Jimmy Binning

Ian "Jimmy" Binning (born 25 July 1927) was a Scottish footballer who played for Arbroath and Dumfries side Queen of the South.[1]

Jimmy Binning
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-07-25) 25 July 1927 (age 93)
Place of birth Blantyre, Scotland
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1951 Arbroath 84 (6)
1951–1959 Queen of the South 221 (1)
Total 305 (7)
National team
1954 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


From season 1948–49 until his departure Binning scored six goals in his 84 league games for Arbroath.[1] Binning was a 1951 signing from Arbroath for Queen of the South. Half a century later another distinguished player would make the same journey, Jim Thomson.[1] Binning gave Queens seven years service at full-back, playing 288 senior games for Queens.[1]

When Binning arrived at Queens already there were Scotland cap Billy Houliston, goalkeeper Roy Henderson, fellow full back Dougie Sharpe and forward Jim Patterson (251 strikes makes Patterson the goals king of Queens). Goal scoring winger Bobby Black joined in 1952. At different levels all six would be selected to represent Scotland except Henderson who was selected six times as reserve goalkeeper. After winning the Scottish League 'B' division in 1951 Binning played in the early and mid-1950s period of Queens regular top division mid table finishes. This was under the management of Jimmy McKinnell Junior.[1]

International football

Binning was recognised internationally when he was given a Scottish League XI cap in 1954, against the English League at Stamford Bridge.[2] Although selected for the 22 man squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the Scottish Football Association only budgeted to take 13 players (including only one goalkeeper) to the finals in Switzerland. Binning was one of the players who stayed at home on reserve with the likes of Bobby Combe and Ernie Copland. Ex-Queens inside forward George Hamilton did travel after Bobby Johnstone with drew through injury.[1]


  1. Jimmy Binning profile on "Queens legends" on the official Queen of the South FC website
  2. "Jimmy Binning". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 6 December 2011.