Queen's first match of the season took place on Saturday 19 August when they travelled to the Ayrshire village of Lugar for the opening of Lugar Boswell's new ground, Rosebank Park. One of the largest crowds ever seen in the district witnessed a fine match that finished one apiece.
There was a large gathering of spectators at Hampden Park on Saturday 2 September for the Queen's Park Club Sports. The band of the Highland Light Infantry was in attendance and J Harvie of Queen's Park won the Two Miles Walk competition.
Queen's Park set out on the road to retain the Scottish Cup when they met Glasgow Thistle at Hampden Park in the first round of the competition on Saturday 9 September. It was clear from the outset that Thistle were outmatched and Queen's ran out 12-1 winners. The scorers are not known.
A week later, Queen's travelled to Dunterlie Park in Barrhead to take on Arthurlie and went down to a surprise 2-1 defeat. Queen's were without Bill Harrower, who had received a nasty injury on the previous Saturday, and had George Gillespie of Rangers guesting in goal. Queen's were not helped by the fact that two players missed the train to Barrhead. Two replacements were drafted in, but reports suggested that they would have been better off playing with the nine men.
Queen's Park had entered the FA Cup and were drawn away to Grimsby Town in the first round. They then decided to scratch from the competition.
On Saturday 23 September, Queen's Park were at home to Rangers. A crowd of around 2,500 saw Queen's secure a comfortable 6-2 victory. Queen's Park led 3-1 at the interval but reports varied as to who scored the goals. The Evening Times and Glasgow Herald went for Eadie Fraser (2) and a scrimmage, with William Pringle replying for the Light Blues. The North British Daily Mail, however, gave the first Queen's Park goal to George "Geordie" Kerr and the Rangers goal to Bob Ramsay. The second half scorers appear to have been Willie Anderson, "M'Innes" and William McArthur for Queen's and David Hill for Rangers. The issue of pseudonyms raised its ugly head again. Queen's Park's number ten was listed as "J M'Innes". The identity of "J M'Innes" is unclear but it seems most likely to have been John Smith who joined Queen's Park in 1880 but was also a member of the Edinburgh University side.
In the draw for the second round of the Scottish Cup on the following Tuesday, Queen's Park were drawn against Rangers, meaning that the Govan side were visitors to Hampden Park on two consecutive Saturdays.
The cup tie attracted a crowd of around 6,000 to Hampden Park. The game was much closer than the previous week. Queen's Park were without the injured Andrew Holm and George Ker and struggled in the first half. Queen's took the lead through "M'Innes" but Rangers were 2-1 ahead at the interval. In the first minute of the second half, John Gow equalised with a free kick. Queen's then won the match from a scrimmage "amid loud cheering".
Rangers appealed against Queen's Park's second goal, claiming that the ball had gone through the goal without being touched. (All free kicks were indirect at that time.) The appeal was heard by the SFA committee on the following Wednesday but was not sustained.
On Saturday 7 October, Queen's Park played host to Vale of Leven. Both clubs took the opportunity to field some young players at the back and this was reflected in the score - Queen's Park 4 Vale of Leven 6. The first three Queen's Park goals came from a scrimmage, Davie Allan and Willie Anderson. The scorer of the fourth goal was "not clear".
On the following Saturday, Queen's Park and Rangers met yet again, this time at a damp Kinning Park before an attendance of around 3,000. According to the Glasgow Herald, the noise that arose when each goal was scored suggested that the "crowd was pretty equally divided in partisanship". Queen's Park twice took the lead through Willie Anderson and Davie Allan but were pulled back. The game looked like finishing in a 2-2 draw but, three minutes from time, Rangers struck the winning goal from a scrimmage. The North British Daily Mail reported that Rangers wore their new colours for the first time. According to The Scotsman, they were attired in jerseys similar to Queen's Park.
Saturday 21 October saw Queen's Park host Clarkston in the third round of the Scottish Cup. The match attracted what was described as a "pretty fair attendance". The Hampden pitch was heavy and slippery but this did not deter Queen's from scoring freely. The home side were 4-0 up at the interval and scored a further nine in the second period to record a 13-0 victory. The precise scorers are not known. According to the North British Daily Mail, the scorers were Harrower (4), Allan (3), Fraser (3), Anderson, Kay and McArthur. However, the Evening Times and Glasgow Herald stated that Bill Harrower scored five, with Kay, Fraser, McArthur and Allan getting the rest and the Scottish Athletic Journal went for Harrower (5), Fraser (3), Allan (2), Anderson, Kay and McArthur.
On Thursday 26 October, Queen's Park were down south taking on Aston Villa, "the crack team of the Midlands", before a crowd of 10,000 at Perry Barr in Birmingham. Queen's took the lead in 12 minutes through Johnny Kay and the lead was doubled around 20 minutes later through a Willie Anderson overhead kick. Villa were better in the second half and the Queen's defence had to be at its best. However, with about 20 minutes to go, Bill Harrower put the result beyond doubt with a headed goal from a beautiful Anderson cross. The Birmingham Daily Post commented - "It was noticed that the Scotch team all along played very fairly, and never attempted to play when they found themselves off-side." The Queen's Park team was - Rowan; Arnott and Holm; Campbell and Gow; Kay, Fraser, "McInnes", Anderson, McArthur and Harrower.
Two days later, Queen's Park were back in the Glasgow area taking on South-Western at Copeland Road in Govan. Queen's eased to a comfortable 4-0 victory, with Davie Allan and Bill Harrower both scoring twice.
On Saturday 4 November 1882, Queen's Park once again faced English opposition when they welcomed Blackburn Rovers to a wet and windy Hampden Park. The Honorary Secretary of the Lancashire Football Association had arranged a cheap excursion to Glasgow for a couple of days and there were around 250 Rovers' fans in the crowd of 5,000. The ground was heavy to the point of being virtually unpayable but the two sides served up an exciting contest. Blackburn took the lead in 10 minutes through Hargreaves and Brown made it two. Queen's hit back with a Willie Anderson goal from a Kay cross to make the score 2-1 for the visitors at the break. Queen's forward George Ker was injured in the first half. He came out for the second half but was very lame and soon had to retire from the game. When Strachan added to Blackburn's lead with a disputed goal, the ten men were up against it. However, Eadie Fraser pulled a goal back and, with five minutes to go, Bill Harrower hit the equaliser with a fierce low drive. The match finished 3-3. The Rovers team was described as undoubtedly the best eleven ever sent from England. The teams had supper at the Athole Arms Hotel and the Evening Times reported that "the Englishmen expressed their delight at the kindness and courtesy of the members of the Queen's Park Club."
Queen's Park were back in Scottish Cup action on Saturday 11 November. Their opponents were Cambuslang. The match should have been played at Cambuslang but, due to the state of their ground, the Cambuslang players agreed to play the tie at Hampden Park. The Lanarkshire village side had been expected to give a good account of themselves but were well beaten. McArthur of Queen's was injured in the first five minutes and was a passenger for the remainder of the match. Despite this setback, Queen's created numerous chances, five of which were taken. The scorers in the 5-0 victory were Fraser, Kay, Miller, Allan and Harrower.
A match took place at Hampden Park on Thursday 16 November between gentlemen associated with La Mascotte operatic troupe and a Glasgow select composed mainly of Queen's Park players, including "some crack players". Glasgow won 3-1.
Two days later, Lugar Boswell visited Hampden Park. The Ayrshire side were having a good season, having beaten Renton in the Scottish Cup. The game started late due to some of the Queen's Park players not turning up on time and, as a result, had to finish ten minutes early due to darkness. Johnny Kay put Queen's ahead with "one of his famous screw kicks" and Willie Anderson headed a second. Soon after half-time, Bill Harrower and Eadie Fraser doubled the Queen's Park lead. McGinn pulled a goal back for the visitors and, after William McArthur of Queen's had retired injured, the same player scored again to make the final score 4-2.
Scottish Athletic Journal reported that the Scottish Second Eleven Association had made a fair start. All of the principal clubs had joined, with the exception of Queen's Park.
Queen's Park were back on their travels in the following week. This time, they were in Nottingham facing Notts County. Due to flooding at the Castle Club ground, the match was moved to Trent Bridge and drew a crowd of over 5,000. McTavish (unclear which McTavish) gave Queen's the lead with a clever piece of play and Willie Anderson made it two after a fine passing movement. Billy Gunn pulled a goal back for County before half-time but Willie Anderson secured a 3-1 win for the Scots with a smart finish after the interval. The Nottinghamshire Guardian described the match as exciting and interesting but felt that the Englishmen "lost a game in which they had far the best of play throughout".
Queen's Park had been due to play 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers at Cathkin Park on Saturday 2 December but the match was called off due to bad weather. The Second Eleven, however, were in Newcastle taking on Rangers (Newcastle Rangers rather than Glasgow Rangers). The Newcastle Journal described it as "a red letter day amongst footballers in Newcastle". The match was played at Tyne FC's ground and Queen's Park won 4-0. The pitch was very hard with frost and many potential spectators assumed that the game would not go ahead. However, some 2,000 hardy souls did attend.
At the Notts County versus Queen's Park game on 25 November, in common with other games between clubs from either side of the border, one half was played under Scotch rules and the other under English rules. The rules difference related primarily to throw-ins. On Wednesday 6 December, this was one of a number of issues considered at a National Football Conference held in Manchester. Representatives from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, including Thomas Lawrie of Queen's Park, were in attendance. At the Conference, it was agreed to adopt the Scottish form of the throw-in, involving throwing the ball in with both hands (as in today's football), as against the English one-handed throw. The Conference also decided that there should be a crossbar rather than a tape; that the game should be started by a place kick in the centre of the ground in the direction of the opposite goal line; and that the breadth of the ground should be marked with a touchline as well as flags.
Due to severe frost, Queen's Park were unable to play on Saturdays 9 and 16 December and their next match was on Saturday 23 December. The match was a Scottish Cup 5th round tie against Hurlford at Hampden Park. There was a "fine turnout" of spectators to see Queen's record a 7-2 victory. The scorers of the first six goals were Brock, Kay, Anderson, Ker and Allan (2). The scorer of the final goal is not known.
On Saturday 30 December, Queen's Park third team, the Hampden Eleven, made the trip to Belfast once again to take on Cliftonville. Queen's won 5-1 with goals from Godwin (2), Logan, McCallum and Sym. The Queen's Park team was - W Blyth; H Stewart and J Neill; D H Stewart and J Lawrence; J Logan, W Galt, H McCallum, W Sym, G H McFarlane and K Godwin.
On New Year's Day, Queen's Park's first eleven were in action at Hampden Park. A crowd of around 4,000 saw a Queen's side, said by the Evening Times to be "indifferently represented", go down 2-1 to London Swifts in a fast, exciting game. Bill Harrower put Queen's ahead at the interval but second half goals from Bambridge and Barnett gave the Englishmen the win.
On 2 January 1883, the Hampden Eleven played their second game in Ireland. They were again victorious, defeating Moyola Park 2-0 at Castledawson in County Londonderry.
Saturdays 6 and 13 January featured trial matches for Glasgow's fixtures with London and Sheffield. The match with London, the first meeting of the two associations, attracted a crowd of around 4,000 to Hampden Park on Saturday 20 January. Archie Rowan, Andrew Holm, William Anderson, William Harrower and Johnny Kay were in the Glasgow side. Kay and Harrower both scored in a 4-0 victory for the home side.
On Saturday 27 January, Notts County travelled north to Hampden Park seeking revenge for their defeat earlier in the season. The weather took a decided turn for the worse but too late for the fixture to be rearranged. The match was played on a pitch covered in half an inch of snow, with rain and sleet falling throughout. Apparently, there were roars of laughter from the small crowd as the players slithered around. The Glasgow Herald reported - "When, at the end of the match, the players returned to the pavilion, they had the appearance of men who had been engaged in some hard work in a clay field." Despite the adverse conditions, the two sides produced the best game at Hampden Park for some time. County went two up through a Cursham double, Bill Harrower pulled one back, Cursham hit his hat trick goal to restore County's two goal lead. (Brothers Arthur and Harry Cursham played in the match. It is unclear which one scored the hat trick.) Queen's responded with goals from A Webster and Willie Anderson to make the score 3-3 at half-time. Ten minutes into the second half, Notts retook the lead from a scrimmage but Davie Allan or Bill Harrower (reports differed) pulled Queen's level again. County probably had the better of the play overall but it was Queen's Park who got the winner when an Eadie Fraser shot was fumbled by the visiting goalkeeper.
On Saturday 3 February 1883, Queen's Park faced Dumbarton at Boghead Park in the sixth round or quarter-final of the Scottish Cup. There was a crowd of around 9,000 at the match, including several thousand who travelled through by train from Glasgow. Dumbarton had augmented the permanent grandstand with temporary structures on either side and a long platform on the opposite side of the pitch. The ground was very heavy and the players were ankle deep in mud by the end.
Before the kick-off, Dumbarton lodged an objection against Andrew "Andy" Watson, now of London Swifts, playing in the match. Watson was one of three half-backs fielded by Queen's Park. This was a controversial move as the 2-2-6 formation was the established norm. Queen's Park's play since the start of the season had not been up to their usual standard and Dumbarton went into the game as favourites. However, it was Queen's Park who took an early lead with a Johnny Kay strike. Dumbarton fought back and goals from one of the two Robert Browns and William McKinnon put them ahead at the interval. A minute after the restart, McKinnon or Joe Lindsay (reports differed) put the home side further ahead. Queen's Park pressed towards the end but Dumbarton held on for a deserved victory.
Cup replay at Dumbarton
A week later, the Queen's Park Second Eleven made the trip to Merseyside for a match with Bootle at the cricket field in Irlam Road. The weather was poor but a crowd of around 1,000 saw Queen's win 1-0 with a goal five minutes from time.
The tenth annual match between Glasgow and Sheffield took place at Hampden Park on Saturday 17 February. The weather was terrible and only 1,500 spectators attended. Archie Rowan, Walter Arnott, Charles Campbell, John Gow, Eadie Fraser, William Harrower, Johnny Kay and William Anderson played in the match. Harrower scored twice and Anderson once in Glasgow' 4-3 victory.
On Saturday 3 March, Queen's Park players were involved in a trial match at Abercorn's ground in Paisley for the upcoming internationals with England and Wales. The match with England took place on the following Saturday at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. A crowd of around 9,000 saw Scotland win 3-2 with a last minute goal. John Smith scored all three Scotland goals. He was listed as an Edinburgh University player although he was, of course, also a member of Queen's Park. Andrew Holm, Eadie Fraser, William Anderson and Johnny Kay were also members of the Scotland side. The clash with Wales took place in Wrexham three days later. Scotland fielded the same team as against England, except for Queen's Park's Walter Arnott replacing Michael Paton of Dumbarton. Scotland won 3-0 with goals from Eadie Fraser, Willie Anderson and John Smith.
On 6 March 1883, a meeting was held to establish the Glasgow Football Association. Clyde, Northern, Partick, Pollokshields Athletic, Queen's Park and Rangers were represented at the meeting. Players selected to represent Glasgow would be required to provide themselves with jerseys. Only badges would be supplied by the Association.
Oxford University were the visitors to Hampden Park on Saturday 17 March 1883. The crowd was around the 3,500 mark on a cold, snowy day. Queen's won the game 4-1. The first three goals came from Willie Anderson (2) and Davie Allan. The fourth goal came from a long shot misjudged by the Oxford goalkeeper but reports varied as to whether the scorer was Charlie Campbell or Willie Anderson.
On Saturday 24 March, Queen's Park defeated Arthurlie 7-0 at Hampden Park. The Glasgow Herald reported that the Neilston men were overmatched from start to finish. The Queen's Park scorers are not known.
Queen's Park were not in action on Saturday 31 March as Vale of Leven and Dumbarton contested the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park. However, on the following Thursday, Queen's were south of the border taking on Blackburn Rovers. The weather was fine and there was a large attendance. Queen's Park had the better of the first half and hit the crossbar twice. Willie Anderson put Queen's ahead after half-time with a shot that went in off the bar. However, a few minutes later, one of the Hargreaves brothers equalised after a period of determined Rovers' pressure. The match ended 1-1.
On Saturday 7 April, five Queen's Park players - Andrew Holm, Charles Campbell, Eadie Fraser, William Anderson and Johnny Kay - were in the Glasgow side that met Edinburgh at Powderhall in the capital. Glasgow won 2-1 before a crowd of 6,000. Charles Campbell scored Glasgow's first goal.
A week later, the full Queen's Park side was in Edinburgh facing Hibernian at Easter Road. Hibs had the "assistance" of five players from Ayrshire. There were several thousand spectators at the match, which Queen's Park won 10-2. Tommy Lee scored both Hibernian goals but the Queen's scorers are not known.
Queen's Park were in Alloa on Saturday 21 April taking on what was described as a "scratch" Alloa Athletic side, containing several guest players. Queen's Park won 9-0 before a "large gathering of spectators" at Alloa Park.
Dumbarton were the visitors to Hampden Park on Saturday 28 April for a Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup tie. It was a very wet day but 5,000 spectators turned out for the game. Due to the "unfortunate meteorological conditions", the pitch was a quagmire. The visitors took the lead just before half-time through Weir but Queen's dominated the second half. Woodville "Woody" Gray equalised from a Harrower pass and, five minutes from time, Davie Allan hit the winning goal to gain revenge for Queen's defeat to Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup.
It had been the accepted practice at matches for the spectators to applaud good play by both sides. However, it seems that fans were becoming more partisan and this clearly offended the Glasgow Herald reporter's sense of fair play. In his piece on the Queen's Park versus Dumbarton game, he wrote "A feature of the game which should not be allowed to pass unnoticed was the extreme partiality shown by a number of spectators in favour of the local club." Apparently, Dumbarton's goal elicited only a faint shout, whereas Queen's Park's goals received quite an ovation.
On Wednesday 2 May, what was described as a fine Queen's Park side visited Hamilton Park in Kilmarnock to take on Portland. Queen's won 1-0. The strength of the side is unclear. Queen's Park's next match took place on Saturday 12 May when they were said to have been "in splendid form" in winning 5-1 at home to Cowlairs.
After their victory over Dumbarton, Queen's Park faced Rangers in the Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Final on Saturday 19 May 1883. Rangers had been in good form and a close match was expected. However, the 8,000 spectators at Hampden Park saw Queen's Park secure a convincing victory. It was Rangers who took the lead in 20 minutes when Walter Arnott deflected the ball through his own goal. Queen's Park equalised with an own goal and the teams were level at the interval. Immediately after the restart, Queen's took the lead from a free kick in front of the Rangers' posts. The North British Daily Mail reported that Queen's forced the ball "together with several of their opponents" through. Queen's increased their lead when a shot from John Smith came off the post and Davie Allan followed up to score. Near the end, Allan notched his second from an Eadie Fraser cross to make the final score 4-1. The hard ground had affected the quality of play but Queen's Park adapted well to the conditions and outplayed the Light Blues. The Queen's Park side that won the club's fifth Charity Cup was - Archie Rowan; Walter Arnott and Andrew Holm; Charles Campbell and John Gow; Eadie Fraser, Willie Anderson, John Smith, Bill Harrower, Woody Gray and David Allan. The cup was presented to Queen's Park in the Glasgow Council Hall on Wednesday 1 August.
The Charity Cup Final was the last game played at Hampden Park. The new Cathcart District Railway was to run through the ground and Queen's Park had been forced to find a new home. A suitable piece of land some two hundred yards to the north east of Hampden Park had been made available for rental and was being prepared as Queen's new ground.
Queen's Park's final game of the season was a charity match at the Nunholm ground in Dumfries on Saturday 26 May against a Dumfriesshire select side. The match was in aid of the Dumfries Female Orphanage and to raise funds for a charity cup for the three southern counties. A strong Queen's Park side had an easy 11-0 win before a crowd of over 1,000.
Queen's Park had played 29 "official" matches during the season, with 21 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses. The office-bearers for the following season were to be Archibald Rowan (President), Stewart Lawrie (Secretary), Arthur Geake (Match Secretary) and John King (Treasurer). The Match Committee comprised the President, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Charles Campbell, Andrew Holm, Harry McNeil (Match Secretary for Second Eleven) and Robert Anderson (Match Secretary for Hampden Eleven).
19/08/1882 Lugar Boswell 1 Queen's Park 1
09/09/1882 Queen's Park 12 Thistle 1 - Scottish Cup
16/09/1882 Arthurlie 2 Queen's Park 1
23/09/1882 Queen's Park 6 Rangers 2
30/09/1882 Queen's Park 3 Rangers 2 - Scottish Cup
07/10/1882 Queen's Park 4 Vale of Leven 6
14/10/1882 Rangers 3 Queen's Park 2
21/10/1882 Queen's Park 13 Clarkston 1 - Scottish Cup
26/10/1882 Aston Villa 0 Queen's Park 4
28/10/1882 South-Western 0 Queen's Park 4
04/11/1882 Queen's Park 3 Blackburn Rovers 3
11/11/1882 Queen's Park 5 Cambuslang 0 - Scottish Cup
18/11/1882 Queen's Park 4 Lugar Boswell 2
25/11/1882 Notts County 1 Queen's Park 3
23/12/1882 Queen's Park 7 Hurlford 2 - Scottish Cup
01/01/1883 Queen's Park 1 London Swifts 2
27/01/1883 Queen's Park 5 Notts County 4
03/02/1883 Dumbarton 3 Queen's Park 1 - Scottish Cup
24/02/1883 Old Carthusians 0 Queen's Park 2
17/03/1883 Queen's Park 4 Oxford University 1
24/03/1883 Queen's Park 7 Arthurlie 0
05/04/1883 Blackburn Rovers 1 Queen's Park 1
14/04/1883 Hibernian 2 Queen's Park 10
21/04/1883 Alloa Athletic 0 Queen's Park 9
28/04/1883 Queen's Park 2 Dumbarton 1 - Glasgow Charity Cup
02/05/1883 Kilmarnock Portland 0 Queen's Park 1
12/05/1883 Queen's Park 5 Cowlairs 1
19/05/1883 Queen's Park 4 Rangers 1 - Glasgow Charity Cup Final
26/05/1883 Dumfriesshire Select 0 Queen's Park 11
09/09/1882 Falkirk 3 Second QP 1
16/09/1882 Johnstone Rovers 4 Second QP 5
23/09/1882 Rangers Swifts 4 Second QP 4
30/09/1882 Ayr 1 Second QP 4
07/10/1882 Second Vale of Leven 5 Second QP 0
14/10/1882 Second QP 5 Rangers Swifts 2
21/10/1882 Abercorn 2 Second QP 2
26/10/1882 Moffat 2 Second QP 3*
18/11/1882 Pollok 4 Second QP 0
25/11/1882 Second QP 3 Falkirk 0
02/12/1882 Rangers (Newcastle) 0 Second QP 4
30/12/1882 Shotts 1 Second QP 0
13/01/1883 Second QP 1 Abercorn 0
20/01/1883 Hamilton Academical 5 Second QP 3
10/02/1883 Bootle 0 Second QP 1
24/03/1883 Second 3rd Lanark Rifle Volunteers 1 Second QP 0
05/05/1883 Ayr 3 Second QP 6
* date uncertain
09/09/1882 King's Park (Stirling) 1 Hampden Eleven 3
16/09/1882 Clippens (Linwood) 3 Hampden Eleven 4
23/09/1882 Port Glasgow Athletic 3 Hampden Eleven 2
30/09/1882 Plains Bluebell 0 Hampden Eleven 4
07/10/1882 Glengowan (Caldercruix) 0 Hampden Eleven 1
18/11/1882 Bellshill 3 Hampden Eleven 1
02/12/1882 East Stirlingshire 1 Hampden Eleven 1
23/12/1882 Woodlands (Paisley) 0 Hampden Eleven 5
30/12/1882 Cliftonville 1 Hampden Eleven 5
02/01/1883 Moyola Park 0 Hampden Eleven 2
06/01/1883 Airdrieonians 1 Hampden Eleven 4
13/01/1883 Drumpellier 0 Hampden Eleven 0
10/02/1883 Kilbarchan 1 Hampden Eleven 1
03/03/1883 Hampden Eleven 0 Hamilton Academical 3*
10/03/1883 Bellshill 0 Hampden Eleven 0*
24/03/1883 Clarkston 3 Hampden Eleven 0
14/04/1883 Hampden Eleven 6 East Stirlingshire 1
*unclear which home side
20/01/1883 Glasgow 4 London 0
17/02/1883 Glasgow 4 Sheffield 2
10/03/1883 England 2 Scotland 3
12/03/1883 Wales 0 Scotland 3
07/04/1883 Edinburgh 1 Glasgow 2