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Scotstoun local rules and naked men

10 months ago By Hugh Barrow

Tales of the Steamie

This week sees us hosting Heriots at our temporary home Scotstoun This famous club has graced Scotstoun in the distant when they played Glasgow HSFP there prior to WW1 and were then known as "The Heritonians "

In its long life stretching over 110 years Scotstoun has seen many different sports many famous clubs and many celebrated names

Rugby has played its part and has been used at various times by several clubs and has hosted representative matches

During Glasgow's first year of professionalism 1997/98 saw them take on the likes of Wasps and Swansea at Scotstoun

The resident club has of course been Hyndland driven by enthusiasts like Alex Mack and Colin Brown .The club has played at Scotstoun for some 84 years

Rugby at Scotstoun however goes back even further to the beginning of the 1900s when the likes of Glasgow H.S.F.P played there on their journey to Old Anniesland
Sometimes the ground at that time was referred to as Scotstoun Mains and matches were also played in nearby Victoria Park with changing accommodation sometimes being in the Whiteinch Baths "steamie" which also played home to Victoria Park AAC during the winter road season-- at least you got a hot wash which was not always the case at Scotstoun

When matches were played in Victoria Park local rules were added to the Laws of the Game to take account of overhanging trees .Sounds odd but it was like a throwback to the early days of football when physical features like trees played a key role in proceedings like on the Close at Rugby School --where if you happen to like a good yarn William Webb Ellis allegedly invented the game of rugby football in 1823 but don't suggest that to the Duke of Buccleuch

The arrival of the Clyde Tunnel in the 1960s spelled the beginning of the end for the Whiteinch Baths

Changing at the Showgrounds at that time was primitive and with no internal corridor under the stand this meant you had to go outside down the back of the stand to the showers and back which often provided entertainment for the residents of Danes Drive
One such lady resident whose modesty had been offended by the sight of semi naked men running up and down behind the stand complained to the police and a young constable was despatched from Partick Police Station to investigate. When he looked out from the lady's window all he could see was the red brick facade still prominent today and enquired what was the problem to which the lady retorted " son you have to stand on this table"

Hawks are grateful to Glasgow Warriors and Glasgow Life for their continued support

KO v HERIOTS at Scotstoun is 2.00 pm

Updated 22:35 - 12 Sep 2017 by Hugh Barrow

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