Ian was a Queen’s Park supporter who was befriended by the Supporters Team and became our Patron.
He was a character, to say the least, and we enjoyed his company on a Sunday and he joined us on away trips to the likes of Gauldry, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy.
There are so many stories about The Patron that you would need a thousand words to write them all.
One in particular was at the first Hampden Trophy in 1987 when he took part in an impromptu kickabout on Old Lesser Hampden (the car park pitch) along with some of the Meadowbank guys. Not holding back, Ian threw himself into challenges and came off the pitch with his traditional three piece suit covered in dust.
Ian was an expert on the piano and entertained us on many occasions with his speciality being National Anthems, with the Italian one a favourite.
Luckily for us The Afton at Haymarket in Edinburgh had a piano and Ian considered it his duty to entertain us anytime we went there after games in The Capital.
It was always Ian’s wish that we could play a foreign team, which we have done over the last couple of years, and it is a huge pity that Ian never lived long enough to see that dream realised.
Sadly Ian passed away in September 1994 and our tournament was renamed The Ian Younger Sixes in 1995 in his honour.
At that first Ian Younger Sixes Queen’s Park played Clyde in the Final and we were 2-1 down with only a minute to go but, through strength of character and willpower, we managed to win 3-2 with Stephen McGilp scoring the winner amid emotional scenes. It goes without saying that we won the Sixes for The Patron.