Hamilton Crescent is a cricket ground in the Partick area of Glasgow, Scotland, which is the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club. It was previously also used for association football and hosted the first international football match in 1872, between Scotland and England.

Hamilton Crescent
Ground information
LocationPartick, Glasgow
Coordinates55°52′21″N 04°18′32″W / 55.87250°N 4.30889°W / 55.87250; -4.30889
End names
Pavilion End
Burgh Hall Street End
Team information
West of Scotland (1862–present)
As of 3 February 2009
Source: Ground profile

Cricket edit

Cricket has been played at Hamilton Crescent since at least 1862, when it hosted a Gentlemen v Players fixture. Beginning in the 1870s it regularly hosted touring Marylebone Cricket Club teams as well as tour matches against visiting international sides such as Australia, South Africa, New Zealand.[1] The inaugural first-class cricket match at the ground was a Scotland versus Ireland fixture in 1911. In total Hamilton Crescent hosted 20 first-class matches between 1911 and 1994.[2] International tournaments played at the ground include the 1994 Triple Crown Tournament and the 2000 and 2006 European Cricket Championships.[1]

Rugby union edit

Hamilton Crescent hosted a rugby union international when Scotland and Wales drew their match in the 1885 Home Nations Championship.[3][4]

Association football edit


Hamilton Crescent hosted the first international football match, between Scotland and England, played on 30 November 1872, which ended in a goalless draw, and was watched by a crowd of 4,000.[5] A plaque on the wall of the clubhouse was placed to commemorate the match in 2002 by Mr John C McGinn, President of the Scottish Football Association.[6]

Further international matches were held here in 1874 and 1876,[7] before being moved to the first Hampden Park. The 1877 Scottish Cup Final was also held at Hamilton Crescent.[8][9]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Miscellaneous matches played on Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  2. ^ "First-class matches played on Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Scotland 0G – 0G Wales (FT): Home Nations – Glasgow, 10 January 1885". ESPN. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  4. ^ Scotland | The first international, RugbyFootballHistory.com
  5. ^ "A Sporting Nation – The first international football match". BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Glasgow's little known place in sporting history". Glasgow Times. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  7. ^ Home Scotland Results by Venue, Date, London Hearts Supporters Club
  8. ^ Football. | Scottish Football Association Cup–Final Tie., The Scotsman, 19 March 1877, scan via London Hearts Supporters Club
  9. ^ Football. | Vale of Leven v. Rangers–Final Cup Tie., The Scotsman, 9 April 1877, scan via London Hearts Supporters Club