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BITS AND PIECES30th August 1999
Co manager George Rowe was a doubtful starter on Saturday past due to a week long cold, he only managed to half time and was exhausted so replaced himself with Kevin Robison. George should be fully recovered prior to this Saturday's league match versus Clyde.

Captain Steven Leslie picked up a knock early in the first half versus Partick but managed to struggle on until the 55th minute when he was replaced by Billy Findlay.

Sandy Hodge the former Motherwell forward was playing again as a trialist, pretty versatile too as he played at left back this week.

If you've not visited the Message Board recently then it's worth a visit at the moment as there are some very good debates underway.
Firhill is becoming very familiar this season, two away league games so far, both at Firhill. Just what we like as our recent record at the Glasgow ground is pretty good. Indeed a repeat of the scoreline two weeks ago versus Hamilton would be very welcome indeed.

Bosses George Rowe and Ken Eadie don't have their troubles to seek however as having lost right back David Lilley last Monday to Aberdeen, a midweek diagnosis of left back Alan Kerr's injury sustained against Alloa means that he too will be missing from the defence for the next couple of games.

The time has come for the younger lads to show their worth and that means probable starts for Kevin Robison and Paul Stewart. The rest of the team is likely to remain unchanged from last Saturdays game versus Alloa and George Rowe is hopeful that he and co-boss Ken Eadie will soon be able to field an unchanged side for two games on the trot.

Partick, under the guidance of John Lambie have recruited a number of experienced players during the close season and only this week concluded there most recent transfer by bringing to the end the long running work permit saga clinching the signing of Quinton Jacobs. Jacobs will however not feature in this weekends game as he will be on international duty with Namibia as they take on Swaziland.

The only familiar face left at Firhill from the Tommy Bryce era is that of Des McKeown who hit the headlines recently after breaking the nose of a referee, totally innocent we are assured. Ex-Queens players Flannigan and Kennedy were given free transfers at the end of the season whilst we all know what happened to Tommy Bryce. As we are sure the Thistle fans do after Tam's 35 yard lob for Arbroath's second goal last Saturday.

Our record against Partick Thistle is as follows, Queens wins 19, Partick wins 34 and draws 17, so we have some way to go to redress the balance but tomorrow's game is as good a place to start as any.
Aberdeen today completed the signing of their second Queens defender in the space of four months. Joining left back Jamie McAllister at Pittodrie immediately is right back David Lilley. In fact David may well feature in this evenings Dons under 21 SPL game versus Hearts.

David arrived at Palmerston four years ago under the guidance of Billy McLaren and almost immediately made his presence felt in the centre of defence along side Brian McKeown. After a serious injury, David forced his way back into the side at right back and then made the position his own last season. This close season saw him develop physically into a much stronger player and had already picked up a CIS Insurance League Cup Man of the Match award for his sterling performance versus Arbroath in the first round.

David is pictured below in action in what was to prove his last match in the dark blue shirts, as he puts in a typically robust challenge on Alloa playmaker Willie Irvine.

[Classic Lilley]

Everyone at Palmerston wishes David well with his new club.

Terry Christie and his Alloa Athletic squad are this weekend's guests at Palmerston. We can expect as always from a Terry Christie team a strong, physical and well organised set of players. Alloa have enjoyed an excellent start with two one nil victories home and away, and then on Tuesday night they enyojed an excellent victory over Morton in the CIS Challenge Cup.

Queens however will be looking to carry on from where they left off on Wednesday night and the same team is likely to start. Captain Steven Leslie will be looking for more of the same from the back through midfield and up front just as was given against the Jambo's.

For the statisticians amongst you we have faced Alloa eighty six times, beaten them on thirty seven occasions, there have been twenty two draws and twenty seven Alloa victories.
BITS AND PIECES20th August 1999
According to the Daily Record, Doonhamer and former Queens and Dunfermline right back Graeme Robertson has joined the growing band of ex-Queens stars at Albion Rovers, last we heard Graeme was the local youth coach at Dunfermline.

Colin Miller has resigned at Hamilton Accies following on from their defeat at the hands of Queens last Saturday, Miller is said to have blamed personal reasons and is immediately leaving the post. He is expected to return to his native Canada.
Queens youth squad will face Annan Athletic in the Scottish Youth Cup, formerly the BP youth Cup at Galabank on Sunday 5th September 1999. Hopes are high for a good run in this competition this year, although Annan have an excellent youth set up and will provide strong opposition.

A repeat of the run enjoyed in season 1985/86 would be the goal, that's when Queens reached the final by defeating Celtic Under 18's at Parkhead and only narrowly losing out to Aberdeen in the final at Palmerston.
The club are pleased to confirm that the number of season ticket holders has risen significantly this year. We are also hopeful that the extra three thousand Doonhamers that turned out for the Hearts game will continue their support after witnessing the classic midweek encounter that Queens so narrowly lost.
SCOUTS GALORE19th August 1999
The Directors Box at Palmerston was full to capacity for Wednesday's CIS League Cup match versus Hearts. The extra numbers were Scouts representing Sheffield Wednesday, Aberdeen, Hibs, Kilmarnock, Rangers, Middlesborough, Bolton and Sunderland. You can speculate as to who they were watching but certain Queens players will have done their future career prospects no harm at all.
David Mathieson was today relieved to have his stitches removed following his recent operation to repair his cartilage. The bad news is that it will take three months rest before Smiler can consider taking the field again.
STATS LIFE16th August 1999
Looking forward to the Hearts game has brought out the statitician in me this weekend, so here are some useful or useless stats to mesmerise you.

Number of meetings56Queens wins8Draws10Hearts wins38
Number of League meetings46Queens wins8Draws9Hearts wins29
Number of League Cup meetings2Queens wins0Draws0Hearts wins2
Number of Scottish Cup meetings8Queens wins0Draws1Hearts wins7

So basically this proves that statistics are nonsense as you would expect Queens to be staring defeat in the face when we all know that the Jambo's are in for a shock!

If you want to check out what the men from Midlothian are saying about us then click on this link Official Hearts Website.
Please note that the CIS League Cup game versus Hearts on the 18th August 1999 has had the kick off rescheduled to 20:00 hours to accomodate the travelling supporters.
RESERVES LOSE OUT14th August 1999
The reserves had a fine midweek victory over Dumfries High, running out 8-0 winners with Bryan Caldwell netting six and being instantly promoted to the first team.

This afternoon they did not fare as well losing 3-2 to Dalbeattie Star and crashing out of the Southern Counties League Cup on goal difference would you believe.
IT'S A BIG WEEKEND13th August 1999
No doubts as to what the most important event this weekend is, Queens must produce a performance on Saturday against promotion favourites Hamilton to re-assure everyone that the Tuesday nights defeat was a blip. The defeat versus Arbroath was also disappointing but at least we knew that they were going to be a force this year and we performed reasonably well on the whole.

The defeat versus Berwick was another matter, Co-manager Geordie Rowe admitted that it was 4-1 going on 7-1 and that too many of the team just weren't up for it.

The last season we met the Accies in the League was 1996/97, that term the honours were split evenly with the points being shared twice and both teams recording a home win each. Accies are however expected to be front runners this season at their adopted home of Firhill and Queens will have to show considerable commitment to achieve a good result in this match.

The we should witness the highest crowd of the season at Palmerston, and indeed the highest crowd of many a season with the filming of Robert Duvall's "The Cup", there remain some tickets available which can be picked up from the Admin Office at Palmerston, please remember to park away from the ground and walk in as the parking around the ground will be congested very early.

Please dig out your Queens' tops, scarves, top hats, shirts, etc and help to make the scenes filmed some of the most memorable of the movie. We want the world to know about Queen of the South.
TEAM UPDATE12th August 1999
As you may have noticed David Lilley was infact eligible for the Bell's League Cup clash versus Berwick, this unfortunately means that both he and George Rowe will be missing from the back four on Saturday against Hamilton at Firhill.
More goals for the reserves on Monday night when they defeated Dumfries High 2-0 to make it four straight wins in the South of Scotland League Cup.
The reserves continued their good form in the Southern Counties League Cup by defeating Dalbeattie Star by four goals to three on Saturday.
The result on Saturday is now forgotten as co-managers Rowe and Eadie focus on the Bell's Challenge Cup tie versus Berwick on Tuesday evening. It would appear that David Lilley will serve his automatic one match suspension versus Berwick whilst George Rowe will be available for selection. This will be reversed for Saturdays' League match at Hamilton and is rather fortunate as at least it means continuity in the other three defensive positions.

The Bell's Challenge Cup is a favourite with fans and this years' competition will hopefully be another to savour. First of all Paul Smiths' Berwick Rangers team must be overcome and they will not be an easy task as the "Wee Rangers" defeated newly relegated East Fife 2-1 on Saturday at New Bayview.

Look out for the familiar face of Colin Campbell in the Berwick team, he came on as a substitute on Saturday but hopefully he'll get a full game on Tuesday night. Also local lad Greg Shaw is presently plying his trade with Berwick, although he wasn't in the squad at the weekend.
THOMMO DEBUT GOAL8th August 1999
Finally things look to be going better for former Queens favourite Andy Thomson. He made a scoring debut in Gillinghams game yesterday, unfortunately however they went on to lose 2-1.
[Queens celebrate]Once again this week we welcome Arbroath to Palmerston, this time it heralds the first fixture in our Bell's League Scottish Division Two campaign for season 1999 - 2000. Hopefully we will see a repeat of last weeks result and Queen's will run out winners, however Arbroath proved that they will be a formidable force this season and the game is sure to be very tight.
Team news this weekend is that George Rowe sits out this game due to suspension as does Denis Boyle for a similar reason. The defence will be reshuffled with David Lilley likely to revert to central defence and Paul Stewart likely to start at right back. Denis Boyle may well be replaced by Mark Weir who was so effective last season down the left hand side.
CUT PRICE THOMMO6th August 1999
Former Queens favourite Andy Thomson, pictured right, has moved from Oxford United to Gillingham Town for a small fee of 25 000. [Andy Thomson playing for Queens]
Oxford make a small profit on the sale as he originally joined them on a free from Southend United. Andy has been unlucky with injuries at both Oxford and Southend, hopefully this season he will be able to recapture the form that we know he is capable of.
BITS AND PIECES5th August 1999
Queens youth team will face a tough opening tie in the BP Youth Cup, facing Annan Athletic at Galabank.

The reserve team continued their winning ways in the South of Scotland League Cup by defeating Max. High 3-1 on Monday evening. This weekend sees a tie against Dalbeattie Star in the same competition.
The forthcoming CIS Insurance League Cup Second Round tie versus Hearts on the 18th August will be an all ticket affair.

Tickets will be available from this Thursday to Season Ticket holders and on Saturday inside the ground prior to the Bell's League match versus Arbroath. You can also obtain your tickets by sending a cheque and stamped addressed envelope to the Administration Office at Palmerston.

The cost of the tickets has been set at 12.00 for all areas, however OAP's and Juveniles can obtain tickets for the terracing only at a concessionary price of 8.00.
Despite all of the National Sunday papers reporting that Queen's had lost 1-0 to Dumfries High School Former Pupils in the South of Scotland League Cup, the score was actually a resounding 9-1 to the youthful Queen's team.

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