In Pictures: London's Football Grounds... Empty

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 24 months ago
In Pictures: London's Football Grounds... Empty

Photographer and football fan David Shields captures the world's stadiums when they're hauntingly empty — bereft of the throb of fandom that fills them during match days. These images provide a quiet moment to reflect on the architectural beauty, and strangely homey atmosphere of each stadium.

London Stadium, home of West Ham United
Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient
"Like many stadiums, it was re-named, but will always be Brisbane Road to the O's fans."- David Shields
Vicarage Road, home of Watford
Loftus Road, home of QPR
The Emirates, home of Arsenal
Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC
"When I started this project, the home of Fulham was top of my list to photograph. Character, beautiful and a piece of sporting heritage. Looking forward to seeing the new Riverside Stand. Liking the contrast between old and new." - David Shields
Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC. "Some exciting plans to re-develop into a unique looking stadium. Sadly these have now been put on hold." - David Shields
Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace
The Valley, home of Charlton
"After years of turmoil which saw Charlton leave their home, I believe Charlton fans are still happy and proud to be playing at The Valley. Stadiums are so important to a club's identity and the community." - David Shields
Wembley, home of England
"People miss the towers but the arch has become iconic. Hopefully another statue outside soon!" [we presume he means Harry Kane. In which case, we might need to wait a little longer.] - David Shields
The Den, home of Millwall

David also captures stadiums that are no longer in use as football grounds. Repurposed as flats, or otherwise facing the wrecking ball.

Underhill, home of Barnet until 2013."Underhill, with its famous sloping pitch... sadly no more!" - David Shields
The Boleyn Ground, former home of West Ham
"All fans miss their old homes, especially West Ham fans. I agree, The London Stadium is perfect for athletics and concerts. But not for football. The stadium should have been designed knowing only football would be able to fill it week in week out." - David Shields
Highbury, former home of Arsenal
The old White Hart Lane, home of Spurs

Visit David's website, and buy prints here. Follow him on Twitter here.

Last Updated 24 July 2018