Queen's Park in the Scottish Cup
The Scottish Cup has provided many firsts for Queen's Park: their first Scottish Cup tie saw the first game at first Hampden Park, that game also saw the first use of the famous one inch black and white hooped jersey, while Queen's were of course winners of the first competition, and it saw them concede their first goal after seven years of playing and also suffer their first defeat.
It was Queen's who were instrumental in setting up the competition after looking on at the success enjoyed by the English FA Cup, inaugurated in the 1871/72 season, and the Queen's Park representative to the SFA was authorised to commit the club to "Not more than five pounds Sterling" towards the cost of the new trophy.
Queen's dominated the early days of the competition, winning the first three in 1874, 1875 and 1876, and had won it ten times before the close of the century, the last success coming in 1894, with the last appearance in a final (so far!) coming in 1900.
After meeting Huntly in the 2011/12 competition, Queen's have now played against 118 different teams in the Scottish Cup, and, in the tie against Livingston in 2009/10, Anthony Quinn's goal in our 3-1 defeat was our 1,000th goal in the competition.
These days success is probably measured by negotiating the early rounds and drawing a "big" tie, such as in 1998/99 when Dundee United were taken to a replay at Tannadice after a goalless draw at the Shyberry Excelsior (used as Hampden was unavailable due to redevelopment), and in 2008/09 when Albion Rovers and Peterhead were disposed of in the third and fourth rounds respectively before Queen's were drawn to play Celtic at Parkhead, where a great performance saw a narrow 2-1 defeat to the then champions of Scotland.
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