Fallowfield Stadium was built in 1892, as a new home for the Manchester Athletic Club, who’d been kicked off their Old Trafford track by railway development. The stadium dramatically changed this quiet Manchester suburb. It shot to fame the following year, when it held the 1893 FA Cup final, the first outside of London, but was marred by massive overcrowding.
It also held the first Northern Union (rugby league) Challenge Cup Finals outside of Yorkshire in 1899 and 1900, and both were great successes. The stadium remained the home of Manchester athletics and cycling for decades, but fell on hard times after the war. Manchester University bought the site in the 1960s, and tore the decaying ground down in 1994, building a Halls of Residence in its place.
Go to Richmond Park Halls today, and you would never know that there, once upon a time, a grand old stadium once stood.