1945 to 1967
After the end of the Second World
War, Queen's went to Germany in October 1945 to stage an exhibition
match for the entertainment of the armed forces.
Having played Hearts in a league
match on the Saturday, Queen’s flew out to Germany and were defeated
3-0 by The British Army of The Rhine at Verden. However, a heavy fog
prevented Queen’s from making the return journey in time for their
league match at Queen of the South the following Saturday, and the
Strollers had to be sent to Dumfries to fulfil the fixture, going down
by three goals to two.
The first official tour following the end of the war was in 1947, when a solitary match against Morlaix in France produced a 6-2 win.
The Scandinavian countries must have been like a second home to Queen's, and in 1949 they were back in Norway for four games. Skeid held the travellers to a 2-2 draw, and then Sartsborg were defeated by five goals to two. The only defeat of the tour came at the hands of Larvik as they scored twice without reply, but honour was restored in the final match of the tour as Kristiansund were dispatched by seven goals to nil.
The following summer saw Queen's off to the Channel Islands for the first time, and while Guernsey shared six goals with the visitors, Jersey were seen off by a Derek Grierson goal three minutes from time.
1951 saw Queen's back in Norway again, and a five game schedule produced five victories for the Spiders. Three goals were put past Skeid and Trodheim, five past Odd, two past Idarets and four past Stavanger, with only Trodheim offering any resistance with two goals against.
Three years later Germany and Switzerland provided the venues for the 1954 tour, but it didn't get off to the best start with a five goal defeat against Oberhausen in the first of five games in Germany. Two goals from John Callan, father of 1990's Spider Dom, rescued a 2-2 draw against a Lower Saxony Select, while honours were also shared with a Berlin Amateur Select, Lindsay Ross cancelling out the opener from the home side.
Wurtemburg were comfortably seen off by five goals to one, and in the final German game Bavaria were defeated by the odd goal in five. Travelling to Switzerland for the final match of the tour, Schaufhausen held the tourists to a four each draw, the Spiders recovering from a 3-1 deficit at half time, with John Callan, Bert Cromar and "Junior" Omand, twice, all scoring.
1957 saw more new territory for Queen's with a hectic five games in eight days schedule in Malta, however not a single victory was recorded, with three draws and two defeats for Queen's.
In 1961 the new Hampden floodlights were hanselled by a challenge match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers, and in return for the hospitality shown to them the Germans offered to arrange a tour for Queen's, and the summer of 1962 saw two games on the continent, although both were lost, a single goal enough for Hesse to see off Queen's, while Singen won by the odd goal in seven.
December 1963 saw Queen's undertake their most adventurous tour yet when they were invited to a tournament in Kenya as part of their independence celebrations, and special dispensation had to be given to Queen's to allow them to re-arrange their league fixtures to permit the tour.
Officially travelling under the guise of the Scottish Amateur team, it was Queen’s Park in all but name. The first two matches saw Uganda beaten by three goals to nil, while Tanhanyika were defeated by seven goals to two, two of the Queen's goals coming from Peter Buchanan.
However, when they met the hosts in the final, Queen's lost out by three goals to two, with Bob Crampsey's 1967 book "The Game For The Game's Sake" diplomatically referring to "a referee who helped to get the desired result".
Eighteen months later Queen's returned to Africa, and in the summer of 1965 they visited Nigeria for two games, the first a three all draw against Eastern Nigeria, with an Alex Ingram hat-trick giving Queen's a share of the spoils, and five days later Northern Nigeria were thrashed 5-0. The results of the two other matches scheduled for this trip, against Western Nigeria and a Lagos select, are unknown.
As part of the club's centenary celebrations Queen's returned to Africa in May 1967, this time to Sierra Leone, and two games produced a win and a farcical draw for Queen's. The first game against a Provincial Team saw Queen's win by four goals to nil, Ian Campbell giving the tourists a half time lead, and a further goal from Campbell as well as strikes from Malky Mackay and Eddie Hunter in the second half completed off the scoring.
In the second match, against the Sierra Leone National side, Queen's achieved a draw, despite the best efforts of the referee. After Queen's had taken the lead in the first half, Eddie Hunter was sent off without any explanation as to why. The referee refused to allow Queen's to make any substitutions, while allowing the replacements on for the home side, then Sierra Leone equalised when Charlie Gilmour, two yards from the goal line, thumped clear a cross, but to the astonishment of everyone in the stadium, the referee awarded a goal.
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