World Home of Football Poetry

More than just a poetry collection

The Hampden Collection created its poetry section on 26th March 2018, with Stephen Watt as its inaugural Poet In Chief. Stephen handed over the baton to our current leader Jim Mackintosh, who has been in charge of our Poetry Collection since 2019, with Julie McNeill taking over in late 2021.

Julie is a rising star of the poetry world, who gives everyone who loves the beautiful game, an opportunity to put ‘pen to paper’. Julie is joined by leading Scottish Poets, Stuart Kenny and Susi Briggs, helping Scotland take its rightful place as the world football of football poetry.

All submissions are carefully reviewed and the best are included within the finest collection of football poetry on the planet.

In line with our Scottish Footballing heritage and hosted from Football’s Square Mile, our mission is inclusive, diverse and equal, and you will see our three streams of poetry make up a a remarkable collection for everyone to enjoy.

SWNT Poets society

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SWNT is the world’s first National Football Team Poetry Society, launched in 2019 and contains over 40 poems. The inclusive nature of the collection is exemplified by this brilliant example by Mary Ann Kennedy, which was published on our website in both Gaelic and Scots.

primo poetica

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Primo Poetica (First Poetry) was launched in 2020, with over 30 poems, encouraging football wordsmiths to share their football thoughts. Here is a fine example from David Bleiman, showcasing our encouragement of poetry in all languages.

braw words

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Braw Words is our latest venture, launched in 2021, for our young poets from across the country, aged 5 – 18 years of age. As Grant explains, “Football is always the winner”, illustrating our mission is to encourage young people to explain their football emotions through the written word.

our Brilliant Poetry team

Julie McNeill leads our mission to encourage the masses to put ‘pen to paper’ and submit their work into our growing poetry collection, heralding their football heroes.

Poet In Chief and SWNT Poets Society Makar

Susi Briggs is our Weans’ Makar of our Braw Words Collection, capturing the most important voices in Scottish football, the children and young people, who love to watch and play the game.

Wean’s Makar

Stuart Kenny is our Makar of our Primo Poetica Collection, capturing the culture, passion and love for the beautiful game, from all the fans across the world.

Makar of Primo Poetica

Our Poet’s Roll of honour


  1. Jim Mackintosh
  2. Stephen Watt
  3. Thomas Clark
  4. Christine Knox
  5. Julie McNeill
  6. Gayle Smith
  7. Karyn Dougan Buckland
  8. Finola Scott
  9. Kevin Graham
  10. Elaine McKay
  11. Marcas Mac An Tuairneir
  12. Pauline Barkley
  13. Tom Murray
  14. Peter Clive
  15. David Cameron
  16. Graeme Brown
  17. Janet Crawford
  18. Nicole Carter
  19. Alastair McIver
  20. Leela Soma
  21. John Young
  22. David McDonald
  23. Morag Anderson
  24. Mary Ann Kennedy
  25. Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul
  26. Gabrielle Barnby
  27. David McVey
  28. Rebecca McLean
  29. Maya Halcrow
  30. Abiy Orr
  31. Laura Carberry
  32. Rose McGregor


  1. Stuart Kenny
  2. David Bleiman
  3. Victoria McNulty
  4. James Andrew
  5. Jessica Wortley
  6. Julie McNeill
  7. Ross McWhinnie
  8. Darren Sempie
  9. Mike Conlon
  10. Hugh James Brown
  11. Jim Aitken
  12. Neil Leadbetter
  13. Tom Murray
  14. Sam McCartney
  15. Lindsay Craik
  16. Peter Findlay
  17. Iain Mills
  18. Alun Robert
  19. Gabrielle Barnby
  20. Jenifer Harley
  21. Colin Taylor
  22. Scott Kelly


  1. Grace Lawther
  2. Grant Kerr
  3. Maya Halcrow
  4. David Molka
  5. Aylei Pickup
  6. Daniel Hart
  7. Angus White
  8. Shea McNeill
  9. Bella McNeill