Sydney Sports GroundEdit profile
The Sydney Sports Ground was a basic sports arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, located on the current site of the Sydney Football Stadium. The ground had two main grandstands and a huge hill, giving it a capacity of more than 35,000. It was demolished in 1986 to allow the building of the Sydney Football Stadium, which opened in 1988. It has also hosted some cricket matches - domestic A-Grade matches. The ground's primary use was as the home venue for the Eastern Suburbs rugby league football club, founded in 1908. The South Sydney Rabbitohs club also used it as a home ground from 1928 to 1947. Soccer and rugby league were among the sports held at the ground, but soccer teams also used the ground for major matches. It was also an important open-air boxing venue between the 1930s and 1960s. The champion Australian boxers Jack Carroll, Ron Richards and Jimmy Carruthers has memorable victories there. For many years the ground hosted motorbike races ( motorcycle speedway). Between 1937 and 1955, 12 riders and drivers died as a result of accidents on the dirt track. The ground was one of the venues used in the 1938 British Empire Games. It hosted the World Youth Soccer Championships in 1981. For many years the ground also hosted minor rugby union representative matches and the annual Sydney rugby premiership grand final. Among some of the most memorable of these games were wins by the Sydney team over more fancied visitors such as Wales and Ireland, and a 13-all draw with the New Zealand All Blacks. Sydney's 18-16 win over Wales in 1978 featured one of the most famous field goals ever kicked in Australia when winger Laurie Monaghan's long range effort sailed over the crossbar in the dying minutes to seal a legendary victory. To raise money for Boys' Town - a Catholic home for troubled youths at Engadine, south of Sydney - the bookmaker George Nathan each Sunday organized a fund-raising carnival, with trotting, cycling and midget-car racing that packed the Sydney Sports Ground.