Today, I joined an interesting walking tour led by Ged O’Brien, author of  ‘Played in Glasgow: Charting the Heritage of a City at Play’.

It appears that Glasgow was at the forefront of the development of such sports as Water Polo ( formerly called aquatic football), Lawn Bowls and Football (soccer).  Glasgow’s rapid expansion during the latter half of the 19th century had a dual effect on sporting activity: existing pitches and facilities were moved to accommodate railways and housing developments whilst sporting facilities expanded to keep up with growing population. Football (soccer) was the sport of the working classes. This was relatively cheap to arrange and organise and built on a long tradition which suggests that the current style passing game of football was invented in Scotland. Today, Scotland has two leading clubs on the international stage, namely Celtic and Rangers, both of which are based in Glasgow. In addition to football, Lawn Bowls was and remains popular. This sport was often run in conjunctionwith curling as the two share similar rules.

The tour commenced at the Lighthouse, a famous Glaswegian architectural landmark and architectural exhibition centre, the entrance to which is located in a side street ad bypassed by the great mass of shoppers just a few metres away in Buchanan St.

Lighthouse, Glasgow Architecture

Lighthouse

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