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Posted by Pumpetypump on Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:41 pm
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I came across this guardian article and thought some of you would find it interesting. The terraces, toilets etc are still lurking in the undergrowth. Bit like Odsal really...

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... all-ground
Posted by Bullseye on Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:52 pm
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An absolute crying shame that Northern turned down the opportunity to move in there. It could've been our Headingley and would've rid us of the Odsal millstone.
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Posted by Nothus on Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:54 pm
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Why didn't someone just remove the covenant stopping the land from being redeveloped?
Sometimes you just need to apply a little common sense to a situation.
Posted by Bulliac on Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:13 pm
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As a fairly regular spectator back in those days I'm puzzled by the authors reference to the 'Kop end'. there never was a 'kop' end at Park Avenue, the covered end was "the Horton Park end" and the open end opposite was the Canterbury Avenue end. Not a kop in sight! Methinks it was VP which had the 'kop'.
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Posted by rugbyreddog on Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:49 am
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Think most people from that area were both Northern and Avenue supporters. Used to love that ground with the magic of having a county cricket ground at the other side of the stand.
Posted by Pumpetypump on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:23 pm
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I'm sure I'm being naive, but if the covenant is still in place which only allows it to be a sports facility, can't the Bulls and PA develop the site as a community stadium?
Posted by Bullseye on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:25 pm
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No football ground there anymore Pumps. Just the cricket school and a bit of overgrown terracing IIRC.
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Posted by Pumpetypump on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:31 pm
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Isn't the entire site still undeveloped though? i.e. beneath the bushes, cans of Kestrel and used Johnnies, isn't their still a pitch?

That being the case, then there aren't many parcels of land with theoretical permissions for stadia in place, and at the same time with a spiritual pull.
Posted by Pumpetypump on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:37 pm
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Having re-read the article and consulted a Mr Google Maps, I have answered my own question and can confirm that we can't play there in a shiny new stadium after all. Some sort of hangover induced fantasy their Christian old lad.
Posted by Bullseye on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:51 pm
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It's a shame. If we'd moved there when we had the chance...
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