Derek Lyle

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Derek Lyle
Derek Lyle at Palmerston Season 2016-17.jpg
Derek Lyle at Palmerston for Season 2016-17
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-02-13) 13 February 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Queen of the South
Number 9
Youth career
1997–1999 Partick Thistle B.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Partick Thistle 37 (4)
2001 East Stirlingshire (loan) 11 (7)
2002 Queen of the South (loan) 13 (6)
2002–2006 Queen of the South 97 (16)
2004 Stirling Albion (loan) 19 (10)
2004 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2008 Dundee 53 (18)
2008–2011 Hamilton Academical 31 (1)
2011 Greenock Morton 20 (4)
2011–2012 Hamilton Academical 9 (1)
2012 Cowdenbeath 18 (1)
2012– Queen of the South 157 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 6 May 2017 (UTC).

Derek Lyle (born 13 February 1981) is a Scottish footballer who has played as a forward for numerous clubs, including Partick Thistle, Dundee and Hamilton Academical. Lyle's longest spell in his career has been with current club Queen of the South in Dumfries, where he has currently scored 109 goals in 330 appearances.


Partick Thistle[edit]

Lyle's career started at Partick Thistle in 1999. Lyle had loan spells at East Stirlingshire and Queen of the South.

Queen of the South[edit]

Whilst on loan at Palmerston Park the club lifted the Second Division title in the 2001–02 season. Six league goals in only 13 league appearances sealed a permanent move to Dumfries.

Queens won the Scottish Challenge Cup in the following season. Lyle and John O'Neill scored the goals in a 2-0 win at Broadwood over Brechin City.[1] Lyle scored 16 league goals in 97 league appearances during his this spell at Queens.

Lyle was not always a regular in the team and had loan spells at Stirling Albion and Dunfermline Athletic. After being told by Queens boss Ian McCall that he was not going to be the first-choice striker, Lyle decided to leave the club.


Lyle made an instant impact after joining Dundee from Queens in August 2006, scoring on his debut in a 3–0 win over Clyde. Lyle scored 18 league goals in 53 league appearances at Dens Park.[2]


Lyle joined Hamilton Academical in July 2008 after his new club secured promotion to the SPL,[3] after finishing above Dundee, Lyle's previous club.[4] 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.[5][6] He underwent a successful operation a week later [7] but would not play again for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. He signed a short-term contract extension in August 2010 [8] and made his first team return later that month.[9][10]

Morton, Hamilton (2nd spell) and Cowdenbeath[edit]

In January 2011 Lyle signed a half season with Greenock Morton which saw him through to the end of the 2010–11 season.[11] 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,.[12] Lyle was released when his contract expired at the end of that season.[13]

Lyle then returned to New Douglas Park in July 2011 on a half-season contract [14] and departed the club when his contract expired in January 2012.

He then signed for the remaining half of the season for Cowdenbeath.[15]

Queen of the South (2nd spell)[edit]

Lyle signed on at Queens for a second spell on 3 August 2012, along with Derek Young.[16] 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.[1]

On 27 August 2016, Lyle scored his 100th goal for Queen of the South in a 1-0 win at East End Park over Dunfermline Athletic.[17] Lyle is currently the fourth highest goalscorer in the club's history with 109 goals at present.

Lyle has been honoured with a testimonial match by Queens on 25 June 2017 to be played versus Rangers Legends. A golf day as well as dinners in Dumfries and Glasgow are also being planned. [18]


Queen of the South:

Scottish League Division Two Winners: 2001-02, 2012-13

Scottish Challenge Cup Winners: 2002-03, 2012-13


  1. ^ a b "QosFC: Club History". 
  2. ^ "Derek Lyle profile". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Hamilton to take Lyle from rivals". BBC Sport. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Reid wants more for Accies squad". BBC Sport. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Hamilton 0–0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  6. ^ "SPFL Focus: Derek Lyle still young at heart". 
  7. ^ "Accies' Lyle has knee operation". BBC Sport. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Short-term Hamilton deal for Lyle". BBC Sport. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Raith Rovers 1–0 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Inverness CT 0–1 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  11. ^ Steele, Russell (14 January 2011). "Morton sign up striker Lyle". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dunfermline 1–3 Morton". BBC Sport. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Tait, Chris (6 May 2011). "Striker Lyle set to be released". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Derek Lyle signs". Hamilton Academical F.C. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Registrations Window Opens". Hamilton Academical F.C. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Derek Lyle and Derek Young sign on at Queens". 
  17. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
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