Queen's 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.

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Andy Aitken
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 for Queen's and picking u...
Allan Ball
Allan Ball has played more games for Queen of the South than any other player in the club’s history. In a career at QoS lasting from the early 60s to the early 80s, Ball played in goals ...
Jimmy Binning
Ian "Jimmy" Binning was a quick and intelligent left back who played 288 games for Queen of the South. As well being capped by the Scottish League, Binning is the only QoS playe...
Bobby Black
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 friends round a table at Palmerston Park. Bob...
Crawford Boyd
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 1980/81 promotion campaign. In ...
Ivor Broadis
Ivor Broadis is the most distinguished Englishman to have played for Queen of the South. As well as at QoS the popular Londoner achieved many points of note playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Carl...
Tommy Bryce
Tommy Bryce (Mk II) scored 95 goals for Queen of the South in 297 first team games. A man of high-speed hat-tricks, Bryce was a Queen of the South player to merit a place in the record books over a...
Nobby Clark
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 Queen of the South as a player and then do the sam...
George Cloy
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 played 334 first team games for the Doonha...
Alan Davidson
Alan Davidson joined QoS in 1982 and made 364 first team appearances over two spells. Affectionately nicknamed ’Barney’, an excellent all round keeper, he was goallie in the 1985/8...
John Dempster
A skilful, goal scoring winger with speed to test that of all all but the nippiest full backs, John Dempster could operate on either side of the pitch. His penchant for penalties helped clock up a ...
Ian Dickson
Ian William Dickson was born in Maxwelltown (a separate burgh from Dumfries until 1928), in September 1902. He is arguably the most prodigious teenage footballer to ever to hail from Dumfries....
George Farm
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 4 seasons at Queen of the So...
Willie Ferguson
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 Queen of the South during th...
Hughie Gallacher
Hughie Gallacher began his pro career with then non-league Queen of the South, A pocket sized natural footballing phenomenon of boundless skill and unquenchable determination, in 624 senior games h...
Dave Halliday
The playing career of Dave Halliday from Dumfries is summarised perfectly on 11v11.com as, "A truly amazing goalscorer". From starting his career at then non-league Queen of the Sout...
George Hamilton
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 he scored four goals. Hamilt...
Roy Henderson
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 an astonishing ability to pull o...
Billy Houliston
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 times in all at different levels...
Jim Kerr
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 QoS first team appearances &nda...
Lex Law
Lex Law merits a place in Queen's Legends for his 332 first team appearances alone. Having represented Scotland at age group level, he turned down club football at a much higher level to play f...
Neil Martin
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 strength, power, bravery and commitm...
Iain McChesney
Iain McChesney has given longer service to Queen of the South as a footballer than any other player in the club’s history. QoS enjoyed the benefit of McChesney’s dedication and on ...
George McLachlan
George McLachlan and the 1936 overseas tour George McLachlan will always be best remembered as a player with F.A. Cup winning Cardiff City. He then became club captain at Manchester Unite...
Ted McMinn
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 as well as a highly effective ...
Jackie Oakes
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 QoS' all time appearances list. Oak...
Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson is the goals King of Queen's with a record 251 strikes for the club. In a long and distinguished career at Palmerston, Patterson gained international recognition in 1953 with a ga...
Jimmy Robertson
Unstereotypically tall for a winger and with a left foot of mesmerising ball control, Jimmy Robertson was a match winning Queen of the South player in two successful promotion campaigns. Rober...
Willie Savage
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 greatest moments in the club&r...
Dougie Sharpe
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 recognised at international l...
Andy Thomson
Andy Thomson scored 114 Queen of the South first team goals placing him in the select handful to score 100 or more such QoS goals. His highest scoring season in England ...
Jim Thomson
Jim Thomson played 358 senior games for Queen of the South. The 6 foot 4 herculean central defender was a lead-by-example club captain for many seasons. Thomson was at QoS for some truly magic...


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 two largest source of information have been Queen of the South historians Ian Black and Iain McCartney. It is also in order to thank the following for their various contributions:-

Andy Aitken, ex QoS

Allan Ball, QoS

Ann Marie Ballantyne, Airdrie United FC

Bobby Black, ex QoS

Crawford Boyd, ex QoS, with IT assistance from Alex Boyd

Charlie Brown, ex QoS

Neil Brown, online football database administrator

Sandra Brown, QoS Media Officer

George Burley, ex footballer, now manager

Andrew Cleary, Scottish Football Museum

Nobby Clark, ex QOS

George Cloy, ex QoS

Billy Collings, ex QoS

Jimmy Cowley, friend of Alan Davidson

George Cran, ex qosfc.com natch day reporter, now professional journalist

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

Chris Gavin, Aberdeen FC Heritage Trust

Rick Glanvill, Chelsea FC historian

Bruce Gilmour, Scottish Football Museum

Bill Goldie, wordsmith and ex QoS Press Officer

Dave Halliday, Professional journalist and grandson of ex QoS Dave Halliday

Ian Halliday, Ex-journalist and son of ex QoS Dave Halliday

John Henderson, Airdieonians FC historian

John Hutchinson, Leicester City FC historian

Paul Joannou, Newcastle United FC historian

Derek Jones, Blackburn Rovers FC historian

Neil Kaufman, Leyton Orient FC historian

Keith at www.thestatcat.co.uk

Andy Kelly at www.thearsenalhistory.com

Andy Kerr, Scottish Football Museum

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

John Litster, Raith Rovers and Scottish football historian

Euan Lithgow, QoS Administrator

Colin Lobban, Scottish Football Museum

Iain McChesney, ex QoS

Robert McLachlan, son of George McLachlan

Ted McMinn, ex QoS

Tommy Malcolm, ex Scottish Football Museum

Rob Mason, Sunderland AFC official historian

Niccole Ney, Dundee FC

Rob at Blackburn Rovers PAPR

Jimmy Robertson, ex QoS

David Ross, football historian

Kenny Ross, Dundee FC historian

Richard Shepherd, Cardiff City FC media department

Jim Stewart, East Fife FC historian

Gary Taylor, QoS fan

Mick Tilt, Aston Villa historian

Andy Thomson, ex QoS

Ian Turnbull, Sanquhar QoS Supporters Club

Ric Turner at www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/

Davis Watson, Leyton Orient FC Assistant Historian

Hayley Weaver, Liverpool FC

Shaun Wilson, Middlesbrough FC Historian

Bruce Wright, ex QoS Programme Editor