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History of the Queen's Park Football Club 1867 - 1917
By Richard Robinson (1920)


"While appreciating the signal honour of the committee of the Queen's Park F.C. in asking me to write the history of the club, I would mention that I was very reluctant to undertake such a responsibility, and it was only on the solicitations of personal friends that I eventually consented. Sensible of my literary limitations, these, however, while always uppermost, seemed to lose their terror the more my researches were prosecuted; and if the work may not be as worthy as the engrossing character of the subject deserves, it, at all events, has the merit, if it can claim no other, of being a faithful record of the great and imposing part which the Queen's Park F.C. has played in moulding the history of what is universally acknowledged to be the most democratic of our national sports.

"Two courses were at least open to me. One was to deal chronologically with events, making the labours of each season stand by themselves; the other, which was ultimately adopted, was to treat in chapter form the more outstanding incidents and results in the practical operations of the club, as well as its legislative and administrative activities. Possibly the former would have been the more interesting; but the latter, in its historical presentment, provides a wealth of information which should be highly useful, if only for purposes of reference.

"It is impossible to give the names of all who have so generously come to my help in supplying incidents and documents of much interest and value; but I cannot omit to mention Mr. John K. M'Dowall, secretary of the Scottish Football Association, Mr. J. C. Grant, and my life-long friend, Mr. Robert Livingstone, for their valuable cooperation, while it is almost superfluous to add that all officially connected with the club have contributed in various ways to make my task "a labour of love."

"THE AUTHOR."Glasgow, October, 1920.


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