A few weeks ago we wrote about that ridiculous practice of selling naming rights to grounds and stands. Such was the feedback from the piece that we have dug a bit deeper and found a few more. So we thought we would list our top ten ground names in England. These are their original names, not bastardised in anyway by sponsors cash which has ruled out the fantastically named aRMadillo stadium, now the home of Arlesey Town.
The Dovecote – Shepshed Dynamo FC. Not so much the ground name but its location in Butthole Lane is enough to give even the most conservative vicar a fit of the giggles. The ground has been home to Northern Premier League Division One South Shepshed for over 100 years.
The Eyrie – Bedford Town FC. Zamaretto Premier League team Bedford’s ground’s name is easy to explain. The club are nicknamed The Eagles, after some of the residents that used to frequent the countryside around the original ground. For all of you who didn’t study zoology at school (shame on you) then an Eyrie is another name for an Eagles nest. Simple really.
The Snake Pit – Atherstone Town FC. Despite some extensive research into this one, I cannot see one logical reason why Zamaretto League Southern Division Atherstone’s ground is called the Snake Pit. They are nicknamed “The Adders” but it is unclear as to what came first – the nickname or the ground. Either way, looking at some of the forums from visiting teams there is enough bite in the home fans to make travelling supporters very wary.
Victoria Pleasure Gardens – Goole AFC. A strange one this as you would expect it to be located by the sea side. But Goole is actually 45 miles inland, located in the West Ridings of Yorkshire. As a travelling Lincoln fan who visited it recently for a pre-season friendly commented, “I can see its Victorian from the age of the facilities, but pleasurable it certainly ain’t”.
The Scholars – Chasetown FC. Chasetown have come to the nations attention due to their FA Cup exploits in the past few years. They can also boast once funny comedian Frank Carson as one of their directors. The club currently plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division and is nicknamed The Scholars, having been formed by affiliates of nearby Chase Terrace High School in the Chase Terrace area of Burntwood.
I am sure we have missed a few, so please if you know of any more interestingly named grounds then let us know.