31st July 2009 at 01:00

If you love football, you're going to love the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden in Glasgow. And even visitors who don't know their Tommy Gemmells from their Graeme Sounesses will find the experience an interesting - if exhausting - one, for the museum is absolutely stuffed full of caps, cups and jerseys . dozens of them.

The designers and curators have done their best to put the many hundreds of objects that make up the Scottish football collection into some kind of order. But, given the vast underground space that the museum occupies, the initial effect of all those bright colours and shiny pieces of metal can be somewhat overwhelming.

Once visitors have got their bearings, however, they'll see that the collection has been broken up into five sections covering the history of football from 1867 to the present day, with another seven smaller galleries exploring other aspects of the game. Learn about fans and fanzines; women's football; the Tartan Army; the disgruntled supporters who put up a candidate for a parliamentary by-election; how players used to earn just Pounds 17 a week; and Scotland's first black footballer (Andrew Watson) who captained the national team in 1881.

You could ignore much of the display case material and concentrate on the museum's many excellent audio and film presentations, some of which can be enjoyed from rows of old Hampden stadium seats and a range of reporters' booths fitted with vintage telephones.

Highlights include the glittering Hall of Fame; the rebuilt 1960s Hampden dressing room (complete with the smell of liniment and a film of Scotland players getting a half-time pep talk from Craig Brown) and a Jimmy Johnstone Faberge egg.


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