The great 60th Birthday quiz!

CoymayA combination of my imminent sixtieth birthday (no, my definition of the word “imminent” does not match Cardiff City’s, we’re talking hours rather than years here!) and a visit from the team it’s impossible to set the normal six decades questions for means that I’ve decided to set another mega quiz this week. After the positive reviews (thanks Dai!), my quiz on grounds we have played FA Cup ties on got, I’ve decided to go for a similar format and this time there are sixty grounds in the British Isles on which City have played competitive matches to identify – I say sixty, but I couldn’t find conclusive proof that we had played on one of the grounds.

The pictures are in three categories, current grounds as they look now, pictures from decades ago of grounds that are still in use and grounds which are no longer in use/have been demolished.

I think some of the questions are pretty easy, but there are also others that are very tough, so I’ve given clues for some of them.

Good luck and I’ll post the answers on Monday.


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4. Randalls and Charlies

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6.  A current Premier League club still play at this ground.

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7. We never managed to beat the team that used to play here.

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10. There was a game going on when this photo was taken at a ground where a City player recorded an unwanted first for the club one weekday afternoon in the 70s.

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13.  I suppose the game could have been described as a local derby when we played at this ground.

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15. Even if the game isn’t great here, there’s still the pies to enjoy.

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17.  The club which played here have had two goes at playing League Football, using a different name each time. and are only one promotion away from a third. We had a 100% winning record on this ground after a 1-0 victory in our only visit there a very long time ago – they were using the first of their names at the time.

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19. A big win and a hat trick for one of our players on our only visit to this ground.

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27. The setting for a television drama series shown recently.
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31. A ground where we lost on our last nine appearances there.

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32. The two supporters wearing scarves in this picture are Manchester United fans making an away trip for a cup tie that was a Lancashire derby. 

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34. This is the ground that I’m not sure whether City played a competitive game at or not, it definitely did host league football though – the painting dates back to 1920.

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36. The stand in picture didn’t have long left when this photo was taken in the 1920s – what replaced it helped to make this one of the most recognisable and distinctive grounds around.

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37. The first time I visited this ground was in 1972 when there was a real feelgood factor around the place – terrible what’s happened to the club since then.

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39. This ground is still in use today and the steps in the photo took spectators onto one of the most iconic “ends” in the game.


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41. We didn’t score until our fourth visit to this ground and when we finally did, the goal came from a player whose nickname bore no relation to what he used to do on the pitch for us!

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43.  A small first step on what turned out to be a very long journey was taken at this ground.

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46. The person in the foreground broke a club record when he played for the team who used this ground.

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48. Maybe the ground least deserving of the adjective “beautiful” out of all of the ones I’ve visited.

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49. An away end where it only needed about fifty fans in there to make you feel claustrophobic!

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52. A club whose name still appears in the City record books played here.

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55. The stand which replaced the one shown celebrated it’s centenary ten years ago.

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57. Home supporters at this ground had the honour of seeing the likes of Graham Withey and Kevin Meacock representing City.

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58. This was a ground used by a current Premier League team for a quarter of the twentieth century.

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60. City played in a Cup Final here once.

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I know I said I’d post the answers on Monday, but, with my having to do a couple of pieces in the next few days, I thought it best I did it now. so here they are;-


  1. Leeds Road, Huddersfield.
  2. Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury.
  3. A photo of Old Trafford from the 50s.
  4. Twerton Park, Bath – Nathan Blake made his City debut there when it was a temporary venue for Bristol Rovers home matches.
  5. Manor Ground, Oxford United.
  6. Upton Park, West Ham – the photo was taken on 2 September 1939 as West Ham lost 2-0 to Leicester in the last round of league fixtures to be played before the outbreak of the Second World War.
  7. Watling Street, Dartford where Maidstone United played their home games during their short stay in the Football League.
  8. Edgeley Park, Stockport.
  9. Portman Road, Ipswich.
  10. Victoria Road, Oswestry – Bill Irwin became the first City keeper ever to be sent off when, from memory, he was dismissed for booting the ball into an adjoining field in protest at a penalty award against City during their 3-1 win in a Welsh Cup tie in 1974.
  11. Spotland, Rochdale.
  12. Turf Moor, Burnley.
  13. Brandywell, Londonderry – City played a Cup Winners Cup game there in 1988.
  14. Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.
  15. Aggborough, Kidderminster.
  16. Feethams, Darlington.
  17. Horsley Hill, South Shields – City won 1-0 there in 1921 during their first season as a Football League club.
  18. Recreation Ground, Aldershot.
  19. The picture is of Leigh RMI’s segregated away following for a game at Boston United in 2007/08.
  20. White City, QPR.
  21. Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale.
  22. The Valley, Charlton – the picture was taken in the 80s when the club were playing at Selhurst Park.
  23. Fellows Park, Walsall.
  24. Blundell Park, Grimsby.
  25. Baseball Ground, Derby.
  26. McCain Stadium, Scarborough.
  27. Park Avenue, Aberystwyth.
  28. It’s a 1953 painting of the Goldstone Ground by Brighton fan Fred Yates.
  29. Plainmoor, Torquay United.
  30. Gigg Lane, Bury.
  31. Burnden Park Bolton in 1938.
  32. Deepdale, Preston North End.
  33. Molineux, Wolves.
  34. Aberdare Athletic’s ground, Ynys Stadium.
  35. Saltergate, Chesterfield.
  36. It’s a 1920s shot of Highbury, Arsenal.
  37. Edgar Street, Hereford.
  38. Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
  39. Anfield, Liverpool, the photo was taken in 1912.
  40. Somerton Park, Newport.
  41. Springfield Park, Wigan – “Lethal” Steve Lynex got one of his very rare City goals in a 1-1 draw there in 1989,
  42. Boothferry Park, Hull.
  43. Dalymont Park, Dublin, it wasn’t Shamrock Rovers’ normal home ground, but our Cup Winners Cup First Leg tie in 1967 was switched to this ground.
  44. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea – the photo is from a 3-3 draw with Moscow Dynamo in 1945, a few days later they came to Cardiff to beat City 10-1.
  45. Kenilworth Road, Luton.
  46. Park Avenue, Bradford – the person in the photo is former England, Derby and Bradford Park Avenue striker, Kevin Hector.
  47. Wantage Road where Northants play their home cricket matches – they used to share with Northampton Town.
  48. Millmoor, Rotherham.
  49. Layer Road, Colchester.
  50. Meadow Lane, Notts County.
  51. Sealand Road, Chester.
  52. West Ham Stadium, home of the short lived Football League team Thames United and venue of record league victory (9-2 on 6 February 1932).
  53. Cold Blow Lane, Millwall.
  54. Cold Bath Road, Caerleon – we won 3-2 there in a Welsh Cup tie in 1985.
  55. Craven Cottage, Fulham 1904 – the stand pictured was called the Rabbit Hutch, it was built for the 1903/04 and was then demolished at the end of the 1904/05 after it was condemned by the local Council as being an unsafe structure.
  56. The Dell, Southampton.
  57. Plough Lane, Wimbledon.
  58. The Nest, Norwich City’s ground for twenty seven years until 1935 – here’s some more info about what’s been called “most extraordinary football ground you could imagine.”

  1. Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
  2. War Memorial Athletic Ground, Stourbridge – City played in the First Leg of the Welsh Cup Final in 1974 and Worcestershire have played over fifty county cricket games there with the last of them being in 1981.





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17 Responses to The great 60th Birthday quiz!

  1. Colin Phillips says:

    Some wonderful old photographs there, Paul, where do you find them all. Well done with the research.

    Much too difficult for me by the way.


  2. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thanks Colin. I did this quiz last week by setting aside an hour or so for myself every day from Monday to Friday to search the internet. Having an alphabetical list of all of the clubs we’ve played was a good starting point and then it was just a question of a bit of detective work – the most enjoyable thing is when, as happened in about a third of the questions, your searching leads to something much better than what you were looking for in the first place.

  3. Dai Woosnam says:

    Well Paul, I salute you.
    Such a tough quiz.

    Currently I can answer only about 10%.

    One that I can get that I will wager that none of our regulars will, is Norwich #58.

    And the reason I can get it?
    Well it was an item I did on soccer club songs, in one of my Daigressings about 3 years ago, and it was then I set sight on that glorious photo you used. And it is used again in the 2nd YouTube link below.

    On the Ball, City.

    What a mess the song is as a vehicle for mass delivery, as at here at Wembley.

    It is hardly KEEP RIGHT ON TO THE END OF THE ROAD, eh?

    But here is the original version from pre WW2, beautifully sung in a strong Norfolk accent.
    Those quaint words “have a little scrimmage” seem more appropriate for a rugby match or an Eton Wall Game. They add to the beauty of it all.
    And the photo shows a game at Norwich’s old ground, pre Carrow Road.
    What a romantic place it looks! Such a steep kop…and a tree that Health & Safety would never allow today.
    Almost as idiosyncratic a ground, as the song.


  4. Richard Holt says:

    Happy Birthday Paul and a great quiz. I’ll be happy if I get 10 of those correct.

  5. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Well done on getting the Nest Dai -carrow-road-80th-birthday ty-played-at-nest.html see-nest-rosary-road.html

    they don’t make them like that anymore!

  6. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thanks Richard, as I mentioned just now on the messageboard, I’ve still got a few hours left yet as a fifty something!

    You going to the game on Saturday?

  7. Clive Harry says:

    Happy birthday – reaching 60 isn’t as bad as it……Sorry, what were we talking about?
    Another fascinating quiz and although you may not get many actual answers, I think most people like myself love looking up the answers afterwards so it’s not a wasted exercise for you. A question that amused me was the one about the City player not living up to his nickname – was it Lethal Lynex?

  8. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thanks very much Clive – it certainly was Lethal Lynex”

  9. Let us all try to be a little bit “physic” (as Del Boy would say) and direct our minds to guessing the belated birthday present you would most like to receive as you rise from your seat just before 5 pm on Saturday and leave the ground in a state of blissful happiness. Clue – a present we would all like to receive. Happy birthday, Paul, and sincere congratulations on the magnum opus you have created above. An incredible achievement.

  10. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thanks AMO – a win with a bit if style would be very nice on Saturday, but, as usual, I’ll settle for a 1-0 with a goal which flew in off a defender’s backside.

  11. Richard Holt says:

    Hi Paul. I think I’ve got two of the first ten. 4. Twerton Park Bath, 10 – Victoria Ground – Oswestry where Bill Irwin became the first ‘keeper sent off for City (your clue was very helpful). Am hoping to be there on Saturday although I have an eye condition at the moment which will have to clear up a bit if I’m to drive any distances. Have a good day tomorrow.

  12. Russell says:

    Stunning images ,as I hope your 60th will be

  13. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thanks Russell – funny, I feel exactly the same as a sixty something as I did yesterday!

  14. The other Bob Wilson says:

    Thank you Richard and well done on getting number 10, which I thought was right up there with the hardest questions in the quiz – hope your eye has improved enough for you to make it tomorrow.

  15. Dai Woosnam says:

    Heck of a quiz,, Paul.
    I got just 9 correct, I am ashamed to say.

    I think the most memorable pic is a toss up between ThevNest and Stamford Bridge.
    A word from me on both.

    First, Norwich.
    Do you know where the modern stadium is that is an updated homage to The Nest?
    It is in Portugal. Braga have a unique stadium.
    Readers who do not know it: please google it and see the breathtaking pictures.

    Second, that Stamford Bridge pic.
    It is memorable not for the overspill behind the goal – that was to be expected for the old Chelsea ground, like Bristol’s Eastville, used to have a vast expanse of frre ground behind the goal – but for the overspill sitting on the top of the stand.
    And dangerous.
    Is it an urban myth Paul, that a fatality occurred at Ninian Park, back around WW2 time, when a fan fell through the roof of the Grangetown Stand?

    And a final thing.
    Looking forward to your 61st birthday quiz.

    And one big favour if you do a similar picture quiz…say ex-Cardiff players of the distant past…especially tough will be pics of them in their demob suits, rather than their soccer strip.
    And the favour is this
    …can you put the answer, next to the question…?

    I realise that is even more hassle for you Paul, but it means that I won’t get seasick with my iPad here in Malta, scrolling up to see the pic, and then down again to the next answer…SIXTY times.
    (Yes, I know…had I a conventional PC, I could have printed off your answers and checked them against the pics with ease.)

  16. Dai Woosnam says:

    The estimable AMO has been in touch to quote me chapter and verse on the Grangetown Stand “fatality”.
    Apparently I must have conflated two events.
    In 1947, the year I was born, a fan climbed up a girder in a game against the Wurzels with allegedly a 58,000 crowd, and fell on two fans from Pontypridd who had non-serious injuries.
    The chap who fell, broke his leg and a few other things.
    But nobody was killed.
    But learning about this event on my first visit in 1955, I stored it in my upstairs library and 61 years later, it comes out as “a fan was once killed falling through the roof of the Grangetown Stand” !!
    Interesting how a diseased mind like mine works, eh?
    Maybe all sorts of events were working overtime in my subconscious when I came to write that !!
    Had I mixed it up – I wonder -with a chap I knew of, who got killed going through a warehouse flat roof, trying to burgle the place?
    Maybe…but more likely there WAS a fan who fell through the roof of a soccer stadium somewhere in Britain in my lifetime…and I conveniently moved him to Ninian Park…!!
    One thing for sure… if you fall through a football stand ROOF – as opposed to falling from a girder – then at least one person dies.
    And those two fans from Ponty probably would almost certainly never have seen 1948, either !!

  17. The other Bob Wilson says:

    There was this pretty famous incident from the 80s Dai

    That stadium at Braga was built/adapted for the 2004 Euro Championships I think and it truly is an amazing ground

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