As I have indicated previously in these blogs, Queen’s Park have close ties with Middlesex Wanderers AFC, who are a touring club based in London, and whose aims are the promotion of the game of football and the fostering of fellowship through sport. Like ourselves, they have a long and proud history as football ambassadors, and undertook their first tour to northern France in 1906. Since 1953 until their most recent foreign tour in 2007 they have invited players from Queen’s Park to participate in their tours, and up till now a total of 44 of our players have taken part.
In recognition of our 150th Anniversary they have invited us to participate in a return tour to France next month, and I am pleased to say that the arrangements are now being finalised. The party will travel to France on Thursday 25th May and will return on Sunday 28th May. They will play two matches, against Union Sportive de Boulogne-sur-Mer Cote d’Opale, who play in the third tier of French football, and against Calais Racing Union FC who play in the fourth tier. They have asked if they can wear our 150th Anniversary blue strips in one of these games. They will visit three WW1 memorial sites; Oostaverne Wood Cemetery to visit the grave of Sidney Arthur Bryant who toured Spain with Middlesex Wanderers in April 1914; Loos en Gohelle to visit the graves of QP players and members William Anderson, Robin Ferguson, George Legge and Ebenezer Hamilton; and the Thiepval Memorial which contains the name of former player John Barbour, whose body was never recovered.
The members of the Queen’s Park playing contingent are currently being finalised, but both Tony Quinn (who will assist with coaching) and Andy Harrison (physiotherapist) have indicated their willingness to attend. Jim Hastie will represent the committee.
The Club is very grateful to Middlesex Wanderers for organising this tour as part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations, and looks forward to continuing close association with them.