QUEEN'S PARK IN THE ENGLISH FA CUP
For a club which was instrumental in the formation of the game in Scotland, it is somewhat ironic that Queen's first competitive match came in the English FA Cup in March 1872 with a goalless draw against Wanderers at the Kennington Oval in London.
With travel costs too high for Queen's to return to the capital for a replay, Queen's scratched from the competition, and the following season Queen's also scratched from the competition after receiving a bye to the semi final stage, Oxford University benefiting from Queen's reluctance to travel.
With the advent of the Scottish Cup, Queen's concentrated their efforts on that competition and while regularly entering the English Cup, they scratched on each occasion they did until the 1883/84 season, when it was decided that a serious tilt should be made at winning the competition.
Queen's march to the final was fairly straightforward, with 43 goals scored and three conceded in six games, but they fell at the final hurdle as Blackburn Rovers, with a heavy suspicion of professionalism in the their ranks, won by two goals to one.
However, Queen's felt at least one goal had been offside, and at the after match dinner the referee admitted that Queen's had the ball over the line on one occasion, but he had not given the goal as no Queen's player had claimed for it.
Another serious attempt was made on the trophy in 1884/85, although this time the route to the final wasn't quite as routine as the previous season, with replays required to get past both Notts County and Nottingham Forest.
Queen's opponents in the final were again to be Blackburn Rovers, and again the English side won, scoring twice without reply, and there were no complaints about this result from the Scots.
In 1885/86 Queen's defeated Partick Thistle 5-1 before scratching to Blackpool club South Shore, and the following season saw a final appearance in the competition as Preston North End won by three goals to nil.
By the time the following season came round, the Scottish FA had legislated that "No member of the Scottish Football Association may be a member of another Association" and thus Queen's chances of capturing the trophy were extinguished.
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