HISTORY

1946 - 1976: 

The end of the Second World War was quickly followed by the resumption of normal football, with the league programme reinstated and the Scottish Cup up for grabs again.

Queen's recommenced season 1945/46 in the "A" division, and the following season there was a game at Hampden every Saturday as Third Lanark shared Hampden while Cathkin underwent major refurbishment.

However, the stay in the top division only lasted three seasons, and 1948/49 saw Queen's down in the "B" division. Five straight defeats in the first five games of the season meant it was always unlikely that Queen's could go straight back up, although a 13 match unbeaten run in January and February meant that they finished in 5th place out of 16 teams.

Queen's usually finished towards the top of the table, with 3rd place in 1952/53, 4th in 1954/55, then in 1955/56 Queen's secured the "B" division championship with 23 wins out of 36 games. With only two defeats by the end of the year, and six wins out of the first seven games of the New Year, the title always looked destined for Hampden.

Queen's last stay in the top division was to last two seasons. The first, 1956/57 was comfortably negotiated, and any thoughts of relegation were banished with nine games left of the 34 when Queen's drew with Falkirk at Hampden.

The following season started moderately well with two wins from the first five games, but after a disastrous run of 13 straight defeats through to January the writing was on the wall. Only a further two victories were garnered, and Queen's departed the top division with five straight defeats.

Hopes of a quick return to Division One were quickly banished as Queen's struggled to 18th place out of 19 the following season, with a young Alex Ferguson making his debut midway through the season. The next four seasons saw finishes in the bottom half of the table, but by the mid sixties finishes in 7th and 4th place were achieved by teams that included the likes of Bobby Clark, Niall Hopper and Peter Buchanan.

Although the team flirted with promotion occasionally, there was no sign of success on the horizon. Until 1974 the starting eleven on a Saturday had been selected by the match committee, with input from trainers such as Bert Manderson, Harold Davis and Eddie Turnbull. All that was changed when Davie McParland was appointed coach with full responsibility for selecting the first eleven.

With the reorganisation of the leagues into three divisions at the start of the 1975/76 season McParland took Queen's to 4th out of 14, but he left to join Partick Thistle at the end of the season. Queen's looked to his successor to continue the good work and take us up a division.  

 

1976 to present 

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