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.

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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 Queens and picking up a d...
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 Queens lasting from the early 60s to the early 80s, Ball played in goals fo...
Jimmy Binning
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 League, Binning is the only Quee...
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 Queens the popular Londoner achieved many points of note playing for Tottenham Hotspur, C...
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 Queens as a player and then do the same as manager on a...
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 Queens in 1982 and made 364 first team appearances over two spells. Affectionately nicknamed ’Barney’, an excellent all round keeper, h...
John Dempster
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
Ian William Dickson was born in Maxwelltown (a separate burgh from Dumfries until 1928) in September 1902. A teenager of prodigious talent at Queen of the South, he played in the first ever game in...
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 Queens (3 as pl...
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...
Hughie Gallacher
A pocket sized natural footballing phenomenon of boundless skill and unquenchable determination, in 624 senior games, Hughie Gallacher scored 463 times in a goal drenched career of terrorising oppo...
Dave Halliday
Dave Halliday from Dumfries was a stunningly prolific goalscorer. From starting his career at then non-league Queen of the South, Halliday went on to score 365 goals in 488 competitive games f...
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...
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 time...
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 Qo...
Lex Law
  Lex Law merits a place in Queens Legends for his 332 first team appearances alone. Having represented Scotland at age grou...
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. Queen’s enjoyed the benefit of Mc...
George McLachlan
George McLachlan and the 1936 overseas tour George McLachlan will always be best remembered as a player...
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 a...
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 Queens all time...
Jim Patterson
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
Unstereotypically 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 camp...
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 g...
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 ...
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 ...


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 historian and former Museum Curator, Ian Black, and author and QoS Programme Editor, 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
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
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
Bill Goldie, wordsmith and ex QoS Press Officer
Dave Halliday, Aberdeen Press & Journal and grandson of ex QoS Dave Halliday
Ian Halliday, 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
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 historian
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
Mick Tilt, Aston Villa historian
Andy Thomson, ex QoS
Ian Turnbull, Sanquhar QoS Supporters Club
Ric Turner at www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/
Hayley Weaver, Liverpool FC
Shaun Wilson, Middlesbrough FC Historian
Bruce Wright, ex QoS Programme Editor