For previous news articles see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
QOSTV Returns 30th May 2004
After a long absence due to webspace restrictions we are now able to bring back QOSTV. This section has been constructed from clips provided in recent years through David Gow from his 'behind the goals' position and from years gone by from Ian Black's archive footage. We have clips ranging from this season back as far as 1937 when we knocked Glasgow Rangers out of the Scottish Cup in the first round at Palmerston Park.

The clips are fine if you have broadband but if you have a dial up connection then you will have to be patient - don't expect 'Match of the Day' coverage, remember that the cameraman was as excited as you were when the goals were scored!

The new link to the QOSTV page can be found on the bottom bar immediately above the club address.
Season Review 29th May 2004
During this close season we are pleased to be able to bring you a full review of the season just past. Written by our away day match reporter Ewan Lithgow it is a superb read and brings back many happy memories from a season that saw Queens sit proudly at the top of the highest league that they could contest with the present structures.

Click on the link on the right to read Part 1 - The Summer.
Sean Gone 28th May 2004
According to the Morecambe Official Website, see 'Other Sites' link, Sean O'Connor has signed a two-year deal that will see him join up with the Christie Park side subject to a medical and international clearance.

Best wishes to Sean and we're sure he'll take the conference by storm.
Still Looking 28th May 2004
The manager is still on the lookout for new players and has 'spoken' to around a half dozen players over the past couple of weeks. "But it's difficult", said Scotty, "We're a good club and players say they'd like to come here, however we're part-time and don't have the finances some of the clubs do, some of the offers we're up against are just crazy. We had an offer for a top first division striker turned down today for just that reason. However it's not for the want of trying. On Tuesday never the less we will be confirming the signing of a player who I feel will fit into the setup at Palmerston very well".

Another Queens target today signed for St.Mirren, the former St.Johnstone striker Mixu Paatelainen favouring the full-time offer made by the Paisley side over our own offer.

Bill Goldie
Bell's Cup Draw 28th May 2004
In the draw for the first round of the Bell's Cup, made this afternoon Queens have been drawn away from home yet again. They meet Airdrie United at the Shyberry Stadium on Saturday 31st July. Manager Iain Scott admitted, "It's a tough one to kick-off with. Airdrie were promoted last season and also won the championship so they're certain to be on a 'high'. They've already signed a couple of new players so will be a stronger side - but it's a difficult tie for them as well so if we give 100% commitment I'm confident we can win through.

"We had six cup games last season, every one away from home - I don't know what we have to do to get a home tie".

This will be the third time in the last five seasons we've met Airdrie in the first round of the Bell's Cup. In 2000/01 we lost by two goals to one and the following season we lost 2-0, here's hoping it will be 'third time lucky'.

The full draw is:-

Alloa v Elgin City
Inverness/Partick v Brechin City
East Fife v Cowdenbeath
Airdrie Utd v QUEENS
St Johnstone v Hamilton Accies
Ross County v St Mirren
East Stirling v Berwick Rangers
Gretna v Montrose
Ayr Utd v Falkirk
Forfar v Morton
Dumbarton v Stirling Albion
Raith Rovers v Albion Rovers
Queen's Park v Stenhousemuir
Arbroath v Peterhead

Both Clyde and Stranraer will have a free day the ties are played, Saturday July 31st, as they both received byes.

Bill Goldie
Shirt Draw Winners 27th May 2004
There was a record entry of 135 for the Queen of the South annual Shirt Sponsorship draw held this evening. Winner this season was the Barron Wright Partnership and partner Alastair Barron said he was "Absolutely delighted." A self-confessed Morton supporter he commented, "I don't think I've ever won a raffle before but we've entered the Shirt Sponsorship Draw since it started and it will be a great honour to have our name on the Queens shirts.

Second prize went to local Painter and Decorator Ian Sproat who won sponsorship of a league match and third was RW Electrics who won matchday hospitality for a party of six. Three firms who collected Executive Club membership were Johnstone's Garage, Chips Keswick and MG Contract Services. Other winners were Gallovidian Fresh Foods (admit two adults to Boardroom and Directors Box), Deutsche Asset Management (Autographed team shirt), Klic Cars Ltd (Autographed match ball) and Scott Rodley Financial Services (Match Mascot).

Lisa Scott, wife of manager Ian Scott made the draw and afterwards Scotty himself thanked all present for their support. "For the season ahead I'd like all our fans to back us through 'thick and thin' as we try to achieve things that haven't been done before and one I'd really like to do is to beat a premier league side in the Cup" he admitted.

Bill Goldie
Double Delight 27th May 2004
There was double success for Queens at the Bell's Scottish Football League annual awards dinner held at the Gleneagles Hotel this afternoon. As we all know Ian Black won the Supporter of the Year Award. But a surprise was the Queens team winning the Bell's Angels Fair Play Award for the best disciplinary record in the three divisions.

Despite picking up six red cards Queens still finished five points ahead of Airdrie United with three clubs sharing third spot a further fifteen points behind - Ross County, Montrose and Stranraer. Ironically the Stair Park side was the only club who never had a single red card.

Bill Goldie
Shop Stripped Out 26th May 2004
The Club Shop has sold all of the season 2003/04 replica strips that it had in stock. Nicely timed to make way for the new 2004/05 strips previewed earlier on this page. Remember that the new strips will be ready by the end of June/early July and the price is the same as last season so make sure that you get yours for your summer holidays.
Jamie For Scotland 25th May 2004
Superb news tonight that former Queens youngster Jamie McAllister has been drafted into the full Scotland squad for the forthcoming friendlies versus Estonia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Well done and good luck to Jamie from everyone at Queens.
Old Boy News 25th May 2004
While Mark Shanks led Kilwinning to the title his old Q.O.S. mate Tam Bryce has resigned as manager of Cumnock. Another old boy has also won the Central Div. 2 League - "Budgie" McGhie who manages Clydebank.

Friendly Date 24th May 2004
Queens have now arranged a third pre-season friendly match. They will play a Newcastle United side at Palmerston on Wednesday 21st July with a 7.00pm kick-off. The other two friendlies will be against Barrow on the 10th July and Chester City on the 24th July.

Bill Goldie
Super Night in Sanquhar 24th May 2004
A number of Dumfries based Queens fans made the short train journey up to Sanquhar on Saturday night to join in the annual awards night of the Sanquhar Queen of the South Fan Club held at the Sanquhar Community Centre. The awards were handed out by Queens legend Jim Kerr with the Player of the Year being awarded to Eric Paton, unfortunately Eric couldn't attend as he was away on his stag night but Andy Aitken stepped in to accept the award on his behalf. Andy himself was presented with a commemorative tankard to thank him for his long service to Queens by the Globe Inn Doonhamers.

Well represented at the awards were the Globe Inn Doonhamers who thoroughly enjoyed their night and noted that the three Queens legends in the room had a combined 667 appearances for the Dumfries side between them, Andy Aitken - 261, Jim Kerr - 398 and Speedy Clark - 8.

A nice touch on the night came from Andy Aitken who won the auction for the signed Queens top and promptly offered it back again to be raffled for supporters club funds.

A great night was had by all who attended once again.
Tan Man Re-signs 22nd May 2004
Queens have decided to re-sign Derek Lyle through to the next 'window' but the striker is to be put out on loan to Dunfermline Athletic. Derek was on loan to Stirling Albion for most of last season and helped the Forthbank side clinch promotion to Division 2 but impressed Dunfermline Athletic manager Jimmy Calderwood while on trial at East End Park last week. Said manager Iain Scott, "At the moment it makes sense and is fair to both Queens and the player. It will give Derek an opportunity in Premier League football".

Bill Goldie
New Strips Unveiled 21st May 2004
The new strips have received their first public viewing today, so here is our version of them with Bowser and Bagie in the home and away tops respectively. All that is missing is the new design of logo, the new sponsors artwork and the SFL crest on the arm.
Attendances Rise Again 20th May 2004
For the third season in succession the attendances at Palmerston have risen. 42,483 passed through the turnstyles for the 18 league matches, an average attendance of 2,360. This was an increase of about 10% on last year with the average figure peaking just prior to new year at 2,708.

Biggest gate was our game against Falkirk in December (4,075) and our smallest against Brechin City in April (1,352).

Last season our total attendance was 38,796, (average 2,155) and in promotion season, 2 years ago, 34,048 (average 1,892).

In the seven years prior to that the average varied between 1,149 in season 1999/00 and 1,264 in 1997/98.

Good news in the club!

Bill Goldie
Eric Wins Award 20th May 2004
The final Player of the Season award has been announced as the Sanquhar Queen of the South Supporters Club revealed that Eric Paton was their choice for Player of the Year.
Help Required 19th May 2004
"Jim Bannerman" has had to give up his Q.O.S. programme articles because of pressure of work in his day job. This leaves two pages to be filled for next season, so if any fan out there would like to contribute any articles (which must be emailed for every game to our printers) please get in touch through the official website.
No Reserves Next Season 19th May 2004
Queens are to scrap the reserve team next season and several of the players who were regulars have been released. The reserves won the Southern Counties Challenge Cup and finished second in the South of Scotland league this year but now the emphasis is to be on youth.

Said manager Iain Scott, "We'll have no fewer than seven young teams in operation next season - P6 and P7 for the very young players, U13's, U14's, U15's, U17's and U19's. We think that is the way forward. Brian Reid will have a dual role - first team coach and assisting with the U19 side. The U19's will be competing in the National League".

Bill Goldie
Thanks 18th May 2004
At the end of yet another successful season we would like to sincerely thank the people behind the scenes of the website who provide the content throughout the season, they are:

Bill Goldie

Ewan Lithgow

Ian Black

David Gow
Bill Goldie
Bill is the club Press Officer and provides the website with all of the latest information from Palmerston as soon as it happens and ensures that we can get the news to you before any other media can. The pre and post match reaction from the manager and players is brought to you within a few hours of the match ending home or away courtesy of Bill.

Ewan Lithgow
Ewan is a well known face around Palmerston and now a well known voice on the airwaves as he reports on Queen's away matches for West Sound Radio. On top of this he continues to assist John Paterson in the Club Shop on match-days and produces the away-day match reports for the site. Without fail within a few hours of an away game after, and in some cases during, travelling back from a match you can guarantee that a fully detailed report is on the Webmaster's desk ready to go online. Also this close season Ewan has agreed to produce a review of the year, even though he has a very busy summer as he is engaged to be married very shortly.

Ian Black
Ian 'Bell's Official Scottish Football League Fan of the Season 2003/04' Black is the Club Historian and Museum Curator and provides the website with the answers to all of the questions posed by fans regarding the history of the club.

The many hours spent searching the records for fans who have relatives that played for the Queens in years gone by seldom receives any thanks from those enquiring but is certainly appreciated by all those that then read the responses via the Questions and Answers page.

David Gow
During the season we bring you video clips and stills of some of the goals and the celebrations of the fans both home and away, these clips have been provided by former Annanite David Gow. Despite now being a resident of Edinburgh, David follows the Queens faithfully and e-mails us with the clips shortly after the match. We were one of the first sites to start doing this and will shortly have a comprehensive library of clips for fans to choose from going back many years.

We would like to offer our thanks to all of those mentioned above plus everyone else at Palmerston, particularly Margaret and Dick in the office and also programme editor Bruce Wright for ensuring that we don't miss a story. Without the assistance and co-operation of all of those involved the website would not be what we believe it to be and that is one of the most informative in the league.

Please keep on visiting during the close season as we will be the first to bring you all of the news on friendly fixtures, league and cup draws and new player signings. Thanks for visiting this year.
Bowser Again 17th May 2004
With all the voting from every competitive match played by Queens this season now completed, the player to come out on top as the Internet Fan Club Queen of the South Player of the Season is Steve Bowey. Congratulations to Bowser who makes a clean sweep of awards winning the Travel Club's Player, Away Day Player and Junior Section's Player of the Season award, the Queen of the South Fan Club and the Globe Inn Doonhamers awards as well.

The full scores from the game on Saturday can be found on the Latest Report page and the final standings in the 'Player of the Season' League Table have also been updated and can be reached via the Man of the Match link.

Thanks to everyone for voting throughout the season.
Player Leaving 16th May 2004
It has been confirmed that Sean O'Connor will not be at Palmerston next term. Sean has reluctantly rejected the contract on offer for family reasons and will move on, the likelihood is that he will be signing for Conference side Morecambe.
Bowser's the fans favourite again 16th May 2004
There was a big turnout for the Queen of the South Travel Club's annual 'Player of the Year' presentation held in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday night. And the player who more-or-less scooped the board was again ever-popular skipper, Steve Bowey who, although recovering from a minor operation made the trip from his home in Gateshead to attend.

Steve picked up four of the main awards, Davy Bagan and Paul Burns collected one apiece and there was even one for physio, Kenny Crichton.

Pamela Davers was M.C. for the prizegiving ceremony and introduced the club's chairman, Ross Corbett, who was splendidly attired in full highland dress. Ross took the opportunity to congratulate Ian Black on winning the Scottish Football League 'Fan of the Year' award which he said was a great honour.

For the main award, the 'Player of the Year', Pam Davers said "It was very close and only four votes separated the winner and the runner-up". However the trophy once again went to Steve Bowey with Eric Paton a worthy second and big Brian Reid in third place.

The other winners were as follows: YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 1, Paul Burns; 2, Willie Gibson; 3, Emilio Jaconelli. AWAY DAY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 1, Steve Bowey; 2, Sean O'Connor; 3, John Dodds. JUNIOR FANS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 1, Steve Bowey, 2, Brian Reid, 3 equal, Eric Paton and Sean O'Connor. GOAL OF THE YEAR: 1, David Bagan (v ICT at home--the great volley which helped us go top of the league); 2, Brian Reid (v St Johnstone--his header at McDermid Park); 3, Alex Burke (v Falkirk--that cunning chip at Ochilview). REAR OF THE YEAR: 1, Kenny Crichton; 2, Brian Reid; 3, Eric Paton.

Following the presentations, new manager, Iain Scott addressed the company. He emphasised that John Connolly had been a great manager but now that he's gone it was time to move on. He praised the Board of Directors who had given him full backing but said it was a sad night for we had to bid farewell to several players who were moving on to pastures new. Making special mention of Sean O'Connor the manager stressed "Sean was offered a new contract but couldn't sign it due to 'family reasons' and we had to accept his wishes". 'Scottie' then wished all those leaving 'all the best' for the future.

In his brief speech, Warren Pearson praised the fans and described them as 'fantastic'.

Chairman David Rae also thanked the fans for their continued support which he said was 'greatly appreciated'. He added "It is a privilege to be chairman of such a fine club and we've had yet another excellent season. When John Connolly left the Board always felt that continuity was an important factor and 'Scottie' and Warren were the men for the job and we're confident we've made the right decision.

"Over the past two weeks an awful lot has been happening at the club and I must have had about 300 phone calls. They were all very complimentary I'm glad to report and it's good to see the supporters taking such an interest".

Andy Aitken, our longest serving player, was the final speaker. Said Andy "Queens are a great club and I've a lot to thank them for and the fans have been tremendous in my eight years here. However, I felt I had to give 'full-time' football a go before I get any older, but who knows I might be back some time in the future".

Bill Goldie
Travel Club Awards 15th May 2004
The Assembly Rooms in George Street were the setting for the annual Doonhamers Travel Club end of season dance. As usual a number of players were present to see and receive the awards being handed out.

Club captain Steve Bowey yet again swept up the awards with another magnificent season, the full winners list was as follows:

Player of the Year : Steve Bowey

Young Player of the Year : Paul Burns

Away Day Player of the Year : Steve Bowey

Junior Supporters Player of the Year : Steve Bowey

Novelty Award - Rear of the Year -
Our 'sexy' physio Kenny Crichton
Award Time 15th May 2004
Prior to the match Steve Bowey received two 'Player of the Year' awards. One from the QOS Fan Club, the other from the Globe Inn Supporters Club.

Log on at 10:30 tonight for the winners in the Queen of the South Travel Club's annual 'Player of the Year' awards.

Mrs Henderson, widow of ex-Queens 'keeper Roy Henderson was presented with a commemorative trophy for the 'Dumfries and Galloway Standard's 'Greatest Ever Doonhamers'' competition. Runner up was Tommy Bryce with Allan Ball third. The award was handed over by Giancarlo Rinaldi, a 'Standard' sub-Editor.

Bill Goldie
Match Reaction 15th May 2004
Queens ended the season in style with a 1-0 victory over Falkirk in an exciting tussle. A large crowd of 2,751 (with over 600 down from Falkirk) helped add to the atmosphere but the Bairns will be glad to see the back of Queens who have taken 10 points off them this season - Falkirk also failing to score in any of the four matches.

The win ensured fifth spot in the table, the same as last year, but the points total of 54 was 6 better. After the game manager Iain Scott said he was absolutely delighted, said Scotty, "After the win at Ross County last week it was another excellent result and it was great finish on a 'high'. Earlier in the week at Newcastle a big percentage of the 40,000 crowd walked out before the end because they knew they weren't going to get the result they wanted, so I didn't want anything like that happening at Palmerston today. Falkirk are one of the best teams in our league. They pass the ball about nicely and are a well managed side so it says a lot for our commitment and fitness that we have had three wins and a draw against them this season. As I said before finishing with two good results helps us to look forward to next season with confidence, we are like one big happy family at Queen of the South and that's the way I want it to stay. Unfortunately some of that 'family' will be leaving us to move to pastures new, Andy Aitken, Derek Allan, Joe McAlpine and Alex Burke, but we wish all four of them all the best and they'll always be welcome here at Palmerston.

"Finally the fans. What can I say about them! They are absolutely brilliant and we'll need them here in their numbers next season for Division 1's going to be more competitive than ever".

The manager also confirmed that Colin Scott had pulled a calf muscle in the pre-match 'warm-up' hence his absence, he also confirmed that Emilio Jaconelli and Sean O'Connor had been offered contracts and were still considering them.

Falkirk manager Yogi Hughes was naturally downcast at his sides performance, "We were second to every ball", he confessed, "we passed the ball about well enough but never really threatened in front of goal".

Bill Goldie
Sad Farewells 14th May 2004
There will no doubt be some tears shed when Andy Aitken says his final farewells to his fellow players and the Queens supporters at the Travel Club's 'Player of the Year' awards on Saturday night. Andy is our longest serving player, having spent eight years at Palmerston, and after the Falkirk match will have made a total of 260 first team appearances for us.

Says Andy "Yes, it will be sad saying good-bye to everyone. I have made many genuine friends since I first joined Queens--a lot of players but also a great deal of Queens fans who have always been very special to me. Some of them are friendships that will last a lifetime.

"However, I just felt it was time for a change, both for myself and possibly for the club as well. I realise I'll be dropping two divisions but it's a chance to play full-time football, something I've always dreamed of.

"But let's face it, I'm 26 now and not getting any younger--perhaps it's the last opportunity I'll get of playing full-time football. I've also to consider my future. I'm a family man now and the change will allow me to go back to college and further my education which, hopefully, will be a benefit when the time comes to hang up my boots. Gretna actually train at Annan--it's where I stay--so it will also cut down on the travelling.

"However, I'll never forget my days at Palmerston. Queens are a great club and have been good to me and we've done really well those past three seasons. Although I'm leaving I'm not ruling out a return in the future--who knows what can happen in football. I'm older and wiser now and I will take each day as it comes. That's the nature of football! And finally, a big thank-you to all Queen of the South fans--you're brilliant".

Other players moving on are Alex Burke who's off to Ross County. When he first arrived at the club John Connolly described him as a '20 goal a season' man. Burky's already netted 17 this season, so not far short of target. A 'hat-trick' on Saturday would do nicely.

Derek Allan is going to Dumbarton while Joe McAlpine is supposedly signing for Raith Rovers. So we wish all four all the best for the future and 'thanks for the memories'.

Bill Goldie
Reserves Hope 13th May 2004
Queens reserves last night ensured that the South of Scotland league title would be decided on the last day of the season as they wrapped up their campaign by beating Stranraer Athletic 2-1 away from home. The goals came from Sean Ferrie and Stuart Hill with the winner from Hill just ten minutes from the end. The result means that Stranraer Athletic must win their final match of the season against Abbey Vale on Saturday to retain their title. Anything less than a win will see Queens take the honours.
Number One Fan 12th May 2004
Queens today picked up a national award as Club Historian and Museum Curator Ian Black was named as the Bell's Fan of the Year for 2003/04. The competition was for all Scottish Football League side's fans, Ian won the local round and when his hard work on behalf of the club was relayed to the judges there was no doubt that he deserved to scoop the national award.

Ian wins a splendid trophy, an official managers jacket and a quantity of whisky. On the 27th May 'Blacko' has been invited to the Gleneagles Hotel to receive his award at the same time that club managers and players are also honoured by Bell's.

Congratulations to Ian for picking up what is a thoroughly deserved award and for giving Queens what will be yet more positive national publicity.
Last of the season 12th May 2004
There's only 90 minutes of this season remaining and Queens have Falkirk as visitors on Saturday. But newly appointed manager Iain Scott insists "They'll be no easing off. We're hoping for a big crowd for the last game and we intend finishing on a high note. We played brilliantly at Ross County last week and I'm looking for a repeat performance. I'm well aware we've a good record against Falkirk this season--we've won two and drawn one--in fact we haven't conceded a goal to them. However, that's what their manager will be drumming into them in his pre-match talk. So I'll be telling our players to forget about statistics, stay focussed and go out and finish with a win to ensure us of fifth place in the table for two seasons in a row.

"Steve Bowey is going into hospital for a minor operation so he'll miss the game. Alex Burke has a virus while David Bagan has an ankle knock but we're hoping both will have recovered by the weekend.

"I'm pleased to report that goalkeeper, Colin Scott and David Bagan signed one year extensions to their contracts today. That means we now have 11 recognised first team players under contract for next season. I'm also pleased to announce that Brian Reid has been appointed player/coach and will be assisting Warren and I with the training and coaching from now on".

Bill Goldie
Duo put pen to paper 12th May 2004
Two key players have today extended their contracts with Queens for another twelve months. David Bagan and Colin Scott have both agreed terms and will be at Palmerston next term.

Meanwhile Brian Reid will take up a coaching role with the club next term.
ACCORD SIGNED 11th May 2004
Today, Queen of the South F.C. and the Crichton University Campus, (C.U.C.), signed the long awaited Accord--an agreement that will bring benefits to both parties. Described as: Promoting health, well-being and personal development through sport and education, Queens and the C.U.C. will work together and will seek to establish an all-weather facility for the use of the campus teams and Queen of the South, jointly pursue funding to promote shared aims and tackle boys' under achievement in the area and raise the profile of Dumfries and Galloway locally, nationally and internationally.

The big plus factor for Queens is support by the C.U.C. for the club's plans to move training facilities to the Crichton site which would see practically all training and coaching taking place there next season. The C.U.C. would also provide part-time education for the young professionals set to join up at Palmerston shortly.

One of the main benefits Queens will provide to the C.U.C. is professional coaching for the Crichton Campus Football Club and medical back-up whenever possible. They will also consider the use of Palmerston Park for inter-university matches.

The Accord offers various other benefits agreed between the two parties.

Bill Goldie
Signed Up 11th May 2004
Both Willie Gibson and Paul Burns put pen to paper last night on contracts that will see them become full-time professional footballers at Palmerston next season. Contract offers are also out with another few players and hopefully we will have news on these players signing soon.
Reserves Lift Cup 10th May 2004
Queens reserves proved worthy winners of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup with a 3-1 win over Threave Rovers at Palmerston tonight in front of a crowd of over 500.

Sean Ferrie headed Queens into the lead after twenty minutes but five minutes later the Castle Douglas side equalised when Mark Nicol shot home following a short free kick. A minute before the interval Sean O'Connor put Queens 2-1 up when he slipped the ball home from close range and in the 75th minute O'Connor hooked one home again from three yards. Minutes later Chris Bydrus should have pulled one back for Threave but sliced his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

On Wednesday night Queens are away to league leaders Stranraer Athletic when a win is a must to keep them in with a chance of the title. It would put them two points clear of the Wigtownshire side who play their last match against Abbey Vale on Saturday.

Bill Goldie
New manager officially appointed 10th May 2004

Photo courtesy
In an official press conference held at Palmerston this evening, Chairman David Rae announced that Iain Scott had been appointed as manager of Queen of the South following the departure of John Connolly. He will be a full time manager on a one-year rolling contract. Although residing in Newcastle he will travel to Dumfries each day to coach the young professionals recently enlisted and to undertake all his other managerial duties and will stay overnight when necessary. It was also announced that Warren Pearson would be part-time assistant manager. Both have worked under John Connolly at Palmerston for the past four years. Said the Chairman "We are on the brink of an ambitious youth scheme linked to the Crichton so the Board felt it was imperative to have a full-time manager. 'Scottie' and Warren know each other very well--they also know the players and the set up at Palmerston and we have every faith in their ability".

'Scottie' himself said he was delighted to take over the manager's job but admitted it took him four or five days to make up his mind as he had to consider his family and how it would affect them. He stressed "Warren and I are both very ambitious and our objective is to take Queen of the South that one step further. I don't really consider it as following in John Connolly's footsteps" he added. "John was a brilliant manager and worked wonders for the club. But Warren and I have been here for four years so we know all the players and we know how to get the best out of them.

"The Board are also ambitious so we know we have their full backing and we have already identified areas of importance. The new youth policy is very exciting and I'm looking forward to working with the youngsters on a daily basis. They will train in the mornings and continue their education at the Crichton Campus in the afternoons.

"We've also made it known the players we feel would be an asset to the club and have identified them to the directors as well. We're aware we require some new personnel and we've been looking at players in Scotland and the North-East of England for it's all about planning for next season now. Our main priority is a striker--but they're very hard to come by". Scottie also stated that the vacant role of First Team coach would be filled. "We have someone in mind from within the club" he said.

Nodding in approval at the new manager's statements, Warren Pearson emphasised "Scottie and I have known each other since we were 5-year-old. We think the same and have the same ambitions. John will be missed but as far as we're concerned it's 'business as usual'. We trained well last week and responded really well on Saturday with a great result at Ross County. We spoke to the players regarding the change and there were no problems. We'll see the season out and when we come back after the summer break we'll have a chat about our plans for the future. I'm really looking forward to the challenge".

Bill Goldie
Man of the Match 10th May 2004
For the fourth away match in a row club captain Steve Bowey wins the internet fan club man of the match competition. Second place went to returning 'keeper Colin Scott whilst third was won by departing striker Alex Burke for a thoroughly professional performance against his future employers

All of the scores have been added to the latest report whilst the player of the season league table has also been updated and sees Bowser continue his dominance at the top of the table.

Thanks for voting.
Press Conference 9th May 2004
There will be an official Press Conference in the Boardroom at Palmerston tomorrow night at 5.00pm to announce and introduce the new manager of Queen of the South.
Reserves News 9th May 2004
Queens reserves collected full points in their South of Scotland league match with a 2-0 victory over Creetown at Palmerston on Saturday. Queens had no fewer than seven sixteen year olds in their line-up and goals came from Colin Baird and Scott Hayes.

Tomorrow night the reserves meet Threave Rovers at Palmerston in the final of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup, kick-off 7.30pm.

On Wednesday night they meet league leaders Stranraer Athletic knowing a win is a must to prevent their opponents clinching the title.

Bill Goldie
Match Reaction 8th May 2004
A goal from Alex Burke mid-way through the second half gave Queens a fighting 2-1 victory over Ross County this afternoon and it's ironic that the winner came from a player who will be wearing a Ross County jersey next season. It was only the second time this season that we've come back from a goal down to win and the first time away from home. Chairman David Rae was delighted with the result and explained, "It was a great game, real end to end stuff. Apart from the goals both sides hit the woodwork and it was never like an end of season match. After the game Ross County Chairman Roy McGregor congratulated us and said we thoroughly deserved to win, despite going behind we fought back really well and at 1-1 we should have had a penalty when Bowser had the feet whipped from him. But instead the referee booked him for diving. A strange decision for he even showed us scars on his leg. It takes us up to 51 points, 3 more than last season and with a match in hand, we are now up to 5th in the table and hopefully a good result next week against Falkirk at Palmerston will see us stay there.

Caretaker Manager Iain Scott was also 'over the moon' with the result. Said Scotty, "It was an excellent all round team performance, a brilliant display, there was no 'man of the match' just eleven heroes out there today. The effort and commitment was fantastic and they all displayed a tremendous level of fitness".

Bill Goldie
Bowser in for op 6th May 2004
Steve Bowey has confirmed he will miss the last game of the season as he is going into hospital for minor surgery. Said the popular Queens' skipper "I've been playing with a niggling groin strain for several weeks now so I'm booked in next Thursday for a small operation. I'll not be able to play in the Falkirk match but I'm still coming up to Dumfries to cheer on the lads and I'll be attending the Travel Club's 'Player of the Year' awards in the evening".

Bill Goldie
Reserve roundup 6th May 2004
The Reserves won their way through to the final of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Dalbeattie Star at Palmerston last night. Steve Payne put Queens ahead in 12 minutes and Sean O'Connor made it 2-0 in the 20th minute. Star suffered a blow when their keeper had to leave the field injured but they courageously pulled one back when Paul Cook headed home on the half hour mark. There were no goals in a tight second half so Queens emerged victors, 2-1, and now meet Threave Rovers in the final at Palmerston on Monday night.

Two days earlier the Reserves maintained their challenge for league honours with a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Abbey Vale. The visitors held their own during the first period and went in level at 1-1 for the interval but three goals in the second half ensured full points for Queens. Our marksmen were Fraser Greenhorn (2), Sean O'Connor and Steve Payne.

Queens are currently two points clear of Stranraer Athletic at the top of the table but the Wigtownshire side have two games in hand. On Saturday Queens are at home again when they meet Creetown in a league match.

Bill Goldie
Talking about his appointment as Caretaker Manager Iain Scott admitted "John Connolly will be an extremely hard act to follow but Warren and I will give it our best shot. We were absolutely shocked when we learned that John was leaving. His name had been linked with so many clubs over the past two years that we never actually thought it would happen. But he got his break--he deserves it and 'Wasa' and I wish him all the best at St Johnstone.

"We're both looking forward to the challenge and we realise that although John's gone football goes on. We've got two games left and we'll just treat it as if the 'gaffer's' off on holiday. We've been left in charge before so we'll handle it O.K.

"We're in charge until the end of the season and then we'll take it from there. We've identified for the Board of Directors the players we think should be kept and the ones which should go and the final decision will now be down to them. However the fans will be glad to know that Jim Thomson will be staying. He's under contract for another year and not for sale.

"It will be strange not having John around any more for I've worked with him for seven years and I'll certainly miss him.".

'Scottie' is a Geordie, born and bred, and proud of it. During his playing career he turned out for Tow Law, Ashington and Wallsend and has also coached in the U.S.A. in both Boston and Atlanta. Apart from his duties as assistant manager at Palmerston he works as a Health and Safety Officer on Tyneside. He is married to Lisa and has a daughter, 11-year-old Rebecca.

Looking forward to Saturday's match 'Scottie' said "It's a long way to Dingwall but at least it's not winter. They beat us 1-0 up there earlier in the season but in the League Cup we beat them 3-0 with 'Burky' getting two goals that night. We'd dearly like to win for we'd jump above them in the table and also beat our final points tally of last season, 48.

"Derek Allan should be back in the squad after suspension--we thought he'd got a two game ban but it's only one. Sean O'Connor played in two Reserve matches this week and will hopefully be fit for Saturday. Sean's keen to stay with Queens so we're hoping he'll still be with us next season.

"I hope the fans give 'Wasa' and I the same support they gave John over the past four years. We can't ask for any more than that".

Bill Goldie
Reserves Progress To Final 5th May 2004
Queens reserves won through to the final of the Southern Counties Challenge Cup competition by defeating Dalbeattie Star 2-1 at Palmerston tonight. They will now play Threave Rovers in the final at Palmerston on Monday evening.
Fancy Dress Prize 5th May 2004
We are led to believe that our own Kenny Crichton is offering a signed Queens top to the best 'Fancy Dress' outfit to grace a Queens fan at the game versus Ross County at Dingwall on Saturday. So make sure that you are in the running and get togged up, of particular interest would be some Britney Spears, Jordan and Christina Aguileras, however realistically we're probably looking at a Mexican a Father Christmas or a Cowboy!
Farewell from John Connolly 4th May 2004
In a farewell message to the Queens' supporters John Connolly thanked them for their backing during his time at Palmerston. Said John "I hope the fans fully realise my reasons for leaving. All along I've made no secret of the fact that it was my ambition to manage a full-time club and when the opportunity arose it was just too good to turn down. It was a very difficult decision to make for I've had four memorable seasons at Queen of the South which I have really enjoyed. However, as you all know, St Johnstone was one of my former clubs, it was also my first senior side so naturally they've always had a special place in my heart. They have a 10,000 all-seater stadium and are all geared up for Premier League football so, in the next two years, my task will be to get them there.

"However, I'll never forget my time at Palmerston and all the friends I've made in Dumfries. The Queens' fans have always been very supportive and I always appreciated that. I'd also like to thank all those I worked with at Palmerston--from the Directors right down to Doreen the tea-lady. They were all great.

"I'd like to think I brought success to the club in my role as manager and left them on a solid footing for the future. It will be strange when we visit next season for I'll be in the visitors' 'dug-out', probably I'll walk to the wrong one by mistake. But I'll look forward to seeing you all again and hope you won't give me too much 'stick'.

"Finally, I'm delighted to hear that 'Scottie' has been made caretaker manager until the end of the season. He and Warren will do a good job".

Regards, John
Iain Scott Takes Charge 4th May 2004
Queens confirmed today that Iain Scott will take over the managers role at Palmerston with Warren Pearson as assistant until the end of the season.
Man of the Match 3rd May 2004
Willie Gibson wins another Man of the Match award capped off by his sublime turn on Mark Baxter that gave him the space to reach the byeline and send in a panic inducing cross ball that met, third place in the voting, Emilio Jaconelli lurking at the far post to stab the ball over the line. The drive in the performance was injected by midfield dynamo Steve Bowey and he takes second spot in the voting.

All of the individual player ratings can be found on the 'Latest Report' link and the player of the season league table has been updated and can be found via the 'Man of the Match' link.

Thanks for voting.
From the Chairman 3rd May 2004
I'd just like all the fans to know that John Connolly was officially appointed manager of St.Johnstone Football Club at 12 noon today, it came as no surprise as it has always been John's ambition to manage a full-time club and in fairness to him he has made no secret of that fact. It's almost four years to the day that John became manager of Queen of the South and the past three seasons have probably been the most successful in our clubs history. He was the third longest serving manager in the football leagues behind Paul Smith(Berwick Rangers) and Jimmy Calderwood(Dunfermline) and the longest serving modern team manager ever at Palmerston. We wish John and his wife Anne all the best for the future, (except when St.Johnstone are playing Queens of course) and I'm sure he'll do an excellent job at McDiarmid Park. We'll be having a board meeting at Palmerston tonight to discuss future developments so I'll keep you all informed.

David Rae
Big Week Ahead for the Reserves 2nd May 2004
Queens have a very busy week ahead with the possibility of four games in eight days. On Monday night they meet Abbey Vale in a South of Scotland League match at Palmerston; on Wednesday they are at home to Dalbeattie Star in the semi-final of the Southern Counties Cup and next Saturday it's league business again at Palmerston with Creetown the visitors. And should they beat Dalbeattie Star they would meet Threave Rovers in the Cup Final - again at Palmerston - next Monday.

Bill Goldie
Club Statement 2nd May 2004
In an official announcement by David Rae the Chairman stated, "After yesterday's match I was approached by St.Johnstone Chairman Geoff Brown who asked for the club's permission to talk to manager John Connolly concerning the managerial vacancy at McDermid Park. Permission was granted and our manager was informed".
Match Reaction 1st May 2004
"A big improvement on last week - it was like night and day compared to the Brechin City game", that's how John Connolly summed up this afternoons match. "We showed a lot of character and all credit to the players the commitment was fantastic. But having said that the effort factor throughout the season can't be faulted in nine out of ten h#games. It would have been all too easy for the heads to go down after they scored. Eric Paton hit the woodwork with a superb shot that looked a goal all the way and they go up the field, get a penalty and all of a sudden we're one down. Our equaliser was thoroughly deserved, Willie Gibson had a great run and Emilio Jaconelli forced it over the line. It's Emilio's second goal in two weeks and I'm really pleased for him. As for Willie, I thought he was outstanding, he's got tricky feet and can play on either the right or left flank. But the whole team were up for it and I would have been bitterly disappointed to have lost that match today. We've now got 48 points and that equals last seasons final total. We're only one point behind Ross County now and if we can beat them at Dingwall next week we'll move above them into fourth place. So there's still a lot to play for.

Sponsors Man of the Match was Steve Bowey but the bad news is that Bowser's likely to miss the final league game against Falkirk, he's suffering with a suspected hernia and is due to go into hospital for an operation.

Derek Allan was missing today following a "mysterious" red card at the end of the Brechin City match, supposedly for a disagreement with the referee. Derek was handed a two match suspension and will also miss next week's trip to Ross County.

Bill Goldie
Concerned Fan 1st May 2004
One Queens fan was spotted looking into the St.Johnstone coach as it sat outside the Lounge Bar awaiting the journey home. "Who are you looking for" asked the driver, "Just making sure John Connolly's no' aboard", was the reply.
NEWS IN BRIEF 1st May 2004
New training facilities have been obtained by the club and will be in use by the start of next season. More information on this in a couple of weeks time.

There will be only five weeks break for the players during the summer as pre-season training is scheduled to start on the 19th of June.

Queens hope to commence next season with eight 'full time' youngsters, one of which will be Paul Burns who has been a revelation this season.

Bill Goldie
John Connolly's looking for a big improvement on last week for Saturday's fixture against St Johnstone. Said the manager "The Brechin game was probably our worst performance of the season and totally unacceptable. The players were told that in no uncertain terms and our fans had every right to be critical after that display. But what a lot of our supporters won't realise is that three or four players involved last Saturday won't be with us next season. In an ideal world we just wouldn't play them but, unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of a big squad so we had little alternative. However they are still registered Queen of the South players until the end of the season and owing to injuries and illness we've been struggling to get a squad of 16 players those past few weeks.

"The only positives to come from the Ayr and Brechin games was the fact we didn't lose either of them but it's going to be a much harder task against St Johnstone. They're the only team in our division that we haven't beaten this season so I'm hoping that's an incentive in itself. We've drawn with them twice but we should have won both these matches--particularly the one at Perth when they snatched a disputed goal deep into injury time.

"Eric Paton suffered a knock last week but we're expecting him to be fit while Steve Payne had a virus earlier in the week but we're hoping he'll be O.K. too. Davy Bagan returns after two weeks out with an ankle injury; Joe McAlpine is back in the pool as well and Alex Burke and Andy Aitken are also listed. Sean O'Connor, however, is doubtful".

Bill Goldie
Back on Top 28th April 2004
Queens regained top spot in the South of Scotland league with a resounding 6-0 victory over Crichton on Monday night. Leading marksman was Sean Ferrie who netted four of the goals. On Wednesday night the reserves travelled to Creetown for the quarter finals of the Southern Counties Cup and the youngsters pulled off a tremendous 2-0 victory over the home side. Scott Robertson opened the scoring in sixteen minutes and twenty minutes into the second half Stuart Hill netted the all important second goal. Coach Paddy Atkinson said, "It was a brilliant result" and the reserves now meet Dalbeattie Star in the semi-final at Palmerston next Wednesday. Prior to that they have a league match with Abbey Vale on Monday night.

Bill Goldie

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