The Scottish Cup journey begins again
Queen’s will take to the road next month as another Scottish Cup adventure begins for the Spiders. It’s 146 years since our debut in the competition … a 7-0 home victory against Dumbreck en route to the first of the 10 times we have lifted the trophy.
In those years, we have faced 118 different opponents, including both sides we could face this time around. Spartans and Deveronvale drew 1-1 on Saturday and will replay at Princess Royal Park in the Highlands on Saturday afternoon for the right to host the Spiders in Round 2.
Our only cup encounter against the Highland side came back in 1948 when we beat them 8-2 at Hampden in the second round. Points to note from that game were the appearance in the QP goal of a certain Ronnie Simpson, who went on to lift the European Cup with Celtic. It should also serve as a warning to the present-day Spiders that Deveronvale twice took the lead in that game before being swamped.
We’ve also faced Spartans just the once … and that was far from such a happy occasion. In January 2006 a QP side including such worthies as David Crawford, Tony Quinn, Steve Reilly Paul Harvey, Alan Trouten and Paul Paton finished on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline – despite taking the lead after only seven minutes.
With Messrs Crawford, Reilly and Quinn back on the Hampden staff, it’s a fair bet that should Spartans come out on top in their replay against Deveronvale, those three will be drumming home the dangers of underestimating our opponents.
Mark happy as cup draw presents fresh challenge
The old cup cliche suggests that all a manager wants is a home draw. But while Queen’s will have to travel to a destination as yet unknown in their first Scottish Cup tie of the 2019-20 season, Mark Roberts was reasonably happy when he spoke to the club media team after last night’s televised draw.
He explained: “The biggest thing about the draw was I wanted something different for the players. I didn’t want to face another League 2 team – we play them four times a season as it is, and the cup is about a wee bit of excitement and something a bit different.
“Watching the draw last night, I turned away from the telly each time another of our league rivals was drawn out first. So although it’s certainly not an easy draw, I’m pleased that this will give the players something different to look forward to. No matter which team gets through when they replay, this will be a new experience for our boys.”
Unlike some of the QP media team and supporters – who still have nightmares about our previous Scottish Cup experience at the home of Spartans, Mark has never come across them in competition.
He added: “While I don’t know a lot about Spartans, they are going reasonably well in their league and will be right up for the game if they get through.
“I have been to Deveronvale and while it will be tough going up there if that’s where we end up, it will be the type of challenge that the players can look forward to.
“As the league club, we will be the favourites no matter which team we face, but Spartans or Deveronvale will also think they’ve got a good chance of going through.
“It won’t be easy for us against either of these teams, but we will travel with the intention of securing a place in the third round.”
Those were the days
The illustrious history of Queen’s Park is well and truly linked to the Scottish Cup. We were instrumental in setting the ball rolling in the competition and have won the trophy on 10 occasions – only Rangers and Celtic have more wins to their name.
But although you’ve got to go back to the 19th century for our last victory, we did reach the semi-final in 1927. The grainy images from the video above show some of the key moments from that tie at Ibrox where we lost 2-1 to Celtic.
Unfortunately, the competition hasn’t been too kind to us in recent years. Last season we battled past Stirling Albion only to fall at the second hurdle when Raith beat us 3-0 at Hampden. The season before that, our adventure lasted just one game … a 4-1 defeat at home by Dunfermline.
For those who like their stats, here’s a link to our entire Scottish Cup playing history team by team.
And if that’s not enough, here’s a link to our entire Scottish Cup playing history season by season. (All records courtesy of QPFC.com)