Jun 6 2012 by Andrew Burns, Dumfries Standard Wednesday
PALMERSTON legend Bobby Black has died.
Former Queens winger Black, originally from Thornhill, died on Monday at the age of 85.
He made 346 appearances during a nine-year spell with the Doonhamers, scoring 120 goals,
His goal tally put him behind only Jim Patterson in the Dumfries outfit’s all-time goal-scoring list.
The Palmerston club paid tribute to the acclaimed forward following his death.
A statement on the Queens website said: “Everyone at the club would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to Bobby’s friends and family.”
Dumfriesshire-born Black played for Queens’ youth side as a teenager during the Second World War but began his professional career further afield.
His career kicked off at East Fife and he enjoyed a highly successful spell at Methil, making a large majority of his appearances in Scotland’s top flight.
His most successful season in Fife came in 1950 when the team won the League Cup and finished runners-up to Rangers in the Scottish Cup.
He joined Queens in 1952 and was a marvel down the right flank as Queens spent several years in the top division.
Alongside the likes of Patterson, Dougie Sharpe and Jackie Oakes, Black played during a time viewed by many as the most successful period in the Palmerston team’s history.
And his performances were recognised further two years after joining, when he represented a Scottish league side against a League of Ireland select in Dublin in 1954, scoring twice in a 3-1 win.
After leaving Palmerston, Black spent several years in England playing for non-league side Bath City and enjoyed a successful spell playing bowls for Somerset.