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Queen's Park vie for Fifa honour

Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Fifa president Sepp Blatter will be in Scotland over the weekend

The Scottish FA is to submit an application on behalf of Queen's Park for the Fifa Order of Merit.

Queen's Park, founded in 1867, are the oldest club in Scotland and the oldest amateur side still operating in a senior league in the world.

The Order of Merit is Fifa's highest honour and is awarded to those who are considered to have made a significant contribution to the game.

It has been awarded to just two clubs - Sheffield FC and Real Madrid.

Individual recipients include Joao Havelange, Jules Rimet, Henry Kissinger, Nelson Mandela, Zico, Bobby Moore, Gerd Müller, Franz Beckenbauer, and Pele.

Queen's Park, currently playing in the Scottish Second Division, introduced international football to the world with a Scotland v England tie in 1872.

Some of the most fundamental elements of the modern game owe their existence to this special club
Gordon Brown
Prime Minister

The club, who play their home games at Hampden Park, also founded the SFA on 13 March, 1873.

Queen's Park are being forwarded "in recognition of their outstanding role in the development of the modern game and for 140 years of service to football".

It also acknowledges the club's pioneering of the passing game.

The document supporting the club's case includes messages of support from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, First Minister Alex Salmond and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fifa will consider the application at an International FA Board meeting at Gleneagles this weekend.

SFA president George Peat said: "It is quite a thought that the international game, which is showcased at Fifa's World Cup finals and Uefa's European Championship, can be traced back to Glasgow in 1872 and to the solitary efforts of this pioneering club."

Prime Minister Brown added: "Queen's Park's contribuition to football, both on a local and world-wide scale, cannot be over-stated.

"As the first club to play to the passing style and rules of football in the 19th century, their legacy is the brand of football played across the globe today.

"Some of the most fundamental elements of the modern game owe their existence to this special club.

"I can think of no more fitting recognition than the Fifa Order of Merit."

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