Unfortunately time constraints (i.e my day job) keep getting in the way of me updating this site so all Ive been able to do so far for West Bromwichs Hawthorns football ground is a very basic bit of background.
The picture below is taken from a 1970’s Football Review magazine and it shows the “Hawthorns” as it used to be.
Unfortunately I have had to set the resolution fairly low so as not to exceed bandwidth limits but the text on the picture reads as follows;
“Ground Capacity : 50000. Ground record :64,815 v Arsenal, FA Cup 1937.Record receipts : £17,924 v Arsenal, FA Cup 1969.
Four years ago a stand with seating for 4,700 was built and two years ago an extension to the North Bank End of the ground was completed. £20000 has been spent on improving refreshment facilities around the ground in recent years and plans for the future include the rebuilding of the main stand incorporating new offices and dressing rooms. The Hawthorns now has seating for 10500 spectators and covered accommodation for 40000.
Advance tickets are bookable 14 days in advance and telephoned bookings are accepted two days before a game. Prices for this season are : Ground 6/-, 7/-: Stands 12/-, 16/-, 20/-.
How to get there: The ground lies only 500 yards from the motorway link between the M5 and M6 and this will take in the M1 by the end of 1971. Regular bus services (numbers 74 and 75) run from Snow Hill, Birmingham to The Hawthorns and there additional services from Dudley and Wednesbury to the ground.“
I will be coming back to this page to expand a bit on the history of this old football ground so if you have any old stories, photos or interesting facts about it please get in touch.
In the meantime I have found an excellent video of the Hawthorns as it was in the 1970’s, its on the following link and will bring back some great memories for older fans and give an idea to the younger fans of the state of grounds in the “good old days”.
NOTE – Although the title of the video suggest this is from 1979 I have it on good authority that it is at least post 1981 as the Halfords Lane stand was featured and that wasnt opened until the 5th September 1981 for the 4-1 victory over Swansea City.