Any fan of football owes it to themselves to go to the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Hampden could be the spiritual home of Scottish football and a fitting venue for a 5 star museum devoted to the world's favourite sport. Here, football fans both serious and casual can understand not merely the way the Scottish game developed, but in addition how the current game arrived to being, as it was in Scotland that the seeds of the overall game we know today were sown.
Over 2500 unique items are on display and comprise permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. At the core of the museum, visitors are led through the annals of Scottish football from its beginnings in the late 1800s, highlighting the rise of prominent clubs such as Rangers and Celtic, spotlights on famous players both domestic and foreign, and memorabilia including the oldest national trophy on the planet to notable jerseys, caps and balls. Also at the hub of the museum is the Hall of Fame which honours the players, managers and officials who exemplify all that is great and good about scottish hats.
The museum is continually changing as new and exciting exhibitions are introduced. A well known display in the past is Euro'96. This was the greatest sporting event in Britain since the 1966 World Cup and billions of television viewers around the world tuned in to watch the 31 matches. The exhibition described the media furor, displayed the vast amount of merchandise used to greatly help market the tournament, and detailed the preparations involved in arranging the Scottish team's trip to England, and many other areas of the event. Another crowd-pleasing exhibition focussed on The Tartan Army. Scottish football fans are among the absolute most recognisable and popular in the world and have won many good conduct awards for his or her good behaviour and sense of fun they bring to the game. Items on display included the match banners, weird and wonderful apparel such as shirts, kilts, scarves and flags, and archival film of events such as the 1977 Wembley pitch invasion.
Of particular interest are items of historical interest or unique significance and spark discussion for fans and casuals alike. The Three Second Cap is a cap directed at the players in the World Cup Qualifying match between Scotland v Estonia in 1996. Estonia didn't turn up after kickoff was moved from the evening to the afternoon following a dispute over adequate floodlighting. The "match" went ahead even including the team lineup. The whistle blew and after two passes the overall game ended after three seconds; most likely the shortest game in footballing history.
Scotland's well known deep blue shirts were put aside on nine occasions in favour of The Rosebery Shirt. This curious item is coloured primrose and pink that was the racing colours of Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Rosebery, who was simply a racehorse owner. Probably the most tartan ribbon famous appearance of the shirt was in 1900 when Scotland beat England 4-1.
The Hampden Experience
After being immersed in the rich history of Scottish Football, the icing on the cake is to go to an event at Hampden stadium. Whether it is a big match or perhaps a concert, Hampden's unique and special atmosphere is unforgettable.