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Manchester is one of the coolest cities in Northern Europe and a complete breath of fresh air compared to the overcrowded hustle and bustle of London. Cottonopolis has played a key role in music, film and television, and sports over the years. The last 10 years have seen Greater Manchester receive a facelift with many of the old buildings of yesteryear redeveloped or torn down to make way to sparkling new venues. The city’s rebirth has only made it even more of a destination for travellers. Greater Manchester Area has many clubs to visit for a perfect football trip. Two beautiful tradition clubs, the national football museum and a vibrant nightlife. If you want to combine a Manchester City or Manchester United game with some other games, this is also possible in the Greater Manchester Area. What about a visit to Saltford City, FC United of Manchester in the Center, Stockport County and Altrincham FC in the South, Bolton Wanders and Wigan Athletic in the West, Oldham Athletic FC and Rochdale AFC in the Northeast.
Manchester City FC / City if Manchester Stadium
The City of Manchester Stadium is located in Manchester, England. It is also known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons and is the home of Manchester City FC. It has a capacity of 53,400,making it the tenth-largest stadium in the United Kingdom. It was built to host the 2002 Commenwealth Games. The stadium, originally proposed as an athletics arena in Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics and was converted after the 2002 Commonwealth Games from a 38,000 capacity arena to a 48,000 seat football stadium. Manchester City F.C. agreed to lease the stadium from Manchester City Counciland moved there from Maine Road in the summer of 2003. The stadium was designed and engineered by Arup, whose design incorporated a cable-stayed roof structure which is separated from the main stadium bowl and suspended entirely by twelve exterior masts and attached cables. The stadium design has received much praise and many accolades, including an award from the Royal Institute of British Architectsin 2004 for its innovative inclusive building design and a special award in 2003from the Institution of Structural Engineersfor its unique structural design. In August 2015, a 7,000 seat third tier on the South Stand was completed, in time for the start of the 2015–16 football season. The expansion was designed to be in keeping with the existing roof design.
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Manchester United FC / Old Trafford
Old Trafford is located in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United FC. With a capacity of 74,140 seats, it is the largest club football stadium (and second-largest football stadium overall after Wembley Stadium) in the United Kingdom, and eleventh-largest in Europe. Nicknamed “The Theatre of Dreams” by Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford has been United’s home ground since 1910, although from 1941 to 1949 the club shared Maine Road with local rivals Manchester City as a result of Second World War bomb damage. Old Trafford underwent several expansions in the 1990s and 2000s, including the addition of extra tiers to the North, West and East Stands, almost returning the stadium to its original capacity of 80,000. Future expansion is likely to involve the addition of a second tier to the South Stand, which would raise the capacity to around 88,000.
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Salford City FC / Moor Lane
Moor Lane, known as the Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is located in the Kersal area of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. It has a capacity of 5,108 and is the home of Salford City FC since 1978 Salford City moved to Moor Lane in 1978 but it had been a venue for other sports for many years before; Manchester Rugby Club played there from 1908 until 1969. In 2016, renovation work began, which saw its capacity rise from 1,600 to 5,108, including 2,246 seats.
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Bolton Wanderers FC / University of Bolton Stadium
The University of Bolton Stadium is located in Horwich, Greater Manchester. It is the home ground of Bolton Wanderers FC since 1997. At the opening it was named the Reebok Stadium, after club sponsors Reebok. In 2018 it was renamed the University of Bolton Stadium in 2018. The stadium replaced the club’s old ground Burnden Park. Burnden Park, which at its peak had held up to 60,000 spectators, was becoming increasingly dilapidated by the 1980s, and a section of terracing was sold off for redevelopment as a supermarket to help pay off the club’s rising debts. Bolton Wanderers had dropped into the Third Division in 1983 and later spent a season in the Fourth Division. In 1993 the club finally promoted again. By this stage, the club’s owners had decided to relocate to a new all-seater stadium away from Burnden Park, and by 1995 had identified a location at Horwich as the preferred site of a new stadium.
Wigan Athletic FC / DW Stadium
The DW Stadium is located in Robin Park, Wigan within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. The ground is owned and managed by Wigan Football Company Limited, which is 85% owned by Wigan Athletic and 15% owned by Wigan local authority. It is used by Wigan Athletic FC and Wigan Warriors rugby league club, the rugby league club having a 50 years lease on tenancy to play games at the stadium. Built and opened in 1999, it is named after its main sponsor, DW Sports Fitness. In UEFA matches, it is called Wigan Athletic Stadium due to UEFA regulations on sponsorship. Wigan Athletic moved into it from their long-term home of Springfield Park. Its current capacity is 25,138—seated in four single-tier stands.
Rochdale AFC / Sportland Stadium
Spotland Stadium known as the Crown Oil Arena for sponsorship reasons, is located in the Spotland area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester England. It is the home if Rochdale AFC and Rochdale Hornets RFCL and has a capacity of 10,000. Spotland was originally known as St Clement’s Playing Fields, after the nearby St Clement’s Church. Having previously been used for cricket, it became the home of St Clement’s Rugby Club in 1878, until they disbanded in 1897. As well as staging local rugby competitions, the ground briefly hosted two short-lived football clubs – the original Rochdale AFC from 1900 to 1901 and Rochdale Town from 1902 to 1903, but both folded. The present Rochdale AFC was then formed to use the ground in 1907. By the time the club joined the Football League in 1921, a low wooden grandstand had been built on the south side of the ground, once the location of the cricket pavilion. Also by this time, the name of the surrounding area of the town, Scotland, had been adopted as the ground’s name.
Oldham Athletic AFC
Boundary Park is located in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. Its name originates from the fact that it lies at the northwestern extremity of Oldham, with Royton and Chadderton lying immediately north and west respectively. Boundary Park was originally known as the Athletic Ground when it was opened in 1896 for Oldham’s first professional footballclub, Oldham County F.C.. When County folded in 1899, Pine Villa F.C. took over the ground and changed their name to Oldham Athletic. Oldham Athletic AFC have played their home games here since the stadium was opened. Oldham RLFC rugby club left their traditional home, Watersheddings in 1997 and moved to Boundary Park, although they briefly moved to Hurst Cross in Ashton-under-Lyne in 2002, where they played until 2009, when the football club decided that they no longer wanted them as tenants.
Stockport County FC / Edgeley Park
Edgeley Park is located in Edgeley, Stockport, England. It was originally built for rugby league club Stockport RFC in 1891. The rugby club was defunct in 1902 and Stockport County Football Club moved in. Edgeley Park is an all-seater stadium holding 10,900 spectators. In 2015, Stockport Council purchased the stadium for around £2 million, leasing it back to the football club, in order to prevent it from being demolished and redeveloped. Stockport County FC have undertaken an entire redevelopment of the ground since moving into the ground, most notably the building of the Cheadle End which opened in 1995
Altrincham FC / Moss Lane
Moss Lane (currently known as the J. Davidson Stadium is located in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, England and is the home ground of Altrincham FC since 1910. The stadium comprises two all-seater stands on one side with a combined capacity of 1,323 spectators and terraces on the other three sides, giving a total capacity of 6,085.
Manchester National Football Museum
Football fans from around the world have descended on the National Football Museum to see the venue’s incredible collection of memorabilia. The museum puts on a variety of exhibits with some temporary displays curated for special occasions such as the Bands FC showcase in 2019. https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com
Classic Football Shirt Shop
An idea so good that you are disappointed that you never came up with it yourself. Matt and Doug, two students from Manchester, decided to set up a business in retro football shirts in 2006. The rest, they say, is history. Classic Football Shirt Shop is world-famous on the internet and has now also expanded with two physical stores: one in London and one in Manchester, where it all started. You’ll find the Manchester store along the busy Deansgate street, on the outside of Barton Arcade shopping centre. https://www.classicfootballshirts.co.uk
Red Star Shop
The Red Star Shop is a special souvenir shop. A tiny shop that is best described as a kind of anti-megastore. It smells a bit stale, but the numbers of old shirts, scarves and programme booklets make this shop a mecca for the avid football collector. You can find the shop on 686 Chester Road, Old Trafford, Stratford, Manchester. https://www.redlegends.com/
Breakfast at The Koffee Pot
Café by day, Taco Bar by night. Choose from Full English, Irish Fry, Big Yen, Veggie Brekkie or Vegan Royale. https://www.thekoffeepot.co.uk
Breakfast at Fress NQ
Established in 2017, independent, family business, located in the heart of The Northern Quarter. Choose from The Brekkie Beast, Steak, Eggs & Cheesy Hash, Smashed Avocado Full English, Veggie Full English, Vegan Full English, Posh Beans on Toast or Waffles and Pancakes. https://fress.uk