Ibrox Architect Archibald Leitch

Sir Harry Flashman

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There is a fantastic book called Engineering Archie, that I managed to get a copy of a few years ago. The man was instrumental in the start up of football. He has over 40 clubs on his resumé.

Basically the first man to build stadiums for the masses.
I bought the book Engineering Archie a few years ago along with another excellent book about Ibrox called Temple of Dreams around the same time.
Both books as far as I know are out of print but both are well worth a read if they can be picked up at a reasonable price.
 

ML9

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It has cited as an inspiration for him and when you compare the photos, there does appear to be a remarkable similarity. I have a photo of it, will try and find it.
Was a wee bit tongue in cheek mate, I visited the Cairo museum about 20 year ago and had a proper wtf moment the first time I eyeballed (had no idea what it lookedike then)it wondering what the connection was, Its also a fantastic place to visit.
 

colin stein 9

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I bought the book Engineering Archie a few years ago along with another excellent book about Ibrox called Temple of Dreams around the same time.
Both books as far as I know are out of print but both are well worth a read if they can be picked up at a reasonable price.
As others have said it appears that Engineering Archie is currently over £60. However Temple of Dreams is more reasonably priced at £12.99 for the paperback and £7.19 for the kindle version.

 

Telford True Blue

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There is a panel in the English football museum in Manchester about Archibald Leitch. Was there not too long ago with my boy. And of all the stands they could have chosen for the picture on the panel it was ours!
 

Clicker

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Always meant to pick up a copy of “Engineering Archie”, I could kick myself now it's out of print.
 

BunkMoreland

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Did anyone go see the Archibald Leitch exhibition that was at the house for an art lover last year?
 

Stokeloyal

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There is a fantastic book called Engineering Archie, that I managed to get a copy of a few years ago. The man was instrumental in the start up of football. He has over 40 clubs on his resumé.

Basically the first man to build stadiums for the masses.
Superb read, hard to get hold of now too
 

Kentbear

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I visited the FA museum in Manchester a number of years ago and they had a feature on his work.
A similar section should be at our new museum, even an Ibrox through the ages display should be a feature there have been loads of photos on here with the original plans of the stands, a timeline? of the new ones taking shape and the club deck with the finish being the stadium of ants, in fact this should be a major feature with Ibrox being a proper iconic football stadium in and out.
 

academical

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I don’t dissent from the eulogising of Leitch as the definitive British football stadium architect.

But it should also be acknowledged that these timber-built stands were death traps. Valley Parade, Bradford, was one of Leitch’s.
 

chilebear

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When Everton eventually move ground I hope they do something with part of their main stand to keep the mans memory alive
 

Gogso

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I don’t dissent from the eulogising of Leitch as the definitive British football stadium architect.

But it should also be acknowledged that these timber-built stands were death traps. Valley Parade, Bradford, was one of Leitch’s.
Thats very true but perhaps the wooden construction was driven by cost and he had to work within those constraints.
 

Rangerista

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I don’t dissent from the eulogising of Leitch as the definitive British football stadium architect.

But it should also be acknowledged that these timber-built stands were death traps. Valley Parade, Bradford, was one of Leitch’s.
Wasn't the Valley Parade fire the result of years of poor maintenance and neglect, the lack of a proper cleaning regime, leading to an accumulation of inflammable materials under the stand? Of course once alight, its wooden construction fueled the fire, leading to an inferno and the resulting tragedy.
 

Paisleyprod

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I can't believe this comment from someone who claims to have Inglis's book:
"I remember reading all about Leitch stands in your wonderful guide to football grounds, Simon. How many are still standing today? I can only think of Everton."

Also, and it's indicative, the Obsessed make their depressingly inevitable appearance on the twitter thread.
Whoever made that comment is an utter fool.

I'm sure villa Park stand is still standing and nice snd of course ours.
 

Rangerista

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From Old Trafford earlier in the year


Lovely touch from Manchester United.

We need our own tribute to Mr Leitch, which I'd prefer to see in his magus opus, the Main Stand. Of course, he will be referenced in the new club museum, that's a given.
 

Kevgil09

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I'm trying to get in touch with the guy who posted this on twitter, I know lads who do these restorations and who are in London often and would be willing to help out on this.
 
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