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:
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.
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)