Cappielow

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Cappielow Park
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Cappielow is located in Inverclyde
Cappielow
Location in Inverclyde
Location Greenock, Scotland[1]
Coordinates 55°56′28.78″N 4°43′36.52″W / 55.9413278°N 4.7268111°W / 55.9413278; -4.7268111
Owner Greenock Morton
Capacity 11,589[2] (5,741 seated)[1]
Surface Grass
Opened 1879[1]
Tenants
Greenock Morton

Cappielow is a district of Greenock in Inverclyde, west central Scotland. It is home to Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton The name Cappielow, taken alone, usually refers to the Cappielow Park stadium, but it can also refer to a small area of housing or the adjoining industrial estate.

History[edit]

Cappielow's etymology is supposedly of Scandinavian origin, although details of this are sketchy. It has been home to Greenock Morton since 1879.[3] Cappielow hosted a Scotland v Wales match in the 1902 British Home Championship and was used for other events, including public lectures, track cycling and athletics, in its early history.[3] The record attendance of 23,500 was for a league-deciding match against Celtic in 1922.[3] This match ended in a riot, however, which caused damage to Cappielow and the surrounding area.[3] Floodlights were first used at Cappielow for a league match against Third Lanark in 1958.[3]

Cappielow presently has a capacity of 11,589,[2] with 5,741 of these being seated.[1] The area behind the western goal is known as the Wee Dublin end, which contains non-backed bench seating.[3] This was converted from the old terracing in 1978, when Morton were promoted to the Premier Division.[3] It is known as the Wee Dublin end because the Irish immigrant population of Greenock was once housed behind that stand.[3] The main stand, built in 1931, contains plastic bucket seating that replaced the wooden benches that were a fixture of the ground until the late 1990s.[3] The Cowshed lies to the north of the pitch; formerly a fully terraced area for both home and away supporters (complete with segregation fence down the middle), it is now for home supporters only, with much of the frontal terracing removed, and plastic bucket seats occupying its place. Behind the eastern goal is the "Sinclair Street" end, with uncovered terracing.

On 12 December 2008, Morton announced the purchase of a stand from longtime rivals St. Mirren, who were leaving their Love Street home to move to Greenhill Road.[4] It will be re-erected at the "Wee Dublin end".[4] It was also announced two of St. Mirren's floodlights had also been purchased,[4] to be put at either end of the Cowshed.

Location[edit]

Cappielow Park is across East Hamilton Street from the River Clyde, by the A8 road towards Port Glasgow and Glasgow. The uncovered home terrace behind the goals on the turnstile side runs along Sinclair Street. The ground is approximately five minutes walk from Cartsdyke railway station, which is served by the Inverclyde Line.[5] The railway line runs immediately behind the Main Stand and passengers have an excellent view of the Cappielow pitch over the stand roof.[3]

Temporary tenants[edit]

In recent years, both Clydebank (after Boghead was closed)[6] and Ayr United (whilst new flood lighting was installed at Somerset Park)[7] have played home matches at Cappielow.

UEFA[edit]

Under-17 Championship[edit]

Cappielow was one of three Scottish grounds to host matches in the UEFA Under-17 Championship in March 2012 (the others being Somerset Park and the Strathclyde Homes Stadium).[8]

Youth League[edit]

On 3 October 2013, Cappielow hosted a UEFA Youth League between Celtic and Barcelona, with Barcelona winning 2–1.[9]

Gallery[edit]

A panorama of Cappielow, taken from the Sinclair Street end of the ground.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Greenock Morton". Scottish Grounds Guide. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Greenock Morton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Inglis 1996, p. 445
  4. ^ a b c Behan, Paul (24 December 2008). "£50,000 boost... from Morton!". Paisley Daily Express. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Directions to Cappielow". gmfc.net. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Clydebank 1 Accies 1". Hamilton Academical FC. 16 February 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Mike (5 August 2011). "Ayr United Set To Switch Ramsdens Cup Tie To Cappielow". Ayrshire Post. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Scotland U17s 2-3 Denmark U17s". Scottish Football Association. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "UEFA Youth League 2014 - Celtic-Barcelona". UEFA. 
Sources
  • Inglis, Simon (1996). Football Grounds of Britain. Collins Willow. ISBN 0-00-218426-5.