Sightseeing: Day Trips / Family Activities
Famous Footballing City
Scots take their football very seriously, seeing as it is the most popular sport in the world, it's easy to se why.
Glasgow has some of the most passionate supporters and teams in the world and is also the first city to have a national football museum. In May 2001 Hampden Park opened its doors providing, along with Scotland's national stadium, the 4,000 square foot museum of football. At the museum you can find out about all of the Scottish Football History, see over 2000 objects on display, and find out about the future plans of the SFA.
Glasgow was the site of the world's first international match, way back in 1872. This fact alone makes Scotland's role in the early development of the game an influential one! Queens Park, formed in 1867, was the first team formed in Scotland and is also the oldest league team club in the world. The most famous of the Scottish teams are Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic, formed in 1872 and 1888 respectively. The Old Firm have dominated Scottish Football ever since with only brief interruptions. Celtic and Rangers football clubs also have visitor centres and trophy room where you can go and learn about the history of the club and also view replicas of the trophies that have been won by the clubs. Celtic Football Club also have a visitors centre, based at Celtic Park, one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe, makes it the perfect place to learn all about the history. Or, if you fancy the other side Rangers Football Club also has a fantastic trophy room, the home of legends, where great names, past and present, live on. Both experiences not to miss!
The first women's match was also staged in Glasgow in 1892 and the introduction of leagues to the beautiful game boosted the already healthy spectator aspect of the sport. It was not until 1974 that the Scottish Football Association granted recognition to women's football.
With such a variety, it is no surprise that there are various locations around the city which tell the story of Scotland's' place in the international game.