North and South gap

Queen of the South forward Stephen Dobbie believes that the difference in quality between football in Scotland and England isn’t as big as people think.

Dobbie, who has played most of his football in the English Championship, says that there isn’t a big gap in the standard of football in two countries.

“I don’t think there is much of a difference.

When I went from Queen of the South I was going from from Division One to the Championship in England, so it was a big step. I think I was lucky that when I went there they played quick football and that was my game, so I settled quite quickly.

But I wouldn’t say there’s much difference, you see players coming from England now to Scotland and I think Scotland isn’t that far away”.

Despite gaining promotion to the English Premier League on three separate occasions, with Blackpool, Swansea and Crystal Palace, Dobbie only managed 9 appearances in England’s top division. However, he says he is grateful to have had the opportunity.

“When the fixtures came out I was on holiday and we ended up drawing Man City in the first game, so I thought I better get out the pool and get straight to the gym.

I would’ve liked to have played more games, but if you’d told me when I was at Dumbarton that I’d be playing against Man City and Man United, even for the 10 or 15 games that I played, I would’ve bitten your hand off for it”.

After a successful spell in England, Dobbie made the bold move of returning to his former club Queen of the South in the summer.

Having scored 10 goals already this season, and extending his contract until 2018, the striker is definitely feeling at home at Palmerston Park.

“You get that feeling of playing under the fans, the love from them, a bit of success – we got to the Scottish Cup Final last time and narrowly got beat off Rangers. We were the first Queen of the South team in Europe.

I always said I’d come back and the time was just right to go and help with the coaching and getting into that”.

Since his return to Queen of the South, Dobbie has formed a great goal scoring partnership with Derek Lyle, which has proved to be key to the Doonhamers impressive start to the season.

“I didn’t know Derek before I went there and we’ve struck up a little partnership.

We play well together, it’s more our minds, what we’ve learned throughout our careers. There’s a good breed of young players coming through as well so if we can pass that onto them then it’s helping the whole club”.

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