Walthamstow Avenue 0-2 Queen's Park (lost footage of friendly football match; 1951)

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Issue 1,428 of Radio Times listing the match.

Status: Lost

On 26th March 1951, London club Walthamstow Avenue hosted Queen's Park for a Bank Holiday friendly match. The match was televised by the BBC, with Queen's Park making history by becoming the first televised Scottish football club.


Heading into the match, Walthamstow Avenue was competing within the Isthmian League, while Queen's Park faced sides within the Scottish League Division B.[1][2] In March 1951, the sides agreed on a friendly to be held at Walthamstow's ground, as part of the East London club's Jubilee Celebrations.[1] Occurring on Easter Monday, the BBC decided to televise the match.[3][4][2][1] According to Queen's Park author Forrest Robertson, this was an unusual decision by the broadcaster.[2] Not only was the game unadvertised bar a mention in issue 1,428 of Radio Times,[3][4] the prospective television audience would be limited, especially when considering the BBC had yet to expand its Television Service into Scotland.[2][1] That would only occur almost a year later on 14th March 1952.[1] Nevertheless, Queen's Park would make history by becoming the first Scottish football club to be televised.[1][2] According to issue 1,428 of Radio Times, commentary was provided by Jimmy Jewell and Peter Thomson.[3][4]

Queen's Park ultimately won the game 2-0, thanks to a Derek Grierson double.[1][2] Around 200,000 people were known to have viewed the match on television.[2] The Spiders would have to wait another 61 years to be televised live again, facing Rangers at home on 29th December 2012 as part of a Third Division game.[2] Queen's Park would lose that match 1-0.[5]


Ultimately, the encounter was televised in-full live and was unlikely to be directly recorded.[3][4] While it was possible for a telerecording to emerge, as the first aired football match to be recorded was England's game against Italy on 30th November 1949,[6] this seldom occurred until video tape was perfected in the late-1950s.[7] Thus, all televised footage is likely permanently missing, and the match's overall insignificance meant no newsreel footage exists.

See Also

Association Football/Soccer Media

Early BBC Sports Television

Early BBC Television

Early Sports Television Media