Written by Andy
Welcome again sports fans and my fellow Rangers fans in particular as today we will discuss The Original Glasgow Derby a match that takes place this weekend.
So the international break is finally over and we get back into the bread and butter of club football with a very special and unique football match.
On Saturday at Ibrox, 3 pm Rangers will taken on fellow Glasgow side Queens Park in a match dubbed ‘The Original Glasgow Derby’.
So who are Queens Park?
Queens Park are the oldest football club in Scotland and were formed in 1867 and are the only side in the Scottish Football League to hold an ‘amateur’ status.
They are also the only Scottish side to play in the English FA Cup Final having done so in 1884 & 1885.
They of course play their home matches at Hampden Park or Lesser Hampden next to it if the stadium is in use for another event.
They have 4 league titles to their name by winning the SFL 1 on two occassions (1922/23 & 1955/56) and SFL 2 & 3 once (1980/81 & 1999/00 respectively) along with the Scottish Cup ten times which is only bettered by Rangers and Celtic.
Some recognisable names have donned the Queens Park shirt over the years as well such as Andrew Watson,Malky Mackay,John Lambie,Alan Morton,Robert Smith McColl,Ian McCall,Bobby Brown,Andy Roxburgh and the great Sir Alex Ferguson to name a few.
This is a fascinating tie indeed as due to Queens Parks stance on going professional it means they haven’t been in the same league as Rangers for very long but the number of times the sides have played is a lot more than you think.
Overall there has been 102 meetings between the sides with Rangers winning 74 games, Queens Park 11 and 17 ending in a draw.
At Ibrox Rangers have won 36 times, Queens Park 6 times and 8 have ended in a draw.
The highest ever win for each side in this fixture are Rangers 8-0 Queens Park (1973/74) and Queens Park 5-1 Rangers (1879/80)
The last meetings of the sides was in the League Cup in 1991/92 at Ibrox where Rangers won 6-0 and the last league meeting was also at Ibrox Rangers winning 5-1 on that occasion.
The last time Queens Park beat Rangers was at Ibrox in 1947/48 where they won by 2-1 but they did get a 3-3 draw in 1956/57 at Ibrox and that was the last time they played Rangers and didn’t lose.
So there is the history of the Original Glasgow Derby so lets take a look at current form
Rangers currently sit 4th in the table on 12 points with 3 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss but at Ibrox Rangers have looked unstoppable winning all three games and scoring 14 goals conceding 3 in the process
Queens Park currently top the table with 14 points with 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss and are the opposite of Rangers as they have struggled at home but been excellent away winning 3 times and losing 1 scoring 8 goals and conceding just 2
Its set up rather nicely and with Rangers strong at home and Queens Park strong away it makes for an interesting tie
If Rangers come out with the correct attitude and one that I hope is much improved after our first loss of the season in the previous match then it should be a comfortable win but anything less than 100% and Queens Park can snatch something.
My prediction is Rangers will come out the traps and go on to win the game 3-0
I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt me but I’m putting it out there for my loyal readers!
At the time of writing this I see there are only a few thousand tickets left which is fantastic to see, Can the magnificent Rangers support beat the world record of 49,118 for a forth tier match?
It wouldn’t surprise me if we did as we expect no less from our great fans who have made the club the most supported side in Scotland this season based on average attendances and 16 th overall in Europe.
Well I hope you enjoyed the blog and are ready for the match in great anticipation now you know a bit more about our opponents and the history of the Original Glasgow Derby until next time…
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