Season 1896/97

Season 1896/97 was one of mixed fortunes for Queen's Park. There was significant disappointment in the cup competitions but great success in the Glasgow League.

After a big win against Battlefield in the first round of the Glasgow Cup, Queen's Park went down 4-2 to Celtic in the semi-final. Queen's were eliminated in the first round of the Scottish Cup, with a 2-1 loss to St Bernard's in Edinburgh, and were knocked out of the Glasgow Charity Cup by Third Lanark at Ibrox Park.

Queen's Park made an inauspicious start to their Glasgow League campaign, with a 5-0 loss to Clyde at Barrowfield Park. However, the Spiders then went on to win six and draw one of their following seven matches to become champions of the league.

A new league competition was established in season 1896/97 - the Scottish Combination. It comprised the second elevens of Celtic, Hearts, Queen's Park and Rangers, together with the first elevens of East Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Hamilton Academical, Royal Albert, Stenhousemuir and Wishaw Thistle. The Queen's Park Strollers finished in seventh place, with seven wins, two draws and nine losses. The Strollers enjoyed a fine end to the season by winning the Glasgow Reserve Eleven Cup.

Results 1896/97

First Eleven
29/08/1896 Fair City Athletic (Perth) 1 Queen's Park 0
05/09/1896 Queen's Park 2 Ayr Parkhouse 2
12/09/1896 Queen's Park 6 Port Glasgow Athletic 1
19/09/1896 Queen's Park 7 Battlefield 0 - Glasgow Cup
28/09/1896 Everton 3 Queen's Park 3
03/10/1896 Queen's Park 4 Renton 1
10/10/1896 Queen's Park 6 Dumbarton 1
17/10/1896 Airdrieonians 2 Queen's Park 1
24/10/1896 Queen's Park 3 Hibernian 4
31/10/1896 Queen's Park 2 Celtic 4 - Glasgow Cup semi-final
07/11/1896 Port Glasgow Athletic 5 Queen's Park 5
14/11/1896 Morton 3 Queen's Park 5
21/11/1896 Clyde 5 Queen's Park 0 - Glasgow League
28/11/1896 Vale of Leven 1 Queen's Park 3
05/12/1896 St Mirren 4 Queen's Park 3
12/12/1896 Derby County 3 Queen's Park 1
19/12/1896 Queen's Park 3 Dundee 2
26/12/1896 Abercorn (Paisley) 1 Queen's Park 0 (abandoned after 35 minutes)
01/01/1897 Queen's Park 3 Corinthians (London) 2
09/01/1897 St Bernard's 2 Queen's Park 1 - Scottish Cup
16/01/1897 Third Lanark 1 Queen's Park 6 - Glasgow League
23/01/1897 Queen's Park 4 Dunblane 0
13/02/1897 Queen's Park 4 St Bernard's 4
20/02/1897 Hibernian 1 Queen's Park 4
27/02/1897 Queen's Park 1 Rangers 1 - Glasgow League
13/03/1897 Corinthians (London) 2 Queen's Park 2
20/03/1897 Ayr Parkhouse 2 Queen's Park 6
03/04/1897 Queen's Park 3 Clyde 1 - Glasgow League
10/04/1897 Rangers 0 Queen's Park 3 - Glasgow League
17/04/1897 Queen's Park 2 Celtic 0 - Glasgow League
19/04/1897 Nithsdale (Dumfries) 0 Queen's Park 5
01/05/1897 Queen's Park 4 Third Lanark 2 - Glasgow League
03/05/1897 Celtic 0 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow League
08/05/1897 Queen's Park 1 Third Lanark 3 (at Ibrox Park) - Glasgow Charity Cup
15/05/1897 Aberdeen 1 Queen's Park 8

Second Eleven - The Strollers
29/08/1896 Bathgate 4 Strollers 1
05/09/1896 Wishaw Thistle 1 Strollers 3 - Scottish Combination
12/09/1896 Heart of Midlothian 'A' 5 Strollers 2 - Scottish Combination
19/09/1896 East Stirlingshire 3 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
26/09/1896 Strollers 4 Hamilton Academical 2 - Scottish Combination
10/10/1896 Royal Albert (Larkhall) 4 Strollers 0 - Scottish Combination
17/10/1896 Heart of Midlothian 'A' 6 Strollers 1 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup
24/10/1896 2nd Cartvale (Busby) 1 Strollers 4
07/11/1896 Alloa Athletic 1 Strollers 1
21/11/1896 Arthurlie 1 Strollers 3
28/11/1896 Strollers 1 Celtic 'A' 2 - Scottish Combination
12/12/1896 Strollers 3 Wishaw Thistle 1 - Scottish Combination
19/12/1896 Abercorn Amateurs (Paisley) 2 Strollers 3
26/12/1896 Strollers 4 Royal Albert (Larkhall) 3 - Scottish Combination
09/01/1897 Strollers 3 East Stirlingshire 1 - Scottish Combination
25/01/1897 Busby 0 Strollers 1
13/02/1897 Stenhousemuir 6 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
20/02/1897 Strollers 2 Falkirk 2 - Scottish Combination
27/02/1896 Rangers 'A' 3 Strollers 4 - Scottish Combination
06/03/1896 Celtic 'A' 2 Strollers 0 - Scottish Combination
13/03/1897 Strollers 2 Heart of Midlothian 'A' 5 - Scottish Combination
27/03/1897 Strollers 7 Stenhousemuir 2 - Scottish Combination
03/04/1897 Stevenston Thistle 3 Strollers 4
10/04/1896 Strollers 0 Rangers 'A' 3 - Scottish Combination
24/04/1896 Hamilton Academical 1 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
27/04/1897 Strollers 2 Celtic 'A' 0 - Glasgow Reserve XI Cup
01/05/1897 Falkirk 2 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
06/05/1897 Strollers 4 Rangers 'A' 3 - Glasgow Reserve XI Cup semi-final
14/05/1897 Third Lanark 'A' 1 Strollers 3 - Glasgow Reserve XI Cup Final

Third Eleven - The Hampden Eleven
26/09/1896 Vale of Grange (Bo'ness) 2 Hampden Eleven 2
03/10/1896 Overton (Greenock) 4 Hampden Eleven 2
10/10/1896 2nd Airdrieonians 5 Hampden Eleven 2
14/11/1896 Johnstone Rangers 2 Hampden Eleven 6
28/11/1896 Ashfield 3 Hampden Eleven 3
19/12/1896 Maryhill 2 Hampden Eleven
26/12/1896 Glasgow Perthshire 2 Hampden Eleven 2
27/03/1897 Ardencaple (Helensburgh) 5 Hampden Eleven 5
03/04/1897 Dunfermline 3 Hampden Eleven 5
24/04/1897 Nithsdale (Dumfries) 1 Hampden Eleven 3

Fourth Eleven - The Victoria Eleven
12/12/1896 Kilmacolm 2 Victoria Eleven 0

Representative Matches
07/11/1896 Sheffield 5 Glasgow 1
20/03/1897 Wales 2 Scotland 2
27/03/1897 Scotland 5 Ireland 1
03/04/1897 England 1 Scotland 2



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