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2018 Scottish Football Hall of Fame Nominations Launch.

Nominations for the 2018 Scottish Football Hall of Fame opened today.

The Scottish Football Hall of Fame is a permanent feature in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. A panel of experts from the world of football, and the media, will consider nominees and elect successful candidates. The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at a star-studded dinner at Hampden Park on Sunday 21st October in association with Hampden Conference & Events and Prestige Sodexo, where there will be a special tribute to Hall of Fame inductee, and Scotland manager, Alex McLeish.








Above: McLeish was present today to launch this year’s opening of Hall of Fame nominations.

Alex was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 following a superb playing career for Aberdeen (692 appearances) and Scotland (77 caps). His playing career saw him win 10 domestic trophies as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup, and represent Scotland at three FIFA World Cups in 1982, 1986 and 1990.

After hanging up his boots, Alex went into management with spells at clubs including Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers and Birmingham City. In February 2018, Alex returned to Hampden to take the helm of the National Team for a second time, having previously held the position in 2007, where he came very close to leading the team to UEFA Euro 2008. During his first spell, he recorded the highest win percentage of any Scotland manager, with seven victories from his 10 matches in charge.

The committee of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame will consider nominees who meet the following criteria…

1)      Players recognised as being Scottish (in compliance with FIFA’s international guidelines on eligibility) once they have retired from the game.

2)      Non Scottish players who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who have since finished playing in Scotland.

3)      Managers recognised as being Scottish who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

4)      Non Scottish managers who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

5)      Officials recognised as being Scottish who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

6)      Non Scottish officials who have made a significant contribution to Scottish football and who are deemed to have spent a reasonable length of time in their chosen field.

The number of individuals inducted may vary from year to year at the discretion of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame committee, but at least one inductee per year will be shortlisted will come from the pre 1945 era.

The public can nominate their football personality at:


This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at a star-studded dinner at Hampden Park on Sunday 21st October in association with Hampden Conference & Events and Prestige Sodexo.

Football fans can participate by logging on to and nominate the personality of their choice. You can also post your nomination to: Scottish Football Hall of Fame, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9BA. The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 26th August.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

Tables can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040.

The full list of Hall of Fame members are:

2004 Inductees – Willie Woodburn, Jim Baxter, Sir Alex Ferguson, Graeme Souness, John Greig, Jock Stein, Bill Shankly, Billy McNeill, Jimmy McGrory, Danny McGrain, Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Johnstone, Billy Bremner, Dave Mackay, Denis Law, Gordon Smith, Willie Miller, Hughie Gallacher and Kenny Dalglish.

2005 Inductees – Alan Morton, Alex McLeish, Bobby Lennox, Alex James, Charles Campbell, George Young, Jim McLean, Joe Jordan, John White, Lawrie Reilly and Willie Waddell.

2006 Inductees – Willie Henderson, Davie Cooper, Tommy Gemmell, Richard Gough, Willie Ormond, John Robertson, Tommy Walker, Brian Laudrup, Billy Steel, Sandy Jardine and Henrik Larsson.

2007 Inductees – Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan, Alan Hansen, Ally McCoist, Rose Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Willie Bauld, Eric Caldow and Jimmy Cowan.

2008 Inductees – John Thomson, Bill Struth, Billy Liddell, Jim Leighton, Derek Johnstone, Bobby Evans, Archie Gemmill and Ian St John.

2009 Inductees – Willie Maley, Davie Meiklejohn, Jimmy Delaney, Alan Gilzean, Bertie Auld, Maurice Johnston, Paul Lambert and Steve Archibald.

2010 Inductees – Bobby Johnstone, Paul McStay, David Narey, Craig Brown, Andy Goram and Tom Wharton.

2011 Inductees – Pat Crerand, Ronnie Simpson, Terry Butcher, RS McColl, and journalist Hugh McIlvanney.

2012 Inductees – Frank McLintock, Bob McPhail, Gordon McQueen, Pat Stanton and Andrew Watson.

2013 Inductees – Scot Symon, Bobby Walker, Martin Buchan, Eddie Gray, Tommy Docherty and Alan Rough.

2014 Inductees – Davie Wilson, Bill Brown, Peter Lorimer, McCrae’s Battalion (1914) and Charlie Nicholas.

2015 Inductees – Maurice Malpas, George Graham, Bobby Brown, Ally MacLeod and Professor Stewart Hillis.

2016 Inductees – Steve Chalmers, Jock Wallace, John Wark, Alex Smith and Gary McAllister.

2017 Inductees – John Clark, Jim Craig, John McGovern, Allan McGraw, Archie MacPherson, Willie Wallace, The Lisbon Lions, and Queen’s Park FC.

The Football Memory Boxes

Today our Football Memories Project announced it was to receive match-funding from the Scottish Government for its highly successful Football Memory Boxes initiative. The agreement will see the roll-out of the highly successful Football Memory Box project enabling many more communities across Scotland to benefit from vital reminiscence work. Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport announced the match-funding along with Robert Craig, Chair of the Football Memories Project, and Craig Brown, who is an ambassador of the Football Memories Project.

The project is initially targeting the creation of 50 Memory Boxes which would ensure that all 35 senior clubs who currently host Football Memories Groups will receive a box. Furthermore, organisations/individuals such as supporters’ groups, rotary clubs, are being encouraged to donate £250 to create a Football Memory Box in the name of their organisation or individual. Two boxes have already been created in the names of Ally MacLeod and the West of Scotland Tartan Army (WESTA) respectfully.

A typical Football Memory Box contains 14 standard items: an old football, old pair of football boots, replica vintage Scotland football shirt, Lion Rampant Flag, Tartan Tammy, Old Football rattle, Carbolic soap jar of bovril and many more.


The family of the late Ally MacLeod gifted a donation to name a Football Memory box in honour of their former player and manager. The box will be located at Ayr United FC, providing a community resource for many years to come. The Ally MacLeod Box includes a 1978 World Cup Scotland replica shirt in recognition of his management that took the Scotland National team to Argentina.

The WESTA Football Memory Box will reside at Hampden Park, where it will be used by the volunteer network at local reminiscence groups in Glasgow’s south side.

The Football Memories Project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum. The project was originated and launched three years ago and trains volunteers to spend time with people with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and tangible memorabilia to stimulate memories.

Robert Craig, Chair of the Football Memories project, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government have recognised the pioneering reminiscence  work taking place all across Scotland as part of the Football Memories Project. This match-funding agreement will enable many more people with dementia to benefit from the power of community based reminiscence which has the ability to greatly enhance the quality of life of people with dementia or memory-based conditions.and that of their families and friends.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for public Health and Sport, said “Football Memories is an inspiring project, which is making a positive contribution not just to dementia, but more generally to mental health ans social exclusion. it is a wonderful initiative with powerful outcomes and I have been a strong supporter from the outset. The Football Memories Boxes are a huge part of the project’s success, providing all the resources for clubs to run their own programmes-each box contains objects which can unlock memories and help people with dementia be themselves again, which is wonderful not only for them but, but also for their loved ones. The Scottish Governments is committed in continuing to support those who suffer from dementia by funding half of the Football Memories boxes to be made available to SPFL clubs.”

Craig Brown, the former Clyde, Motherwell, Aberdeen and Scotland Manager and Football memories Project ambassador, said: “I am delighted to lend my support to the excellent work being carried across Scotland by the Football Memories Project. Dementia effects many people across all of society which is reflected in football including many dear friends, teammates and greatly respected opponents who are either suffering from it or having succumbed to it.”


Individuals or organisations wishing to donate £250 to sponsor a Football Memory Box in honour of their club or an individual should visit or call 0141 616 6112.

Kick-Off! Engaging with Scotland’s Sporting Heritage.

On the 23rd February, the Scottish Football Museum is co-hosting an exciting seminar at Hampden called “Kick off! Engaging with Scotland’s Sporting Heritage.”

This event celebrates the exciting range of projects promoting and developing sporting heritage collections across Scotland. Our speakers will uncover the unsung heroes of Scottish sport and show how they can be celebrated in Halls of Fame; highlight the value of business records for sporting heritage; and demonstrate the steps that are being taken to preserve the heritage of a range of sports including gymnastics and roller derbies!

The event will also provide an opportunity for a wider discussion on the challenges and possibilities of developing Scotland’s sporting heritage collections with Justine Reilly, Director of Sporting Heritage. There will also be an opportunity to view the displays in the Scottish Football Museum, including the current Cricket Scotland exhibition.

10.30-11.00  Registration / Tea & Coffee

11.00- 11.05  Introduction

11.05-12.10  Session 1:

  • Drawing Games: Sporting Art at the National Galleries of Scotland, Imogen Gibbon (National Galleries of Scotland)
  • Body Language: dance, gymnastics and physical education archives, Clare Button (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jammers, blockers and toe jumpers: roller derby and ice skating collections at the National Library of Scotland, Ian Scott (National Library of Scotland)

12.15-13.20  Session 2:

  • Scottish FA Women’s International Roll of Honour, Richard McBrearty (Scottish Football Museum)
  • Scottish Women in Sport Wall of Fame, Maureen McGonigle (Scottish Women in Sport) & Fiona Skillen (Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Heritage so important to Scottish Cricket, Colin Neill & Cammie Munro (Cricket Scotland)

13.20-14.00  Lunch

  • Lunch can be purchased from the Hampden Park cafe
  • Lunchtime will also provide an opportunity to visit the Scottish Football Museum, including the current Cricket Scotland exhibition

14.00-15.00  Session 3

  • Researching sporting heritage, Richard Haynes (University of Stirling)
  • Current PhD research projects – Wade Cormack (University of the Highlands & Islands); Mark Connelly (University of Stirling); Mason Robbins (University of Edinburgh); Karen Grunwell (University of Stirling)

15.05-16.00  Session 4

  • Groundskeeping the UK’s football archives – a pilot project, Karyn Williamson (ARA Section for Business Records)
  • Sporting Heritage – update on sector support, Justine Reilly (Sporting Heritage)
  • Developing Scotland’s sporting heritage – discussion


  • Tea & Coffee can be purchased from the Hampden Park cafe
  • Opportunity to visit the Scottish Football Museum, including the current Cricket Scotland exhibition


To book your place, please email stating your dietary or special needs requirements.





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




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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

Scotland v England: The World’s First Football International Fixture.

It was on this day in 1872, the first ever official international football match was played as Scotland took on England at the West of Scotland Cricket ground at Hamilton Crescent, located in Partick.

Scotland v England is therefore the oldest international fixture in world football. International football known today stemmed from that very clash in the west end of Glasgow 145 years ago.

Indeed, there were actually five unofficial international matches played between teams representing Scotland and England  since 1870, none of which Scotland won. Strangely, all players selected for the Scottish sides, and England sides, in these early unofficial internationals were mainly from the London area; with majority playing for the Scotland team not actually Scottish. Although Scottish players from north of the border were invited to represent the Scottish team but very few took up the offer. It took a man called Charles Alcock, the FA General Secretary, to write a public letter in the Glasgow and Edinburgh newspapers offering a  challenge for a team made up of Scots to face a team of 11 Englishmen. This challenge would ignite a spark, for Queen’s Park Football Club decided to take Mr Alcock up in his offer. Robert Gardner and David Wotherspoon of Queen’s Park, whilst playing in London for a Queen’s Park FA Cup tie, stayed in the capital post-match to meet with the FA to arrange the fixture. The match and location were agreed between the FA and Queen’s representatives with Wotherspoon writing a letter in the Scotsman confirming the news. Due to Edinburgh not being accustomed to association football code, both parties agreed Glasgow would be the best location for the tie. Very fittingly, the match was to be played on St Andrew’s Day 30th November 1872 at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Partick; with admission into the ground costing a shilling (ladies were admitted free).








Above: The only surviving ticket of the Scotland v England match in our Museum.

People always draw the conclusion that the reason the Scotland National Team play in blue is because of the colour of the Scottish flag. However, the real tale is that the origin of the famous blue strip is from Scotland’s oldest association’s football club, Queen’s Park. The blue jersey was in fact the Spiders’ original strip and because Queen’s Park took the responsibility to arrange the match, the team would play in blue-whilst featuring all Queen’s Park players. How the lion rampant badge was adopted as the Scotland badge is a fascinating tale. Wotherspoon, who was playing the match, asked for his sister to source out lion badges to be stitched onto the jersey. Marion Wotherspoon used her talented skills to sew 11 lions to 11 blue shirts. What a lot of people don’t know is that the lions were actually white rather than red that has been suggested in old pictures and artwork. The red lion rampant would come later in 1882. The 11 thistles, each representing a player on the field, would later feature on the club crest from the early 1950’s.

Above: The only known surviving white Scotland Lion Rampant badge from the first ever international match.

England would play in white in the first official spectacle, wearing a badge consisting of three lions within a shield, in a similar stance to that of the English Coat of Arms, except that these lions were navy blue and the only distinguishable features were red eyes and mouths. A red and navy crown sat upon the top of the shield.  It is only from 1949 that the England emblem was introduced. The current England badge only has ten Tudor Roses scattered around the three lions as they represent the ten regional divisions, each of which has a seat on the Football Association Council.

Advertising for the game was very strong in the local press, to which buses were arranged to leave from Miller Street in the the centre of Glasgow to take punters to the match. Around 2500 spectators attended the historical match, intrigued by a new format of football. 2pm was the official kick-off time but the game would have a fifteen minute delay due to both team’s preparations before the match. Images sketched by William Ralston also reveal that England players warmed up for the match whilst smoking pipes.

The Scottish captain, Bob Gardner, who would play a further four times against England and lose only once, had been responsible for team selection. The future Scottish Football Association president had that year made the switch from forward to goalkeeper. He kept goal for his country for the first half similar to his English counterpart, Robert Barker, who decided to join the action outfield when he switched with William Maynard. Gardner would return between the posts during the second half.

Above: Robert Gardner of Queen’s Park and Scotland.

Kirkie Smith was dribbling beautifully for England. They won a free-kick close to Scotland’s goal that with their great physicality up front, made the prospect of conceding a goal serious but Ker kicked the ball to safety. Weir and Leckie were in fine form for Scotland, causing England concerns. Leckie after a mazy dribbling run, took a shot at goal which struck the taped goal posts but instead of going under, went over. Ottaway also seen a shot saved by Gardner in the first half.

The match report from the Glasgow Herald shares: ‘Both sides were working hard, and showing excellent play. The Englishmen had all the advantage of weight, their average being two stone heavier than the Scotchmen and they had the advantage of pace. The strong point of the home club was that they played excellently well together.’

Indeed, both sides had contrasting styles. England’s players stated their aim to collect the ball and attempt to dribble past their markers, while the Scottish team took all by surprise; by playing a more passing game (or combination play as its described by some historians). The first of its kind ever seen, a term that would later be christened ‘Tika Taka’ in the 21st century.

Above: The famous sketches of the match from William Ralston.

England would be the stronger team in the second half, but both pushing hard to score. Right from kick-off Clegg would charge into the heart of the Scotland half. Applauds were sounded out around the ground after observing MacKinnon’s athletic overhead defensive kick up the pitch to safety.

After an end to end 90 minutes the match would finish in a goalless draw. An apparent fair result for both sides due to the match being very even. This game would go on to generate incredible passion from the supporters and inspire generation after generation to represent their country. One memorable story from that match  the Scottish Football Museum share is of Walter Arnott. Walter would not have enough funds to attend the match so would watch the game through a hole in the fence at the ground- with very limited viewing. Arnott became so inspired and in love with this match that he made it his ambition to play for Scotland. To which he did, representing his beloved Scotland fourteen times. Interestingly, Arnott is also the Scottish player who made the highest number of consecutive appearances against England; playing against the Auld Enemy ten times.

Above: Walter Arnott’s Scoland cap from the 1893 game against England, beside a picture of him wearing the cap.

Due to the popularity of this momentous match, an appetite for a rematch arose. The next meeting between the two countries would be at Kennington Oval on the 8th March, where England would win 4-2. Henry Renny-Taylour would become the first ever goal-scorer for Scotland. One week later, on the 15th March, the Scottish FA formed, taking responsibility of the Scotland National Team. The rest, as they say, is history.

114 games have been played between the two, Scotland have won 41 games while England have achieved 48 victories, the other 25 clashes have ended in a draw.

A total of 377 goals have been scored in the fixture. Scotland have managed to find the English net 174 times. England have scored 203 goals past Scotland keepers.

Each have played 57 home games. Interestingly, there have been 40 Scotland v England games at  the current Hampden Park site; both nations have won 15 times while the other 10 have ended in a draw.

Above all these stats and trivia one thing is for certain- Scotland and England are the pioneers of international football. It is therefore clear that the world owes thanks of the birth of international football to the FA and Queen’s Park. Without them, who knows when the global population would have sat down to watch their nations take on different countries in international challenge matches, tournaments or the World Cup finals.

Scotland: Bob Gardner, William Ker, Joseph Taylor, James Thompson, James Smith, Robert Smith, Robert Leckie, Alexander Rhind, William Muir MacKinnon, Jamie Weir, David Wotherspoon (all Queen’s Park FC).

England: Robert Barker (Hertfordshire Rangers), Ernest Greenhalgh (Notts County), Reginald Welch (Wanderers), Frederick Chappell (Oxford University), William John Maynard (1st Surrey Rifles), John Brockbank (Cambridge University), Charles Clegg (Sheffield Wednesday), Arnold Kirke Smith (Oxford University), Cuthbert Ottaway (Oxford University/Old Etonians), Charles John Chenery (Crystal Palace), Charles John Morice (Barnes).



Ibrox 1945: When Rangers tackled the might of Moscow Dynamo

This article was constructed and written by two of our Museum staff members: Graeme Ross and David Sands.

It was the most keenly anticipated match in Scotland since the outbreak of World War Two. The crack Russian side Moscow Dynamo, with their revolutionary passing and movement game, which became known as Passvotchka, against the might and power of Rangers.

At a distance of 72 years, with wall to wall European matches on television almost 24/7, it is difficult to appreciate the interest engendered by Moscow Dynamo’s British tour in November 1945. The Second World War had recently ended and although the west and east stood on the cusp of the Cold War, there was still a fair amount of affection amongst the British public for our war-time allies.

For Scottish football fans used to so much thin gruel during the war years this was a sumptuous feast, too attractive to miss. Consequently, 90,000 fans turned up at Ibrox on 28th of November for the last match in the Russians’ four-match schedule.

The tourists were undefeated so far, having drawn 3-3 with Chelsea, thumped Cardiff 10-1, and defeated Arsenal 4-3 in a farce of a match played in thick fog. As much for propaganda purposes than anything else, they were determined that this state of affairs should continue. For Rangers’ part, they were tasked with saving the reputation of British football.

The Russian party had arrived in Glasgow on the Monday before the match, and almost immediately became embroiled in an argument over Jimmy Caskie, who Rangers hoped to sign from Everton.

Dynamo were still bristling over Arsenal’s use of six guest players including the two Stans, Mortensen and Matthews, and insisted that a list of 18 players be submitted, from which Rangers’ side would be chosen. Caskie’s name wasn’t on the list, and the Russians, fearing a repeat of the Arsenal fiasco refused permission for him to play. The row threatened to cancel the match, until Rangers backed down. Scottish revenge was swift and ruthless, however.







Dynamo Moscow train at Ibrox.

The Russian party spent the Tuesday evening at the La Scala cinema watching a Donald Duck and Sonja Henie double header, and in our own propaganda move, this was preceded by a cruise down the Clyde where, just by chance, views were afforded of the might of British sea power in the form of 45,000 ton battleship Vanguard.

The morning of the match saw a repeat of the fog that had bedevilled the Arsenal match, but it lifted in time for the kick off and fans were queuing three hours before kick-off. The black market in tickets saw stand briefs with a face value of 21 shillings sell for as much as £10, and by kick off time 90,000 fans were inside Ibrox.

Nine-year-old David Sands had ensconced himself at the trackside wall adjacent to the players’ tunnel for the best view of the players as they entered the field. He shouldn’t have been at the match of course, it was a school day, but his wise and understanding parents decided that their son would benefit from a different kind of education for one day only.

Seventy years later, David recalls the excitement and the mixture of emotions around the match. “My father had secured two tickets, but my excitement was tempered by the concern that the game was being played on a Wednesday afternoon when I should have been at school. For the one and only time however, my parents decided the game was a historical occasion and as such, also educational, seeing real Russians and all that. The only time you saw football on film was on Pathe News at the pictures. Of course, seeing Dynamo’s first three games, although very little of the Arsenal match was seen due to fog, heightened the expectation of seeing them play Rangers.







The teams shake hands before kick-off.

“I was desperate to boast to my schoolmates but was sworn to silence about the reason for my absence from school. A great debate amongst youngsters was the shorts worn by Dynamo featuring the distinctive white band around the thighs, one of the popular theories being it allowed them to find a teammate with a pass without having to look up at their jersey.”

The first surprise of the day – the crowd were treated to an elaborate warm up routine by the Russians, was quickly followed by Rangers’ choice of strip. With Dynamo wearing dark blue jerseys, Rangers donned Queens Park style thin blue and white hoops. The Dynamo side included famous goalkeeper ‘Tiger’ Khomich, the wonderfully named winger Archangelski, and Konstantin Beskov who, as Dynamo manager would cross swords with Rangers in the 1972 Cup Winners’ Final.

The sniggers from the crowd at the sight of Rangers’ iron-man captain Jock Shaw being presented with a bouquet of flowers had barely died when Dynamo opened the scoring after just two minutes when inside right Kartsev drilled a twenty yard free kick past Jerry Dawson. Almost immediately however, Billy Williamson was felled in the penalty area, but Dynamo’s goalkeeper ‘Tiger’ Khomich saved Willie Waddell’s spot kick, knocking the ball onto the crossbar. Dynamo dominated the rest of the half. Their subtle, speedy and attractive style allied to their interchanging forwards was too much for Rangers. In 24 minutes Dynamo went 2-0 ahead with a goal that encapsulated Passovotchka. Seamlessly turning defence into attack, Dynamo passed their way up field until Kartsev shot low and hard past Dawson. For David Sands, the game was not going to plan.

“For a youngster who saw Rangers as invincible, the game hadn’t followed the script, with the great Jerry Dawson picking the ball out of the net twice, Waddell missing a penalty and ‘Tiger’ Khomich in the Dynamo goal was performing the acrobatics we had heard about.”








Khomich collecting the ball as Waddell chases it down.

Indeed, showman Khomich was distinguishing himself with some spectacular leaps and catches, but giant centre forward Jimmy Smith gave Rangers hope just before half time with a scrambled goal, and suddenly Dynamo didn’t look so comfortable. In the second half Rangers’ more physical approach unsettled the Russians further, and then came one of David Sands most vivid memories of the match.

“During the second half when Rangers were playing with more aggression, we saw something new, the game stopped and both teams made substitutions. After the Dynamo substitution the crowd were bewildered then amused by Torry Gillick running around counting the Dynamo players and pointing out to the referee that no player had left the park and they had twelve players.”

The sharp eyed Gillick may have been aware of allegations this tactic had been adopted in the dense fog against Arsenal, and there was retribution of a kind shortly afterwards, when George Young equalised after a dubious penalty award, given by the referee after consultation with his linesman. Both teams, honour intact, settled for a draw and the Russians quietly slipped out of the country the following day, returning as heroes to their homeland. For David Sands, the seven decades since this famous match have not dulled the impact it made on a generation of young fans.

“Suddenly in kickabouts, every young goalkeeper was rolling about like Tiger Komic, while it was inside forward Bobrov I wanted to play like and Rangers to sign.”

Rangers’ fans would have to wait over forty years for a player from the Soviet Union to sign for them, and it would be over a decade before European competition began in earnest, but for the 90,000 fans afforded a glimpse of this exotic, mysterious team, it was a memorable, unique experience that left them eager for more. The next step in David Sands’ education came the following day when he handed a sealed envelope to his teacher.

“My parents didn’t want to tell a lie, so it was a letter from them explaining that my absence was due to me attending the game. I don’t know if the teacher was a Rangers’ fan, but lucky for me, he understood, and I could tell all my mates where I had been, at last.”

Rangers: Dawson, David Gray and Sgaw, Watkins, Young and Symon, Waddell, Gillick, Smith, Williamson and Johnstone. Sub Duncanson for Smith.

Moscow Dynamo: Khomich, Radikorsky and Stankevich, Blinkov, Semichastny and Oreshkin, Archangelsky, Kartsev, Bescov, Bobrov and S. Soloviev. Sub Dementiev for Bobrov

114 Years of the Hampden Roar.

Yes Hampden Park is 114 years old today!

A million people have marched on the road to Hampden. Families and friends together have enjoyed glorious moments that last a lifetime, heartbreaking last minute goals and visions which, at times, are never easily erased. For generations of football fans, Hampden Park in Glasgow has been the home of Scottish football- a field of dreams shared by the masses. There was a time where Hampden was, quite simply, the biggest and best football stadium in the world. For a large part of the century, the greats of the world game appeared at the Mount Florida ground, amazed by the crowds in the terracing, with such passion and affections for clubs and country.

Hampden is also the oldest International football stadium in the world. Indeed, the origin of the name ‘Hampden’ takes many by surprise. The name comes from a English Parliamentarian Civil War soldier, John Hampden, who fought for the Roundheads in the 17th century. A terrace of houses bestowed the Hampden name which overlooked the 1st site of Hampden Park , down the recreation parks beside the Victoria hospital. The Queen’s Park committee felt the name appropriate and also for their second ground, which would later be renamed ‘Cathkin Park’; the future home of Third Lanark.

The popularity of football and the dominance of Queen’s Park allowed the committee of the Spiders to foresee correctly the success of what a new ground could bring.  In 1903, Queen’s Park bought the land in Mount Florida and built and new fortress. The opening match was on 31st October; a Glasgow derby Queen’s Park v Celtic.  Celtic’s bold bid to claim the win was halted by the passion and a revival of form that would see Queen’s Park run out 1-0 winners at their new home, in a truly spirited match. A taste of the many to follow on the new born turf. After the match the Evening Times gave its critique of the new ground stating:

“It is admittedly a ground for the greatest things, grand in conception and great in area, and only the greatest success can be deemed adequate reward for the enterprise which rendered such an enclosure possible.”

The Scottish Cup final would move in with Queen’s Park in 1904. Out of the 132 Scottish Cup finals, there have been 89 played at Hampden. Wonderful finals have been constested in the tournament, memorable ones that come to mind are Rangers v Dundee in 1964, Motherwell’s triumph over Dundee United in extra-time in 1991, and the underdogs of Gretna taking on the might of Premiership side Hearts to a penalty shootout to narrowly be beaten in 2006.

The Scottish FA too seen the vision of a potential, fantastic stadium which would be fitting to the national team. Scotland would begin to play home matches at Hampden’s new site in 1906. Since then, Scotland have played 243 matches at Hampden- winning 128 of them. Scotland fans have been through every human emotion known to man down Mount Florida way. The strong dominance over England in the early 20th century. The near miss against Czechoslovakia in the play-off for the 1962 World Cup finals. Joe Jordan’s header, against the same nation, to clinch qualification to the 1974 World Cup. Kenny Dalglish ruining Ray Clemence’s afternoon with his winner against England in 1976. Ally’s army seeing off the squad to Argentina in 1978. James McFadden’s countless moments of magic. Leigh Griffith’s spectacular free-kicks into the Auld Enemy’s goal. The so close, yet so far, matches halting progression to a major finals.





Kenny Dalglish scoring against England at Hampden in 1976.

The Scottish League Cup final would join in the party in 1947. Out of the 71 Scottish league Cup finals, 63 have been played at Hampden. Similar to the Scottish Cup, the League Cup has seen the unthinkable happen. Partick Thistle thrashing Celtic 4-1 in 1971, Livingston winning the trophy against Hibs in 2004, St Mirren overcoming Hearts in the 2013 final and Ross County winning their first major trophy in 2016 after overcoming Hibs in the final.

In consecutive Saturdays in 1937, Hampden Park established two records which will never be surpassed. On 17th April 1937 the first all ticketed Scotland match attracted an attendance of 149,415- the British record for any match- who witnessed Scotland defeat England by three goals to one. A week later, in the final of the Scottish Cup, a crowd  of 146,433- a European record for a club match- observed Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1, with an estimated 20,000  supporters locked outside. Indeed, the 1960 European Cup final would see a third record attendance to be broken at Hampden. The 127,621 people who witnessed Los Blancos win their fifth European Cup in a row, against Eintracht Frankfurt, would be the highest attendance in a European Cup final. Ten years later, a sublime European Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Leeds United, where Celtic would win 2-1, seen 136,505 people break the record for the highest attendance for a European Cup  semi-final crowd. Four momentous records in total that will never be broken.

Celtic v Leeds United at Hampden in 1970. 

Hampden has been privileged to host six European finals in total. Famously, in the Bayern Munich victory over Saint Etienne in 1976, the French were adamant that the old square goal-posts of Hampden denied them the trophy (they can now be found within the Museum of Etienne’s ground). One particular final which amazed the Glasgow spectators was the 1960 European Cup final between Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt. Gento, Di Stefano and Puskas helped Madrid destroy Frankfurt 7-3; using such flair and skill never seen before. The fortunate record 127,621  crowd witnessed sheer greatness from start to finish. The greatest game in football history. A game that changed football forever- played right on Hampden’s doorstep.

Football stadia was moderising and the old Hampden evolved, like many other stadiums, in an operation which went underway in the 1990’s. Until then League Cup, Scottish Cup and Scotland games were held in different venues. In 1999, an all seated Hampden Park emerged, bagging a category Four Status from UEFA with its impressive world class facilities, including state of the art dressing rooms,  hospitality suites, the Sports Medicine Centre and the Scottish Football Museum. The 2002 UEFA Champions League final was given to Hampden. A revamped look but simply business as usual. Another great European final where Real Madrid would edge Bayer Leverkusen with a moment of sheer world class. Zinedine Zidane’s impossible volley in front of the east stand will be remembered forever. That the World’s greatest player should score one of the game’s greatest goals for the world’s greatest club at the world’s greatest and oldest international football stadium was pure theatre.

Paul McCartney entertaining the crowd at Hampden in 2010.

The 21st century has brought us new heroes and villains but the spectacular matches and moments have kept coming, not just from footballers; but from music stars, boxers, the Scottish Claymores and the fantastic athletes competing at the track events hosted at Hampden during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Scottish Cup final continues to shine in the sun, the Scottish League Cup final still knows how to entertain those in the Hampden stands. Scotland may not have reached a major campaign during this new century but, despite this, Hampden has still seen such joy, passion and roar from the Scotland faithful.

James McFadden at Hampden.

There are many critics of Hampden. Though a lot of the criticism aimed at the National Stadium is unjustified. But time and time again the crowds and viewers are held enthralled, captured by its magic spell. Hampden Park has occupied a well managed, emotional place at the the heart of the Scottish game. To good days and bad days, to great games and big names, to historical cup success and monumental finals, to false hopes and broken promises. Hampden Park, thank you for entertaining us supporters and exceeding our expectations. Here is to you, Hampden, the most historical stadium in world football.

Hampden Park as an Althetics  arena for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Lisbon Lions Team to be Inducted Into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

The Scottish Football Museum and Scottish Football Hall of Fame Committee can reveal the Celtic team which won the European Cup in 1967 (famously regarded as the Lisbon Lions) is to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame at the upcoming dinner on 15th October 2017.

The Celtic side made history after becoming the first British team to win the European Cup back on 25th May, 1967; after beating Inter Milan 2-1, thanks to strikes from Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers, in the Estadio Nacional, in Lisbon.

The team, managed by the great Jock Stein, is also regarded as possibly the greatest ever British side from football fans across the globe, not for just winning the European Cup, but for orchestrating an incredible fast, attacking style of football which led to Celtic to win every competition they entered.

Indeed, eight out of the eleven men have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its beginning in 2004. Though this year marks fifty years since the famous European triumph, with this year’s dinner already paying tribute to the wonderful 1967 football season in Scotland, the committee decided it would only be be fitting to recognise the entire team who helped create one of the most romantic tales in football history.

Left: The victorious Lisbon Lions with the European Cup.

Jim Craig, on behalf of the Lisbon Lions said: “It is very humbling to be honoured in this way and we are delighted to receive this kind of recognition. It has been an emotional year for all the Lions and our families.  There have been so many wonderful tributes organised by Celtic and we have enjoyed so many fantastic moments as we have marked this special 50th anniversary year.”

“We are delighted now to also mark this very special year by entry to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.”

Football fans from all over the world nominated players, managers and officials whom they thought should be recognised for their contribution to Scottish football. Then a panel of experts from football and the media considered the nominees and had the difficult task of whittling them down for inclusion this year. Further inductees will be announced at the dinner.








The Hall of Fame, situated in the Scottish Football Museum at the National Stadium, Hampden Park honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scottish Football.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

The last remaining tables for this year’s annual dinner on 15th October can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040 or visiting


New Exhibition. UEFA Women’s EURO 2017

The Museum’s latest exhibition is one that looks back to only last July’s 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO Championships.

In 2016, the Scotland Women’s National Team qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history. The Squad, coached by Anna Signeul and captained by Gemma Fay, earned a place at the UFEA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament in the Netherlands.The qualifying campaign had taken the team to Iceland, Slovenia, Belarus and Macedonia.

Scotland were drawn in Group D, referred to as the Group of derbies, with England, Portugal and Spain. Scotland would kick off the their campaign against England- only to be beaten 6-0 by the Lionesses. The second match against Portugal would be unfortunate as Scotland came up short in a 2-1 defeat to the Portuguese. Although Erin Cuthbert would make history; becoming the first ever Scotland Women’s goalscorer at a major tournament.

In the final group match against Spain, in order to qualify, with England at that moment beating Portugal 2-1, Scotland would need to at least win 2-0 for any chance of progression to the next round. Despite the England score remaining the same, Caroline Weir’s only goal of the game was not enough and Scotland were out of the campaign.

Though the campaign was incredibly sore for our National Women’s team, qualification for the tournament and participation is one where everyone who was involved in the journey should look back with pride and see a legacy that will last forever.

Our new exhibition recognises this great achievement by Women’s team qualifying for the tournament in Holland- by displaying items from their Euro 2017 campaign.

The Edinburgh Academical Football Club- Celebrating 160 Years.

Some may question as to why a rugby club has its own exhibition in the Scottish Football Museum. Though, once the tale of Edinburgh Academical Football Club (EAFC) is shared, then people see why it is reasonable that the Museum’s latest exhibition on a rugby club is relevant to the game of football.

The Edinburgh Academical Football Club were formed in 1857 by former pupils and those who held close connection to the school. The club is the oldest ‘football club’ by any code in Scotland (160 years old this year). EAFC were formed before the football split as to what determines a football club and a rugby club. The club was initially formed to play football and then, in time, adopted ‘Rugby rules’ which were based on those formulated at ‘Rugby School’. Accies are the second oldest rugby club in the world; behind Trinity College in Dublin, plus the members who helped form the club would also be instrumental in constructing and formatting of the RFU, the SFU and IRFB.

Accies played their first ever match against students from University of Edinburgh on Boxing Day 1857, this is regarded as the first ever rugby match played in Scotland and also the first inter-club match in the world.

Indeed, the very first rugby international match took place at Raeburn Park on 27th March 1871. A Scotland team, made up of eight EAFC players, would play England. Scotland would be victorious in this game-winning by two tries and a goal to England’s single try.

Interestingly, JH Clayton, who represented England in the first ever international match, too has a connection with Accies; for his great, great, great grandson, Jack, currently plays for the Edinburgh side.

More than 120 EAFC players have represented the Scotland Rugby team; more than any other club in Scotland in stat terms, that is one in ten players selected for national duty has played for EAFC.

Richard McBrearty, the Museum Curator, shared “As the oldest surviving Scottish football club of any code, the history of Edinburgh Accies is inextricably linked to the origins of modern football. It is exciting for us to host an exhibition celebrating the 160th anniversary of this significant club.”

Commenting on the new exhibition in the Scottish Football Museum, EAFC President, Frank Spratt, said: “We are delighted to be given a place in the National Football Museum in our 160th season. We are deeply proud of our shared football heritage, as well as our own place in rugby history. The exhibition is a fitting tribute to our Club, as well as showcasing some important artefacts that will contribute greatly to the success of the MoIR.”