Hampden Park is today known as the iconic home of Scotland’s national football team (and, of course, of Queen’s Park F.C.) However, did you know that there have been three different Hampden Parks since the formation of the SFA in 1873?

Hampden Park #1 was the first home of Queen’s Park and they played there for ten years. It was also at this time used as a venue for Scottish international matches. But plans to create the new Cathcart District Railway proved fatal for this first home of Scottish football as this plan shows.

RHP40386/1: Bound plans and sections of Cathcart District Railway, 1879
RHP40386/1: Bound plans and sections of Cathcart District Railway, 1879

The first Hampden Park can be seen here opposite the intersection of Queen’s Drive and Cathcart Road (the plan is ‘upside down’ with north to the bottom of this image). The proposed railway line was designed to pass straight through it. This led to Hampden Park #1 being abandoned and Queen’s Park moved in 1884 to Hampden Park #2 – on a site on nearby land at what is now Cathkin public park. However, that too proved to be a temporary venue. Lack of expansion space meant that they felt the need to move again by 1903 to Hampden Park #3 – the one we all now know.

Hampden Park #2 was taken over by Third Lanark F.C. who renamed it Cathkin Park and played there until they went out of business in the 1960s – today you can still see the traces of the old terraces in Cathkin public park.

Plans like this one of the proposed routes for railway lines in the 19th century can provide a fascinating snapshot of local areas and can highlight the massive changes that have taken place over time as population, industry, and transportation change the face of the landscape. These, and other items from our collections, can be found by searching our online catalogue.

Kirsteen Mulhern, Archivist

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