North Road was a football stadium and cricket field in Newton Heath,
Manchester, England. It was the first home of Manchester United Football
Club, then known as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Football Club. The club was formed in 1878 at the request of the railway
company's employees at its carriage and wagon works, and the ground
(which was owned by Manchester Cathedral) adjoined the works. Initially
the ground consisted only of the pitch, around which an estimated
12,000 spectators could congregate, and it was often clouded by steam
from passing trains. Players had to get changed at a nearby public
house. The addition of stands in 1891 increased the capacity to about
15,000. The football club signed its first professional players in 1886
and began to break from its sponsoring railway company, but without the
company's financial support it was unable to afford the rent on the
ground and was evicted. In 1893, the club moved to a new ground at Bank
Street, Clayton. The North Road site is now part of the North Manchester
Business Park, having previously been used as playing fields and as the
site of a school.
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￼ I am an individual … a circle touching and intersecting my
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