This article lists Scottish football attendance records under the categories listed below. The highest ever attendance for a UEFA competition match was in the 1969–70 European Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium. A record 136,505 people attended the match between Celtic and Leeds United. The attendance of 149,415 for the Scotland vs. England international match of 1937 at Hampden Park is also a European record. The attendance of 147,365 for the 1937 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park is a European record for a club match. Rangers' record attendance of 118,567 at Ibrox is a British record for a league match.
Association football is one of the national sports of Scotland and the most popular sport in the country. There is a long tradition of "football" games in Orkney, Lewis and southern Scotland, especially the Scottish Borders, although many of these include carrying the ball and passing by hand, and despite bearing the name "football" bear little resemblance to association football.
The 1969–70 European Cup football club tournament was won by Feyenoord in an extra time final victory against Celtic. It was the first time the cup was won by a Dutch club, as well as the first of four-straight years the tournament would be won by Dutch clubs. During this tournament, playoffs were abandoned in favour of away goals, or when each side had scored the same number one side was eliminated by the toss of a coin.
The Celtic Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Glasgow, which plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow. They played their first match in May 1888, a friendly match against Rangers which Celtic won 5–2. Celtic established themselves within Scottish football, winning six successive league titles during the first decade of the 20th century. The club enjoyed their greatest successes during the 1960s and 70s under Jock Stein when they won nine consecutive league titles and the 1967 European Cup. Celtic have played in green and white for the entirety of its history, adopting hoops in 1903, those being used ever since.
This is a list of all 42 Scottish Professional Football League clubs' record match attendances at their home ground. The vast majority of these records were achieved before the advent of all-seater stadia. The cost of building all-seater grounds, and a general decline in attendances, means the present capacities of the clubs stadiums are well below their record attendances. Some records were achieved at a club's previous ground, rather than their current location. For example, Clyde's record was set at Shawfield Stadium, whilst they have since moved to Broadwood Stadium.Records set while ground-sharing or at a venue other than the club's home stadium are not included. For example, Celtic were the home team when 136,505 attended their 1969–70 European Cup semi-final second leg match against Leeds United, but the match was played at Hampden Park, not Celtic Park. Rangers' record attendance of 118,567 is also the British record for a league match.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) is the national men's association football league in Scotland. The league was formed in June 2013 following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. As well as operating its league competition, which consists of the top four levels of the Scottish football league system, the SPFL also operates two domestic cup competitions, the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Challenge Cup. While the Scottish Cup includes all the teams within the SPFL, the competition is run and organised by the Scottish Football Association.
Clyde Football Club are a Scottish semi-professional football club based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire who play in Scottish League One. Formed in 1877 at the River Clyde in Glasgow, since 1994 the team have played their home games at Broadwood Stadium. Their biggest accomplishment was winning the Scottish Cup on three occasions: 1939, 1955 and 1958; they reached the final a further three times, all during a long period based at Shawfield. They have not played in the top division of Scottish football since 1975.
Shawfield Stadium is a greyhound racing venue in the Shawfield district of the town of Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, located close to the boundary with Glasgow.
|1||Rangers||118,567||Ibrox Park||Celtic||League||2 January 1939|
|2||Queen's Park||95,722||Hampden Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||18 January 1930|
|3||Celtic||83,500||Celtic Park||Rangers||League||1 January 1938|
|4||Hibernian||65,860||Easter Road||Heart of Midlothian||League||2 January 1950|
|5||Heart of Midlothian||53,396||Tynecastle Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||13 February 1932|
|6||Clyde||52,000||Shawfield Stadium||Rangers||League||21 November 1908|
|7||Partick Thistle||49,838||Firhill Stadium||Rangers||League||18 February 1922|
|8||St Mirren||47,438||Love Street||Celtic||League||20 August 1949|
|9||Aberdeen||45,061||Pittodrie Stadium||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Cup||3 March 1954|
|10||Dundee||43,024||Dens Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||7 February 1953|
|11||Kilmarnock||35,995||Rugby Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||10 March 1962|
|12||Motherwell||35,632||Fir Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||12 March 1952|
|13||Raith Rovers||31,306||Stark's Park||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Cup||7 February 1953|
|14||St Johnstone||29,972||Muirton Park||Dundee||Scottish Cup||10 February 1951|
|15||Hamilton Academical||28,690||Douglas Park||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Cup||3 March 1937|
|16||Dundee United||28,000||Tannadice Park||Barcelona||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||16 November 1966|
|17||Dunfermline Athletic||27,816||East End Park||Celtic||League||30 April 1968|
|18||Albion Rovers||27,381||Cliftonhill||Rangers||Scottish Cup||8 February 1936|
|19||Queen of the South||26,552||Palmerston Park||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Cup||23 February 1952|
|20||Stirling Albion||26,400||Annfield Stadium||Celtic||Scottish Cup||14 March 1959|
|21||Cowdenbeath||25,586||Central Park||Rangers||League Cup||21 September 1949|
|22||Ayr United||25,225||Somerset Park||Rangers||League||13 September 1969|
|23||Greenock Morton||23,500||Cappielow||Celtic||League||29 April 1922|
|24||Falkirk||23,100||Brockville Park||Celtic||Scottish Cup||21 February 1953|
|25||East Fife||22,515||Bayview Park||Raith Rovers||League||2 January 1950|
|26||Dumbarton||18,000||Boghead Park||Raith Rovers||Scottish Cup||2 March 1957|
|27||Alloa Athletic||13,000||Recreation Park||Dunfermline Athletic||Scottish Cup||26 February 1939|
|28||Arbroath||13,510||Gayfield Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||22 February 1952|
|29||Elgin City||12,608||Borough Briggs||Arbroath||Scottish Cup||17 February 1968|
|30||Stenhousemuir||12,500||Ochilview Park||East Fife||Scottish Cup||11 March 1950|
|31||Forfar Athletic||10,780||Station Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||7 February 1970|
|32||Livingston||10,112||Almondvale Stadium||Rangers||League||27 October 2001|
|33||Airdrieonians||9,044||Excelsior Stadium||Rangers||Scottish League One||23 August 2013|
|34||Montrose||8,983||Links Park||Dundee||Scottish Cup||17 March 1973|
|35||Peterhead||8,643||Recreation Park||Raith Rovers||Scottish Cup||25 February 1987|
|36||Brechin City||8,122||Glebe Park||Aberdeen||Scottish Cup||3 February 1973|
|37||Ross County||8,000||Victoria Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||28 February 1966|
|38||Inverness CT||7,711||Caledonian Stadium||Rangers||League||4 August 2007|
|39||Stranraer||6,500||Stair Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||24 January 1948|
|40||Edinburgh City||2,522||Meadowbank Stadium||Hibernian||Friendly match||7 July 2016|
|41||Annan Athletic||2,517||Galabank Stadium||Rangers||League||15 September 2012|
|42||Cove Rangers||2,100||Allan Park||Deveronvale||League|
|Third Lanark||45,455||Cathkin Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||27 February 1954|
|Airdrieonians||24,000||Broomfield Park||Heart of Midlothian||Scottish Cup||8 March 1952|
|Clydebank||14,900||Kilbowie Park||Hibernian||Scottish Cup||10 February 1965|
|Berwick Rangers||13,365||Shielfield Park||Rangers||Scottish Cup||28 January 1967|
|East Stirlingshire||12,000||Firs Park||Partick Thistle||Scottish Cup||19 February 1921|
|Gretna||3,000||Raydale Park||Dundee United||Scottish Cup||17 January 2005|
The attendance of 147,365 for the 1937 Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park is a European record for a club match.
While less than 50% of the all-time record crowds at Hampden, the attendance of 72,069 at the 1989 Scottish Cup Finalhas become a landmark figure as no match in Scotland has come close to matching it since, owing to subsequent stadium modernisation which left no venue with a greater capacity.
The 1989 Scottish Cup Final was played between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on 20 May 1989.
|Scottish Cup||147,365||Hampden Park||Celtic v Aberdeen||24 April 1937|
|League Cup||107,609||Hampden Park||Celtic v Rangers||25 October 1965|
|Southern League Cup||135,000||Hampden Park||Aberdeen v Rangers||11 May 1946|
|Junior Cup||77,650||Hampden Park||Petershill v Irvine Meadow||19 May 1951|
|Challenge Cup||48,133||Hampden Park||Rangers v Peterhead||10 April 2016|
This section lists the top ten attendances for the Scotland national team in home matches. The attendance of 149,415 for the Scotland vs. England match of 1937 at Hampden Park is a European record.
The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.
|1||149,415||17 April 1937||Hampden Park||BHC||3–1|
|2||149,269||15 April 1939||Hampden Park||BHC||1–2|
|3||137,438||25 April 1970||Hampden Park||BHC||0–0|
|4||135,376||10 April 1948||Hampden Park||BHC||0–2|
|5||134,544||3 April 1954||Hampden Park||BHC / WCQG3||2–4|
|6||134,504||5 April 1952||Hampden Park||BHC||1–2|
|7||134,170||1 April 1933||Hampden Park||BHC||2–1|
|8||134,000||24 February 1968||Hampden Park||BHC / ECQG8||1–1|
|9||133,300||15 April 1950||Hampden Park||BHC||0–1|
|10||133,245||11 April 1964||Hampden Park||BHC||1–0|
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