Football’s Square Mile


The Hampden Collection has created the World’s Biggest ‘Open Air’ football museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

Our museum is called ‘Football’s Square Mile’, and is the World’s most important and biggest football heritage site. Our ‘Open Air’ Museum stretches across Glasgow and encompasses the most historic football sites in the World:

  1. Queens Park Recreation Ground and The Three Hampden Parks (soon to be four), forms the ‘cradle’ of the modern passing and running game of Football.
  2. Celtic’s held their first meeting St Mary’s Church, Rangers played their first game at Fleshers’ Haugh, and Third Lanark’s first ground was Old Cathkin Park.
  3. And it wouldn’t be Scotland without the Tennents’ Drygate Brewery, home to Scotland’s best loved beer, and Cathcart Cemetery which is the Scotch Professor Burial Ground of the final resting place of Hugh McColl, RS McColl, George Patullo, Willie Malley and William Wilton, to name but a few.

The Scotch Professor brand of Football, developed by generations of Scots over six centuries, is now enjoyed by over 3.5 billion people around the World.

Yes, Scotland did indeed teach the World to play Football. Ah, you want to talk about that annoying song by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightening Seeds from Euro 96? Unfortunately, these musicians and comedians were sucked into believing England’s Charles Alcock’s mischievous writings, who peddled a story about England being the inventors and masters of Football at the start of the 20th Century. Complete nonsense. The joke is entirely on them.

Everything you know today about Football is Scottish.

The Scotch Professors created the passing, running and inclusive game of Football, and transported it to every corner of the planet.

The Scotch Professors built the World’s first purposefully built, enclosed international football ground at 1st Hampden. The Queens Park FC Master Stadium Builders perfected the football stadium with two later incarnations of 2nd and 3rd Hampden. Every stadium builder since has copied this template.

And, of course, Football is today viewed by a global audience? Would this audience have 24/7 access to Football without the inventions of the Television and Telephone? Both invented by the genius of Scots.

Our first brick in this new ‘Open Air’ Football Museum was another marvel from our Artist In Residence, Ashley Rawson, who designed the 1st Hampden Mural, proudly Hampden Bowling Club’s Pavilion back wall from September 2019. Charles Alcock would never explain how on earth the result could have happened – SCOTLAND 5 – 1 ENGLAND in 1882 at the dawn of football.

After this game, Scotland would teach England how to play football, as England imported the Scotch Professors by the dozen to teach them the ‘Beautiful Game’. These Scotch Professors would traverse the globe taking their baw and showed the locals how to play the ‘Scotch Game’.

The beauty of our ‘Open Air’ Museum is that it’s completely free of charge. No pesky queues, no opening or closing times, and complete access to all. You don’t even have to book, and of course, it’s Covid-Safe with social distancing as a genius ingredient of its design. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes, and off you go.

Our mission is to bring Scotland’s footballing heritage back from those that have either re-written it, or done nothing with it. Football is the ‘Peoples’ Beautiful Game’, crafted and created in Scotland for the World to enjoy. And finally, when there is a major tournament, Football is indeed ‘Coming Hame’ to Football’s Square Mile.

This is the most important football heritage site on the planet. Not what you would expect, but it is exactly ONE SQUARE MILE.

As we have said this is an ‘Open Air Museum’ and open to all. If you would like to learn more about this incredible, cart upending and trailblazing story then why not go on tour with The Glasgow Football Tour and Hampden Collection.

Here is our first tour covering the middle of ‘Football’s Square Mile’.

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