Scotland invented football and Hampden is its home. Whilst England were playing another version of Rugby, the Scots devised the game of football as we know it today. Young men from across Scotland gathered at the first Hampden in 1867 and amended the FA laws to include passing and dribbling. It was this specific detail that invented football as a game in its own right.
Hampden 1 – The First International Football Ground
Built in 1873 and is the world’s first purposefully built international football ground. Now the Hampden Bowling Club across from Kingsley Avenue, on match day you will find a comfy seat and a welcome from local football supporters happy to take you through the grounds history.
Hampden 2 – The Second Ground
Hampden 2 was built in 1884 used by Queens Park and laterally Third Lanark from 1905.
Hampden 3 – Current Stadium
Hampden 3 was built in 1903 and was the world’s largest football stadium rising to 198,500 capacity. The current Hampden still holds the European record for a football match of 149,415 when Scotland beat England.