Scottish history: Soccer and sectarianism in Scotland 1867-1918

Course Dates: 24/02/22 - 31/03/22
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
The development of football in Scotland from 1867 to the end of the Great War occurred against a background of growing and hardening sectarianism. The reasons why these themes were intertwined are studied, analysed, evaluated and explained.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00

Course Code: HBH62

Thu, eve, 24 Feb - 31 Mar '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

From humble beginnings association football, or soccer, quickly spread throughout Britain, and it put down exceptionally strong roots in Scotland where, in 1867, a group of gentlemen met in Glasgow and formed Queen’s Park Football Club. The club quickly became pre-eminent in the country supplying all eleven for Scotland’s first ever football team in its fixture against England in 1872.
Scotland was, however, riven by sectarianism and as the game was very popular in working class communities some clubs were supported by mainly Irish Catholic immigrants who had left Ireland in the post Famine period. It did not take long for local rivalry to become associated with sectarianism in the towns of Dundee, Edinburgh and, most particularly, Glasgow in the latter years of the 19th and the early 20th century.
When the Great War began players and supporters from all clubs enlisted in the various Pals’ battalions with two clubs: Hearts, where the entire team enlisted, and Queen’s Park which saw over 300 members join up particularly prominent. Although football was suspended in England it continued to be played in Scotland and was seen a morale boosting activity with games also being played for charitable causes. Yet, despite this, sectarian suspicion persisted with social and political inequalities continuing after the war ended in 1918 with Scottish football managing to both bring people together in large numbers and arguably perpetuate sectarianism.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Soccer and Sectarianism in Scotland 1867 - 1918
Week 1. The Birth of Football in Scotland.
Week 2. Queen’s Park FC.
Week 3. Sectarianism in Glasgow: Rangers and Celtic.
Week 4. Sectarianism in Edinburgh: Hearts and Hibs.
Week 5. Sectarianism in Dundee: Dundee and Dundee Hibernians
Week 6. Scottish Football and the Great War.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explain the formation of some of the most important football clubs in Scottish football,
Understand the reasons for the origins of sectarian rivalry in Scottish football,
Understand the pivotal role that sectarianism has played in the development of football in Scotland,
Understand the narrative of the major developments in Scottish football from 1867-1918
Assess the contribution that Scottish football made to the Great War,
Evaluate the impact of sectarianism in Scottish football and society in the from the origins of Queen’s Park to the end of the Great war 50yrs later.
Understand the cultural and political significance of the development of football in Scottish society,.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at anyone with a general interest in social history in Scotland and in particular to people who are in the development of football up to and including the Great War of 1914-18.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through 6x2hr online sessions. Additional optional readings will be provided which will give you a deeper understanding and contextualisation of the major themes identified in the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

As the course is delivered online students will need a device to access online learning connected to the internet.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British and Irish history. Please see the City Lit website.

Colm Hickey

Colm has been involved in education for 40 years and has extensive adult education experience. Currently an Associate Lecturer at Solent University in Southampton, he holds degrees from five universities including a PhD from Strathclyde and an MBA from Hull. He has published extensively on sport and education in internationally peer reviewed journals including an article on sport in Elite Irish Schools 1878-1914. He has also co-authored a book on the role of schoolteachers in the development of association football in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His latest book Sport and Irish Identity is due in 2022.

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