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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

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Burnden Park was once the home of Bolton Wanderers FC and it was also the site of one of the deadliest stadium disasters in English football history. A site was found in White Hart Lane and construction began in 1898. The ground, which initially seated just over 18,000 people, opened on 17 March 1899.

Construction of Burnden Park was funded by issuing shares to the public. The stadium opened in August 1895 with a friendly match between Bolton and Preston.

The stadium has steadily grown in size over the years, and by 1930 it could accommodate 70,000 spectators. The record attendance was set in 1933 when 69,912 fans attended a match between Bolton and Manchester City.

However, it is estimated that a total of 85,000 people came to see Sir Stanley Matthews play in 1946 during a 6th round FA Cup match against Stoke. The enormous Embankment terrace was far over capacity and when the crowd pressed forward two metal crush barriers broke. The resulting crush killed 33 fans and injured another 400.

Burnden Park was in a steady decline by the 1980s and by 1986 part of the Railway Stand was sold off to make way for a supermarket.

In the early 1990s, plans were made for the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater, however it was decided in the end to build a new stadium.

Since the last league match at Burnden Park was played in April 1997, the stadium has not hosted a League match. In fact, there have only been three non-league matches played there since then. The first of these occurred in May 2009 when Wigan Athletic faced AFC Telford United. The second took place in October 2013 when FC Halifax Town faced Woking. Finally, the most recent match took place on 10 January 2017 when Gainsborough Trinity faced King's Lynn Town. In total, these ten matches have resulted in a total attendance of 11,265 people.

Shortly after the club moved into the Reebok Stadium, it was demolished to make way for a supermarket. Two years later, Burnden Park also got demolished to make room for new construction.

As a 6 year old, I found the famous Burnden roar deafening and frightening. The atmosphere was always good. I also remember attending two semi-finals there - Everton v. Man. Utd in 1966 and Leeds v. Man. Utd in 1972. It was always a bogey ground for United.

As a six-year-old, I found the Burnden roar deafening and frightening. The atmosphere at the ground was always good. The two semi-finals I attended there were Everton v. Man. Utd in 1966 and Leeds v. Man. Utd in 1972, and it was always a bogey ground for United.

It has been a bad ground for the Blades although I did witness our only win there in living memory, 2-1 in 1977 which may have cost The Trotters promotion. Although primitive, the ground had a good atmosphere thanks to the partisan home crowd. The embankment surrounding the pitch made it difficult to take corners and long throw ins! Burnden Park's demise was another nail in the coffin of the traditional football ground where you could stand up and bay for blood!.

Although it was still somewhat primitive, the ground had a good atmosphere thanks to the partisan home crowd. The embankment surrounding the pitch made it difficult for teams to take corners and make long throw ins! Burnden Park's demise was another nail in the coffin of the traditional football ground where you could stand up and demand blood!.

It was a total lock out and we could not get into the ground, Everton won 5-2, utterly dissapointed and not seeing the game, my Granddad took me and my Dad to see Bolton play Blackburn Rovers an evening match on Monday the 30th March. We were behind one of the goals and Blackburn won 1-0.

The ground was completely locked up and we were unable to get in. Everton won 5-2, which made us very disappointed. Granddad took me and my dad to see Bolton play Blackburn Rovers on Monday night, and we were behind one of the goals. Blackburn won 1-0, which was disappointing.

I have many happy memories of watching Wanderers play from the embankment come rain or shine back in the late 50s and early 60s. Still support them, even though I have lived in the North East for well over 20 years now.

I have many happy memories of watching Wanderers play from the embankment in past years, whether it was during rainy season or not. I still support them, even though I have lived in the north-east for over twenty years now. You can take me out of Bolton, but you will never take Bolton away from me.

Crazytrucker wrote: 9 May 2012 at 3:41 pm I stayed in transport digs just across the road from the stadium in the 60s, sorry looking place then!

I stayed in transport digs just across the road from the stadium in the 60s, sorry looking place then!

Greg wrote: The stadium had a great atmosphere for Bolton, but it did see the end of its days. It started falling apart.

The stadium had a great atmosphere for Bolton but it eventually fell apart.

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