Season 1889/90

Queen's Park opened season 1889/90 with a match against Kirkcaldy Wanderers at Robbie's Park in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 24 August 1889. The Glasgow Herald reported - "The game created great interest in the Lang Toon." James "Jimmy" Hamilton scored a first half hat trick for the Spiders and William "Bill" Sellar scored a fourth just before the interval. Wanderers' goalkeeper Gourlay kept the Queen's forwards at bay throughout the second half but, just on time, William Eccles made the final score 5-0.

A week later, Queen's Park met Vale of Leven on a hot afternoon at Hampden Park. An entertaining first half finished goalless. Vale took the initiative in the early stages of the second period and went into the lead through Jimmy McLachlan. The Dunbartonshire men's lead was short-lived, however, and Jimmy Hamilton equalised with a shot in off the post. Queen's scored twice more in the last five minutes through Jimmy Hamilton and William "Willie" Berry to record a 3-1 victory.

Queen's Park had been drawn away to Celtic in the first round of the Scottish Cup and the tie took place at Celtic Park on Saturday 7 September. The match generated tremendous interest. The ground was in good order but completely inadequate for the size of crowd that turned out. The attendance was estimated at 26,000, with thousands unable to gain admission. The entry points to the ground were overwhelmed. When the Queen's Park party arrived in a brake, they were unable to make their way through the hordes of people trying to get into the ground and had to enter by means of a private garden.

Both sides went close in the first half of the match.  Bill Sellar hit the bar for Queen's Park and Tom Dunbar of Celtic had a goal controversially ruled out for offside. The massive crowd then broke into the field and the game had to be stopped. The spectators were eventually pushed back and the game resumed. However, the crowd continued to break in all around the pitch. After further stoppages in the second half, the game became little better than a farce and finished 0-0. The Queen's Park team at Celtic Park was - George Gillespie; Walter Arnott and Robert Smellie; James Macara, Allan Stewart and Tom Robertson; George Hector, William Berry, James Hamilton, David Allan and William Sellar.

Bill Sellar

Celtic appealed to have the match declared "no tie", on grounds of interference by spectators, and replayed at a neutral ground. The appeal was dismissed by the SFA, due to it not having been submitted correctly, and the replay ordered to take place at Hampden Park.

The replayed Scottish Cup tie took place on Saturday 14 September. The price of admission was doubled to one shilling with a view to keeping the crowd within manageable limits. Despite this, there was still an attendance of around 10,000 at Hampden Park. Over 80 members of Renfrewshire Constabulary were present in case of problems but the arrangements for the match went off without a hitch. The Queen's Park team was unchanged. The Spiders won a fine game by two goals to one. After a scoreless first half, Jimmy Hamilton fired Queen's into the lead in 51 minutes with a "lightning shot". Queen's were on top. George Hector had a goal controversially disallowed and Tom Robertson hit the bar. In 70 minutes, however, Celtic broke away and Willie Groves headed an equaliser with Queen's claiming offside. The Parkhead men were hanging on after that and Tom Robertson hit the crossbar for a second time. Queen's Park's pressure was finally rewarded in 86 minutes when Willie Berry beat two opponents before firing the ball past James McLaughlin in the Celtic goal "admidst a tremendous outburst of cheering". It was a deserved victory for Queen's Park.

A week after winning their Scottish Cup first round tie, Queen's Park commenced their Glasgow Cup campaign with a trip to Hibernian Park in Rutherglen Road, Oatlands to face the recently-formed club Glasgow Hibernian. Scottish Sport reported that the Glasgow Hibernian players, after Celtic had succumbed to Queen's Park, were determined to uphold the dignity of Ireland. A crowd of 4,000 saw Queen's Park score the only goal of the opening half in 40 minutes through Bill Sellar. With the wind at their backs in the second period, Queen's scored a further three times through Sellar, Hamilton and Allan to record a 4-0 victory.

Queen's Park faced yet another cup tie on Saturday 28 September. Their opponents on this occasion were Summerton Athletic of Govan in the second round of the Scottish Cup. The Spiders were expected to win at a canter and Hampden Park was far from full. The match ended in an 11-0 win for Queen's Park. Jimmy Hamilton (4) and Willie Berry had Queen's five ahead at half-time. The second half scorers are not known.

On Saturday 5 October, Queen's Park and Dumbarton met in a friendly match at Hampden Park. Very wet weather and the expectation that the Spiders would win easily kept the attendance down to 1,500 or so. Queen's scored the only goal of a very fine game in 65 minutes with a Jimmy Hamilton overhead kick after good play by Willie Berry. Dumbarton pressed towards the end but Queen's held on for the win.

On the following Saturday, Battlefield were the visitors to Hampden Park in the second round of the Glasgow Cup. Queen's Park strolled to an 8-1 victory. The names of the goalscorers varied from newspaper to newspaper. The Glasgow Herald went for Jimmy Hamilton (3), Willie Berry (2), David Allan, George Hector and Allan Stewart, while Scottish Referee credited one of the Berry goals to David Allan. Brown or Robb pulled a goal back for Battlefield late in the game.

It was back to Scottish Cup action on Saturday 19 October. Vale of Leven Wanderers were Queen's Park's opponents in their third round tie. Wanderers were not expected to pose any threat to the Spiders and the attendance at Hampden Park was meagre. Queen's were three up at half-time through Willie Berry (2) and William "Willie" Gulliland. The second half scorers in Queen's 8-0 victory are less clear but may have been Allan Stewart (2), David "Davie" Allan, Bill Sellar and Jimmy Hamilton.

On Saturday 26 October, Queen's Park were in Cambuslang taking on Cambuslang FC at Whitefield Park. Queen's went two up through Robert "Bob" Fraser and either David Allan or Jimmy Hamilton. The village side fought back and James Low found the net with ten minutes remaining. Then, close to time, Cambuslang equalised to make the final score 2-2. The Spiders' goalkeeper George Gillespie was so incensed at the goal being allowed that he refused to play on.

Queen's Park's third round tie in the Glasgow Cup took place at Hampden Park on Saturday 2 November 1889. Queen's opponents were Partick Thistle. The Spiders scored twice in the opening minutes, through George Hector and Bill Sellar, to take early command of the match. Sellar made it three in 35 minutes and David Allan got a fourth just before half-time. Thistle had the benefit of the breeze in the second half and outscored Queen's by three goals to two. Willie Berry and Jimmy Hamilton took the Spiders total to six, with Matthew Ferguson and Willie Paul (2) on target for the Jags.

A week later, Queen's Park made the trip north to Aberdeen to face Aberdeen FC in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. Aberdeen FC was not the same club as the present-day Aberdeen. In 1903, Aberdeen merged with Victoria United and Orion to form the current club. This was the most important match to have been played in the Granite City and attracted the biggest-ever crowd of between 4,000 and 5,000. Such was the interest that, when the Queen's Park team arrived in Aberdeen at twenty past eleven on the Friday evening, there was a large crowd waiting at the station to greet them. Football had been slower to take off in Aberdeen than in other parts of the country and the home side were out of their depth against Queen's Park. The Spiders ran out 13-1 winners. Queen's were 6-0 ahead at the interval. Bill Sellar scored four of these, with the other two coming from Jimmy Hamilton. After the break, goals from Sellar and Hamilton increased the lead to 8-0 before Thompson pulled one back for the local men. The Spiders then scored a further five times, with three of these goals coming from Sellar (2) and either Allan or Eccles.  The scorers of the other two goals are not known. Bill Sellar's personal tally of seven goals (at least) is a record for Queen's Park in a competitive game, although Robert Christie is likely to scored a similar number against St Peter's in 1885.

Queen's Park were back at Hampden Park on Saturday 16 November for a friendly match with Clyde. Play was fairly even until Tom Robertson put Queen's ahead in 20 minutes. A few minutes later, Willie Berry doubled the lead. In the second half, Tom Robertson scored a further two goals and Bill Sellar made it five. Brown pulled a goal back for Clyde but close on time, with darkness setting in, Queen's Park scored again to make the final result 6-1.

On the following Saturday, Queen's Park met Rangers at the first Ibrox Park in the semi-final of the Glasgow Cup. A crowd of around 11,000 saw Queen's advance to the final with a 2-0 victory. The weather was fine on the day but the ground was heavy after rain the previous day and this affected play. Queen's Park were on top in the first half and went into the break a goal ahead. Bill Sellar was the scorer from a Berry cross. Sellar was injured early in the second half and his effectiveness was impaired. The game was more even now but the Spiders clinched victory near the end through Jimmy Hamilton. Rangers' goalkeeper Reid got the tips of his fingers to the shot but could not keep it out.

Another cup tie was to follow a week later. This time, it was the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Queen's Park's opponents were St Mirren, who came into the game in confident mood. A crowd of 10,000 at Hampden Park were treated to a fast and exciting game, despite a heavy pitch. The Spiders took the lead in 30 minutes. A Hector cross into the box was pushed out by James Cameron in the St Mirren goal. Jimmy Hamilton was first to react and quickly despatched the loose ball between the posts. Willie Berry and Jimmy Hamilton were both injured in the second half and Hamilton had to retire hurt in 70 minutes. St Mirren pressed hard in the closing stages but the ten men held out. The Paisley men created a number of chances in the second period but their shooting was awful. Although under the cosh for much of the half, Queen's Park thought they should have had a second goal. James Cameron caught the ball and was then knocked through his goal by David Allan. The 'keeper appeared to be at least two feet over the line but it was not spotted by the umpires.

St Mirren submitted a protest that was considered by the SFA Committee on the following Tuesday. Saints complained that the match had kicked off ten minutes late, due to a Queen's Park player (Jimmy Hamilton) failing to appear on time, and had finished in near darkness. They also maintained that both halves had finished early, amounting to a total loss of one minute and 45 seconds. The referee, in his evidence, said that it had not been too dark in the closing stages of the match and that he had played the correct amount of time. The St Mirren protest was dismissed by nine votes to six.

Queen's Park had a day off on Saturday 7 December and were next in action a week later when they met Celtic in the Glasgow Cup Final.

Despite the price of admission having been doubled, there was a crowd of 11,000 at 3rd Lanark's Cathkin Park for the Glasgow Cup Final. The underfoot conditions were treacherous and there were numerous fouls on a greasy surface. It was a hard game, verging on rough, and there was considerable ill-feeling between the players at times. There was also crowd trouble. Bottles were thrown at players on six occasions, with one narrowly missing the head of Tom Robertson. Queen's Park opened the scoring in nine minutes with a long drive from Jimmy Hamilton. Queen's doubled their lead in 30 minutes. Bill Sellar shot for goal and Jimmy Hamilton charged the goalkeeper allowing the ball to pass between the posts. (Shoulder charging the goalkeeper was legitimate at the time.) Both umpires gave the goal but Celtic were incensed, claiming that Hamilton's charge had been brutal and a foul. The Celtic players threatened to leave the pitch but, after seven minutes, resumed under protest. John Coleman then pulled a goal back for Celtic, with Queen's Park claiming offside. On the stroke of half-time, the Parkhead men equalised from a scrimmage. After an interval of scarcely a minute, play restarted. Excitement was intense. A Sellar shot appeared to be over the line before being gathered by 'keeper James McLaughlin. Celtic then hit the post before Jimmy Hamilton had a goal disallowed for offside. The winning goal came in 76 minutes when Spiders' centre half Allan Stewart fired a fast, low shot past McLaughlin.

The Queen's Park team that won the Glasgow Cup for the second time was - George Gillespie; Walter Arnott and Bob Smellie; James Macara, Allan Stewart and Tom Robertson; William Gulliland, Willie Berry, Jimmy Hamilton, David Allan and Bill Sellar.

What was described by the Glasgow Herald as a "disgraceful incident" took place in the pavilion after the game. The two players involved in the controversial second Queen's Park goal, Jimmy Hamilton and James McLaughlin, became embroiled in a confrontation, with the Queen's Park player apparently landing a blow on the Celtic man. Only the intervention of a priest prevented the situation from escalating. The matter was referred to the police and the case had been due to come up at Pollokshaws Police Court. However, the charge was withdrawn and the two players said that they deeply regretted the incident.

At the end of the game, an informal meeting of the Glasgow FA Committee was convened and it was decided to provisionally present the cup to Queen's Park. The presentation was made at a social event in the Royal Restaurant in West Nile Street later in the evening. Both teams had been expected to attend but Celtic did not turn up. Several Celtic committee members, and Willie Groves representing the players, arrived later. Committee man John McLaughlin assured those present that it was not out of disrespect that Celtic were not fully represented. He said that, in view of what had happened both on and off the pitch, the Celtic Committee had asked the team to absent themselves in order that the complete harmony of the proceedings might not be in the least marred.

Celtic lodged a formal protest against Queen's Park's second goal. The Committee of the Glasgow Football Association met in the Association's offices in Waterloo Street on the following Tuesday to consider the matter. The protest was dismissed on the basis that the issue was entirely a fact of play and not revisable by the Committee.

Queen's Park had little time to celebrate their cup win because a week later, on the Saturday before Christmas, they had a Scottish Cup sixth round tie with Leith Athletic. There was a fair attendance at Hampden Park to see the Spiders scrape home by the only goal of the game. Queen's were well on top in the first half but, due to a number of missed chances and some brilliant goalkeeping, the game was scoreless at the interval. The pattern of play changed in the second half. Queen's Park seemed jaded and performed very poorly. Leith had the better of things for much of the half. However, towards the end, the Spiders began to improve and, in 85 minutes, scored the only goal of the game. Jimmy Hamilton met a Gulliland cross and blasted a shot past William Forrest in the Leith Athletic goal.

Queen's Park had been scheduled to play Falkirk at Brockville Park on Saturday 28 December but the match was called off. As several players were unavailable and others wished to rest, Queen's wanted to appear as a "scratch" team. Falkirk did not like the idea of losing to a scratch side and decide not to go ahead with the match. The Glasgow Herald reported on the following Monday that Queen's Park had been beaten 4-2 by Jamestown Athletic at St James's Park in Dumbarton. The strength of the Queen's Park side is not known but it is unlikely to have contained many, if any, first team players.

The Corinthian club of London made their customary visit to Hampden Park on Wednesday 1 January 1890. The match attracted a crowd of 11,000. William Chalmers of Clyde took the place of George Gillespie in the Queen's Park goal. Queen's took the lead in 10 minutes. A fisted clearance by 'keeper Billy Moon was collected by Bill Sellar and he quickly fired the ball between the posts. That was as good as it got for the Spiders in the opening half. With the breeze at their backs, Corinthians dominated the following 35 minutes, scoring four goals in the process. After Sellar's opening goal, either Allan or Hammond equalised straight from the kick-off. In 20 minutes, Robert "Bob" Smellie headed the ball through his own goal and then former spider John Lambie scored twice to give the English side a 4-1 interval lead. Queen's pressed hard in the early stages of the second half. They earned a number of corner kicks and Moon had some fine saves. However, the Spiders were unable to maintain the impetus and went down to a somewhat humiliating 4-1 defeat.

Queen's Park's other three elevens were also in action on New Year's Day and were far travelled. The third team, the Hampden Eleven, were in Oban and the fourth team, the Victoria Eleven, were in St Andrew's.  The second team, the Strollers, journeyed to Nottinghamshire to take on Beeston Town. The Victoria XI was the only one of the three sides to win, beating Ancient City Athletic 7-1. The Strollers lost 3-2 and the Hampden XI 2-1.

On the first Saturday of January, Queen's Park met local rivals 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers at Hampden Park. Despite miserable weather, there was a large crowd at the game. The Volunteers were without three regulars and went down to a heavy 6-1 defeat. Queen's Park were 2-1 ahead at the interval, with Bill Sellar scoring twice for the Spiders and James Morrison replying for Third Lanark. Jimmy Hamilton and William Gulliland both scored a brace in the second half to complete a convincing victory.

Second Hampden Park

Queen's Park did not have a game on Saturday 11 January. However, Walter Arnott, Willie Berry and Jimmy Hamilton were members of the Glasgow side that beat Sheffield 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Hamilton scored Glasgow's first goal.

A week later, Queen's Park met Paisley side Abercorn at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. The match had been a major talking point in Paisley and both the Abercorn team and the club's supporters were confident of victory. There were over 12,000 spectators at the game despite incessant rain. The ground was heavy and slippery and there was a strong wind blowing. Queen's Park, without the unwell Walter Arnott and Willie Gulliland, adapted much better to the difficult conditions and were on top from start to finish. Abercorn goalkeeper Duff had two great saves early in the game but was beaten in 13 minutes by a shot from Jimmy Hamilton. The Abercorn defence was put under intense pressure. Bill Sellar and Willie Berry both hit the bar before Allan Stewart doubled the Spiders' lead just before half-time with a firmly-hit low shot that 'keeper Andrew Duff allowed to slip through his fingers. The second half was equally one-sided but Queen's Park could not add to their lead. What had been expected to be a tough match had seen the Spiders progress comfortably to the club's ninth Scottish Cup Final.

On Saturday 25 January, Walter Arnott, Willie Berry, Tom Robertson and Bill Sellar were part of the Glasgow side that unexpectedly beat London 3-2 at the Kennington Oval. On the same afternoon, a "very poorly represented" Queen's Park side took on Uddingston at Hampden Park. The Queen's team, which included eight second eleven men, won 4-1. The Spiders' scorers are unclear. The Glasgow Herald went for Allan (2), Eccles and Gulliland. The North British Daily Mail, on the other hand, opted for Eccles (2), Hamilton and not known. The match was declared unofficial.

On the following Saturday, Queen's Park had another 4-1 victory at Hampden Park. On this occasion, their opponents were Kilmarnock. An even first half finished goalless. After the break, William Gulliland (3) and Jimmy Hamilton put Queen's four ahead before John Brodie pulled a goal back for the Ayrshire men towards the end.

Scottish Referee reported that the formation of a Scottish Football League had been under consideration for some time and was now likely to come to fruition. The publication added - "... it is known that an attempt will be made to introduce professionalism by allowing a sum to each player per week."

Saturday 8 February 1890 was the date scheduled for the Scottish Cup Final between Queen's Park and Vale of Leven at the first Ibrox Park. There was hard frost and thick fog on the day. Several SFA officials visited Ibrox at noon and decided unanimously that the conditions were unsuitable and that the match should be postponed. A large crowd gathered outside the ground but gradually dispersed on learning that the match would not go ahead.

The Cup Final took place on the following Saturday. The weather was dull and miserable and the Ibrox pitch was in poor condition. However, the clubs made a late decision to go ahead with the match. Due to a sudden thaw, the sand-covered pitch was slippery on the surface and hard underneath. Queen's Park had the better of the match throughout but needed a last-minute goal to earn a replay. The Spiders had most of the play in the first half but international goalkeeper James Wilson frustrated their efforts and it was Vale of Leven who got the only goal of the half. The goal came from a Jimmy McLachlan header in 30 minutes. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Queen's bombarding the Vale goal but Wilson continued to defy the Spiders with a magnificent display. As the match reached its final moments, some of the Queen's Park fans in the crowd of over 9,000 began to drift away as jubilant Vale supporters anticipated victory. But then a disputed free kick gave Queen's one last chance. Bob Smellie flighted the ball into the goalmouth. In the scramble that followed, the ball was sent through the goal "amid a scene without parallel even in Glasgow". It is unclear whether Jimmy Hamilton or a Vale defender got the final touch. The Spiders lived to fight another day.

The Cup Finals sides were: -
Queen's Park - George Gillespie; Walter Arnott and Robert Smellie; James Macara, Allan Stewart and Tom Robertson; William Gulliland, William Berry, James Hamilton, David Allan and William Sellar.
Vale of Leven - James Wilson; Andrew Whitelaw and John Murray; Archie Osborne, John McNicol and James Sharp; James McLachlan, Gilbert Rankine, James Paton, Daniel Bruce and James McMillan.

The Scottish Cup Final replay took place a week later, on Saturday 22 February 1890. The weather was good and the ground was in excellent condition. The crowd of between 12,000 and 14,000 was treated to what was described as one of the finest games ever seen at Ibrox Park. Both sides were unchanged.

The match got off to a fast, exciting start. Vale of Leven gradually gained the initiative and took the lead in 18 minutes. Inside left Danny Bruce was the scorer with a fine shot past the unsighted George Gillespie. Bill Sellar had several opportunities to equalise but failed to make the most of them "much to the chagrin of the supporters of the premier club". Vale too were dangerous and George Gillespie had to be at his best on more than one occasion. The Alexandria men still held their one goal advantage at the interval. Queen's Park applied some early pressure in the second half but Vale of Leven soon assumed the ascendancy. At this stage of the proceedings, a Queen's Park win seemed highly unlikely. However, the Spiders kept plugging away and the game began to turn in their favour. David Allan hit the crossbar before Queen's drew level in 80 minutes. Jimmy Hamilton was the scorer with a neat header from a corner kick. Almost immediately afterwards, Queen's Park were back on the attack and Allan Stewart put them in the lead with one of his trademark daisy-cutters. Vale of Leven were unable to respond and Queen's saw the game out fairly comfortably. It was Scottish Cup number nine for the Spiders. The match had been played in a friendly and sportsmanlike spirit and neither side deserved to lose. However, there could only be one winner.

Queen's Park - Season 1889/90
Back row (left to right): James McTavish (Secretary) and James Macara. Middle row: Walter Arnott, Robert Smellie, George Gillespie, Allan Stewart, William Gulliland and David Allan. Seated: William Berry, William Sellar, D C Brown (President), Tom Robertson and James Hamilton.

On the day of the Cup Final, Glasgow beat the East of Scotland before a crowd of 4,000 at Tynecastle Park in Edinburgh. There were no Queen's Park players in the Glasgow line-up.

Queen's Park were not in action on Saturdays 1 and 8 March 1890. International trial matches were staged on both dates. Willie Berry, George Gillespie, Jimmy Hamilton and Tom Robertson played in the first of these at Cathkin Park. A week later, Walter Arnott, Willie Berry, George Gillespie and Bob Smellie featured in the final trial at Celtic Park. Tom Robertson could not take part, as he was indisposed.

Discussions were now under way amongst clubs wishing to establish a Scottish League. Queen's Park let it be known that they did not support the initiative.

Blackburn Rovers visited Hampden Park on Saturday 15 March. The match attracted a large crowd on a fine day. Blackburn were without five first team players who had been chosen to represent England against Ireland. Queen's Park were missing Jimmy Hamilton and Bob Smellie due to injury. Donald Sillars (Battlefield) and William Johnston (3rd Lanark) deputised. Queen's Park were three ahead at the interval through a Horne own goal and a William Gulliland double. After the break, Johnston made it four with a terrific drive and Bill Sellar added a fifth. There then followed a highly exceptional occurrence at Hampden Park - a sending off. Rovers' half back Willie Almond had been insolent to the referee throughout the game. The official finally lost patience and dismissed the player for misconduct. To complete Blackburn's misery, Gulliland scored again just before the end to make the final score 6-0 for the Spiders.

A meeting took place on Thursday 20 March to discuss and, if possible, establish a football league in Scotland. All of the clubs circulated were in attendance, with the exception of Queen's Park and Clyde. A sub-committee was appointed to draft rules and a constitution for the league. Scottish Sport later reported - "Queen's Park see the establishment of a league means the introduction of professionalism." The decision not to attend the meeting was taken by the Queen's Park Committee. The members of the club were not consulted.

On Saturday 22 March, Queen's Park were at the Kennington Oval in London for a return match with Corinthians. This was the ninth meeting of the sides, with Corinthians having won four of the previous encounters, Queen's Park three and one drawn. Corinthians, with eight internationalists in their line-up, were expected to win the game. However, the Spiders surprised the 10,000 spectators by securing a 3-1 victory. Queen's Park took the lead in the opening minutes when William Gulliland combined well with William Johnston before scoring with a lovely drive. Queen's were penned in for much of the remainder of the first half but James Wilson of Vale of Leven, making a guest appearance in place of George Gillespie who was on international duty, kept the Corinthians' forwards at bay. The Spiders doubled their lead in 55 minutes when 'keeper Billy Moon misjudged a long Walter Arnott effort. Fifteen minutes later, a Johnston own goal put Queen's three ahead. With seven minutes to go, John Lambie scared a consolation goal for Corinthians. In its match report, London's Morning Post said that the game had "produced football of a most brilliant description."

On the same afternoon as the Corinthians match, Scotland beat Wales 5-0 at Underwood Park in Paisley. George Gillespie played in goal for the Scots but touched the ball only twice in the ninety minutes.

On the following Saturday, Queen's Park met Rangers in a friendly match at Ibrox Park before a crowd of 4,000. Neither side was at full strength. There was a strong wing blowing, which spoiled the game. Queen's Park received a shock in the first minute when McCreadie put Rangers ahead from a scrimmage. That was the only goal of the opening half. After the break, Queen's were the dominant side but Rangers defended doggedly. The Spiders finally made the breakthrough in the latter stages of the game through William Gulliland after good play by Bill Sellar. Despite Queen's best efforts, there was no further scoring and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

While Queen's Park were at Ibrox, Scotland were beating Ireland 4-1 at the Ballynafeigh Ground in Belfast. There were no Queen's Park players in the Scotland side.

Queen's Park were not in action on Saturday 5 April 1890 as it was the date of the annual clash between Scotland and England. The match was played at Hampden Park and attracted the biggest ever crowd for an Association football match. By two o'clock, there were 20,000 spectators in the ground. By kick-off time at a quarter to four, the attendance had swelled to 31,000 and the gates had been closed. Up to 3,000 people entered the ground through gaps in the barricades. Around a further 5,000 watched the action from elevated positions outside the ground, including the roofs of neighbouring houses. Walter Arnott, Willie Berry and Tom Robertson played in the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Two days later, Queen's Park were in Ireland taking on Cliftonville in Belfast before a crowd of 4,000. Shortly after kick-off, Jimmy Hamilton was injured and Queen's played the remainder of the game with ten men. Cliftonville had a strong wind at their backs in the first half and won numerous corners but there was no scoring at the interval. In the second half, Queen's Park overwhelmed the Belfast men, who appear to have been reduced to nine men due to "slight injuries" to two players. The Spiders scored seven unanswered goals. The scorers are not known but one report said that Bill Sellar took the majority of the goals.

On Saturday 12 April, Queen's Park met Renton at Hampden Park in the first round (or semi-final) of the Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup, by now more commonly known as the Glasgow Charity Cup. The attendance was anywhere between 6,000 and 10,000. Having won the first two major trophies of the season, Queen's Park were keen to complete the treble. Opponents Renton had won the Charity Cup in the four previous seasons. Queen's Park fielded Johnny Lambie, now returned to Glasgow for a short period, in place of the injured Jimmy Hamilton. After a scoreless opening half, William Gulliland put the Spiders into the lead in 50 minutes from a Sellar corner kick. Near the end, Gulliland scored again to complete a comfortable victory.

Queen's Park had a match against Arthurlie in Barrhead on Thursday 17 April. Neither side was at full strength and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. Then, on Monday 21 April, the Spiders beat Northern 4-2 at Hyde Park in Springburn. Two of the goals came from Tommy Waddell and Walter Arnott.

On Tuesday 22 April, Scottish Sport reported that the new Scottish League was likely to go ahead, with membership of ten clubs rather than the twelve originally suggested.  Pastime said that, without Queen's Park, "the new combination is very much like 'Hamlet' without the Prince of Denmark."

The last big match of the season took place on Saturday 26 April 1890. The occasion was the Glasgow Charity Cup Final. Queen's Park's opponents in the final were 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers, now beginning to be known simply as Third Lanark. The Volunteers had been surprise winners over Celtic at the semi-final stage. There was a crowd of between 8,000 and 10,000 at Hampden Park on a fine afternoon. Queen's Park were without the injured Jimmy Hamilton, as well as Allan Stewart who was said to have decided to retire from the game. The full Queen's line-up was - Gillespie; Arnott and Smellie; Macara, Harvie and Robertson; Gulliland, Berry, Lambie, Allan and Sellar.

Third Lanark took the lead in the game in only three minutes. George Gillespie fisted out a William Love shot but, after consultation, the referee and umpires decided that the ball had gone through the goal before being cleared. In 35 minutes, Billy Thomson doubled Third Lanark's lead with an unsaveable shot. Queen's Park did their own share of attacking and hit the bar before half-time. Two minutes into the second half, Queen's pulled a goal back when John "Jack" Harvie set up David Allan. The Spiders then pressed hard. Walter Arnott sent two free kicks between the posts but, as they had not touched anyone on the way, the goals did not count. (All free kicks were indirect at the time.) George Gillespie was then injured and required medical attention. He remained on the pitch but was of limited use. Third Lanark then rallied and the game was keenly contested to the end. The Volunteers were delighted to win their first Charity Cup. Queen's Park, on the other hand, were bitterly disappointed to lose a game they had been expected to win. It was a disappointing end to what had been a good season.

Although the season proper was over, Queen's Park played on one further occasion. This was a match against Annbank in Ayr in aid of the Burns Statue Fund. Queen's won the game 8-2. The composition of the Queen's Park side is not known.

The Queen's Park AGM took place on Friday 30 May. Income for the year from all sources had amounted to £3,690.  Membership was verging on 500, although the limit was supposed to be 400. Archibald Rowan was appointed President and James Allan Secretary. It was reported that the First Eleven had played 30 matches, with 24 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses (127 goals for, 25 against). The Second Eleven (The Strollers) had played 26 games, with 20 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. The Third Eleven (The Hampden Eleven) had played 34 games, with 26 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses. Finally, the Fourth Eleven (The Victoria Eleven) had played 23 games, with 15 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses.

The Queen's Park Sports, described by Scottish Referee as "The Derby of Scottish Athletics", took place on Saturday 7 June 1890 and proved to be a success.

It had become clear that season 1990/91 would prove challenging for Queen's Park. The Scottish League was going ahead and the league clubs had agreed unanimously to refuse Queen's fixtures in the new season. When the Spiders' match secretary asked for meetings with some of the clubs to arrange fixtures, he was advised that their cards were full.        

Results 1889/90

First Eleven
24/08/1889 Kirkcaldy Wanderers 0 Queen's Park 5
31/08/1889 Queen's Park 3 Vale of Leven 1
07/09/1889 Celtic 0 Queen's Park 0 - Scottish Cup
14/09/1889 Queen's Park 2 Celtic 1 - Scottish Cup replay
21/09/1889 Glasgow Hibernian 0 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow Cup
28/09/1889 Queen's Park 11 Summerton Athletic 0 - Scottish Cup
05/10/1889 Queen's Park 1 Dumbarton 0
12/10/1889 Queen's Park 8 Battlefield 1 - Glasgow Cup
19/10/1889 Queen's Park 8 Vale of Leven Wanderers 0 - Scottish Cup
26/10/1889 Cambuslang 2 Queen's Park 2
02/11/1889 Queen's Park 6 Partick Thistle 3 - Glasgow Cup
09/11/1889 Aberdeen 1 Queen's Park 13 - Scottish Cup
16/11/1889 Queen's Park 6 Clyde 1
23/11/1889 Rangers 0 Queen's Park 2 - Glasgow Cup Semi-final
30/11/1889 Queen's Park 1 St Mirren 0 - Scottish Cup
14/12/1889 Queen's Park 3 Celtic 2 - Glasgow Cup Final
21/12/1889 Queen's Park 1 Leith Athletic 0 - Scottish Cup
01/01/1890 Queen's Park 1 Corinthians 4
04/01/1890 Queen's Park 6 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers 1
18/01/1890 Queen's Park 2 Abercorn 0 - Scottish Cup Semi-final
01/02/1890 Queen's Park 4 Kilmarnock 1
15/02/1890 Queen's Park 1 Vale of Leven 1 - Scottish Cup Final
22/02/1890 Queen's Park 2 Vale of Leven 1 - Scottish Cup Final replay
15/03/1890 Queen's Park 6 Blackburn Rovers 0
22/03/1890 Corinthians 1 Queen's Park 3
29/03/1890 Rangers 1 Queen's Park 1
07/04/1890 Cliftonville 0 Queen's Park 7
12/04/1890 Queen's Park 2 Renton 0 - Glasgow Charity Cup
21/04/1890 Northern 2 Queen's Park 4
26/04/1890 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers 2 Queen's Park 1 - Glasgow Charity Cup Final

Second Eleven - The Strollers
24/08/1889 Norton Park (Edinburgh) 6 Strollers 3
31/08/1889 Alloa Athletic 1 Strollers 2
07/09/1889 Ayr Parkhouse 2 Strollers 3
14/09/1889 2nd Celtic 1 Strollers 6 - Scottish Second XI Cup
21/09/1889 Strollers 12 Dunipace 1
28/09/1889 Lochwinnoch 2 Strollers 5
05/10/1889 Strollers 4 2nd Renton 1 - Scottish Second XI Cup
12/10/1889 Dunblane 2 Strollers 9
19/10/1889 Kirkintilloch Athletic 0 Strollers 2
26/10/1889 Strollers 2 2nd Dumbarton 2 - Scottish Second XI Cup
02/11/1889 2nd Dumbarton 6 Strollers 0 - Scottish Second XI Cup replay
16/11/1889 King's Park 2 Strollers 1
23/11/1889 Milton Rovers (Carluke) 6 Strollers 3
30/11/1889 Kelvinside Athletic 0 Strollers 2
07/12/1889 Whitefield 0 Strollers 3
21/12/1889 Summerton Athletic 1 Strollers 3
01/01/1890 Beeston Town 3 Strollers 2
11/01/1890 Camelon 2 Strollers 7
18/01/1890 1st RRV (Greenock) 1 Strollers 8
01/02/1890 Ayr Athletic 2 Strollers 8
08/03/1890 2nd St Bernards 0 Strollers 2
15/03/1890 Kirkintilloch Athletic 4 Strollers 2
22/03/1890 Strollers 4 Alloa Athletic 0
29/03/1890 Kilsyth Wanderers 0 Strollers 4
19/04/1890 Dunfermline Athletic 1 Strollers 8

Third Eleven - The Hampden Eleven
10/08/1889 Hampden Eleven 5 Campbeltown 2
24/08/1889 Braidwood Thistle 0 Hampden Eleven 5
07/09/1889 Linlithgow Athletic 2 Hampden Eleven 4
14/09/1889 Bridge of Allan 1 Hampden Eleven 7
21/09/1889 Ardrossan 1 Hampden Eleven 2
12/10/1889 Dalry 3 Hampden Eleven 4
19/10/1889 2nd Methlan Park (Dumbarton) 3 Hampden Eleven 2
02/11/1889 2nd Alloa Athletic 2 Hampden Eleven 3
16/11/1889 Kilmacolm 3 Hampden Eleven 4
23/11/1889 Hampden Eleven 3 Ardrossan 1
07/12/1889 3rd LRV Cathkin XI 4 Hampden Eleven 2
14/12/1889 Vale of Clyde 3 Hampden Eleven 2
01/01/1890 Oban 2 Hampden Eleven 1
11/01/1890 Beith 0 Hampden Eleven 7
25/01/1890 Albion Rovers 4 Hampden Eleven 3
08/02/1890 2nd Dunblane 3 Hampden Eleven 2
15/02/1890 Stenhousemuir 0 Hampden Eleven 7
22/02/1890 Beith Thistle 1 Hampden Eleven 2
08/03/1890 Grangemouth 1 Hampden Eleven 6
22/03/1890 2nd Alloa Athletic 1 Hampden Eleven 4
29/03/1890 Ardrossan 2 Hampden Eleven 5
03/05/1890 Braidwood v Hampden Eleven - score not known but QP "won easily"

Fourth Eleven - The Victoria Eleven
21/09/1889 2nd Lochwinnoch 1 Victoria Eleven 8
05/10/1889 Dumbarton West End 2 Victoria Eleven 8
12/10/1889 Largs Thistle 3 Victoria Eleven 11
26/10/1889 Craigneuk Thistle 0 Victoria Eleven 3
02/11/1889 Levendale (Alexandria) 2 Victoria Eleven 2
09/11/1889 2nd Victoria (Helensburgh) 0 Queen's Park 2
30/11/1889 Victoria Eleven 1 Ferntower (Govan) 0
14/12/1889 Victoria Eleven 4 2nd Cathcart 2
01/01/1890 Ancient City Athletic (St Andrews) 1 Victoria Eleven 7
18/01/1890 Ardrossan Swifts 1 Victoria Eleven 4
01/02/1890 Hamilton Palace Rangers 2 Victoria Eleven 2
08/02/1890 2nd Ayr Parkhouse 0 Victoria Eleven 1
15/02/1890 Longriggend Wanderers 0 Victoria Eleven 2
01/03/1890 Largs Thistle 5 Victoria Eleven 1
22/03/1890 2nd Victoria (Helensburgh) 1 Victoria Eleven 3
29/03/1890 2nd Falkirk 7 Victoria Eleven 2

Other Matches
03/10/1889 Anstruther 1 Queen's Park XI 13
28/12/1889 Jamestown Athletic 4 Queen's Park XI 2
25/01/1890 Queen's Park 4 Uddingston 1 (unofficial match)
17/04/1890 Arthurlie 1 Queen's Park XI 1
22/05/1890 Annbank 2 Queen's Park XI 8

Representative Matches
11/01/1890 Sheffield 1 Glasgow 3
25/01/1890 London 2 Glasgow 3
22/03/1890 Scotland 5 Wales 0
05/04/1890 Scotland 1 England 1

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