The Squad - Season 15/16
Season

Robbie Thomson 1
Date of Birth 07/03/93
Place of Birth
Position Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs Celtic, Stenhousemuir (L), Airdrie (L), Rochdale, Cowdenbeath
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry June 2017
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Announced as signed on 28 May 2015 after playing well against Queens for Cowdenbeath in the single season just ended he spent with the Fifers. Signed by James Fowler as goalkeeping competition for Jim Atkinson. He has represented Scotland 14 times at age group level up to u19. Robbie is son of Scott Y Thomson whose penalty shoot out save v Celtic clinched the 1994 League Cup Final for Raith and played when they were 1-0 up away in the UEFA  Cup to F.C. Bayern in 1995.


Lewis Kidd 2
Date of Birth 30/01/95
Place of Birth Bellshill
Position Midfield / Right Back
Previous Clubs Celtic, QoS (L)
Joined Club June 2014
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 Doonhamers Travel Club
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Announced by Jim McIntyre on 21 Feb 2014 as being signed on loan from Celtic to replace Ryan McGuffie.

Kidd transferred to QoS in June 2014 and enjoyed a decent season developing and growing his contribution. Normally playing in central or right midfield, he sometimes slots in at right back.


Andy Dowie 4
Date of Birth 25/03/83
Place of Birth Glasgow
Position Defender
Previous Clubs Partick Thistle, Dunfermline, Ross County, Stranraer, Rangers
Joined Club July 2013
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 A Boyd & Sons
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Jim McIntyre’s first QoS signing with whom he had won the 2011 Scottish First Division with Dunfermline. 2014/15 player of the year in many supporters groups. Typically a centre back but has also played adeptly for Queens at right back. Dowie has 8 caps for Scotland u21s.


Darren Brownlie 5
Date of Birth 10/04/94
Place of Birth Bellshill
Position Centre Back
Previous Clubs Motherwell, Ayr, Partick, Cowdenbeath
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Centre back announced as signed by James Fowler on 17 June 2015. Fowler played for Cowdenbeath on loan from January 18th to 25 March in 2014 with Brownlie in the team with him.


Chris Higgins 6
Date of Birth 04/07/85
Place of Birth Broxburn
Position Centre Back
Previous Clubs Motherwell, Clyde, Dunfermline Athletic
Joined Club July 2011
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 Iain Dalling Wealth Partner
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Squad Number 6
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Made Club Captain by Allan Johnston in Summer 2012. Left footed, the Centre Back has also played at Left Back if needed. Joined Queens in July 2011 immediately after winning the First Division title with Dunfermline. A dependable leader as well as a fine player, he is the first ever QoS Captain to win a senior double of league and cup.


Mark Millar 8
Date of Birth 23/02/88
Place of Birth Greenock
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Celtic, Ăšjpest, Falkirk, Dundee United, Falkirk, Peterhead
Joined Club January 2015
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Celtic youth team product who played on loan from the Parkhead outfit in 2009 with Újpest FC in Hungary. The central midfielder impressed playing with Falkirk against Queens. Announced as signed for Queens on 8 January 2015 from Peterhead. Skilful on the ball and combative in the tackle. Millar has represented Scotland at u19 three times & once at u21.


Derek Lyle 9
Date of Birth 13/02/81
Place of Birth Glasgow
Position Forward
Previous Clubs Partick Thistle, East Stirlngshire (L), QoS (L), QoS, Stirling A (L), Dunfermline Ath (L), Dundee, Hamilton, Morton, Hamilton, Cowdenbeath
Joined Club August 2012
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 Fiona Kirkpatrick, Peterhead
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Squad Number 9
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Much travelled forward rejoined QoS in August 2012. Something of a Palmerston trophy magnet, he was previously at Queens for 4 years including the 2002 Division Two Championship and Challenge Cup wins. Lyle scored the second goal in that Challenge Cup Final. Over 100 QoS 1st team appearances in that 1st spell. Returned after 6 years away for the 2012/13 league and cup double season making Lyle the 1st ever player to play in 4 senior trophy winning teams for Queen of the South. A fitness fanatic who supplements his football exercise with regular additional training in a boxing gym.


Ryan Conroy 10
Date of Birth 28/04/87
Place of Birth Vale of Leven
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Celtic, Partick (L), QoS (L), Dundee, Raith
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry June 2016
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A left sided player loaned from Celtic in the first half of 2010/11. Conroy featured in the Scotland under 19 squad who were runners up to Spain in the 2006 European Championship. Scored on his debut in the loan period against Ross County. Conroy was announced on 28 May 2015 as re-signed. Manager James Fowler cited Conroy`s versatility and the quality of his performances against QoS for Raith in the season leading up to his rejoining Queens. Dangerous with free kicks as he showed scoring on his return competitive debut in the Challenge Cup v Stranraer on 25 July 2015.


Iain Russell 11
Date of Birth 14/11/82
Place of Birth Dumfries
Position Forward
Previous Clubs Motherwell, Dumbarton (loan and non loan), Brechin City, Greenock Morton, Stirling Albion (L), Livingston.
Joined Club May 2013
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 Shrewsbury Supporters Club
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Squad Number 11
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Dumfries born, Annan raised. Russell contributes a threat to goal from either wide left or through the middle. Announced as having joined on 21 May 2013. Russell’s grandfather is ex Scotland inside forward, Ian McMillan. McMillan was part of Scotland’s ill fated 1954 World Cup squad. Like Jimmy Binning and George Hamilton, McMillan wasn’t selected to play in Switzerland.


Shaun Rutherford 12
Date of Birth 03/10/96
Place of Birth
Position Left Back
Previous Clubs Livingston
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Young left back announced on 17 June 2015 as signed by James Fowler who Rutherford impressed playing the season before for Livingston.


Kyle Jacobs 14
Date of Birth 14/06/91
Place of Birth Johannesburg
Position Utility
Previous Clubs Livingston, Kilmarnock (L)
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry May 2016
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Squad Number 14
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South African born Kyle was part of football history described by UEFA  as, "almost certainly a European and world first". On 27 April 2010 he played as one of four brothers in the same team (alongside his fellow triplets Sheldon and Devon plus eldest brother Keaghan in a 2-0 win for Livi v Albion Rovers). Kyle joined James Fowler on the playing staff for half a season at Killie from August 2013. Jacobs scored the only goal, a 78th minute penalty, against QoS to keep Livi up on the last day of the regular 2014/15 league season. Jacobs was announced by James Fowler on 29 June 2015 as being signed by QoS for his versatility.


Callum Tapping 15
Date of Birth 05/06/93
Place of Birth London
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Brechin City, Hearts, Alloa Ath (L), Tottenham Hotspur, Hamilton Acad, Celtic
Joined Club July 2015
Contract Expiry May 2016
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Squad Number 15
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Moved to Scotland as a 5 year old and later attended Larbert High School. Described by coaching staff at Hearts as, ’Diligent, conscientious, can see a pass, gets forward’. Signed by James Fowler after impressing as a trialist in a closed door friendly v Clyde on 4 July 2015. Tapping has 3 Scotland u19 caps & 1 at u21 from a 1-1 draw in Greece.


Jake Pickard 17
Date of Birth 14/03/97
Place of Birth Newcastle
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Sunderland
Joined Club June 2013
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Squad Number 17
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Newcastle lad Jake joined the QoS youth set up in the summer of 2013 from the academy at Sunderland AFC. After making good progress over the following 18 months he was promoted to the the senior squad in November 2014, making his debut as a late substitute against Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup.


Owen Moxon 19
Date of Birth 17/01/98
Place of Birth Carlisle
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Carlisle United
Joined Club June 2014
Contract Expiry June 2016
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James Atkinson 20
Date of Birth 06/01/95
Place of Birth Carlisle
Position Goalkeeper
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Joined Club July 2011
Contract Expiry June 2017
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Agile reflex keeper with good distribution. QoS youth team product who has been the regular second choice keeper since January 2012. Made his first team debut as a late substitute in the final match of the 2012-13 season away to Albion Rovers. Coped well when given starts as understudy to Zander Clark.


Dale Hilson 21
Date of Birth 23/12/92
Place of Birth Stirling
Position Forward
Previous Clubs Dundee United, Forfar Athletic
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry May 2016
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Squad Number 21
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Former Dundee United youngster loaned 4 times to Forfar before transfering between the two clubs. Announced as signed by Fowler for Queens on 29 June 2015. A play linking forward who can also score when a chance arises.


Scott Hooper 22
Date of Birth 14/01/95
Place of Birth Dumfries
Position Defender
Previous Clubs
Joined Club July 2011
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Sponsor 1 Roger Turnbull
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Local boy and youth team product who plays in defence.


Jordan Marshall 23
Date of Birth 27/10/96
Place of Birth Newcastle upon Tyne
Position Left Back
Previous Clubs Carlisle United
Joined Club June 2015
Contract Expiry May 2016
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An attacking left back product of the Carlisle United Academy announced by James Fowler on 29 June 2015 as having signed after being involved with Queens in the latter part of the previous season.


Aidan Smith 24
Date of Birth 11/05/97
Place of Birth Dumfries
Position Striker
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Joined Club September 2008
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Scored as a 17 year old as a late sub against Rangers at Ibrox on 10 March 2015.


Jack Dickinson 25
Date of Birth 08/03/98
Place of Birth Whitehaven
Position Defender
Previous Clubs Carlisle United
Joined Club June 2014
Contract Expiry June 2016
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Young Cumbrian defender picked up from Carlisle United.


James Fowler 26
Player/Manager
Date of Birth 26/10/80
Place of Birth Stirling
Position Midfield
Previous Clubs Kilmarnock, Cowdenbeath (L)
Joined Club June 2014
Contract Expiry June 2016
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James Fowler played for Killie from 1997 to 2014 from which he holds the record 402 appearances from any player in the now defunct SPL. He made 460 Killie appearances in all. He was a team mate there of future QoS Managers, Gus McPherson & Jim McIntyre. He also had a 2 month spell on loan at Cowdenbeath in early 2014. He collected three u21 & one 'B' international caps. Fowler captained Killie in the 2012 League Cup Final 1-0 win against Celtic.

Fowler joined QoS as Player / Coach to McIntyre in Summer 2014. After McIntyre's departure and three games as caretaker Fowler was appointed Manager on 30 September 2014. In that first season he took Queens to a play off spot racking up wins against Hibs and Rangers en route & eliminating holders St Johnstone from the Scottish Cup. He is still signed as a player to give extra cover but rarely pulls on his boots to play.


Steven Higgins 27
Date of Birth 05/05/96
Place of Birth Bellshill
Position Striker
Previous Clubs Motherwell
Joined Club June 2015
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Squad Number 27
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Young striker who impressed in Motherwell`s Development squad in 2014/15. Announced as signed on 17 June 2015 by manager James Fowler for the player`s pace and eye for goal.


Gavin Skelton 29
Player / Assistant Manager
Date of Birth 27/03/81
Place of Birth Carlisle
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Previous Clubs Workington, Barrow, Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Gretna, Workington, Carlisle
Joined Club June 2015
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Skelton is a former Carlisle United youth trainee. He dropped down to play in England's Northern Premier League with Gretna. He was then with Gretna for 7 years in their meteoric rise and fall after joining the Scottish League. Skelton next spent two years at Killie where he played beside James Fowler. To gain coaching experience he coached the Stirling University team in his spare time while at Killie. He recently managed Workington Reds for a single season taking them to the 2014/15 play offs. He joined QoS as Coach to Fowler in Summer 2015. Like Fowler he is also signed as a player to provide some extra cover.


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