It was way back in 1997 that we lost our beloved New Writtle Street ground so take a trip down memory lane with us as we remember the good times – and bad – of the grand old lady. We’d like to hear from you ( Contact us) if you have any photographs that are not shown here and we’ll be adding to the gallery as and when we unearth more pictures. We’ve also got a comments section at the bottom of the page and we’d love to hear from you if you have a particular memory or anecdote of NWS that you’d like to share with fellow supporters.
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A wonderful picture showing a packed Wolseley Road End and Barn. The viaduct in Central Park is just visible in the background. Groundsman Harry Colley clears the snow from the pitch at a very wintry New Writtle Street. Enthusiastic City supporter Derek Cook in the Wolseley End letting the referee know that there are two minutes left in the game, early 1970s. Can you see yourself in this picture? Three young lads in the Wolseley Road End survey the damage caused by the great flood in the 1950s. An aerial view from a time before the Wolseley Road End was covered. Also note that the Barn hasn’t yet been extended at either end. Another aerial view, this time showing the Barn extended at both ends and a roof over the Wolseley Road End. An aerial view from New London Road. Note the ‘The Stadium’ sign on the main stand and the addition of the word ‘Ltd’ to the club name over the main turnstile entrance. A time before the majority of outbuildings had been added to the inside wall of the ground. You can also see the Eastern National bus sign on the other side of New Writtle Street. Manager Harry Ferrier imparts words of advice to the team at a training session, with the Wolseley Road End behind him. Can you name the players? Southern League chairman Doug Gillard presents skipper Dean Wells with the 1988/89 Southern Division champions’ trophy with City manager Chris Symes looking proudly on. A nice shot of Frankie Bishop working his magic, with the Clock End in the background. Other City players visible are (l-r) John Devine, Willie Carrick in goal, Bobby Moss & Phil Dudley. When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. An officer and dog accompany supporters along NWS. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (1 of 6) When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. Outside the Bird in Hand pub. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (2 of 6) When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. Things start getting, ahem, lively. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (3 of 6) When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. The trouble escalates. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (4 of 6) When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. An unfortunate City supporter lies on the ground. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (5 of 6) When Ipswich came to town – the battle of New Writtle Street. An officer attends to the injured City fan. FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th Jan 1973. (6 of 6) A view from the New London Road end of New Writtle Street looking towards the Stadium. 17th Oct 1987. City lose 2-1 at home to Redditch Utd the week after the Great Storm. The damage to the Barn is only too obvious. A view from one of the Wolseley Road gardens of a mechanical arm removing the last of the Barn roof sections damaged by the Great Storm of 1987. The opening match of the 1987/88 season against Worcester City was abandoned at half-time due to flooding following a sudden storm. City were losing 2-0 at the time and won the rearranged game 2-0. A view from the Wolseley Road End along the Barn. Who is the young lad in the picture?