Scottish football attendance records

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Hampden Park, Scotland's national football stadium, holds several Scottish and European attendance records.

This article lists Scottish football attendance records under the categories listed below. The highest ever attendance for a UEFA competition match was in the 1969–70 European Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium. A record 136,505 people attended the match between Celtic and Leeds United. The attendance of 149,415 for the Scotland vs. England international match of 1937 at Hampden Park is also a European record. The attendance of 146,433 for the 1937 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park is a European record for a club match. Rangers' record attendance of 118,567 at Ibrox is a British record for a league match.

By club[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

This is a list of all 42 Scottish Professional Football League clubs' record match attendances at their home ground. The vast majority of these records were achieved before the advent of all-seater stadia. The cost of building all-seater grounds, and a general decline in attendances, means the present capacities of the clubs stadiums are well below their record attendances. Some records were achieved at a club's previous ground, rather than their current location. For example Clyde's record was set at Shawfield Stadium, whilst they have since moved to Broadwood Stadium.[1] Records set while ground-sharing or at a venue other than the club's home stadium are not included. For example, Celtic were the home team when 136,505 attended their 1969–70 European Cup semi-final first leg match against Leeds United, but the match was played at Hampden Park, not Celtic Park.[2] Rangers' record attendance of 118,567 is also the British record for a league match.[3]

Rank Club Attendance Stadium Opponent Competition Date Refs
1 Rangers 118,567 Ibrox Stadium Celtic Division 1 2 January 1939 [3][4]
2 Queen's Park 95,722 Hampden Park Rangers Scottish Cup 18 January 1930 [5]
3 Celtic 83,000 Celtic Park Rangers Division 1 1 January 1938 [6]
4 Hibernian 65,860 Easter Road Heart of Midlothian Division 1 2 January 1950 [7]
5 Heart of Midlothian 53,396 Tynecastle Stadium Rangers Scottish Cup 13 February 1932 [8]
6 Clyde 52,000 Shawfield Stadium Rangers Division 1 21 November 1908 [1]
7 Partick Thistle 49,838 Firhill Stadium Rangers Division 1 18 February 1922 [9]
8 St. Mirren 47,438 Love Street Celtic Division 1 20 August 1949 [10]
9 Aberdeen 45,061 Pittodrie Stadium Heart of Midlothian Scottish Cup 3 March 1954 [11]
10 Dundee 43,024 Dens Park Rangers Scottish Cup 7 February 1953 [12]
11 Kilmarnock 35,995 Rugby Park Rangers Scottish Cup 10 March 1962 [13]
12 Motherwell 35,632 Fir Park Rangers Scottish Cup 12 March 1952 [14]
13 Raith Rovers 31,306 Stark's Park Heart of Midlothian Scottish Cup 7 February 1953 [15]
14 St. Johnstone 29,972 Muirton Park Dundee Scottish Cup 10 February 1951 [16]
15 Hamilton Academical 28,690 Douglas Park Heart of Midlothian Scottish Cup 3 March 1937 [17]
16 Dundee United 28,000 Tannadice Park Barcelona Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 16 November 1966 [18]
17 Dunfermline Athletic 27,816 East End Park Celtic Division 1 30 April 1968 [19]
18 Albion Rovers 27,381 Cliftonhill Rangers Scottish Cup 8 February 1936 [20]
19 Queen of the South 26,552 Palmerston Park Heart of Midlothian Scottish Cup 23 February 1952 [21]
20 Stirling Albion 26,400 Annfield Stadium Celtic Scottish Cup 14 March 1959 [22]
21 Cowdenbeath 25,586 Central Park Rangers Scottish League Cup 21 September 1949 [23]
22 Ayr United 25,225 Somerset Park Rangers Division 1 13 September 1969 [24]
23 Greenock Morton 23,500 Cappielow Celtic Division 1 29 April 1922 [25]
24 Falkirk 23,100 Brockville Park Celtic Scottish Cup 21 February 1953 [26]
25 East Fife 22,515 Bayview Park[note 1] Raith Rovers Division 1 2 January 1950 [27]
26 Dumbarton 18,000 Boghead Park Raith Rovers Scottish Cup 2 March 1957 [28]
27 Alloa Athletic 13,000 Recreation Park Dunfermline Athletic Scottish Cup 26 February 1939 [29]
28 Arbroath 13,510 Gayfield Park Rangers Scottish Cup 22 February 1952 [30]
29 Berwick Rangers 13,365 Shielfield Park Rangers Scottish Cup 28 January 1967 [31]
30 Elgin City 12,608 Borough Briggs Arbroath Scottish Cup 17 February 1968 [32]
31 Stenhousemuir 12,500 Ochilview Park East Fife Scottish Cup 11 March 1950 [33]
32 East Stirlingshire 12,000 Firs Park Partick Thistle Scottish Cup 19 February 1921 [34]
33 Forfar Athletic 10,780 Station Park Rangers Scottish Cup 7 February 1970 [35]
34 Livingston 10,112 Almondvale Stadium Rangers Scottish Premier League 27 October 2001 [36]
35 Airdrieonians 9,044 Excelsior Stadium Rangers Scottish League One 23 August 2013 [37]
36 Montrose 8,983 Links Park Dundee Scottish Cup 17 March 1973 [38]
37 Peterhead 8,643 Recreation Park Raith Rovers Scottish Cup 25 February 1987 [39]
38 Brechin City 8,122 Glebe Park Aberdeen Scottish Cup 3 February 1973 [40]
39 Ross County 8,000 Victoria Park Rangers Scottish Cup 28 February 1966 [41]
40 Inverness CT 7,711 Caledonian Stadium Rangers Scottish Premier League 4 August 2007 [42][note 2]
41 Stranraer 6,500 Stair Park Rangers Scottish Cup 24 January 1948 [43]
42 Annan Athletic 2,517 Galabank Stadium Rangers Third Division 15 September 2012 [44]

Defunct clubs[edit]

Club Attendance Stadium Opponent Competition Date Refs
Third Lanark 45,455 Cathkin Park Rangers Scottish Cup 27 February 1954 [45]
Airdrieonians 24,000 Broomfield Park Heart of Midlothian Scottish Cup 8 March 1952 [46]
Clydebank 14,900 Kilbowie Park Hibernian Scottish Cup 10 February 1965 [47]
Gretna 3,000 Raydale Park Dundee United Scottish Cup 17 January 2005 [48][note 3]

Cup finals[edit]

The attendance of 146,433 for the 1937 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park is a European record for a club match.

Competition Attendance Stadium Match Date Refs
Scottish Cup 146,433 Hampden Park Celtic v Aberdeen 24 April 1937 [49]
Scottish League Cup 107,609 Hampden Park Celtic v Rangers 25 October 1965 [50]
Scottish Junior Cup 77,650 Hampden Park Petershill v Irvine Meadow 19 May 1951 [51]
Scottish Challenge Cup 19,983 Easter Road Raith Rovers v Rangers 6 April 2014 [52]

Scotland national team[edit]

This section lists the top ten attendances for the Scotland national team in home matches. The attendance of 149,415 for the Scotland vs. England match of 1937 at Hampden Park is a European record.

Rank Attendance Date Stadium Opponent Competition Score[note 4]
1 149,415[note 5] 17 April 1937 Hampden Park  England BHC 3–1
2 149,269 15 April 1939 Hampden Park  England BHC 1–2
3 137,438 25 April 1970 Hampden Park  England BHC 0–0
4 135,376 10 April 1948 Hampden Park  England BHC 0–2
5 134,544 3 April 1954 Hampden Park  England BHC / WCQG3 2–4
6 134,504 5 April 1952 Hampden Park  England BHC 1–2
7 134,170 1 April 1933 Hampden Park  England BHC 2–1
8 134,000 24 February 1968 Hampden Park  England BHC / ECQG8 1–1
9 133,300 15 April 1950 Hampden Park  England BHC 0–1
10 133,245 11 April 1964 Hampden Park  England BHC 1–0

European football[edit]

The attendance of 136,505 for the 1969–70 European Cup semi-final first leg between Celtic and Leeds United played at Hampden Park is the highest ever for a UEFA competition match.[2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bayview Park refers to the old East Fife stadium, in use prior to 1998, rather than the current Bayview Stadium.
  2. ^ Inverness' record attendance of 9,530 set on 26 October 2004 was set at Pittodrie Stadium, where the club was ground-sharing with Aberdeen.
  3. ^ Gretna's record attendance of 6,137 set on 16 January 2008 was set at Fir Park, where the club was ground-sharing with Motherwell.
  4. ^ Scotland's score is shown first.
  5. ^ Some sources list the attendance as 149,547

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