Del Muir - 100 Appearances

On Saturday, another one of our long term servants reached a landmark career milestone, as Derek Muir made his 100th appearance for the club.

The striker turned central midfielder has continued to excel this year in a new, deeper position and it was well deserved when he lead the team out against Livingston GS at Nethercraigs on Saturday morning.

An old friend of the gaffer, Del joined the team towards the end of the 2013/14 season, making his debut from the bench in a home friendly against our old foes Calders. It took no time for him to make an impact, as he scored a fine solo goal in a 4-3 victory at Fortress Holyrood.

There were plenty more goals where that came from, 47 more to be exact, and no matter where he is played Del is a constant goal threat with a penchant for a mazy run.

One of these goals came in the IFA Scottish Cup Semi Final of 2016/17, as we defeated PSJ 3-1 at Toryglen. His fine finish just after half time restored our advantage that day, and helped us onto a memorable victory.

Del counts this as one of his favourite games for the team, he remembers:

This was a massive game for the club and it turned into a great occasion for all the boys. It was a great result and we fully deserved to reach the final. We blew the best team in the league off the park that day, and who will ever forget the pitch invasion at the end when Graeme scored the third? Priceless memories!’

Over the years Del has earned a reputation as not just a great goalscorer, but also a scorer of great goals. When asked to name his favourite there were plenty to choose from, but he settled on a long range stunner he netted against Edinburgh City at Lesser Hampden last season:

‘I remember it all started with a pinpoint ball down the line from debt collector RP. I picked the ball up on the line and beat two players, with one of them almost pulling me to the ground as I got to the edge of the box. I curled the ball past the keeper into the top corner from just about 20 yards! Thankfully the goal was caught on camera by the ever faithful Claire McNaught. It’s always nice to score at Lesser!’

With a young family (and another child on the way in January) Del hasn’t always been able to partake in our legendary away trips, but when he is able to take his place on the QP Funbus, Del is always one to enjoy the day (and end up a slobbering wreck by the time we get back to Glasgow). 

On the subject of a favourite away trip, Del recalls our famous victory in Oban back in April 2016 (Queen’s beat Coasters 3-0):

‘I’d heard a lot of horrible things about these away days when I joined the Club at first and this one didn’t disappoint! One thing I’ll always remember is the dentist chair on the way home! Bottle of any kind of random drink poured down your throat at the back of the bus…its not that bad really when you think about it…until you stand up and realise things aren’t quite what they seem!

Also great to follow the age old Queen’s Park tradition of leading a bunch of drunkards in song, so the dentists chair actually makes a lot of sense!! This was a great away trip and a great memory to have. Wouldn’t change a thing of my time at Queen’s, it’s an honour to play for this wonderful club’

A popular member of the squad, there aren’t many who deserve this milestone more than Del, so it was great to see him lead the team to another memorable victory against Livingston on Saturday.

Here’s to 100 more Delboy!