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    Default Odsal Stadium in the 1970's

    Talk about an absolute dump. These are showing it being used for Stock Car racing but. Its basically just a dirt crater with a pitch at the bottom of it.









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    I remember the terraces having wooden railway sleepers on them. Players used to stay on the pitch at half time as the changing rooms were right at the top.

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    I was on there for the 1960 Championship Final Wigan v Wakefield. The attendance over 83,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogues Gallery View Post
    I was on there for the 1960 Championship Final Wigan v Wakefield. The attendance over 83,000.
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    No it was 80143 the biggest ever for a top 4 final.





    Final Attendance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Tom Vol View Post
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    No it was 80143 the biggest ever for a top 4 final.


    Final Attendance.
    According to Ian Morrisons book "Wigan R.L.F.C. 1895 -1986" the game was played at Odsal on the 21st May 1960 with an attendance of 83,190

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    I thought Warrington v Halifax at odsal got over 100k?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntingtons View Post
    I thought Warrington v Halifax at odsal got over 100k?
    That was a challenge cup final reply, not championship final.

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    Yep....1954 Challenge Cup Final Replay ......between Warrington and Halifax........102,569.......lot of bodies that. There always used to be a picture of that particular crowd in the Clubhouse at The Odsal.

    Incidentally the site itself used to be a landfill that they turfed over............always was and always will be a dump.

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    even as late as the 1980's there was talk of it being a 60,000 all seater stadium, i remember going to a saints game there in the mid 80's and they had put a few sections of seats on the open terrace opposite the main stand , maybe this was the start of the scheme and it was abandoned but the seats were removed soon afterwards

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    Looking at those pics it's clear to see Odsal has barely changed in 30 years, even after it was supposed to be modernised with it's closure for a few seasons in the early 2000's.

    Still got to say I like tradition and old stadium, many memories and stories that new stadium lack

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