Queens Legends

Every club has its people who have for some reason(s) or another gone down in club folklore. At Queen of the South, some of those have passed through the club for only a short period, shining brightly on their journey through the football world. Others have stayed for longer, becoming bed rocks of the club for the time that they were there. Below are some of the legends to have brought some warmth to the Palmerston faithful through the generations.

Andy Aitken
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Defender
Previous Clubs Annan Athletic, Gretna
Profile

Andy Aitken played for Queen of the South in two spells at a time that marked the resurrection of the club. Playing in three of Scotland´s senior cup finals ...


Allan Ball
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs Stanley United
Profile

Allan Ball has played more games for Queen of the South than any other player in the club’s history. In a career at Queens lasting from the early 60s to the early ...


Jimmy Binning
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Left back
Previous Clubs Arbroath
Profile

Jimmy Binning (born Blantyre, July 25, 1927) was a quick and intelligent left back who played 288 games for Queen of the South. As well being capped by the Scottish Lea ...


Bobby Black
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Right wing
Previous Clubs East Fife
Profile

On the evening of Queen of the South’s 90th anniversary, March 21st 2009, Bobby Black from Thornhill was sitting with a small group of family and ...


Crawford Boyd
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre back
Previous Clubs Port Glasgow Rangers, Largs Thistle
Profile

Crawford Boyd was a pivotal defender for Queen of the South in the 1970s. After leaving to spend a season and a half with Hearts, Boyd returned for the run in of the 19 ...


Ivor Broadis
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Inside forward
Previous Clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Carlisle United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Newcastle United
Profile

Ivor Broadis is the most distinguished Englishman to have played for Queen of the South. As well ...


Tommy Bryce
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Midfield, forward
Previous Clubs Kilmarnock, Stranraer, Clydebank, Ayr United, Partick Thistle
Profile

Tommy Bryce (Mk II) scored 95 goals for Queen of the South in 297 games placing him 19th in the club’s appearances list and fifth in the scoring chart. A man of h ...


Nobby Clark
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre back
Previous Clubs Partick Thistle
Profile

The defensive cornerstone of the 70s and 80s made 340 QoS first team appearances. Nobby Clark is the only man to taste promotion success with Queens as a player and the ...


George Cloy
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Utility
Previous Clubs Kello Rovers
Profile

George Cloy gave Queen of the South service that spanned 12 seasons. A massively enthusiastic utility player with a truly boundless love of football, Cloy’s 334 f ...


Alan Davidson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs Royal Albert, Celtic, Airdrieonians, Floreat Athena
Profile

Alan Davidson joined Queens in 1982 and made 364 first team appearances over two spells. Affectionately nicknamed ’Barney’, an excellent all round keeper, h ...


John Dempster
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Winger
Previous Clubs Muirkirk Juniors
Profile

A skilful, goal scoring winger with speed to make all but the nippiest full backs feel glacially paced, John Dempster could operate on either side of the pitch. His pen ...


Ian Dickson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre Forward
Previous Clubs Arrol Johnston
Profile

Ian Dickson was born in Maxwelltown (a separate burgh from Dumfries until 1928) in September 1902. As well as playing in the first ever game in Queen of the South histo ...


George Farm
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs Armadale Thistle, Hibernian, Blackpool
Profile

George Neil Farm played for Blackpool throughout their golden decade of the 1950s and winning the FA Cup in 1953. Farm gained 10 full international caps before spending ...


Willie Ferguson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Left wing, left half
Previous Clubs Kello Rovers, Chelsea, St Bernards
Profile

Willie Ferguson had a short spell with Queen of the South early in his career before spending a decade at Chelsea. He returned to QoS as player and then manager at ...


Hughie Gallacher
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre forward
Previous Clubs Bellshill Athletic
Profile

A pocket sized footballing phenomenon of natural skill and boundless determination, in 624 senior games, Hughie Gallacher scored 463 times in a goal drenched career of ...


Dave Halliday
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Forward
Previous Clubs Arrol Johnston, Tayleurians
Profile

Dave Halliday from Dumfries was a stunningly prolific goal scorer. From starting his career at Queen of the South, Halliday ...


George Hamilton
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Inside forward
Previous Clubs Irvine Meadow
Profile

George Hamilton started his senior career with Queen of the South before enjoying a long and successful career at Aberdeen. In his five full internationals for Scotland ...


Roy Henderson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs Carluke Amateurs, Lanark United, Third Lanark, Aberdeen
Profile
Roy Henderson was goalkeeper at Queen of the South through the club’s best period in the early and mid 1950s. The goallie of enormous talent and dexterity had a ...

Billy Houliston
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre forward
Previous Clubs Crichton
Profile

Billy Houliston is the only Queen of the South player to have gained full international recognition with Scotland. As well as his three full caps he was capped nine time ...


Jim Kerr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Defender
Previous Clubs Kello Rovers
Profile

Jim Kerr was born in March 1942. He joined Queen of the South for season 1959/60 from Kello Rovers and ended his Palmerston career with season 1970/71. Kerr made 403 Qo ...


Lex Law
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Inside Left
Previous Clubs
Profile

 

Lex Law merits a place in Queens Legends for his 332 first team appearances alone. Having represented Scotland at age group ...


Neil Martin
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Centre forward, inside forward
Previous Clubs Alloa Athletic
Profile

Neil Martin was among the first players to score 100 league goals in both Scotland and England and won three full international caps for Scotland. Known for his strengt ...


Iain McChesney
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Utility
Previous Clubs Greystone Rovers, Kello Rovers
Profile

Iain McChesney has given longer service to Queen of the South as a footballer than any other player in the club’s history. Queen’s enjoyed the benefit of Mc ...


George McLachlan
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Manager
Previous Clubs Crosshill Amateurs, Celtic, Clyde, Kings Park Strollers, Cardiff City, Manchester United, Chester City, Le Havre
Profile
 
George McLachlan and the 1936 overseas tour

Ted McMinn
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Right wing
Previous Clubs Glenafton Athletic
Profile

Ted McMinn played for Queen of the South followed by a highly successful career playing in the top divisions in Scotland, Spain and England. An entertaining character a ...


Jackie Oakes
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Left wing
Previous Clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City
Profile

Jackie Oakes played 457 league and cup games for Queen of the South in a career that spanned 23 years. A quick, athletic left winger, Oakes is fourth in Queens all time ...


Jim Patterson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position
Previous Clubs Luncarty Juniors
Profile

Jim Patterson is the goals King of Queens with a record 251 strikes for the club. In a long and distinguished career at Palmerston, Patterson gained international recogn ...


Jimmy Robertson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Left wing
Previous Clubs Newton Means Rovers, Muirend Amateurs, East Kilbride Thistle, Motherwell, Rangers, Stranraer, Greenock Morton, Clydebank
Profile

Uncharacteristically tall for a winger and with a left foot of mesmerising ball control, Jimmy Robertson was a match winning Queens player in two successful promotion c ...


Willie Savage
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Right back
Previous Clubs Burnbank, St Cuthberts CYMS, Shieldhall Thistle, Hamilton, Motherwell Juniors
Profile

Willie Savage joined Queen of the South in 1932. For the rest of the decade he formed an outstanding full back partnership with Willie Culbert and enjoyed many of the g ...


Dougie Sharpe
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Right back
Previous Clubs Greystone Rovers
Profile

Dougie Sharpe is fifth in the Queen of the South appearances table with 431 first team league and cup games. A tough tackling right back, his quality performances were ...


Andy Thomson
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Position Striker
Previous Clubs Jerviston, Southend United, Oxford United, Gillingham, Queens Park Rangers
Profile

Andy Thomson is the third highest goal scorer in Queen of the South history. His highest scoring season in England was with QPR where he top scored for the club. However ...


Acknowledgements

As but a humble feature writer, most of the information gathered for use in Queens Legends (and also the sections of the club history & and other articles scattered across qosfc.com that I drafted), has been sourced from books, press articles and the internet. There has also been some fine contributions from web team colleagues, Andy Cowan (technical guru) and Colin Johnstone (photography). Some sterling input has been provided from individuals such as some of the participants of the events listed and also various football historians. Of the historians the largest single source of information has been Queen of the South historian and former Museum Curator, Ian Black. It is also in order to thank the following for their various contributions:-

Allan Ball, QoS
Andy Aitken, ex QoS
Ann Marie Ballantyne, Airdrie United FC
Bill Goldie, wordsmith and QoS Press Officer
Bobby Black, ex QoS
Crawford Boyd, ex QoS, with IT assistance from Alex Boyd
Charlie Brown, ex QoS
Neil Brown, online football database administrator
George Burley, ex footballer, now manager
Nobby Clark, ex QOS
George Cloy, ex QoS
Billy Collings, ex QoS
Jimmy Cowley, friend of Alan Davidson
Alan Davidson, ex QoS
Laura Davidson, daughter of Alan
Paul Days, Sunderland AFC historian
Jocky Dempster, ex QoS
Lucy Diamond, proof reader
Stephen Done, Liverpool FC museum curator
Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, ex footballer, now manager
Leslie Fortune, QoS fan
Rick Glanvill, Chelsea FC historian
Bruce Gilmour, Scottish Football Museum
Ian Halliday, son of Dave Halliday
John Henderson, Airdieonians FC historian
Paul Joannou, Newcastle United FC historian
Derek Jones, Blackburn Rovers F.C. historian
Davie Kirkpatrick, QoS fan
Lynne Laffin, PA to Sir Alex Ferguson
Lex Law, ex QoS
Brian Leng, Sunderland AFC historian
John Lerwill, Aston Villa FC historian
Tommy Malcolm, ex Scottish Football Museum
Iain McChesney, QoS
Robert McLachlan, son of George McLachlan
Ted McMinn, ex QoS
Niccole Ney, Dundee FC
Rob at Blackburn Rovers PAPR
Jimmy Robertson, ex QoS
David Ross, football historian
Richard Shepherd, Cardiff City FC media department
Jim Stewart, East Fife FC Historian
Gary Taylor, QoS fan
Andy Thomson, ex QoS
Ian Turnbull, Sanquhar QoS Supporters Club
Hayley Weaver, Liverpool FC
Bruce Wright, ex QoS Programme Editor

 

Kirk McLean