OVERSEAS TOURS

1975 to 2008

Whether this experience put Queen's off touring is unknown, but it wasn't until May 1975 when Queen's went travelling again, this time a bit closer to home when they visited the Channel Islands for a second time, firstly playing Guernsey then Jersey. Guernsey were seen off by five goals to two, Jimmy Rooney (twice), Malky Mackay, Hugh McGill and Jimmy Sinclair scoring for Queen's, while a couple of days later Jersey were also defeated, this match finishing three goals to one in Queen's favour.  

July 1978 saw the club go to Canada for the first time, although sadly the tour would not be remembered for the football. A hectic ten game schedule in three weeks saw nine wins for Queen's, however tragedy struck after a social event following the final game.

With taxis having taken most of the squad back to their hotel, three players accepted a lift back to the hotel rather than wait for another taxi, which was not expected to arrive for some time. The car they were travelling in collided with a tree and Bernie Donnelly, 21, and David Ballantyne, 22, were both killed outright, while goalkeeper David Gillespie suffered a broken leg and never played first team football for Queen's again.

It was a further two years before Queen's travelled abroad again, and in 1980 they were invited to the Rather Spielveren Tournament in Germany for the first time, and although this was officially an Under 23 tournament, such was the youth in the Queen's ranks it was the first team that represented the club.

In the qualifying rounds, Queen's saw off FSV Frankfurt with two Jim Gillespie goals, while Blau-Weiss Berlin were dispatched by seven clear goals, with Gillespie, Jim Melrose and John McNiven all scoring twice, and John McGregor scoring the other.

A solitary goal from Gillespie was enough to beat KAA Ghent in the last group match, and in the final Branning Bold Klub were beaten by three goals to nil, Derek Wood, John McNiven and Alan Irvine scoring for Queen's.

A victorious Queen's side in 1980

In 1986 Queen's were invited back to the Rather Spielverein Under 23 tournament, and after destroying Union Solingen by five goals to nil with Queen's goals coming from Ian McCall, Gary Fraser, Mark Smith and two from George Crooks, they were two goalless draws against Arminia Hanover and Ujpest Dosza, but Queen's had done enough to qualify for the semi-final, where Gary Fraser scored in a 1-1 draw for Queen's, with Jimmy Boyle netting the decisive penalty in the shoot out.

And the 1986 winners

In the final Queen's met Ujpest Dosza for a second time, and it looked as though this match would be a repeat of the goalless draw between the side in the group stages, but three minutes from time a Gary Fraser header secured the tournament win for Queen's.

1991 saw Queen's go to the USA for the first time, and, as part of an end of season trip, played three games in four days in Southern California. A Pacific Soccer League Select were the first opponents, and two goals each from Jim and Joe McFadyen, along with a single strike from Graham Ogg secured a 5-1 win for Queen's. 

Two days later Queen's played the Los Angeles Exiles at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, a 120,000 capacity stadium which was used in the world cup three years later.

That match finished goalless, and the final game of the tour two days later saw Corona Del Mare Riptide provide the opposition, and Queen's failed to trouble the scorers as they lost 2-0.  

However, following the tour the club was forced to apologise to the Glaswegian newspaper after Eddie Hunter, who had been unable to go on the tour, claimed that Queen's had scored 56 goals in seven games, winning six and drawing one on their tour.

Queen's were back in the USA the following May, this time for a four game tour, with all the games producing victories for Queen's.

The first, against Wichita Falls Fever on 22nd May, was won with goals from George Crooks, Stevie McCormick, Malky Mackay and Jamie Rodden giving Queen's a four goal lead before the home side got a late consolation.

Two days later Austin Thunder were defeated by two goals to nil, Jamie Rodden and Scott Sneddon scoring for Queen's, and the third game on 26th May saw a 5-2 win over Dallas Inter, Steve McCormick scoring two of the Queen's goals.

The final game, on 30th May, was a much tighter affair, and a first half penalty from Dom Callan turned out to be the only goal of the game against Oklahoma City.

After a three year gap, Queen's were off on their travels again in 1995, with three pre-season games arranged in and around Dublin.

The first of these saw Queen's playing University College Dublin, and Ross Caven was on the mark for Queen's in a 1-1 draw. 24 Hours later Queen's took on TEK United, with a similar result to the previous night's game, Scott Edgar finding the net for Queen's on this occasion. Finally, in their third match in as many days, Queen's lost 4-1 to Bray Wanderers, Brian McPhee scoring for Queen's.   

The financial constraints placed on the club during and after the rebuilding of Hampden in the late Nineties prevented any further tours until 2004, when a week's pre-season training camp was spent in Cattollica, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Two games were arranged, and in the Estadio Communale in Cattollica, SA Penarrossa from San Marino were beaten by seven goals to one, with Ally Graham scoring three, David Clarke twice, and Ross Clark and Frankie Carroll with one goal apiece.

The second match saw Queen's take to the hills, to Serie C Forli's Rocca San Casciano training ground (above), and in searing heat a friendly referee helped the home side to win by two goals to nil.

Two years later Queen's visited Wattenscheid in Germany following a visit from SG Wattenscheid 09 supporters to Hampden a year earlier.

This tour consisted of three games, the first on Astroturf against Eppendorf which resulted in a 4-1 win for Queen's, Tony Quinn and Richard Bowers giving the tourists a two goal lead before the home side reduced the deficit to one just before half time, further goals from Kevin Proctor and Shaun Molloy securing a relatively easy win.

The second match was against VfB Gunnigfeld, and again Queen's were winners by three goals, David Weatherston striking twice in the second half before a Richard Bowers header rounded off the scoring.

The final match was against SG Wattenscheid 09 themselves, and after losing an early goal Mick Dunlop headed Queen's back on level terms. However, two second half goals secured the win for our extremely welcoming hosts. 

2007 saw Queen’s return to Wattenscheid for another week’s training camp and another three games against the same side they had faced the previous year, as well as another against Homburg in a three team tournament at Wattenscheid’s stadium.

 

Stuart Kettlewell in action against Eppendorf in 2007

Again Queen’s returned to Wattenscheid in 2008 for another week, and again Eppendorf, Gunnigfeld and Wattenscheid provided opposition. A Ross Dunlop goal was enough to see off Eppendorf, and he was on target again along with Richard Sinclair, Stuart McGrady, Paul Cairney and David Murray (2) as Gunnigfeld were swept aside by six goals to one.

The final match of the tour saw us take on our hosts, and again Ross Dunlop was on the scoresheet as well as James Brough as Queen’s won 2-1.      

Many thanks to "Spidersmad" and Millar Hay for their assistance with details of the 1967 Sierra Leone tour

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