If you were looking for a young man who typified what Queen’s Park stands for, then you’d be hard pushed to find a better example than Conor McVey.
He’s the longest serving player at the club … and he’s just made his 100th appearance for the first team.
In his 10 years at Hampden, he’s played for every squad (from 13s to the first XI), filling almost every position along the way. But no matter what role he’s been asked to fulfil by a variety of coaches, he’s gone about the job in the same quiet, unassuming manner – always giving 100% to the task.
He joined Queen’s from Govanhill Boys Club at the tender age of 13 in 2007 and broke into the first team five years later when he came on as a 74th minute sub at Hampden against Elgin City. That appearance, on May 5, 2012, wasn’t a winning debut, however, as the Spiders went down 3-1.
But as Conor developed at Hampden, he caught the eye of the Scotland selectors, and – along with Ryan McGeever, Kieran Hughes, Gary Duggan and Lawrence Shankland – played for the Scottish Schools Under-18 team.
Conor appeared in all four Centenary Shield games, against England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales. He even scored with a header against Wales, earning him the unusual distinction of scoring in a Scotland jersey before finding the net for the Queen’s Park first team.
Conor continued his progress at Hampden, gradually increasing the number of first team appearances. But although he racked up the games, goal-scoring still proved elusive.
One hundred games later, he’s still got just the two goals to his credit. The first came against Stenhousemuir in the Betfred Cup on a hot night at Ochilview in July 2016. His second was a header on a cold night last month against Ayr United.
He came close to adding to that tally when he rattled the crossbar with a header on his 100th QP appearance against Stranraer at Hampden on Saturday.
In many ways, that was a game which summed up Conor’s time at Hampden. He started off in midfield and was moved to full back when Gus changed the defence in the second half. He didn’t let the change affect him – and was voted player of the day – appropriately receiving his award from QP legend Richard Sinclair.
On behalf of everybody at the club, the media team would like to congratulate Conor on his 10 years and wish him all the best as he heads toward his next 100 QP games.