Squad - Season 19/20

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1. Robby McCrorie
Loan - In
Position Goalkeeper
Date of Birth
Age
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Rangers
Place of Birth
Sponsors Galloglas Security and Logistics
Clear Sky financial Services

6 foot 3 goalkeeper, McCrorie has represented Scotland at various age groups from U15 up to U21 where he played alongside Iain WIlson who was loaned to QoS from Kilmarnock in the 2nd half of 2018/19. McCrorie also played with another player on loan at QoS in that time, Motherwell's Barry Maguire who scored the opening goal when the U21s lost 2-1 to Sweden in March 2019.

McCrorie spent the season on loan at Berwick Rangers in 2017/18 playing in 33 league and 8 cup games. He spent the 2nd half of 2018/19 on loan at Greenock Morton playing in 15 league games. He has also played for Rangers age group teams in the Challenge Cup.

McCrorie was announced as signed by Allan Johnston for QoS on a season long loan on 4 July 2019. McCrorie was aged 21 when he joined. Including his 3 games in the Challenge Cup for age group Rangers teams, he has 59 competitive appearances in senior competitons at the time he joined QoS. He played for QoS as a trialist on 2 July 2019 in the pre-season 2-1 friendly win at East Fife when Stephen Dobbie and Scott Mercer scored for QoS.

His competitive debut was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. McCrorie's QoS league debut was in the 0-0 at Arbroath on 3 August 2019. McCrorie's impressive saves were a decisive factor in the 1-0 home league win v Morton on Saturday 14 September. McCrorie picked up the player of the match award.

2. Scott Mercer
Position Full back
Date of Birth 18/06/95
Age 24
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club January 2017
Left Club
Previous Clubs Dunfermline Athletic, Albion Rovers (L), East Fife
Place of Birth Kirkcaldy
Sponsors Norman Blount
KBT Pharmacy

Defender signed when aged 21 by Gary Naysmith for QoS on 12 January 2017. Mercer previously played under Naysmith at their previous club, East Fife. Together they were champions winning promotion from the 4th to 3rd flight of Scottish football in 2016. Naysmith said of him, "He's what I'd describe as a modern day full back who has pace and is full of energy. Predominantly a right back he can also play of the left which is exactly what I'm looking for to provide us with additional cover."

Debuted for QoS when he started in a 3-3 draw at Dundee United on 14 January 2017. Aged 22 at the end of his second QoS season, he had made over 100 senior competitive appearances at all clubs in his career at that point. His first QoS goal was Queen's fourth on 24 November 2018 in the Scottish Cup fourth round 4-1 win v Formartine United. Mercer cut inside to score with a left foot, 25 yard screamer after 67 mins. His first QoS league goal was the 83rd minute equaliser in the excellent 2-1 comeback league win at Inverness CT. on Saturday 5th January 2019.

Mercer was announced on 11 June 2019 as having signed a new contract this time under the management of recently returned Allan Johnston.

3. Kevin Holt
Position Left Back
Date of Birth 25/01/93
Age 26
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club June 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Dundee, Pafos
Place of Birth Dumfries
Sponsors Roger Turnbull
Emily and Adam Copeland

Kevin is the son of Dumfries ex-footballer, Gordon Holt, who as well as playing as a forward for Kello Rovers in the Scottish junior football set up had a season at each of Airdrieonians and Stranraer in the 1980s.

A left footed player, Holt joined the u19 squad on a part time deal whilst learning a career in banking but went full time with the first team squad from the start of season 2011/12. Aged 18 and managed by Gus McPherson, his QoS 1st team debut was as an 83rd minute sub for Kevin Smith in the 4-1 home league win v Morton on 17 September 2011. His 1st senior competitive start was in his 5th appearance. This was the 0-0 home league draw v Partick on 12 November 2011. At the end of that debut season he had 19 appearances to his credit.

Holt is another who enjoyed an excellent season when Allan Johnston managed QoS to a trophy double in 2012/13. Holt played in the divisional title clinching 6-0 win v Brechin played due to snow on the artificial pitch at Forfar on 27 March 2013. Holt's excellent work down the left gave the assist for Nicky Clark to make it 5-0 after 42 minutes.

In that season's Challenge Cup win, Holt played in the epic 18 September 2012, QF 2-2 extra time draw and QoS penalties win at Rangers. Holt was booked in the SF 2-1 home win v Arbroath on 14 October 2012. Holt thus missed the dramatic penalty shootout Challenge Cup Final win v Partick on 7 April 2013 due to suspension. Marc Fitzpatrick was signed by Allan Johnston to cover Holt's suspension for that final.

Holt's 1st QoS senior competitive goal was that season in the 2-0 home league win v Stranraer on 13 April 2013. His last 2 games in his 1st spell for QoS were in the play-off aggregate 3-2 defeat by Rangers. QoS lost the 1st game at home 2-1 on 9 May 2015 when Derek Lyle's 64th minute goal had the game 1-1 at that stage. Lyle had QoS ahead after 35 minutes and even on aggregate in the 2nd leg at Ibrox on 17 May 2019. Lee Wallace equalised from Nicky Clark's assist in the 60th minute to put Rangers through.

Aged 22, he left QoS to join top division Dundee managed by Paul Hartley in 2015 playing in a Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat at Rangers on 5 March 2016. With Neil McCann then in the Dens hot seat, on 20 September 2017 Holt played in another Old Firm cup QF defeat, this time at home to Celtic in the league cup. In the previous round on 9 August 2017, Holt played in the 2-1 derby win over Dundee United in which Faissal El Bakhtaoui put Dundee 1-0 up on the half hour mark. Both had played in the group stage game at Dens between the same 2 teams that United won 4-3 on pens after a 1-1 draw. Holt spent three years on Tayside in which Dundee retained their top flight status throughout.

Aged 25, Holt then moved to Cypriot club Pafos managed by Steven Pressley (continuing Holt's run of playing for ex-Scotland internationalists who played for Hearts at some point in their career; Johnston, Hartley, McCann, Pressley).

Aged 26, Holt rejoined QoS on 27 May 2019 signed by Allan Johnston. His first game on his return to QoS was the 2-1 pre-season friendly win at East Fife on Tuesday 2 July 2019. His first competitive game after returning to QoS was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. Holt's first league game on his QoS return was the league season opening 0-0 draw at Arbroath on 3 August 2019.

Holt's first goal after his return to QoS was in the sparkling 4-0 home league win v Dundee United on Saturday 19 October 2019. In the 28th minute Holt headed home a Faissal El Bakhtaoui corner kick.

4. Lee Kilday
Position Defender
Date of Birth 04/02/92
Age 27
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Hamilton Academical, Stenhousemuir (L), Greenock Morton
Place of Birth Glasgow
Sponsors Metrik Office Supplies
Adam Anderson

Kilday plays at centre-back or right-back. Aged 18 he made his senior football debut when at Hamilton Accies managed by ex-QoS midfielder, Billy Reid. This was on 15 January 2011 in an SPL game v Rangers at Ibrox. In October 2012 Kilday went on loan to Stenhousemuir. He transfered from Accies to Morton in the 2014 close season.

At Morton he collected a medal for winning the Scottish league third tier in 2014/15. Kilday was appointed Club Captain at Morton in August 2016 at the age of 24.

Aged 27, he joined QoS signed by Allan Johnston on 2 July 2019. At time of joining QoS he had 206 competitive first team appearances already under his belt in which he had scored 8 goals. Kilday made his debut for QoS in the 2-1 pre-season friendly win at East Fife on Tuesday 2 July 2019.

His competitive debut was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. Kilday's 1st QoS goal was the opener in the 3-3 league cup draw at previous club Morton on 27 July 2019. Kilday headed home when a Sam Ramsbotton save fell to him. Robby McCrory and Gary Oliver were also both returning that day to the club they played at the previous season in which Kyle Jacobs and Bob McHugh lined up for Morton against their ex-club QoS. McHugh in the 56th minute had Morton 3-1 ahead before Connor Murray and Callum Semple scored for QoS.

Kilday's QoS league debut was the 1-1 home draw v Dunfermline on 10 August 2019.

5. Darren Brownlie
Position Centre Back
Date of Birth 10/04/94
Age 25
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club June 2015
Left Club
Previous Clubs Motherwell, Ayr, Partick, Cowdenbeath
Place of Birth Bellshill
Sponsors Campbell Mowbrey
Galloglas Security and Logistics

6 foot 3 inch centre back; big, strong, formidable in the air both defensively and offering a goal threat at set pieces. 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. Brownlie had just turned 21 when signing for QoS. He played in both the Fife club's wins against QoS the season before and missed the 2 defeats inflicted by Queen's on them. His competitive QoS debut was as an injury time sub for Ryan Conroy on 8 August 2015 in a 3-1 home league win v Alloa.

His first QoS goal was the opener on 19 March 2016 in the 6-0 home league defeat of Dumbarton. Brownlie was presented with a memento on 17 December 2017 for having completed 100 first team games for QoS. A similar presentation was made to Jordan Marshall on the same day.

Brownlie missed almost 10 months through a cruciate ligament injury. He returned to the team when starting in the 1-0 defeat at Morton on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

In the end of season play-offs Brownlie was involved in the 4th QoS goal in the 5-0 home 2nd leg win v Montrose on 11 May 2019 when a ball rebounding off him hit the bar before being put away by Michael Doyle. He was involved in another goal 4 days later in the 3-1 away win at Raith Rovers although the goal was credited as a Euan Murray own goal. Brownlie played well in that game against the threat of Rovers high scoring dangerman, Kevin Nesbit.

On 23 May 2019 Brownlie was announced as the first player to re-sign for the 2019/20 season ahead for QoS for boss Allan Johnston who had re-joined QoS ahead of the 2019 end of season play-offs.

6. Dan Pybus
Position Midfield
Date of Birth 12/12/97
Age 21
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Sunderland, Derby County, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue, Blyth Spartans, FK T√łnsberg
Place of Birth South Shields
Sponsors Finlay Patterson
Shrewsbury Supporters Club

The son of an ex-pro who played for York City, the athletic midfielder from South Shields spent his youth career near there with Sunderland. In the Sunderland youth team he was deployed in a Frank Lampard type role bursting from midfield beyond the strikers top scoring with 15 goals including 3 penalties from 23 games. Rather than Lampard though, the player he admired most was Jack Wilshere. Pybus was capped by England at youth level playing beside Joe Gomez among others and loaned to Derby County. He next moved to Bradford City for whom he made his senior competitive debut. Pybus played in 7 senior competitive first team games; 2 in the third tier of the English League set up, once in the League Cup and four games in the Football Trophy. He then joined nearby Bradford Park Avenue in the Northern League in February 2018 before moving closer to his home joining Blyth Spartans. Most recently pre-joining QoS he played in Norway with FK Tønsberg.

He was announced when aged 21 as signed for QoS by Allan Johnston on 4 July 2018. Pybus had played for QoS in the closed door, 2-1 pre-season win v Airdrieonians on 29 June 2019. Stephen Dobbie scored both QoS goals with Callum Fordyce scoring against the team he left a few weeks before to join Airdrie. Pybus' first QoS goal was in the pre-season closed door friendly, 3-1 home win v Clyde on Saturday 6 July 2013. This was his first game following an operation in January 2019

His QoS competitive debut was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. Pybus' QoS league debut was in the 0-0 at Arbroath on 3 August 2019.

7. Connor Murray
Position Forward
Date of Birth 24/04/97
Age 22
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club August 2015
Left Club
Previous Clubs St Mirren, Gretna 2008 (L)
Place of Birth Glasgow
Sponsors Bernard Forteath
Willie Green

A live wire, buzz bomb player with energy, running, skill and trickery from the creative attacking player who joined QoS from the youth team setup at St Mirren. Loaned out by QoS to Gretna in September 2016 to gain experience and played in Gretna's Scottish Cup ties v Buckie Thistle. His competitive QoS debut was in the 3-0 league win at St Mirren on 7 January 2017 as an 89th minute sub for Dom Thomas. He scored his first QoS goal after coming on as a sub v Dundee United in a 3-0 home league win on 21 April 2018. His first touch was to control the ball and his second was shooting inside the far post from the corner of the penalty area.

Murray added further goals in the 2018/19 end of season play-offs to stave off relegation. Given a run in the team on the right of a 3 pronged attack with Lyndon Dykes and Stephen Dobbie by newly returned boss, Allan Johnston, Murray scored the QoS goal in the 2-1 away first leg defeat at Montrose on 7 May 2019. He scored again a week later in the 3-1 away leg win at Raith Rovers. Murray impressed in they 4 play-off games.

Murray was recognised in the 2019 end of season Young Player of the Year awards. Murray shared the Travel Club award with Jordan Marshall. Murray was announced on 29 May 2019 as the 2nd player re-signed by Allan Johnston for the season ahead.

8. Lewis Kidd
Position Midfield / Right Back
Date of Birth 30/01/95
Age 24
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club June 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Celtic, Falkirk
Place of Birth Bellshill
Sponsors Queens Trust
Lochside Club

Announced by Jim McIntyre on 21 Feb 2014 when aged 19 as being signed on loan from Celtic to replace Ryan McGuffie. At Celtic he played in their Youth Champions League games. Kidd's QoS debut was as a 61st substitute replacing Ian McShane in the 2-1 home league defeat v Falkirk on 12 April 2014. Kidd joined the fray immediately in response to Mark Beck putting Falkirk 2-0 up. Gavin Reilly pulled a goal back for Queen's after 67 minutes.

His first start for QoS was in the 4th of those league games; the 1-1 league draw at Cowdenbeath on Saturday 3 May 2014. Bob McHugh equalised in the 90th minute after the 76th opener by Kane Hemmings. At the end of his loan at QoS he had played in 6 games; 4 in the league and 2 in the play-offs.

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.

In the home Scottish Cup tie v Brora Rangers on 29 November 2014 he joined the fray after 60 minutes replacing Danny Carmichael. In the 80th minute Kidd scored his first QoS goal, his team's 4th in the 4-1 win. He scored the only goal in the 1-0 league win at Livingston on 15 August 2015 with a 20 drive into the bottom corner. The second goal in the 3-0 home league win against Rangers on 9 April 2015 was later credited to Kidd despite taking a deflection off Rangers defender, Lee Wallace.

Kidd departed QoS aged 21 in Summer of 2016 after 75 competitive first team games directly contracted to QoS in which he scored three goals. Added to the 6 games he played in on-loan, that gave him 81 QoS first team appearances at this point. On 15 June 2016 Falkirk announced he had joined them also in the second tier. In 3 years at Falkirk Kidd played in 56 competitive 1st team appearances scoring twice. Kidd returned to QoS on 25th June 2019 signed this time by Allan Johnston. Aged 24 on his return to Palmerston, this gives him 137 competitive career first team appearances at this point.

Kidd's first game on his return to QoS was the 2-1 pre-season friendly win at East Fife on Tuesday 2 July 2019. Kidd's first competitive after returning to QoS was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. Kidd's 1st league game of his 2nd spell was the 0-0 at Arbroath on 3 August 2019.

9. Jack Hamilton
Loan - In
Position Forward
Date of Birth 30/06/00
Age 19
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Livingston, Berwick Rangers (L). Alloa Athletic (L)
Place of Birth Coldingham
Sponsors Norman Blount


Livingston attacker who made his senior debut aged 17 playing the last 22 minutes in their 2-0 home League Cup win v Airdrieonians on 22 July 2017. To gain first team experience, he then spent the 2nd half of 2017/18 on loan at Berwick Rangers near his home village of Coldingham just North of Eyemouth. He scored 8 goals in 14 league and 2 cup games.

He featured regularly in Livi match day squads in the first 1/2 of the season on their return to the top flight in 2018/19. Most of his game time in 13 league and 5 cup games was as a sub. He spent the second part of 2018/19 on loan at Alloa also figuring largely as a substitute. He scored once in the 15 senior competitive games in which he played (14 as sub, 1 from kick off).

He was signed for QoS by Allan Johnston on 1 July 2019 the day after his 19th birthday on loan for the season ahead. At time of joining he has 11 goals to his name from 50 first team competitive appearances. He has also had 2 games for Livingston U21s in the Challenge Cup at this stage of his career.

His competitive QoS debut was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. His QoS league debut was in the 0-0 at Arbroath on 3 August 2019.

His 1st QoS goal was the 6th minute opener in the televised league home 1-1 draw v Dundee on Friday 27 September 2019. He turned home after a Stephen Dobbie shot rebounded off the post. Potentially confusingly, Dundee had another player named Jack Hamilton in goals.

10. Gary Oliver
Position Forward
Date of Birth 14/07/95
Age 24
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club June 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Hearts, Stenhousemuir (L), Morton
Place of Birth Glasgow
Sponsors Murray Paterson
Peter Haining Bathroom

Oliver started his career at Hearts where he was a product of their youth set up. His U19 debut was in a European Chamionship 1-1 draw v Germany on 15 October 2013 in Minsk in Belarus. He was a 53rd minute sub for Charlie Telfer. Oliver scored for Scotland u19s in a 4-2 home win against Switzerland. He collected 4 caps for the U19s. Oliver is the nephew of Jim Duffy, known in Scottish football as playing for and managing the likes of Dundee &  Morton.

After administration hit Hearts were relegated in 2014, he was loaned out to Stenhousemuir for the first half of the 2014/15 season. Hearts however cut the loan short and recalled him in December. Either side of the loan to Stenny, Oliver played 12 games in all competitions for Hearts that season including 9 games when ex-QoS Challenge Cup winner, Robbie Neilson, managed Hearts to romp away with the 2nd tier league title ahead of Rangers and Hibs. Overall Oliver scored 2 goals in 25 first team competitive games for Hearts.

He was originally was signed by James Fowler for QoS on transfer deadline day on 1 September 2015 from Hearts. In his first spell at QoS the forward scored 7 goals in 28 first team appearances. He next spent 3 seasons at Morton where he scored 15 goals in 105 first team games. He was announced as having re-joined the club on 10 June 2019 aged 23, this time under the management of recently returned Allan Johnston. His first game on his return to QoS was the 2-1 pre-season friendly win at East Fife on Tuesday 2 July 2019. His first goal on his return to QoS was in the pre-season closed door, 3-1 home win v Clyde on Saturday 6 July 2013.

His competitive debut on his return to Palmerston was the 3-3 home League Cup group stage draw v Annan Athletic on Tuesday 16 July 2019. QoS won the penalty shootout 5-4 when Robbie McCrorie saved Annan's 5th penalty taken by ex-QoS youth team player, Ayrton Sonkur. His 1st senior competitive goal on his return was the 13th minute, 2nd goal in the 4-1 league cup win at Dumbarton on 20 July 2019. Oliver tapped in from 6 yards a Connor Murray cross to make it 2-1 at the time.

His 1st league goal after his QoS return was the 62 minute equaliser in the 1-1 home draw v Dunfermline on 10 August 2019. Oliver latched on to a Kevin Holt through pass to score evading the defender from a tight angle.

11. Stephen Dobbie
Position Forward
Date of Birth 05/12/82
Age 36
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club August 2016
Left Club
Previous Clubs Heart of Midlothian, Rangers, Hibernian, St Johnstone, Dumbarton (L), Queen of the South, Swansea City, Blackpool (L), Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Blackpool (L), Fleetwood Town (L), Bolton Wanderers
Place of Birth Glasgow
Sponsors Willie Green
Don and Paul
Ark Vets

Dobbie spent his childhood in Barlanark playing street football daily where Graham Dorrans was often an opponent. He was with Hearts before moving to Rangers when he was 12 signing the same day as Stephen Hughes. He later said the best player in his time at Rangers was Ronald de Boer. Early in his career he was loaned by Rangers to Aussie club Northern Spirit in Sydney. He equalised for Hibs in the 2004 League Cup semi final 1-1 draw v Rangers. Hibs won on penalties when Frank de Boer failed to convert his kick. Dobbie played in the 2-0 final defeat to Livingston when ex-QoS Jamie McAllister scored.

Dobbie next joined St Johnstone from where he dropped down the divisions on loan to Dumbarton. It was here Dobbie became a regular first team player and goal scorer. After a debut in the Third Division (4th tier) in a 1-0 defeat at Queen's Park, he scored in his next game, a 3-1 league cup defeat at Inverness CT. He added 10 league goals from his 17 league games in total for a tally of 11 goals in 18 games.

His Dumbarton goals attracted admirers. Aged 24, Dobbie signed for QoS on 5 January 2007 along with Jamie McQuilken. He debuted a day later in the 1-1 Scottish Cup third round draw at Dundee. His first QoS goals were a double 10 days later in the 3-3 replay at home. QoS went through on penalties after two saves in the shoot out by Barry John Corr playing after Colin Scott was injured pre match kick off. Derek Lyle scored three Dundee goals in they 2 cup games and was then one of the Dundee players whose penalty Corr saved in the shoot out. In the last 8 QoS were eliminated 2-1 by Hibs despite John O'Neill's QoS goal.

Dobbie played in every QoS Scottish Cup tie en route to the 2007-08 final. His four goals in that run included the opener that preceded Ryan McCann's 84 yard strike in the quarter final 2-0 home win v Dundee. Lyle and Colin McMenamin were 2 of 3 Dundee strikers to miss the game through injury.

For all Dobbie's talents and goalscoring, he had unhealthy dietary habits and was carrying too much weight. That changed in the Summer of 2008 when he finally abandoned KFC and McDonald's (he now advocates eating the likes of broccoli and sweet potato). Despite Dobbie being the most prolific QoS striker since Andy Thomson at the time and looking much, much trimmer and fitter than before at the start of the 2008/09 season, Gordon Chisholm surprisingly only played him as a sub in both of the subsequent UEFA Cup ties v Denmark's FC Nordsjælland. He was divisional Player of the Month in April 2009. He ended that season as outright top scorer in the Scottish League second tier with 23 goals from 33 league appearances.

In Summer 2009 he turned down Aberdeen, Dundee United and Motherwell to join Roberto Martinez managed Swansea. Swansea had watched Dobbie score a double v St Johnstone and 4 goals in a game v Clyde. Or so Dobbie thought he was joining Martinez; Dobbie was on a farewell trip to Spain with QoS players when he found out Martinez had moved to Wigan. Martinez was replaced by Paolo Sousa. The following February Dobbie joined Ian Holloway's Blackpool on loan scoring on his debut in a 3-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion. In the 2010 end of season play-offs Dobbie scored in Blackpool's semi final 4-3 win at Nottingham Forest. Dobbie played at Wembley in the subsequent 3-2 final win v Cardiff City to earn promotion to England's top tier. He scored eliminating Forest in the play off semis again the next season this time in a 3-1 home win for Swansea under another new manager there, Brendan Rogers; Rogers had taken the Swansea job after it had been turned down by ex-QoS midfielder, Billy Reid. Rogers was playing Dobbie in a play-linking forward role rather than as the focal striker. Dobbie scored Swansea's third goal in the 4-2 win v Reading in the final at Wembley. He also chalked up an assist for Scott Sinclair who scored a hat-trick.

On 15 August 2011 Dobbie became the first ex-QoS player to play in England's top flight since Chris Doig was at Forest and before that Ted McMinn in his excellent spell at Derby County. Swansea that day began their EPL campaign at Manchester City. Edin Dzeko put City ahead on 57 minutes. 3 minutes later Sergio Agüero came on as a sub for his City debut. In 30 his minutes on the pitch Agüero scored a tap in, provided an assist for David Silva and then scored a 30 yarder. This was the season Agüero's injury time winner v QPR in the last game of the season won the title for City. Dobbie later said Agüero was the best player he played against. On-loan at Blackpool from March that season, Dobbie played in the same play off final for the third year in a row in 2012. This time he and Blackpool lost out 2-1 to a late West Ham winner. Dobbie hit the post in that game. Dobbie was at Crystal Palace when they won the play off final for promotion to England's top tier in 2013. On this ocassion though Dobbie didn't play in Palace's 1-0 win v Watford meaning his run of having played in three successive play off finals for promotion from England's second tier was broken. At Palace though Dobbie lined up with the player he said was the best he played with, Wilfried Zaha.

Dobbie also played for Brighton & Hove Albion and much nearer his home in Blackpool, Fleetwood Town. He was in discussion with Celtic Manager, Neil Lennon, about a move to Parkhead. However after leaving Celtic Lennon took Dobbie to the next club he managed, Bolton Wanderers.

Aged 33, on 3 August 2016 he re-signed for QoS managed by Gavin Skelton. Dobbie turned down Oldham Athletic and Rochdale Town to do so. After Gary Naysmith became manager he appointed Dobbie as vice captain in January 2017 and captain in Summer 2018. At the end of the season in 2017 Dobbie was selected for the divisional team of the season as was ex-QoS keeper Cammy Bell of Dundee United. Dobbie also ended that season as joint top scorer in the Scottish League second tier with Jason Cummings of Hibs. They both scored 19 goals (in Dobbie's case, this was from 35 league appearances that season). On 23 December 2017, Dobbie scored his 100th QoS goal in the 3–2 home league defeat when Gavin Reilly scored two for St Mirren. He was divisional Player of the Month the same month for his second such award. Dobbie ended that season as a divisional player of the year nominee and another divisional team of the year selection. He was joined in that team by another ex-QoS player, Gavin Reilly. Dobbie also ended that season as top scorer in the Scottish League second tier for a third time and second time outright. On this occasion he scored 18 goals from 31 league appearances.

His hat-trick of goals on 25 August 2018 in the 3-0 win at Falkirk overtook Bobby Black's 120 QoS goals to place Dobbie in second place in the all time scoring chart in the history of QoS behind Jim Patterson's 251 senior QoS goals. In September 2018 he was given his third Divisional Player of the Month award playing for QoS.

Dobbie is the best player in a QoS jersey since Scotland internationalist Neil Martin in the early 1960s and the best player QoS have produced since McMinn in the 1980s. Cumulatively at all the senior clubs in his career, he has passed the milestones of 500 competitive first team appearances and 200 first team competitive goals. Before the 0-0 home draw v Ross County on 16 September, Dobbie was presented with a glass trophy to mark that game as his 200th QoS first team appearance. He scored his fifth hat-trick of the season when eliminating Dundee 3-0 in the home Scottish Cup replay on 29 January 2019. This equalled the club record 11 hat-tricks scored by Jim Patterson. This put him on 37 goals from 30 games at that stage of the season. It was reported as the first senior game hat-trick by a lower division player against a top division club in Scotland since Colin Samuel scored 3 in Falkirk's 4-0 win against Craig Gordon and Hearts in the Scottish Cup in February 2003. Dobbie's hat-trick combined with earlier January goals led to him winning the January 2019 divisional player of the month. Gary Naysmith was given the divisional manager of the month in the same announcement. His long range strike in the 4-1 Scottish Cup defeat at Aberdeen on Sunday 10 February was voted goal of the round.

He was again a PFA divisional Player of the Year nominee near the end of 2018/19. Ex-QoS players nominated in other divisions were Dale Hilson (Forfar) and Dom Thomas (on loan at Dumbarton from Killie) in the third tier and John Rankin (Clyde) in the fourth tier. His Scottish Cup strike against Aberdeen was nominated for PFA Goal of the Season. Dobbie won that divisional PFA Player of the Year award as well as being included in the PFA divisional team of the year. Dobbie was then also announced by the divisional sponsors as their POTY. He also showed up well winning most accolades in that season's QoS POTY awards.

Dobbie scored his 6th hat-trick of 2018-2019 in the home 2nd leg 5-0 win v Montrose on 11 May 2019. His first goal of the 3 equalled the club seasonal goalscoring record of 41 strikes held jointly by Jimmy Rutherford (1931-32) and Nicky Clark (2012-13). His second goal surpassed their record and put him on 150 career QoS goals. The third of those three goals set the new club seasonal goalscoring record at 43. With QoS again managed by newly returned management duo of Allan Johnston and Sandy Clark, Nicky Clark was in the stand watching.

Dobbie is profiled in further detail at the article linked here.

14. Andy McCarthy
Position Midfield
Date of Birth 20/10/98
Age 21
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Partick Thistle
Place of Birth
Sponsors Michael Blount


After a couple of games for Parttick Thistle U20s in the Scottish Challenge Cup, he debuted for the Thistle 1st team when aged 18 as a 76th minute sub in their Scottish Cup 4-0 home win v Formatine on 21 January 2017. His first senior start for their first team was in his league debut. This was in their 1-1 draw at Celtic on Wednesday 5 April 2017. His penultimate game for Thistle was their 2-1 win in Glasgow v QoS on Saturday 26 January 2019. Joe Cardle and Miles Storey had Thistle 2 ahead before McCarthy joined the fray as a 76th minute sub. Stephen Dobbie scored the QoS goal with an 80th minute penalty. At Thistle McCarthy played in 37 senior competitive games for the 1st team as well as 4 Challenge Cup games for the U20s. 14 of the 37 games were starts and 23 of the 37 appearances were as sub.

The creative midfielder was announced as signed aged 20 by Allan Johnston for QoS on Friday 12 July 2019. His competitive QoS debut was in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton.

McCarthy's QoS league debut was in the 0-0 at Arbroath on 3 August 2019. He was a 77th minute sub for Lewis Kidd.

15. Darren Lyon
Position Midfield / Right Back
Date of Birth 08/06/95
Age 24
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club August 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Rangers, Hamilton Academical, Peterborough Utd
Place of Birth
Sponsors


Lyon graduated from Rangers youth system before spending six seasons at Hamilton Academical. His senior competitive debut was with Accies on 15 February 2014 in a 4-2 league win at Raith as a 69th minute sub for James Keatings. That was his only appearance that season as Accies won promotion to the top tier. He made a further 60 league appearances for Accies all in the top flight of which 44 were match starts. On 18 November 2017, he scored the 2nd goal in Accies' 1st win at Ibrox since the Adrian Sprott goal famously knocked out Graeme Souness' big spending Rangers team from the Scottish Cup on 31 January 1987. Lyon made 4 Accies appearances early in season 2018/19. That last of those was a 4-1 league defeat at home v Hearts on 4 August 2019. In total he played 73 senior competitive games for Hamilton scoring 3 goals.

He moved later that August to Peterborough United in the 3rd of England's league set up. He debuted for The Posh in a 3-3 draw at MK Dons in the Football League Trophy on 4 September 2019. In his year down South he played in 2 league games and 2 games in the Football Trophy.

Aged 24, Lyon was announced as signed by Allan Johnston for QoS on 16 August 2019. He was described by Johnston in the signing annoucement as "Energetic" and "a versatile midfielder but is also comfortable at right back."

Lyon's QoS debut was on 24 August 2019 in the 1-0 league defeat at Ayr United. He was a 16th minute sub for the injured Gary Oliver. Faissal El Bakhtaoui was moved from out wide to replace Oliver up front with Lewis Kidd moved to wide right. Lyon took over in central midfield. His 1st QoS start was on Saturday 31 August 2019 in the 1-0 league home defeat by Alloa.

17. Abdul Osman
Position Midfield
Date of Birth
Age
Contract Expiry
Joined Club October 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Watford, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Maidenhead United, Gretna, Northampton Town, Kerkyra, Watford, Crewe Alexandra, Partick Thistle, Lamia, Falkirk
Place of Birth Accra, Ghana
Sponsors


Osman was in the youth set up at Watford before playing for Hampton and Richmond Borough and then Maidenhead United. His debut in senior football was with Gretna in their ill-fated 2007-08 season in Scotland's top flight.

From there he joined Northampton Town where in 3 seasons he made over 100 league appearances. On 22 September 2010 at Northampton he scored the decisive shoot out penalty to eliminate Liverpool at Anfield from the League Cup with the scores at 2-2 after extra time. Roy Hodgson managed Liverpool had Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva and Ryan Babel in their starting line up. Jonjo Shelvey joined the fray as a Liverpool sub 10 mins into extra time.

He played 2011/12 season with PAE Kerkyra in Corfu in the 2nd league tier in Greece playing in 27 league games.

He then spent 2 seasons with Crewe Alexandra in the English third tier.

Osman had 4 seasons in the Scots top tier with Partick Thistle from 2014 to 2018. He was appointed club-captain at the start of his second season there.

He returned to Greece for the 1st 1/2 of 2018/19 playing for top tier outfit, PAS Lamia.

He spent the 2nd 1/2 of that season at Falkirk.

He was aged 32 when signed for Allan Johnston managed QoS on 4 October 2019. He debuted the day after on 5 October in the 1-0 league win at Partick Thistle. Osman was a 70th minute substitute for Jack Hamilton. Highy experienced Osman had just under 400 senior career competitive 1st team appearances to his name when joining QoS.

 

 

18. Callum Semple
Position Centre-Back
Date of Birth 20/09/98
Age 21
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club June 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Sheffield Utd, Ross County
Place of Birth Sheffield
Sponsors Flroa Little
Devorgilla Doonhamers
David Possee

Teenage prospect aged 19 when announced on 13 July 2018 as having signed on loan from home town club Sheffield United (an ex-club of Gary Naysmith who signed him for QoS). While born and based in Sheffield, Semple is eligible for Scotland in international football via his parents both being Scots.

Naturally left footed, his QoS debut was as a trialist in the pre-season 2-2 comeback home draw v Livingston on Friday 6 July. He played a second game as a trialist this time in the pre-season 1-0 home win v Hearts on Wednesday 11 July. His competitive QoS debut was on 14 July 2018 in the 5-3 home league cup win v Stranraer. His first QoS goal was a close range left foot volley on 4 August in the 2-2 league comeback draw at Greenock Morton that opened that season's league campaign. A big, strong, rock solid tank of a defender, with good composure & comfortable in possession of the ball. A youngster who already has shown signs he seems to have a bright football career ahead of him.

The last game of Semple's loan to QoS was the excellent 2-1 comeback league win at Inverness CT on 5 January 2019. After QoS went ahead in the 84th, Gary Naysmith made a tactical substitution bring on the man who will take Semple's place in the squad, Barry Maguire on loan from Motherwell. Hence there was a brief six minutes or so of the two players on the pitch together but with Maguire playing in a holding midfield position. Semple posted on twitter after the game:

"Fantastic result!! Massive thanks @OfficialQosFC it’s been a pleasure, all the staff, players and the fans have helped me improve and learn so much over the last 6 months and want to wish the club the best of luck for the rest of the season and hopefully get into the play offs"

His departure from QoS was confirmed the day after along with that of Adam Frizzell with Frizzell returning to parent club, Kilmarnock. Sample had played 27 competitive games for the QoS first team comprising 22 starts and 5 appearances from the bench clocking up 2053 minutes of competitive game time helped by the 4-2 home defeat by St Johnstone in the league cup going to extra time after being 1-1 after 90 minutes. Adding the two pre-season games to the competitive fixtures, Callum Semple playing in 29 games for the Queen of the South first team. His strike v Morton means he left with his name on the goal chart.Ironically after his departure from QoS, Semple only played 180 minutes of first team football the rest of that season in 4 games for Ross County. Semple was subbed on or off in 3 of those 4 Staggies games in their successful campaign to win the divisional title. Doing well playing for QoS, Semple was reported as attracting the attention of the Scotland U21 managment team for their upcoming games in March. However it was Barry Maguire who took over from Semple on-loan at centre-back for QoS and playing regular first team football who was picked for his U21 debut in those internationals. Maguire debuted in the 0-0 friendly draw v Mexico in Marbella on Friday 22 March 2019. Maguire scored in the first minute against Sweden U21s 3 days later in another friendly in Marbella. Maguire's QoS teammate, Iain Wilson on loan from Kilmarnock, played in the 2-1 defeat to the Swedes.

Aged 20, Semple on 24 June 2019 was announced as having returned to Palmerston this time on a one year deal directly contracted to QoS. On this occasion he was signed by recently returned anager, Allan Johnston. His first senior competitive QoS after his return was in the 3-3 league cup draw at Morton on 27 July 2019. Semple in the 78th minute repeated his feat of the previous season by scoring at Cappielow, this time to make the score 3-3.

19. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Position Forward
Date of Birth 08/11/92
Age 27
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club August 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Dunfermline Athletic (L), Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic
Place of Birth Saint Tropez, France
Sponsors KBT Pharmacy
Irving Gracie

The French Moroccan was born in St Tropez on France's Cote D'Azur. El Bakhtaoui started his time in Scotland when joining Dunfermline Athletic in July 2012 from Racing Club de la Baie in the commune of La Croix-Valmer close to St Tropez. Jim Jeffries signed him after El Bakhtaoui played trial games v Berwick and Lochgelly. Jeffries said after signing him:

"He is a talented young kid, 19 years old and not far away from the first team. We will get him settled in and I am sure he is one to look forward to watching once he gets to grips with Scottish football."

HIs first team debut was a 76th minute sub for Craig Dargo in the 4-1 home defeat by Morton on 23 February 2013. Morton were 4-0 up at the time before Callum Morris scored an 83rd minute consolation goal. His only other first team appearance that season was in the 3-0 Division 1 play-off defeat at Alloa. His first Dunfermline goal was in his 6th game, the 2-1 win at Stenhousemuir on 2 January 2014. He soon after became a first team regular ending that season with 4 goals from 20 games. He continued to develop at The Pars culminating in Division 1 Player of the Month Awards in August 2015 and March 2016. He was selected for the divisional team of the year at the end of that season with 30 goals from 41 games. In 92 senior competitive games at Dunfermline he scored 43 goals and was also managed there by Allan Johnston.

On 2 August 2016 he signed for Dundee in the Scottish top tier. He scored 8 goals in 66 Dundee games before being loaned for 2018/19 to his ex-club, Dunfermline. In that season back at Dunfermline he scored 3 times in 33 games. Skilful and pacey, some of his goals have been memorable including a long range drive in a 2-1 home league defeat v Celtic on 19 March 2017.

Aged 26, he signed for Allan Johnston and QoS on 9 August 2019. After completing the deal manager Allan Johnston said, "It has taken a few weeks but I am delighted to have been able to bring Faissal to the club. I had him at Dunfermline so he is a player I know well. It was important for us to bring in a forward to help the current strikers out and I think he will fit into our style of play well". On signing he joined Benjamin Luissint as French players on the books at QoS at that time.

His QoS debut was the day after he signed in the 1-1 league home draw v Dunfermline on 10 August 2019. Gary Oliver scored a 62nd minute QoS equaliser in what was the 2nd game of that league campaign. The gifted Frenchman's 1st QoS goal was decisive in the 1-0 league home win v Morton on Saturday 14 September 2019. El Bakhtaoui scored in the 16th minute with a right foot shot after a goal attempt by Stephen Dobbie was blocked.

20. Jack Leighfield
Position Goalkeeper
Date of Birth 23/03/98
Age 21
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club August 2010
Left Club
Previous Clubs Upper Annandale
Place of Birth Dumfries
Sponsors Norman Blount
Lochside Club

Another Dumfries local boy and QoS youth product. Debuted when coming on as a 17th minute substitute for Alan Martin in a 4-1 league home win v Brechin City on 5 August 2017. After playing occasionally, on 3 February 2018 in a 2-0 defeat at eventual divisional champions for the season, St Mirren, he substitued for the injured Martin after 58 mins. Leighfield impressed playing in 12 of the subsequent 13 matches up to the last game of the season 5-1 league win at Brechin City.

Leighfield's inspirational Man of the Match saves helped QoS earn at 2-1 win at Dundee United on Saturday 30 March 2019.

 He was announced as having signed a new two year contract on 1 June 2019, this time by newly returned boss, Allan Johnston.

21. Ross Irving
Position Forward
Date of Birth 09/10/01
Age 18
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2013
Left Club
Previous Clubs Lochar Thistle Youths
Place of Birth Dumfries
Sponsors Doonhamers Travel Club


Dumfries local boy who joined QoS in 2013 from nearby Lochar Thistle Youths. His competitive QoS debut was aged 17 under the management of Allan Johnston in the home 3-0 League Cup defeat to Motherwell on 13 July 2019 that opened QoS' 2018/19 competitive season. Motherwell's goals were a 71st minute Liam Donnelly penalty followed by goals by Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton. Irving was an 87 minute substitute for Jack Hamilton.

On 20 July 2019 he made his 2nd appearance for the 1st in the 4-1 league cup win at Dumbarton. Irving was given a longer run out than his debut as a 61st minute sub for Andy McCarthy with Michael Paton moving to centre-mid for Irving to play at right wing. The match report commented of Irving, "Irving showed glimpses of what he's about, dancing around Dumbarton left-back Rico Quitongo before being fouled in the middle of the park."

22. Ewan Gourlay
Position Defender
Date of Birth 29/03/99
Age 20
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club August 2011
Left Club
Previous Clubs Lochar Thistle Youths, Dalbeattie Star (L)
Place of Birth Dumfries
Sponsors George and Hilary Service
Tom Donald Financial

The Dumfries local boy and QoS youth product was loaned to Dalbeattie Star in January 2018 to gain experience. Aged 17, he was given his 1st team debut by Allan Johnston on 20 July 2019 in the League Cup 4-1 win at Dumbarton as a 78th minute sub for Darren Brownlie. In the linked match report in which he is also pictured in action, he was described, "The young defender was comfortable and composed on the ball."

25. Michael Paton
Position Forward
Date of Birth 25/03/89
Age 30
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Aberdeen, Brechin City (L), Stockport County (L), Dunfermline, Dumbarton
Place of Birth Greenock
Sponsors Croma Vigilant


A product of Aberdeen youth academy, Paton also played competitive first team football in loan spells at Brechin and then Stockport for whom he played in the Conference National League. At Aberdeen he scored against both sides of the Old Firm.

He joined QoS signed by Allan Johnston on 28 February 2013 after having played as a trialist in 3 reserve games. His QoS debut was as a 71st minute substitute for Paul Burns in the 3-2 league win at East Fife on 2 March 2013.

He scored with two strikes from outside the box in the 6-0 title clinching fixture away to Brechin on 27 March 2013. That was played at Station Park in Forfar due to the pitch at Glebe Park in Brechin being snowbound. Paton also played in the Challenge Cup Final penalty shoot out win v Partick on 7 April 2013 to give him two winners medals within weeks of joining QoS.

In the 2015 close season he signed again for Allan Johnston who was now manager of Dunfermline. Paton stayed at East End Park for 3 seasons. Paton's Pars' debut was the 4-1 league cup win at Arbroath on 25 July 2015. His first DAFC goal was the 10th minute opener in the 3-1 league cup defeat at Dundee United on 22 September 2015. Together Johnston and Paton were champions of the Scottish league third tier in 2015-16. Johnston said of Paron, "Michael has been a massive player for us this year. His crossing ability created a lot of chances for us."

Paton then transferred to Dumbarton in 2018 spending a season with The Sons.

Aged 30, he rejoined the club on the 15 July 2019 signed by Allan johnston like he was when he first joined. At time of rejoining he had over 250 senior competitive apperances to his name in Scotland. His competitive debut on his return to QoS was the 3-3 home League Cup group stage draw v Annan Athletic on Tuesday 16 July 2019. QoS won the penalty shootout 5-4 when Robbie McCrorie saved Annan's 5th penalty taken by ex-QoS youth team player, Ayrton Sonkur. The first QoS Paton goal after his return to QoS was in the 4-1 league cup win at Paton's previous club, Dumbarton. Paton equalised bundling the ball over the line at the back post in the 10th minute.

29. Michael Williamson
Position Forward
Date of Birth 31/01/02
Age 17
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2018
Left Club
Previous Clubs Carlisle United
Place of Birth Carlisle
Sponsors


Williamson joined QoS on 8 July 2019 when aged 17 from the club of the town of his birth, Carlisle United. He follows the likes of ex-England World Cup goal scorer Ivor Broadis, ex-England cricketer Chris Balderstone, Les O'Neill, Bobby Parker, Jordan Marshall & Josh Todd as players to join QoS having been on the playing staff previously at Carlisle United.

Williamson featured unused on the bench through the 4 game 2019/20 league cup group stage campaign from the 1st game of the season, 3-0 home league cup defeat by Motherwell on 13 July 2019. He also made the bench for 1st the league game of the season 0-0 draw at Arbroath on 3 August 2019.

30. Craig Burns
Position Goalkeeper
Date of Birth 18/06/01
Age 18
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2019
Left Club
Previous Clubs Ayr United
Place of Birth Stranraer
Sponsors


The Stranraer born goallie joined QoS under Allan Johnston in Juy 2019 the month after Burns' 18th birthday from previous club, Ayr United. With Jack Leighfield injured, the young keeper featured unused on the bench through the 4 game 2019/20 league cup group stage campaign from the 1st game of the season, 3-0 home league cup defeat by Motherwell on 13 July 2019. Burns continued on the bench when the league campaign started with the 0-0 draw at Arbroath on 3 August 2019 through to the 3rd league game of the season, 1-1 draw at Ayr United on 31 August 2019.

Left This Season

Daniel Irving
Position Defender
Date of Birth 29/03/00
Age 19
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2012
Left Club August 2019
Previous Clubs Greystone Rovers
Place of Birth Dumfries
Sponsors

The Dumfries local boy joined QoS from local amateur side Greystone Rovers. Greystone over the decades have been a steady talent source producing players such as ex-QoS Dougie SharpeIain McChesney, Lex & Jack Law  and Davie Irons who began his senior career with 4 QoS 1st team games in the Willie Harkness era. Another is Tranmere & Wrexham legend Jim Steel.

Irving was included in the 2019/20 1st team photo published on 22 August 2019.