Five things: Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium

Elland Road Stadium.
Elland Road Stadium.
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Think you know Elland Road? Think again.

The site was originally called the Old Peacock Ground.Holbeck RL side bought it in 1898 and shared it with football team Leeds Woodville.

In 1904 Holbeck folded and put the stands up for sale.Leeds City football club was formed in the Griffin Hotel on Boar Lane and agreed to rent the ground.

City’s initial success saw a 5,000-seater stand built and more land purchased but they were expelled from the Football League in 1920 over illegal payments.

Businessmen wanted to turn the ground into a brickyard before Yorkshire Amateurs became tenants. They sold it to Leeds United in 1920 for £250.

The ground was requisitioned during both world wars.In WW1 it was used for drill and shooting practice and in WW2 for administrative purposes.

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