Derek Young spotlight

Below are some of the colourful career moments of the Mr Experience of Queens` midfield.



Aberdeen 1996 - 2003 (including 111 league games in which he scored 13 goals)

* 31 May 1997, the then Aberdeen player debuted for the Scotland under 21s in the Toulon Tournament v Portugal in St Tropez. In goals is Neil Alexander, he of the mid game loan to Queens from Rangers in Jim Thomson`s testimonial after Roddy McKenzie`s injury. The under 21s drew 1-1

* 27 Apr 1999, Young collects a second u21 cap, this time in a friendly in Meppen where Germany win 2-1. Alexander again starts as the goalkeeper but is replaced by Davie Mathieson of Queen of the South. Young comes on as a sub for someone with whom he will play beside many times at club level, Barry Nicholson. Germany win 2-1. To help jog the memory of when this was, the next evening Don Hutchison scored in a 1-0 win for the Scots in the senior game

* Aug 2000, Young played in both Aberdeen UEFA Cup games against Bohemians of Ireland, losing on away goals

* 10 Oct 2000, European Championship u21 game v Croatia, a 3-1 defeat in Koprivnika. Doonhamer & ex QoS, Chris Doig, was a team mate. The first team drew the next evening with Kevin Gallacher putting away Colin Cameron`s left footed centre

* 23 Mar 2001, another European Championship u21 game as a sub, this time a 1-0 defeat to Belgium at East End Park. Young replaced Scott Severin. For the senior team Billy Dodds had the Scots two up with his two goals outshining Dominic Matteo`s best game for Scotland. The Scots blew it though with the Belgies hitting back with two headers for a draw

* Apr 2001, a fifth u21 cap, this time in a friendly in Wloklawek. Young started the game that his team lost 1-0 like they had in Dunfermline. The next evening a Scott Booth penalty gave the senior team a 1-1 draw against the Poles

* 31 Aug 2001, Young`s sixth and last u21 cap, a European Championship game this time against the Croats in Perth. A 1-1 draw, Kenny Miller hit the Scots goal from the penalty spot. For the senior team Dodds had the ball in the net but was adjudged offside in a 0-0 draw

* 22nd Dec 2001, Young played as a sub as Aberdeen beat Celtic 2-0. Jamie McAllister was a team mate

* 25 Sep 2001, 63rd minute sub v John Connolly`s QoS in the League Cup winning 2-1 at Palmerston. Eugene Dadi and Ben Thornley had Aberdeen 2-0 ahead with Craig Feroz scoring a solitary goal for QoS in reply

* Aug 2002, Young played in both games of a UEFA Cup tie v Nistru Otaci & winning 1-0 on aggregate. Young played both games in the next round v Hertha Berlin with Gabor Kiraly, Bart Goor & Marcelinho playing for Hertha. In the second leg Michael Preetz was an 86th minute substitute for Hertha and three minutes later scored the only goal of the tie

* 18 Feb 2003, Young scored the opener in the 16th min in the Scottish Cup v Connolly`s QoS in a 4-1 replay in Aberdeen. Laurent D`Jaffo (2) and Russell Anderson also scored with Peter Weatherson scoring a late pen for the Doonhamers. The original game of the tie was 0-0 in Dumfries on 25 Jan. QoS 2008 Scottish Cup hero, Steve Tosh, played for the Dons in both games like Young did

Dunfermline 2003 - 2006 (including 63 league games in which he scored 9 goals)

* 9 Aug 2003, competitive debut for The Pars in a 0-0 visit of Celtic

* 29 Nov 2003, Young scored for Dunfermline in his first game against old club, Aberdeen. The game ends 2-2

* 14 Dec 2003, Young played in a 2-0 home win v Rangers

* Apr 2004, Young plays in both games of a Scottish Cup semi final. In the 3-2 replay at Pittodrie, brother Darren and Barry Nicholson both scored for the Pars against ICT

* 2 May 2004, a 2-1 league win v Celtic at Parkhead pre Scottish Cup Final. Nicholson scored the opener. A creditable result for Dunfermline but ominously ahead of the cup final, Henrik Larsson scored the Celtic goal

* 22 May 2004, Young played in the Scottish Cup Final 3-1 defeat to Celtic. The Pars led 1-0 at half time. In his last competitive game for Celtic, Larsson scored two & Stilian Petrov scored one

* Aug 2004, Dunfermline play in Europe for the first time since George Farm was Manager. Young misses both games as Dunfermline go out to Icelandic team, Hafnarfjarðar

* 07 May 2005, Young scores three in a 5-0 win against Dundee

* 30 Sep 2005, Young hits three again this time in a 4-3 win at Kilmarnock

* 26 Nov 2005, Young plays in a 1-0 league win at Celtic Park

St Johnstone 2006  (including 1 league appearance)

* Young plays a handful of early season games for the Perth outfit

Partick Thistle 2006 - 2007 (including 29 league games in which he scored 5 goals)

* Most of the games Young plays that season are for the Firhill club

Aberdeen 2007 – 2011 (including 95 league games in which he scored 6 goals)

* 20 Sep 2007, Young plays in a UEFA Cup 0-0 draw against Dnipro. Young missed the return leg in Ukraine in which a 1-1 draw put his team through on away goals

* 25 Oct 2007, Young played in the UEFA Cup game away to Panathinaikos. Takis Fyssas (by now ex Hearts), played for the Greeks in a 3-0 home win

* 8 Nov 2007 Young played in what proved to be a crucial 1-1 draw at home to  Lokomotiv Moscow. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov played for Lokomotiv before joining Everton as did Peter Odemwingie before going to West Brom and Cardiff. Branislav Ivanovic scored the equaliser for Lokomotiv after Zander Diamond`s opener

29 Nov 2007, Young plays again in the UEFA Cup, this time away to a strong looking Athletico Madrid line up. Diego Forlan scored with a penalty for 1-0 after 45 minutes. The game was sealed with a Jamie Langfield own goal in 61 minutes for a 2-0 result. Thiaggo Motta, Sergio Aguero, Simao, Mista & Maniche all played for El Atleti. Aberdeen went through to the next round thanks to a win in which Young didn`t play, a 4-0 home win against FC Copenhagen. The Aberdeen run ended in Munich. Bayern had drawn 2-2 in Scotland and won 5-1 in Germany. Young missed both games



Tosh, Young and Aluko

12 Apr 2008, Young was an 80th minute sub in the Scottish Cup classic semi final 4-3 versus the QoS team of Gordon Chisholm. Nicholson was again a team mate and again a scorer. Queens scorers were Steve Tosh, Paul Burns, Sean O`Connor and John Stewart

22 May 2008, Young was an 88th min sub for Nicholson in the 2-0 home win v Rangers in the last league game of the season. Celtic beat Dundee Utd 1-0 to win league ahead of their Glasgow rivals in second. Rangers beat QoS 3-2 in the Scottish Cup Final two days later

30 Jul 2009, a heavy defeat as Young and his team were bounced 5-1 at home to Sigma Olumouc in the Europa League. Michael Paton played as a 72nd min sub v the Czechs

28 Nov 2009, Young enjoyed another win against Old Firm opposition, 1-0 at home v Rangers

Grindavik 2011 (5 league games)

* Young adds playing in Iceland to his CV

Morton 2011 - 2012 (including 19 league games in which he scored 1 goal)

* As well as captaining the Ton, Young played two games v Gus McPherson`s QoS (Nov and Apr). Both ended 2-2 at Cappielow. In the November game Peter Weatherson was a 76th minute sub for Morton and scored one of his numerous goals against his ex club

Queen of the South 2012 – present,


No bother to Young as he puts his penalty away in the shoot out at Ibrox

* Season 2012/13, Young played as a consistent, unsung hero in central midfield. He blended enthusiasm with sensible, neat and tidy football and a near pathological obsession of giving the ball to one of his own men. The cohesion he brought to the middle of the park was cemented with his organisational and communicative skills. Quite simply his displays oozed bags of experience of having played at a higher level. All season, Young played in only two QoS defeats, both in cup competitions to top division opposition (Dundee United & Killie). He scored in the penalty shoot out win away to Rangers in the Challenge Cup and repeated the feat in the final win v Partick. Allan Johnston`s Queens won the double of Division 2 Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup

* Young said after the cup final win, "To win the league the way we did and to come here as underdogs and play the way we did is tremendous. This doesn`t happen every week but we’ll go and enjoy it tonight.”