Football stadiums and their views of famous landmarks

first_imgLiverpool’s main stand towers over the Kop at Anfield and now provides a view of both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals on Hope Street in the city centre, while the Tyne Bridge can be spotted from St James’s Park in Newcastle. Twitter Dirk Maas reports that Feyenoord “wore nine different shirts and 10 different kit combinations in 1991-92”. And finally, inevitably, we have Manchester United during their golden age of shirtswappery. Any more for any more? You know where to email or tweet.Playing (a long way) away from home“Las Palmas and Tenerife are based thousands of miles from mainland Spain, yet play in the Spanish divisions. Are there any other examples?” asks Jon Pople.Let’s hop across the border to Portugal and this example from Nuno Peixeiro. “Santa Clara (Clube Desportivo Santa Clara) is based in the Azores and plays in the Portuguese 1st Division,” writes Nuno. “There are teams in the westernmost islands of the Açores, but they never made it to the First Division. That makes them some 1,500km (932 miles) from the mainland. You could try to cheat and not have a sea between the mainland and the ‘annex’, and go with FK Baltika Kaliningrad but that’s only some 500km from the rest of Russia.”Andrew Law has an example from Australasia. “It might be slightly stretching the definition but New Zealand side Wellington Phoenix of the A League are based 1,383 miles (2,226km) from Sydney, their closest away trip. As an added bonus they are also the only club to play their domestic football in a league that belongs to a different confederation to their national team after Australia moved to the AFC in 2006.”Unsurprisingly the vast landscape of America offers another contender. “I nominate Team Hawaii,” writes Boris Cule. “They participated in the NASL 1977 league and were based in Honolulu, nearly 2,400km from the mainland.”Boris has an even more extreme example. “If we include national cups, I don’t think anyone can beat teams from New Caledonia taking part in the French Cup (New Caledonia is over 10,000 miles away from mainland France). Teams from Tahiti, which is not much closer, also take part, as do teams from French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Mayotte. The Knowledge The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Twitter Twitter Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters The Atomium is visible from the east stand of the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, where Belgium’s national team play. The Tin Boonie (@TheTinBoonie)In 2017, Clayton Lewis completed a transfer from Auckland City to Scunthorpe, a distance of 11,252 miles. Can anyone beat that?November 20, 2018 Share on Messenger Seán Smith (@SeDanSmith)How about this view of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, from Partizan’s stadium in Belgrade. 15, 2018 There may even be a glimpse of the Royal Liver Building but it is not conclusive on this photograph. Photograph: Barrington Coombs/Getty Images Facebook Next up, some of yours. “I’d point you towards 2015 and 2016 Slovak Super Liga champions AS Trenčín,” writes Steve Guy. “Their Štadión na Sihoti has a stunning view of the city’s picturesque castle. Incidentally, the castle is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the city.” • Email your questions and answers to [email protected] or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Sam. (@sammyev)I don’t like to endorse this particular club, but you do get a nice view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Bristol City’s Ashton Gate (best pic I could find) 14, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Christine Camillo (@mlle_c_camillo)@TheKnowledge_GU Not exactly “from your seat” but Dumbarton’s C&G Systems Stadium has Dumbarton Rock and Castle looming over it. 14, 2018 Most kit combinations in a season (2)In last week’s Knowledge, we looked at teams with the most kit combinations in a single season. And there are plenty more kits where they came from.“In 1993-94,” writes Dan Teece, “my beloved Sheffield Wednesday wore eight different shirt, shorts and socks combinations. That included four different away, one of which was Bolton’s. Full details can be found here.” Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Harry Lingard Pinterest Football Twitter Matt Lawton (@LeytherMatt)You can still see Arthur’s Seat from the Famous Five Stand at Easter Road, although it isn’t quite as prevalent as it was pre-rebuild 14, 2018 Here’s Harry Lingard. “I give you the relatively new Singapore national stadium which is open at one end,” he emails. “Through the gap you can see the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of the east.” Topics features Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Andy Rockall (@Statto_74)Special mention to Coventry City who wore SIX entirely different shirts in the 1982/83 season, the home & away shirts featured the Talbot T too prominently for televised games so alternates were made, including 2 different home versions, plus a yellow Talbot kit used twice.November 14, 2018 Share on Pinterest Knowledge archive“I remember reading about a football pitch in South America which had a large tree in an awkward position near the centre of the pitch,” wrote John Malcolm in 2007. “Are there any other examples of such environmentally friendly pitches?”Unfortunately we weren’t able to track down John’s tree, but a couple of St Albans City fans did email in to give us details of the large oak that once dominated the main terrace at their Clarence Park ground. Due to its age, the tree was legally protected, and couldn’t be taken down as long as it was healthy.“It used to get a huge cheer if any opposing player managed to hit it with a wayward strike,” recalled Fraser Mann, but supporters were less enthused when it prevented the club from getting promoted in 1992-93. According to the club’s website: “During a second spell in charge, John Mitchell took the Saints to the (Isthmian League) Premier Division runners up position in 1992-93 only to be denied promotion to the Conference at that time due to a 140-year old oak tree standing within the terrace behind one of the goals. In 1998 the diseased tree was felled.”• For thousands more questions and answers look through our archive.Can you help?“What is the heaviest defeat inflicted on a top-division side by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup?” asks Lindsay Davis. “The best I can discover is Scunthorpe United (2nd Div) 6-2 Blackpool (1st Div) in the 1961 third round.”“Who was the last player transferred for a fee under £1m that had a major impact on a club winning the league?” ponders Joe Norman. “My best guesses are Riyad Mahrez to Leicester and Nicolas Anelka to Arsenal.” (@manunitedkits)United had 13 in 1998-99, helped in part by having a kit specially for European competition and borrowing socks from Derby County (there also was another variant worn in a testimonial).November 14, 2018 Ricardo (@leoeslions)@TheKnowledge_GU RE: Famous landmarks from your seat. @BelenensesSAD’s stadium has some pretty fantastic views of the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei. 15, 2018 Liquid 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@GTPLiquid)I was reading up that when Steve Gibson once bought out Scottish & Newcastle Breweries’ shares in Middlesborough FC. It was reasonably common that grounds used to be owned by breweries back in the day but have many clubs themselves been owned by breweries?November 20, 2018 Facebook “As I looked at the Canton Tower while sat in the North End of Guangzhou Evergrande’s Tianhe stadium, I wondered … are there any other stadiums in the world where you can see a famous landmark from your seat?” tweets Jack Tanner.Here are a few that we thought of to get the ball rolling, starting with that of Real Balompédica Linense (main image).Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank, looking up to Lincoln Cathedral. Facebook Lincoln Cathedral on the hill. Photograph: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport via Getty Images Pinterest Share on Twitter Several of you also flagged up Toronto FC’s BMO Field, from where the CN Tower can still be seen. While the Space Needle can be seen during Seattle Sounders games from parts of CenturyLink Field. And then, here are some more of your suggestions on Twitter: Facebook Photograph: Steve Guy Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img

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