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13 minutes ago, parsforlife said:

 


It’s a weird quirk that I guess must have been down to difficulty placing a roof over lover levels. Always find it funny to see pictures of hampden with massive terraces and a tiny roofed section at the back.

 

No way am I an engineer, but with cantilevered roofs there must have been a limit to what stresses the steelwork could take, and many still needed vertical girders which restricted the view. The solution for many, notably Rangers in the 70s, and also Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and many others, was goalpost construction based on a rectangular ground with no running track.

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The first cantilever stand at a football ground apparently didn't go up until 1958, and the first full length one opened in 1961.  Probably a lot more expensive than the traditional design with pillars supporting from underneath, so wouldn't have expected Celtic's board in the 1950's to go for it!

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No way am I an engineer, but with cantilevered roofs there must have been a limit to what stresses the steelwork could take, and many still needed vertical girders which restricted the view. The solution for many, notably Rangers in the 70s, and also Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and many others, was goalpost construction based on a rectangular ground with no running track.


Easter Road is built with Cantilevered roofs as opposed to goalposts. That’s why there’s all that green tubular steel sticking out the back. The side walls aren’t bearing much of the load.

The new bits of Celtic park are also Cantilevered but they couldn’t overhang the cemetery at the back of the north stand quite enough to support a fully cantilevered roof so they’ve had to comptromise and include a few pillars at the back

Tynecastle was such a tight space that there was no room at that they had no option but to use a goalpost construction

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Roof going on the Celtic end at CP, late 1950's, the board, in true penny pinching style ensuring it only covered approximately one quarter of the back of  the terracing. 

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Back then attendances used to fluctuate massively

 

For example in 1957-58 Celtic Park drew 43,000 for the visit Hearts and 50,000 the following week for an old firm game but

 

Finished the season hosting Queens Park, Clyde, Motherwell and 3rd Lanark in front of four or five thousand

 

A wee bit of shelter at the back would have been plenty most weeks

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1 hour ago, topcat(The most tip top) said:

Finished the season hosting Queens Park, Clyde, Motherwell and 3rd Lanark in front of four or five thousand

No glory = no glory hunters

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6 hours ago, topcat(The most tip top) said:

For example in 1957-58 Celtic Park drew 43,000 for the visit Hearts and 50,000 the following week for an old firm game but

Finished the season hosting Queens Park, Clyde, Motherwell and 3rd Lanark in front of four or five thousand

 

Aye Hearts had a massive travelling support back then.:whistle

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On 06/07/2019 at 09:41, PauloPerth said:

The first cantilever stand at a football ground apparently didn't go up until 1958, and the first full length one opened in 1961.  Probably a lot more expensive than the traditional design with pillars supporting from underneath, so wouldn't have expected Celtic's board in the 1950's to go for it!

1st stand was at the old show ground in scuntrhorpe, 1st full length was north stand at hillsborough

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Aye Hearts had a massive travelling support back then.:whistle


Well if there was one Hearts side worth a trip to Glasgow to watch it would have been the 1958 team.

But the point I was getting at was that in those days when hardly anybody had season tickets there were a lot more people who’d only show up for big games.

35,000+ somehow squeezed into Tynecastle for the visit of Celtic that season, even more for the derby

But only 14,500 braved the elements for the game against Raith which was Hearts’ last home game before clinching the title.

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The old Easter Road from sometime in the 1990's and the docks in the background, a classic 'Sunshine on Leith' picture. 

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