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Molineux expansion: Five of the biggest home ends in English football

By Luke Hatfield | Football | Published:

Wolves' expansion plans for the South Bank could see Molineux boast one of the biggest single-tier stands in England.

What are the biggest stands in football? (Photo of Villa Park: AMA)

But how would Wolves' near-10,000 capacity stand compare to some of the other behind-goal efforts around the country?

Luke Hatfield takes a look at the five biggest home stands behind goals in English football.

Tottenham Hotspur - South Stand (in construction) - 17,500

Tottenham's new stadium is still under construction, but it'll boast the biggest single-tier stand in the UK when it's complete. (Photo: Hzh)

Set to be the biggest single-tier stand in England, Tottenham's South Stand will house over 17,000 fans.

The front row will be just five metres from the playing surface, with the idea inspired by 'The Yellow Wall' at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion.

Providing a wall of noise, it promises to be one of the most impressive features of any stadium in Europe and will be by far the biggest behind-goal structure in English football.

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Manchester United - Stretford End - 14,263

The Stretford End

Holding over 14,000 fans, Old Trafford's Stretford End (now officially known as the West Stand) comes in second on this list.

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It's not actually the biggest stand at United though, that honour falls to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand situated on the side of the pitch, holding over 25,000.

But for now, the Stretford End is the biggest current behind-goal stand in use, after it was converted to a two-tier structure in the early 2000s.

Aston Villa - Holte End - 13,472

The Holte End (AMA)

You don't need to look too far from Wolverhampton to find a mighty stand behind the sticks, only 20 miles or so, in fact - to Aston Villa's famous Holte End.

Previously the largest seated end in England, the Stretford End's second tier de-throned the Holte in 2001, but it's still a sight to behold.

It was previously capable of holding 28,000 standing supporters, before the move to all-seater stadiums took place.

Manchester United - East Stand - 13,307

Old Trafford houses some of the biggest stands in England.

The second Old Trafford stand in the top five is the East Stand, packing in just over 13,300 people.

The third biggest stand in United's stadium, it used to be known as the Scoreboard End, and houses the away supporters in the south-east section of the corner.

Boasting two tiers, it also seats over 150 disabled fans.

Liverpool - Kop - 12,407

The Kop at Anfield

Arguably the most iconic stand in English football, the Kop at Anfield is notable for its one-tier structure helping to make for one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League.

Seating over 12,000 fans, it's the biggest single-tier stand in the country, until Spurs' South Stand is put into working use.

Anfield's new Main Stand has a capacity of over 20,000, but like the Sir Alex at Manchester United, runs along the side of the playing surface as opposed to behind the goal.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
Digital Sports Journalist - @LHatfield_Star

Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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