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--MY PHOTOGRAPHS 2--

PICTURE 7: (ABOVE LEFT) .. Yes, its those Steps again that lead down to Boothen road, I mainly spent alot of time with these steps as they and the gate seen in the pic are the only real remains that are still visibly recognisible from the Vicoria Ground Since it has been demolished...

PICTURE 8: (ABOVE RIGHT) ..I think I can remember the Oatcake Fanzine once describing this as the "Stream of piss that flows from the Boothen End bogs into the River Trent." This is taken at the back of the Boothen End where it goes on to join up with the Butler Street stand.. Who know's , this image may provide a Stoek Fan out there with the Memory of them being completly plastered before a game throwing up in to the water, if so I am glad I could help rekindle your memory for you...

 

PICTURE 9: (ABOVE LEFT) Steps again I'm afraid, but this time its the bottom of one of the old hand rails, the rails have since been removed, and this rusted peice of metal  still remains, rooted to the  concrete and over grown with grass and weeds..

PICTURE 10: (ABOVE RIGHT) .. Did any one used to Stand at Post B on the Boothen End? when this is taken from roughly that location looking down towards the Boothen End Penalty Area, but now all that remains is an old dumped bycycle wheel, assorted rubbish and the corpse of John Gayle, still waiting for Gerry McMahon to put a decent cross in to the penalty box (Sorry!)

 

PICTURE 11: (ABOVE LEFT)  A view from the corner of the Butler Street  and Boothen end, taken on the morning after Sir Stanley Matthews had passed away, floral tributes to Stan can just about be seen in the form of white dots where the centre circle of the Victoria Ground used to be..

PICTURE 12: (ABOVE RIGHT) The Wall behind the Boothen End, a common site for many on their way home I'd expect which stretched from the top of the steps leading up from Boothen Road right down to the Start of the Butler Street Stand...

PICTURE 13: (ABOVE LEFT) A Romantic picture of the view down Boothen Road from the Corner of the Boothen Stand and Boothen End.  The terraced housing that once used to overlook the Victoria Ground now stand next to an eire grass grass graveyard of where the home of Stoke City once stood...

PICTURE 14: (ABOVE RIGHT) Taken from the centre of the Boothen End, this early in the morning after Sir Stan had died the evening before, in the centre Circle a couple can be seen, mourning next to a pile of flowers in the centre circle, layed there for Stan, as the grass on the pitch shivers in the breeze.

PICTURE 15: (ABOVE LEFT) .. This for me one has to be one of my bestest(sic) photograph's that I have ever done.  Wandering around the old demolished site of the Vic Iwnet down to Pitch level via where the Butler Street Stand once stood and began to look for various angles to take more photograps from (I'd become sick of the steps by this stage!) , When in the distance I saw something white bobbling up and downin a puddle right at the foor and dead centre of where the Boothen end once stood. Upon approaching it became clear that it was a burst, deflated/ dead football. As I was doing these pictures for an Art project at the time this picture seemed to capture the entire feeling of the site of the demolished Vic in one shot, the dead football, never to be kicked again bobbling up and down on a murky puddle on the site of a place which, like the football could never be rebuilt or ever be the same again.. Yes, I know it sounds very conceptual but it was erfect for my project. I love this photograp and for me to actually come across such an  object as a football image was almost as good as me capturing a picture of a UFO flying over head as far as I am concermed. I also have this image in colour from several other different angles...

PICTURE 16: (ABOVE RIGHT) This was taken at the corner of the Stoke End Stand and the Butler Street Stand where an old red fence still stands amongst the rubble, in the far off distance the  Britannia Stadium can be seen behind a pylon, Standing high on the hill at Trentham lakes. 

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