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Barrowfield shown within Glasgow
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It is an area of working class housing enclosed by main roads and railway lines, which consequently developed a distinctive character. The original 1930s council housing scheme (built to accommodate those cleared from Glasgow's 19th century slums) became increasingly hard to let and were demolished in the 1990s to make way for more appealing houses.
In the 1950s the area went from being a normal working class suburb like most other areas of the city to becoming a place renowned for its gangs, namely "The Torch" and "The Spur". Both these gangs terrorised each other's patch and the area was so violent it took up until the 1980s before the fighting stopped, this was due to the gang leaders realising dealing drugs was more profitable. Unfortunately for the community this meant the Scheme had hundreds of drug abusers from all areas of Glasgow coming to the area to buy their "gear". Because of this, the area has a high mortality rate amongst the youth, largely due to its drug abuse and suicide. More recently, the area has since gone through a massive revamp however the drug problem still exists in plague proportions and crime is still high.
For many years, Celtic Football Club conducted most of their training routines at a facility in Barrowfield. By 2005, those facilities were seen as antiquated, particularly in comparison to those of their Old Firm rivals Rangers at Murray Park. Celtic considered building new facilities at their site in Barrowfield, but instead decided to develop the Lennoxtown training centre. The Celtic first team temporarily resumed training at Barrowfield in November 2011, after a spate of training ground injuries led manager Neil Lennon to fear that the Lennoxtown pitches were responsible.
- Pattullo, Alan (19 November 2011). "Training moved to Barrowfield as Lennoxtown suspected of playing a part in rising injury toll". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "Celtic consider Barrowfield plan". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- McGowan, Stephen (10 October 2007). "Lennoxtown will let Celts match elite off pitch, as well as on it". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 5 December 2013.
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