QUEEN'S PARK PLAYERS ATONE FOR RECENT FAILURES
Nineteen years ago Queen's Park opened old Hampden Park in a match against Dumbarton, and at the time the game, which ended in a goalless draw, was regarded as one of the friendliest ever played between the clubs. In modern times Celtic have taken the place of the once powerful Dumbartonshire rivals to Queen's Park, and it is a curious feature of club intercourse that the Queen's Park usually reserve their brightest displays for the benefit of the Celts. Their best matches this season were those with the Celts, three in all, and those who witnessed the two games in the Glasgow Cup competition were bound to admit that Queen's Park, sooner or later, would put a stop to the conquering career of their opponents.
I was eye-witness to both opening matches, and it is difficult to say which was the more free from those touches which ofttimes mar the friendliest of club contests. Considering one was a friendly and Saturday's was a League game fraught with the greatest importance to the Celtic, who are making such a bold bid for championship honours, the latest may without disparagement to old friends be given pride of place.
WORTHY THE OCCASION
In every respect it was a game worthy of the greatest occasion, for the play sparkled with brilliant flashes of individualism and occasionally with those touches of combination which delight the spectator. Above all it was remarkable for the pluck and enthusiasm of the Queen's Park team, every member of which seemed zealous to crown the opening ceremony with the full honours of the game. This pronounced element in the play was predominant throughout and carried them to victory. The perseverance of the forwards brought about the most dashing display the team has shown this season, and it was all the more meritorious inasmuch as it was achieved against a defence which has no element of weakness.
It is usual for some critics to endow their analysis with the remark that the losing club owed defeat to wrong tactics. The winning club, as a rule, is credited with all the excellence demonstrated. The Celts did not lose on Saturday through any tactical blunders of theirs, and as good sportsmen they took their "unexpected defeat", as Mr. McLaughlin designated it at the social afterwards, with the best of good grace.
Considering the disadvantage of new turf rendered heavy by the record rains of October, the play was surprisingly fast, and the many well-dressed ladies in the reserved enclosure must have been agreeably surprised with the good quality of the exhibition, for such it proved, though the fierce struggle for the mastery was uppermost all through. The only goal of the game fell to D. Wilson, of Queen's Park, after 36 minutes. Leading up to it that hard working forward, J. Logan, was all over the front line, and Wilson capped his persevering efforts cleverly with a low, fast shot, which gave Adams no opportunity to stop.
In the second half each side preserved an unbeaten defence, the Celts' best chance from a brilliant breakaway by Bennett twelve minutes from the close, when he wound up by testing Skene with a hard shot. In the first twenty minutes the Celts seemed the more likely to win, but thereafter the Q.P. improved till about the end, when their opponents made desperate efforts to draw level.
WELL BALANCED TEAM
All round the winning team was excellently balanced. Skene, though hardly so often tested as Adams, was safe at goal, a remark that applied equally to the big Celtic custodian. The open kicking of the backs was a feature of the defence, Campbell and Richmond were seen at their best during these periods when the Celtic pressure was most severe, while Battles and Watson were equally reliable for their side, though Watson was never so often beaten in a club match as he was by Jones. The half-back play was equally reliable, and the forwards found little time to finesse, so energetic and worrying were the respective lines. For polished placing, Orr and Templeton were a shade better than the other wing halves, the centres - Loney and Fullerton - concentrating their efforts in breaking up combination.
Neither team played the ideal forward game. That was a task beyond them with the half-backs in such magnificent fettle, but on the one side Jones gave about the brightest and pluckiest left wing display seen in Glasgow this season, while that clever artist Bennett could not be bettered at outside right on the Celtic side. Of the others D. Wilson was most prominent. He joined the Queen's Park team on the same day as Templeton, and has never lasted a game better. The Q.P. were trained to the hour and stood a hot pace as well as their opponents.
QUEEN'S PARK - L. H. Skene; T.F. Campbell and And. Richmond; Jas. Eadie, W.H. Fullerton and J.F. Templeton; A. Currie, J. Logan, A. McAllister, D.Wilson and P.F. Jones.
Celtic - Adams; Watson and Battles; Orr, Loney and Hay; Bennett, McMenemy, Gilligan, Somers and Quinn.
Referee - Mr R.T. Murray (Stenhousemuir). Linesmen - A. McE. Swann (Queen's Park) and Jas. Kelly (Celtic).
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