Jocky Dempster

John 'Jocky' Dempster (born 8 October 1948) is a former Scottish professional footballer who played as a right winger, mainly for Queen of the South and also St Mirren and Clyde.

Jocky Dempster
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-10-08) 8 October 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth Muirkirk, Scotland
Playing position(s) Right winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1979 Queen of the South[1] 297 (78)
1979–1980 St Mirren[1] 3 (0)
1980–1981 Clyde[1] 15 (5)
Total 315 (83)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Dempster played with junior outfit Muirkirk before signing for Queen of the South at the start of the 1969–70 season.

Dempster is best known for his time Queens in Dumfries. The 1970s goalscoring winger and penalty taker found the net 98 times during 355 first-team matches for the Doonhamers and is the sixth highest goalscorer in the club's history. Dempster played alongside teammates Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Crawford Boyd, who were named amongst the best eleven that Dempster played with at Palmerston Park.[2]

Queens narrowly missed out on promotion in Dempster's first season at Palmerston, the 1968-70 season, as the club finished third in the table behind Falkirk and Cowdenbeath respectively, in Scottish League Division Two.

After leaving Palmerston Park, Dempster played for senior clubs St Mirren and Clyde for a season a-piece, before moving to Scottish Juniors club Cumnock.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jocky Dempster". Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ John Depmster career profile and interview on