Who we are
We are a Scottish non-league football club based in Govan, Glasgow. Nicknamed The Ants we play at McKenna Park. We currently operate in the Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region Central District Division One of the Scottish Junior Football Association and play in green and white hooped kits with a change strip of yellow strips and green shorts.
Our first ground was a public park type affair, situated beyond the southern end of Hamilton Street (now Nethan Street) in Govan. It was unenclosed and had no pavilion, so the players had to change in the League of the Cross Hall in Hamilton Street. Our first jersey has been described as “red and white”. Its design is uncertain, but was most likely vertically striped. We adopted Junior status early in 1905 and progressed rapidly until, around ninety-five years ago, we were one of the foremost clubs in Scotland. Unfortunately we later hit hard times and from the 1960s onwards survival was the name of the game, especially in the years when we did not even have a park to play on. In 2003, however, we acquired a new ground, and this – along with a lot of hard work from all involved – brought about a fresh spirit of optimism and better results on the park. Much of the Ants history was destroyed or forgotten long ago. In 1941 our pavilion was flattened by Luftwaffe bombs, while the following decades brought scores of burglaries, arson attacks, flood damage and vandalism from sources closer to home.
Did you know, for example, that over the years we provided Celtic F&AC with 60 players (and counting), plus chief scout Steve Callaghan and assistant trainer/scout Jimmy Gribben? Callaghan was trusted enough to sign players without reference to the club’s manager or directors, and booked such greats as Jimmy McGrory and John Thomson for Celtic Park. It was Gribben’s idea to bring Jock Stein back to Scotland in 1951, and he also talked Celtic supremo Bob Kelly out of releasing a very young Jimmy Johnstone. And did you know that we once played 88 competitive matches in a single season? Or that two Ants players have scored hat-tricks in under four minutes? And what about that cup final we won 8-0?