men inside Scottish Football museum

Birthday wishes came true for Balhousie Care Rumbling Bridge resident, Gavin for his special 50th celebration.

Gavin’s dear birthday wish was to go to Scotland’s National Football Museum, Hampden Park, home to Scotland international matches since 1906.  The museum contains over 40,000 football-related objects which help tell the story of Scottish football from 1867 until the present day. The collection includes medals, trophies, shirts, boots, programmes, photographs, international caps and more. Plus, it’s also home to the Scottish Cup, arguably the oldest association football trophy in the world. Whichever Scottish team wins this trophy, because of its value, it always stays at Hampden Park. The football fans and staff all enjoyed getting a photo holding a cut out of the cup for posterity.

Fellow residents, Gerry and Arthur joined Gavin on this special birthday trip. On the stadium tour, visitors can experience Hampden Park as the players do on matchday by following the route they take – and in the museum, take a football journey of exhibitions and collections. Senior Support Worker Taylor, Activities Coordinator David, with the help of Support Worker Jennifer were there to make sure everything went as planned. Everyone enjoyed their visit, hearing about football through the decades and seeing some of the kits from previous eras on display.

To make a full day’s celebration, the team went to lunch, with puddings galore, including unlimited ice cream! Gerry’s favourite part of the day was seeing all the Celtic collection, and the Scottish Cup. Arthur loved watching the old football footage played throughout the museum, but his favourite part was the fish and chips!

Most importantly, Gavin said he had an amazing birthday and particularly loved being able to see all the Rangers memorabilia. And wanted to do it all over again! On returning home, he was surprised with a Rangers-themed birthday cake. He’s already planning his next trip to Ibrox!