Monday, 21 March 2016

Stand Athletic Football Ground

Stand Athletic Football ground at Ewood Bridge, now abandoned for almost 2 decades.

Initially the ground was home to Haslingden F.C.  In 1994, they won the North West Counties Football Division League 2. Haslingden played at Ewood Bridge, later used by Stand Athletic and were members of the North West Counties League between 1993 and 1998. Although Division Two Champions in their first season, Haslingden were not promoted until finishing runners up in 1997. They completed just one season in the top flight, finishing 16/22 before financial difficulties signalled the end of the line for the club based adjacent to the East Lancashire Railway. After 12 matches of the 2002–03 season, Stand Atletic resigned from the North West Counties League, and rejoined the Manchester League for 2003–04, moving back to Whitefield. The Ewood Bridge ground gas been abandoned ever since.

The club house - now totally trashed!

                                                           Two rusty goal posts remain.

                                                               The manager's dug-out.

Not a lot to see but a pleasant explore, particularly with the sun out for once!

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