SQUAD DETAILS 2005/2006
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ANDY AITKEN
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02/02/78
Dumfries
Defender
Annan Athletic, Queen of the South, Gretna

A true Queens man, just returned from a short spell at Gretna where he captained the borderers to the Third Division title. A left side defender who will bring some much needed pace to the back line.
RICHARD BARNARD
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27/12/80
Frimley
Goalkeeper
Millwall, Maidenhead, Aldershot Town

Signed up following a 'keeper crisis at Palmerston that saw only Colin Scott available and fit. The twenty-three year old spent a few years at Millwall before featuring in the Conference in England.

Took his chance to stake a claim for the No.1 spot toward the end of last season with injury to Colin Scott and is an assured keeper who commands his area very well. Has signed up at Palmerston for the season.
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JAMES BATY
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Midfielder
Queen of the South Youth

Graduated from the youth setup in the summer of 2005.
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Paul Jones Bakery, Kirkcudbright
STEVE BOWEY [Special Feature] [Special Feature]
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10/07/74
Durham
Midfield
Forest Green, Bristol Rovers, Gateshead

Bowser joined from Unibond premier division side Gateshead in February 2002, an attacking midfielder who scored no fewer than fifty one goals in his one hundred and eighty eight appearances for the North East side. His performances at Gateshead attracted the attention of a number of league sides. Scooped every player of the season award that he could have in seasons 2002/03 and 2003/04. An inspirational captain who and star midfielder in this league.
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PAUL BURNS -
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18/05/84
Irvine
Midfielder
QOS Youth

Featured regularly for the first team last term until injury lost him his place. Is in his second full-time season and is earmarked as a great prospect. At home anywhere on the right hand side of the park.
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CHRIS CARR -
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14/12/84
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Defender
West Denton Boys Club, Sunderland FC Centre of Excellence, Newcastle United Academy, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Macclesfield(t)

Young central defender with U18 England honours signed on transfer deadline day, March 2005. Won a year's contract following a superb display against Falkirk in the last game of the season at Westfield last term.

Has been told that he is free to look for another club for next season.
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Kenneth Clark, Cockermouth
SHAUN DILLON -
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24/04/84
Greenock
Defender
Kilmarnock, Morton (L), Kilmarnock

Joined the club after being released by Kilmarnock in the January 2006 transfer window. A left sided defender.
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TOMMY ENGLISH -
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25/12/83
Easington
Midfielder
Newcastle United, Stoke City - L, Livingston - L, Livingston, Partick Thistle

Signed close season 2004/05. Impressive left sided player who seems equally at home at left-back or on the left side of midfield. More at home in an attacking role and puts tremendous balls into the box.
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Hetland Hall Hotel - 01387 840201
WILLIE GIBSON -
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06/08/84
Dumfries
Midfielder
QOS Youth

A tricky wide player, Willie made an explosive start to his Queens career when he came on as a substitute in the last game of the 2000/01 season and won the Man of the Match award. After injury he came back last term and won a number of MoM's before losing his place in the side but laterly came back in and impressed yet again on the left hand side of midfield.

An enigmatic player who tends to drift in and out of games, but when he is in the mood can turn the match for you.
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Wallamhill B&B
STUART HILL -
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Defender
Queen of the South Youth

Graduated from the youth setup in the summer of 2005.
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STUART LOVELL
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19/01/72
Sydney, Australia
Midfielder
Reading, Hibernian, Livingston

Experienced midfield player and Australia internationalist snapped up on the last day of the January 2005 transfer window from Livingston. Provides a steadying influence in the centre of the park that the younger players gain confidence from.

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New Bazaar Doonhamers

David Kirkwood and Brian Kelly
DEREK LYLE -
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13/02/81
Glasgow
Forward
Partick Thistle, East Stirling (L), Queen of the South (L), Partick Thistle, Stirling Albion (L), Dunfermline

Joined Partick Thistle as a youngster and came through their youth setup to turn professional with them. Joined Queens on a one month loan deal in February 2002 and immediately impressed, signed up at Palmerston 2002 close season in a move that delighted both the fans and the player. Disappointed at the start of last term and was farmed out to third division Stirling Albion where he scored regularly and caught the attention of the Dunfermline management who signed him on a six month contract.

Re-joined Queens at the back end of 2004 and showed the form that he demonstrated earlier in his career scoring regularly and proving that he is a lively striker and a real goal threat.
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David Rae, Borderview
BRIAN McLAUGHLIN [Special Feature]
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14/05/74
Bellshill
Midfielder
Giffnock BC, Celtic, Airdrie(L), Dundee United, Wigan Athletic, Ayr United, Queen of the South, St.Johnstone

Former Celtic right winger having made almost 100 first team appearances for the Bhoys, joined close season 2002 from Ayr United and after a succesful spell left for full-time football at Perth. Opted to re-join Queens last term to the delight of the fans. A real traditional 'quality' footballer.

Has been told that he is free to look for another club for next season.
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Dullatur Doonhamer

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RYAN McSTAY
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14/12/85
Bellshill
Midfielder
Falkirk

Signed up on loan from Falkirk during the January 2006 transfer window. A classy attacking midfielder.
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Finlay Paterson, Dumfries
MICHAEL MULLEN -
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Forward
Newmilns Vesuvius

Joined in the January 2006 transfer window following a hat-trick in a trial match. Comes from amateur side Newmilns Vesuvius with a reputation as a two footed, strong in the air striker with an impressive scoring record.
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SEAN O'CONNOR [Special Feature]
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07/07/81
Wolverhampton
Forward/Winger
Hednesford Town, Dundee United - Rochdale (loan), Portadown (loan), Morton (loan), Queen of the South, Morecambe

6' 3" striker who originally joined late 2001/02 season from Dundee United, turned in an excellent performance against Queens whilst at Morton on loan. Signed shortly after although Queens had previously enquired about his availability. A strong running front man who ensures that Queens do not suffer from a lack of fire power.

Attracted the attention of Morecambe in a pre-season friendly and was snapped up by the conference side at the end of his contract with Queens. Following a couple of seasons in the conference largely blighted by injury the fans favourite has returned and is almost ready to resume his playing career after a small operation in early February.
JOHN O'NEILL -
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03/01/74
Bellshill
Forward/Midfielder
Queen's Park, Celtic, Bournemouth, Queen of the South, St Mirren

John O'Neill originally came in in mid February 2001 and immediately forged a great centre-of-the-park powerhouse with Graham Connell. Happy to take the penalties and scores many goals from midfield although he can also play up-front when required.

Following a succesful spell at Queens left for St Mirren where he continued his midfield scoring exploits. Re-joined Queens for the 2005/06 season.
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William Jardine, Three Crowns Court
ERIC PATON [Special Feature]
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01/08/78
Glasgow
Midfielder
Hibernian, Stenhousemuir(L), Partick Thistle, Clydebank

Signed from Clydebank in close season 2002. Is one of the best footballers at Palmerston who is usually favoured in an attacking right-back position and was one of the sides top performers again last term.

Has shown his undoubted quality with regular 'top notch' performances. Was being pursued by a number of first division sides to sign a pre-contract agreement but opted to stay at Palmerston and signed up again for the Doonhamers.
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Queen of the South Club Shop
BRIAN REID [Special Feature]
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15/06/70
Paisley
Defender
Morton, Rangers, Newcastle United (L), Morton, Burnley, Dunfermline, Blackpool (L), Blackpool, Falkirk

Brought in on the first day of the 2003/04 season to add a degree of stability to the back four, an experienced defender who has played at the top level in Scotland and who steadied the Queens defence. Has a dual coaching/playing role with the club.

Came back from injury in the middle of last season and resumed where he left off with a steadying influence on the back four and a tightening of the defensive line.

Has been told that he is free to look for another club for next season.
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qoshospitality.com
SCOTT ROBERTSON -
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Midfielder
Queen of the South Youth

Graduated from the youth setup in the summer of 2005.
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Queens Trust
COLIN SCOTT [Special Feature]
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19/05/70
Glasgow
Goalkeeper
Dalry Thistle, Rangers, Brentford, Airdrie, Hamilton, Raith Rovers, Clydebank

Experienced goalkeeper formerly with Rangers as understudy to Andy Goram. Joined from Clydebank four seasons ago and when fit has proven an excellent 'keeper. Spends too much time on the sidelines with injury but when fit is an excellent shot stopper.
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James Kingan & Sons, New Abbey
ANDY THOMSON
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01/04/71
Motherwell
Forward
Jerviston BC, Queen of the South, Southend United, Oxford United, Gillingham, Queens Park Rangers, Partick Thistle, Falkirk

Originally signed up in July 1989 from Motherwell boys' club Jerviston FC as an 18 year old, the goals started to flow almost straight away and never stopped in his five seasons at Palmerston. His record was 109 goals in 164 games - a fantastic scoring rate at any level and in 1993-94 he was Queens Player of the Year and also awarded the Scottish Second Division award as well as being the country's top scorer. Eventually went to Southend United, managed by Peter Taylor, who offered 250,000 and a deal was struck that led to 'Super Andy' leaving for Essex.

Andy is a true legend at Palmerston and his return will be welcomed by every Queens fan.
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JIM THOMSON [Special Feature]
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15/05/71
Stirling
Central Defender
Clyde, Stenhousemuir, Queen of the South, Arbroath

Returned from a two year spell at Arbroath 2001 close season, always a favourite with the Doonhamers support. Performed to the levels he did in 1998/99 season when he won the Player of the Year award with the result that he scooped every Player of the Season award that there was to win this term.
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Sanquhar Supporters Club
GRAHAM WEIR
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10/07/84
Harthill
Forward
Hearts

Signed during the January 2006 transfer window. Has just recovered from a fractured shin bone picked up in a pre-season friendly.
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Queen of the South Fan Club
GARY WOOD
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18/09/76
Edinburgh
Forward
Cowdenbeath, Ross County, Berwick Rangers

Can play up front or in central defence, a robust player who will net his fare share of goals if he can steer clear of the injuries that he picked up last term. Has featured at centre forward, centre half, right back and left back so far for Queens. Scoring when up front and also when at the back.

Our Mr Versatile and someone you would always want in your side.
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Gary McEwan, Kirkintilloch
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GARETH CAMPBELL -
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Defender
Queen of the South Youth

Graduated from the youth setup in the summer of 2005. Has been farmed out to Cumnock on loan.
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RICHARD MAXWELL -
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Defender
Queen of the South Youth

Graduated from the youth setup in the summer of 2005. Has been farmed out to Dalbeattie Star on loan.
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D&G Signs, Dumfries
PLAYERS LEAVING THE CLUB 2005/2006
STUART McGRADY -
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08/04/85
Irvine
Midfielder
Ayr United

Former Ayr United utility player looking to make a mark on the first division with Queens.
BRIAN McCOLLIGAN -
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31/10/80
Glasgow
Midfielder
Celtic, Stenhousemuir(L), Clydebank

A product of the Celtic youth setup, joined from Clydebank close season 2002. A tough tackling midfielder who can be relied upon to steady things up. His performances are crucial in allowing the more attack minded midfielders space to get forward.

His contribution often goes un-noticed by many Queens fans, but when he is missing the team do not 'tick' in quite the same way.

Signed for Alloa Athletic.
STEPHEN PAYNE -
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23/12/83
Glasgow
Defender
Aberdeen

Signed in the January 2004 transfer window from Aberdeen on an eighteen month contract. Right sided younster who has shown great promise.

Makes most of his appearances from the bench, sometimes to great effect - take for example the two minute appearance at Partick last season where he cracked in the winning goal, a goal of the season contender, in the last minute. Started a number of games at the end of last season and was rewarded with an extended contract after winning a nuber of 'Man of the Match' awards.

Has signed for Stranraer.
DAVID McNIVEN -
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27/05/78
Leeds
Forward
Oldham Athletic, Vasaland - L, Scarborough - L, Southport, York City, Chester City, Hamilton Academical, Northwich Victoria, Leigh RMI

Top scorer for Conference side Leigh RMI in season 2003/04. Signed despite interest from Blackpool, Carlisle, Shrewsbury, Stevenage and a number of other Conference sides.

Has shown already that he has a keen eye for goal and can strike from anywhere. The most 'natural' goalscorer at Palmerston.

Has signed for Scarborough again.


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