Images have been released showing the design for a mural planned to commemorate the site of Glasgow's first Hampden Park.

The current iteration of the stadium, the city's third, lies just half a mile from the original park on the existing site of Hampden Bowling Club.

Members of the club, alongside the historical group The Hampden Collection, are looking to raise funds to have the artwork painted on the clubhouse's back wall, overlooking the train line to ensure the 'original' Hampden is no longer forgotten.

A crowdfunder launched online on Monday evening, hoping to raise £5,000 for the painting to be completed.

Graeme Brown, co-founder of The Hampden Collection said: “This mural is an incredible tribute to the history of this site and will broadcast its glorious past to the world.

"Our ambition is to Restore 1st Hampden and ensure that this essential part of Scottish History is preserved for future generations to enjoy. "

The home of Scottish football from 1873 until 1884, the first Hampden was the world's first purpose built international football stadium and housed some of Scotland's most famous victories.

Hampden was then moved to Cathkin Park, later the home of Third Lanark, before moving the its current home.

The Hampden Collection's artist in residence, Ashley Rawson, has created the mural to depict Scotland’s 5-1 victory over England in 1882 with the plan being to have it painted on the pavilion rear wall.

Remarkably the original pavilion is still in tact and continues on the site of the Hampden Bowling Club.

If the money is raised, the mural will be seen by around 200,000 people per week, as the bowling club rear wall faces the Cathcart District Railway, as well as passers-by on the busy Cathcart Road.

Organisers also hope that the artwork will become the first south of the Clyde included in Glasgow's mural trail.

Ashley Rawson added: “As a resident of Crosshill it’s always amazed and disappointed me that the fascinating history of the area isn’t recognised, celebrated and invested in.

"First Hampden was the world’s first national football ground where Scotland thumped England 5-1 back in 1882 - I for one think that’s a fact worth celebrating.

"By collectively working for the recognition of greater Hampden we might even inspire the current Scotland team to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat now and then."

The mural also shows Andrew Watson, who played in that game and was the world's first black international footballer. He went onto captain Scotland in later games.

The group's chief historian, Ged O'Brien, said the game, as well as the achievements of Watson, deserve celebration.

He added: “Andrew Watson is one of our beacons of pride in the history of sport in Scotland.

"At a time when he suffered abuse he cemented his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

"In 1882, he graced this ground, in a dazzling 5 goal win for Scotland. Watson proved that it is the ability of a man, not the colour of his skin that is the sole defining characteristic for sporting genius.”

This feeling was echoed by campaign group's fighting to stamp out racism from the game.

Ruth McGeoch from Show Racism The Red Card said: “Show Racism the Red Card are excited to be part of this project, using art to raise awareness the world's first black international footballer.

"We will be celebrating the achievement of young people in Scotland with our creative competition awards ceremony at Hampden Park in a couple of weeks and we firmly believe art work is a powerful way to convey important messages.”

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