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History of the Queen's Park Football Club 1867 - 1917
Chapter LVI.—Mr. Arthur Geake

Arthur Geake

Perhaps no more interesting personality was ever connected with the Queen's Park Club than the late Mr. Arthur Geake. One might say he devoted his life to its wellbeing, and during the long period of forty years helped to guide its affairs, maintaining through that long lapse of time the traditions of the club, and connecting its policy from the dim and distant past down to the present day. Mr. Geake was the chief apostle of amateurism in the club, and when he joined, 6th May, 1879, the principles which he found in the club then have been continued, largely through his vast experience. Before he had been a year in the club he was appointed match secretary, 29th April, 1880, at the annual general meeting, and thus obtained a seat on committee, and the confidence of the members in his zeal for the club was such, that he continued on the committee until his death, being elected annually by large majorities. Truly a wonderful record, one of which no other member can boast. In failing health, he passed away suddenly at Girvan, 4th June, 1920, being in harness to the last. He was appointed hon. secretary, 29th April, 1881, but only held that office until November, 1881, when he again took up the match secretaryship, on Mr. D. R. Anderson, the match secretary, resigning to take up an appointment in Birmingham. It was his pleasant duty at the end of his first year of office as match secretary to report to the annual meeting, that none of the three teams had lost a match that season, 1880-81. He retained the match secretaryship during seasons 1881-82 and 1882-83—a very critical period in the history of the club. Elected to the presidency at the annual general meeting in 1885, he retained that position in the following season, 1886-87. This was the reward of the very excellent services he had rendered to the club in supervising the laying out of second Hampden Park, to which work he gave unremitting attention, going into details most minutely, and to him more than any other, must be attributed the great success of that enclosure. When third Hampden Park came to be con sidered—this colossal undertaking involved great expense, and required the closest attention during its construction—it was thought Mr. Geake's previous experience should be secured, and he was placed at the head of the club, being elected president for the third time at the annual general meeting in 1900, nor was it thought advisable to disturb his reign in the following two seasons, 1901-02 and 1902-03. Mr. Geake is the only member who has occupied the presidential chair on five occasions—a very striking testimony to the esteem in which he was held by his fellow-members. He was a most energetic worker on committee, bringing his knowledge of the genera] practice of the club to bear upon its procedure, and no man knew better than he how to maintain that consecutive policy, which has made the Queen's Park the model of all other clubs. How could it be otherwise, seeing he had a hand in shaping its policy for well-nigh a generation? A native of Nottingham, he came to Scotland at an early age, and he readily acquired that perfidium ingenium Scotorum which could enable him to pass in any company as a genuine product of the soil. A reverse for Scotland in an International match was for him a disaster. At the age of seventy, while not retaining quite the same elasticity of youth, he certainly had lost none of his tenacity of purpose. When the Queen's Park joined the Scottish League in 1900, Mr. Goake was elected the representative of the club on the League committee, being president of that body in seasons 1904-05 and 1905-06. On his initiative much useful legislation was passed to give amateur clubs a safe hold on their players, and prevent them joining professional clubs in mid-season, as the Queen's Park had suffered very seriously in this way. He sat on the League committee for some fourteen years, when his place was taken there by Mr. Tom Robertson, who has also just been elected president of the League for the second time.

Mr. Geake possessed a genial personality, and his quaint - sayings, always apropos, would fill a volume. Uncle Arthur was held in the highest respect by footballers everywhere,. and at Hampden Park he was an institution. He made the pavilion his club, where he was to be found almost nightly. Acquainted with all the members, he took the greatest possible interest in the players and their doings. He was not only a link with the past, but also a living force in the modern history of the Queen's Park.

In 1919, on the occasion of Mr. Geake's seventieth birthday and his fortieth year in the club, the committee presented him with a gold pendant, in the shape of a football, with an inscription inside giving the years in which he held the presidentship of the club.

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