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More Than a Game Exhibition now open in the museum


In the Scottish Football Museum, our new exhibition ‘More Than a Game’ is now on display which explores different societies and diversities through football rivalries.

Success on the football field can put towns, even countries, on the map, enhancing civic and national prestige. This can have a significant impact on people’s lives; for example, during the Great Depression of the 1930’s football acted as a form of escapism for individuals and communities in Scotland who were otherwise marginalised within society.

Football supporters identify with the clubs and national grand that they follow and can even view them as a symbol of their own identify. In different parts of the world today where tensions within communities have led to intolerance and hostility, problems teaks ting to racism and sectarianism have often manifested within the game itself. Football, however, can also represent positive aspects of society and culture. gallery derbiesAt its very best, the global game is a celebration of humanity, community, and diversity.

Association football is played throughout the world to a simple and uniform set of rules. From São Paulo to Shanghai, two teams, each compromising 10 outfield players and a goalkeeper, line up against each other to play in a match with a normal duration of 90 minutes. Look beyond the March, however, and you will find diversity, as football clubs and national teams reflect and represent a variety of cultures and identities.

These differences are particularly in evidence where football clubs or mailman teams share a rivalry. Many football rivalries exist for the simple reason of geographic proximity. Some football rivalries have developed as a direct result of sustained success on the playing field. Other rivalries may share both of these characteristics whilst reflecting wider cultural differences.

Come on down to see our new exhibition! Museum opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am- 5pm and Sunday 11am -5pm.

Former Treble-winning Celtic captain Tom Boyd launches the search for Scottish Football Hall of Fame 2015 nominations.

TOM BOYD, who became only the second captain (after Billy McNeill) to lead Celtic to a treble winning season (2001), has officially launched the search for nominees to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame 2015.

This year’s inductees will be announced at a star-studded dinner at Hampden Park on Sunday 18th October in association with Allianz and Hampden Conference and Events.

Football fans can participate by logging on to sfmhalloffame.co.uk and nominate the personality of their choice. You can also post your nomination to: Scottish Football Hall of Fame, Hampden Park, Glasgow, G42 9BA.

Closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 23rd August.

The inductees are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football’s reputation through their skill, spirit and determination.

This year’s Dinner, promises to be yet another memorable occasion.  Guests will enjoy a champagne reception in the Museum, followed by a three course meal with wine in the Nevis Suite.

Thereafter, Dougie Donnelly will take you through an exciting evening featuring the new Hall of Fame inductees followed by a tribute to another of Scotland’s footballing greats. For full details of the dinner click here

Tables can be secured by calling 0141 620 4120.

The Hall of Fame is a permanent feature in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park.

A panel of experts from the world of football and the media will consider nominees and elect successful candidates.


Wembley Wizards – 1928

On this day (31st March) in 1928 Scotland defeated England 5-1 at Wembley Stadium. It was a remarkable result at the time and remains one of Scotland’s most famous wins against England.

The players became immortalised as the ‘Wembley Wizards’. The match ball with the signatures of the players can be found on display in the Scottish Football  Museum here at Hampden Park. It only survived because goalkeeper Jack Harkness stuffed it up his jersey at the end of the game as the Scotland fans invaded the pitch and mobbed the players. Years later Jack became President of the Scottish FA and he gave the ball to the Association.

The referee, Willie Bell, was Scottish and a signed photograph of him taken before the game as well as his ‘Acme Thunderer’ whistle can also be seen on display here at the Scottish Football Museum.

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Scotland’s first hat-trick since Colin Stein in 1969.

On Saturday 17th May 1969, Scotland faced Cyprus in a World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park.

They romped to an 8-0 victory, Colin Stein scored 4 goals, it would be nearly 46 years before another scottish player would score a Hat-Trick for the National Team.  That player was Steven Fletcher in the Euro 2016 Qualifier against Gibraltar today here at Hampden Park.

Colin Scored 4 consecutive goals, the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th!  The other scorers were Eddie Gray, Billy McNeill, Willie Henderson and Tommy Gemmell (Penalty).

Scotland would fail to qualify for the World Cup in Mexico.  West Germany topped the group with 11 points.  The Scots finished second on 7 points.

Here’s hoping Fletcher’s Hat-Trick will have helped towards Scotland Qualifying for Euro 2016.

Colin Stein