Queen's Island F.C.

Queen's Island was a football club from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Queen's Island F.C.
Full nameQueen's Island Football Club
Founded1920[1]
GroundPirrie Park, 1923-24 and 1928-29
The Oval, 1924-28
LeagueIrish League

The team was champion of the Irish League for the 1923/24 season and winner of the Irish Cup in 1924.

HistoryEdit

Queen's Island Football Club was formed in the summer of 1920, their first match was a friendly against Ulster Rangers, they were elected to the Intermediate League for the start of the 1920/21 season, they finished 5th place in the Intermediate League whilst winning the Intermediate Cup at their first attempt, defeating Forth River 2-0 in the final at Solitude on St Patrick's Day 1921.

After their debut season in the Irish Intermediate League, Queen's Island applied to join the Irish League, Willowfield and Belfast United also applied but Queen's Island were elected. At the end of the 1928/29 season, they were voted out of the Irish League, being replaced by Derry City. Although they only spent eight seasons in senior football, Queen's Island's record of one championship and three runners-up spots was very impressive. In the 1928-29 season they conceded a record 130 goals in 26 games.

They went on to compete in junior leagues such as the Irish Football Alliance and would compete up to the 1960s, during their time in the Alliance league they played matches at Skegoneill avenue, home of Brantwood.[citation needed]

Irish Football AllianceEdit

After the club's days in the Irish Football League the club plied their trade in the Irish Football Alliance.

During their days as an Irish League side Queen's Island called two venues "home":

Irish League recordEdit

Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1921-22 5 10 3 2 5 9 16 - 7 8
1922-23 2 10 5 2 3 17 21 - 4 12
1923-24 1 18 12 4 2 48 18 +30 26*
1924-25 2 22 13 6 3 48 23 +25 32
1925-26 6 22 9 5 8 42 37 + 5 23
1926-27 2 22 12 6 4 46 34 +12 30
1927-28 12 26 5 7 14 46 70 -24 17
1928-29 14 26 2 3 21 53 130 -77 7**
  • *Deducted 2 points.
  • **Finished bottom. Not re-elected for following season.[2]

HonoursEdit

Senior honoursEdit

Intermediate honoursEdit

Representative playersEdit

Five Queen's Island players won Ireland caps (one each):

The following Queen's Island players represented the Irish League at inter-league level:

  • Armstrong, Blair, Chambers, Croft, Fergie, Gough, Gowdy, Gray, Holmes, McKeown, McLeod, Mehaffy, Scott and Wilson.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ireland's Saturday Night, 21 August 1920
  2. ^ "Football In Northern Ireland - A Statistical Record 1881-2005" Alex Graham
  3. ^ Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats