It was the invariable custom of the Queen's Park, whenever a member died who
had been an office-bearer, or had rendered valuable services to the club on
the field, to pass a vote of condolence with his relatives, in some cases
send wreaths, and where help was necessary, render it. Its thoughtfulness in
this respect passes belief, even those who had served the club in the
humblest capacity not being forgotten.
Mr. W. Dickson.—Mr. Dickson was an
excellent defender at goal, and did capital duty in nearly all the important
games played by the Queen's Park. He was also a well-known Clyde oarsman,
having for many years been a prominent member of the Clydesdale A.R.C., and
one of their champions. An authority on aquatics, and ready at all times to
impart instruction to juniors, he had gained a great name in the West of
Scotland. His death on 28th April, 1878, proved a sad blow to the club. A
member of committee called specially at his house on learning that Mr.
Dickson lay on his deathbed. A sub-committee—consisting of the president,
Mr. A. Rae, Mr. Taylor, and Mr. Baillie—was appointed to see that Mr.
Dickson lacked for nothing that it was in the power of the club to give him,
and £20 was voted for the purpose. This committee and several members of the
club attended his funeral. The club also gave substantial support to a
concert for the benefit of his widow, organised by the Caledonian Railway
Company's Musical Association, for which body Mr. Dickson acted as
Mr. Eadie Fraser.—Scotland never had a better forward than
Eadie Fraser, known to everybody as the "Graceful Eadie." His movements were
perfect. His popularity was extraordinary. On the field and off it he was a
thorough gentleman, and never descended to those tricks which tend to bring
the game into disrepute. When he was appointed to a lucrative situation in
West Africa, his departure was a blow to his many friends, and hailed as a
calamity to the Queen's Park. The whole of the members and office-bearers
loved him as a brother, and not a few of those he left behind him on the
platform in February, 1884, as the train steamed out of the station, turned
away with a sad heart and streaming eye. They never saw him again. M. J.
Eadie Fraser died at Sydney, Australia, in the early months of 1886. No more
popular or able player had ever done duty on the football field for the
Queen's Park than he. Falling into ill-health, he first went to the West
Coast of Africa, and the climate there not suiting him, he travelled to the
Antipodes. The seeds of mortality had been sown too deeply, and he succumbed
after a short sojourn. The Queen's Park had placed him on "the hon. members'
roll," and on learning of his death passed the following sympathetic
resolution : " That the meeting received with profound sorrow the
intelligence of the death of Mr. M. J. Eadie Fraser, a recently prominent
and popular member of the club, and records its high appreciation of the
valuable services rendered to the club by Mr. Fraser during his active
connection with it, and its warm estimation of those qualities of mind and
disposition which combined to make him deservedly popular among his
fellow-members." An excerpt of this minute was sent to his father, the Rev.
John Fraser, with the assurance of the committee's sympathy.
Taylor.—J. Taylor, the great Queen's Park back, died in October, 1888. He
was one of the oldest members of the club, having joined in 1870, prior to
the occupation of the original Hampden Park by the club. He played in the
great cup tie match against the Wanderers in London in 1872, and also in the
greater first International between Scotland and England at Hamilton
Crescent, in the same year. He was capped also in 1873, 1874, 1875, and
1876. The sympathy of the club did not end with a vote of condolence, as a
benefit match was played against 3rd Lanark on 5th January, 1889, the
proceeds of which were handed to the widow, and the club, on the suggestion
of Mr. A. Rowan, augmented this sum by a contribution of £50.
Mr. J. D.
Graham.—Mr. J. D. Graham was a strong supporter of the Queen's Park, and
frequently assisted the club on the playing field as goalkeeper. He played
in several important matches for the Queen's Park. He was also a member of
the Clyde F.C., and having been elected by that club as its representative
to the Glasgow Association committee, Mr. Graham had in 1891 to resign his
connection with the Queen's Park, but in March, 1892, he was readmitted to
membership. He was a bulky man, and in his younger days amateur champion
oarsman on the Clyde. A genial soul, he made friends everywhere, and the
pity is he was not spared for greater usefulness. Mr. Graham died in August,
Mr. J. T. Richmond.--An old and highly-respected member of the club,
Mr. James T. Richmond died early in February, 1898, while yet in the prime
of life. Mr. James Lawrence, president, referred to the splendid services
Mr. Richmond had rendered to the club, and stated, although he had not come
much about Hampden Park recently, he nevertheless took a very keen interest
in its welfare and in all its doings.
Mr. John M'Tavish.—Mr. John
M'Tavish, who in the capacity of hon. match secretary for several years had
proved himself a very energetic and faithful official, died towards the end
of April, 1898. While it was generally known Mr. M'Tavish had been seriously
ill, and had been confined to bed for several days, it was not expected his
illness would prove fatal. The chairman intimated that Mr. Lawrence had
instructed the secretary to forward a wreath in the club's name to the
Mr. George Gillespie.—At a committee meeting, 5th February, 1900,
Mr. James Lawrence made reference to the sudden death of Mr. George
Gillespie, which had taken place on Saturday morning. Mr. Gillespie, who
came from Rangers to Queen's Park, was known as " the prince of
goalkeepers." He had been a member of the club for a long period, was highly
esteemed by all who knew him, and had in his time done excellent service for
the club. He had been cut off in the prime of life, leaving a widow and
family to mourn his loss. Mr. Gillespie was a marvellous goalkeeper. He had
previously played in other positions, until he found his true vocation was
the part of custodian.
The Ibrox Disaster.--Before commencing a committee
meeting, 7th April, 1902, the chairman (Mr. Geake) made feeling reference to
the extremely sad calamity which had occurred at Ibrox on Saturday last, on
the occasion of the International match with England, when so many lives had
been lost, and hundreds more or less severely injured, and moved: "That we
record in the minutes an expression of our deep and heartfelt sympathy with
the Scottish Football Association and Rangers Football Club at the present
Mr. Thomas Lawrie.—In December, 1904, Mr. Thomas Lawrie died, and
the club did not allow the loss of one of the hardest workers and most
prominent officials of the Queen's Park to pass without suitable notice. Mr.
Arthur Geake, in committee, 5th December, 1904, made sympathetic reference
to the recent death of Mr. Lawrie, who passed away in the very prime of
life, one of the oldest, ablest, and most valued members of the club. Mr.
Lawrie evinced the greatest interest in football, athletic, and volunteering
matters generally. He was major in the 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers.
Mr. T. C. Highet.—Mr. Harriett, president, at a meeting in February, 1907,
made sympathetic reference to the recent death of Mr. Thomas C. Highet, one
of the oldest, ablest, and most valued players of the club, bore testimony
to the great interest he had always evinced therein and in all athletic
matters generally, and testified to the great loss which the club had
sustained through his death.
Mr. William Harrower.—Sympathetic reference
was also made on the death of Mr. William Harrower in October, 1910, an old
and highly-esteemed member of the club, one who in the early 'eighties
occupied a very high position in the game through his outstanding ability as
a player, and had rendered distinguished services to the club, and in
International matches to his country. Mr. Harrower evinced to the last the
greatest interest in the welfare of the club, and the loss which the Queen's
Park had sustained through his death was sincerely felt.
Sellar.-Mr. William Sellar, one of the greatest centre forwards that had
ever adorned Scottish football, died in June, 1914. He had been in failing
health for a long period, and in consequence had not been able to follow the
legal career which had opened so brightly for him. Originally a
member—indeed one of the founders—of the Battlefield F.C., he, along with
his two brothers, formed part of the Battlefield team which defeated the
Queen's Park, 26th October, 1884, in a sensational Scottish Cup tie. At this
time Battlefield was a force to be reckoned with. Mr. Sellar joined the
Queen's Park, 13th June, 1882. His first appearance, however, in the Queen's
Park team was not until 12th April, 1884, against Rangers, in a Glasgow
Charity Cup tie, which Queen's Park won by 2-1, when he played with D. S.
Allan on the left wing. He also helped Queen's Park to defeat 3rd Lanark in
a final (8-0) on 3rd May. He played for Battlefield in cup ties in 1883-84
and 1884-85. Notwithstanding Battlefields triumph in October, 1884, Mr.
Sellar came to the assistance of the Queen's Park in the English Cup ties,
occupying the centre forward position with W. Harrower against Notts County
at Nottingham, 21st February, 1885, and against the same club at Derby, 28th
February, when at the second attempt Queen's Park passed on to meet Notts
Forest twice, Mr. Sellar playing in both ties. He also was in the English
final against Blackburn Rovers, at the Oval, that year. He made only one
more appearance that season for Queen's Park, in the last match on the card,
against Dumfries. In 1885-86 he again played in Scottish Cup ties for
Battlefield, and was capped against England, 21st March, 1886, as a member
of that club, playing on the right wing, and did not appear in the Queen's
Park team that season. Mr. Sellar was capped against England, 19th March,
1887, as from Battlefield, playing only thrice for Queen's Park—against
Kilmarnock, 19th February ; 3rd Lanark, 12th March; and Notts County, 26th
March, 1887. He did not play regularly for Queen's Park until after
Battlefield had fallen on evil days, receiving International honours as a
member of that club in 1888. His other three honours against England were as
a Queen's Park player, in 1891, 1892, and 1893—seven times in all. Mr.
Thomas Robertson, president, a week after Mr. Sellar's sudden death, made
sympathetic reference to the sad event. Mr. Sellar had rendered invaluable
services to the club and to his country on the football field, and as
president for three years, then a record.
Mr. D. C. Brown.—No more capable
and no more popular member of the club can be found in the whole list of
competent and active officials than Mr. Donald Campbell Brown, who died
suddenly in America in the early part of 1915. At a committee meeting, 17th
April, 1915, Mr. Thomas Robertson, the president, stated Mr. Brown had for
many years been a most active and highly efficient office-bearer of the
club, in which he had long taken deep and kindly interest. The chairman paid
a very high tribute to the manner in which Mr. Brown had filled the
presidential chair, and his unsparing efforts in the interest of amateur
athletics in Scotland, and moved: "That we record in our minutes an
expression of our great regret at Mr. Brown's sudden demise, and our most
sincere sympathy with his widow and daughter in their deep and sad
bereavement." An excerpt was forwarded to Mrs. Brown in America.
William C. Mitchell.—This gentleman, who was an early member of the club,
and president in 1876-77, in which season he had the additional honour of
being president of the Scottish Football Association, died at Ayr in
December, 1919. He had done yeoman service for the Queen's Park, and he
presented the club, in 1876, with the first flag in the black and white
colours, which floated over the Queen's Park pavilion on the occasion of the
first open amateur athletic meeting held by the club in September of that
Mr. Mungo Ritchie.—This gentleman, who was the first president of
the Queen's Park Club, died at his residence, Moray Place, Strathbungo, in
September, 1920, at the ripe age of eighty-three years. He had an active
business career, being connected with the firm of Messrs. Mann, Byars & Co.
for a long period. Indeed, he was an octogenarian at his retirement. When
the idea of forming the athletic youths of the Queen's Park Recreation
Ground into a club was consummated, 9th July, 1867, he was elected
president, in absence. He occupied the chair for the one year, and resigned
membership in 1868, on the occasion of his marriage.