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Football Grounds from Above (From Above)
Aerial views of Britain's leading football stadiums together with a history of each ground and the club's vital statistics. The book covers every Premier League ground plus the leading English First Division and Scottish grounds. Also featured are the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Wembley - both old and new.

Football Grounds from the Air: Then and Now
In the past 20 years, as a result of the tragedies at Valley Parade and Hillsborough, there have been dramatic changes to the facilities provided at football grounds for spectators. Gone are the familiar terraces, to be replaced with new all-seater stands. For certain clubs, the needs for investment led to a decision to build a brand new ground away from the traditional site. Teams such as Bolton Wanderers, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Oxford, Reading, Southampton, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic are now happily settled into new multi-million pound stadia and the trend is certain to continue with teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Liverpool either exploring the possibility of relocation or with definite plans already in hand. Other clubs - such as Blackpool and Bournemouth - have radically rebuilt their existing grounds. Such have been the dramatic changes over this decade, that it is very easy to forget that the country's football stadia have been evolving over more than a century. Compare, for example, a photograph of Highbury or Old Trafford in the 1920s with a similar view today and the changes that occurred in the intervening period are, perhaps, equally dramatic. Drawing upon the superb photographic archive of the Aerofilms company, which has been recording Britain from the air for more than 80 years, supplemented by the photographs that have been taken over the past few years for the best-selling Aerofilms Guide: Football Grounds, this title is a graphic portrait of the changing face of British football over the years. Each club featured is provided with an historic shot to allow a direct comparison with the contemporary scene and the photographs are supplemented by a detailed and well-informed commentary highlighting the significant changes over the years. First published in late 1998 and with a second edition following three years later, Football Grounds From the Air: Then & Now has proved to be both a critical and commercial success. With the second edition having been out of print for some 18 months, the continuing development of many of the country's football grounds makes this new and fully revised third edition a sure fire best seller amongst all those interested in the history and development of football stadia.

Aerofilms Guide Football Grounds (Aerofilms Guide)
This 14th edition has again been fully revised and includes information on the many ground alterations that have been completed over the past 12 months, and will also feature the soon to be completed Wembley Stadium. It also includes an aerial photo-map of each ground allowing the reader to locate the stadium in relation to the surrounding area, and has useful information on public transport facilities, where to park, and much else. The book covers all Premiership and Football League teams that will play in the 2006/7 season.

Lost Football League Grounds from the Air (Aerofilms Guide)
Although it is effectively the past 20 years that has seen the greatest change in football, with almost 20 clubs relocating from their traditional homes to brand-new stadia and with others actively pursuing such a route, over the 140 years of League football, a large number of grounds have hosted League matches but, which, for a variety of reasons, no longer do so. Apart from the results of relocation since the Bradford fire and the Hillsborough tragedy, many clubs relocated in the years before 1960. These include both Southend United and Hull City, both of whom relocated shortly after World War 2 and, in the case of Hull, have subsequently relocated again. Other grounds have been lost to the League when the host team either failed to get re-elected, in the days before automatic promotion and relegation from the non-league pyramid, or failed financially (such as Accrington Stanley). Over its almost 90 years' life, the Aerofilms company has been recording Britain from the air. During its flying operations it has recorded, either deliberately or accidentally, countless of these 'lost' grounds. The superb archive of the company, which has inspired earlier books on football grounds such as the popular Football Grounds from the Air: Then and Now (which is now in its third edition), provides some 125 images recording many of these lost grounds. From the White City Stadium, that once played host to Queens Park Rangers, to Bristol Rovers' Eastville, each of these grounds is illustrated with an historic shot recording the ground as it once looked. Alongside each of the photographs, the book provides a detailed caption outlining the history of the ground and its current status. With interest in football growing and with inexorable march of progress resulting in many of the great grounds now becoming history, this pictorial history of the numerous lost Football League grounds will appeal to all those fascinated with the history of the game in particular those who have a special interest in the development of the country's grounds.

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