Cathkin Park

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Cathkin Park
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Cathkin Park is located in Glasgow council area
Cathkin Park
Location in Glasgow
Former names Hampden Park (1884 – 1903)
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates 55°49′47.82″N 4°15′11.50″W / 55.8299500°N 4.2531944°W / 55.8299500; -4.2531944
Opened 1884
Closed 1967
Surface Grass
Capacity 50,000
Tenants
Queen's Park F.C.
Third Lanark A.C.
1884 – 1903
1903 – 1967

Cathkin Park is a municipal park in Glasgow, Scotland. The park is maintained by the city's parks department, and it is a public place where football is still played. The park contains the site of the second Hampden Park, previously home to the football clubs Queen's Park (from 1884–1903) and Third Lanark (from 1903–1967). The original Hampden Park is just to the west, as the course of the original Cathcart Road is now in Queen's Park Rec.

Football ground[edit]

The park formerly contained a football stadium, which had played host to organised football since 1884. It was originally known as Hampden Park (the second by that name) and was rented by Queen's Park between 1884 and 1903. When Queen's Park moved to the third (and current) Hampden Park, Third Lanark took over the lease. They renamed it New Cathkin Park (as they had previously played at another stadium named Cathkin Park just to the east of Dixon Halls on the east side of the Cathcart Road (which had held two internationals; the first, on 15 March 1884, Scotland versus England, was the first all-ticket match ever). This is also where the first major Anglo-Scottish club competition, the British League Cup final, took place (att: 12000) in 1902, which Celtic won against Rangers 3–2 after extra time.

After Third Lanark folded in 1967, the stadium fell into disrepair and most of the fabric was gradually removed. The remains of the terraces from 3 sides of the ground can be seen in the park. However, a reformed Third Lanark team, which plays in the Greater Glasgow Amateur League, currently plays in the park,[1] as do Hampden AFC.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Third Lanark Athletic Club Greater Glasgow Amateur League
  2. ^ "Hampden AFC". Retrieved 7 March 2013.