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SHIRT SPONSORSHIP 31st May 2001
The name of Armstrong Waste Management will feature on the new 'Arsenal' style blue and white shirts of Queen of the South in the Scottish Second Division next season as the local companies name was first out of the hat in tonight's annual Shirt Sponsorship Draw. Ian Scott and his wife Lisa made the draw and chose Armstrong's name from the seventy seven entrants.

For a full list of winners see the Shirt Draw page.
MORE SIGNINGS IMMINENT 31st May 2001
Queens are reported in the Cumbrian press as expecting to sign a full back from Workington Reds.

The man in question is named as Alan Grey, who hails from Carlisle, is a 27 year old right sided defender who has made over a hundred appearances in two seasons with Reds. He previously had two spells at Darlington and has also played for Doncaster and Carlisle United. He was Reds Player of the Season last term.

It has been confirmed that Queens are in discussions but as yet no signing has been made.
LAST CHANCE 30th May 2001
Hopefully everyone will by now have realised that the shirt sponsorship draw takes place tomorrow evening so if you or anyone you know has been thinking about entering you need to make your last minute phone call now to either Ian or Margaret Heuchan on 01556 504569 or Margaret in the office at Palmerston on 01387 254853. You could also print out the form via the Shirt Draw page of the site and fax it to Palmerston on 01387 254853.
NEW SIGNING 25th May 2001
John Connolly has completed a bit more of the side he wants to challenge for the second division next season with the signing, this evening, of Arbroath left-back/central defender Jon Crawford. Six foot one, thirty one year old Crawford has been six years at Arbroath and made over 170 appearances after joining them from Arthurlie in 1995.

He was the Arbroath Player of the Season in 1998/99 and according to sources had formed a great partnership with Jim Thomson in the later part of this season, something we will be hoping will continue next season.
FRIENDLY ADDED 22nd May 2001
Another friendly match has been squeezed in to what will now be a very busy July. Workington Reds will play hosts to a Queen's side on the evening of Tuesday 17th July with a 7.30pm kick-off.
SHIRT SPONSORSHIP 21st May 2001
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A unique opportunity to promote your business.
Queen of the South Football Club are once again pleased to announce that the Shirt Sponsorship for season 2000/2001 will be offered to businesses and individuals by way of a Prize Draw for the fifth year.
We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity to promote your business interest through having your company logo/message (Subject to Football Authority approval) printed on the team shirts. For a modest sum, which should be claimable as a business expense, you can have the chance to expose your company's image to a broad audience, both locally and nationally, while at the same time supporting your local professional football club. Just as the firms shown below with their respective strips have done in previous years.
Glass & Glazing
[Glass & Glazing strip]
Alex Wilson
[Alex Wilson strip]
Pizzeria Il Fiume
[Pizzeria strip]
D&G Constabulary
[Police strip]
As the winner of the draw, you will not only have your company logo/message printed on the first team strip for the full season, the strips will then be used by the under eighteen team the following year. All draw entrants receive a season ticket for the main stand which is transferable, their names will also feature all year on the website, check out last years draw entrants by going to the last navigation bar on the side and clicking the "SHIRT DRAW" icon, as well as appearing in every home match day programme.
The draw will take place in the Queen of the South Lounge Bar, Palmerston Park, Dumfries on Thursday 31st May 2001.
To enter click on the printer on the right, this will take you to a page with a blank form which you will be able to print out, please fill out the form and send it with your entry fee of 300 to: [Blank form for prize draw]
Mrs Margaret Heuchan
Queen of the South FC Limited
Palmerston Park
Dumfries
UK
DG2 9BA
Tel: 01387 254853 or
01556 504569
FRIENDLIES FINALISED 20th May 2001
The last of the pre-season matches have now been finalised with John Connolly confirming that his new look side will compete in the Annan Tournament over the weekend of 14th and 15th July 2001, they then follow that up with a trip across to Gateshead to take on local side Dunston Federation on the 21st July with Darlington at Palmerston on the 25th and Newcastle United on the 28th at Palmerston.

The full participants in the Annan Tournament have yet to be confirmed.
SPECIAL OCCASSION? 19th May 2001
You can now hire 'Queen of the South' tartan kilts from Douglas Anderson's shop in Dumfries, the tartan was originally the idea of former Queen's Chairman Norman Blount.
FIRST NEW SIGNING 16th May 2001
John Connolly has this morning made his first new signing for next season's campaign with the capture of former Queen's central defender Jim Thomson. JT, always a firm favourite with the Palmerston faithful, has signed up for two years and comes on freedom of contract after the completion of a two year deal at newly promoted Arbroath.

John Connolly rated JT as the best central defender in the second division last term and Peter Weatherson would endorse that view after the way in which JT contained the leagues top scorer in the Queens 1-0 victory nearing the end of the campaign.

JT put pen to paper last night on the very day that he also celebrated his thirtieth birthday, he made seventy seven appearances for the Doonhamers after joining from Stenhousemuir and was the Travel Club's Player of the Season in 1997/98.
ELEVEN FROM HEAVEN 12th May 2001
Stevie Mallan gets the chance in today's Scottish Sun to name his 'Eleven from Heaven', Marv manages to select eleven players from his time at Queens they are: David Mathieson, Des McKeown, David Lilley, George Rowe, Jim Thomson, Marc Cleeland, Stephen Leslie, Tommy Bryce, Jamie McAllister, Derek Townsley and Andy Thomson.

It's interesting reading even though some of it appears to be from a season or two ago.
SNIPPETS 11th May 2001
We note this week that Ted McMinn has moved on in his assistant managerial career as he leaves Conference side Southport with former Derby County team-mate Mark Wright, after being there for a relatively short period and joins Andy Thomson's former side Oxford United as the new men at the helm. Maybe not surprising news to all Queen's fans as programme editor Bruce Wright tipped the two to go on to greater things in a programme note in February this year when he said, "Don't be surprised if the Wright/McMinn double act move on to much higher things as already several Football League sides have shown an interest in the former Derby County team-mates".
RETAINED LIST 10th May 2001
With all the players now having been informed the list of those retained for next season has been made available and the fifteen are as follows:

Andy Aitken
Graeme Armstrong
Paddy Atkinson
Jamie Campbell
Graham Connell
Warren Hawke
Raymond McDonald
Des McKeown
Phil Nixon
John O'Neill
Geoff Paterson
Colin Scott
Jon Sunderland
Peter Weatherson
Willie Gibson

Stephen Pickering has been made an offer of a new contract but is a free agent so may take up other options whilst Alan Hogg was on a contract to the end of the season and will be invited back to pre-season training. John Connolly anticipates having a first team squad of twenty with six youngsters, he has five or six players targeted at present and hopes to secure the deals in the close season. There will be no participation in the Southern Counties competitions at all in season 2001/02.

Pre-season friendlies versus Darlington on 25th July and against Newcastle United on 28th July have been set up for Palmerston and a mini-tour of the North East may well happen, John Connolly would also like to take part in the Annan Tournament again following Queen's success in what was an enjoyable weekend last pre-season.
IFC MoM AND PLAYER OF THE SEASON 7th May 2001
Voting for the last game of the season has now been concluded and this week's winner calculated, 16 year old Willie Gibson puts the rest of the side to shame with a substitutes appearance of no more than thirty minutes in which he demonstrated enough skill and commitment to win himself the Man of the Match award by a large margin.

Second place went to the man who has scooped every player of the season award this year across all of the fan clubs, Peter Weatherson and third to the runner up in every player of the season competition Andy Aitken.

The final IFC Player of the Season league table has now been updated and the results finalised, Peter Weatherson tops the league by some way from Andy Aitken with Paddy Atkinson coming home in third place in a tight fight with Warren Hawke. The MoM link shows you all of the season end averages and the MoM winners for each individual match, you can also now download the spreadsheet that is used to calculate the weekly scores, this is a MS Excel spreadsheet and gives a summary of all players used and their scores in each match played. Click here to download it onto your machine.

In the Man of the Match awards there have been seventeen different recipients of the award in the forty two matches played; Peter Weatherson - 14, Andy Aitken and Phil Nixon - 4 each, John O'Neill and David Mathieson - 3 each, Jamie Campbell and Stuart King - 2 each, Jon Sunderland - 1 (plus two shared), Warren Hawke - 1 (plus 1 shared), Alan Hogg, Willie Gibson, Stuart Davidson, Ronnie McQuilter, Mark Weir and Sandy Hodge - 1 each and Paddy Atkinson and Des McKeown one shared each.

The scores for each player from Saturday were as follows:
Campbell
Rating: 5.85
McKeown
Rating: 5.10
Walklate
Rating: 4.80
Aitken
Rating: 6.20
Atkinson
Rating: 5.85
Pickering
Rating: 5.00
O'Neill
Rating: 5.10
Connell
Rating: 4.90
Paterson
Rating: 4.60
Armstrong
Rating: 4.40
Weatherson
Rating: 6.45
SUBSTITUTES
Sunderland
46 mins
Rating: 5.75
Hogg
56 mins
Rating: 5.13
Gibson
61 mins
Rating: 7.67
Nixon
-
Rating:-
Scott
-
Rating:-
PLAYER OF THE SEASON AWARDS 6th May 2001
The Doonhamers Travel Club and the Globe Inn Howff Doonhamers made their Player of the Season awards at the annual Travel Club Dance held last night in the Queensberry Hotel, a total of 114 turned up for the event with many playing and non-playing staff from Palmerston also in attendance including Jamie Campbell; Colin Scott; Denis Boyle; Warren Hawke; Stephen Pickering; John O'Neill; Graham Connell; Des McKeown; Peter Weatherson with his family; Jon Sunderland; Andy Aitken and Paddy Atkinson. Non playing staff there John Connolly; Warren Pearson; Kenny Crichton and Gordon Hyslop amongst others. Whilst Ronnie Bradford; Tommy Harkness and Craig Paterson also made the event.

Thanks must also go to the Queensberry Hotel and the Globe Inn (Market Square), without the support of whom, the function may never have taken place.

It will come as no surprise that Peter Weatherson scooped almost all of the awards only missing out on the Goal of the Season and the Rear of the Year accolades. The full list of awards is as follows:
Travel Club:
Player of the Season:
Peter Weatherson
Andy Aitken
Paddy Atkinson

Young Player of the Season:
Peter Weatherson
Andy Aitken
Dean Muir

Away Day Player of the Season:
(Langley Muir Memorial Trophy)

Peter Weatherson
Andy Aitken
John O'Neill

Goal of the Season:
(Ian Corbett Memorial Trophy)

Graham Connell versus Stirling Albion
Mark Angel versus Arbroath
Paddy Atkinson versus Airdrie

Rear of the Year:
(Female Supporter's)

Paddy Atkinson

QOS Fan Club:
Player of the Season:
Peter Weatherson
Young Player of the Season:
TBA

Globe Inn Howff Doonhamers:
Player of the Season:
Peter Weatherson
Thanks to Ewan Lithgow for the detailed information contained in this News item
BADGES IN SHORT SUPPLY 4th May 2001
Only a few "50th Anniversary" badges left and very few of the latest "Only team in the Bible" ones - See Bruce Wright or Ian Black in the social club tomorrow (Queen's Park game) or at the dance.

BLW
MAN OF THE MATCH 3rd May 2001
Peter Weatherson yet again takes the Man of the Match award for his goalscoring performance at Station Park on Tuesday evening, his victory was by an enormous margin and emphasises the margin by which he will win the Internet Fan Club Player of the Season League. Second place was John O'Neill with Stephen Pickering putting in a end of season flourish to demonstrate his ability.

The MoM link will take you to the Player of the Season League Table where you will find that Peter Weatherson has increased his lead at the top of the table after a season long reign in the number one position.
Campbell
Rating: 4.64
Walklate
Rating: 3.55
Aitken
Rating: 4.91
McKeown
Rating: 3.64
Pickering
Rating: 5.18
Sunderland
Rating: 4.37
Connell
Rating: 3.82
Hawke
Rating: 5.02
Paterson
Rating: 4.51
O'Neill
Rating: 5.45
Weatherson
Rating: 6.82
SUBSTITUTES
Boyle
-
Nixon
-
Hogg
-
Armstrong
Scott
EARLY TEAM NEWS 2nd May 2001
Saturday should see Paddy Atkinson returning to the side following injury and included in the squad should also be Willie Gibson and brothers Ross and Gary Kerr.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED 1st May 2001
We have recently received the following fax from Dumfries and Galloway Association for the Blind and would hope that there may be some Queen's supporter out there who would be willing to help out:

Are you keen on football?

Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare?

Volunteer URGENTLY required for:

Local gentleman who is visually impared and chair bound. A keen football supporter, but no longer able to watch matches on TV, he would welcome regular friendly chat about football and other sport/local news items.

We provide training and out of pocket expenses.

If you think you might be able to help and would like to find out more, please contact Co-ordinator Jill Asher.

Tel: 01387 248784

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