Despite this status and their average attendance of 750 people, they play their games at the national stadium Hampden Park, which has a capacity of 51,866.
A problem Welsh football has is that several of its biggest clubs don’t actually play in the Welsh football leagues. Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham all ply their trade in England, leaving much smaller clubs – and stadiums – for the domestic league.
The Welsh Premier League has been dominated for the last few years by The New Saints (formerly infamously known as Total Network Solutions) who have won the title seven years in a row.
To add to the English-Welsh confusion, The New Saints actually play their home games at Park Hall in Shropshire, England.
Northern Irish Football
As you can see from the poster, while there may only be 36 Northern Irish football stadiums featured, they range widely from the very professional homes of teams like Linfield (who share Windsor Park with the Northern Irish national team) to football pitches that have more trees than stands around them.
One of the most famous and historic grounds in Northern Ireland is The Oval, home to Glentoran, which has been in use since 1892 and has survived being bombed and flooded during World War II (German bombers mistook it for an oil storage facility). Today it has a potential capacity of 26,556 but health and safety issues have reduced it to 6,050.
You’ve seen them animated and by country, but to get a full view on every football stadium in Great Britain from the air, here they all are together.
The identity of each current club (from the 2018/19 season) in each major league in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were found from the official league websites. Where possible, the location of their stadiums were identified from each club’s official website and then located on Google Maps for the satellite view.
For the full research behind these images, including the sources for the stadiums, visit http://bit.ly/UKfootballstadiums
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