London's football grounds have seen it all; euphoric highs and devastating lows, crowd surfing, pitch acrobatics, and even the odd zeppelin. Have a look back through the years in this epic series of photos.
The open terraces, and grass banks, of Selhurst Park, early 1970s Source Terrace Images Hackney Marshes, home of 88 football pitches. These, of course, still exist Source Classic Pics QPR's Loftus Road in 1928 Source Terrace Images Arsenal supporters trying to keep warm outside Highbury before their game against Chelsea, 1932 Source Vintage Footy A sunny afternoon at the shed end Stamford Bridge London, home of Chelsea FC, 1970s or 80s Source Old London North Bank Highbury, under construction in 1913 Source Old London White Hart Lane Source Old London The Valley, home to Charlton FC. This terrace held 30,000 standing Source Old London Demolishing houses in Paxton Road to make way for the Paxton Road terrace at Tottenham, 1938 Source Old London White Hart Lane, 1970 Source Old Football Grounds White City stadium and the Franco-British exhibition grounds 1930s Source Old London The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the 1930 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Huddersfield Source Old London The Graf Zeppelin flies over Wembley during the 1930 FA Cup Final Source Historical Arsenal Stamford Bridge in the mid 1980s, Chelsea FC Source Old Football Grounds West Ham v Arsenal, 1930 Source Old London White City stadium Source Old London Young child carried to the front to see the 1930 West Ham v Arsenal FA cup semi-final Source Rob Baker Highbury, 1940s Source Old London White Hart Lane, 1912 Source Old London Bobby Moore jogging around the Upton Park pitch in 1962 Source Vintage Footy Selhust Park from above Source Terrace Images Stamford Bridge, 1950s Source Old London A rudimentary Loftus Road, 1928 Source Old London Highbury, 1950s Source Old London Spotter, watching out for German air raids, during a Charlton Athletic vs Arsenal match at The Valley, 1940 Source History Pics An aerial view of Spurs' White Hart Lane stadium in the 1920s Source Vintage Footy Stamford Bridge, 1970s - soon to go Source Old London West Ham United's Boleyn Ground overflowing with supporters, 1929 Source Vintage Footy Snowstorm at Highbury, 1962 Source Old London View from the Putney End terraces of Craven Cottage, 1978 Source Terrace Images Chelsea players and the team transit outside Stamford Bridge, 1972 Source Old London Stamford Bridge. Quite different attire to the football fans of today. Source Old London Craven Cottage, 1960s Source Lost Stadiums Arsenal fans queue to get in to Highbury. Source Old London Craven Cottage, home of Fulham football Club, in the 1930s Source Old London Highbury, 1930s Source Arsenal Fc Highbury Source Old London The North stand, Stamford Bridge. 1948 Source Old London Clock End, Highbury, in mid 1930s Source Old Football Grounds Charltons Brian Kinsey goes head over heels at the Valley, 1965 Source Old London 1935 cup final being played at Empire Stadium Source Londonist QPR training at Loftus Road, 1939 Source Old London Clock End at Highbury, 1956 Source Old Football Grounds Fulham groundsman trying to clear the snow at Craven Cottage before their 1926 FA Cup 3rd round tie against Everton Source Vintage Footy Stamford Bridge 1913. Chelsea v Tottenham Source Old London The packed terraces of Highbury, 1950s Source Terrace Images 82,000 at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea vs Arsenal in 1935 Source Vintage Footy West Ham fans take a moment during a match to view an eclipse of the sun, probably April 1930 Source Old London Selhurst Park from above, 1930s Source Terrace Images Stamford Bridge, London, mid 1980s Source Old Football Grounds Plough Lane, Wimbledon FC Source Rebel73 FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Aston Villa at Highbury, 1929 Source Old London Construction site for the Empire Stadium, that would later become Wembley Stadium, 1922 Source Londonist Entrance to Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC, 1979 Source Old London
Aerial view of the Boleyn Ground in 1973 Source Terrace Images
Last Updated 13 June 2017