Age at Debut

Famously, Queen's Parks' youngest debutant is Ronnie Simpson, who was literally a schoolboy when he made his debut in a Summer Cup match in June 1945 at an incredible 14 years and 304 days old. There are four players who have made their debut whilst 15: W. Chalmers, J. Yeudall, A.C. Gray and G.H. Mitchell. 

Since league rules now prevent the playing of any player under the age of 16, these five will not see their feat bettered. 

Twenty five have made their debut before they were 17, including recent players such as Liam Brown, Anthony Ralston, Lawrence Shankland and Blair Spittal, alongside some older names such as future Scotland managers Ian McColl and Sir Alex Ferguson, and also Laurie McBain, who scored six goals against Partick Thistle in one game in 1926/27.

The full list of all those who made their debut before the age of17 is:

 

Player Date of Birth Date of Debut Age
R.C. Simpson 11/10/1930 11/08/1945 14 Yrs 304 Days
W. Chalmers 25/07/1907 09/12/1922 15 Yrs 137 Days
J. Yeudall 12/06/1899 09/01/1915 15 Yrs 211 Days
A.C. Gray 12/12/1943 08/08/1959 15 Yrs 240 Days
G.H. Mitchell 26/12/1922 03/12/1938 15 Yrs 342 Days
J.A. Lambie 18/12/1868 03/01/1885 16 Yrs 14 Days
A.H. Hay 22/11/1909 27/02/1926 16 Yrs 97 Days
B.P. Corbett 18/07/1898 27/10/1914 16 Yrs 101 Days
I. McColl 07/06/1927 23/10/1943 16 Yrs 139 Days
I. Aitken 25/03/1961 20/08/1977 16 Yrs 148 Days
J.A. Boyd 21/11/1929 23/04/1946 16 Yrs 153 Days
D.J. Walker 03/07/1966 22/01/1983 16 Yrs 203 Days
J.C. Adams 27/04/1889 18/11/1905 16 Yrs 204 Days
J.L. Armstrong 05/09/1896 29/03/1913 16 Yrs 205 Days
J.M. McNiven 23/12/1962 14/08/1979 16 Yrs 234 Days
B. Lochhead 27/06/1995 03/03/2012 16 Yrs 249 Days
S. McEntegart 01/03/1970 08/11/1986 16 Yrs 253 Days
J.R. McGregor 05/01/1963 22/09/1979 16 Yrs 261 Days
L. Shankland 10/08/1995 05/05/2012 16 Yrs 268 Days
A. Ralston 16/11/1998 15/08/2015 16 Yrs 272 Days
L.D. McBain 07/12/1907 13/09/1924 16 Yrs 280 Days
K.A. Chisholm 12/04/1925 14/02/1942 16 Yrs 308 Days
L. Brown 07/04/1999 13/02/2016 16 Yrs 315 Days
A.C. Ferguson 31/12/1941 15/11/1958 16 Yrs 319 Days
W. Gray 10/06/1866 28/04/1883 16 Yrs 322 Days
B. Spittal 19/12/1995 17/11/2012 16 Yrs 333 Days
C.H. Boyce 06/01/1899 04/12/1915 16 Yrs 334 Days
P. Carruth 20/05/1968 27/04/1985 16 Yrs 342 Days
W.S. McPhail 02/02/1928 13/01/1945 16 Yrs 345 Days
D. Berry 27/05/1875 14/05/1892 16 Yrs 352 Days

A further 76 players have played for the club before they reached the age of 18:

D. Atkins, H. Bennett, J.B. Bell, T. Bird, S. Black, E.R. Blyth, G. Boardman, G. Bonner, A. Boslem, R. Bowers, K. Brannigan, T.H. Bremner, P. Breslin, E. Brophy, R. Brown, S. Canning, D. Carcary, K. Chalmers, R.M. Christie, R.B. Clark, N. Collins, T. Collins, A. Connolly, S. Cook, G. Crowe, S. Cullie, A. Cumming, L. Davison, R. Dunlop, D. Elliott, K. Finlayson, C. Fisher, S. Fitzpatrick, C. Foy, G. Fraser, J. Gallagher, J. Gemmell, F. Gibson, C.M. Gilmour, J. Gilroy, A.J. Graham, G. Greenfield, A. Grier, D. Grierson, J.R. Harris, M.A. Hewitt, D.A. Houston, D. Humble, S. Jack, K. Kennedy, W.A. Lambie, R. Learmouth, G. Lennox, D. Letham, C.M. Liddell, J. Marr, F. Mennie, G. Mitchell, J.S. Mitchell, Max Murray, A.J. MacAulay, R.W. McFarlane, D. McGhee, W.C. McKenna, R. McKinven, D.S. McLay, J. Nicholson, J. O'Neill, D.M. Ramsay, S. Rooney, S. Ross, R. Sinclair, S. Stevens, J.A.C. Taylor, J. Walker and D. Wood.

(Players in bold have made their debut since 1st January 2000) 

It's no surprise the older debutants for the club have all been from the era of ex-professionals signing for the club, with 15 players not making their debut until they were past 30. Oldest by a country mile is Andy Millen, who proved a lot of people wrong when he played in 2011 at the age of 45 years and 236 days, and was less than a month away from his 46th birthday when he played his final game (for now!).

Mark McGeown just scrapes under the 40 years old barrier by three months, while Paul Stewart is a mere youngster by comparison, making his debut just six months after he turned 30.

 

Player Date of Birth Date of Debut Age
A. Millen 10/06/1965 01/02/2011 45 Yrs 236 Days
M. McGeown 10/05/1970 13/02/2010 39 Yrs 297 Days
R. Reilly 23/09/1959 22/01/1997 37 Yrs 121 Days
A. Graham 11/08/1966 02/08/1997 36 Yrs 356 Days
S. Black 30/01/1974 25/07/2009 35 Yrs 176 Days
P. Ronald 19/07/1971 09/08/2006 35 Yrs 21 Days
L. Hamilton 11/08/1962 02/08/1997 34 Yrs 356 Days
P. Harvey 28/08/1968 09/08/2003 34 Yrs 346 Days
M. Brown 06/11/1979 27/07/2013 33 Yrs 263 Days
J. Gallagher 02/02/1969 03/08/2002 33 Yrs 182 Days
P. Martin 08/03/1965 01/08/1998 33 Yrs 151 Days
M. Cairns 25/09/1969 08/02/2003 33 Yrs 136 Days
G. Duncan 02/02/1969 05/08/2000 31 Yrs 184 Days
D. Winter 07/03/1982 10/08/2013 31 Yrs 156 Days
P. Stewart 01/08/1979 13/02/2010 30 Yrs 187 Days

 

With dates of birth still to be established for around 600 of the 1,500 players who have played for Queen's, there may be others who should be on this list. If you can shed any light on ex-players' details then please e-mail the address on the front page.

(All stats to end of 2015/16 season)

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