Squad - Season 19/20

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Daniel Irving
Position Midfield
Date of Birth 29/03/00
Age 19
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2012
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Previous Clubs Greystone Rovers
Place of Birth Dumfries
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Ewan Gourlay
Position Defender
Date of Birth 29/03/99
Age 20
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club August 2011
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Previous Clubs Lochar Thistle Youths, Dalbeattie Star (L)
Place of Birth Dumfries
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Dumfries local boy and QoS youth product. Loaned to Dalbeattie Star in January 2018 to gain experience.

Ross Irving
Position Forward
Date of Birth 09/10/01
Age 17
Contract Expiry June 2020
Joined Club July 2013
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Previous Clubs Lochar Thistle Youths
Place of Birth Dumfries
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Jack Leighfield
Position Goalkeeper
Date of Birth 23/03/98
Age 21
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.

Darren Brownlie
Position Centre Back
Date of Birth 10/04/94
Age 25
Contract Expiry May 2020
Joined Club June 2015
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Previous Clubs Motherwell, Ayr, Partick, Cowdenbeath
Place of Birth Bellshill
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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.

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

Stephen Dobbie
Position Forward
Date of Birth 05/12/82
Age 36
Contract Expiry June 2020
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. 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. Despite Dobbie being the most prolific QoS striker since Andy Thomson at the time and looking 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 turned down 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 Brendan Rogers who 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.

At Swansea 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. 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.

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.

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

Kevin Holt
Position Left Back
Date of Birth 25/01/93
Age 26
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club June 2019
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Previous Clubs
Place of Birth Dumfries
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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. Another who enjoyed an excellent season when winning the double in 2012/13.

After leaving the club to join Dundee in 2015, Kevin spent three years on Tayside before moving to Cypriot club Pafos for a year.

Holt returned to the club in May 2019, on a two year deal, as Alan Johnstons first signing.

Gary Oliver
Position Forward
Date of Birth 14/07/95
Age 23
Contract Expiry May 2021
Joined Club June 2019
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Previous Clubs Hearts, Stenhousemuir (L), Morton
Place of Birth Glasgow
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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 Robbie Neilson managed Hearts stormed 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.

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