All posts by Gemma Muirhead





Thursday Dec 21st


Open as normal


Friday Dec 22nd


Open as normal

Saturday Dec 23rd


Sunday Dec 24th



Monday Dec 25th      

Open as normal


The final Stadium Tour is at 12.30pm. Last entry to the Museum is at 1pm, and it will close at 2pm




Tuesday Dec 26th  




Wednesday Dec 27th    


Open as normal


Thursday Dec 28th          


Open as normal


Friday Dec 29th


Saturday Dec 30th       



Open as normal


The Museum will be open as normal, however the final Stadium Tour of the day is at 11am


Sunday Dec 31st The final Stadium Tour is at 2pm. Last entry to the Museum is at 2pm, and it will close at 3pm 
Monday Jan 1st        CLOSED

Tuesday Jan 2nd   




Wednesday Jan 3rd                   Open as normal



Normal opening hours, subject to events:


Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm


Sunday 11am – 5pm

Scottish Football Museum & Hampden Stadium Tour EARNS 2017 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

The Scottish Football Museum & Hampden Stadium Tour has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


Historic shinty exhibits at Hampden’s football museum on the 157th anniversary of the first clash between shinty and football clubs

As the founding document of the Aberdeen University Shinty Club (the world’s oldest IMG_20160115_142238
constituted shinty club) goes on display at the Scottish Football Museum, a fascinating story of an unprecedented and historic sporting contest between shinty and football clubs has been unearthed.

Aberdeen University Shinty Club was founded in 1861, just one year after the merger of the city’s two great educational institutions – King’s College, founded in 1495, and Marischal College, founded in 1593.

On 15th January 1859, just one year prior to the merger, the rivalry between both independent institutions was transferred into the sporting arena when shinty and football clubs representing each college took part in an unprecedented challenge match.

An account of the contest appeared in the Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser on 22nd January 1859. It stated: “The Shinty Club of King’s College having accepted a challenge from the Foot-ball Club of Marischal College, to play three games at shinty and three at foot-ball, the match came off on the links on Saturday. Owing to the games being keenly contested, three games at shinty and only one at foot-ball were concluded, all in favour of the King’s Club.”

Following the merger of 1860 the shinty players were quick to act, constituting a new unified team in 1861 under the title of the Aberdeen University Shinty Club. Perhaps deflated by defeat, the footballers were much slower in getting organised and it is 1869 before a football club is first recorded at the university.

The historic 1861 document relating to the shinty club is being loaned for display by Aberdeen University Special Collections along with the magnificent Littlejohn Trophy and Album.

Commentating on the loan of the valuable items, broadcaster and shinty historian Hugh Dan MacLennan of Edinburgh University said: “The Littlejohn Trophy and Album are two of shinty’s greatest historical and most spectacular artefacts and we are indebted to the University of Aberdeen for allowing us to include such an important part of the sport’s history in the Hampden exhibition.  The University club’s foundation document is hugely significant also, and for us to be able to show the three items together in the national stadium is a great privilege and I hope the shinty community will come and see them in this unique setting.  And once again our researches have unearthed some remarkable historical information which adds to the rich tapestry of the game.”

Siobhan Convery, Head of Special Collections at Aberdeen University, commented: “The University has a long and proud history of sporting achievements and we are delighted that these treasures relating to shinty’s early history can be enjoyed by a wider audience.”

Richard McBrearty, Curator of the Scottish Football Museum said: “We are delighted to host the exhibition on shinty within the museum at Hampden Park and are very grateful to Aberdeen University Special Collections and Museums for kindly agreeing to loan these truly historic sporting items. The details surrounding the historic contest of 1859 have only recently been discovered and it is a complete coincidence that the display of the Aberdeen University shinty items falls on the anniversary of the historic contest of 1859. It serves to remind us of the significant connections between shinty and football in Scotland and of the rich sporting traditions of Aberdeen University.”



Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2015




Christmas Football


Saturday Dec 19th

Open as normal

Sunday Dec 20th

Open as normal

Monday Dec 21st


Open as normal


Tuesday Dec 22nd


Open as normal


Wednesday Dec 23rd



Open as normal

Thursday Dec 24th Last entry to Museum and final Stadium Tour at 12.30pm, Museum closing at 2pm

Friday Dec 25th




Saturday Dec 26th  




Sunday Dec 27th   


Open as normal


Monday Dec 28th          


Open as normal


Tuesday Dec 29th     


Wednesday Dec 30th        


Open as normal


Open as normal  


Thursday Dec 31st


Last entry to Museum and final Stadium Tour at 2pm, Museum closing at 3pm                                                                                


Friday Jan 1st




Saturday Jan 2nd      




Sunday Jan 3rd   


Open as normal

Our rugby friends West of Scotland Football Club are 150 years old this season!

Our rugby friends West of Scotland Football Club are 150 years old this season and in tribute to this significant milestone a small display on the club can currently be seen at the museum. West were originally based at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground, scene of the world’s first official international football match (Association rules) in 1872. That first historic encounter between Scotland and England was organised by Queen’s Park FC, the owners of Hampden Park where the museum is based. The distinctive red and yellow hoops of the West of Scotland club were adopted by Partick Thistle in 1935.



Presentation of Dundee FC Shirt

Dundee FC recently presented the Scottish Football Museum with their specially produced third shirt. The shirt was produced to commemorate the sacrifice made by the city on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos and contains the official tartan and badge of the Black Watch regiment. Kenny Ross, Chairman of the Dundee FC Supporters Association, presented the shirt to museum curator Richard McBrearty and the shirt will go on display in a new display on the First World War which is due to open at Hampden within the next few days.

Loos Shirt presentation


Now OpenThe Scottish Football Museum Shop opens officially tomorrow (Thursday, 3rd December) at Hampden and to celebrate, the first 25 customers will receive a FREE GIFT with their purchase.


Supporters will be able to buy the new Scotland home and away kits and Scotland Supporter Club members will receive 15% off the new Scotland kits and any other merchandise. Simply bring your membership card with you to receive the discount*.


*Full-price merchandise only.

The Scottish Football Museum is delighted to accept the presentation of an extremely rare 10-inch disc recording of “The Laddie Frae Cardenden”

The Scottish Football Museum is delighted to accept the presentation of an extremely rare 10-inch disc recording of “The Laddie Fae Cardenden”, a tribute to legendary Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson.

The historic song, written by Alexander McGregor and performed by Douglas Robb, dates from 1931 and was recorded as a tribute to Thomson who was killed in a tragic accident during an Old Firm match at Ibrox Park on September 5, 1931. A Scottish internationalist when he died aged just 22, John Thomson had already made 188 appearances for his club in a career that was so tragically cut short.

The disc is being donated to the Museum by Terry Dick son the late Glen Daly. Glen himself is famous for his recording of The Celtic Song which is still played at every Celtic home game.

Presenting the disc to the Museum was Celtic and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Pat Bonner, a man who represented his club on 641 occasions and is placed fifth in the Parkhead club’s list of all-time appearances. Pat will be accompanied by Gerry McDade, co-author of his Irish Book Award nominated autobiography, The Last Line.

you can listen to the Laddie frae Cardenden song here

Pat Bonner

A Tribute to Motherwell’s Joe Wark – by David Miller, Digitisation and Outreach Officer, Scottish Football Museum



In the summer of 2012, I began work digitising Scottish Football Museum content for Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project. For the first few months in the role I had no access to service users, so attended an open day at Fir Park for the Motherwell group connected with the project for more information on how our content could be delivered to service users. Here I met Norrie Gallagher who was co-ordinating the Motherwell group. He suggested that together we could help produce a book of photographic memories for Joe Wark, who was a former Motherwell footballer, living with Alzheimer’s disease.


I didn’t know a great deal about Joe’s career, though it was clear he meant a great deal to Motherwell Football Club and it wasn’t difficult to find out information. This was a man who played for Motherwell for 16 years, under 8 different renowned full time managers, and played for a Scottish League side against England. I was understandably nervous when Norrie and I were first invited to the Wark home to begin work on the book, but I needn’t have been. Joe and his wife Maureen made us feel very comfortable and Joe was instantly very entertaining company. For months Norrie and I were privileged to spend afternoons in Joe’s company, drinking coffee and listening to years worth of footballing anecdotes, until the book was completed.


Joe did a great deal to promote the project. He was very open about his condition and when the book was completed, he appeared in the Evening Times to promote the work the project was doing. The book was also put on display at the Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge. Joe attended the Football Memories reminiscence groups with Norrie at Fir Park, helping to give other men the confidence to join and share their football memories in a safe environment. Through working with Joe, I also began work as a support worker for Alzheimer Scotland and was then given a full-time role with the Scottish Football Museum. Were it not for Joe’s selflessness, I can’t be certain either of these roles would have been made available to me.


I will always look back fondly on the afternoons myself and Norrie spent with Joe. Motherwell fans remember an honest, hard working footballer, who despite his League cap, and appearing in the Sunday Mail team of the year, merited far greater recognition than he received in his playing days. I remember a kind gentleman, who shared freely from his life with 2 relative strangers, and kept them captivated for months. I’ll always consider that a privilege.