Football Ground Map is the brain child of web developer and Sheffield United supporter Rob Clarkson, who was looking for a way to document how many different grounds he'd been to whilst watching his beloved Blades. After searching the Internet, Rob found nothing and set about building a ground mapping tool for himself.
The site was completed in under a month and was launched in November 2007 as a Facebook application. At first the app contained only the 92 English league grounds, but as it gained in popularity more and more grounds from England were added and soon requests for new grounds were coming in from all over the world. As the application grew, Rob and designer Phil Baker decided to create a stand-alone website and so footballgroundmap.com was born.
The main footballgroundmap.com website was launched in September 2009 with the hope of attracting an even wider audience than the Facebook application.
The website and Facebook application have a total of 130,838 users. There are currently 5,300 grounds on the system from 5,245 different teams from 224 leagues in 87 countries around the world.
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