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Scotland's oldest football club goes pro after 152 years

Queen's Park votes to become professional for the first time.

Queen's Park: Founded in 1867.
Queen's Park: Founded in 1867. Queen's Park FC

Scotland's oldest football club has voted to end its amateur status and become professional for the first time in 152 years.

Queen's Park, who currently play in League Two, had a vote on the issue on Thursday.

The committee motion needed at least 75% to vote in favour to pass but received a 91% backing at the club's offices.

The Hampden Park club will be leaving the national stadium at the end of this season to play their home games in Lesser Hampden.

A club statement read: "We can announce that the resolution to enable the club to offer professional terms has passed.

"We recognise the difficulty in introducing this resolution, however we believe this will enable us to plan for a bright future, as we face up to the challenges of moving from the national stadium and maintaining our senior league place."

Queen's Park are historically one of the country's most successful teams and have won the Scottish Cup more times than any other club outside Celtic and Rangers.

However, the last of their ten Scottish Cups was won in 1893.

Known as the Spiders they can also count Scotland stars Andy Robertson and Laurence Shankland among their former players.

This season they were the only amateur side out of 42 SPFL clubs but after today's decision they will be allowed to offer professional terms for the first time since they were founded in 1867.

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