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--THE BOOTHEN STAND--

THE MAIN STAND


THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE VICTORIA GROUND

I suppose the Boothen Stand could be considered as the Main stand at Stoke, after all it was the Stand where the main entrance, the dressing room, the dug outs, the tunnel, the directors box and the board room / trophy cabinet(!) were all located. Despite the fact that there was a great view on offer from this Stand I hardly ever used it appart from a couple of Anglo Italian Cup games in the lower Paddock and a few friendlies in the stand. LEFT  is a view taken from the Butler Street Stand at the final ever league Game against West Bromich Albion as fans swarm on to the pitch after the final whistle. The view shows the Boothen Stand on the opposite touchline...


VIEW'S FROM THE BOOTHEN STAND 

 ABOVE: TWO VIEWS ARE FOUND, BOTH TAKEN FROM THE BOOTHEN STAND, THESE BEING (LEFT) : A VIEW OF AN EMPTY BOOTHEN END TAKEN FROM THE STAND, AND (RIGHT): A VIEW OF THE STOKE END STAND TAKEN FROM THE BOOTHEN STAND PADDOCK.


PLAYERS TRAIN ON THE VICTORIA GROUND PITCH , MARCH 1997

 

(LEFT:) THE PLAYERS TRAIN ON THE VICTORIA GROUND PITCH, COACHED BY CHIC BATES AS THE SUN TURNS THE BUTLER STREET STAND AND THE BOOTHEN END IN TO SILHOUETTES ON THE HORIZON.

 

 


GOALS, MEMORIES AND MOMENTS FROM THE BOOTHEN STAND

A view from the corner of the Butler Street Stand and the Boothen End of the Boothen Stand. As can be seen the stand stretches the full length of the pitch with a lower paddock section below the stand. The tunnel is found central  on the stand with the two dugouts flanking it on either side. The Stoke City Dug Out is the one found on the left in this picture, closest to the Boothen End. The Directors box is found directly above the tunnel and at the back of that was where the press box used to be located. The Camera gantry was found on a make shift platform directly above the tunnel


STOKE VS TRANMERE ROVERS 16/9/95 (DIV 1) 0-0

After a pretty poor start to the 1995/96 season I think that this game was the turning point that eventually lead to Stoke reaching the Playoffs. Stoke battered Tranmere from start to finish and should of won by several clear goals, but it was to be one of those days and the end result finished 0-0 with much brighter things just around the corner.

The Boothen Stand Paddock can be seen in the background of the picture as Pesch crosses from the left wing in front of the Stoke End Stand.


THE STANLEY MATTHEWS SUITE

Over the years the Stanley Matthews suit was a venue to various social events , dinners, meet the player evenings and presentations. The Matthews suite was one of the most notable ground improvements to take place at the Victoria Ground before it was demolished and was located on the corner of the Boothen End and Boothen Stand.

Pictured is a mean and moody looking Larus Siggurdson collecting a bottle of champagne for a man of the match performance in a league game. Presentations like this were very common in the Matthews suite over the years and the place had a kind of warmth about it that made it seem special.


 

CELEBRATIONS IN THE DIRECTORS BOX!!!

Stoke clinch a spot in the 95/96 1st Divison play offs after defeating Southend United 1-0 thanks to a Mike Sheron goal in their final home game of the season.. This match was agony and seemed to go on forever but finally the referee blew his whistle to secure Stoke an end of season 4th place spot. Pictured here in the foreground are Big John Gayle and Simon Sturridge, whilst golden boy at the time Mike Sheron can be seen in the background..


         THE BOOTHEN PADDOCK

A view from the seating section of the Boothen stand, almost is if the camera is floating in the air and looking down the long stretching Paddock that runs the length of the pitch..  Perfect if you enjoy standing up at a game at pitch level watching the match  from the same view as managers would of done in the dugouts..

Personally I never really liked the view from pitch level, being so low down makes it difficult to actually tell what is going on in the game, I have no idea's how some managers manage to judge what is going on.. then again I suppose some managers don't 

This picture is also perhaps one of the best ones on display for catching how awesome the Boothen end used to look when it was full, the crowd seems to rise back forever until they eventually disappear from site under the shadow of the roof.

I suppose if the club had  chose to redevelop the Vic instead of moving to the Brit the paddocks may of been difficult to fit with seats.


TIME TO GO... HOME...

Again another view, taken from within the deserted Boothen Paddock and overlooking the impressive Stoke End Stand.. 

The dug outs and tunnel can partly be seen emerging from out of the Paddock towards the centre of the pitch and the camera gantry can also be viewed, directly above the players tunnel..

In the far off corner between the Boothen Stand and the Stoke End Stand the Police Box was located...


IN THE DUG OUT.. ON THE BENCH

A view of the Stoke City dug out during the reign of Lou Macari during his second spell with Stoke City, alongside  him can be see assistant manager Chic Bates and Coach Mike Pejic.. The two dug outs were often surrounded by supporters who occupied the Boothen Paddock, This is what made the Victoria Ground such a warm and homely place for Stoke fans, but very intimidating to any visiting supporters or players, and to be honest  in football that's the way I think it should be and hopefully it will start to happen at the Brit.


STOKE SECURE 2ND DIVISION TITLE.. 1993..

Stoke finish off the 1992/93 season in style by clinching the championship in their second to last home game of the season against Peter Shilton's Plymouth Argyle side.. Nigel Gleghorn popped up early on to secure a 1 0 win for Stoke City..

Pictured are the scenes after the final whistle, viewed from the Boothen Stand as the players look down at the pitch which is now a sea of red and white stripes and what seems like a million singing heads...


THE DRESSING ROOM

A Black and white photograph inside the home dressing room at the Victoria Ground.. The shirts hang up on their pegs, ready to be donned for action..  Thinking about it again I have no idea why this photo was taken in Black and white! It makes us look liek Juventus.. hmmm.. now there's a thought.....


BEHIND THE SCENES

These photographs are actually by a photography student, David Slater who was given free access behind the scenes at the Victoria Ground. These pictures go a very long way to capturing a real sense of atmosphere of what it was like behind the scenes as the life of the Vic drew to a close..


THE LAUDRY ROOM

Located in the Boothen Stand and was mostly the responsibility of Winnie Hudson the kit superviser who was also assisted by Kit man and Stoke Cult hero Neil "Nello" Baldwin..

I don't really need to go in to what goes on in here, do I?.. washing machines, kettles for making tea and a lot of hard work!!..

 


THE STOKE CITY BOARD ROOM, REALM OF THE CLOWNS

This is the  place where Stoke City Football Club's Sugar Daddy Millionaires have hung around in over the years.. It has a very nice carpet and a well polished table.. nuff' said!..

In this picture are Paul Doona (tosser) Peter Coates (corpse), Keith Humpries (Humpty Dumpty) Paul Edwards (who?), Jez Moxey (Puppet) and the late Mike Potts (A great bloke, Stoke City Secratery and true supporter..R.I.P..)


THE SCFC CLUB SHOP

The Stoke City Club Shop was located on the corner of the  Boothen Stand and Stoke End Stand and was the main output of Stoke City related merchandise over the years..

The Club later also opened a shop in near by Hanley to act out a similar role that the shop and the Victoria Ground played..

The Club shop at the Vic also acted as a Ticket office where tickets for such events as Cup games and away games  could be obtained.


THE GYM

The Stoke City Gym was also located within the Boothen stand, I went in here a couple of times on various opening days at the Britannia Stadium..

Obviously what is found here a such things as Gym and exercise equipment (never!!), and also and indoor five  a side football pitch for indoor match practice...

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