THIS MONTHS LATEST NEWS
For previous news see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
MAN OF THE MATCH 30th April 2001
A superb volley by Peter Weatherson on Saturday was enough to see him capture his thirteenth Man of the Match award of the season. Close behind Peter and putting in his best performance of the season was Stephen Pickering whilst third place was taken by consitent performer Andy Aitken.

Peter's win makes it almost certain now that he will take the Internet Fan Club Player of the Season award, however the competition runs until the last kick of the ball this Saturday afternoon. The league table has now been updated and can be viewed via the MoM link.

We have also added some match photgraphs to the report from Saturday. The full scores were as follows:
Campbell
Rating: 5.69
Nixon
Rating: 4.60
Aitken
Rating: 5.93
McKeown
Rating: 5.47
Pickering
Rating: 6.47
Sunderland
Rating: 4.62
Connell
Rating: 5.33
Hawke
Rating: 5.07
Paterson
Rating: 4.20
O'Neill
Rating: 5.73
Weatherson
Rating: 6.73
SUBSTITUTES
Angel
58 mins
Rating: 4.07
Walklate
84 mins
Hogg
89 mins
Armstrong
Scott
PLAYERS LEAVING 29th April 2001
The following players have all been advised that they will not be offered contracts for season 2001/2002:

Ronnie McQuilter
Dean Muir
Martin Hughes
Denis Boyle

The services of both Colin Scott and Jamie Campbell have been secured for next season and they will form the first team goalkeeping squad, it is therefore unlikely that David Mathieson will continue as a Queen of the South player.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES 27th April 2001
Expect to see some significant changes to the side in the next three matches as John Connolly takes the opportunity to run the rule over the players that have so far been on the fringe of things at the club.

Expect too some changes in the defensive line-up as JC strives to find a solution to our obvious frailties and makes changes to tighten that area up. There may also be room in midfield for a fresh face given the chance to impress.

There are no injury or suspension worries and it is really a case in the last three games of formulating the right blend for next season and weeding out the underperformers. The bulk of the side has already been signed up for next season with only one or two remaining to put pen to paper, some of those that are leaving are aware of the situation. A Queen's victory or even a draw will send the Forthbank side to the third division following what can only be described as a disastrous season by Ray Stewart and his side after many people tipped them to be challenging for promotion at this time.

In the league, action elsewhere could see Arbroath promoted if they can beat Berwick Rangers at Gayfield, and at the other end of the table Queen's Park can send opponents Forfar down if they beat them and Stirling Albion if the Spiders at least draw with the Loons even if the Binos defeat the Doonhamers. It could all be over by tomorrow evening, or then again it could all go to the last day of the season next Saturday.
NEWS RECOVERED 27th April 2001
All news items for April have now been recovered and appear below.
ANNOUNCEMENT 24th April 2001
Problems with our IT systems mean the hopefully temporary loss of earlier news items from this month. We hope to restore these at the weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience.
MAN OF THE MATCH 23rd April 2001
A dissapointing performance on Saturday saw Jamie Campbell take his second Man of the Match award as the only player to break an average score of five in the voting. John O'Neill scraped second place and Warren Hawke third with scores that would normally secure a wooden spoon.

Talking of wooden spoons, big Ronnie McQuilter takes the award this week whilst also taking the sponsors man of the match!

No Player of the Season league table update this week, check back after next week's game.
Campbell
Rating: 5.18
Aitken
Rating: 4.21
Nixon
Rating: 4.21
McQuilter
Rating: 3.57
Atkinson
Rating: 4.46
Muir
Rating: 4.21
Hawke
Rating: 4.57
Hughes
Rating: 3.96
McKeown
Rating: 3.90
Sunderland
Rating: 4.18
O'Neill
Rating: 4.86
SUBSTITUTES
Pickering
63 mins
Rating: 3.90
Hogg
63 mins
Rating: 4.06
Patterson
-
Rating: -
Walklate
-
Rating: -
Scott
-
Rating: -
TEAM NEWS 19th April 2001
Peter Weatherson and Graham Connell both face a Saturday on the sidelines as they each serve out one match bans for accumulating too many disciplinary points. All other members of the first team squad are available although John Connolly tells us today that there is likely to be at least one of the more promising youngsters in the squad on Saturday.

As for the rest of the season the boss is emphasising to the players that four wins is what he expects, although he recognises that they will all be tough games as all four opponents will be fighting to avoid the drop so Queens cannot expect an easy ride in any of the four matches.

John was also frank about the present sides potential and says that we can expect to see possibly four or five new faces in the side come the start of next season.
THROUGH THE 1000 17th April 2001
Membership of the Queen of the South Internet Fan Club has tonight crashed through the 1000 mark with David Crawford becoming the club's 1000th registered fan.

Doonhamer David is presently in Dumfries on a short break but normally resides in The Gambia where he is the proprietor of the Boboi Beach Lodge, see photograph below, just outside of Kartong, a far cry from Sandy Hills even on the Sunniest of days.

[Boboi Beach Lodge]
MAN OF THE MATCH 16th April 2001
No doubt this week about the Man of the Match with new goalkeeper Jamie Campbell winning the vote by some distance with an average score of 6.97, second place went to match-winner Dean Muir who came on as a second half substitute added some width and scored the winning goal, third place went to the ever reliable Andy Aitken for yet another solid performance at the back.

The full scores were as follows, the Player of the Season League Table has also been updated and you can check the latest standings via the MoM link on the left hand menu.
Campbell
Rating: 6.97
Aitken
Rating: 6.34
Nixon
Rating: 6.10
McQuilter
Rating: 5.55
Walklate
Rating: 4.34
Hawke
Rating: 5.93
Connell
Rating: 5.66
O'Neill
Rating: 5.55
Atkinson
Rating: 6.14
Sunderland
Rating: 5.69
Weatherson
Rating: 5.79
SUBSTITUTES
McKeown
46 mins
Rating: 5.38
Muir
65 mins
Rating: 6.59
Pickering
-
Rating: -
Hogg
-
Rating: -
Scott
-
Rating: -
QUEENS FOREVER 15th April 2001
Queen's historian and avid memorabilia collector Ian Black has always been known for his love of all things Queens, normally the items he collects he keeps in the Queens museum but his latest acquisition will be with him night and day for the rest of his life. The big man has had a 5 inch high club crest tattooed onto his right arm, see photo below. He tells us he also has another Queen's tattoo but wouldn't let us take a snap of it!.

Anyone else with a permanent declaration of their support of the Queens out there? If so send us a photo of it or email us and we'll arrange to take a photo of it on a matchday for a 'bodyart' section of the site.
EARLY TEAM NEWS 11th April 2001
John Connolly will have a full squad to pick from on Saturday as all players are presently fit, with the exception of on-loan Stuart King, and all are free from suspension as both Peter Weatherson and Graham Connell will not serve their respective suspensions until after Saturday's game.

The date for the Forfar match has now been set as Tuesday 1st May 2001 with the venue presently as Station Park, depending on the situation regarding the Foot and Mouth epidemic it may be that a neutral venue is used, a decision on this will be made nearer the time.
MAN OF THE MATCH 9th April 2001
After a spending most of the season sitting down, big Phil Nixon got off the bench on Saturday and demonstrated to anyone who had any doubts that he has the makings of a class player with a Man of the Match winning performance in what was thought by many to be Queen's best performance of the season. Trailing slightly behind Phil was two goal hero John O'Neill and one place further back was another who has really made a late season charge Jon Sunderland.

The rest of the side's ratings were as follows and the Player of the Season League Table has also been updated, see it via the MoM link.

We have also added some photographs into Saturday's match report courtesy of David Gow
Campbell
Rating: 6.67
Aitken
Rating: 6.94
Nixon
Rating: 7.94
McQuilter
Rating: 6.17
Atkinson
Rating: 6.78
Hawke
Rating: 6.28
Connell
Rating: 6.50
O'Neill
Rating: 7.89
McKeown
Rating: 6.50
Sunderland
Rating: 7.17
Weatherson
Rating: 6.61
SUBSTITUTES
Muir
89 mins
Rating: -
Walklate
-
Rating: -
Pickering
-
Rating: -
Hughes
-
Rating: -
Scott
-
Rating: -
75 YEARS FOR JUST 4.00 8th April 2001
If you haven't already got one or if yours is a bit tatty then the excellent publication "The Queens - 75 years of Scottish Football", is now being made available through the club shop at only 4.00 and for internet orders this includes post and packing.

Stocks are limited though so be sure to send off your order tonight!
WHAT!!! 7th April 2001
Good to hear Chick Young put Jim Traynor right on BBC Radio Scotland today as the big Daily Record journalist tried to tell the nation that Celtic had the 'best' fans in the country, quite rightly Chick piped up that fans of teams like Queen of the South were every bit as 'good' as those that follow the Celts, Traynor replied with some nonsense about how Celtic fans were better because they expected their team to win and that fans of teams like Queen of the South didn't. Maybe we should have a vote on that!!
PREVIEW 6th April 2001
John Connolly has only one player missing from what is otherwise a full strength squad available to him for the clash with champions elect Partick Thistle tomorrow, on-loan Preston North End winger Stuart King has suffered a reaction to the injury picked up a month ago and misses out for effectively the rest of the season. Warren Hawke rejoins the squad after recovering from an ankle knock and all the midweek absentee's are available for selection.

John Connolly is keen to avoid another seasons whitewash following that inflicted by Stranraer in midweek, a win for Partick would also mean 4-0 to them this season, although by much closer margins in terms of scores and performances. JC's former team-mate John Lambie, however, will be doing Queens no favours as the Partick manager, who has just renewed his contract with the club today, will be keen to wrap up the Second Division title at the earliest opportunity and a win for his side coupled to anything less than a win for Arbroath at home to Stirling would mean cracking open the champagne in Maryhill!
TEAM NEWS 5th April 2001
Some early team news tonight ahead of Saturday's trip to Firhill, Stuart King is out for two to three weeks after having a reaction to his ligament injury and Warren Hawke should be back in the squad, his ankle has responded well to treatment. With both Graeme Connell and Peter Weatherson picking up yellow cards on Tuesday evening a ban for both is imminent, however both are available this weekend.
MAN OF THE MATCH 5th April 2001
For a valiant effort up front on his own Peter Weatherson manages to score the highest in this week's man of the match competition and take his season's tally of MoM's to twelve, Jon Sunderland came in second and third place was shared by Graeme Connell, John O'Neill, Andy Aitken and Ronnie McQuilter.

The full scoring was as follows and the Player of the Season League Table has been updated with these scores, check it via the MoM link.
Campbell
Rating: 4.50
Walklate
Rating: 4.43
Aitken
Rating: 5.29
McQuilter
Rating: 5.29
Atkinson
Rating: 4.71
Sunderland
Rating: 5.36
Hughes
Rating: 5.21
Connell
Rating: 5.29
King
Rating: 3.93
O'Neill
Rating: 5.29
Weatherson
Rating: 5.57
SUBSTITUTES
McKeown
51 mins
Rating: 4.14
Muir
73 mins
Rating: 4.44
Pickering
-
Rating: -
Angel
-
Rating:-
Scott
-
Rating:-
TEAM NEWS 3rd April 2001
Still missing from tonight's squad to take on Stranraer is Warren Hawke who also missed out on Saturday after injuring his ankle late last week. Des McKeown returns to the squad and gets a place on the bench, whilst Martin Hughes goes straight into the heart of midfield as John O'Neill takes up a striking role.
MAN OF THE MATCH 2nd April 2001
Jon Sunderland has steadily improved his performances over the season and is now producing some of the best football we have seen from him at Palmerston, this is borne out by him clinching, for the first time on his own, the Man of the Match award from Saturday's game versus Berwick Rangers. Second place went to Peter Weatherson who again diplayed his all-round ability whilst the third placed man in the voting was new keeper Jamie Campbell.

See how this affects the Player of the Season League Table by clicking on the MoM link, the rest of the scoring was as follows:
Campbell
Rating: 6.11
Walklate
Rating: 5.71
Aitken
Rating: 6.07
McQuilter
Rating: 5.32
Atkinson
Rating: 6.04
Sunderland
Rating: 6.82
O'Neill
Rating: 5.93
Connell
Rating: 5.64
King
Rating: 4.79
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