|Firhill Stadium from the canal, March 2013|
|Firhill Stadium today|
1876-1880 Overnewton ParkSomewhere just south of Dumbarton Road lies the site of Partick Thistle's earliest recorded home, Overnewton Park. On current maps Overnewton Square is as near as I can guess to where this used to lie. In this 1865 map "Overnewton" lies between Kelvinhaugh Road (now Haugh Road) and Kelvinhaugh Street. I stumbled across no maps with a pitch marked on them.
|Overnewton 1865 map|
1880-1883 Jordanvale Park
This ground lay just south of Dumbarton Road, beside what is now called Edzell Street (was called Hill Street) in Whiteinch. The pitch here was problematic and after 3 years they moved back westwards. The area was later used for a tram depot which can be seen on this 1898 map.
|Jordanvale 1898 map|
1883-1885 Muir Park
Muir Park now lies under the bottom of Gardner Street in Partick, but before the rising population made building tenement housing a profitable enterprise this area was laid out as Muir Park. On this map of 1861 you can see the West of Scotland Cricket ground on the left and the bowling green on what is now Fortrose Street which are both still there. The curling pond on Peel Street is now long gone. Thistle had their pitch at the lower end of Muir Park (between the P and A of Partick in this map).
|Muir Park in 1861 map|
In 1885 Partick Thistle played their last game at Muir Park, against Partick FC, who were being wound up, and moved to their ground in Whiteinch - Inchview. This now lies roughly under the northern entrance to the Clyde Tunnel. In this map of 1896 "Inchview Athletic Ground" can be seen on the left hand edge, just south of Dumbarton Road.
|Inchview in 1896 map|
|Meadowside shipyard, with Clyde off to the top.|
|Meadowside map 1903|
1908-Present Day, Firhill Stadium, MaryhillWhen they had to move away from the land at Meadowside for industrial development on the Clydeside, a piece of land was procured in Maryhill, a pitch flattened out and a stand for 1600 people built. In the 1861 map what is now Firhill Road leads over Firhill Bridge to what looks like a farm called Firhill. Where the stadium would later be built lies an iron foundry, adjacent to the "timber basin".
By the year 1921, when Partick Thistle won the Scottish Cup you can see the stadium on the maps. Earlier maps have just the main stand and indicate a rough slope for the terracing but by 1921 it looks more recognisable on the maps. Murano Street has been laid out now (named after Murano Glass Works in Venice as there were two large scale glass works on this street). Curiously what is now called Bonawe Street on the other side of Maryhill Road, was called Hampden Street in 1921, which seems appropriate that season (or not, as one pedant has pointed out Thistle won the Scottish Cup final that year played at Celtic Park).
Anyway that was what I found in the Mitchell Library today. Please let me know if there are any glaring errors here and I'll put these pictures up on the Partick Thistle FC flickr page if you want to have a look at bigger versions.