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A rugby fan’s guide to… Glasgow

Charlie Peat

12 Aug 2017

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is one of the most iconic venues hosting Guinness PRO14 rugby this season.

Home to the 2014-15 league winners, Glasgow Warriors, you can always expect a crackling atmosphere when any team rolls into town to play at Scoutstoun.

Here’s everything Guinness PRO14 fans from South Africa, Italy, Wales and Ireland need to know when visiting Glasgow.

Overview

The third largest city in the entire United Kingdom, Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde and is home to more than 600,000 people.

Glasgow grew from a small rural town to the largest seaport in Britain, becoming a key hub in transatlantic trade from the UK to North America during the industrial revolution.

Inhabitants of the city are known as Glaswegians with some speaking Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect difficult to understand outside the city.

The city is also home to football sides Celtic and Rangers who form one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, the Auld Firm.

Things to see and do

The Glasgow Cathedral is one of the finest sights in the city and a must for any visitor. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture and was built around 1500.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland’s most-visited free attraction and is host to 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying a remarkable 8,000 objects.

The cities most famous park, Glasgow Green, was founded in 1450 and is one of the major venues for concerts and open air events in the city.

If you’re looking to discover the city’s Gothic past, head to the East End where you can find the famous Necropolis, Glasgow’s atmospheric cemetery.

And if you want to do a spot of shopping then Buchanan Street has it all. Dating back to 1777, the street is famous for its variety of shops and is only second to London’s Oxford Street as the busiest street in the entire UK.

Famous sons

Glasgow is blessed with a host of famous rugby son’s including hooker Gordon Bulloch, who was capped 75 times for Scotland as well as going on two tours with the British & Irish Lions.

Other famous sons include former Glasgow Warrior and now Toulouse lock Richie Gray, who has represented Scotland 64 times with brother Jonny having ran-out 34 times.

Current international Duncan Weir was also born in Rutherglen, a district in Glasgow, but now plies his trade at rivals Edinburgh.

Former Glaswegians to don the Scotland jersey include Alastair Kellock, capped 56 times, and one-time Lion Euan Murray, who made almost 100 appearances for the Warriors.

Golfer Colin Montgomerie, footballer Kenny Dalglish, and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson all also hail from Glasgow.

The opposition

Glasgow Warriors is a continuation of the Glasgow District side, which first formed in 1872.

The team played the world’s first ever inter-district match against Edinburgh – and the two teams compete in the world famous 1872 Cup every season in recognition of that momentous occasion.

Since joining the league, the Warriors had reached the play-offs in every season until that streak ended in 2017.

Their biggest achievement came in 2015 when the Warriors beat Munster 31-13 at the Kingspan Stadium, in Belfast, to lift the league title.

Stadium

The Warriors have changed ground multiple times in the last 20 years, but in the Scotstoun Stadium they seem to have found a long-term home.

Originally based at Hughenden Stadium in 1996-97, they moved to Scotstoun a year later before merging with Caledonia Reds.

That took them back to Hughenden Stadium, before spells at Firhill Stadium, McDiarmid Park and Rubislaw Playing Fields.

In 2012, they moved back to Scotstoun and have remained there since, with a new artificial playing surface installed last season.