Monday, March 24, 2008

Gretna and Third Lanark

The Guardian has an article on the travails on Gretna FC, whose meteoric rise to the Scottish Premier League threatens to be followed by a meteoric fall.

This brings to mind the last Scottish league club to go out of business: Third Lanark. I can dimly remember hearing the classified football results being read out on Grandstand and hearing Third Lanark's game described as "cancelled".

The photograph - taken from the Kerrydale Street site - shows what remains of the club's Cathkin Park stadium in Glasgow. The overgrown terraces now form part of a public park.


Paul Linford said...

Other clubs whose names used to get read out on the football results when I was a kid....

Bradford Park Avenue
Cambridge United
Halifax Town
Newport County
Oxford United
Workington Town
York City

A surprisingly long list...

Anonymous said...

I visited Cathkin Park on Sunday 31 August while in Glasgow. What an eerie experience standing on crumbling terraces as the sun went down. And to think the ground once hosted Scotland v England and regular games with Celtic & Rangers that attracted up to 50,000 people. As a Brighton fan myself I know my own club nearly went the same way as Third Lanark FC. Anyone concerned about how the money-men are buying and selling great clubs as if they're nothing more than playboy's toys should read the story of what happened to Third Lanark. It makes depressing reading. Peter Chegwyn