Glasgow, United Kingdom

Scottish Football History Walk

Mystery Quest

Scottish Football History Walk

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14 tour stops



Introduction and outline.

4 min

Birth of Queen's Park FC (1867)

How football developed. How Queen's Park FC started.

4 min

First football international in the world (1872)

30th Nov 1872 in Glasgow - Scotland 0 England 0.

7 min

Source of the Hampden Park name

SFA founded 1873. Hampden Terrace. John Hampden (1595-1643).

4 min

First Hampden Park football ground (1873)

Location rediscovered 2017. Queen's Park kit design. First Scottish Cup final 1874.

7 min

Challengers to Queen's Park FC

Scotland best in world. Rangers 1872. FA Cup Finals.

5 min

Second Hampden (1884)

Glasgow's "Colosseum"? 1888 landmarks. Professionalism.

8 min

Leaving Second Hampden (1903)

Third Lanark FC. Queen's Park lose primacy but still think big.

7 min

Third Hampden (1903-2020)

Expansions. Record crowds. Decay (1970s). Renewal (1999).

7 min

Fortunes of the Scotland international team

England rivalry. Growth of FIFA. Dreams & failures.

8 min

Progress of Scottish club teams

Old Firm dominance & rivalry. Queen's Park survive & change.

7 min

Scottish women's football

Women's World Cup 2019. Dick, Kerr Ladies FC 1920s. IFAB.

6 min

Scottish teams in Europe

European Cup 1960. Scottish highpoints. Andy Robertson.

6 min

Summing up

Summing up. Credits and references.

2 min


⚽ Discover the origins of Scottish football; the birth of Queen's Park FC; the early cup finals and internationals; the three Hampden Park grounds; and Scotland's pioneering contribution to the growth of the modern game, which deserves to be better known and celebrated. Walk the ground and see the places where much of it happened.

⚽ This 110 minute tour starts from Queen's Park Recreation Ground and takes a route around the three Hampden Parks, finishing outside the present stadium. It is aimed at football fans with an interest in history. It is fairly detailed and so is probably unsuitable for children or younger fans.

⚽ Also try the optional and light-hearted football mystery quest game as you progress around the walking tour. It features a challenge at each tour stop.

⚽ This walking tour was produced in 2020 for the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival. The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust co-ordinates this annual festival about the city's architecture, culture, and heritage.

Itinerary 1.9 km / 1:50

Offline map included

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