Scottish Clubs in the FA Cup1871-1887
The Sportsman 28-Oct-71
A power is reserved to the committee to except provincial clubs from early tie drawings, and to allow them to compete specially against clubs in their own locality, except in the case of final ties.
First Ties  Drawn 24-Oct
Donington Grammar School v Queen’s Park
Second Ties  Drawn 29-Nov
Donington Grammar School scr v Queen’s Park wo
The Sportsman 02-Dec-71
Donington Grammar Sch. plays Queen’s Park Club, Glasgow. In the last instance the two clubs, being unable to arrange a date for deciding their first tie owing to the short notice received, were permitted to be included in the second drawings.
Third Ties  
Queen’s Park bye
Field 13-Jan-72
Queen’s Park Club, Glasgow, by the law relating to provincial clubs, is exempted from competition until the next drawing.
04-Mar  Wanderers 0-0 Queen’s Park  at Kennington Oval
The Scotsman 05-Mar-72
THE VISIT OF A SCOTCH CLUB TO LONDON. – The Queen’s Park Club, of Glasgow,  appeared in London yesterday [4th], to compete with the Wanderers, the most influential of the English clubs playing Association rules, for the possession of the silver cup presented by the committee of the Football Association. We have already noticed fully the origin of the present match, but it may be as well to repeat that the result had to determine whether Queen’s Park or its opponents should remain in the competition to contest the final tie for the honour of holding the trophy one year. The Northern players made their appearance at Kennington Oval about 3 o’clock, half-past 3 having been arranged as the hour for the commencement. The weather was exceptionally fine, and the ground in the very best condition, so that there were great hopes of an excellent match and some skilful play. At twenty minutes to four o’clock the Glasgow captain kicked off, the commander of the English eleven preferring to face both wind and sun during the earlier part of the game. As the outset the play was slightly in favour of Glasgow, as their superior dash and energy seemed rather to take their opponents by surprise. Despite the rushes of Wotherspoon and others of the Scotch forwards, the game assumed a more even aspect as it progressed, and more than once each goal was menaced, that of Glasgow being on several occasions endangered by the good runs of Parry, Woollaston, and Pelham.  Again the Wanderers lines had to tremble before the attack of the Scotchmen, but at half-time nothing had been scored, and consequently positions were reversed. During the second portion of the game there was if possible a slight advantage on the side of the Wanderers, but in each case their attacks were frustrated by the precision of the Glasgow cracks, in conjunction with the cool play of the Scotch goalkeeper. Once, shortly before the close of the match, a good shot from the foot of C.W. Alcock impressed the Wanderers with the idea that the ball had passed under the tape of the opposite goal, but the umpires decided otherwise, and the game proceeded. During the last few minutes the Wanderers set to work with a will, but all their efforts proved unavailing, and when time was called at ten minutes past five o’clock, the match ended in a draw, neither side having scored a goal. The Scotch eleven played most creditably throughout, their forwards working with the greatest activity from first to last. Their backs, too, showed no lack of skill, and Ker’s kicking was especially worthy of commendation. The Wanderers were very strong, as their names will show, and thence alone every credit is due to the Scotchmen for the result of the contest. The two elevens were as under:-
Wanderers.- C.W. Alcock, A.G. Bonsor, E. Crawford, E.H. Elliot. H. Emanuel, the Hon. T.H. Pelham, H.H.Stewart, A.C. Thomson, W. Parry, R.C. Welch, and C.H. Woollaston.
Queen’s Park Club.- R.Gardner (captain), D. Edmiston, J. Hepburn, W. Ker, W. Leckie, J. Smith, R. Smith, J. Taylor, J.E.A. Walker, and P. Wotherspoon.
Mr J. Kirkpatrick officiated as umpire for the Queen’s Park, and Mr A. Stair for the Wanderers. Mr T. Lloyd acting as referee.
The two elevens dined together after the conclusion of the match.
Semi-final – replay
Wanderers wo v Queen’s Park scr
The Morning Post 16-Mar-72
A great event in the football world will come off today at Kennington Oval. The “Association Cup” is to be contested for. This may now, perhaps, be considered as the Blue Riband of Football. The Cup was only established this year, and during the whole of the present season the various clubs belonging to the Association have been playing against each other, until now there are only three clubs left in that have not been beaten. These clubs are the celebrated Wanderers, the Royal Engineers, and the Queen’s Park Club, Glasgow. The Scotchman not long ago played the Wanderers, but the game was drawn ; and as the northern club could not arrange to come so far south again, they have retired from the contest, and thus left the final tie between the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers.
First Ties  Drawn xx-Aug
Queen’s Park bye
Field 02-Nov-72
The Queen’s Park Club, of Glasgow, is allowed, according to special provision in rules, to be excluded from competition, until two last drawings of ties.
Second Ties
Queen’s Park bye
Third Ties
Queen’s Park bye
Fourth Ties
Queen’s Park bye – having been included in the draw
Oxford University wo Queen’s Park scr
Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 22-Feb-73
There is a probability that the Queen’s Park may play their tie with Oxford for the Association Cup on the Monday after the International Match, on condition that the Wanderers play the final in the same week, in the event of success attending the Scotch Club in their match with Oxford.
The Scotsman 25-Feb-73
We understand that the Queen’s Park Club of Glasgow has scratched to Oxford University, so that the final contest of the cup ties between the latter and the Wanderers, who are the present holders.
No Scottish club entered the competition.
No Scottish club entered the competition.
First Ties Drawn 18-Aug
South Norwood wo v Clydesdale scr
Norwood News 06-Nov-75
SOUTH NORWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB.- This club has a walk over in the first ties for the Association Challenge Cup, the Clydesdale Club, Glasgow, having scratched.
First Ties  Drawn 23-Aug
Queen’s Park bye
Wrexham Guardian and Denbighshire and Flintshire Advertiser 02-Sep-76
The Queen’s Park, Glasgow, has also entered, but was excused competing till the second ties have been decided.
Second Ties  Drawn 16-Nov
Queen’s Park bye
The Field 18-Nov-76
The Queen’s Park, Glasgow, excused from competing until third ties.
Third Ties  Drawn 20-Dec
Queen’s Park scr v Oxford University wo
London Standard 20-Jan-77
Oxford University have a walk over for their tie, Queen’s Park, Glasgow, having scratched to them.
First Ties  Drawn xx-Sep
Queen’s Park bye
Second Ties  Drawn 14-Nov
Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 17-Nov-77
The second ties were drawn as under, the Queen’s Park Club, of Glasgow, having withdrawn from the competition :- …
First Ties Drawn 04-Sep
No Scottish club entered the competition.
First Ties  Northern District  Drawn 04-Sep
Queen’s Park scr v Sheffield Club wo
Glasgow Evening Post 06-Sep-79
In the English Cup ties the Queen’s Park are drawn against the Sheffield Club but the former will likely scratch to the Sheffielders, as competition for the English trophy would involve repeated journeys across the border.
Sheffield Independent 20-Sep-79
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP. – The Queen’s Park, Glasgow, has scratched to Sheffield Club in the first ties of this competition.
First Ties  Northern District  Drawn xx-Sep
Queen’s Park scr v Sheffield Wednesday wo
Athletic News 22-Sep-80
In the Northern district the winners in the initial games should be Eagley, Blackburn Rovers, Turton, Darwen, and Sheffield; whilst the Sheffield Wednesday will, in all probability, have a bye from the Queen’s Park Club, Glasgow.
The Referee 25-Oct-80
Sheffield Wednesday and Queen’s Park (Glasgow) F.C.’s played a [FRIENDLY] match at Bramall Lane Grounds, Sheffield, on Thursday [21st]. The Scotchmen brought with them an exceptionally strong team, including six players who have figured in international contests. The result was a most decisive victory for the visitors by five goals to nothing.
First Round  North Western  Drawn 14-Sep
Accrington wo v Queen’s Park scr
Athletic News 21-Sep-81
Accrington are drawn with Queen’s Park, Glasgow, but the latter will in all probability “scratch” to the holders of the Lancashire Cup.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 27-Sep-81
In the English Cup competition the Queen’s Park has scratched to Accrington, the champions of Scotland finding it impossible to make repeated visits to England to play off their ties.
First Round  Northern First Division  Drawn 11-Sep
Queen’s Park scr v Grimsby wo
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams 19-Sep-82
Footballers are anticipating a twenty goals to nil victory for the famous Queen’s Park Club, that combination being drawn with the Grimsby Club, a youthful combination which has not yet greatly distinguished itself.
Hull Packet 27-Oct-82
Grimsby Town Club was drawn against Glasgow Queen’s Park  in the First Round of the English Cup Tie Competition. Queen’s Park have scratched.
First Round  Fifth Division Drawn 10-Sep
06-Oct  Crewe Alexandra 0-10 Queen’s Park
Cheshire Observer 13-Oct-83
This was a first round tie of the English Challenge Cup competition, and the match was played at Crewe on Saturday before 2,000 spectators. The Crewe organisation were totally unable to bring out the best points of the celebrated Caledonian players, and it was a case of continuous scoring, at which Fraser, Smith, Christie, and Anderson were very successful. Garner kicked off for the home team, but only two minutes elapsed before Christie brought down the Crewe goal, and immediately afterwards Fraser defeated the Cheshire goalkeeper. A corner kick soon afterwards fell to Crewe, but immediately Fraser and Anderson placed the contest in the vicinity of the Crewe goal, when Fraser shot the third premier point. Shortly after this Anderson came suddenly on the scene, and eluding Parry’s vigilance the fourth point being thus registered. On recommencing Taylor got away, but the ball was taken off him by “Elliott,” who put the sphere in a dangerous way, and Christie made the fifth goal, which was soon afterwards signalised by half-time. During the subsequent play five more goals were added, and when time was called Queen’s-park had won by ten goals to nil, and thus ended an uninteresting game. Teams:- Queen’s-park: P. M’Callum, goal; W. Arnott and H. Stewart, backs; J.J. Gow and C. “Elliott,” half-backs; E. Fraser, W. Anderson, J.S. Allan, R.M. Christie, Dr Smith, and W. Harrower, forwards. Crewe Alexandra: S. Parry, goal; G. Wytcherley and G. Downes, backs; B.R. King, H. Benham, and W. Powell, half-backs; A.N. Hornby (captain), G. Taylor, W. Garner, A. Scragg, and G.Houghton, forwards.
Second Round  Fifth Division  Drawn 13-Nov
01-Dec  Queen’s Park 15-0 Manchester
Sporting Life 05-Dec-83
The meeting of these clubs at Titwood Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, to decide their tie in the second round of this cup competition was looked upon in football circles here as somewhat of a novelty. The fact of it being the first occasion on which an English cup tie has been set for decision on this side of the Tweed was enough in itself to account for the large crowd which surrounded the ropes and occupied the grand stand. Since it first became known that it was the intention of the Manchester team to come north, the event was looked forward to with much pleasure. Amongst those who knew anything of the merits of the respective teams, the superiority of the Queen’s Park was never for one moment doubted, but that their victory should have been such a hollow one as fifteen goals to nothing could scarcely have been anticipated. As far as weather was concerned, the afternoon was exceedingly favourable, being nice and clear, with little or no wind ; the field also was in splendid order. The Queen’s Park forwards lost no time in bringing the ball down to the visitors’ end, and scarcely two minutes had elapsed before it was sent spinning through the Manchester posts. The strangers made as bold a front against their redoubtable opponents as they could, but it was quite evident that they were over matched, and within fifteen minutes four goals were registered by the Queen’s Park, and, continuing to keep the ball well up in the Manchester end of the field, about half an hour from the commencement the Glasgow team stood seven goals to nil.  From this to the end of the game very little description is necessary, as the play was of a most one-sided character, the Queen’s having matters much as they liked. Now and again the Manchester representatives strove to get the ball into their rivals’ territory, but the play of the home backs rendered this a matter of the utmost difficulty, and any attempts in that direction were quickly frustrated, whilst the dodging and passing of the home forwards was more than the visitors’ back division could cope with. The Queen’s Park goal-keeper was never called upon to touch the ball throughout the whole game. The play of the Manchester team as a whole was poor; the forwards were a feeble lot, being unable to play to one another, and seemed quite strangers to the passing and dribbling art, and at the call of “Time!” the Queen’s had run their score up to fifteen goals to Manchester’s nothing. Sides:-
 QUEEN’S PARK.- P. M’Callum (goal), W. Arnot and A.H. Holms (backs), E. Fraser and W. Anderson (right), Dr Smith and W. Harrower (centres), G. Christie and D. Allan (left).
 MANCHESTER.- A.R. Anderson (captain and goal), J. Wallace and J. Merry (backs), A. Sumner, G. Hay, and J. “Douglas” (half-backs), J. Acton, C. Coulthurst, J. Bassett, W. Cornace, and W. Newby.
Third Round  Fifth Division Drawn 09-Dec
29-Dec  Oswestry 1-7 Queen’s Park
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 31-Dec-83
This tie was played on the Oswestry ground on Saturday, in fine weather. There were some 2,000 onlookers present, who loudly cheered the Scotchmen as they came upon the field. Commencing operations at 2.25, the visitors soon got to work, but for the first ten minutes they found in the Salopians foemen worthy of their steel, M’Callum, as well as Gough, having to use his hands. From a grand screw kick Anderson drew first blood for Queen’s Park. This put fresh life into the Oswestrians, and twenty minutes from starting Foulkes made matters even amidst loud cheering. Some pretty play followed, and then from “hands” in front of the Salopian citadel, Christie kicked in a grand goal, the leather being through the top corner of the uprights before Gough could even catch sight of it. Half-time was called without any further addition to the score. After crossing over it was evident that the home team had had nearly enough of it, though they gave their hardy opponents a good deal of trouble. Soon after recommencing Dr. Smith kicked the third goal for the Park, but nothing more was scored during the twenty minutes play which followed. Then Anderson got to work, and Gough having once returned, sent it through before he could recover himself. Two other goals followed in quick succession, and five minutes before call of time Dr. Smith made a gallant effort to raise the score. Roberts, one of the Oswestry full backs, tried to save, but sent the ball just inside the uprights. Nothing more was scored, and the game ended in a victory for the visitors by seven goals to one.
 QUEEN’S PARK.- A. M’Callum (captain)(goal); J. Harvie and H. Stewart (backs), C. Campbell and J. M’Ara (half-backs), E. Fraser and W. Anderson (right wing), D.S. Allan and R.M. Christie (left wing), J. Scobie and Dr. Smith (centres).
 OSWESTRY.- R.T. Gough (captain), (goal); C. Conde and A. Roberts (backs), W.T. Foulkes and S. Smith (half-backs), W.H. Davies and E.G. Shaw (right wing), G. Farmer and J. Roach (left wing), M. Evans and J. Evans (centres).
 Umpires: Messrs. King (Queen’s Park) and W.H. Gough (Oswestry). Referee: Mr J. Pugh (Pool Quay).
Fourth Round Drawn 02-Jan
19-Jan  Queen’s Park 6-1 Aston Villa
Glasgow Evening Post 04-Jan-84
Both the the English and Scotch ties in which Queen’s Park are engaged must be played on or before the 19th inst. There are only two dates left, and one will have to be played on the 12th, and the other on the 19th. Negotiations are going on to have the English tie played at Titwood on the former date, and if the Villa refuse, there is nothing left for the Queen’s Park but to scratch, as it is unlikely that the Scottish Association would put back the decision of its own tie to facilitate the Queen’s Park. This would be most unfair to other clubs, and would establish a bad precedent. The extravagant claims of the English Association to exercise jurisdiction in Scotland would forbid this. Were the Queen’s Park to make such an application to the Scottish Association the latter body would thus admit the English Cup competition to be higher than their own. Again, the English authorities could not grant extra time without lowering their dignity. Altogether the matter is likely to be complicated in the event of the Villa refusing to play on the 12th.
Sporting Life 11-Jan-84
The Aston Villa, refusing to play their tie with the Queen’s Park on the 12th inst., caused some difficulty to the Glasgow club, that being the only date at their disposal, they having their Scottish cup tie to play with the Hibernians at Edinburgh on the 19th ; but the difficulty is likely to be got over, as it has been mutually agreed by the Hibernians and Queen’s Park to postpone their tie until February 2, and an application to that effect will be made to the Scottish Association, which, we hope, will meet with the approval of that body, and thus give the Queen’s Park an opportunity of meeting the Aston Villa at Glasgow on the 19th inst. A good deal of comment has been made on the subject in Glasgow football circles, the general opinion being that it would have redounded more to the credit of the Villa if they had made themselves a little more accommodating ; their action in the matter being looked upon as an attempt to obtain a bye, through causing the Queen’s Park to scratch.
Lichfield Mercury 25-Jan-84
ASTON VILLA V. QUEEN’S PARK.- On Saturday afternoon these clubs met in Titwood Park, Glasgow, in the tie for the English Football Association Challenge Cup. The weather was not altogether favourable, rain falling during the game, rendering the ground very slippery. Nevertheless, there were about 10,000 spectators present, the grand stand being crowded long before play commenced. The Villa team were the first to appear, and, as they entered the field they were received with much cheering, which was repeated when the Queen’s Park men came out. The Villa won the toss, and Dr. Smith kicked off for the Scotchmen. Dawson returned quickly, and the visitors pressed their opponents very hard. Two or three times the Villa men had the ball near the Queen’s Park goal, but the local backs always returned it into mid-field before they had a chance of scoring. Davis made two splendid runs down the left wing, but Gow, one of the Queen’s Park kicked out each time. The local forwards soon carried the ball into their adversaries’ territory by a quick run, and Campbell, a quarter of an hour after the match commenced, scored the first goal fro Queen’s Park amid applause. Whateley, too, gained much applause by cleverly getting through the Scotch defence and sending in a hot shot which, however, passed on the wrong side of the post. Soon afterwards, however, the Scotch forwards combined, and with a capital run down the field, a second goal was speedily obtained. Up to half-time no further score was made. In the second half of the game matters went very badly for the Villa team. They tried to score several times, but were always prevented by Rowan, who kept goal for the Queen’s Park magnificently. Led by Hunter and Brown the visitors had a good run, but the home backs were equal to the emergency. Then the Queen’s Park forwards forced back their opponents, and gathered round the goal. In ten minutes they scored, Vale being unable to stop a well-placed shot. Immediately afterwards a scrimmage occurred, and Dr. Smith secured a fourth point. The Villa team now seemed disheartened, but Hunter playing as pluckily as ever. Anderson, however, registered for the fifth goal, and then the visitors made a determined rush, and carried the ball away, but failed to score. Back again went the ball, but the visitors fought hard, although to no purpose. At last Dr. Smith scored the sixth goal for the Queen’s Park, an a few minutes before the call of time the Villa made another rush, when Vaughton, amid loud cheering, scored easily. Thus the Aston Villa were defeated, after a very hard-fought game, by six goals to one.
The teams were :- Queen’s Park : A. Rowan (goal), W. Arnott and A.H. Holm (backs), C. Campbell and J.J. Gow (half-backs), E. Fraser and W. Anderson (right wing), D. Smith and W. Harrower (centre), R.W. Christie and D. Allan (left wing), forwards.
Aston Villa : S. Vale (goal), J. Simmonds and J. Riddell (backs), F. Dawson, G. Price, and C. Apperley (half-backs), Archie Hunter (capt.), and H. Vaughton (right wing), A. Brown (centre), E. Davis and W. Roberts (left wing), forwards.
Fifth Round
09-Feb  Old Westminsters 0-1 Queen’s Park
Blackburn Standard 16-Feb-84
These teams met on Saturday at Kennington Oval. Despite the wet weather some 30,000 spectators put in an appearance, and were rewarded by witnessing a capital game, notwithstanding the heavy state of the ground. Queen’s Park were victorious by one goal to nil. The play, considering the state of the turf, was of a very fair description, though the visitors were severely handicapped, their system of passing being of little avail on the saturated ground. The backs were well up to their work ; Sandwith performing grandly in goal, Gillespie also doing what little fell to his lot coolly and satisfactorily. We have seen better forward play, and the shooting was also very erratic at times. Allington and Patrick worked hard for the losers, but there was, especially after change of ends, a lack of combination. Teams:- Queen’s Park: G. Gillespie, goal; W. Arnott and A.H. Holm, backs; C. Campbell and J. Connor, half-backs; J. Scobie, W. Anderson, W. Harrower, Dr. Smith, D. Allan and R. McChristie, forwards. Old Westminsters: W.F.G. Sandwith, goal; C.W.R. Tepper and R.T. Squire, backs; C.T. Boller, H. Wetton, and F.W> Janson, half-backs; W.A. Burridge, O. Scoones, D. Patrick, E.H. Alington (captain), and F.W. Bain, forwards. Umpires, Messrs. A. geake (Queen’s Park) and J.L. Nickisson (Brentwood). Referee Major Marindin.
Semi-final  Drawn 12-Feb
01-Mar  Queen’s Park 4-0 Blackburn Olympic  at Trent Bridge
North British Daily Mail 03-Mar-84
This match was played on the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham, on Saturday, and the excitement caused by the meeting may be gathered from the fact that 16,000 spectators were present. The loss of Fraser and A. Holm considerably lessened the chances of the Queen’s Park, and as the English Cupholders beat Dumbarton last week, their supporters were confident that the would prove superior to the Scotchmen. Both teams arrived in Nottingham on Friday night, and a hearty cheer greeted the two famous teams as they stepped into the arena shortly before three o’clock on Saturday. The Scotchmen won the toss, and Hunter kicked off for the Olympic at three o’clock, but the start had only just been effected when an unfortunate circumstance occurred, as the spectators broke the barriers and encroached on the field of play, which delayed the continuation of the game for five minutes. When the start was again made, it was seen that the dry ground suited the Scotchmen better than their opponents, who are noted for playing on one of the dirtiest fields in England, and after fifteen minutes’ play Smith shot the first goal for the Queen’s Park. This, however, was the score made up to half time, and though the Olympic improved as the game wore on, they could not get the ball past the Scotch goalkeeper, and had hard lines on several occasions. Thus at half time the score was one goal to none in favour of the Queen’s Park, and it was not until fifteen minutes of the second half had elapsed that Smith scored again for his side. The game was again stopped by the encroachment of the spectators, and after resuming Watt scored a third goal for the Queen’s Park, who at the finish had three goals to their credit against the Olympic none, but a protest was made by the Olympic through the spectators interrupting the play.
Birmingham Mail 11-Mar-84
Last evening, the committee of the Football Association met to consider the protest lodged against the winners of the semi-final ties. The Blackburn Olympic (holders) protested against victory of the Queen’s Park at Nottingham, by four goals to none, on the ground of encroachment by the spectators on the field of play. The objection, however, was not sustained.
29-Mar  Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Queen’s Park  at Kennington Oval
Glasgow Herald 31-Mar -84
This match, which excited the greatest enthusiasm all over the country, was played at the Kennington Oval, London, and though the Rovers have played indifferently in general matches of late, their partisans boasted that the Queen’s Park had never yet beaten them on English soil. Splendid weather prevailed, and the ground was in capital condition, and 14,000 spectators attended. The Scotchmen won the toss and played with the wind, and at 3.32 Sowerbutts kicked off from the western side of the ground. The Scotchmen quickly assumed an aggressive attitude, and a free kick by Arnott got the ball sent behind the Rovers’ lines.A little later a rush by Christie enabled him to put the ball through the Rovers’ goal just seven minutes from the start. The point was disputed, and, on appeal to the referee, was disallowed through off-side play. Shortly afterwards the Scotchmen again sent the leather under from a free kick, but as the ball did not touch any one in its course it did not count. Loose play followed – Hargreaves, Brown, Ingles, and Forrest playing well for the Rovers, and some good passing was shown, the Scotchmen being slightly pressed. Campbell and Arnott got the ball into the Rovers’ quarters, and a good shot by Christie just missed, the ball hitting the cross bar. Lofthouse and Inglis relieved. The Rovers got a corner which Douglas took, but nothing resulted from it. The Queen’s Park now took the ball away, and a bulty near the Blackburn’s goal boded ill for the Lancashire men, but M’Intyre gallantly came to the rescue, and took the ball to mid distance. Arnott now showed up with some splendid play, but Smith was checked by M’Intyre, and the Rovers’ left wing relieved the attack, but the Scotchmen soon retaliated. The Rovers, however, once more invaded their opponent’s territory, and Lofthouse passed to Hargreaves, who repassed to Brown, and the latter scored the first goal for Rovers, 25 minutes from the start. After the recommencement the Scotchmen bestirred themselves, and a corner fell to them, but two free kicks followed for hands to the Rovers, hereabout much pressed the Caledonian representatives. A lot of scrimmaging took place near the Q.P. goal, and amidst great excitement Forrest gained the second goal for the Lancastrians, 30 minutes from the kick off. With the start from the centre the Scotchmen were still pressed until Watt and Anderson passed to the centre, and Smith sent the ball on to the immediate vicinity of the Rovers’ goal, and a corner was given. Anderson tried it and the Rovers now had a spell of being attacked. At this juncture Christie sent the ball through, and scored for the Scotchmen, 38 minutes from the start. Arthur had all his work set to save his charge, but it was kept intact up to half-time, and ends were changed with the Rovers still one goal ahead. After changing ends, some even play took place in the centre, Hargreaves, Sowerbutts, and Lofthouse on the one side and Arnott, Smith, and Gow were the most conspicuous for the Scotchmen. Hands to the Rovers near the Scotch goal now made matters critical for the Glasgow men. Anderson and Smith, however, repelled the attack, and a visit to each goal followed, but the splendid defensive play frustrated the efforts of either side from scoring. A bulty took place near the Rovers headquarters, but Anderson made a bad shot. Smith, Watt, and Arnott were now to the fore, but Beverley cleverly relieved his side, and Forrest sent the ball behind the Scotch lines twice. A goal dribble by Brown followed, and when pressed he passed to Hargreaves, who had a splendid chance of scoring, but missed his shot. The Scotchmen did not get rid of the Rovers so easily, as the Lancashire men continued to invest the Scotch goal, Arnott showed some very fine play, and after a futile corner by Lofthouse, the ball  was taken away. Brown came to the attack again, but Gillespie saved well. Watt, Campbell, and Smith now came in with a dribble, but Lofthouse returned to the Scotch end, and sent the ball through, but it was disallowed. Nothing more was gained, and the Rovers, amidst indescribable enthusiasm, were hailed the victors by two goals to one. On account of the Duke of Albany’s death Major Marindin only consented to act as referee on condition that no public demonstration should be made in a presentation of the challenge cup to the winners on the ground. Mr Alcock announced this, and it was acted upon. Dr Morley, the president of the Rovers’ Club, was much congratulated on the success of his team, which was unexpected in neutral quarters; but singularly, the Rovers had all the best of the game, and their passing beat the Scotchmen. Side:-
Queen’s Park
– G. Gillespie, goal ; J. Macdonald and W. Arnott, backs ; J.J. Gow and C. Campbell (captain), half-backs ; J. Watt and W. Anderson, right wing; D. Allen and R.M. Christie, left wing; Dr Smith and W. Harrower, centres.
Rovers – H. Arthur, goal ; J. Beverley and F. Suter, backs ; H. M’Intyre and T. Forest, half-backs; J.Brown (captain) and J. Hargreaves, left wing ; J. Inglis and J Sowerbutts, centres ; J Lofthouse and J. Duglas right wing. Umpires – Messrs C.H.R. Wollaston (Wanderers) and C. Crump (president Birmingham F.A.) Referee – Major Marindin, Old Etonians, and president Football Association.
Glasgow Evening Post 04-Apr-84
The Queen’s Park team when known did not give satisfaction to the general public, nor were the supporters of the club pleased with it. The Match Committee, however, believed it would serve their purpose, and though some international men – members of the club, too – could have been obtained – notably, F. Shaw and J.L Kaye, yet so independent were the committee that they considered Second Eleven men much preferable to International players. Those who saw Shaw and Kaye at Cathkin Park playing for Scotland against Wales must have felt that these men should have been at the Oval that day with the Queen’s Park. Independence in this case has been carried too far, and no set of men are readier to admit this than the Match Committee of the Queen’s Park Club. But the terrible disaster at the Oval will not have been sustained in vain if those who guide the Queen’s Park Club – which is looked upon in Scotland as a national institution, and, as such, its defeat is mourned – will profit by their misfortunes, set their house in order for the Charity matches, and be manly and straightforward enough to admit they have erred. Those who witnessed the match allege that they play of the Queen’s Park team was not worthy of a third-rate club. The forwards, with the praiseworthy exceptions of Anderson and Harrower, played a miserable game. Smith was actually in the way, and while waiting to shoot for goal was so slow that the ball was repeatedly taken from him. Again, when a forward should have shot himself, he passed to another – often to an opponent – while the Rovers let fly at the Scotch fortress at all distances, and from every conceivable direction. Again, Watt and Allan were too inexperienced for a game of this kind. Christie, too, was apparently failure, but the rot among his companions spoiled him. Campbell and Arnott played as they never played before. The latter had to act as right and left back, as Macdonald, the ‘Varsity half-back, was next to useless at full back. Gow and he changed positions, but this only made matters worse, as they both played half-back after a little. To make experiments of this kind at such a time was suicidal. J.N. Holm, though not a brilliant player, yet being a full back, should have been left in the team. That he was put out is not the fault of the committee ; it is the fault of the Q.P. team themselves, who voted by ballot on the merits of the two players. After all has been said against those who guide the Queen’s Park Club, it appears to be fully established that though the Blackburn Rovers have the cup they are not winners of it. The Queen’s Park maintain that, even with their weak team, and notwithstanding all its defects, they won the match by no less than four goals to one. Before the game had been ten minutes old, during which the Queen’s Park were swarming round the Rovers’ fortress, they put the ball through twice, both points being disallowed, though, to a man, the team allege fairer goals never were scored. They almost had the ball though on several occasions, but luck was dead against them. The Rovers scoring two points in rapid succession seemed to dishearten the Scotchmen, and they fell to pieces, nor were they rallied again, even after Christie had scored a goal for them. The score at half-time was the score at the finish – two goals to one in favour of the Rovers. But Major Manrindin, the referee, informed the Queen’s Park team in the Covent Garden Hotel on the Sunday after the match that they had in reality won, as the ball was once through the Rovers’ goal, but the score was not claimed ; and again, that the first point scored by the Rovers was distinctly offside, and would have been disallowed had he been asked to give his decision. Thus, on the showing of the referee, the Queen’s Park won by two goals to one, but not claiming everything, like the Rovers, who eternally had their hands up protesting, the Blackburn team have a cup which should be in the possession of the Queen’s Park. It is a strange fact that here at home the Queen’s Park play week after week and scarcely ever have a goal disallowed for off-side, yet no sooner do they go over the Border than they suddenly develop this objectionable propensity.
First Round  Fourth Division  Drawn 15-Sep
Queen’s Park wo v Stoke-on-Trent scr
The Preston Herald 08-Oct-84
THE Queen’s Park held a committee meeting last (Tuesday) evening to discuss the line of action it will pursue with regard to the Football Association’s Cup competition. We believe it is their intention to scratch to Stoke-on-Trent in the first round, and take no further part in the competition for this season at least. They will concentrate all their energies on winning the Scottish Cup, which is at present in their possession.
Derby Daily Telegraph 03-Nov-84
The Queen’s Park are said to have reconsidered their decision to scratch for the English Cup. After their defeat by Battlefield, they are anxious to retrieve their colours, and it is said that Stoke will visit Glasgow on Saturday to play off the tie.
The Sportsman 07-Nov-84
QUEEN’S PARK, GLASGOW. – This club has decided to have a “go” for the English trophy, its chance across the Border [in Scotland] having been extinguished by the Battlefield. Stoke-on-Trent, who were drawn against them in the first round, have, however, scratched, and the Scotchmen are therefore indulged with a walk over.
Second Round Drawn 17-Nov
06-Dec  Queen’s Park wo Crewe Alexandra scr
North British Daily Mail 08-Dec-85
This tie in the second round of the English Cup competition was played on Hampden Park in presence of 1500 spectators. The weather was of the most  disagreeable nature for players and spectators alike, a high wind blowing from goal to goal and rain falling all the time. The Queen’s Park having lost the toss, Watt kicked off at 2.45 against the wind. The local team at once assumed the aggressive, and made several good attempts at scoring; but the steady play of the back division of the Crewe Club prevented the downfall of the citadel. After eight minutes’ play the ball was run down to the home goal, and Gillespie stopped a good shot. The strangers, however, were on the ball again, and out of a scrimmage the first goal was scored by the Crewe Club. This nerved the Queen’s Park to greater exertion, and several splendid runs were made by the wing men. Harrower and Watt had each an unsuccessful try at goal, but at length Allan did the needful with a good shot, thus equalising the game. A few minutes later, Christie, who played in his old style, made a  splendid run the whole length of the field, and getting in front of the posts sent in a stinger, which beat Parker, and placed the Queen’s Park with one goal up. Christie again had a fine run, and sent the ball across the goal mouth, but Watt just missed scoring by a hair’s breadth. Crewe again played up well, and had a corner kick, which was well managed, but the final shot sent the ball at the wrong side of the post by a foot. Half-time was called with the game unchanged, and without any interval play was resumed, only, however, to be brought to an untimely end two minutes afterwards. Without a moment’s warning a perfect deluge began, and as if by mutual arrangement the players rushed for the nearest shelter. In three minutes the field was flooded, and the Crewe men, deeming discretion the better part of valour, allowed the Queen’s Park to win the tie without resuming play. For the winners the forwards especially distinguished themselves, and would certainly have added to their score had the elements not interfered. The visitors played a good game, and at times showed some fine passing and dribbling. Teams :- Crewe Alexandra – Goal, Parker; backs, Downs and Conde ; half-backs, Bell (captain) and March ;  forwards, Watkin, Fennell, Taylor, Edwards, Pearse, and Dove. Queen’s Park – Goal, Gillespie ; backs, Harview and Wallace; half-backs, Elliot and M’Donald ; forwards, Hamilton, Anderson, Watt (captain), Harrower, Allan and Christie. Umpire – Messrs Abrahams and Brock. Referee – Mr Paul, Port-Glasgow.
Third Round
03-Jan  Leek 2-3 Queen’s Park
Fourth Round
17-Jan  Queen’s Park 7-0 Old Wykehamists
Fifth Round
Queen’s Park bye
Sixth Round
21-Feb  Notts County 2-2 Queen’s Park
Sixth Round – replay
28-Feb  Queen’s Park 2-1 Notts County
14-Mar  Nottingham Forest 1-1 Queen’s Park  at Derby
Semi-final – replay
28-Mar  Queen’s Park 3-0 Nottingham Forest  at Edinburgh
04-Apr  Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Queen’s Park  at Kennington Oval
Glasgow Evening Post 04-Sep-85
The Professional Committee of the Scottish Football Association met last night to discuss the altered state of matters brought about by the recognition of professionalism by the English Association. The committee thoroughly weighed the question, and were decidedly of opinion that Scotch clubs could not play those English clubs which employed professionals, as the fourteenth rule of the S.F.A. distinctly laid it down that club members of the Association are debarred from playing any team in which there is a professional player. The committee thought, however, that it would no be advisable to prevent all intercourse between the Scotch and English clubs, and it was agreed to allow clubs under the jurisdiction of the S.F.A. to play clubs belonging to other association provided such opposing clubs do not appear on the suspended list of the Scottish Association, and a new clause was added to the existing bye-laws on professionalism to this effect. The upshot of the above new rule is that Scotch clubs cannot compete for the English Cup this year, as English clubs will not, it may be taken for granted, leave out their pros. in ties where Scotch clubs are the opponents, but will play their full strength. The new bye-law puts a complete stop to fixtures with Lancashire and Birmingham clubs.
First Round  North First Division Drawn 08-Sep
31-Oct  Queen’s Park 5-1 Partick Thistle
Rangers scr v Rawtenstall wo
Dundee Advertiser 02-Nov-85
The Rangers being forced to abandon their English tie with the Rawtenstall owing to the decision of the Scottish Association, played the Renton, holders of the Scottish Cup. Although the weather was wet, a large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Kinning Park, Glasgow, to witness the match. Game hard.
Result :- Rangers, 4; Renton, 2.
First Round  North Second Division Drawn 08-Sep
17-Oct  3rd Lanark R.V. 4-2 Blackburn Park Road
Heart of Midlothian scr v Padiham wo
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 19-Oct-85
The only remaining Scotch clubs pitted against Lancashire ones, Hearts of Mid-Lothian and the Glasgow Rangers, will in all probability, somewhat easily vanquish
Padiham and Rawtenstall respectively, and it is not absolutely improbable that in the successive stages of the competition the canny Scots, now that the, to them, hated professional is exorcised, will come out successfully, and that, at last, they will carry the English trophy across the border.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 02-Nov-85 the last moment, both the Heart of Midlothian and the Glasgow Rangers “scratched,” an operation which may have caused them poignant grief, but which, on the other hand, had most likely a very different effect upon the Padiham and Rawtenstall representatives, who were pitted against them.
Second Round  North First Division  Drawn 02-Nov
Queen’s Park scr v South Shore wo
Second Round  North Second Division  Drawn 02-Nov
3rd Lanark R.V. scr v Blackburn Olympic wo
Glasgow Evening Post 07-Nov-85
The Queen’s Park have scratched to the South Shore, who were drawn against them in the second round of the English Cup competition. The 3rd Lanark, who have been drawn against Blackburn Olympic – a professional team – will follow the same course. There will therefore be no Scotch club left in the competition.
Athletic News 10-Nov-85
At the usual monthly meeting held on Tuesday night, the Queen’s unanimously decided to scratch to South Shore. Their reasons for this move are obvious. Probably the next round would have given them a professional team, and then they would have been compelled to withdraw. Generously enough, they now withhold from blasting the hopes of a young and aspiring club, when they themselves can gain nothing by so doing.
First Round  Northern District First Division  Drawn 06-Sep
16-Oct  3rd Lanark R.V. 5-0 Higher Walton
30-Oct  Darwen 7-1 Heart of Midlothian
Edinburgh Evening News 21-Jan-87
At the meeting of the English Association the Hearts and Bolton Wanderers had their protests against Darwen dismissed, but the discussion showed a nice piece of bungling on the part of the Association. It appeared that last season Owen, the professional objected to, was a member of the Darwen Club. He, however, left the club and joined another, thus destroying his Darwen connection. On the 12th October he returned to Darwen and was at once registered. Somehow or other Darwen obtained a special permit from the Association to play him against the Hearts, and he played against the Edinburgh club on the 30th without the necessary qualification as established by the rules. The Association had evidently made a mistake, and in discussing the protest they came to the decision that Owen had broken the rules. Of course, they had assisted him in so doing without any cause, and on discussing the question whether Owen had received special permission to do so, they decided that he had. The had given, they saw, permission to break their own rules, and to disqualify Darwen on it, would be to make fools of themselves, at the expense of justice. The Association certainly found themselves in a mess, and thought the best course was to dismiss the Hearts protest. As showing the importance of the protest, it was under discussion for two hours; and as also showing that the Hearts had good grounds in bringing it, the Association returned the Hearts fee – £2 2s – a thing they rarely do. The Hearts have certainly had hard lines, but had the protest been brought sooner it would have carried.
30-Oct  Renton 1-0 Accrington
30-Oct  Queen’s Park 0-3 Preston North End
First Round  Northern District Second Division  Drawn 06-Sep
30-Oct  Everton scr v Rangers wo
Glasgow Evening Post 23-Oct-86
The Rangers go to Liverpool next Saturday, where they encounter Everton. The great shipping port has not yet become a football centre, the dribbling code not having yet made that progress in the Western division of Lancashire which it has attained in the Eastern. There are ugly rumours afloat that the “light blues” will have their journey for nothing. It is said Everton intend to scratch, and will then ask the Rangers to play a friendly game. If this be the case the “light blues” should distinctly refuse to be a party to any such transaction. The secretary of the Rangers should communicate with the Everton and learn the truth of the statements which are at present afloat. Their verification might save his club a journey to Liverpool.
Athletic News 02-Nov-86
GLASGOW RANGERS had a rare old time of it at Liverpool. The manager of the hotel they first honoured with their presence gave them notice to quit without breakfast. Football teams generally have a peculiar way of enjoying themselves – too much peculiar, in fact.
The all absorbing feature of the Liverpool programme on Saturday was unquestionably the meeting of the Glasgow Rangers and Everton, for although at the last moment it was decided to scratch to the Scottish team, owing to the ineligibility of three of the leading home players, the inter-club game enabled Everton to play their full strength, and people were naturally anxious as to the result of a contest waged on equal terms. Evidently the fame of the Rangers had preceded them, for there were fully 5,000 spectators within the Anfield enclosure, and to their credit, hearty in the extreme was the welcome they accorded the strangers. [Everton 0-1 Rangers]
23-Oct  Darwen Old Wanderers 1-4 Cowlairs
23-Oct Blackburn Olympic 1-3 Partick Thistle
Second Round
13-Nov  3rd Lanark R.V. 2-3 Bolton Wanderers
20-Nov  Partick Thistle 7-0 Fleetwood
20-Nov  Rangers 2-1 Church
20-Nov  Renton 2-2 Blackburn Rovers
20-Nov  Rossendale 2-10 Cowlairs
Second Round replay
04-Dec  Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Renton
Third Round
04-Dec  Cliftonville 0-11 Partick Thistle
04-Dec  Rangers 3-2 Cowlairs
Fourth Round
Partick Thistle bye
Rangers bye
Fifth Round
29-Jan  Old Westminster 1-0 Partick Thistle
29-Jan  Rangers 3-0 Lincoln City
Sixth Round
19-Feb  Rangers 5-1 Old Westminsters
05-Mar  Aston Villa 3-1 Rangers  at Crewe Alexandra

Dundee Evening Telegraph 11-May-87
Last night the annual meeting of the Scottish Football Association was held in the Waterloo Hall, Glasgow. There was a crowded attendance, and Mr Browne, President, occupied the chair… The first business of interest discussed was a resolution declaring that Clubs belonging to the Scottish Football Association should not be members of any other Associations. The motion, which was carried  unanimously, debars the Scotch Clubs from competing for the English cup.