Bank Street

A match at bank Street- Newton Heath in their quartered shirts.

In 1893 Newton Heath moved to a new ground at Bank Street in Clayton. The site, originally the Bradford and Clayton athletic ground, is now the car park of the Manchester Velodrome. The club (who changed their name to Manchester United in 1902) played there until they moved to Old Trafford in 1910. 

10,000 people attended Newton Heath's first league game at the ground. By 1906 the capacity had been increased to  50,000.
Maps from the early 20th century show that behind the ground to the west was the Manchester Corporation electricity generating plant, with Albion chemical works on the north side of the ground and Bank St reet checmical works on the southern side.

This photograph shows the FA Cup 4th round match with Woolwich Arsenal played at Bank Street  in 1906. The match ended 2-3. In the background we can see the chimneys of one of the chemical works. Fantastic also to see the Edwardian attitude to spectator safety, with the fans on the roof of the stand.

The 'atmosphere' at Bank Street was legendary, with the density of the smoke (visible in the picture below) being said to favour the home side. The match shown however, resulted in another Cup defeat for United. This time Portsmouth are the visitors, a first round replay in January 1907 that Pompey won 2-1.