Glasgow invented football: 4 locations in Glasgow that shaped the modern game

All the Glasgow locations visited by Dougray Scott as he explained how the city and Queen's Park helped shape modern football on BBC show

Scottish actor Dougray Scott explored Scotland's pivotal role in shaping the modern game of football and exported it around the world in BBC's Bringing Football Home.

He began his journey at Hampden Park before visiting locations in Glasgow and across the UK which helped explain the role which Scotland and in particular Glasgow's Queen's Park Football Club had in shaping the game that we know and love today.

From Busby-born Thomas Donohoe who helped arrange Brazil's first organised football match to Alexander Watson Hutton from the Gorbals who is known as the 'the father of Argentinian football', Scotland, Queen's Park and Glasgow created modern football.

Young men, from Perthshire and the Highlands mainly, gathered at Queen's Park in Glasgow in 1867. They obtained a copy of the Football Association laws and changed them to include a blend of running, dribbling and passing. When they invented passing in Glasgow, they invented modern football. 

Author and founder of the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Ged O’Brien, has stated clearly that football didn’t originate in England. His research shows that the modern ‘passing and running’ version of the game has been played in Scotland for 500 years.

He states: “Glasgow in particular and Scotland in general invented world football and most people are not aware of that. When I hear Three Lions and England saying ‘oh of course we invented football’ it drives me utterly nuts because it’s a flat lie.

“The genius of Scots over the last 500 years and particularly the clan system is what gave us football. It’s entirely a Scottish game and while I’ve still got breath in my body that’s what I am going to be trying to push.

“Football is Scotland’s game. They have been playing passing and running for hundreds and hundreds of years mostly in churchyards after the Reformation where they flattened all the gravestones.

“Glasgow became the fourth largest city in Europe and everybody from Scotland flooded in including all the guys from Aberdeenshire and Inverness with their passing and running game and they set up Queen’s Park Football Club.”

He added: “I don’t have a dog in this fight because I come from an Irish background. I can always turn round and say ‘it’s not like I’m personally insulted here’. I’m just giving the facts.

“No matter where you go if you are watching football you are watching a game that came out of Scotland 500 years ago and I think that’s the greatest thing that Scotland’s got. It didn’t have to invade anyone, just by the sheer brilliance of their sporting culture they took the game to England and thereafter the world.”

Here are the places in Glasgow linked to the creation of football that Dougray Scott visited for Bringing Football Home.

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