Plymouth & Milton Keynes named among 2018 World Cup host cities

Ollie Irish

16th, December 2009

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England’s 2018 World Cup bid team have revealed the names of the 12 cities that will be part of their campaign:

Birmingham (Villa Park),  Bristol (New Ashton Vale), Leeds (Elland Road), Liverpool (Anfield or New Anfield), London (Wembley, Emirates Stadium, New White Hart Lane/Olympic Stadium*), Manchester (Eastlands, Old Trafford), Milton Keynes (Stadium MK), Newcastle (St James’ Park), Nottingham (New stadium), Plymouth (New Home Park), Sheffield (Hillsborough), Sunderland (Stadium of Light)

*Fifa rules state one city can have a maximum of three stadia – in London either a new White Hart Lane or the 2010 Olympic Stadium will get the nod

As someone who grew up in Plymouth, I’m delighted that it has made the final list.

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8 Comments

  1. Keith says:

    If it’s on stadia alone, The US bid will flatten all comers. 20 grounds above 70,000, ready with almost zero investment, and no new stadiums built.

  2. Ollie says:

    Ah, but Keith – the US had it in 1994, so no chance of getting it in 2018.

    It’s England’s time again, no question.

  3. Keith says:

    USA 94 is still the highest-attended and highest-earning World Cup ever. You realize how much Sepp Blatter likes money, right?

    Anyway, I think Jack Warner’s traded England 2018 for USA 2022. which is fine by me. But our stadiums are still better.

  4. Hirsty says:

    The World Cup back at Hillsborough! Can’t wait!

  5. Ben says:

    Milton Keynes? No!!! That’s gutting, to be honest.

  6. Danno says:

    Stadia, Keith, stadia…

    Part of me wishes that Portsmouth had gone through with their bid to be one of the cities, I think we’d have given Plymouth a run for their money to be the need-a-new-stadium-based-in-the-South one. Then again, we have other things to worry about, like existing as a club.

    Great to see Sheffield get in there, too.

  7. Chris says:

    And how did Nottingham get it ? They haven’t even got planning permission for their Stadium.

    Leicester isn’t the most fassionable of places but surley they should have been given it instead of Nottingham ?

  8. Tebo says:

    Looks like a big gap in the east…

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