Season 1895/96

It had become clear that the increasing strength of the professional clubs, and in particular Celtic and Rangers, meant that Queen's Park would struggle to achieve the successes of years gone by. The Spiders failed to win a trophy in season 1895/96 but did succeed in reaching two cup finals.

In the Glasgow Cup, Queen's Park eliminated Rangers, Third Lanark and Clyde to set up a meeting with Celtic in the final at Ibrox Park. The Parkhead men proved too strong and ran out 6-3 winners. It was a similar story in the Glasgow Charity Cup. After beating Third Lanark, the Spiders succumbed to Celtic at Ibrox, this time by two goals to one.

The Scottish League in 1895/96 comprised ten teams, meeting each other once home and away. This left plenty of room in the fixture list for a further competition and Celtic proposed the formation of a Glasgow League to be played in the second half of the season. Despite not being members of the Scottish League, Queen's Park agreed to participate in the Glasgow League. Four clubs took part in the inaugural competition - Celtic, Queen's Park, Rangers and Third Lanark. Queen's lost their first five games but finished on a bright note with a 3-0 victory at Celtic Park.

Queen's Park's second eleven, the Strollers, won the the Scottish Second Eleven Cup, with a 5-1 defeat of Leith Athletic 'A' in the final at Easter Road in Edinburgh. Also, a Scottish Reserve League was introduced for the first time. The competing clubs were Celtic, Heart of Midlothian, Leith Athletic, Rangers and Queen's Park. The Strollers won five and lost three of their eight league games to finish in third place.

Results 1895/96

First Eleven
24/08/1895 Ayr Parkhouse 0 Queen's Park 4
31/08/1895 Queen's Park 6 Port Glasgow Athletic 1
07/09/1895 Queen's Park 1 Renton 1
14/09/1895 Queen's Park 3 Leith Athletic 2
21/09/1895 Rangers 2 Queen's Park 2 - Glasgow Cup
28/09/1895 Queen's Park 3 Rangers 2 - Glasgow Cup replay
12/10/1895 Queen's Park 2 Sunderland 5
19/10/1895 Third Lanark 1 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow Cup
26/10/1895 Queen's Park 1 Partick Thistle 5
02/11/1895 Clyde 3 Queen's Park 5 - Glasgow Cup semi-final
09/11/1895 Queen's Park 6 Dundee 2
16/11/1895 Queen's Park 3 Celtic 6 - Glasgow Cup Final (Ibrox Park)
23/11/1895 Queen's Park 1 St Bernard's 1
30/11/1895 Wishaw Thistle 2 Queen's Park 5
07/12/1895 Kilmarnock Athletic 1 Queen's Park 2
14/12/1895 Queen's Park 2 Hibernian 1
21/12/1895 Clyde 3 Queen's Park 0
01/01/1896 Queen's Park 3 Corinthians (London) 3
04/01/1896 Third Lanark 2 Queen's Park 6
18/01/1896 Celtic 2 Queen's Park 4 - Scottish Cup
25/01/1896 Queen's Park 8 Port Glasgow Athletic 1 - Scottish Cup
01/02/1896 Queen's Park 1 Celtic 2 - Glasgow League
08/02/1896 Queen's Park 2 St Bernard's 3 - Scottish Cup
22/02/1896 Ayr Parkhouse 3 Queen's Park 2
29/02/1896 Beith 1 Queen's Park 8
14/03/1896 Corinthians (London) 1 Queen's Park 2
21/03/1896 Third Lanark 3 Queen's Park 1 - Glasgow League
28/03/1896 Rangers 7 Queen's Park 2 - Glasgow League
06/04/1896 Sunderland 2 Queen's Park 0
11/04/1896 Queen's Park 0 Third Lanark 2 - Glasgow League
18/04/1896 Queen's Park 1 Rangers 2 - Glasgow League
21/04/1896 Johnstone 0 Queen's Park 3
25/04/1896 Celtic 0 Queen's Park 3 - Glasgow League
02/05/1896 Third Lanark 2 Queen's Park 3 - Glasgow Charity Cup
16/05/1896 Queen's Park 1 Celtic 2 - Glasgow Charity Cup Final (Ibrox Park)

Second Eleven - The Strollers
14/09/1895 2nd Partick Thistle 0 Strollers 2
21/09/1895 Union (Helensburgh) 0 Strollers 4
28/09/1895 Bathgate 2 Strollers 1
05/10/1895 Strollers 9 2nd Cambuslang 0 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup
19/10/1895 Strollers 5 2nd Clyde 3
26/10/1895 Hamilton Academical 4 Strollers 0
16/11/1895 Kilbirnie 1 Strollers 2
23/11/1895 Camelon 3 Strollers 3
30/11/1895 Strollers 4 Rangers 'A' 0 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup semi-final
28/12/1895 Leith Athletic 'A' 1 Strollers 5 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup Final (Easter Road)
01/02/1896 Heart of Midlothian 'A' 5 Strollers 3 - Scottish Reserve League
08/02/1896 Bo'ness 1 Strollers 3
15/02/1896 Strollers 4 Rangers 'A' 1 - Scottish Reserve League
22/02/1896 Celtic 'A' 2 Strollers 1 - Scottish Reserve League
21/03/1896 Leith Athletic 'A' 3 Strollers 4 - Scottish Reserve League
25/04/1896 Strollers 5 Celtic 'A' 2 - Scottish Reserve League
02/05/1896 Strollers 0 Heart of Midlothian 'A' 4 - Scottish Reserve League
06/05/1896 Strollers 3 Rangers 'A' 0 - Glasgow Reserve XI Final
09/05/1896 Rangers 'A' 1 Strollers 2 - Scottish Reserve League
16/05/1896 Strollers 5 Leith Athletic 'A' 0 - Scottish Reserve League 

Third Eleven - The Hampden Eleven
21/09/1895 Troon 2 Hampden Eleven 8
28/09/1895 West Calder Wanderers 3 Hampden Eleven 0
12/10/1895 Tillicoultry Victoria 5 Hampden Eleven 1
26/10/1895 2nd Victoria (Renfrew) 2 Hampden Eleven 5
02/11/1895 2nd Airdrieonians 2 Hampden Eleven 2
11/01/1896 Ashfield 1 Hampden Eleven 5
21/03/1896 Dunfermline 2 Hampden Eleven 2
11/04/1896 Dunoon Rangers 2 Hampden Eleven 5
18/04/1896 Gourock 2 Hampden Eleven 4

Fourth Eleven - The Victoria Eleven
07/09/1895 Largs Thistle 2 Victoria Eleven 1
14/09/1895 Tillicoultry Victoria 4 Victoria Eleven 3
14/12/1895 Kilmacolm 0 Victoria Eleven 4

Representative Matches
07/12/1895 Glasgow 3 Sheffield 1
21/03/1896 Scotland 4 Wales 0
28/03/1896 Ireland 3 Scotland 3
04/04/1896 Scotland 2 England 1


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