A Manchester City fan has realised his dream of building a Lego replica of Maine Road stadium – four years after the club’s former home was demolished.
Gary Standford, 37, of Salford, spent more than £1,500 on about 500,000 pieces of Lego for the project – which he started 13 years ago.
The Maine Road ground, in Moss Side, was demolished in 2003 when the club moved to the city’s Eastlands complex.
But Mr Standford says he does not plan to replicate the new stadium.
He said that he dreamt of building the 3ft (91cm) replica when he was still at school and a big fan of Lego.
“I built a small-scale model but as I got older the Lego was put away in a box and I forgot about it,” said Mr Standford.
“For 12 years I never even looked at it. But when I moved into my own place I came across the box and found plans of Maine Road tucked away inside it.
“It was then that I decided to re-build a larger more exact model of the ground.”
Mr Standford worked on his replica about five hours a week and had to mould his own plastic for the more technical parts.
He had to bring the project to a standstill when the Harry Potter films stopped his supply of vital sky blue bricks from Lego in Denmark.
“When the Harry Potter films came out, the sky blue bricks were licensed for the Harry Potter model only – so I couldn’t buy them separately,” said Mr Standford.
“I had to adapt and also used burgundy bricks, the colour of City’s away strip, and took the bricks from the Star Wars models and figurines which were out at the time.”
He says he is thrilled with the final model even though the club moved to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003.
“I was sad to see the end of Maine Road but I really like the new stadium.
“Despite it being a challenge and a real learning curve I don’t think I’ll be building a model of the new stadium as well.”