Joe Gilroy succeeded David McParland in July 1976, and is the first of the four head coaches who have previously played for the club.
His playing career saw him spend three years at Hampden from 1957 to 1960, followed by two at Montrose, three at Clyde and two each at Fulham and Dundee. Gilroy then went overseas, playing for Highlands Park in South Africa, before returning to Falkirk as Assistant Manager in 1974.
A short spell as coach at Valur in Iceland preceeded his first managerial posting in Scotland at Morton for the season prior to his appointment at Hampden, and his first two seasons at Hampden saw Queen's secure finishes in the top half of the table, as well as a famous Scottish Cup win over Motherwell at Fir Park in 1977/78.
However, season 1978/79 was a different story as Queen's struggled to make any impact on the league, and with seven games remaining in the league campaign Gilroy resigned, citing a lack of time as his principal reason for stepping down.