Stoke City FC, The Victoria Ground

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Date:August 1964

Description:The photograph shows the main stand on Boothen Old Road. Above the turnstile entrances can be seen ticket prices. For a first team game, in the Boothen Stand it cost 50 pence for a seat (ten shillings in old money) whilst it cost 25 pence (or five shillings) to stand in the Boothen Paddock. It was much cheaper to watch the second team (or reserves).

There is a group of mainly young boys outside the ticket office and main entrance towards the left, probably armed with autograph books in the hope of catching one of their local heroes.

The floodlights were installed at the ground in 1956. With Stoke City's move to a new stadium, the Boothen Stand along with the rest of the ground was demolished although the site remains undeveloped. At demolition, the Victoria Ground was the oldest operational ground in the Football League.