Famous Names in Football
Queen’s Park FC of Glasgow remain the only wholly amateur club to play in either the English or Scottish Football Leagues. Formed in June 1867, they are also Scotland’s oldest Association Football Club.
The first England versus Scotland international took place in 1872 and Queen’s supplied the entire Scottish team. The following year they were founder- members of the Scottish Football Association and also moved to an enclosed ground, Hampden Park, the first of three stadiums of that name. The club still play at the most recent in the Mount Florida district.
In 1874 they became the first winners of the Scottish Cup, a feat they repeated the following two years. Queen’s Park have won the Scottish Cup 10 times, albeit the last time was back in 1893. They also often competed in the FA Cup, reaching the final in 1884 and 1885, only to lose to Blackburn Rovers on both occasions.
In 1900 the “Spiders”, as they became nicknamed, entered the First Division of the Scottish League and held their own with the professionals until the Second World War, with their best ever finish of fifth being in 1928- 29.
After the war Queen’s star faded, with only four seasons in the top- flight, the last of these in 1957- 58. After the reorganisation of the Scottish League in 1975, the club found themselves in the third tier, which is the level at which they currently play.