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Archibald "Archie" Leitch (27 April 1865 – 25 April 1939) was a Scottishmarker architect, most famous for his work designing football stadia throughout the United Kingdommarker and the Republic of Irelandmarker.

Born in Glasgowmarker, Leitch's early work was on designing factories in his home city, with the sole survivor being the category A listed Sentinel Works at Jessie Street, Polmadiemarker, just south of Glasgow city centre. He moved into stadium design when he was commissioned to build Ibrox Parkmarker, the new home ground of Rangers, in 1899.

Leitch's stadiums were initially considered functional rather than aesthetically elegant, and were clearly influenced by his early work on industrial buildings. Typically, his stands had two tiers, with criss-crossed steel balustrades at the front of the upper tier, and were covered by a series of pitched roofs, built so that their ends faced onto the playing field; the central roof span would be distinctly larger, and would incorporate a distinctive pediment.

His first project in Englandmarker was the design and building of the John Street Stand at Bramall Lanemarker, which provided 3,000 seats and terracing for 6,000 and was dominated a large mock-Tudor press box.

Even after the Ibrox disaster of 1902, when 26 people were killed when a bank of terracing collapsed, Leitch was still in demand. Over the next four decades he became Britain's foremost football architect. In total he was commissioned to design part or all of more than 20 stadiums in the UK and Ireland between 1899 and 1939, including:



Many of his works have since been demolished for redevelopment (especially in wake of the Taylor Report and the move to all-seater stadiums), most notably the Trinity Road Stand at Villa Park, considered his masterpiece, which was demolished in 2000. The main stand and pavilion at Craven Cottage, and the facade of the Main Stand at Ibrox (although the stand itself has been remodelled) still survive to this day; both are now listed buildings. He also came up with the formula that for every one person seated, two can stand.

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