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  • West End Garden Centre to open on site of first ever international football match

    A new garden centre is opening in the West End on a corner of what is now the home of McCrea West of Scotland Cricket Club.

    The field on Hamilton Crescent was home to the first international football match between Scotland and England.
     
    Martin McCarron, 34, has been running his own gardening and nursery businesses at Carbeth for years.
    Packed with experience, he worked for garden centre firm Caulders for 10 years.
     
    Martin told a local media outlet: “I am pushing herbs, veg and plants for the wildlife.
     
    “Other than that it will be colour, bedding and basket plants.
     
    “I’ve got loads of experience and I will be happy to give advice to customers.”
     
    Martin may already be familiar to West End customers. He has run a pitch selling Christmas trees in the area,
     
    His aim, though, was to find somewhere in the West End to run his own garden centre business.
     
    A lot of what he will sell will be grown at his nursery on the outskirts of the city.
     
    “We’ll be pretty unique in the West End – no one else is doing this here.
     
    “When this site came up, I thought it was an opportunity I had to take.
     
    “I’m hoping the business will do well.”
     
    The 1872 match between Scotland and England was the first ever association football official international match to be played.
    It was contested by the national teams of Scotland and England.
    The match took place on 30 November 1872 at West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland.
    The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators.

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