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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Margate FC
Hartsdown Road 1975-2003

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Note Below are a series of photographs, taken by Bob Lilliman in 1975-76 and by Vince Taylor of Groundtastic magazine in 2003. The Summer 2003 issue of the magazine (GT33) included an extensive feature on Hartsdown Park prior to its virtual demolition. At the time Vince wrote: A busy summer is ... in store as the contractors strive to get the stadium finished by August 2003. How little did we know what was in store for the club then!

I am really grateful to Vince and Bob for allowing me to use their photographs; for their continued support of the PP site; and most of all, for their dedication to Non League football grounds. Their contribution is invaluable. DB

Two views of the main stand taken in 1975-76, and another from virtually an indentical position 27 years later

The north stand in 1976 prior to its demolition in 1989, and the terracing laid down in its place, looking towards the Tivoli Park Avenue end

Spot the difference: two views of the Tivoli Park Avenue end, taken a year apart

The Hartsdown Road covered terrace

Terracing on the south side of the ground, looking towards the main stand and Hartsdown Road end

Steps leading to the underground dressing rooms