Nostalgia: Murrayfield Stadium

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IT has been the proud home of the ups and downs of Scottish rugby for almost a century – but now the name Murrayfield could be lost after the sport’s chiefs announced plans to sell off the naming rights.

Until March 21, 1925, internationals were played at Inverleith, with the first visitors to the new stadium being the Auld Enemy, England, who beat the hosts to claim their first Five Nations Grand Slam.

A blanket of snow covers the ground in February 1963

A blanket of snow covers the ground in February 1963

Away from the rugby, the famous stadium, which now seats 67,200, is regularly used to host major concerts, while in June 1964 thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses gathered for an assembly.

A view of the scoreboard during the rugby international between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield in Edinburgh

A view of the scoreboard during the rugby international between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield in Edinburgh

Jehovah's Witnesses - The crowds at the opening ceremony at Murrayfield

Jehovah's Witnesses - The crowds at the opening ceremony at Murrayfield

A booze warning as the All Blacks come to town in 1972

A booze warning as the All Blacks come to town in 1972

Groundstaff keep the pitch in order

Groundstaff keep the pitch in order

 

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