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Museum director Ged O'Brien
"Our aim is to prove that Scotland is the most important football nation on earth"
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Thursday, 24 May, 2001, 01:31 GMT 02:31 UK
Museum: Scots are 'most important'
Ged O'Brien has high hopes for the museum
Ged O'Brien has high hopes for the museum
Scotland is the most important football nation on earth, Glasgow is the most important football city and Hampden is the most important stadium.

Those are the claims of the Museum of Scottish Football, which opens at Hampden Park on Thursday.

Museum director Ged O'Brien says its many items will prove that it was Scotland that gave football to the world.

The opening date was chosen to coincide with the arrival of the major donation - the Scottish Cup itself, which dates back to season 1873-74 and is the oldest national trophy in the world.

From this season on, only a replica will be held aloft by the victorious side.

Most important football object

O'Brien said: "From our perspective, it is very important the trophy is kept in a secure environment.

"To say that it is priceless is a huge understatement.

Some of the national jerseys and caps
Some of the national jerseys and caps
"It's the oldest national trophy in the world and, without question, the most important football object in existence.

"No insurance policy could ever replace it."

O'Brien has high hopes for the museum.

"Our main aim of the museum is to successfully prove to the world football public that Scotland is the most important football team, the most important football nation on earth," he told BBC Reporting Scotland.

Oldest football ticket

"Glasgow is the most important football city on earth and Hampden is the most important football ground on earth."

Opening of the museum brings to an end 11 years of research and preparation.

Hampden: the home of Scottish football
Hampden: the home of Scottish football
Among the wide range of football memorabilia is the ball used when Scotland's Wembley Wizards defeated the English 5-1, the oldest football ticket in the world, former BBC Scotland commentator Archie MacPherson's sheepskin coat, plus reconstructions of the original home dressing-room at Hampden and the famous press box.

The Scottish Football Museum is situated in the South Stand of Hampden Park, the spiritual home of Scottish football since 1903.

It is the first national football museum in the world and continues a long tradition of Scotland playing a major part in the development of football across the world.

The world's first football international was played in Glasgow on November 30, 1872.

Only the beginning

Scotland has the second oldest national association, formed in 1873 and was a founder member of the International Football Association Board in 1886.

The centre for early football was Glasgow, which continues to be a driving force in the game and is the only city in Europe to house three five-star football stadia - Hampden Park, Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium.

O'Brien stressed that the opening of the museum is only the beginning of the project.

The Scottish Football Museum will continue to grow with the opening of a library and archive, lecture theatre and the museum's own hall of fame, which will recognise the contribution that Scots have made to football across the world.

In addition to this, there are plans for a 'virtual museum' on the web, which will allow football fans around the world to learn about the history of the game.

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