FIRHILL STADIUM

WHERE IS IT? In the North-West of the city centre, just off Maryhill Road and a hop across the River Kelvin to Ruchill Park

The home of Glasgow’s third football team, Partick Thistle, is not found in Partick but north of the city centre in the Maryhill area. The reason for the team's name is that they were originally based in Partick since the club formed in 1876.



The team, nicknamed the Jags, played in a variety of different areas in the three decades following their inception. Prior to arriving at their eventual home in Firhill, the wandering nomads played in Kelvingrove, Muir Park, and Jordanvale. Their longest stint was at Meadowside until they were evicted to make way for a shipyard on the banks of the Clyde in 1908.


Although Firhill Stadium resembles the style of Archibald Leitch, who had a hand in both Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park, Firhill was designed by his former colleague, David Mills Duncan. It is much smaller than its rivals, with an original capacity of nearly 55,000. This was reduced to just over 20,000 in the 1970s to comply with safety regulations.



The team, nicknamed the Jags, played in a variety of different areas in the three decades following their inception. Prior to arriving at their eventual home in Firhill, the wandering nomads played in Kelvingrove, Muir Park, and Jordanvale. Their longest stint was at Meadowside until they were evicted to make way for a shipyard on the banks of the Clyde in 1908.


Although Firhill Stadium resembles the style of Archibald Leitch, who had a hand in both Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park, Firhill was designed by his former colleague, David Mills Duncan. It is much smaller than its rivals, with an original capacity of nearly 55,000. This was reduced to just over 20,000 in the 1970s to comply with safety regulations.


While the ground has been shared by other teams, including Clyde and Hamilton, as well as various rugby teams, it has always been home to the Jags. This nearly came to an end in the 1990s, when after carrying out improvements to Firhill, including undersoil heating and the construction of the Jackie Husband stand, financial problems nearly bankrupted the club.


Although they survived, they were ejected to the third division, an event echoed two decades later when Rangers were also sent to the bottom division went they went into administration. On their return to the SPL, under the direction of manager John Lambie, the North Stand was built to increase the seating capacity to 10,000, a requirement for admittance into the SPL. However, after Lambie’s retirement after their first successful season in the top flight, the club went through a number of managers as they yo-yoed up and down the divisions.



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