“Opposite this plaque was the Bank Street Ground home of Manchester United formerly Newton Heath F.C. 1893 to 1910.”
Location: Bank Street, Manchester
This little red commemorative plaque can be found on a wall opposite Manchester United’s former training ground, Bank Street.
The club was founded as Newton Heath FC back in 1878, where they trained at this very location. In 1902, the club changed its name to Manchester United. In 1908, Manchester United won their first league title, followed by the FA Cup a year later. Following these successes, it was decided that the club would need to be relocated to a bigger stadium. In 1910, MUFC moved to Old Trafford, where they still train to this very day.
The last ever Manchester United game hosted at Bank Street was on 22nd January 1910 – winning 5-0 against Tottenham Hotspur. Sadly, a few days after this game one of the stands at Bank Street was blown down in a storm, the roof of the grandstand blown across the road and the entire stand left in tatters.
Although the ground was in a bad way, the club’s reserve team continued to play matches at Bank Streat until January 1912. After a string of industrial uses over the next 80 years, Bank Street Ground was eventually demolised in the early 1990s to make way for the new Manchester Velodrome. The site of Bank Street Ground is currently serving as the Velodrome car park.