Any fan of football owes it to themselves to visit the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Hampden is the spiritual home of Scottish football and a fitting venue for a 5 star museum devoted to the world’s favourite sport. Here, football fans both serious and casual can learn about not only how the Scottish game developed, but also how the modern game came into being, as it was in Scotland that the seeds of the game we know today were sown.
Over 2500 unique items are on display and comprise permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. At the core of the museum, visitors are led through the history of Scottish football from its beginnings in the late 1800s, highlighting the rise of prominent clubs such as Rangers and Celtic, spotlights on famous players both domestic and foreign, and memorabilia ranging from the oldest national trophy in the world to notable jerseys, caps and balls. Also at the hub of the museum is the Hall of Fame which honours the players, managers and officials who exemplify all that is great and good about Scottish football.
The museum is constantly changing as new and exciting exhibitions are introduced. A popular display in the past is Euro ’96. This was the largest sporting event in Britain since the 1966 World Cup and billions of television viewers around the world tuned in to watch the 31 matches. The exhibition described the media furor, displayed the vast amount of merchandise used to help market the tournament, and detailed the preparations involved in arranging the Scottish team’s trip to England, and many other aspects of the event. Another crowd-pleasing exhibition focussed on The Tartan Army. Scottish football fans are among the most recognisable and popular in the world and have won many good conduct awards for their good behaviour and sense of fun they bring to the game. Items on display included the match banners, weird and wonderful apparel such as shirts, kilts, scarves and flags, and archival film of events such as the 1977 Wembley pitch invasion. ข่าวเรือใบสีฟ้า
Of particular interest are items of historical interest or unique significance and spark discussion for fans and casuals alike. The Three Second Cap is a cap given to the players in the World Cup Qualifying match between Scotland v Estonia in 1996. Estonia failed to turn up after kickoff was moved from the evening to the afternoon following a dispute over adequate floodlighting. The “match” went ahead even including the team lineup. The whistle blew and after two passes the game ended after three seconds; probably the shortest game in footballing history.
Scotland’s well known navy blue shirts were put aside on nine occasions in favour of The Rosebery Shirt. This curious item is coloured primrose and pink which was the racing colours of Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery, who was a racehorse owner. The most famous appearance of the shirt was in 1900 when Scotland beat England 4-1.