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Queen’s Park intervenes with a final rescue plan to the original Hampden. to save


Queen’s Park makes final bid to save original Hampden – the world’s first purpose-built football stadium – with a club eager to preserve historic grounds amid fear of demolition

  • The original Hampden is in danger of being wiped out forever, as the costs pile up
  • It’s up to the local community to raise £150,000 to restore the destructive building
  • Home to Hampden Bowling Club, it was the first purpose-built football field

Queen’s Park has intervened with a final rescue plan to save their first historic home in Hampden.

Sportsmail last week reported on the plight of Hampden Bowling Club, site of the world’s first purpose-built football stadium and home to Scotland’s oldest senior football club between 1873 and 1883.

Scene from England’s historic beating by the Scotch Professors in 1882, that 5-1 victory is commemorated by a monumental mural on the back wall of the iconic pavilion that once provided dressing areas for the likes of Andrew Watson and Charles Campbell.

Queens Park has volunteered to help save the original Hampden, at the risk of being demolished

Padlocked and in a state of serious disrepair, the cost of repairing leaks and asbestos on the tarpaulin-covered roof could be as much as £150,000. When the charity’s former committee resigned in an emergency meeting on Sunday, the historic heritage site faced the prospect of a liquidation order and a sale to developers.

After crisis talks over the weekend, Queen’s Park has now offered to help preserve the ground where the Spiders hosted internationals and Scottish Cup finals, until the construction of the Cathcart Circle railway forced a move to Cathkin Park in 1883.

“Queen’s Park has been in touch and wants to be part of the future of Hampden Bowling Club, the venue and all of its history,” said Leeann Dempster, the club’s CEO. “We have had an exciting and very positive start.”

A drone shot shows the affected bowling club (bottom) and current Hampden Park (top)

A drone shot shows the affected bowling club (bottom) and current Hampden Park (top)

A three-hour meeting of the bowling club ended Sunday with the election of a new president and a committee to work out preliminary plans for an all-purpose community education facility that tells the story of the first and original Hampden.

The postponement came after football figures backed Sportsmail’s call for intervention.

Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton said on Twitter: ‘This is a sad situation. Scotland has such a unique football history. The original Hampden could be gone forever very soon. Let’s hope the government, the SFA and Scottish football do something to save it.”

Fellow expert Michael Stewart wrote: ‘History is important and something of such importance really needs to be saved.’



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