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Viva Rovers Snapshot: Belle Vue’s Remains

Five years ago this month we said goodbye to Belle Vue, Rovers’ home for eighty-four years. Like many other supporters I’d grown up on the terrace of the Popular Stand, progressing from school, to sixth form, to university and on to employment, whilst never straying more than six feet on the concrete of a Saturday afternoon. And so leaving the ground, as ramshackle and unsuitable as it had become, was still a significant wrench. But that still paled to going back there a week or so ago.

There are supporters of other clubs who naturally lament what happened to their former homes; cursing the housing estates that have taken the place of Roker and Ayresome Park, or refusing to shop at the retail park stands on the site of Goldstone Ground. But, whilst watching the site at which you went through more emotions than you knew you possessed turn quickly into suburban monotony may be disappointing, it is nothing to seeing it abandoned to decay. Unlike the former homes of Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Brighton, and countless others what is left of Belle Vue remains, and here is what it looks like today.

The wall at the corner of the Town End, which previously directed ‘Visiting Supporters’ towards the Rossington End terrace.

What remains of the Town End (looking towards the Main Stand side of the ground). Fencing scrapped. Crush Barriers sold on to other clubs, Portacabins turned executive boxes also removed.

The Popular Stand, fixtures, fittings and roof sold on and now standing elsewhere.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


5 thoughts on “Viva Rovers Snapshot: Belle Vue’s Remains

  1. Do you know where the pop stand ended up?

    Be good to know it was put to use by another club, and nostalgia buffs could pay their respects!

    Posted by albie | December 7, 2011, 6:11 pm
    • As far as I’m aware the crush barriers and roof were scrapped. I know Retford United inherited seats, dugouts and one of the tunnels from the Main Stand side, but I’m not sure much else moved on

      Posted by glen wilson | December 8, 2011, 7:54 pm
  2. can see this everytime i look out my bedroom window. sad whats become of it but still makes me smile when i look out. the memories…..

    Posted by bruno | December 8, 2011, 9:37 am
  3. I walk past Belle Vue quite often and looking across the pop stand brings back more memories then any other place I can think of. Sadly missed. –

    Posted by Rob Johnson | December 8, 2011, 11:36 am
  4. come on you lot smile at the memories that you once had , at least some of the ground remains !!

    Posted by gregg shedden | March 26, 2012, 4:03 pm

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