The ground, which opened back in 1932, hosted its last game in December and, though it wasn’t known at the time, its last access-all-areas-game in March, with the club moving to a slightly sterile-looking council-run facility, as is often the way of these things.
The accompanying music to clips of past great days was well chosen. To Build A Home, by the Cinematic Orchestra, includes the lines: “This is a place where I don’t feel alone/This is a place where I feel at home.”
The words carry an extra charge in this pandemic-impacted world. All supporters find this long exile from football grounds trying for several reasons, but it’s likely one of the most profoundly felt emotions is missing being a part of something – and feeling a sense of belonging.