Third Lanark was formed as a football club in 1872 making it one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club has been there through the development of the game from the late nineteenth century through to present day. During that period the club has seen the highs and lows of football winning the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League on the way. Since 1967 the club has returned to amateur status once more to secure its continuing existence on the football field.
Third Lanark Athletic Football Club is a limited company run by a board of directors dedicated to securing a long term future for Third Lanark in Scottish football. The club board is made up of former players, fans and business people all of whom bring a wealth of experience in various fields to the table. The board are guardians of the club name and history and are committed to restoring Third Lanark to the senior ranks of Scottish football. This aim runs hand in hand with our bid to return to Cathkin Park and to restore the ground to a professional sports venue again.
Third Lanark have recently moved their registered office to Glasgow City Centre from our base in Victoria Road but continue to work in the heart of the area of Govanhill in which the club was formed. For the past few years the board of directors have met at regular intervals at Lesser Hampden and we would like to thank our friends & near neighbours Queens Park Football Club for their generous hospitality and use of their Boardroom and Camphill Bowling Club for the use of their facilities.
Third Lanark A.F.C. exists to provide sporting opportunities and activities for all in Glasgow Southside. The club is run on a voluntary basis and operate with an ‘Open Door Policy’ in relation to membership regardless of race, religion, disability or gender. The club intends to operate as a professional football club at Junior level within the next few years.
We believe it is the responsibility of those in charge to care for and develop the participants involved to the best of their individual abilities by creating an environment in which they are safe and receive the best possible coaching. Fair play, mutual understanding and cross community aspects play an important role in the ethos of the club. The Committee and coaches after being vetted by the club are made aware of our ethos and Child Protection Policy.
Everyone at the club should be totally conversant with and abide by :
1. All club protection policies
2. The club Constitution and Rules
3. All Scottish Youth F A Protection Policies
4.The Scottish Youth F A Constitution and Rules
5. The Scottish Amateur Association Constitution and Rules
We are committed to reviewing our policy and what constitutes good practice at regular intervals.
Opportunities at Third Lanark
Third Lanark, like all football clubs, require supporters. We need support in many ways from volunteers to sponsors, from coaches to players. If you feel you would like to help the club to grow and to achieve its ultimate aim of returning to the professional leagues in Scotland then please contact us by email or through facebook or twitter.
A Word from our President
Welcome to our website. I have been a lifelong supporter of Third Lanark and it is my privilege to be president of this historic football club. Today, we are embarking on a period of growth and consolidation that will put our club back to where it belongs in Scottish Football
We also want you to be a part of this process and to help us get back to the top. Some of you will be new supporters and some will come from traditional Third Lanark families - all of you can help us realise our dream. If you wish to help us or volunteer for us please contact us through email or social media. The future starts today - lets get the hi hi back to the top.