Vetch Field – until 2005

Capacity11 700
Country Wales
CitySwansea
ClubsSwansea City FC
Build year1912
Retire year2005
Inauguration 1912
Record attendance 32,796 (Swansea - Arsenal, 17.02.1968)
Address Vetch Field, Swansea, SA1 3SU

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Description: Vetch Field

In 1912 a local gas company donated surplus piece of land with vetch farm to a newly formed football club. And though the vetch was soon covered with coal cinder, the ground was known as Vetch Field until its very end. After establishing the pitch, two stands were erected of wood on the south and west, accommodating adequately 1,500 and 2,000 people. Two remaining sides had mounds from which more people could attend games.

In its over 90-year history Vetch Field has undergone numerous renovations, ending operation as a 12,000-seater after several capacity restriction being introduced. In 2005 the last game was played and then… nothing happened. The ground was nearly untouched until early 2011 (apart from growing plants and most detachable parts having been removed by supporters just after shutting down). In June 2011 the last stand was dismantled. Whatever future brings, the central circle of what used to be the pitch is said to be retained as peoples’ ashes used to be spread there.

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