Hampden Park, Friday 3rd November 2017, and the climax of our year of celebration for our 150th birthday. A reception in the Scottish Football Museum and Hall of Fame was followed by a formal Gala Dinner in the Nevis Suite attended by 450 members and guests. There were representatives from Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish FA, the SPFL, the Scottish Schools FA, the Scottish Amateur FA, and our fellow clubs who are members of the Glasgow FA. In addition, there were eleven representatives from Middlesex Wanderers, led by their Chairman, David Flint. I was personally delighted to see so many of our former players, many of whom I worked with during my 30 years as Club Doctor, as well as current players and staff. Rod Petrie, Vice President of the Scottish FA, made a presentation to the Club to mark our sesquicentennial. Our three speakers, Malky Mackay, Peter Martin, and of course, Sir Alex Ferguson, were all on top form. The occasion seems to have been enjoyed by all who were present, and all the feedback I have had so far has been positive.
Fittingly, much has been said and written over the past year about our history and our importance to the development of football both at home and abroad. Equally much has been published about the service and sacrifices made by our members and players during World War 1, and the research and writings of both Frank McCrossan and Fred Ellsworth has been invaluable. With the aid of the Club, the latter has published a book on the subject.
However, now is the time to look forward. We should be proud of our status in senior football, our excellent Youth Development programme, and the work we do promoting health and wellbeing in our community through football. These are times of uncertainty for the Club, with the Scottish FA’s lease of Hampden due to end in July 2020. Whatever they decide to do could have profound effects on Queen’s Park, and it is important that we are ready to meet any challenges we may face. We are currently in dialogue with the Scottish FA and with those bodies who contributed to the funding of the stadium redevelopment, with the aim of making sure that we continue doing what we do best into the next 150 years.