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Dover harbour, England

May 31st, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Dover is a major channel port in the English county of Kent. At the 2001 census, the town of Dover proper had a population of 28,156 inhabitants, while the population of the whole urban area of Dover, as calculated by the Office for National Statistics, was 39,078 inhabitants. (External reference: [1]). The town is the administrative centre of the Dover district.

Dover is famous for its white cliffs, which are made of chalk. The cliffs gave Britain its nickname of Albion, meaning "white". The town's name derives from the Brythonic Dubrās ("the waters"). The French name of Dover is Douvres, pronounced [duvʀ].

Its closeness to continental Europe – it is only 34 kilometres (21 miles) from the French port of Calais – makes Dover one of the United Kingdom's busiest cross-Channel ports, with 18 million passengers passing through each year. Regular ferry services operate from Dover to Calais and Dunkerque. A regular catamaran service to Boulogne recommenced in May 2004. Catamaran services provided by Hoverspeed to Ostend were withdrawn in 2003, and to Calais on 7 November 2005. Hoverspeed had previously operated hovercraft services to and from Calais and Boulogne for many years.

Dover is represented in Parliament by the Labour MP Gwyn Prosser.

Maxton was once a rural parish to the west of Dover, and the terminus of the tramway system serving the town until its closure in 1938. It is now a suburb of the town.

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Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England

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The Reebok Stadium is the home stadium of Bolton Wanderers F.C., and is located on the Middlebrook retail park in Horwich, near Bolton. It is commonly known as 'The Reebok'.

It is a modern, all seater stadium with a capacity of 28,723 which was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park. Despite the improved facilities and larger capacity (and resultant larger ticket revenues), this move was unpopular with many of the club's fans. This was partly due to the new stadium being built out-of-town, and partly due to sentimental attachment to the old stadium and its history. In recognition of this, the street on which the stadium is situated is called Burnden Way.

The Reebok Stadium is named for long-time team sponsor, Reebok. Again, this was unpopular with many fans, as it was considered impersonal, and that too much emphasis was being placed on financial considerations. This opposition has considerably lessened since the stadium was built, however, as fans have grown accustomed to the name.

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JJB Stadium, Wigan, England

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The JJB Stadium is a sports stadium located within the Robin Park Complex in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It is the home ground of both Wigan Athletic F.C. and Wigan Warriors rugby league club. The stadium is named after its principal sponsor, the sporting goods retailer JJB Sports (whose chairman, David Whelan, owns both clubs).

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The Valley stadium, London, England

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The Valley is a football stadium in London that is home to Charlton Athletic F.C.

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Craven Cottage stadium, Londyn, England

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Craven Cottage is the name of a sports stadium in the Hammersmith and Fulham that has been the home ground of the football team Fulham F.C. since 1896. Its capacity is reported to be 22,230, but 22,486 fans were present for the 1-0 defeat of Chelsea F.C. on March 19th, 2006.

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Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England

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Fratton Park is the home stadium of Portsmouth F.C., and is situated in the English city-port of Portsmouth.

The stadium currently has four stands, all seated. The pitch runs from east to west. The largest and most modern stand, at the ground's western end, is the Fratton End. Along either side of the pitch are the North and South stands, both of which are two-tiered. At the eastern end is the Milton End, by far the smallest stand, and the only one without a roof. This stand is mostly given over to away supporters.

The stadium is served by Fratton railway station (about 10 minutes' walk away), which is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line.

Pompey were the first club to stage a Football League match under floodlights. In Feb 1956 they played at Fratton against Newcastle United

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Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan

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Toyota Stadium is a 45,000 seat retractable roof stadium in Toyota City, Japan, built in 2001. It is home of the J. League football team Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Its roof is unique in that it folds much like an accordion. The Toyota Motor Company is the title sponsor of the stadium.

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Niigata Stadium, Niigata, Japan

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Niigata "Big Swan" Stadium is a football stadium in Niigata, Japan. The stadium's capacity is 42,300.

Niigata Stadium hosted some matches in the 2002 World Cup. It is the home field of the J-League Division 1 soccer club Albirex Niigata

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