Although we have documented recently the game in the nineteenth century between Oswestry FC and Queen’s Park, this will be the first encounter involving The New Saints.
The visitors to Park Hall have a well-established history as the first Association club to be founded in Scotland. Only clubs in England and Wales are older.
While most sides from the nineteenth century are rather vague as to their precise origin, Queens Park can be exact, with July 9 1867 recorded as the date of birth.
In fact they can go one further than most clubs, as the football history books record that, “Tonight at half past eight o’clock a number of gentlemen met at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace for the purpose of forming a football club.”
The club has a list of honours that are mostly credited to the early years and beyond, although they were Scottish Third Division play-off winners as recently as 2015-2016.
Back in the fourth tier, they currently find themselves in fifth place in a ten-team league. With eight points from five games, they haven’t won on the road this season so far. While yet to concede at home in three games, their defence has been breached four times away from Hampden.
The New Saints go into the match as leaders of the JD Welsh Premier League, courtesy not only of last weekend’s 3-0 victory at The Oval but also the previous incumbents, Connah’s Quay Nomads’, failure to pick up a point at Jenner Park.
Having reached the semi-final stage of the Irn-Bru Cup for the previous two seasons, Scott Ruscoe expresses the sentiments of all us at the club as we target progression in the competition.
The game at Park Hall this Saturday (September 8, 2018) has a kick-off time of 7.35 p.m. The Sgorio cameras will be there as the match is being shown live on S4C. In addition, TNS Radio will be bringing live commentary, with the link here on the home page of our website.
There are a range of options available to watch the game at Park Hall, from general admission to hospitality. You can purchase tickets HERE.