On 5th November 2019, Hampden Bowling Club and The Hampden Collection unveiled our partnership with Tennents, Scotland’s favourite pint. Tennent’s has boosted the first stage of our bold restoration project launched to cement the venue’s place in the history books by committed to pour thousands of pounds into the primary phase of our fundraising drive to help the venue shine a light on its remarkable backstory – and claim its rightful place in the sporting world’s history books.

A big thank you to George, Linzi and the team at Tennents for their support in our quest to #Restore1stHampden.

The Hampden Collection created a new collaboration with the Society For American Soccer History and held its first Symposium on 3rd July 2020. This presentation heralded the kick-off of our #ScotchProfessorNetwork project to build global links with like-minded individuals fascinated by Scotland’s contribution to World Football. We have extended the hand of friendship across the pond and look forward to more collaborations in the future.


We have teamed up with the team from the South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust. Our quest to promote the 1st Hampden is now featured as one of their projects and is listed in their recent publication ‘South Glasgow Heritage Trails: A Guide’.

Thanks to Jennifer and the Team for taking an interest in the Hampden Collection. Check out their brilliant website for more information.

Frank Boyle is an award winning cartoonist based in Glasgow, and worked for the Edinburgh Evening News from 1999 to 2015. Frank’s work is legendary with a variety of exhibitions and artwork, including his cartoon of the first recorded Edinburgh derby football match on Christmas Day 1875 between Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC at East Meadows, Edinburgh. We love his stuff and we hope you do too.

Check out Frank’s website to see more of his fabulous work.

Our site is historic and in 2017 we starting working with Archaeology Scotland to prove the genealogy of the 1st Hampden Pavilion. This has led to Dendrochronology being undertaken on the famous Hampden Roof and further collaborations are planned to ensure our site is never lost again.

A big thank you to Phil Richardson and the team at Archaeology Scotland. This has been lots of fun so far and look forward to more to come.