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History of the Queen's Park Football Club 1867 - 1917
Chapter LIX.—Instructions to F.A. Delegates, 1873


It was a source of great gratification to the club that its honorary secretary, Mr. Archibald Rae, had been chosen, in February, 1874, a member of the committee of the Football Association, not as representative of the Scottish Association, but as a member of the Queen's Park Club. No doubt it was a high honour, and was richly deserved, as the club had taken an active part in furthering the objects of the association, especially in legislative work—many important rules having been introduced or altered on the initiation of the Queen's Park—and the position of the game in Scotland must be credited wholly to the club. Mr. Rae kept himself in close touch with the Football Association re interpretation of the rules, and elucidation of many questions for the improvement of the game.

The Queen's Park F.C. had never a more capable and enthusiastic official than Mr. Archibald Rae, who served the . club most faithfully and well in various capacities. He first held office as secretary for seasons 1872-73 and 1873-74. He was appointed treasurer in season 1875-76, and occupied the presidential chair in 1877-78. Mr. Rae was the actual founder, on a mandate from Queen's Park, in 1873, of the Scottish Football Association, and officiated as first honorary secretary of that body. Altogether his work for his club, and for football, has left its impress on succeeding generations. On the occasion of his marriage the club presented him with a gold watch, which bears the following inscription: "To Mr. Archibald Rae, on the occasion of his marriage, from the members of the Queen's Park Football Club—Glasgow, 8th June, 1876."

The following letter, written by Mr. A. Rae, the then secretary of Queen's Park, to Mr. Robert Smith, London, contains detailed instructions re what items on the agenda for the annual general meeting of the Football Association the Queen's Park wished to support or oppose. In the minutes of the club, the following entry appears under date 21st January, 1873: "The secretary was instructed to send to Mr. Stair several amendments of the Laws of the Game for adoption at the annual general meeting of the Association in February, and to ask the club representatives to try to secure their adoption. (See letter book.} "

3 Valeview Terrace, Mount Florida,
Glasgow, 21st February, 1873.

Robert Smith, Esq., London.

My Dear Sir,—The committee met the other night, and carefully considered the proposed amendments upon the Laws of the Game,. etc., with the following results:

Laws of the Game

II and III. Support amendments proposed by this club upon Rules 2 and 3.

V. Oppose Great Marlow's amendment to Rule 5. It this Were adopted, it would bring the players all together at every throw-in; reduce the play on such occasions to mere mauls; and give the advantage to mere weight, rather than to judgment and readiness as at present.

V. Oppose Clapton Pilgrims' amendment to same rule. The rule should stand as it is now, for it is often good play to put the ball into touch, get hold of it again, and throw it in at once.

V. Oppose Nottingham Forest's amendment to same rule. Few players are gifted with straight-kicking powers, and much time would probably be wasted in bringing back the ball from mulled kicks to have it rightly done.

VI. Oppose Nottingham Forest's amendment to Rule 6. There is often enough sneaking with the present rule. This amendment would make matters infinitely worse, and would multiply fluke goals.

VI. Support Uxhridge's amendment on this rule. The proposed wording is clearer than the existing rule.

VII. Oppose amendments to this rule proposed by Upton Park and Great Marlow, because they are embodied in the amendment proposed by Maidenhead; and oppose Nottingham Forest's amendment, because a flag between the goal and the corner-fiag would be misleading.

VII. Support Maidenhead's amendment, but suggest that it be abbreviated thus:

When the ball is kicked behind the goal-line by one of the attacking side, it must be kicked off by the side behind whose goal it was kicked, within six yards of the limit of their goal. When the ball is kicked behind the goal-line by one of the defending side, a player of the opposite side shall have a free kick from the nearest corner-flag. No other player, in either case, to be allowed within six yards of the ball until it is kicked, and no goal to be scored from any such kick. This, you will observe, shortens the rule without altering its meaning.

VIII. Oppose Great Marlow's amendment to this rule. It opens the door to endless field disputings. Astronomy forgive them, they don't know what they are doing.

VIII. Support Queen's Park amendment to this rule. It seems to us to clearly define the goalkeeper's privileges. The adoption of this amendment will, of course, require the expunging of Rules 10 and 11.

X. Should our amendment to Rule 8 be adopted, Maidenhead's amendment to this rule (10) will be unnecessary.

XII. Oppose Nottingham's amendment to this rule. The rule, as it stands, prohibits spikes; which it would not do, if amended as proposed. Handling Support St. Alban's addition to memo, re handling; but have this put among the Definitions of Terms," instead of standing alone as a memo. Definition of Terms. Support Clapton Pilgrims' definition of a free kick, provided the last clause be omitted, thus:

A free kick is a kick at the ball in any way the kicker pleases, when it is lying on the ground. The adoption of the six feet, or any limit, would lead to difficulties. Suppose, for instance, the ball to be fouled within three feet of the goal by the defenders of that goal, must they retire three feet outside the field of play? Oxford can't play us for the cup on the Monday after the International. We have therefore withdrawn in their favour. I see the English team has been licked by the Wanderers!! shall be glad to get your official report of the Association meeting at your convenience, after the proceedings are over. Compliments to your brother and yourself from Yours very faithfully,

ARCH. RAE, Hon. Secretary.

 Weir won't be up!! So I hear to-day.

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