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More St. Bernards

This is another photo of the long gone Royal Gymnasium Stadium in Edinburgh (See  yesterday’s quick quiz) which was home to St Bernards FC. It’s not a large image but you can make it out as a substantial arena.

And here is their Scottish Cup winning side of 1895:

I made the posting yesterday not realising the history of that stadium BEFORE it was used for football. When the “Royal Gymnasium” was first constructed in 1865 it looked like this:

And here is a poster advertising its virtues:

The old “gymnasium” apparently gave way to the football ground some time around the turn of the 19th/20th century.

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4 Responses

  1. Great stuff. Never seen those before!

  2. The gates you can see in the bootom left of the last photo are still there. The path now leads down to the car park for the RBS Dundas Street complex. Clark’s Bar on Dundas Street (where I’ve dragged a few Sons fans over the years) housed loads of pics in the days the Saints still played there. Now a Jambo pub. Anyone interested in St Bernards history should get hold of ‘St Bernard’s Football Club: or when the well ran dry’ A History by George H Park. His email address is georgepark@btinternet.com and the website http://www.stbernardsfc.co.uk Fab book.

  3. Thanks Robbo!

  4. I’m afraid that’s Powderhall, not the Gymmie. St Bernards never ran to more than one stand at any of their grounds.

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