For previous news see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
MAN OF THE MATCH31st January 2000
The performance of John Hillcoat was adjudged by the Internet Fanclub Members as being the best through the whole team in Saturday's embarrassing 7-0 defeat at the hands of Livingston, if the keeper too had had a bad day you would dread to think what the final score would have been.

Second place was tied between the rarely seen but always impressive Bryan Caldwell and veteran hitman Stevie Mallan. Most noticeable was the fans verdict on Club Captain Steven Leslie with the lowest score ever being recorded at just 1.1 out of 10.

For a full list of all of the individual players averages see the report link from the fixtures page. The MoM section has not been updated this week as we are presently producing an new improved version which will reflect average scores and not just total points gained.
Spare a thought this week for well known Livingston based Queen's supporter and regular contributor to the Message board, Sandy Orr. Some of you may have heard the Livvie fans chant "Sandy Sandy what's the score?" and wondered what it was about, well poor old Sandy is in for a tough time back up home this week for sure.
IT GETS WORSE29th January 2000
As if losing 7-0 in the Scottish Cup wasn't enough to make it a bad day today, Hamilton. our nearest rivals for the bottom spot go and beat Ross County, so now we're six points adrift of both Hamilton and Stenhousemuir, who covered themselves in glory today by leading Hearts 2-0 before going down 3-2.

Still now that the Cup's out of the way we can concentrate solely on the league!
Andy Thomson is in red hot form just at the moment, despite being in and out of the Gillingham team through injury in the past few weeks he's managed to score in all of their FA Cup matches so far, today the Gills pulled off the shock of the round in defeating Premiership Sheffield Wednesday 3-1, Thommo netting the second.

So catch BBC Match of the Day, to see how Thommo has developed since his glory days at Palmerston.
UP FOR THE CUP27th January 2000
Visiting Palmerston this Saturday will be the on form Livvie Lions in the Tennents Scottish Cup Third Round. Livingston currently sit in fifth place in division one and are currently on an extremely good run of form with only one defeat in the last seven matches and that was against current league leaders St Mirren by a narrow 2-1 margin.

Livvie will no doubt be relishing the thought of their trip to Dumfries if they look solely at the league tables. However with Jim Leishman around and Ray Stewart in charge you can be sure that they will be fully aware of how Queens can perform after having had us watched us on at least two occasions.

Queens side will be at full strength, there are no suspension worries and no injury worries, for the first time this season co-bosses Rowe and Eadie are free to choose whichever players they require.

The history of Queens versus Livingston clashes does not stretch that far back, with Queens coming off quite emphatically the worse in the twelve clashes so far, with only two wins to Livvies seven. Saturday will however be our first ever cup encounter, even including games versus Meadowbank Thistle.
SNIPPETS27th January 2000
David Mathieson came through an Under 18's match last Sunday without conceeding a goal as the young Queens defeated Ross County by two goals to nil, scorers being Geoff Patterson and Adam Moffat.

Former Queens star Ted McMinn has moved on from Derby County's Under 15 coach to take up an assistant managers role at Southport where he joins his old Derby team mate Mark Wright.
MAN OF THE MATCH24th January 2000
Stevie Mallan scooped his first ever Internet Fan Club Man of the Match award for his enterprising wing play versus Stirling Albion on Saturday. Indeed it was Stevie that stood out on a day when average performances were posted by too many of the squad on show, the Binos right back getting a particularly torrid time throughout.

In second place came the ever reliable John Hillcoat whilst Club Captain Steven Leslie and Co-Manager George Rowe would appear to have had particularly poor matches.

To see the full results go to the fixtures page and click on the report link next to the match statistics.
JANUARY SALE21st January 2000
There are bargains to be had at the Clubshop at the moment. Get yourself this seasons away shirt for the knocked down price of only 20.00, and a couple for the kids at just 17.00 each, all sizes currently avaiable.
BRING ON THE BINOS20th January 2000
The Queens squad will go into this weekend's clash with Stirling Albion at Palmerston in the most confident mood they have been in all season. After four straight victories it's hardly surprising that confidence levels are so high.

There will of course be one enforced change to the squad and that is the exclusion of Andy Aitken who has to sit in the stand as he serves a one match suspension. Ready made replacement Kevin Robison is likely to step in. Other than that the management duo of Ken Eadie and George Rowe are likely to stick with the starting eleven from last weekend, despite all other player being fit and available.

Albion come to Palmerston after having lost once in their last five games, they lie just eight points from the top of the table but are only six points in front of us. Historically the Binos have the upper hand, having recorded forty wins against our twenty eight and twenty draws. In recent years that trend has continued, although last season we did manage to win the last two matches by healthy margins, 3-1 and 3-0, indeed it was around this time last year that we started our recovery defeating Stirling away with goals from Nesovic, on loan Armstrong and Caldwell.

Have a look at the Stirling website via our links page, it's full of interesting information although they have kind of written us off to Division three next season, a bit dangerous when you're only six points ahead and there are forty eight to play for!!

Also please note that the match versus Alloa which was scheduled for 27th December will now take place on 29th February, just four days before we take on Alloa at Palmerston.
FIONA HAMILTON20th January 2000
Could the Fiona Hamilton who forwarded an order to the Club Shop please ring Margaret in the office at Palmerston on 01387 254853, Thank you.
DALBEATTIE DUMPED19th January 2000
Dalbeattie Star finally got to play their twice postponed Scottish Cup Second Round replay at the Islecroft Stadium this afternoon. Unfortunately for Star things did not go their way and they were dumped out of the cup, thanks mainly to the efforts of local lad and ex-Doonhamer Craig Flannigan.

The diminutive hitman bagged a hat trick after Star had their keeper sent off just after they had opened the scoring, the final score being 5-1 to the team from Coatbridge. The result puts Albion through to face Partick at Cliftonhill on the 29th January.
SUPER SANDY17th January 2000
Young left back Sandy Hodge has been voted the internet fan club Man of the Match for his outstanding performance versus Stenhousemuir at the weekend. Sandy scored an average of 8.4 whilst his nearest rival George Rowe scored 8 points, for a full list of the average scores from Saturday go to the fixtures page and click on the report link adjacent to the relevant game.

This weekend saw over twenty votes cast to give us our biggest vote totals since the competition began.
SNIPPETS14th January 2000
Good luck to the two local sides involved in Scottish Cup replays tomorrow, Dalbeattie Star will be looking to finish off the job that they came close to achieving in Coatbridge last week when they entertain Albion Rovers at the Islecroft Stadium. Annan Athletic will have to be at their best when they entertain a Brechin City side who will have the words of manager John Young still ringing in their ears after they lost a two goal lead against the Galabank men last Saturday. Dalbeattie will face Partick Thistle if they win through whilst Annan will have a journey up to Greenock to face Morton if they win.

Doonhamer Ian McCall has quit as manager of Clydebank to take up a similar role at Morton today, he replaces Billy Stark.

Andy Thomson is in a rich vein of form at the moment, despite missing a lot of the season through injury Thommo has scored eleven goals for Gillingham including the first in the Gills FA Cup clash against Premiership side Bradford which provided the shock of the round as the Kent club disposed of Bradford by three goals to one.

Andy's manager Peter Taylor only recently commented that he had made the buy of the season in signing Thommo form Oxford for a mere 25000. You may remember that it was Taylor who took Andy to Southend from Queens initially and the same Peter Taylor who had so much success with the England Under 21 side recently before being replaced when Kevin Keegan took over the national coaches role and put in place his own men.

There are some new faces on the commercial side at Palmerston with Margaret Heuchan from Castle Douglas heading up a three strong team which also includes her husband Ian and Mungo Bryson.

Whilst not quite ready for first team action David Mathieson will turn out for the Under 18's this weekend for his first competitive match since July. We will then have two top class keepers battling it out for the place between the sticks every week.
SET PIECE SATURDAY13th January 2000
Yes you've guessed it Stenhousemuir are the visitors this Saturday as Queens look to continue their winning run.

The Warriors last visit to these parts saw them take seven goals off Threave Rovers in the first round of the Scottish Cup, this Saturday will be a totally different proposition for them as they will arrive at a confident Palmerston Park after having won only one of their last six league encounters, although that was an emphatic three nil win versus Arbroath and of course their two nil win over Dumbarton in the cup, (Thanks Alex).

Our last two encounters saw Queens unlucky to lose at Ochielview in October after taking the lead in the eightieth minute only to have it overturned in the last few minutes to lose 2-1. And in September Queens lost emphatically 3-0 at Palmerston.

For Queens neither Alan Kerr nor Denis Boyle are available for selection as they both complete their last suspension, Steven Leslie is fully fit and will be battling to get back into the team as Stuart Davidson is again available for selection. Allan Preston should be back at Palmerston later in the month and Queens are hoping to secure his services on loan for another four weeks. Andy Aitken will not start his suspension period until after this Saturday's match so we should see the big postie alongside Geordie Rowe in the heart of the defence.
YOUNGEST EVER13th January 2000
Paul Pearson tells us this week of his mate Eric Green's recent arrival who has become the youngest ever registered Queens fan. Ross Green was born at 5.56am on 31st December and just over four hours later was enrolled as a member of the Internet Fan Club, that beats the previous record of twenty hours by some way.

So all you Queens fans with pregnant spouses or indeed pregnant yourself, it looks as though we've got a bit of a competition going here, look out in around five weeks time, but remember Paul you're not allowed portable PC's in Creswell!!
NORTHERN WINNERS11th January 2000
Commiseration's to local Scottish league contenders Annan Athletic and Gretna as they both today lost out in the battle to secure a division three spot next year to Highland League teams Elgin City and Peterhead.

It would appear that Elgin's considerable support and Peterhead's facilities could not be matched by the other seven teams who had applied for the places.
MAN OF THE MATCH10th January 2000
Warren Hawke took the honours in the internet fan club Man of the Match vote this weekend. Recent signing Hawke achieved an average score of exactly 8 out of 10 whilst co-boss George Rowe tied with seventieth minute substitute Charlie Adams in second place on 7.1 out of 10.
HOME TIE9th January 2000
In this afternoon's draw for the Third round of the Tennents Scottish Cup Queens were draw out of the hat to play at home on the twenty ninth of January. Our opponents will be one of last seasons opponents, Livingston. Last season Livvie got the better of the results against Queens in the league with two wins a draw and, of course, that memorable win for Queens at Almondvale in March which saw us climb out of the bottom two relegation places, never to return.

Elsewhere local sides Dalbeattie and Annan were given difficult ties if they overcome their respective opponents in the replays this Saturday. Dalbeattie will face Partick Thistle at The Islecroft Stadium if they defeat Albion Rovers there this Saturday whilst Annan Athletic will have a trip to Greenock to face Morton if they can overcome Brechin at Galabank on Saturday.

The full draw is as follows:
Heart of MidlothianvStenhousemuir
St MirrenvAberdeen
Albion Rovers/Dalbeattie StarvPartick Thistle
St JohnstonevRangers
CelticvInverness Caledonian Thistle
Queen of the SouthvLivingston
ClydevRaith Rovers
StranraervBerwick Rangers
ClydebankvStirling Albion
KilmarnockvWhitehill Welfare/Alloa Athletic
Greenock MortonvBrechin City/Annan Athletic
Dundee UnitedvAirdrionians
DundeevAyr United
UP FOR THE CUP6th January 2000
It's Scottish Cup time again with Queens travelling up to Links Park to meet Montrose for the first time since 1996. Indeed in that season we played each other four times, Queens winning 4-1, 4-2, 6-0 and drawing 1-1. Our last Scottish Cup meeting was some fifteen years ago back in 1985 and again we were victorious by three goals to one. In total we have had five Scottish Cup encounters, three wins, one draw and one defeat, that defeat back in February 1948.

Montrose also boast a very good web site so why not pay it a visit by clicking HERE.

Queens team news is a bit mixed for this game.

Andy Aitken misses out due to his sending off being for violent conduct, a double yellow resulting in a red would have allowed him to play, however he was also very close to the suspension points total so could well be missing for a few weeks.

Stuart Davidson will not be eligible to play because he has not been signed for the prerequisite period prior to the match.

Denis Boyle is eligible for this game as it is a Cup and not League match.

Steven Leslie and David Mathieson are both almost fit enough to be available for selection, although both may find it a bit more difficult to get back into the team than they would have a few weeks ago.

On loan Saint Allan Preston should be back at Palmerston in a couple of weeks time to resume his loan spell.
MAN OF THE MATCH5th January 2000
Keeper John Hillcoat makes it three Man of the Match awards out of a possible ten this season with another solid display at Stair Park on Monday. John averaged a score of 7.57 with both George Rowe and Ally McMillan just behind on 7.43.

A bit more feedback on the proposed Player of the Season scoring system would be appreciated via the message board, however one change already in place is that you can now see a players match averages for each game via the report link on the fixtures page.
SITE UPDATES4th January 2000
Fan club members can now visit the restricted area of the site and check out some new video clips that have been added.

We have added some action from the Challenge Cup final courtesy of Sandy Orr and some unbelievable footage from the Hearts Scottish Cup match in 1952 and even a match clip dating back to 1937 when Queens defeated Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Cup. We are extremely grateful to Ian Black for the use of these clips.

You can even see the two goals from yesterday's match at Stair Park and we'll be adding more over the next few weeks.

One word of caution is that the clips are not of a very high quality as internet technology is still not good enough for sensible download times to be achieved. As soon as the web develops further we will put on better quality clips.

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