Northern F.C.

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Northern Football Club was a football club based at Hyde Park in the Springburn area of Glasgow, Scotland.[1] The club was a founder member of Scottish Football League Division Two, but left after a single season.

Full nameNorthern Football Club
Founded17 September 1874
GroundHyde Park, Glasgow


The club was formed in 1874, as a football playing branch of the Northern Cricket Club,[2] although details of their early years are largely unknown; in its second season, the club won 9 of its 14 matches.[3] In 1883 they merged with another local team Petershill (a different club from the surviving Junior club of that name)[4] and were founder members of the Glasgow Football Association in the same year.[5]

They were founder members of the Scottish Football Alliance in 1891 following a number of teams in leaving the Alliance two years later to form the new Division Two of the Scottish League. 1893–94 proved to be their sole season in the league, with the club finishing ninth and failing re-election. They returned to the Scottish Alliance but during the course of the 1896–97 season they were wound up.

Petershill Juniors were formed in summer 1897, just after Northern folded and a year after Cowlairs; due to the circumstances they could be seen as a successor representing the Springburn area, albeit their club history does not mention those clubs, only linking their formation to the demise of St Mungo's Juniors in the area.[6]


The club's original colours, as agreed at the initial meeting, were royal blue and scarlet hoops.[7] By 1877 the club had changed to light and dark blue shirts with white knickers.[8]


The club originally played at Lodge Park,[9] but opened its new ground at Hyde Park on 13 February 1875, with a game between the club's first and second elevens.[10]

Scottish League recordsEdit


  1. ^ "Ordnance Survey 25 inch, 1892-1914". Explore georeferenced maps. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Football". North British Daily Mail: 6. 22 September 1874.
  3. ^ Alcock, Charles (1876). Football Annual. p. 117.
  4. ^ "Scottish Club Directory". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ Chapter XXV—Glasgow Association, History of the Queen's Park Football Club 1867 - 1917 (via Electric Scotland)
  6. ^ "History". Petershill F.C. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Football". North British Daily Mail: 6. 22 September 1874.
  8. ^ Alcock, Charles (1877). Football Annual. p. 129.
  9. ^ "Club Directory". Scottish Football Historical Results Archive. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Northern Club". North British Daily Mail: 3. 15 February 1875.
  11. ^ a b J. Rollin, The Guinness Football Factbook, Enfield: Guinness Publishing, 1993, p. 131

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