Shinty: Glasgow Venues
Camanachd : ionadan-cluiche an Glaschu

Shinty venues in Glasgow

Thar an 130 bliadhna a chaidh, bha camanachd ri fhaicinn agus air a chluich ann an iomadach àite agus roinn dhen bhaile agus sgìre, an dà chuid ann an riochd foirmeil le farpaisean, riaghailtean is eile, agus cuideachd mar dhòigh air cur-seachad, le corra ghèam ga chluich aig àmannan sònraichte leithid na Bliadhn’ Ùire. Seo liosta de na làraich is ionadan a chaidh a dhearbhadh chun na h-ìre seo, ach is cinnteach gu bheil feadhainn eile ann cuideachd a dh’fhaodamaid a chur ris.

Over the last 130 years and more, Glasgow and the surrounding area has seen shinty played at numerous venues, both in the formal sense of organised matches, but also in the social or pastime sense, with occasional games being played, for example, on special occasions such as New Year’s Day.  The following is a list of venues which have been identified to date, but there are, no doubt some others which could be added.

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Cathkin Park, Cathcart 1880s

1. Allan Glen’s, Bishopbriggs

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch, 1976-96, after Summerston.

2. Alexandria

  • Glasgow v Vale of  Leven, 20-a-side, two hour match; Vale won 4-1;
  • Vale of Leven v Renton;
  • Vale v Glasgow Inveraray;
  • Vale v Fingal, 7-0; 1,000 spectators

3. Bellahouston Park

  • Home pitch to Glasgow Highland, 1980s

4. Blawarthill farm

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll original home pitch 1924; club formed in 1923-4 as Blawarthill Argyll; Scotsoun Farm now a housing estate.

5. Burnbank

  • Glasgow v Vale of Leven 0-3

6. Carmyle

  • Home of Kenmuir Cricket Club; Glasgow Skye played there by 1909; 1910 moved to Possilpark.

7. Cathkin Park, Cathcart

  • Home of Third Lanark;  often used for shinty; Ossian versus Edinburgh; and for Championship of Scotland, Vale of Leven versus Inveraray (Vale won 4-1); also Ossian defeated Edinburgh 2-1 there; also illustrated in 1898 CelticMonthly.

8. Cessnock

  • Glasgow Cowal pitch; used as venue for Celtic Society Cup Finals in late 1890s and up to 1906.

9. Craigton Park (Govan Shinty Club)

  • Kyles v Oban Celtic Society Semi-Final 4-1

10. Cumbernauld Road

  • Inveraray v Cowal

11. Dennistoun Park

  • Cowal v Strachur, 4-4

12. Dumbreck

  • G. Islay  v Blawarthill Argyll

13. Fleshers Haugh, Glasgow Green

  • Glasgow-Fingal v. Ossian 3-0

14. Garscadden

  • Glasgow University home pitch, 1970s-80s; also Glasgow Kelvin, 1964-early 1970s.

15. Glasgow Green, Fleshers’ Haugh

  • “Raon mòr a bhaile” Fingal;
  • Glasgow Cowal v Kirn, return match.
  • Glenforsa using Green every Saturday afternoon.
  • Glenforsa v Renton friendly
  • Cowal v Strachur friendly

16. Hardgate Road, South Govan

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch after being set up;  see also Shieldhall.

17. Helen Street, Govan

  • Glasgow Inverness picture 1927;   Glasgow played Renton “at Govan”; Renton won 4-3; “hundreds of spectators”.

18. Hyde Park Gardens, Springburn

  • Glasgow Camanachd v Springburn; 15-a-side; 4.30pm-6pm; Glasgow won 10-0 against Springburn, a new club

19. Ibrox Park

  • Glasgow Cowal v Kyles Glasg. Rangers Highland Gathering (10,000 crowd) 1904, 1-1.

20. Jura Street, Cardonald

  • Glasgow Inverness 1926-1927; players stripped in an engineering works owned by Archie Macpherson from Skye, a Vice-President of the Camanachd Association; Glasgow Skye played at home there too; 1921-28, then became peripatetic.

21. King’s Park

  • New Year’s day match; account by Rev N MacLeod, Caraid nan Gàidheal

22. Kinning Park,  Vermont St.

  • Friendly, Glasgow Inveraray and Fingal; 15-a-side; Fingal lost 8-0; see Vermont St.

23. Loch Inch, Pollock

  • Home pitch for Glasgow Skye, now used by Strathclyde Police.

24. Luss (Loch Lomond)

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch, 1964-73, after Victoria Park.

25. Moray Park, Strathbungo

  • Glasgow Cowal Ground; match versus Oban featured in illustration – Celtic Monthly, 1898; also known as  “Strathbungo”.
  • Cowal Reserves played against Airdirie Shinty Club there

26. Old Anniesland

  • Camanachd Cup Finals eg 1949 record crowd c.6,000; also Celtic Cup Final, 1958.

27. Pirie Park, Govan

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch, 1996

28. Pollokshaws

  • Fingal played there in field placed at their disposal by Chieftain, J. Black.

29. Possil Park

  • Kingussie v Kyles Camanachd Cup Final 6-1; also where Caledonian defeated Rapparee Hurling Club 5-2 in R’s first game, May, 1901.
  • Rapparee used Possil till they found a field at Woodend Park, Jordanhill; Glasgow Skye in 1910.

30. Queen’s Park

  • Comunn C. Ghlaschu played there on Saturday afternoons; Glasgow Skye pitch; Mairi Mhòr nan Òran song, “Camanachd Ghlaschu” 1876.

31. Ruchill

  • Glasgow Skye’s first base post 1903.

32. Scotstoun

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch

33. Shieldhall

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch after being formed; early days;
  • South of Scotland League select played against Trinity College, Dublin in 1933; South won 1-0.

34. Southside Park (site of Battle of Langside)

  • Comunn C. Ghlaschu

35. Strathbungo

  • Also known as  Moray Park Glasgow Cowal began there, March 1877; 1893 poem, New Year’s day; Cowal practising there in 1893; also tournament in October; Celtic Society Cup Final, 1900, Kyles v Oban.

36. Summerton Park, Copeland Road

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch, 1973-76, after Luss;
  • Glasgow Inveraray secured it as pitch at beginning of 1877; played Vale of Leven there for Championship of Scotland. Vale won 4-1; second match for silver cup presented to Glasgow Cam.; Glasgow v Ossian; Glasgow v Edinburgh; Glasgow v Cowal.

37. Vermont Park, Kinning Park

  • Pitch “recently aquired”.
  • Glasgow v Glasgow Inveraray; 2-2; 2 umpires; 15-a-side;

38. Victoria Park, Whiteinch

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch (moved to Luss in 1964); 1964 Celtic Society Cup Final televised live from Victoria Park which was also used by Glasgow Inverness-shire.

39. Westerlands

  • Glasgow University home pitch, 1990s.

40. Whitefield Park, Govan

  • Glasgow Inveraray  v Glasgow Camanachd, 2-2; Glasgow v Glasgow Inveraray;  new rules; 12-a side.
  • Glasgow Inveraray v Vale of Leven, 5-2 Glasgow Skye v  Glasgow Inveraray, 0-3. Glasgow Skye v Fingal, 4-1. Six-a-side tournaments 1980s/1990s

41. Yokermill Road, Yoker

  • Glasgow Mid Argyll home pitch, 1997 GMA v Kyles 1925 Camanachd Cup 1-4; also a venue for Celtic Society Cup Finals