Queen's Park

It could be said that Scottish football began in and on Queen's Park in Langside on the south side of Glasgow. Certainly our doyen club was and still is named for it. It lies between railways to the north, Queen's Park station, to the west Crossmyloof with Crosshill and Mount Floria to the east. First developed as parkland from 1857 as the mainly middle-class housing of the expanding city reached it from the north it began as half the present size, the Camphill side remaining privately-owned until 1893. Thus it was that a group of largely Highland and Moray, young men, connected most obviously by schooling, who had moved south to the growing conurbation, combined with others, clerks and/or working in the clothing, the drapery trades initially simply to exercise and used the park to do so. 

And it was there somewhere on the then recreation-area to the east of Camphill that, it is said, they came across other young men, these from the Young Men's Christian Association, kicking a ball around and, on joining in, caught the bug. The result was in 1867 the founding at 3, Eglinton Place in the Gorbals of Queen's Park F.C. and agreement by it to adopt the rules of the FA, the English Football Association; the rules of the Association rather than Rugby game.  

Queen's Park F.C. was to play its first home-games, in all probably only four, on the park. Airdrie and Granville would show in August and October, 1872, the latter a year earlier too. Glasgow Wanderers then visited in April 1873. Up to 1,000 are thought to have watched on, prompting, no doubt, the rapid search for an enclosable space, the first Hampden, moved into in October 1873.  

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