Rosebery Park

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Rosebery Park
Location Oatlands, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates 55°50′17″N 4°14′10″W / 55.838°N 4.236°W / 55.838; -4.236Coordinates: 55°50′17″N 4°14′10″W / 55.838°N 4.236°W / 55.838; -4.236
Owner Glasgow City Council (after 1961)
Type Stadium
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1918
Closed 1990s
Demolished 2000s
Tenants
Shawfield F.C. 1918–1960
Pollok F.C. 1926–1928
Glasgow schools' football 1963–1990s

Rosebery Park was a football ground in the Oatlands district of Glasgow, Scotland. It was the home of Shawfield F.C. from 1918 to 1960, before being acquired by Glasgow Corporation as a venue for schools' football matches.

The discovery that the site was contaminated led to the ground becoming derelict in the 1990s, and it was subsequently demolished as a result of the M74 motorway extension.[1][2]

History[edit]

Rosebery Park was named after the former Prime Minister, the 5th Earl of Rosebery.[3] Located on the south-west side of Toryglen Street near Polmadie Road,[citation needed] it was the home of Shawfield Juniors. Pollok also sometimes used the ground in the late 1920s whilst they were without a permanent ground.[4]

Following the demise of Shawfield Juniors, the Glasgow Corporation Education Committee arranged to buy the ground in 1961 in order to provide a venue for the schools' football competitions they organised.[5] After being refurbished at a total cost of £14,000, the ground was reopened for schools' matches in April 1963.[6]

Rosebery Park had not hosted football for a number of years as it had become contaminated by Chrome waste from factories in nearby Shawfield, Rutherglen.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "M74 Completion". Trunk road projects. Transport Scotland. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ M74 scheme leaflet showing route of road (large pdf file; ground was located just north of the Polmadie Road junction)
  3. ^ O'Brien, Ged (2010). Played in Glasgow. London: Malavan Media. p. 63. ISBN 978 0 954744 557. 
  4. ^ "The History of Pollok Football Club (1908-1977)". Pollok Football Club. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "News in Brief". The Glasgow Herald. 15 April 1961. Retrieved 7 April 2015 – via Google News Archive. 
  6. ^ "New Stadium for Schoolboys". The Glasgow Herald. 26 April 1963. Retrieved 7 March 2015 – via Google News Archive. 
  7. ^ NCE - Stabilising Glasgow (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Calcium polysulfide remediation of hexavalent chromium contamination from chromite ore processing residue". ResearchGate. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 

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