Fa­mous Names in Foot­ball

Alan Robin­son

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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.

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