Queen’s Park X scotts

by Chris Balding

“In the outset of football in Scotland they were the main clubs not Celtic not Rangers but Queen’s Park…” 

Owen Coyle 

We recently announced a partnership with Queen’s Park FC becoming the club’s biggest sponsorship ever. In the press release we only briefly touched on their history and why it is important for scotts to be involved with the club. To fully understand we need to dive into the club’s long and prestigious history.

It all started on the 9th of July, 1867at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace in the south side of Glasgow. The minutes from the meeting read “Tonight at half past eight o’clock a number of gentlemen met at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace for the purpose of forming a football club.” From that moment on Queen’s Park Football Club  was formed and Scottish Football was born.  

The creation of Queen’s Park FC wasn’t just important for Scottish Football but the modern game as we know and love. Football had been played in England but there was no cohesion on how the game should be played. Queen’s Park were the true pioneers in this area creating a passing style of play, working as a team and the use of team tactics as opposed to their counterparts who played an ‘individualistic’ style.  We can thank Queen’s Park for crossbars, freekicks and half-time who introduced these concepts into the game. 

“Ludere causa Ludendi” – to play for the sake of playing, was the motto adopted by the club as they made the decision that no player was to receive a wage from the club. The amateur status of the club made it unique in senior football up until 2019 when the club’s members voted to move to professional status, enabling the club to sign players to longer-term contracts and collect transfer fees.

Being an amateur club never hindered the clubs involvement in the evolution of the game in Scotland as Queen’s Park were at the forefront of the creation of the Scottish Football Association. One of the clubs first acts was to administer the first international match in history as England played Scotland, with Queen’s Park FC supplying the entire Scottish side.

In 1872 Queen’s Park were invited to the first F.A Cup, one of the oldest competitions still running today. A year later the Scottish Cup was created with Queen’s Park as a founding member. This competition was significant in the club’s history as the club not only won the first ever cup but also debuted the black and white hooped shirt which are still the club’s colours today. 

In 1900, the club reached the Scottish Cup final once more but were narrowly beaten by Celtic at Ibrox. At this time the club were in decline as a major force in Scottish football as the club remained true to their motto, but  it meant losing out to professional clubs who were able to poach their players by offering them professional contracts. This remained an issue for the club ever since as the club fluttered around the 1st and 2nd division but as every time they went up their success cost them as their best players were handpicked by the bigger teams at the time.  

Even though the club would tend to lose their best players this created an opportunity for the club allowing them to develop the next crop of players which remains the club’s philosophy today.  Famous alumni include Liverpool’s Andy Robertson who started his senior career with the club and is considered to be the best playing right back in the world. Arguably the greatest managers of all time Sir Alex Ferguson made his way through the ranks at the club and at the same time, Andy Roxbourgh was his team mate who later became the manager of the Scotland’s national side and then FIFA technical director. So not only has the club influenced how we play the game but has also been detrimental in the development of some of the most influential figures in football. 

Sir Alex Ferguson 1957-1960

The club now has big ambitions to reestablish themselves as a major force in Scottish football and have put in place major signings, bringing in Marijn Beuker from AZ Alkmaar as Director of Football and Owen Coyle as head coach and first team manager as well as a number of players. We at scotts pride ourselves on supporting strong community sporting clubs and we are delighted to work with Queen’s Park in this exciting period in their history and we can’t wait to be part of their journey. 

Keep up with their journey by following @scottsmenswear & @queensparkfc on all socials.

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