Head coach Gus MacPherson and first team regular Ross Millen held media interviews yesterday ahead of our first round IRN-BRU Cup tie with Motherwell Colts.
In addition to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary and help inspire the only amateur team playing professional football in the U.K. to success on the pitch, Queen’s Park players teamed-up with IRN-BRU to recreate the legendary 1874 inaugural Scottish Cup winning team photo with a ginger twist.
Below is the press release from our partner sponsor IRN-BRU.
CUP LEGENDS INSPIRE QUEEN’S PARK’S AMATEUR HEROES IN 150TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
In the age of the celebrity footballer, players at Queen’s Park Football Club are looking to the club’s legendary past to inspire the modern day amateur side to glory in this season’s IRN-BRU Cup.
Ahead of the club’s IRN-BRU Cup first round clash with Motherwell Colts (Wednesday 16th August) at Forthbank Stadium, players from the only amateur side playing professional
football in the U.K. teamed-up with Scotland’s other national drink IRN-BRU to recreate the iconic 1874 Scottish Cup-winning team photo in celebration of the club’s 150th anniversary season.
Complete with knee high black and white socks, Victorian moustaches and ginger balls, the photo gave players the chance to emulate the great Queen’s Park team of old off the pitch in a bid to inspire the current playing side to achieve their first cup success in 124 years.
Queen’s Park is one of the oldest clubs in world football after it was established in 1867. The original Queen’s Park team pioneered a short passing style of football which revolutionised a game that was previously based on long kicking and physical dribbling styles with attacking teams working in packs around the ball. It is reported that the nickname ‘the Spiders’ originated from the club weaving a web around their opponents on the pitch. To this day, the club keep a live Chilean Rose Tarantula in the office in honour of this tradition.
Most impressively the club has maintained amateur status since its inception and has never paid a single penny in player wages – a fact which stands out increasingly amongst the glitz and glamour of modern-day football.
Adrian Troy, Marketing Director at A.G. BARR, said: “Queen’s Park have a unique place in world football as pioneers of the game we love today. As shirt sponsors of this great club for 20 years, IRN-BRU are proud to be part of the Queen’s Park story and wanted to help inspire the club’s current amateur heroes ahead of the IRN-BRU Cup and celebrate its 150th anniversary.
“We wish every club in the IRN-BRU Cup every success in this year’s competition and look forward to kick-off of the first round.”
The IRN-BRU Cup first round kicks off with fixtures taking place on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 August.
The second round draw will be streamed live from the Falkirk Wheel via SPFL’s Facebook page on Thursday 17 August and for more details on the IRN-BRU Cup, visit www.spfl.co.uk/irn-bru-cup
IRN-BRU, Scotland’s other national drink, is the headline sponsor of the revamped Scottish
Challenge Cup – renamed the IRN-BRU Cup for a second season – continuing IRN-BRU’s long
standing backing of the beautiful game in Scotland with a three year sponsorship of the
Following the success of a new format introduced in 2016/17 which saw two teams each from Northern Ireland and Wales, additional clubs from the Highland and Lowland Leagues and all Ladbrokes Premiership under-20 Colt teams taking part for the first time, the competition has been expanded for the 2017/18 season.
Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers – as the League of Ireland’s highest-ranked non-European participants in 2016 – will join the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup along with the Northern Irish and Welsh teams (Crusaders, Linfield, The New Saints and Gap Connah’s Nomads FC) at the second round stage.
Irn-Bru’s 20 year shirt sponsorship with Queen’s Park began at the start of the 1997/1998 season.
Queen’s Park FC: Media Factsheet
- Queen’s Park were also the first Scottish club to feature on television, in March 1951.
- Founded in 1867, Queen’s Park FC are the oldest club in Scotland and the only amateur club
playing senior football in the UK.
- Having maintained amateur status since their inception, Queen’s Park FC have never paid a
single penny in player wages.
- Queen’s Park played their first match in 1868 when they took on the Thistle from Glasgow Green. The match was played at 20-a-side as was commonplace for the game at that time
until the 11-a-side version became standard in the 1870’s.
- In November 1872, Queen’s Park organised the first official international football match and provided all Scotland’s players from its own membership, earning a draw against the much-
fancied English team.
- Queen’s Park gifted the Scotland team their initial blue strips complete with the one Lion Rampant badge before choosing to adopt new black and white hooped jerseys which are now
synonymous with the club.
- Queen’s Park FC built the first Hampden Park and called the meeting which led to the creation of the SFA and the Scottish Cup competition.
- Queen’s Park FC pioneered a short passing style which revolutionised a game which was until this point based heavily on long kicking and physical dribbling styles with attacking teams
working in packs around the ball.
- Andrew Watson of Queen’s Park FC became the first black international football player as he captained Scotland to a 6-1 win over England at the Oval. This is still England’s heaviest defeat
on home soil.
- Queen’s Park FC have a rich history with both the English FA Cup and the Scottish Cup. Queen’s Park took part in the inaugural FA cup tournament in 1871 and even contributed to the cost of the trophy! Queen’s Park FC remain the only Scottish club to ever reach the FA Cup final, losing narrowly twice to Blackburn Rovers in 1884 and 1885.
- Queen’s Park player Bob Christie is the only Scot to have scored a goal for a Scottish club in an
FA Cup Final.
- Queen’s Park FC have won the Scottish Cup 10 times. The third most of any club in Scotland
behind city rivals Celtic and Rangers.
- It is widely believed that the club earned the nickname “The Spiders” due to the introduction of the passing game and the similarities to the players weaving a web across the pitch. The
club keeps a live Chilean Rose Tarantula in the office.