For previous news see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
Queen's today announced the names of all players that have been signed up for this coming season, they are as listed below, click on their name to see a photo:
Andrew Aitken Graeme Armstrong
Patrick Atkinson - no photo Ross Atkinson
Denis Boyle Bryan Caldwell
Warren Hawke Stuart Heppell - no photo
Sandy Hodge John McCaig
Robert McColm Raymond McDonald
Andrew Martin David Mathieson
Adam Moffat Dean Muir
Thomas Muirhead Anthony Nelson
Philip Nixon Geoffrey Paterson
Daniel Patterson Steven Pickering - no photo
Kevin Robison Paul Stewart
Jarrod Suddick John Sunderland
Peter Weatherson Mark Weir
MAN OF THE MATCH 31st July 2000
The final pre-seaon game saw winger Mark Weir take the honours in the vote for Man of the Match, second in the voting was Peter Weatherson whilst just behind was John Sunderland.
NEW SQUAD 30th July 2000
After a few final details have been ironed out we should be able to bring you the definitive list of all players signed up for the Doonhamers early this coming week.

In the meantime we are working on bringing you a new player profile section featuring all of those signed and have a photo gallery which you can view at the moment just so that you can recognise a few faces before they appear at Palmerston. Click HERE please remember that this is only a rough page and will not be too close to the final version which hopefully we will publish next week.
FINAL FRIENDLY 28th July 2000
John Connolly gets his last chance to put his new squad through their paces this Saturday afternoon before the season begins in earnest next weekend.

The manager will take a full squad the short distance down into Cumbria to meet Penrith FC of the Northern League. This will be a familiar venue for a number of Queen's new players as Penrith and Ashington are in the same division of the Northern League.

Returning for Queen's will be Stuart Heppell and Stephen Pickering, both returning from holiday whilst Phil Nixon will be available this weekend after family commitments kept him out last week.

We hope to have a comprehensive list of all signed players early next week, however there are still some names to be added and deals to be finalised.

Avery healthy squad has been assembled by John Connolly with masses of youth mixed with a few experienced professionals, here is the squad as they lined up on Tuesday evening for the pre-season photocall.


For those of you making your own way to Penrith it is probably advisable to leave the M6 at Junction 40 and head towards Scotch Corner on the A66, after half a mile there is a another roundabout, take the left hand exit and head into Penrith, just after the Shell Petrol station on the right hand side their is a mini-roundabout, take a left towards the main town Car Parks, the ground is adjacent to the Car Park.
FAMILY FUN DAY - UPDATE 28th July 2000
More details are being confirmed on a daily basis for the first ever Queen of the South Family Fun Day, the latest additions to those listed under the 26th July News item below are:
West Sound Radio with top DJ Tommy Jardine on Stage between 1.00pm and 2.00pm
Feely Boxes!!!Goal in One Competition
Dougie DoonhamerPercy Penguin
Club ShopFan Club Stall
Have your photo taken with a player
ScottishPower UNIMOG aerial platform rides
and much, much more still to be confirmed

Admission is free so come and have A great day out for all the family

Joint Main Sponsors : Dumfries and Galloway Standard and Dumfries and Galloway Council

The Robert Duvall film formerly known as "The Cup" and now known either as "The Road to Glory" or "The Search for Glory" will be premiered at the Toronto film festival in Canada shortly. Apparently the Queen of the South scenes have come out very well. A British (Glasgow) release will be later in the year.

FAMILY FUN DAY 26th July 2000
Get your family ready for a funtastic day at Palmerston Park on Sunday 6th August for the club's first Family Fun Day.

Among the attractions available between 11.00am and 4.00pm will be:
West Sound Radio with top DJ Tommy Jardine
Car Boot SaleCraft Fair
Bouncy CastleObstacle Challenge
Fire EnginePolice Car
Sumo Racers sponsored by Atlas
Fitness test by Classic World of Fitness
Penalty Shoot OutCompetitions
and much, much more......

Admission is free so come and have A great day out for all the family

Main Sponsor : Dumfries and Galloway Standard
The Travel Club are running a bus to Penrith on Saturday, it is leaving Tesco's at 11:30am and picking up at the Academy. Anyone wanting to book seats should phone Jim McCormick on (01387) 272102.

Memberships for the coming season are available now, and are priced at 10 for adults and 5 for kids. There is also a family ticket (1 adult + kids) available.
STATS LIFE 25th July 2000
Regular programme contributor Andy Penn has produced the following stats for last season's campaign:

Players Used - 33

Yellow Cards - 73

Red Cards - 9

Bad Boy - Stevie Mallan - 8 Yellow, 1 Red

Leading Scorer - Stevie Mallan - 13, this makes Stevie Queen's 6th all time scorer

Biggest Crowd - versus Hearts, 5180

Lowest Crowd - versus Berwick, 336

Average League Attendance - 1153

Like this season, (With one friendly to go versus Penrith, this Saturday), Queen's were unbeaten in pre-season friendlies last year:
Workington 1-0
St. Cuthberts 3-1
Largs Thistle 2-0
Kilwinning Rangers 1-1
Aberdeen X1 3-1

Most appearances - Aitken - 37, Mallan - 34, Rowe - 32

MAN OF THE MATCH 24th July 2000
The past two friendlies have seen the MoM voting go as follows:

Versus North Shields: Three way tie between Hodge, Hawke and Weatherson, all averaging 8.00 pts
Versus Gateshead: Two way tie between Aitken and Sunderland with Weatherson and Hodge close behind.
Thanks to Alex Wilson for pointing out an error on our fixture list and also on our fixture cards which are in general circulation.

The Match in question is the CIS Insurance League Cup game versus Forfar at Palmerston, the game is now to be played on Tuesday evening the 8th August 2000 with a 7.30pm kick off.
MIDWEEK GAME 24th July 2000
If you are looking for something to do this Wednesday evening why not visit the Tech. College training ground where Queen's will be playing Wigtown and Bladnock in a friendly training match kicking off at 7.00pm. There will be a mixture of first team and reserve team players appearing.
KEEP IN TOUCH 23rd July 2000
Not many Queen's fans know that the club offer a subscription service for the match day programme. It's available through the club shop and costs 1.60 for UK addresses and 2.00 for overseas. This price includes post and packing, so if you'd like to keep in touch through our excellent programme then get subscribed now to ensure you receive the full season's worth. Check out the club shop section.
FIRST REAL TEST 21st July 2000
This Saturday sees Queen's entering their first real test of the pre-season. Gateshead are undoubtedly the strongest side that the Doonhamers will face and carry with them players with vast experience at much higher levels.

With only a fortnight to go until the season starts in earnest manager John Connolly is intending to field what will be his starting eleven for that first league clash, and with Gateshead also looking to gauge their pre-season signings both teams will produce a committed and tough encounter.

Already though Queen's have a minor injury doubt with Warren Hawke collecting a slight knock against North Shields last weekend, hopefully Warren will be fit enough to join the squad.
WE'RE BACK 21st July 2000
Most of you will have noticed that there have been no site updates since last Sunday afternoon, this has been due to exceptional circumstances beyond our control. Normal service will now resume, although it may take a few days to catch up!
DIAMOND TEST 21st July 2000
Queen's were paired away to Airdrie in the long awaited draw for the first round of the League Challenge Cup. The two teams are no strangers in this competition with Queen's defeating the diamonds in a classic mid-week clash at a rain soaked Palmerston on the way to our Final appearance just a few years ago.
A twenty one strong Queen's squad will head across the A69 on Saturday morning on their way to their third pre-season warm up. The opposition are North Shields and the best option for travelling fans is to take the supporters bus.

Expect to see at least a couple of trialists making an appearance at some stage of the match.

Check back on Sunday for a match report.
ANNA CHEFFINS 12th July 2000
Would Anna, or anyone who knows her, please forward her address details to the clubshop at Palmerston, thank you.
NEW KIT DETAILS 11th July 2000
The new strips for season 2000/2001 have been unveiled and show a return to the traditional all blue tops with white shorts and blue socks. The away strip being the reverse in white, both tops having our shirt sponsorhip draw winners logos subtly positioned on the front of the tops.
MEN OF THE WEEKEND 10th July 2000
A good number of fans voted for their Man of the Matches from both Saturday and Sunday with the results as follows;

Versus Whitehill: Joint winners Ross Atkinson and Mark Weir at 7.67.

Versus Annan: Warren Hawke at 8.2.

These results will not count towards the player of the season awards.
A TROPHY ALREADY! 9th July 2000
Queen's today picked up their first trophy of the season after a 3-0 victory over Annan Athletic in the final of the Scottish Brewers Cup at Galabank Park.

In the clash for third and fourth place a youthful and skilful St.Mirren side defeated Whitehill Welfare 3-1.

See Reports and Fixtures for the match reviews and details.
A FINAL ALREADY! 8th July 2000
Queens today won through to the final of the Scottish Brewers Cup with a convincing win against Whitehill Welfare. They will meet Annan Athletic in the final as the host club defeated St.Mirren 3-1 later in the day. The final will kick off at 4.00pm on Sunday at Galabank.

See Reports and Fixtures for the details from today.
Arbroath have now consolidated themselves at the top of the ex-Doonhamer league table after taking their tally to four with the signature on Friday of George Rowe to add to those of Stevie Mallan, Jim Thompson and Tam Bryce.

These four players are sure to give any team trouble and the shrewd work of manager David Bakie will ensure their effectiveness, particularly when they meet with their old team mates again.
The Queen of the South youth structure was given a further boost to it's already highly recognised status with Ross Kerr being chosen for the Scotland Under 16 team to play in the Nordic Cup in the Faroe Islands in August.

Ross was one of four players from Queens who took part in the trials, the others being Ross's twin brother Gary, Willie Gibson and Steven Sloan.

The Queen's players were in good company with players from Manchester United as well as Premier League teams including Rangers and Celtic.

Ross was chosen for a squad of eighteen from around eighty participants.

The countries taking part are Scotland, Denmark, England, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands.

It is hoped that Geoffrey Paterson and John McCaig perform as well in the Under 18 trial matches coming up and Denis Boyle continues to impress the Northern Irish Manager.

Due to the high regard that Queen of the South now enjoy in the game, the club has become only one of two development centres in Scotland for the promotion and development of Women's and Girl's football in Dumfries and Galloway.

The development organisation will be run by the Women's and Girl's department at Palmerston under the direction of Joyce Nish and has been given the backing of SportScotland.

It is hoped that activities such as football festivals and coaching will encourage more Women and Girls to take up one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

The club now operates seven teams every weekend which is an extremely onerous task but one which it is hoped will benefit the club in many areas in the future.
This season's player of the year, Stevie Mallan, after requesting to be put on the transfer list earlier in the week has today signed for Arbroath Football Club for an undisclosed fee.

David Baikie had reportedly attempted to lure Stevie to Arbroath last season when he was out of contract and was quick to follow up his interest in the top marksman clinching a deal only days after Stevie became available.

Stevie will join the growing band of ex-Doonhamers at Gayfield with Jim Thompson and Tommy Bryce currently plying their trade with the Red Lichties.
BUS TIME 6th July 2000
The Travel Club Bus will leave from Tesco's at 10:00am on the fifteenth of July to North Shields for Queen's friendly against the north east side. The match kicks off at 3.00pm.
BITS AND PIECES 6th July 2000
It's a dual training and playing sessions on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, whilst some of the squad make the short journey down to Annan for the home team's tournament the remaining players will be involved in some rigorous training activities up in Dumfries.

Ally McMillan's contract ran out a few days back and will not be renewed, he is still presently training with the squad however but is on the lookout for another team.

Youngster Ross Kerr has been selected for the Scotland Under 16 squad, this is a major achievement for Ross and the club and a more detailed report will follow.

Admission prices for next season have been set, OAPs are 6.00 everywhere, Children 6.00 in the West Stand, 3.00 in the East Stand and Ground with all other categories 9.00 everywhere. This is an increase in only one of the categories and makes Season Ticket purchase even more attractive.
You can now wear the National Dress of Scotland in a specially designed 'Queen of the South' tartan. The tartan was selected by the people of Dumfries, who recently voted for this design.

The idea for a special design was that of former Queen's Chairman Norman Blount with the design work taken up by David Anderson. Those of you who attended former Manager George Rowe's testimonial dinner will have noticed Norman proudly wearing the new tartan.

Click here to go to the Douglas Anderson website.
Queen's will return to their traditional strip format for season 2000/2001. Gone are the blue shorts and socks, back in are white and white.

The next couple of weeks will see all friendlies played in the 1999/2000 strip while final preparations are made for the delivery of the new kit. Keep checking back for the unveiling here on the website in the next few days.
TRAVEL CLUB NEWS 1st July 2000
The Doonhamers Travel Club will be running a supporters bus to the North Shields game on July 15th. The times will be confirmed once the kick-off time has been confirmed. Names can be given to Jim McCormick on (01387)270102, or any other committee member. Also check with Jim for further details.

This years committee is as follows: -

Chairperson - Mr Malcolm Campbell.
Secretary - Mrs Eileen McCormick.
Treasurer - Mr Cameron Rae.
Promoter - Miss Pamela Davers.

Committee members - Jim McCormick, Simon Clingam, Ross Corbett, Charlotte Gracie and Ian Black.

The new bus times for next season have also been added on the Travel Club section of the site.

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