Pavilion named for Queen’s stalwart

Sports minister Jamie Hepburn, left, cuts the tape at the opening ceremony.                 Picture by Ian Cairns
Sports minister Jamie Hepburn, left, cuts the tape at the opening ceremony. Picture by Ian Cairns

The JB McAlpine pavilion was officially opened last Friday at Lesser Hampden, prior to Saturday’s match with Arbroath.

It is named in honour of the legendary James B McAlpine, who played 500 games for Queen’s between 1919 and 1933 and scored 192 goals. The oldest football club in Scotland — and the oldest amateur club in the world — Queen’s beat Arbroath 6-1 at Hampden in the winter of 1923, when the same JB McAlpine scored a hat-trick — taking QP forward to become Division Two champions.