Hill City Football Club were formed in 1904. They originally played at the Boulevard Ground the then home of Hull Rugby League Football Club. After only one season they played at the Circle, which was Hull's Cricket Club Ground before moving to a new ground a short distance away on Anlaby Road in 1905. In the late 1920's the Club were informed that the ground was to be re-developed to make way for a new railway. In preparation for this the Club purchased some land which was to become the site of Boothferry Park. But development was slow and this coupled with the delay to the new railway meant that there was no great urgency to move and it was not until August 1946 that Boothferry Park, was officially opened for the visit of Lincoln City. The Club were to remain at Boothferry Park until moving to the new KC Stadium in 2002. Interestingly the site of the new stadium is on the same spot of the old Circle ground. Boothferry Park is still in existence, but I believe is not used for any particular purpose and is virtually derelict.
The ground had its very own railway station called Boothferry Park Halt and spectators could enter the ground via turnstiles on the station platform. The ground was also the only league ground to have six floodlight pylons, whereas most grounds had just four.
Back Of The Main (West Stand)
Below is a view of the back of the North end of the ground which is still in existence today. This end used have a tidy looking stand, but the club demolished it in the early 1980's so that a supermarket could be built at that end, leaving only a small open terrace. Note the unusual floodlights:
Thanks to Owen Pavey For Providing The Photos Below:
55,019 v Manchester
United, FA Cup 6th Round, February 26th, 1949.