Grounds for Optimism?

Last updated : 05 May 2003 By
Three sides will be joining the Nationwide Second Division after relegation from the Nationwide First Divison.

Old favourites Grimsby Town and Stevie Coppell's led Brighton & Hove Albion will be returning, the Sussex outfit after only a year's absence, and making a first appearance for a number of years at this level will be ex-Premiership outfit, Sheffield Wedneday, likely to have one of the best, if not the best stadium in the division.

Coming from the other direction and promoted from the Nationwide Third Division are Rushden & Diamonds, whom Brentford will play in a competitive league fixture for the first time, Hartlepool United and again another old favourite, Wrexham.

The Bee Hive takes a quick look at the grounds Wally Downes men will be visiting next season.

Blundell Park: Home of Grimsby Town

Ground Capacity: 10, 033

The Withdean: Home of Brighton& Hove Albion

Ground Capacity: 7, 000

Hillsborough: Home of Sheffield Wednesday

Ground Capacity: 39, 859

Nene Park: Home of Rushden & Diamonds

Ground Capacity: 6, 635

The Victoria Ground: Home of Hartlepool United

Ground Capacity: 7, 229

The Racecourse Ground: Home of Wrexham

Ground Capacity: 15, 500