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One For The Golden Oldies - North Of The Border

Thorpe Groyney

Open your mind
Nov 20, 2008
Surely it's plain to see?
Third Lanark, one of the most famous clubs in Scotland, have returned to their spiritual home of Cathkin Park.

It was the club Ally McLeod played for and generally had the tag of the Scottish public's favourite 'second' team.

In 1961 they were challenging for the title. By 1967 they were declared bankrupt and banished to the amateur leagues and public parks in and around South Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

Cathkin Park, meanwhile, was left abandoned as their was a covenant on the land stating it had to be used for sporting purposes only.

Thanks to tireless work from some club members, though, they managed to get the old ground into a state where they can again host Third Lanark matches.

Cathkin Park.jpg

Next step will be to gain 'junior' club status, then onto senior. After that, who knows? In a hundred years, Third Lanark could be back!

In the meantime, they are back at their spiritual home. The Hi Hi are starting to aim higher and it's great to see.