Within a decade of entering the Scottish League at its lowest level -- the third division -- QUEEN OF THE SOUTH were competing with the the best the game had to offer. They justified their meteoric rise with some fine performances and for the greater part of the next thirty years spent their time in the top division.

Queens were never likely title contenders -- though they did have their moments -- but their ability to live with the elite is clearly demonstrated here by their results against Celtic. On twenty visits to Palmerston Park their illustrious guests managed just seven victories. With three games drawn, the home side claimed full points on ten occasions.

QUEEN OF THEł SOUTH v CELTIC
SEASON
DIVISION
RESULT
ATT
34
1
3-2
10948
35
1
3-4
10000
36
1
1-3
12000
37
1
1-0
8000
38
1
2-2
18700
39
1
1-1
11000
47
1
3-1
15000
48
1
2-0
13500
49
1
1-0
16500
50
1
0-2
20250
51
1
4-0
14500
53
1
2-1
12800
54
1
2-1
16000
55
1
0-2
12500
56
1
1-3
12500
57
1
4-3
11000
58
1
4-3
7000
59
1
2-2
7500
63
1
2-5
7429
64
1
0-2
6079

 

The Doonhamers finest run in the Scottish Cup prior to 2008 came in the 1949-50 competition. They struggled to success after a long journey to Inverness then appeared to have blown their chances by drawing at home to Morton. But an away replay triumph followed by a third round bye set up a home tie with Aberdeen.

Again, a home draw in a thrilling match appeared to presage the end. But after another long haul, Queens pulled off a magnificent win at Pittodrie -- every bit a home stronghold then as it has been in more recent times. So it was off to Hampden and a Rangers team aiming for their third successive Cup triumph. A 1-1 draw in front of over 50,000 spectators showed Queens at their finest. But Rangers prevailed rather too easily in the replay. The same couldn't be said in 2008 when Queens marched magnificently to the Final, ousting Aberdeen 4-3 in the semi-finals then giving Rangers a real fright before succumbing 3-2 in the Final.

 

 

1949-50 SCOTTISH CUP
VENUE
RESULT
ATT
R1
INVERNESS
CALEDONIAN
A
1-0
6400
R2
MORTON
H
1-1
14500
Replay

A
3-0
12000
R3
Bye
   
QF
ABERDEEN
H
3-3
13500
Replay

A
2-1
32000
SF
RANGERS
N
1-1
51824
Replay

N
0-3
57577
Semi-finals at Hampden
2007-08 SCOTTISH CUP
VENUE
RESULT
ATT
R3
PETERHEAD
A
5-0
695
R4
LINLITHGOW ROSE
H
4-0
3062
R5
MORTON
A
2-0
3506
QF
DUNDEE
H
2-0
6278
SF
ABERDEEN
N
4-3
24008
Final
RANGERS
N
2-3
48821
Semi-finals & Final at Hampden
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