The lowest of the low

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by Ron Counte

17 October 2017

You can probably guess what the lowest League ground is in England. But you might be surprised to learn which is the highest.

Blundell Park

I need to hang my head in shame. I pride myself on being something of an expert on GTFC trivia. Not quite as anal as other contributors I could mention, but certainly well up there in the anorak stakes. Imagine my horror, then, when I failed to answer a quiz question to which the answer was Blundell Park.

It's totally shocking. The question was "Which is the lowest Football League ground in England?"

It appears that Blundell Park, less than a metre above sea level, holds the distinction. Given the view from the Findus (sorry, to me it would always be the Findus stand. It took me years to stop calling it the Barrett), you might have thought this was a rather obvious answer.

To be fair my initial views were that it would be a seaside ground, and the next two grounds in the list are St Mary's Southampton, a metre above sea level, and the KC Stadium in Hull towering over us at 1.8 metres. Sadly, as has become all too common in recent years, our neighbours along the M180 are once again placed well above us. However, at six metres above sea level Glanford Park comes in at number 83 on the list, a mere nine places above us. This is probably the closest we have come to them in the last decade or so. I find it scant consolation.

As for the highest ground, I'm willing to bet that few will identify the correct answer. Before checking the list below, why don't you hazard a guess?

I thought back to several of the grounds I had visited. One that sprang to mind was St James' Park, because it's up a hill just outside the centre of Newcastle. But at 69 metres above sea level, it is only good enough to secure 33rd place on the list. Once again the Geordies fail to reach the heights to which they aspire.

After finding that hilly Yorkshire does not even trouble the top ten highest grounds, I chose places as far away from the sea as possible. Northampton Town manage to finish two places and 2.5 metres above Liverpool – the only time that is ever likely to happen under any scenario – but they still only come in at 36th in the list.

Normally of course, a football stadium has to be located in an urban centre. The exception is Forest Green, whose New Lawn, at 162 metres, is a new entry at number two in the list.

Believe it or not, though, the highest football ground in the country is the Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion! Hats off to you if you got that one. So no wonder Alan Buckley's time at the Baggies ended unhappily – moving from the lowest to the highest ground in the League was always going to be an uphill struggle.

The clubs of the Football League, in order of height above sea level



1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 168.3
2 New Lawn Forest Green Rovers 162.5
3 Boundary Park Oldham Athletic 160.3
4 Vale Park Port Vale 158.5
5 The Crown Ground Accrington Stanley 157.3
6 Spotland Rochdale 151.8
7 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers 147.2
8 St Andrews Birmingham City 131.7
9 The Britannia Stadium Stoke City 131.4
10 Adams Park Wycombe Wanderers 125.9
11= Turf Moor Burnley 121.0
11= Kenilworth Road Luton Town 121.0
13 Field Mill Mansfield Town 118.3
14 Valley Parade Bradford City 115.8
15 The Bescot Stadium Walsall 115.2
16 Reebok Stadium Bolton Wanderers 114.9
17 Ewood Park Blackburn Rovers 110.0
18 Saltergate Chesterfield 109.7
19 Villa Park Aston Villa 105.8
20 County Ground Swindon Town 103.6
21 Ricoh Arena Coventry City 103.0
22 Broadhall Stevenage 99.1
23 Huish Park Yeovil Town 85.6
24 Broadfield Crawley Town 83.5
25 Gigg Lane Bury 82.9
26 Oakwell Barnsley 82.3
27 Falmer Brighton & Hove Albion 80.8
28 Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield Town 78.0
29 Stadium MK Bastard Franchise Scum 77.1
30 Bramall Lane Sheffield United 74.7
31 Hillsborough Sheffield Wednesday 69.5
32 New Meadow Shrewsbury Town 69.2
33 St James Park Newcastle United 68.9
34 Vicarage Road Watford 67.7
35 The Hive Barnet 65.9
36= Sixfields Stadium Northampton Town 65.5
36= Kassam Stadium Oxford United 65.5
38 Anfield Liverpool 63.1
39 Whaddon Road Cheltenham Town 62.2
40 Walkers Stadium Leicester City 61.0
41 City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City 59.7
42 The Memorial Stadium Bristol Rovers 57.9
43 Gresty Road Crewe Alexandra 55.8
44 Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 54.9
45 St James Park Exeter City 53.0
46 Home Park Plymouth Argyle 52.4
47 Pride Park Derby County 51.8
48 Colchester Community Stadium Colchester United 49.1
49 Pirelli Stadium Burton Albion 46.0
50 Goodison Park Everton 45.7
51= Elland Road Leeds United 44.8
51= Madjeski Stadium Reading 44.8
53 Deepdale Preston North End 42.1
54 Priestfield Stadium Gillingham 38.1
55 Old Trafford Manchester United 36.0
56 The Stadium of Light Sunderland 34.1
57 Dean Court Bournemouth 31.7
61 New York Stadium Rotherham United 31.4
58 The JJB Stadium Wigan Athletic 30.8
59 Emirates Stadium Arsenal 30.5
60 The City Ground Nottingham Forest 29.0
62 Roots Hall Southend United 27.4
63 Meadow Lane Notts County 27.1
64 White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur 21.0
65 Brunton Park Carlisle United 15.8
66 The Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough 15.5
67= The Valley Charlton Athletic 14.9
67= Kingsmeadow Wimbledon 14.9
69 Griffin Park Brentford 14.0
70 Liberty Stadium Swansea City 13.1
71 London Road Peterborough United 12.2
72 Abbey Stadium Cambridge United 11.3
73= Stamford Bridge Chelsea 10.7
73= Rodney Parade Newport County 10.7
75 Cardiff City Stadium Cardiff City 10.4
76 Ashton Gate Bristol City 8.8
77= Bloomfield Road Blackpool 7.9
77= The Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster Rovers 7.9
77= Loftus Road Queens Park Rangers 7.9
80 Sincil Bank Lincoln City 7.6
81 London Stadium West Ham United 7.3
82 Craven Cottage Fulham 6.7
83= Fratton Park Portsmouth 6.1
83= Glanford Park Scunthorpe United 6.1
85= Highbury Fleetwood Town 5.8
85= The New Den Millwall 5.8
87= Portman Road Ipswich Town 5.2
87= Carrow Road Norwich City 5.2
89 Globe Arena Morecambe 4.6
90 KC Stadium Hull City 1.8
91 St Marys Southampton 0.9
92 Blundell Park Grimsby Town 0.6


This list updates one compiled by Midfield Dynamo in 2008. New grounds have been added using an altitude checker on the ground postcodes as entered in the Football Grounds Guide.

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