Squad - Season 20/21

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Jack Leighfield
Position Goalkeeper
Date of Birth 23/03/98
Age 22
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club August 2010
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Previous Clubs Upper Annandale
Place of Birth Dumfries
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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.

Stephen Dobbie
Position Forward
Date of Birth 05/12/82
Age 37
Contract Expiry June 2021
Joined Club August 2016
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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
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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.

Kevin Holt
Position Left Back
Date of Birth 25/01/93
Age 27
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club June 2019
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Previous Clubs Dundee, Pafos
Place of Birth Dumfries
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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.

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