LATEST NEWS
For previous news articles see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
Team News 28th February 2002
Four players are doubtful for Saturday's clash with Clydebank at Cappielow, George O'Boyle and Derek Allan are both suffering with calf strains whilst Barry Donald is just resuming training after his leg injury sustained at Berwick but John O'Neill is also very doubtful after being laid low all week.
A Palmy Record? 28th February 2002
The nine goals scored in the first half at Palmerston in Tuesday evenings encounter have resulted in a number of callers to Queen's Press Officer Bill Goldie asking whether this is a Palmerston record.

Bill tells us that it may well be the highest tally of first half goals seen in a league match at Palmerston but that it is difficult to say as only full-time scores are kept on record, the only way to find out is to do a bit of research at the local library and go back through the records for games where more than nine goals have been scored at Palmerston via the local papers microfiche records.

The games that are possibilities are:
1983 - Stranraer - 6-3
1971 - East Stirling - 4-5
1966 - Albion Rovers - 7-4
1958 - Rangers - 3-6
1954 - St.Mirren - 2-7
1952 - Hibernian - 2-7
1948 - Partick - 8-2
1947 - Falkirk - 6-6
1932 - Bo'ness - 10-0

Any one with any proof one way or another please email us.
Man of the Match 28th February 2002
Steve Bowey makes it two Man of the Match awards out of two appearances for the Doonhamers with another commanding midfield performance in the 6-5 special against Morton on Tuesday evening. Second spot in the voting went to double goalscorer Peter Weatherson with third secured by goalscorer and maker Derek Lyle.

The Player of the Season league table has been updated and can be found via the Man of the Match link, the other players scored as follows:
Scott
Rating: 5.82
Gray
Rating: 5.58
Thomson
Rating: 4.62
Aitken
Rating: 4.96
S1
Atkinson
Rating: 5.11
Connelly
Rating: 5.64
- 1
Bowey
Rating: 8.31
Connell
Rating: 6.44
- 2 S2
McAlpine
Rating: 7.53
S3 - 1
Lyle
Rating: 7.60
- 2
Weatherson
Rating: 7.93
SUBSTITUTES
S1 - 45
Anderson
Rating: 5.40
S2 - 73
Moore
Rating: 4.98
S3 - 78
Walker
Rating: 4.89
Davidson
Robertson
Reaction 26th February 2002
Said John Connollyafter the game, "To be perfectly honest it was farcical and football shouldn't really be played in conditions like that. The only good thing we took out of the game was three points and with Alloa's game off tonight and Clydebank's already postponed tomorrow night we have closed the gap on the two leaders. And as far as the first half goes - 9 goals - I've been in football for over thirty years and never seen anything like that in my life!"
Game ON 26th February 2002
Following a pitch inspection this morning the match against Morton scheduled for this evening has been given the go-ahead. Kick-off at 7:45pm.
Pitch Inspection 25th February 2002
There will be a pitch inspection at 10:30 am tomorrow morning at Palmerston to determine whether the evenings match against Morton will go ahead or not, it is hoped that the rain will stay away and the forecast high winds will dry out the pitch overnight.

Please also remember that kick-off is 7:45pm.
I Love QOS 25th February 2002
There is a nice article in the Scottish Sun today featuring Jamie McAllister in their weekly A to Z section, obviously his time at Queens features quite a lot but in particular he was asked, "Queen of the South - Tell us about it" Jamie's answer was: "Loved the place. The chairman Norman Blount was one of the best guys you will ever meet in football - he put his heart and soul into the place. I was on 60-a-week when I started there and I couldn't have been happier beacuse all I wanted to do was play".
New Queens Site 23rd February 2002
As many of the visitors to this site will know, there has only really been one alternative QOS site and this was recently put under threat by the Rivals network pulling the plug on all second and third division Scottish League sites as well as few other sports sites. The operation of the site had been undertaken by Queens fan Stuart McLaren and pre-rivals he had operated his version of the site since around about the Challenge Cup Final year. Stuart is now in the process of re-launching the site and to help him decide on the best format why not visit his site and vote for your preference, click here to vote.
Game Off 23rd February 2002
A pitch inspection has confirmed that this afternoon's game against Morton at Cappielow has been postponed, five inches of snow overnight has made the park unplayable.

In other news striker Martin Glancy has joined his third second division side of the season as he leaves for South West neighbours Stranraer.
Pitch Inspection 22nd February 2002
There will be a 9.30am pitch inspection at Cappielow tomorrow morning to determine whether the game will go ahead tomorrow afternoon. Please check before travelling as the condition of the pitch is giving cause for concern and the match is in serious doubt.

Please also note that the kick-off time for Tuesday evening has been put back to 7.45pm at the request of Morton.
Team News 21st February 2002
With a double header coming up against Morton and a hectic period of fixtures following, the Doonhamers squad is likely to be missing just two players through injury and illness for the first match at Cappielow on Saturday. Barry Donald will almost certainly miss out as he struggles to recover from the injured knee collected at Berwick and Derek Allan remains in his sick bed with a bug. Manager John Connolly has not escaped the virus either as he too has been laid low all week and will himself be struggling to be fit for Saturday.
Man of the Match 18th February 2002
The two newest signings obviously made a big impression with their contribution on Saturday with both featuring in the top three of the voting, Steve Bowey wins by a clear margin after his all-action display, with a scoring debut from on-loan Derek Lyle earning him third place, splitting the two was Alan Gray with yet another impressive performance that saw him regularly work the length of the pitch in support of the midfield and forward line and almost score what would have been the goal of the season with a solo run form his own half.

The Player of the Season league table has also been updated and the scoring for everyone else went as follows:
Scott
Rating: 6.24
Gray
Rating: 8.00
Thomson
Rating: 6.42
Aitken
Rating: 6.53
Atkinson
Rating: 6.35
S2
Connelly
Rating: 6.06
- 2
O'Neill
Rating: 7.00
Bowey
Rating: 8.37
McAlpine
Rating: 6.90
S3 - 1
Lyle
Rating: 7.78
S1
O'Boyle
Rating: 6.51
SUBSTITUTES
S1 - 77
Weatherson
Rating: 5.66
S2 - 87
Moore
S3 - 90
Connell
Crawford
Robertson
Smiler off 17th February 2002
Noticed that David Mathieson received his marching orders yesterday in the 1-0 defeat of his side Gretna by Leek Town, his indiscretion also providing the penalty from which the winning goal was scored. It will mar what has been a great season for the former Scotland Under 21 'keeper who has been in tremendous form for the Scots in the Unibond first division.
Reaction 16th February 2002
A relieved John Connolly said after the match, "We moved the ball about well in the first period and although we led 2-0 at the interval it should have been five or six. In the second half they seemed content to get men behind the ball to keep the score down as a result we started coasting and their goal was from a complete lack of concentration in defence. We struggled for a bit after that but John O'Neill's late penalty made sure of the points. We are back up to second equal again but with three of the other matches ending in draws if proves once again just how tight this league is and by the way I thought the two new players were brilliant."

John O'Neill was glad to get back on the score sheet again, "I think it is over two months since I last scored, I had a couple of chances early on but when the penalty was given I was quite confident even though I'd missed a couple and was glad to slot it home."

Sponsors Man of the match, Steve Bowey was delighted to get the award in his first game for Queens, "It was a much quicker game than I expected", he said, "but once I get my fitness level back to 100% I'll cope."
Team News 14th February 2002
Tonight's news comes from the training session this evening ahead of yet another crunch game, this time against the very much in-form Forfar Athletic on Saturday.

A number of injuries were picked up last weekend during the game at Berwick, those recovered fully are Andy Aitken and Allan Moore whilst Barry Donald will definitely miss out as his knee injury has flared up again. Both Peter Weatherson and John O'Neill managed a full nights training and are hopeful whilst Jim Thomson and Derek Allan have the widespread sickness bug and at this stage nothing definite can be said about their chances of making the squad.

New signings Steve Bowey and Derek Lyle will both be in the squad.
Double Signing 13th February 2002
John Connolly has moved to strengthen his midfield and forward line following two consecutive league defeats. Into the Doonhamers squad come twenty seven year old Steve Bowey and birthday boy 21 year old Derek Lyle, signing last night.
Bowey, or Bowser as he is commonly known, joins up from Unibond premier division side Gateshead, he is an attacking midfielder who has scored no fewer than fifty one goals in his one hundred and eighty eight appearances for the North East side. He is an instantly noticeable player with a shock of blonde hair and is known as one of the most skilful midfielders in his league. His performances have attracted the attention of a number of league sides with Norwich City amongst others interested in capturing his signature, management duo Mark Wright and Ted McMinnn are also known to have shown an interest whilst they were at Oxford and again now that they have moved to Chester City.
Durham born Bowser was previously with Forest Green and then into league football with Bristol Rovers before joining up at Gateshead. He has also spent three years in the Army and whilst in the forces played for the Army side and the Combined Services side. He joins until the end of the season.

Derek Lyle is a young striker who is celebrating his twenty first birthday today. He joined Partick Thistle as a youngster and has come through their youth setup to turn professional with the Jags. Competition for first team places is keen at Firhill at the moment and he joins Queens on a one month loan deal, a similar spell on loan at East Stirling earlier in the season saw a goals return of seven from nine games. He is known as a very pacy forward and may be just what is needed to boost the firepower of the Doonhamers.
New Section Added 12th February 2002
Thanks to Queens Museum Curator and Historian Ian Black we have now added a new section to the site, if you look on the bottom horizontal navigation bar you will see a link to 'Honours' this page lists all of the achievements and honours that Queens have been involved in and will continue to be updated with photo's and video clips over the next few weeks.
Man of the Match 11th February 2002
All the placings this weekend come from the defence, top man being Jim Thomson with Andy Aitken and Alan Gray sharing the spoils just behind JT.

For the updated player of the season league table click on the Man of the Match link and see the scores for the rest of the side below.
Scott
Rating: 6.18
Gray
Rating: 6.82
Thomson
Rating: 7.36
Aitken
Rating: 6.82
Anderson
Rating: 5.27
S2
Moore
Rating: 4.54
O'Neill
Rating: 5.82
S3
Connell
Rating: 5.45
Connolly
Rating: 5.18
S1
Weatherson
Rating: 4.91
O'Boyle
Rating: 5.55
SUBSTITUTES
S1 - 30
McAlpine
Rating: 5.73
S2 - 54
Davidson
Rating: 5.00
S3 - 82
Donald
Allan
Robertson
Reaction 9th February 2002
Speaking from the team bus manager John Connolly said, "It was the same old story, we dominated possession for most of the game, especially the second half, but just couldn't stick the ball in the net. We can't really blame the defence as we have only conceded three goals in the last five games. However that's two games now without scoring and that's where the trouble lies.

We made an offer to Dumbarton this week for their striker Andy Brown, but at this time we have had no reply back which doesn't look too good.

The game was also a bad one for us with injuries, Peter Weatherson had to come off after half an hour with a leg injury, Allan Moore also had to come off as did Barry Donald leaving us with ten men for the last ten minutes, Andy Aitken also picked up an injury but he managed to play on.

With Stranraer also losing and Alloa and Clydebank both drawing we haven't lost too much ground."
Team News 7th February 2002
Despite some nasty knocks in last weekend's encounter the full squad have come through this evenings training session and been passed fit for selection. Manager John Connolly will be more than happy with a repeat of previous recent results at Berwick but realises that the Shielfield Park side are a much strengthened side since the last encounter.
Man of the Match 4th February 2002
A long overdue recipient of the man of the match award is finally recognised this week as the ever reliable Alan Gray is voted well ahead of his nearest rival after another solid display against Alloa on Saturday. The sponsors man of the match Andy Aitken gets a well deserved second place whilst third goes to Peter Weatherson for another battling performance up-front.

Having made his thirteenth points scoring appearance Andy Aitken becomes eligible for the Internet Fan Club player of the year award and immediately takes over the number one spot from Peter Weatherson, Alan Gray is also making his way towards the top with a string of impressive displays. Check out the latest standings via the Man of the Match link.
Scott
Rating: 6.31
Gray
Rating: 7.39
Thomson
Rating: 5.98
Aitken
Rating: 7.06
Anderson
Rating: 5.09
S3
Connelly
Rating: 5.33
S2
Donald
Rating: 5.06
Connell
Rating: 5.29
S1
Atkinson
Rating: 4.27
Weatherson
Rating: 6.35
O'Boyle
Rating: 6.06
SUBSTITUTES
S1 - 46
McAlpine
Rating: 5.53
S2 - 58
Moore
Rating: 4.84
S3 - 78
O'Neill
Rating: 4.65
Allan
Robertson
International Honours 3rd February 2002
Two of Queens stars of the future will represent Scotland at under 18 level this weekend coming when they travel to Ireland to play the Republic. Both forward Ross Kerr and centre half Liam McDougall are part of the side and for Annan lad Liam he has the added honour of captaining his country.

Congratulations and good luck to both lads.
Match Reaction 2nd February 2002
Said a disappointed John Connolly after the game, "Alloa are always a difficult team to beat when they go ahead, they get ten men behind the ball, unfortunately it's not entertaining and tactics like that would get football stopped, however the league is now even tighter with Clydebank losing to Stranraer it's unbelievably close, in fact I think that there is only fifteen points between the top and bottom sides."
Game On 2nd February 2002
Following the referee's inspection the match versus Alloa Athletic today has been given the go ahead.
Pitch Inspection 1st February 2002
A 9:30am inspection is planned at Palmerston tomorrow to assess whether the ground has soaked away enough of the very heavy rain that has fallen in recent hours to make the pitch playable. A windy but dry night would be helpful.
Team News 31st January 2002
A full squad is available for selection this weekend for what is a very important fixture for Queens, with all four sides at the top of the table playing each other it is essential that Queens come out on top. John Connolly has returned from his business trip and will be controlling things from the touchline this weekend.
Angels 30th January 2002
Queens find themselves at the top of the league today with the release of the Fair Play League tables, the Doonhamers sit proudly at the top of the league, a league that a mere two seasons ago they were propping up. Congratulations must go to John Connolly and his staff for instilling in the side a level of discipline that has been sadly missing for a few seasons prior to their arrival.
Re-arranged Dates 30th January 2002
The Scottish League have advised us of the dates for the previously postponed games as follows:

Morton - Home - 26th February 2002
Hamilton - Away - 5th March 2002
Stranraer - Away - 12th March 2002

The dates throw up some interesting combinations with back to back games against Morton and Stranraer.
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