Hampden Park (1873–83)

Hampden Park
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates 55°49′49″N 4°15′24″W / 55.8304°N 4.2566°W / 55.8304; -4.2566Coordinates: 55°49′49″N 4°15′24″W / 55.8304°N 4.2566°W / 55.8304; -4.2566
Surface Grass
Opened 25 October 1873
Closed 1883
Queen's Park

Hampden Park was a football ground in Glasgow, Scotland. The home ground of Queen's Park from 1873 until 1883, it was the first of three stadiums to bear the same name, and hosted the first-ever Scottish Cup final in 1874.


Hampden Park was built between the Queen's Park Recreation Ground (where the club had played until then)[1] and Hampden Terrace, taking its name from the road. The first enclosed stadium with turnstiles in the United Kingdom,[2] it was opened on 25 October 1873 for Queen Park's first-ever competitive match, a Scottish Cup first round tie against Dumbreck,[3] with Queen's Park winning 7–0. The ground later hosted the first Scottish Cup final,[3] which saw Queen's Park beat Clydesdale 2–0. It was subsequently used to host the finals in 1875, 1876 (the replay), 1877 (the second replay), 1878, 1879 (the final and the replay), 1880 and 1883 (the final and replay).

Hampden was used to host several Scotland international matches; it was first used on 2 March 1878 for a 7–2 win against England, and a 9–0 win against Wales followed on 23 March.[4] It hosted four more matches, the last being a 5–0 win over Wales on 25 March 1882.

In 1883 the club left Hampden Park due to plans by the Caledonian Railway to build the Cathcart branch across the site; they moved a few hundred metres east to a new ground, which they also named Hampden Park.[5] However, it was not ready until 1884, until which home matches were played at the Titwood cricket ground owned by Clydesdale Cricket Club.[5] In 1903 Queen's Park moved again to the current Hampden Park, with the second Hampden taken over by Third Lanark and renamed Cathkin Park.[5]

The site of the first Hampden Park is now occupied by railway lines and a lawn bowling club named Hampden Bowling Club.

See also


  1. 10 things about Queen's Park SPFL
  2. Queen's Park Historical Kits
  3. 1 2 Hampden Scottish FA
  4. Scotland - International Matches 1872-1880 RSSSF
  5. 1 2 3 Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p183 ISBN 0954783042
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