Linthouse F.C.

Linthouse Football Club was a football club from the Linthouse district of Govan, Scotland. The club played in navy blue.

Full nameLinthouse Football Club
GroundLanglands Park, Govan
Govandale Park, Govan


The club were established in 1881 from an athletics club, in an era when the shipbuilding industry in the area was expanding rapidly with thousands moving into the area. Their only Scottish international, William Bowie, was capped in March 1891.[1]

They were founder members of the Scottish Football Alliance in the 1891–92 season, and were the league's first champions.[2] In 1894, Linthouse moved north from Langlands Park on the southern edge of Govan[3] to Govandale Park in the centre of town.[2][4] They joined the Scottish Football League in 1895–96, when they were admitted to Division Two. Their first season in the League was not a successful one, with the club finishing bottom of the ten-club division,[5] and only surviving re-election after a third ballot in which they defeated Wishaw Athletic.[2] However, their first season in the league saw a record 10,000 attend their Glasgow Cup game against Celtic in September 1895 (a 7–1 defeat).[6]

The club spent five seasons in Division Two without much success, their highest finish being fifth in season 1897–98. Arguably their best achievements were in the Glasgow Cup, where they reached the semi-finals three times (in the 1891–92, 1896–97 and 1899–1900 seasons), losing to Rangers or Celtic each time. Even then, examination of their progress indicates they had fortunate draws against obscure teams on those occasions, while typically losing to the better-known opponents.[7] The main exception to this was a 3–1 win in October 1896 over Partick Thistle who were something of a local rival, the clubs being based about a mile apart in competing burghs on opposite banks of the River Clyde,[8] meeting frequently in the Alliance and SFL Division Two, and occasionally in the Scottish Qualifying Cup.[9]

In 1899–1900 the club finished bottom of the division,[5] and struggling with low attendances due to competition from nearby Rangers, they decided not to seek re-election to the league.

Linthouse entered the Scottish Cup the following season and progressed to the second round as their first round opponents Clydebank forfeited the tie. However Linthouse themselves forfeited their second round tie with Motherwell and the football side was discontinued.


Scottish Alliance
Govan Jubilee Cup
  • Winners: 1888–89[11]
Govan & Ibrox Cup
  • Winners: 1887–88, 1888–89, 1889–90, 1890–91[11]

See alsoEdit

Category:Linthouse F.C. players


  1. ^ Scotland Football Records | Clubs played for | Linthouse, London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 21 February 2022
  2. ^ a b c Linthouse Historical Football Kits
  3. ^ OS 25 inch Scotland, 1892-1905 (Langlands), Explore georeferenced maps (National Library of Scotland)
  4. ^ Paul Smith & Shirley Smith (2005) The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds Second Edition 1888–2005, Yore Publications, p191 ISBN 0954783042
  5. ^ a b Linthouse at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ Glasgow Cup–First Round, The Glasgow Herald, 23 September 1895
  7. ^ Glasgow FA Cup 1887-1989, Scottish Football Historical Archive
  8. ^ OS 25 inch Scotland, 1892-1905 (Partick and Govan), Explore georeferenced maps (National Library of Scotland)
  9. ^ 1896-97 Second Division Champions, Partick Thistle - The Early Years
  10. ^ "Scottish Football Alliance". SFHA. 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Govan Competitions". SFHA. 5 July 2020.