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Barrowfield is located in Glasgow council area
Barrowfield shown within Glasgow
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  • Glasgow
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Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G40
Dialling code 0141
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55°51′07″N 4°12′44″W / 55.851977°N 4.212361°W / 55.851977; -4.212361Coordinates: 55°51′07″N 4°12′44″W / 55.851977°N 4.212361°W / 55.851977; -4.212361

Barrowfield is an area of east Glasgow in Camlachie, close to Celtic Park, home of Celtic Football Club.

Being an area of working class housing enclosed by main roads and railway lines, it 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 changed from a normal working class suburb like most other areas of the city to being a place renowned for its gangs, namely "The Torch" and "The Spur". Each terrorized the other's patch, and the area was so violent that the fighting stopped only in the 1980s, because the gang leaders realised that dealing in drugs was more profitable. Unfortunately for the community this meant the Scheme had hundreds of drug abusers from all over Glasgow coming to the area to buy their "gear". Barrowfield therefore has a high mortality rate amongst the youth, largely due to drug abuse and suicide. More recently, the area has undergone a massive revamp, but the drug problem still exists in plague proportions and crime is still high.


Barrowfield Park was the home ground of Clyde between 1877 and 1898, and also hosted matches for Eastern and Albatross. For many years, Celtic Football Club conducted most of their training routines at a facility in Barrowfield.[1] By 2005, those facilities were seen as antiquated, particularly in comparison to those of their Old Firm rivals Rangers at Murray Park.[2] Celtic considered building new facilities at their site in Barrowfield,[2] but instead decided to develop the Lennoxtown training centre.[3] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ a b "Celtic consider Barrowfield plan". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ 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.