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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby peasy23 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:30 am

LinkMunki wrote:Does anybody know where a Glasgow club/team? "Caledonian" played back in the 1880s, Falkirk played them, but all the report said was at Burnbank, Glasgow.

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Burnbank was Rangers first ground, which was situated just to the south of Great Western Road in the vicinity of Dunearn Street and Woodlands Drive. The church which can be seen in the background with the tall spire is St. Mary's Cathedral, at the corner of GWR and Napiershall Street.

Can't help as regards Caledonian though, the only Caledonian I can find any reference to is the one from Inverness. you have to bear in mind that there were no leagues formeduntil the 1890's (SFL 1891, highland League 1893) so it could be that the Inverness side were touring and playing friendlies, which was fairly common then. Do you have a date for the cutting, Caledonian FC were formed in 1885.

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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Mr Vallance » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:52 am

Burnbank was situated on the south-side of Great Western Road at Barrington Drive.

The Ground was owned by the Glasgow Accies Rugby Club who were formed in 1866, and leased to Rangers for one season (1875-76).I would assume a similar deal was done with Caledonian.

Looking on to Burnbank from Park Circus.

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Also used as a drill ground.

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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Josef » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:56 pm

Mr Vallance wrote:Burnbank was situated on the south-side of Great Western Road at Barrington Drive.

The Ground was owned by the Glasgow Accies Rugby Club who were formed in 1866, and leased to Rangers for one season (1875-76).I would assume a similar deal was done with Caledonian.

Looking on to Burnbank from Park Circus.

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Great stuff, Mr V. Not a lot of Woodlands there, was there?

Funny that Burnbank Gardens are on the North side of GWR.
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Mr Vallance » Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:36 pm

Yes indeed.

I frequent The Primary Pub quite often so that particular picture is special.
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Hughbee » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:52 am

Morning Matt
Interested in post re Burnbank
Glasgow Accies and Glasgow Academy used the ground from 1866 to about 1872 when they moved to Norh Kelvinside but they did not own it
The ground was leased from the First Lanarkshire Volunteer Rifles hence the use for drill.Accies first president was H E Crum -Ewing was also a founding father of Third Lanark possibly through the volounteer connection
The Caledonia FC may well have been linked with Caledonian Cricket Club which functioned in the area at the time in fact the Glasgow Academy now stands on what was once their ground at Kelvinbridge.The Academy moved there from Elmbank St in 1878
In 1872 Queens Park asked Accies to help make up the numbers or the first official Soccer international v England but although they turned up for a trial they did not accept selection
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby LinkMunki » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:47 am

peasy23 wrote:Do you have a date for the cutting, Caledonian FC were formed in 1885?


The date of the match was the 7th of February 1880, so the Caledonian Cricket Club link is a definite possibility.
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Hughbee » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:33 pm

Further research suggests that the Caledonian C C played at both Burnbank and Kelvinbridge The club appears to have formed circa 1850 and hosted matches against English touring sides
They went defunct after they lost their ground to the Glasgow Academy
It was common at that time for cricket to be organised club wise before rugby or soccer eg West of Scotland CC 1862 predated West of Scotland FC 1865 so it is possible that the Caledonian FC was an offshoot of the cricket club
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Hughbee » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:26 pm

Caledonian FC is mentioned in Gary Ralston's book the Gallant Pioneers about the birth of Rangers
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby fatweegee » Thu May 31, 2012 9:59 pm

stumbled across, on google maps, what looks like an old ground in Shettleston area. Rather large oval that looks to have been banked for terracing. Back of Inveresk Street, any ideas?
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby HelenD » Thu May 31, 2012 11:01 pm

It looks to be part of Greenfield Football Centre

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/ ... allCentre/
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby fatweegee » Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:34 am

It is, but looks to have been something slightly grander - may be wrong but just wondered.
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby peasy23 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:39 pm

Cairncraig wrote:Strathclyde Juniors played at New Springfield Park in Silverdale Street before they went defunct circa 1966. Parkhead Juniors first ground was near the junction of Shettleston Road and Old Shettleston Road 'the Sheddens'. Their next ground was located at Powfoot and Beattock Street and was known as Helenslea Park.They then moved from there to a new Helenslea Park at Cuthelton Strret and Methven Street where they played until they went defunct in 1964. Bridgeton Waverley were founded as an amatuer club by former pupils of Queen Mary Street School but they disbanded for the duration of the First World War. They reformed after the War as a Juvenile club and went Junior in 1924 and played their home games at Shawfield for the first couple of seasons before opening their own ground at Camlachie which was known as Barrowfield Park. Their ground was part of a compulsory purchase order for the building of Barrowfield Housing Scheme in 1936 and they then opened New Barrowfield Park at West-thorn on th London Road directly facing Helenslea Park home of Parkhead Juniors. New Barrowfield Park was also part of a compulsory purchase order for housing by the City Council around 1960 but it was never used for the purpose of housing and eventually became the training ground of Celtic FC. Bridgeton Waverley played their last couple of season's at Carntyne Dog Track before going out of the game in 1962. I believe that Parkhead Juniors did play a couple of season's at Helenvale Park in between the time of their move from Beattock Street to Cuthelton Street whilst their new ground was being prepared.


All three of the grounds mentioned are in this photo from http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk

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New Springfield Park is centre left, with Helenslea Park to the north of London Road at the top centre, and New Barrowfield facing it across the road.
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Re: Lost Football Grounds

Postby Josef » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:22 pm

peasy23 wrote:
Cairncraig wrote:Strathclyde Juniors played at New Springfield Park in Silverdale Street before they went defunct circa 1966.


New Springfield Park is centre left, with Helenslea Park to the north of London Road at the top centre, and New Barrowfield facing it across the road.


Ah, thanks Peasy. That answers a question I asked elsewhere on the forum.
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