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Author Topic: Villa Park & other old Villa pictures  (Read 7781 times)

Offline brian green

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2016, 08:52:29 PM »
Thank you Mike.  What I took to be scaffolding on the spire of Holy Trinity is of course the 'V' shape of the floodlights.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2016, 11:02:25 PM »
That picture makes me firm.


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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2016, 11:08:22 PM »
Thank you Mike.  What I took to be scaffolding on the spire of Holy Trinity is of course the 'V' shape of the floodlights.

It seems to be some time in 1990-91 then.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #33 on: September 03, 2016, 12:00:04 AM »
Can't be. The Holte End roof had been extended in the summer of 1990 and the Trinity Road roof was reprofiled.

For me, Villa Park attained perfection in 1994.  The last season of the Holte and the Witton finally going double decker.  It had always been a decent ground up to that point, but the old Witton looked out of place. Like a third division stand. Used to cut of the view of the pitch from a big chunk of the Holte End on the right too, which was a pisser.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #34 on: September 03, 2016, 12:03:57 AM »
Can't be. The Holte End roof had been extended in the summer of 1990 and the Trinity Road roof was reprofiled.

For me, Villa Park attained perfection in 1994.  The last season of the Holte and the Witton finally going double decker.  It had always been a decent ground up to that point, but the old Witton looked out of place. Like a third division stand. Used to cut of the view of the pitch from a big chunk of the Holte End on the right too, which was a pisser.

Of course, my mistake. I agree with the best of Villa Park as well - the old Witton was symbolic of the time when it was built; we were skint and it had to be done quickly & cheaply.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2016, 02:04:05 AM »
The reasons for demolishing the old Holte were sound enough - giving a stand that age the type of facilities customers expect nowadays would have been next to impossible. With the roof extension, there would have been four pillars blocking the view. Bad enough when your're standing, and have the option to move around.  Even worse in a fixed location.

And yet. And yet.

Our recent visit to Hillsborough shows the old and the new can co-exist alongside each other.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2016, 09:04:55 AM »
I  grew  up with the old Holte, without the dividing  fence, the Witton Lane, the Witton End and the old Trinity Road of course.

The Holte; would have loved to have had a single seated stand.  However, it was never to be and the new stand is still terrific.   The Witton Lane replacement stand apart from the name is also appropriate, although the seats to be much tighter together than in other parts of the ground. 

The new Witton End stand - although most people disagree I still think is a good stand and not many clubs have a better "second  end".

As for the Trinity Road, the stand is excellent, the issue is  not the stand but the facade outside that was demolished.

Overall I think we are lucky with Villa Park.  My grumble is about the pubs around the ground, the closed  facilities and the fact that one way or another all appear to charge for the pleasure of entering their holes.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2016, 02:07:29 AM »
The reasons for demolishing the old Holte were sound enough - giving a stand that age the type of facilities customers expect nowadays would have been next to impossible. With the roof extension, there would have been four pillars blocking the view. Bad enough when your're standing, and have the option to move around.  Even worse in a fixed location.

And yet. And yet.

Our recent visit to Hillsborough shows the old and the new can co-exist alongside each other.

The back of the old Holte was too far away from the pitch for Premier League regulations.

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Re: Villa Park
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Re: Villa Park
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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2016, 11:08:48 AM »
PWS if you have any more ...get em posted!!!

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #42 on: September 07, 2016, 01:41:38 PM »
PWS Brilliant images, thank you, much appreciated

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #43 on: September 07, 2016, 04:48:36 PM »
They are pictures I found online that I don't remember seeing very often, if at all, before so thought i'd post them. For anyone interested, the top picture in the first post is Leicester and the second post are both Chelsea. No idea about the others.

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Re: Villa Park
« Reply #44 on: September 08, 2016, 12:22:45 AM »