Old Football Grounds:Filbert Street

Leicester City FC Stadium, Filbert Street

Leicester City’s former stadium Filbert Steet was built in 1891 while the Foxes spent playing in their first seven years in various pitches which included Victoria Park which they shared with the Leicester Tigers rugby club and in the summer of 1891 after seven years of moving through various pitches across Leicester.In the beginning the stadium was consisted of earth banks and a small main stand on the west side until 1921 when a new main stand was built,while six years later in 1927 a new stand was built on the south stand which became known as the “Double Decker”.While the biggest attendance in the stadium came a year later on the 18th of February 1928 in the FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.Durinng WWII (1939-1945) the middle section of rhe Main Stand was damaged by German bombing but by 1949 the main stand was rebuild and after WWII Filbert Street reached the maximum capacity of 42000.Floodlights on the stadium were installed and used for the first time in a match against Borussia Dortmund on the 23rd of October 1957.In 1971 after the club bought the stadium nine years earlier the club began to redevelop the stadium into an all-seater with the redevelopment of the North and East sides in which 20 basic executive boxes were added to he North side.In the 1990s Flbert Street became an all-seater stadium when the new South stand was converted from a standing area to an all-seater and the stadium reached the capacity of 21500.which was the capacity which Filbert Street would have until the end.With the success of the Foxes in the late 1990s under Martin O’Neill the club decided to relocate in 1998 when the club purchased a former power station site in Freeman’s Wharf which is 200 yards from the south of Filbert Street and the construction on the Walkers Stadium (now called King Power Stadium) immediately and it lasted for four years until 2002 when the 32500 new stadium opened which the Foxes use it to this days.The last match in Filbert Street was against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the 2001-02 season which resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Foxes with Matt Piper scoring the last goal at Filbert Street which brought 111 years of football to an end.Filbert Street was demolished in March 2003 and the site of the former stadium is the home of “Filbert Village” which is built as an accomodation for students in local universities.

 

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