Hail Hail History – Take a Celtic Walk on the Southside

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Whether it’s many of Celtic’s best days – or some of the club’s most tragic – Glasgow’s Southside has played a big part in the Bhoys’ history. The Celtic Star’s Matthew Marr takes you on this brilliant, bespoke Bhoys’ Walk on Glasgow’s Southside…

A new Celtic history walk tells the story of many sites in the Queen’s Park and Hampden area that have shaped Hoops’ history. It’s the latest in a series of history events run by The Celtic Star writer Matthew Marr. These tours aim to bring to life Celtic’s heritage, while promoting some healthy exercise too.

Multiple places in Glasgow’s Southside are part of the Celtic story. The most obvious is Hampden Park, not only the location of many cup victories – such as the famous 1953 Coronation Cup win – but also Celtic’s home venue on different occasions.

However there are many other locations too, including the second Hampden Park (now called Cathkin Park). This was where Celtic first beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final, amongst other events. It was also where Hibs won the 1887 Scottish Cup, a crucial event in Celtic’s foundation.

Just a bit further north is the original Cathkin Park. This witnessed Celtic first lose at an away game, but saw happier moments, especially the 1902 British League Cup victory over Rangers.

The tour considers sadder days too. The old Victoria Infirmary (now flats) was where John Thomson died in 1931 after a tragic on-field accident at Ibrox.

The full tale of these sites – and many more – are all part of the walk. There is no charge to attend. However participants that can afford it are encouraged to make a donation to charity, including the Celtic FC Foundation.

Keep an eye out later in 2024 for future dates. These will cover Southside walks as well as Celtic Matchday tours and a city centre event too. The latter one will take place on 31 May, marking the date and site of Celtic’s first ever trophy ceremony, 135 years ago this year.

You can get this information on The Celtic Star or by following Matthew’s Twitter/X page: @hailhailhistory.

“And if you know the history…”



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About Author

Matthew Marr first started going to see Celtic in the 1980s and has had a season ticket since 1992. His main Celtic interest is the club's history, especially the early years. In 2023, Matthew published his first Celtic book, telling the story of the Bhoys' first league title. He also runs Celtic history walking tours.

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