Lesser Hampden

By 1923 the motor-car was already making the pitches Queen's Park had for its reserve and youth teams increasingly unusable. They were already being used for the car-park they are today. It prompted the club to acquire some then still agricultural acquire land to the west of the main stadium, retaining the existing building on it as a pavilion-changing rooms, creating with stands and terracing for 12,000 spectators and laying a new pitch. The new ground became known as Lesser Hampden. 

And thus it remained until the 1970s, when Queen's Park, still resolutely amateur then, began to play more games outwith the main stadium. League matches were then played there in 1990s as the national stadium was redeveloped. A new clubhouse was opened in 2015 and, in 2018 with the agreed sale of Greater Hampden by the Scottish Football Association, a permanent move of the Queen's Park club to it was announced. 

And to make that possible and with finally the club turning professional in 2019 a redevelopment was begun. Controversially, indeed irrevocably, it included the demolition of the original farm-building pavilion but will mean, after two seasons' ground-sharing elsewhere, Scotland's doyen team will return for the 2023-24 season to its now its fifth home in its one hundred and fifty year history. 

 

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