As a footballing metropolis, Glasgow and its environs more or less have it all. There is Celtic, Rangers, Partick Thistle, Hampden Park and Hamilton Crescent, where the first ever international match was played. Not far away are clubs like Motherwell, St.Mirren and Hamilton Academical. Glasgow has had its European champions, its fan tragedies, glories and financial disasters and, as we’ll look at today, clubs who have come, gone and returned again — such as Clydebank FC.
Clubs going bankrupt and disappearing are not exactly an every day occurrence in Scotland. But the rise and fall of Gretna from UEFA Cup football to liquidation in only a few seasons shows that the threat of disappearance is never too far away, especially in these economically woeful days.
And the name Third Lanark springs to mind when the words ‘out of business’, ‘liquidation’ and Scottish football come up. Today, Cathkin Park, the ground of the once League champions Third Lanark, still sits desolate, weed ridden and largely disused in Glasgow’s south-side — not 10 minutes from Hampden Park, the traditional home of Scottish Football. Despite being used by amateur footballers playing under the same club name today, Third Lanark are generally regarded as no more. The ground, which still has a terracing area visible, is mainly a field for dog walkers in a crumbling public park maintained by Glasgow City council parks department.