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Welcome to my new site!

The idea for starting up this site is all down to a database that I have been working on for well over 20 years. Dedicated to the origins of football in Scotland, from the earliest records through to 1873, I hope to complete the project by March 2023 as this will coincide with the 150th anniversaries of the birth of the Scottish FA and Scottish Rugby. I hope the database will be valuable to a wide range of people, from academics and teachers to general enthusiasts of football history. In the meantime I intend to post up blogs and articles based on some of the references which can be found within the database. To visit the blog click on the link below.

Latest from the Blog

Glasgow Before The Explosion: the role of migration and immigration in the development of football cultures in the city prior to 1873.

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to highlight ongoing research suggesting that numerous football cultures existed in Glasgow and the surrounding area prior to what the Scottish Football Museum has termed as the ‘football explosion’ – referring to the rapid rise of Association football in the city in the aftermath of the first official… Continue reading Glasgow Before The Explosion: the role of migration and immigration in the development of football cultures in the city prior to 1873.

Standing free; the ancient story of women’s football in Scotland; (Part Two)

Two hundred and forty five years on from that first historic account at Carstairs, a happy scene played out on another Lanarkshire green, less than nine miles distant. The date was 26th August 1873 and a party of the Turfholm Industrial Female School, to the number of 125, enjoyed their annual summer excursion with a… Continue reading Standing free; the ancient story of women’s football in Scotland; (Part Two)

Standing free; the ancient story of women’s football in Scotland (Part One)

On a warm and sunny day in August 2018 the little green at Carstairs village in South Lanarkshire became the centre of attention for representatives of Scotland’s sports media. They had been invited to attend an event which marked a significant milestone in the history of women’s football in Scotland. The 21st August 2018 marked… Continue reading Standing free; the ancient story of women’s football in Scotland (Part One)

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