Boothferry Park 1946-2002 : a photographic retrospective

It is 14 years today since the last game at Boothferry Park. Though we’ve had a lot of success at the KC(om) Stadium, it’s hard not to miss the old place.

1945

Plans for Hull City to move into a new ground on the site of the old Hull Golf Club course were drawn up as early as 1929, but financial difficulty and the onset of World War Two pushed the move back until the 1940s.

1945east

Finally ready for use in 1946, Boothferry Park initially had only one grandstand. Here the framework of the West Stand takes shape.

1940s

To begin with, only the middle third of the North Stand was covered.

1951Bhalt

In 1951, Boothferry Halt was opened, allowing fans to arrive by train on football specials.

1953floodlights1962

Boothferry Park’s first floodlights were installed in January 1953, and the first Hull City home game illuminated by gaslight was a friendly versus Dundee. Here’s the East Stand gantry in 1962/63.

1964floodlights

The gaslight gantries were replaced by six freestanding pylons standing proud over a flat west Hull skyline. The new floodlights were first used in 1964.

1966promotion

A packed South Stand is visible as a pitch invasion signals the start of celebrations, marking City’s 1965/66 Division Three championship title.

1971North

The North Stand as it looked in the early 1970s, with its Hull Savings Bank clock. Financial strife saw the stand bulldozed and replaced by a thin strip of terracing backing on to a Grandways supermarket.

1999turnstiles

‘No cash transfers to seats’ in the South Stand, 1999.

2002Darlo

14th December 2002, the final Hull City game at Boothferry Park. Perhaps fittingly, the Tigers lost the game 1-0 to Darlington.

2003demolition

Just months before the Tigers finally quenched the city’s 104 year thirst for top flight football, demolition work started at Boothferry Park in 2008.

5 replies
  1. Franki48
    Franki48 says:

    Boothferry Park, Third Division North, Billy Bly, Colin Smith, free entry after half time. Great days. How times have changed and not necessarily for the better.

  2. Tiger Pete
    Tiger Pete says:

    It’s true that the years at the circle have been the most successful in the club’s history. But Boothferry Park will always feel like the home of City for me. The Bobby Robson quote about what makes a club is true for me and my life-long love of Hull City AFC. One of my earliest City memories is kicking a Tiger Cola can along the south stand terraces with my Dad after a game.

  3. Ambertigerfan
    Ambertigerfan says:

    Ah! Real terraces where you could stand up and be a bloke. Way better than the force fed prawn sandwich 100% seating at the plastic new stadium.

    You have to love the train station!

    City has changed and for the worse.

  4. Bill Carson
    Bill Carson says:

    Boothferry Park had all the elements of a proper football stadium.
    Great memories of 7,000 Sheffield United fans arriving, mainly by train in the 80’s.
    Welcome back Rambo emblazoned on the North Stand.
    Standing on Kempton during the Don Robinson years.
    Sitting in the West Stand in the mid 70’s.
    Such a shame the ground was left to rot / rust.
    Yes we have enjoyed tremendous success on the field since the move to the KC, but I do miss Boothferry Park.

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