Old Football Grounds:Highbury

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Opened in 1913 after Arsenal made its move from Manor Ground,Highbury was Arsenal’s home for 93 years until in 2006 Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium which was also known as Ashburton Grove.The first match on Highbury was played on the 6th of September 1913 when Arsenal played Leicester Fosse of the old 2nd Division in which Arsenal won the game 2-1.In 1932 began the renovation of the stadium where the West and East Stands of Highbury were built,aslo the North Bank terrace was given a roof and the southern terrace had a clock which fitted to its front.After WWII (1939-1945) due to German bombardment the North Bank terrance was rebuilt and the roof wasn’t restored until 1956,floodlights were installed in 1951.Until its closure and demolishment in 2006,the stadium changed very little,besides that in the early 1990s due to the Taylor Report it had to go through another round of renovation and it became an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 38000 seats,a couple of years prior to the Taylor Report,the southern terrace known as The Clock End was redeveloped with an additional roof and 48 executive boxes.With Arsenal’s success in the 1990s and 2000s it became clear that the club needed a bigger stadium,in 1999,a year after Arsenal began to play UEFA Champions League matches decided to leave Highbury which was confirmed in 2004.Arsenal played its last match on Highbury on the 7th of May 2006 when thanks to a hat trick made by Thierry Henry defeated Wigan Athletic 4-2 and secured UEFA Champions League qualification ahead of the North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.During the summer of 2006 Highbury was demolished and the area of the stadium was redeveloped for housing.

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