Season 1897/98

At the Annual General Meeting of the Glasgow League on Tuesday 6 July 1897, a sum of £5 was given to Queen's Park to purchase a championship flag. Arthur Geake of Queen's Park was unanimously re-elected President. Applications by St Mirren and Albion Rovers to join the league were rejected.

Queen's Park's Confined Sports (restricted to members of the club) took place on three consecutive evenings from 18 to 20 August. There was a large crowd on the third evening for the dribbling contest and the four-a-side football.

Queen's Park's first match of the new season was against Kirkcaldy FC on Saturday 4 September 1897 at Newtown Park in the Fife town. Queen's took an early lead through Davidson "Dyke" Berry but a Davidson header drew the sides level. Berry regained the lead for the Spiders and then Bob McColl ran the length of the field to extend the advantage. Dyke Berry then competed his hat trick before Cairns pulled a goal back to make the half-time score 4-2 for Queen's. In the second period, Bob McColl made the score 5-2. Cairns then scored his second for the hosts but, before the end, Queen's Park were on target again, after being awarded a free kick at close quarters, to make the final result 6-3.

A week later, Queen's Park had their first home game of the season with Dumbarton the visitors to Hampden Park. The Spiders suffered an unexpected defeat. Queen's started the game with ten men due to Tom Murray failing to appear. Eventually, Burnett appeared to take his place at full back. Bob McColl hit the bar for Queen's but it was Dumbarton who took an early lead through either Cole or MacFarlane. The Spiders equalised in 40 minutes through either Dyke Berry or Robert Lambie but, almost immediately, either MacFarlane or Speedie put Dumbarton back in the lead. Just on the interval, James Irons fell heavily and broke his arm just above the wrist. He was taken to the Victoria Infirmary. The ten men played well in the second half and Robert Lambie brought the sides level with a penalty kick. However, with 15 minutes to go, James Allison had to go off, leaving Queen's Park with nine men. Dumbarton took full advantage and a William Speedie strike and John Ritchie own goal gave the Sons of the Rock a 4-2 victory.

On Saturday 18 September, Queen's Park were at home to Cameronians in the first round of the Glasgow Cup before what was described as a meagre attendance. Queen's Park were six up at the interval with goals from Bob McColl (3), Dyke Berry, James Templeton and 17-year-old David Wilson from Langside Athletic. Bob McColl scored twice more after the break and Robert Lambie also got on the scoresheet. The scorer of the other goal in a 10-0 victory is not known.

Two days later, on the Edinburgh Autumn Holiday, John Gillespie turned out for Rangers in a Scottish League match against Hearts at Tynecastle, just over a year after he played for Celtic against Aston Villa in a match for the unofficial championship of Great Britain.

On Saturday 25 September, Queen's Park met Linthouse at Govandale Park. The home side took a first half lead through William Thomson but Hugh Butler equalised before the interval. Robert Lambie put Queen's ahead early in the second half. Queen's Park were the better side and looked set for victory but Thomson struck for Linthouse for a second time and the match finished in a 2-2 draw.

On the following Monday, Queen's Park were in Ireland meeting Cliftonville at the Solitude ground in Belfast. The match attracted a good crowd of 5,000 on a fine day. Jim Pyper gave Cliftonville the lead with a shot that slipped through Kenny Anderson's hands. Bob McColl equalised before half-time. In the second half, Queen's Park scored three unanswered goals through a David Wilson header and two Bob McColl strikes. A good game finished in a 4-1 win for the Spiders.

Kilmarnock were visitors to Hampden Park on Saturday 2 October. Queen's Park, with the wind advantage, were on the offensive from the outset and took an early lead through Robert Lambie after fine play by Dyke Berry. A second goal followed. Dyke Berry was the scorer with an unsaveable shot. After the interval, a beautifully-taken goal by Bob McColl extended the Spiders' lead. Towards the end, Bobby Templeton pulled a goal back for the Ayrshire men to make the final score 3-1.

On the following Saturday, Queen's Park welcomed Renton to Hampden Park. Queen's won 9-0. The scorers of the goals are not known.

On Saturday 16 October, Queen's Park's opponents were Celtic. The match attracted a crowd of 9,000 to Celtic Park. Queen's were without Hugh Butler and his place was filled at inside right by young David Wilson. The Spiders had most of the play in the first half. Robert Lambie hit the bar and Celtic goalkeeper Dan McArthur produced some fine saves. However, there was no scoring at half-time. There were a number of near things at both ends in the second half. Eventually, in 75 minutes, Queen's Park took the lead. Robert Lambie was the scorer from a Bob McColl assist. Celtic pushed towards the end but the final result was a well-deserved 1-0 victory for the Spiders.

Dumbarton made their second visit of the season to Hampden Park on Saturday 23 October. A very good game ended in a 1-1 draw. Robert Lambie opened the scoring from a Willie Stewart cross and the visitors drew level when a free kick was cleverly converted by either Andrew Mauchlen or Lewis Mackie.

It was Glasgow Cup semi-final day on Saturday 30 October. Queen's Park's opponents were Third Lanark and the match attracted a crowd of 10,000 to Hampden Park. Bob McColl was missing from the Queen's line-up. The visitors were favourites to win the tie but the Spiders recorded an unexpected triumph. Robert Lambie opened the scoring with a fine goal and James Allison doubled the Spiders' lead at half-time. Fog became increasingly dense as the match progressed. Play continued, however, and two further goals from Robert Lambie doubled Queen's advantage to 4-0. Once again, Queen's Park's lack of training began to tell and Third Lanark finished strongly. Either Bob Johnstone or James Gillespie pulled a goal back with a penalty kick and Bert Banks made the final score 4-2 from a scrimmage.

Queen's Park were not in action on Saturday 6 November but Kenny Anderson, Dyke Berry, John Gillespie and John Ritchie played for Glasgow in a 0-0 draw with Sheffield before a crowd of 10,000 at Cathkin Park.

On Saturday 13 November, Queen's Park played host to St Bernard's at Hampden Park. Hugh Butler, Alex Christie and John Gillespie were rested and Bob McColl was still unfit. Queen's went into an early lead through David Wilson and the same player then doubled the lead. Before the interval, the Edinburgh side pulled a goal back through either Chambers or Swanson. After the break, Willie Stewart put Queen's Park back into a two-goal lead and Swanson replied for the visitors. Queen's should have scored more goals but the match ended in a 3-2 victory.

Queen's Park were at home again on the following Saturday with a challenge match against Sunderland. A crowd of around 5,500 saw a very enjoyable contest. A highlight of the match was a wonderful display by Sunderland's Scotland international goalkeeper Ned Doig. Queen's Park were on top in the first half but there was no scoring at half-time. The Spiders took a second half lead with a splendid Robert Lambie goal. Queen's had the upper hand but the English side drew level when Hughie Wilson hit a high, dipping shot over the head of Kenny Anderson. The Spiders tired in the last 20 minutes but were still dangerous in attack. Both sides strained every sinew to find a winner but there was no further scoring and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

On Saturday 27 November 1897, Queen's Park met Rangers at Cathkin Park in the Glasgow Cup Final. Despite the admission price having been doubled and a heavy shower before the game, there was a crowd of over 14,000 at Cathkin. The Queen's Park team was - Kenny Anderson; John Ritchie and John Gillespie; James Allison, Alex Christie and Davie Stewart; Willie Stewart, Hugh Butler, Bob McColl, Robert Lambie and Dyke Berry. Bob McColl went close twice early on, but Rangers were coping better with the slippery conditions. The Light Blues took the lead in 15 minutes from a Bobby Neill penalty kick after Jimmy Miller was tripped. Queen's Park claimed that the foul had not happened within the penalty line. John "Kitey" McPherson doubled the Rangers' lead after James Allison and John Ritchie got into a fankle in defence. Goalkeeper Kenny Anderson saved Queen's time and time again in the minutes leading up to the break and the score remained 2-0 at the interval. The Spiders made a good start to the second half. Robert Lambie set up three great chances but they were all missed. Rangers gradually got back on top and Smith increased their lead. The pitch was now "largely a mud puddle" and the Queen's players ran out of steam. With eight minutes remaining, former Spider Bob Hamilton made the final score 4-0. It was a well-deserved win for the Ibrox men. The Daily Record criticised the Queen's Park players for not being fit enough to last the game "through inefficient training".

Queen's Park visited Port Glasgow Athletic's Clune Park on Saturday 4 December. A crowd of around 1,000 saw Hugh Butler gave Queen's the lead but Tom McMaster equalised immediately afterwards to make the score 1-1 at half-time. Early in the second half, Port Glasgow left back McCulloch had to retire injured, leaving his side to play with ten men. Inside right Lindsay put Queen's Park into a 2-1 lead, William Smith then equalised but Lindsay struck again to put the Spiders back ahead. Port Glasgow were awarded a penalty kick but Bob Martin sent his shot wide of the post. Queen's then scored three unanswered goals through David Wilson, Dyke Berry and Bob McColl to secure a 6-2 win.

A week later, Queen's Park met Ayr FC at Hampden Park in a one-sided match described as a complete farce. Queen's romped to a 9-0 victory. According to The Scottish Referee, Bob McColl scored seven of the goals, with Hugh Butler and Robert Lambie getting the other two. The North British Daily Mail opted for McColl (6), Butler (2) and Lambie.

On Saturday 18 December, Queen's Park met Rangers in a friendly match at Ibrox Park before a crowd of about 5,500. Rangers were without six of their usual starting eleven. Peter Turnbull gave the home side the lead in five minutes. Ten minutes later, Bob McColl equalised with a thunderous shot. Shortly afterwards, Robert Lambie was injured and could take no further part in the game. Tommy Hyslop put Rangers back into the lead but Dyke Berry drew the sides level before half-time. Queen's Park's ten men had most of the game in the second half and Dyke Berry had a goal controversially ruled out for offside. However, the only goal of the half was scored by Turnbull of Rangers and Queen's suffered an unlucky defeat.

The Spiders were in Paisley on Christmas Day facing Abercorn at Underwood Park. The home side did more of the early attacking but it was Queen's Park who took the lead in 35 minutes with a Bob McColl long drive. A minute later, the lead was doubled. It is unclear if Hugh Butler was the scorer or if it was a Newbigging own goal. After the break, Queen's swept into a 5-0 lead with further goals from David Wilson (2) and Dyke Berry. John "Sailor" Hunter then pulled two goals back for Abercorn but, just on time, Hugh Butler sealed a 6-2 victory for Queen's Park. On the same afternoon, Kenny Anderson and James Allison turned out for Glasgow in a 9-3 win over Southern Counties League in Dumfries. 
Queen's Park - Season 1897/98
Back row - K Anderson, W Stewart, J F Templeton, J Allison.
Middle row - H Butler, C B Miller, D Wilson, J L Ritchie, J Gillespie, 
D Berry, T Murray, R A Lambie.
Front row - R S McColl, J Lawrence, D Stewart.



Season 1897/98 was a mixed one for Queen's Park, with disappointing displays in the three cup competitions but a sound performance in the Glasgow League. The season ended on a bright note with the club's first ever overseas tour.

The Glasgow Cup campaign got under way with a big win against Cameronians and was followed by victory over Third Lanark in the semi-final. However, the final went less well, with the Spiders going down 4-0 to Rangers at Cathkin Park. The Scottish Cup followed a similar pattern - two easy wins followed by yet another loss to Rangers. In the Glasgow Charity Cup, Queen's suffered a 3-1 home defeat to near-neighbours Third Lanark.

In the Glasgow League, Queen's Park could not quite equal the previous season's heroics, but finished in a very creditable second position, one point behind Rangers.

At the end of the season, Queen's Park embarked on the first ever tour to continental Europe by a Scottish club. Two games were played against Danish Football Union select sides, with the aim of improving the popularity and quality of football in that country.

The Queen's Park Strollers had a successful season in the Scottish Combination, finishing in second place behind Rangers 'A' with seven wins and five draws from their fourteen matches.

The Queen's Park and DBU teams line up in Copenhagen

Results 1897/98

First Eleven
04/09/1897 Kirkcaldy 3 Queen's Park 6
11/09/1897 Queen's Park 2 Dumbarton 4
18/09/1897 Queen's Park 10 Cameronians 0 - Glasgow Cup
25/09/1897 Linthouse 2 Queen's Park 2

27/09/1897 Cliftonville (Belfast) 1 Queen's Park 4
02/10/1897 Kilmarnock 1 Queen's Park 3
09/10/1897 Queen's Park 9 Renton 0
16/10/1897 Celtic 0 Queen's Park 1
23/10/1897 Queen's Park 1 Dumbarton 1
30/10/1897 Queen's Park 4 Third Lanark 2 - Glasgow Cup semi-final
13/11/1897 Queen's Park 3 St Bernard's 2
20/11/1897 Queen's Park 1 Sunderland 1
27/11/1897 Rangers 4 Queen's Park 0 (at Cathkin Park) - Glasgow Cup Final
04/12/1897 Port Glasgow Athletic 2 Queen's Park 6
11/12/1897 Queen's Park 9 Ayr 0
18/12/1897 Rangers 3 Queen's Park 2
25/12/1897 Abercorn (Paisley) 2 Queen's Park 6
01/01/1898 Queen's Park 5 Corinthians (London) 3
08/01/1898 Bo'ness 0 Queen's Park 6 - Scottish Cup
15/01/1898 Queen's Park 1 St Mirren 4
22/01/1898 St Bernard's 0 Queen's Park 5 - Scottish Cup
29/01/1898 Queen's Park 1 Linthouse 1
05/02/1898 Queen's Park 1 Rangers 3 - Scottish Cup
12/02/1898 Clyde 0 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow League
19/02/1898 Queen's Park 4 Celtic 2 - Glasgow League
26/02/1898 Partick Thistle 0 Queen's Park 5
12/03/1898 Corinthians 5 Queen's Park 1
19/03/1898 Queen's Park 4 Clyde 3 - Glasgow League
09/04/1898 Dundee 3 Queen's Park 1
11/04/1898 Victoria United (Aberdeen) 1 Queen's Park 3
16/04/1898 Rangers 2 Queen's Park 0 - Glasgow League
18/04/1898 Queen's Park 1 Third Lanark 1 - Glasgow League
23/04/1898 Celtic 3 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow League
27/04/1898 Queen's Park 2 Rangers 4 - Glasgow League
30/04/1898 Third Lanark 2 Queen's Park 4 - Glasgow League
04/05/1898 Queen's Park 1 Third Lanark 3 - Glasgow Charity Cup
17/05/1898 Celtic 1 Queen's Park 3 (charity match)
30/05/1898 Dansk Boldspil-Union* 0 Queen's Park 7 (in Copenhagen)
01/06/1898 Dansk Boldspil-Union* 0 Queen's Park 3 (in Copenhagen)

* Danish Football Union

Second Eleven - The Strollers
04/09/1897 Nithsdale (Dumfries) 0 Strollers 6
11/09/1897 Third Lanark 'A' 2 Strollers 4 - Scottish Combination
18/09/1887 Lochwinnoch 2 Strollers 2
25/09/1897 Kilbarchan 0 Strollers 2 (venue unknown)
02/10/1897 Strollers 3 Clyde 'A' 1 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup
09/10/1897 Stevenston Thistle 3 Strollers 3
16/10/1897 Strollers 2 Third Lanark 'A' 1
23/10/1897 Strollers 6 Hamilton Academical 1 - Scottish Combination *
30/10/1897 Rangers 'A' 7 Strollers 1 - Scottish 2nd XI Cup semi-final
06/11/1897 Albion Rovers 1 Strollers 4 - Scottish Combination
13/11/1897 Partick Thistle 'A' Strollers 0
20/11/1897 Arthurlie 1 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
11/12/1897 Cameronians 5 Strollers 2
18/12/1897 Johnstone 3 Strollers 3
25/12/1897 Strollers 5 Royal Albert (Larkhall) 2 - Scottish Combination
08/01/1898 Strollers 2 Wishaw Thistle 1 - Scottish Combination
15/01/1898 Paisley Academicals 0 Strollers 6
22/01/1898 Strollers 6 Rangers 'A' 1 - Scottish Combination
29/01/1898 Clackmannan 4 Strollers 1
05/02/1898 Clyde 'A' 2 Strollers 0 - Scottish Combination
12/02/1898 Wishaw Thistle 3 Strollers 4 - Scottish Combination
19/02/1898 Strollers 3 Albion Rovers 4 - Scottish Combination
05/03/1898 Royal Albert (Larkhall) 2 Strollers 2 - Scottish Combination
12/03/1898 Strollers 2 Third Lanark 'A' 2 - Scottish Combination
19/03/1898 Irvine 2 Strollers 5
26/03/1898 Maybole 3 Strollers 1
20/04/1898 Rangers 'A' 1 Strollers 1 - Scottish Combination
23/04/1898 Strollers 1 Thornliebank 4 - Scottish Combination
30/04/1898 Strollers 3 Arthurlie 3 - Scottish Combination

* Hamilton withdrew from the Combination after being elected to the Scottish League. Thornliebank took their place and inherited the results of the three games Accies had played in the competition.  

Third Eleven - The Hampden Eleven
04/09/1897 Largs Thistle 0 Hampden Eleven 2
11/09/1897 Vale of Grange (Bo'ness) 0 Hampden Eleven 3
18/09/1897 Parkhead 5 Hampden Eleven 1
16/10/1897 Dunfermline 2 Hampden Eleven 4
23/10/1897 Dalry Primrose (Edinburgh) 2 Hampden Eleven 1
06/11/1897 Renfrew Victoria 1 Hampden Eleven 2
04/12/1897 Jordanhill 2 Hampden Eleven 1
18/12/1897 Glasgow Perthshire 1 Hampden Eleven 0
25/12/1897 Parkhead 4 Hampden Eleven 3
22/01/1898 Renfrew Victoria 4 Hampden Eleven 3
29/01/1898 Ashfield 4 Hampden Eleven 2
05/02/1898 Abercorn (Westmarch XI) 4 Hampden Eleven 5
12/02/1898 Skelmorlie 0 Hampden Eleven 4 
12/03/1898 St Mirren Juniors 3 Hampden Eleven 0
19/03/1898 Port Glasgow Juniors 6 Hampden Eleven 0
26/03/1898 Hampden Eleven 4 Hamilton Garrison 0
30/04/1898 Strathclyde 4 Hampden Eleven 0

Fourth Eleven - The Victoria Eleven
11/09/1897 Ardencaple (Helensburgh) 4 Victoria Eleven 2
18/09/1897 Largs Thistle 0 Victoria Eleven 3
23/10/1897 Kilsyth Emmet 7 Victoria Eleven 2
27/11/1897 Overton (Broomhill) 5 Victoria Eleven 2
11/12/1897 Arthurlie Juniors 2 Victoria Eleven 2
25/12/1897 Ferguslie (Paisley) 4 Victoria Eleven 2
26/03/1898 Troon 3 Victoria Eleven 1
16/04/1898 Tillicoultry Victoria 2 Victoria Eleven 0

Representative Matches
06/11/1897 Glasgow 0 Sheffield 0
25/12/1897 Southern Counties 3 Glasgow 9
19/03/1898 Scotland 5 Wales 2
26/03/1898 Ireland 0 Scotland 3
02/04/1898 Scotland 1 England 3

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