Most people would be forgiven for thinking that the upcoming game between The New Saints and Queen’s Park is the first time that a football match has taken place between a side from the Shropshire town of Oswestry and the Scottish city of Glasgow.
However, back in the nineteenth century that scenario was a reality, as Oswestry FC and Queen’s Park went head-to-head on December 29, 1883.
The details of the encounter can be read below via the excerpts, printed with permission, from An Oswestry Miscellany by John Pryce-Jones.
We have been in touch with John and we will be following up on the story, and more. As they say, watch this space.
The lead image is the entrance to Oswestry Town’s ground at Park Hall, prior to the present development. The inclusion of English and Welsh indicates the links that the town of Oswestry (Croesoswallt) has with both nations. In fact, Oswestry FC was a founding member of the FA Wales.
John added the following details to the above story:
The tie being arranged for December 29th clearly posed a challenge – the Sportsman reported that “Owing to this being a holiday time the greatest possible difficulty was found in getting up a team capable of upholding the honour of the Queen’s Park at Oswestry. However great pressure was brought to bear on some of the members of the team, Mr Campbell’s powers of persuasion being called in requisition and with such success that a very fair team will contest the English cup tie”.
The Glasgow Herald of December 31st reporting on the match noted that “The Scotch team was considerably changed from that which was expected to visit Shropshire and Arnott, Holm and Gow were absent from the back division and Harrower from the centre”.
The goal scorers were, for Queen’s Park, William Anderson (3), Dr John Smith (2), David Allan, and an own goal; Oswestry’s goal (an equaliser at the time) was scored by W.T. Foulkes.
The Herald also noted that “The visiting team was entertained in the evening at a public dinner got up in honour of their first visit to Oswestry”.