Soccer history from Glasgow of yesteryear

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As restrictions from the corona virus continue, GLASGOW soccer fans will need to wait a little while until they can go to games again.

Yet audiences are unlikely to scale the dizzying heights of decades past, even though they return to the stands.

A whopping 149,415 tickets were sold at the National Stadium in Hampden on April 17, 1937 for this home international (pictured) between Scotland and England, but it is alleged that at least 20,000 more got in without tickets. The receipts for the gate are recorded as £24,303.

Scotland won the 3-1 contest, with Fred Steele of Stoke City opening the scoring for England in the 40th minute, Frank O’Donnell of Preston North End equalizing shortly after halftime, and Bob McPhail of Rangers scoring twice in the 80th and 88th minutes to secure the win.

(The Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Berdeen officially attracted 147,365 fans a week later, with 20,000 more people locked out of the stadium; it’s the national club game attendance record.)

The Glasgow Police Football Operations Book, which reveals how many officers were on duty at matches and contains crowd estimates, is held by the Glasgow City Archives.

For example, a record of 137,438 for Celtic against Leeds in the European Cup semifinal (still a European record and the police numbers are higher than UEFA’s official) and 135,808 for Scotland against England in particular,”Some of the numbers within a few weeks in 1970 are incredible – for example, a record 137,438 for Celtic against Leeds in the European Cup semifinal (still a European record and the police numbers are higher than UEFA’s official) and 135,808 for Scotland against England in particular.”Some of the numbers within a few weeks in 1970 are incredible.

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