Derek Lyle at Palmerston for Season 2016-17
|Date of birth||13 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1997–1999||Partick Thistle Boys Club|
|2001–2002||→ East Stirlingshire (loan)||11||(7)|
|2001–2002||→ Queen of the South (loan)||13||(6)|
|2002–2006||Queen of the South||97||(16)|
|2003–2004||→ Stirling Albion (loan)||19||(10)|
|2004–2005||→ Dunfermline Athletic (loan)||0||(0)|
|2012–2018||Queen of the South||183||(63)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 6 October 2018 (UTC)|
Derek Lyle (born 13 February 1981) is a Scottish footballer who is currently playing as a striker for Peterhead. Lyle has played for numerous clubs that have included Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical and Partick Thistle. Lyle's longest time in his career was spent with Queen of the South in Dumfries, where he scored 117 goals in 365 appearances over two spells with the club.
Lyle's career started at Partick Thistle at the start of the 1999-2000 season and remained at Firhill for three seasons, where he scored 4 goals in 37 league appearance. Lyle also had loan spells at East Stirlingshire 7 goals in 11 league appearances and the Doonhamers during that time.
Queen of the South (first spell)
Whilst on loan at Palmerston the club lifted the Second Division title in the 2001-02 season and Lyle scored 6 goals in 13 league appearances that led him to signing a contract with Queens after his loan spell had ended.
Queens won the Scottish Challenge Cup the following season. Lyle and John O'Neill scored the goals in a 2-0 win at Broadwood over Brechin City. Lyle scored 16 goals in 97 league appearances during this first spell at Palmerston.
Lyle was not always a regular in the first-team in Dumfries and had loan spells at Stirling Albion 10 goals in 19 league appearances and Dunfermline Athletic. After being told by Queens manager Ian McCall that he was not going to be the first-choice striker, Lyle decided to leave the club.
Hamilton Academical (first spell)
Lyle joined Hamilton Academical in July 2008 after his new club secured promotion to the SPL, after finishing above Dundee, Lyle's previous club. Lyle suffered a career threatening knee ligament injury in the first minute of the club's 0–0 draw with Falkirk on 19 September 2009 when he was 27 years old. Lyle underwent a successful operation a week later but would not play again for the remainder of the 2009-10 season. Lyle signed a short-term contract extension in August 2010 and made his first-team return later that month. Lyle scored one goal in 31 league appearances during his first spell at New Douglas Park.
Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical (second spell) and Cowdenbeath
In January 2011 Lyle signed a half-season contract with Greenock Morton which saw him through to the end of the 2010-11 season, where he scored 4 goals in 20 league appearances. On 5 March 2011, Lyle scored his fifth goal for the Cappielow club in a 3–1 win at East End Park over Dunfermline Athletic. Lyle was released when his contract expired at the end of that season.
Queen of the South (second spell)
Lyle signed on at Queens for a second spell on 3 August 2012, along with Derek Young. Lyle was part of the Division Two and Challenge Cup double-winning team and is the only player in the club's history to obtain four senior winners' medals. Lyle has won two Second Division titles and has also won two Challenge Cups.
Lyle equalled Andy Thomson's total of 114 goals on 9 September 2017, scoring in a 2-2 draw away to Livingston and edged ahead of Thomson, scoring in a 2-1 defeat at home to Greenock Morton on 16 September 2017. Lyle scored his 116th goal for the Doonhamers on 28 October 2017 at home to Falkirk in a 4-2 home victory.
Lyle finished his Queens career three goals short of Bobby Black's total of 120 goals and is currently the fourth highest all-time goalscorer for the Doonhamers with 117 goals. Lyle's final goal for Queens was the Dumfries club's winning goal in the 2-1 home win over Montrose in the Scottish Cup third round replay on 21 November 2017.
On 25 June 2017, Queens Select won 5-3 versus Rangers Legends in Lyle's testimonial match. Lyle also had a Texas scramble testimonial golf day at the Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club on 17 September 2017, as part of his testimonial year. Lyle had two testimonial dinners, one at the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries on 3 March 2018 and the other at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow on 14 April 2018.
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|East Stirlingshire (loan)||2001-02||11||7||1||1||0||0||0||0||12||8|
|Queen of the South (loan)||2001-02||13||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||6|
|Stirling Albion (loan)||2003-04||19||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||10|
|Dunfermline Athletic (loan)||2004-05||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Queen of the South||2002-03||33||6||1||0||2||0||5||3||41||9|
|Queen of the South||2012–13||29||13||1||0||3||1||3||0||36||14|
- Scottish Second Division Champions: 2001–02, 2012–13
- Scottish Challenge Cup Winners: 2002–03, 2012–13
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- "Inverness CT 0–1 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
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- "Derek Lyle and Derek Young sign on at Queens".
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- "QosFC: Lyles Testimonial Report". www.qosfc.com.
- "QosFC: Derek Lyle Testimonial Golf Day". www.qosfc.com.
- "QosFC: Testimonial Dinners Confirmed". www.qosfc.com.
- "Manager Thanks Players As Rebuild Begins". Queen of the South FC. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "Games played by Derek Lyle". SoccerBase. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
- Derek Lyle at Soccerway
- Includes matches in the Scottish Challenge Cup and Scottish Championship play-offs.