THE last time Queen’s Park played in Scotland’s top flight, the Spiders finished below Queen of the South, East Fife, and Third Lanark, Queen Elizabeth had only been on the throne for five years and Blue Peter was in the production stage at the BBC.

Barring an extraordinary turn of events, not everything will pan out quite the same the next time around, which could be much sooner than even the most ardent of the Lesser Hampden faithful could ever have dreamed of.

For the first time since the early 1980s, Queen's Park will play second-tier football next season after overcoming Airdrieonians in the League One play-offs. Simon Murray's 112th minute penalty (giving the Spiders a 3-2 aggregate win) was enough to seal back-to-back promotions, justifying the call to shift their 152-year amateur status and cash in on Hampden Park. 

Glasgow Times: Queen's Park's players and staff celebrate the play-off triumph Queen's Park's players and staff celebrate the play-off triumph

But just what comes next for the ambitious Southsiders? For manager Owen Coyle, a first top flight adventure since 1958 is firmly in his sights.

"We want to get into the Premiership, like any team in the Championship next year," Coyle, who doesn't officially start until June but arrived back from India early to help the Spiders triumph, said. “Are we able to do that in one step? That’s a big, big ask. But it won’t be for a lack of effort.

“What we have is a plan and a vision for many years. The basis of that will be young players. 

“If you look at it, yes there has been some fantastic backing, but it’s not a case of Queen’s Park spending money out of the ordinary. Far from it." 

Coyle added: “We have good people. I know we’ve gone from amateur to professional but it’s still the same core principles and people. 

“We still want the same thing. 

“People will say we don’t have the most supporters in the world but the ones that were here today made so much noise. That’s what I love, when smaller clubs get their day in the sun. But we don’t want to stop now." 

One rather key thing to Queen's Park's success will be where they play their games next season. Since selling Hampden Park, they've found themselves homeless while Lesser Hampden is transformed, spending last year at Partick Thistle's Firhill.

However, given the difficulties faced by a pitch (more regularly described as a tattie field) struggling to cope with games every week, that won't be happening this time around. 

But there could be some unexpectedly good news for Spiders fans, who otherwise would be bracing themselves for 'home matches' at Broadwood or, ironically, New Broomfield. 

“My understanding is they are pushing for Lesser to be ready for the first league game," Coyle said. "We’d maybe look to play the League Cup games somewhere else.

“That’s the plan and God willing it comes to fruition. 

Glasgow Times: An artist's impression of what Lesser Hampden will look like An artist's impression of what Lesser Hampden will look like

“Rocking up at Lesser Hampden with that new, terrific pitch. It’ll be a hybrid surface and brilliant to play on. It’s beautiful. 

“For anyone in the Championship, they are going to love playing on it. It’s moving in the right direction but we won’t get carried away." 

When the dust settles from Sunday's win, Coyle says he will get straight onto building the Spiders for the Championship. With the likes of Murray, Liam Brown, and Michael Doyle – all brought in following the 2019 status change – impressing, the Irishman knows he'll have his work cut out to continue Queen's Park recent transfer success.

Glasgow Times: Bob McHugh, left, and Simon Murray have impressed since arriving at Queen's Park Bob McHugh, left, and Simon Murray have impressed since arriving at Queen's Park

He said: “It’ll be a quick turnaround. Are we a year ahead of our plans? Before we came in it would have looked likely that Queen’s would still be in League One but now we’re in the Championship. 

“We will look to get players to add to the ones we’ve got to have a real go at it. We’re not going up to make up the numbers, we’re going up to improve and be a challenger."