Maine Road and Moss Side 2003–2004
After 80 years, Manchester City FC left Maine Road in July 2003 for the City of Manchester Stadium in East Manchester. The stadium was demolished and approximately 400 new homes are being built on the 15 acre site.
I was commissioned by Manchester City Council to document the demolition of the stadium and I produced a 128-page book, Full Time at Maine Road, that also looked at the social implications of the stadium's demise. Were local residents and businesses sad to see it go, or glad to see the back of it?
Full Time at Maine Road, follows the demise of Moss Side’s famous landmark and tells the story of a community’s loss, anxiety and hopes for the future.
Published by Len Grant Photography, 2004
ISBN: 0 9526 7203 0
£13.00, 128 pages, softback
With an introductory interview with Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe
I have only a few books left. If you would like one, please send a cheque payable to 'Len Grant Photography' for £15.00 to include packing and UK inland postage, to 13 Alan Road, Manchester, M20 4NQ.
“… I have sat here for the last three days enthralled in the book. In parts I have cried because seeing Maine Road being pulled down brick by brick is hard to look at, but then again you have still captured the beauty of the place I will always love.”
“Your photographs are really beautiful, although poignant and I have to confess to having had to wipe away a few tears. The night of the launch was the first time I had been back to Maine Road since the demolition and it was sad to see the site but encouraging to talk to some of the locals from Moss Side who, on the whole, seemed very positive about the future.”
“I think the book is excellent and I'm recommending it to fellow blues as an essential item in a City book collection.”