It’s commonly known that Glasgow is dominated by two large teams, Celtic and Rangers. But what if I said that up until the 60s there was a club fighting with the big boys of Scottish Football and competing for the most prestigious trophies in the land. This is Third Lanark Football Club.
‘The Thirds’ or Third Lanark were founded in 1872 and were an original member of the Scottish Football League. They played in the top division of the SFL for the majority of their existence, and were league champions in 1903-04. They also won the Scottish Cup twice, in 1889 and 1905.
Third Lanark were even as successful as to go on a tour of Argentina & Uruguay, facing off against the Argentina National Team. They even made it far enough to compete in European competition as they faced Rouen of France. Whilst losing both games, it signified a landmark in the clubs history.
Third Lanark were a powerhouse in Scottish Football through the duration of their existence from the 1800s to mid 1900s. Third Lanark went out of business in 1967 as a result of mismanagement, six years after having finished in third place in the SFL. The mark they left on Scottish Football history however has not been scratched, ambitious plans are underway to rekindle the spark and take Third Lanark back to where they belong.
£5,000,000 plans were revealed by a group of fans of the club to renovate the forgotten old stadium and turn it into a new home of Third Lanark FC. Director Pat McGeady – an uncle of former Celtic star Aiden – said: “We’ve got a supporters’ club, have launched a football academy and have big plans.”
“It’s a five-year, £5million plan which would see a 2000-seater stand, smaller pitches and car parking built.”.
Third Lanark has also established itself in Amateur football as they play in the Glasgow regional leagues. Many fans and people involved wish to take the club as high as the Scottish League One within 10 years. However the journey is a long one and will involve at least 4 promotions.
With ambition high and exciting plans to revolutionize the club, we may just see another team to be facing the likes of Celtic and Rangers in the future.