Roker Park

Roker Park

Built in the 1890s, Roker Park was home to Sunderland A.F.C. Being one of the best stadiums in England and having capacity to hold 40,000 fans, it was selected to be one of the host stadiums for World Cup 1966.

Roker Park hosted four matches during 1966 World Cup, including a quarter-final between the Soviet Union and Hungary.


Location: Sunderland

Capacity: 40,310

Construction: Roker Park opened in 1897. Unfortunately the publication of the Taylor Report on stadium safety in the 1990s sounded the death knell for the stadium. The stadium was closed in 1997 in favour of a new venue.

Matches: Italy 2 : 0 Chile (July 13), Soviet Union 1 : 0 Italy (June 15), Soviet Union 2 : 1 Chile (July 20), Soviet Union 2 : 1 Hungary (July 23)


World Cup 1966 Venues : Wembley Stadium, White City Stadium, Hillsborough Stadium, Old Trafford, Villa Park, Goodison Park, Roker Park and Ayresome Park.