A good friend of the OVF website has sent in this undated photograph of the Old Recreation Ground, Hanley.
The Valiants were based at the Old Rec ground from 1913 to 1950 and this photograph was almost certainly taken during that time. The owner of the photograph believes it was taken around 1949 but there is no way to be certain.
It shows a portion of the ground in the forefront and Hanley’s terraced streets and pottery factories behind.
Here is another shot of the Old Rec ground taken from Britain From Above:
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