The team in the Scottish football league representing Dumfries and the surrounding area is named after the town's nickname - Queen of the South.
Queens or QoS (as they are affectionately known) due to the relatively small size of the town will never be a giant of world football. They do though provide an important outlet for those in Dumfries who want to use football as a means and expression to represent and support the local community.
If you want to go and take in a game all are welcome. See the website below for more info.
A very short history of the club:-
* 1919 - club formed
* 1933 - promoted to the top division of Scottish football achieving a highest ever finish of 4th in 1934. From then, excluding war time interruption, the club spent only 1 season out of Scotland's top tier until 1959 and remain competitive until the mid 60s. QoS are top of the Scottish league at New Year 1953/54 before the season fades.
* 1967 A new regime takes over. The club under achieve, long decline sets in compared to the previous achievements
* 1994 - New stewardship starts, the club progresses to today enjoying some of the success last experienced in the pre mid 60s era. This includes beating Aberdeen 4-3 in the 2008 Scottish Cup semi final before going down in the final 3-2 against Rangers.
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As a slightly amusing curiosity it is widely claimed that QoS are the only senior football team to have it's name mentioned in the bible. Should anyone want to check the reference out for themselves:-
* Luke 11, 31
* Matthew 12, 42
For info the wording in the bible goes something like:-
"The Queen of the South will rise at the judgement with the men of this generation"
The most famous players to have played for QoS are:-
Hughie Gallacher began his pro career at QoS before going on to become one of the biggest names in UK football of his era. In 624 senior games, Gallacher scored 463 times. He is the Scotland national football team's the most prolific goals per game scorer with 23 goals from his 20 internationals, a strike rate of more than a goal a game. Gallacher was one of the Wembley Wizards who beat England 5–1 at Wembley Stadium in 1928. Gallacher is also the last man to captain Newcastle United to be English Champions. He won the Scottish Cup with Airdrie and also scored for Chelsea, Derby and Grimsby in England's top division and in the lower leagues with Notts County and Gateshead.
Dave Halliday was from Dumfries and his 38 goals for Dundee in 1923-24 made him top scorer in Scotland's top flight that season and 43 goals in 1928–29 for Sunderland gave him the same distinction in England's top flight that season. He scored 376 senior goals as well as scoring at two then non-league clubs. As a manager only Halliday and Alex Ferguson have guided Aberdeen to be Scottish champions. Halliday and Gallacher are among the group of only 27 players to have scored over 200 goals in England's top division. Halliday also scored for Arsenal, Man City, Orient and was player manager at Yeovil. He also managed Leicester City to promotion to England's top tier.
Ian Dickson was born in Dumfries and it was after his departure from QoS to Aston Villa that Gallacher was signed for QoS. Dickson top scored at Villa in 1921/22 with 28 goals in his 42 games. he then played for Middlesborough. He is the grandfather of music mogul Ian 'Dicko' Dickson who appears on Australian tv programs such as 'Australian idol'.
Willie Ferguson was from nearby Kirkconnel and signed for QoS after making 294 appearances for Chelsea (playing at Chelsea alongside Hughie Gallacher). In his first season at QoS the club finish fourth in Scotland's top division, their highest finish to date.
Billy Houliston was another from Dumfries and gained three full caps for Scotland while playing for QoS. He scored 2 debut goals against Northern Ireland but arguably his finest moment was his performance in the 3-1 win against England at Wembley in 1949. He won all three of his full international games (the last was against France). In nine games for Scotland at all levels Houliston was never on a losing side. His international career ended was he picked a serious ankle injury in a Summer tour to North America with Scotland. This ultimately led to his premature retirement as a football player.
Jimmy Binning was full back at QoS when selected for the Scotland world cup squad for the 1954 World Cup finals in Switzerland. An ex QoS player, George Hamilton was also selected for the squad but neither played in the finals. Then at Aberdeen managed by Dave halliday, Hamilton scored four goals in five games for Scotland.
George Farm signed for Queens from Blackpool in 1960. Farm had been at Blackpool since 1948 and was goalkeeper through the tangerines' 1950s golden era. This included 2 F.A. Cup Final appearances including winning the 1953 'Matthews' Final and also Blackpool's highest ever top league finish – 2nd in 1956. While at Blackpool he gained 10 Scotland caps. Farm went on to make over 100 league appearances for Queen of the South, as player-manager for three of his four years with the club. He guided them to promotion back to the top division in 1961–62. Farm later managed Dunfermline to their greatest achievement to date by following up the 1967/68 Scottish Cup win by reaching the semi final of the 1968–69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup losing by 1 goal to eventual winners Slovan Bratislava who beat Barcelona in the final.
Ivor Broadis was a protege of Bill Shankly who enjoyed a successful career in England's top tier with Sunderland, Manchester City and Newcastle United. He played 14 times for England scoring eight goals. This included the England goal in the 1954, 7-1 defeat by the Hungary team of Puskas. Broadis was the first player to score twice in a game for England at a World Cup finals (1954 in the 4-4 draw v Belgium). He was player manager of Carlisle aged just 23. His last 2 seasons as a player were at QoS that he later described as the 2 happiest of his career. He then enjoyed a long career as a football journalist.
Neil Martin signed from Alloa in 1961. After leaving QoS he gained 3 Scotland caps in a journeyman career where he scored consistently as a hard working centre-forward. He hit 44 goals in 78 games at Queens. After Queens he played top division football for Hibs (playing for Jock Stein), Sunderland, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest (scoring the first goal of Brian Clough's reign) as well as playing for Brighton and Crystal Palace. He has the distinction of being among the first players to score 100 league goals in both Scotland and England.
Ted McMinn (another local lad) played for Queens from 1982 – 84 before going on to play top flight football in Scotland, Spain and England. McMinn achieved hero status with Rangers, Sevilla, (following in the footsteps of Hughie Gallacher) Derby County and Burnley (at Burnley he was a Wembley play off winner). McMinn also played senior football in England for Birmingham City. He also played a season in Western Australia for Joondalup.
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Chris Balderstone ended his senior footballing career at Queens. The ex England internationalist cricketer is pops up in pub quiz questions as the only man to play league football and county cricket on the same day.
Bernie Slaven was an unrecognised talent at Queens. He played only two first team games for Queen of the South in late 1983. On leaving Queens for Albion Rovers the goals started to flow quickly. Following in the footsteps of Ian Dickson, Slaven joined Middlesbrough where he scored consistently hitting 146 goals in 381 games. In March 1993 Slaven left Premier League 'Boro for Port Vale and scored the winner in a 2–1 victory over Stockport County in the Autoglass Trophy Final at Wembley. He was awarded 7 Republic of Ireland caps scoring once and was in their squad for Italia 90.
Andy Goram, ex Scotland goalkeeper, played for Queens in the 2002–03 Scottish Challenge Cup Final win. Added to his medals gained at Rangers this makes him the first player to collect a complete set of all 4 senior Scottish football winners medals.
After playing for QoS, Sam Malcolmson emigrated to New Zealand who he played for at the the 1982 World Cup, ironically against his native Scotland. While New Zealand lost the group game 5-2, the two goals meant the Scots were eliminated on goal difference after drawing their next game 2-2 with USSR.
Big Marvin Andrews is the highest capped player to have played for QoS with over 100 games for Trinidad & Tobago.
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Stephen Dobbie scored 47 goals in 83 QoS and was part of the 2008 Scottish Cup final team. He has since moved South playing for Swansea and at Blackpool where he was part of the team that won the 2010 play off final earning Blackpool a return to England's top division. Dobbie was then part of Swansea's successful promotion campaign to the top flight the season after.
Famous fans include:-
Allan McNish - twice winner of Le Mans 24
Bill Drummond - ex KLF
Andrew Coltart - Ryder Cup golfer
Hunter Davies - writer
Stephen Jardine - tv presenter and son of ex club director
Len Lungo - champion race horse trainer
Barry Nicholson - Scotland international footballer who played in the 2008 Scottish Cup semi final for Aberdeen against the team he supported as a boy. QoS ended up 4-3 winners as mentioned above
Visitors to Dumfries with a passion for golf could go mad with happiness at the golfing options that Dumfries presents. In Dumfries itself there are:-
Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club - http://www.dandggolfclub.co.uk/
Dumfries and County Golf Club - http://www.thecounty.org.uk/
The Pines Golf Centre - http://www.pinesgolf.com/
There is also Crichton golf course in Dumfries (no website it seems)
Of these courses 'The Galloway' is the only 1 on the Maxwelltown side of the river Nith.
Slightly further afield there also the following golf courses among others all within easy reach of Dumfries:-
Mabie forest, just outside Dumfries, is criss-crossed by a maze of forest trails... you can go for easy forest walks.. long and short. Many trails pass by Mabie House B&B
Equipment: the trails are more like country roads... you'll just need a pair of walking shoes.. even sneakers will do. A map of the trails might be handy unless you are with a local
The local ice rink was build about 10 years ago and is home also the Dumfries Ice Hockey team the Vikings! I havent been for years but they were always fun to watch with lots of testosterone on an early saturday evening - turn a blind eye to the fact that all the star players are actually from Canada rather than Dumfries! They also have an ice skating disco on Friday and Sdaturday nights where lots of young teenagers go to "meet people"! Scotland is also famous for only being very good at one sport - remember those gold medals?! CURLING! You can learn to curl here, its famous for being an old people's sport but there are quite a lot of youth teams in Dumfries and the surrounding areas also.
Dumfries has its own local pool which bizzarely is always shut over the Christmas holidays! It has a cute wee flume (water slide) inside the building and is lots of fun - I believe that on Saturday mornings they put out lots of water toys which are great for kids