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Queen of the South goalscoring hero Jim Patterson dies

Palmerston Park
Image caption Patterson scored 251 goals over 14 season with the Palmerston Park club

The all-time top goalscorer at Scottish second division side Queen of the South, Jim Patterson, has died aged 84.

He joined the Dumfries side in 1949 and scored 251 goals in 14 seasons at Palmerston Park - including six goals in one game against Cowdenbeath.

He was one of the first players to be inducted into the Doonhamers' Hall of Fame.

His final appearance for the club was in 1963. His funeral will be held in Dumfries on Monday.

Originally from Perthshire, Patterson nearly signed for Manchester City after leaving the army but decided instead to stay in Scotland and was snapped up by Queens' manager Jimmy McKinnell Jnr.

He was a big stocky forward who - at the start of his career - played alongside Billy Houliston.

Later, "Big Jim" took over from Houliston as centre forward flanked by Bobby Black, Jimmy McGill, Wattie Rothera and Jackie Oakes in what was probably Queens greatest ever front five.

Patterson was in the team that reached Queen of the South's first and, until four years ago, only Scottish cup semi-final.

For much of his time at Queens, the club was in the top division of the Scottish game.

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