||For previous news articles see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
|New Strip Revealed||31st May 2005|
The artwork for our new sponsors logo has been approved by the SFA and the cogs are in motion at the suppliers to produce the new strips as soon as possible. You can actually pre-order your new Queens replica tops now by sending in payment to Palmerston stating your size and whether you require the home or the away top. The strips should be with us by mid-July and as soon as they are in we will let you know here on the website. All pre-orders will be despatched the moment the strips arrive. So be the first and pre-order yours today at the same price as last season - £40 plus P&P.
|Well done lads||31st May 2005|
Following on from last night's story on the brilliant achievement of the Under 13 squad at the Ayr International Tournament here's a photograph of the lads with their trophy and medals with Kevin Drinkell.
And extra congratulations to Queen's player Ian Miller who was named as the 'Player of the Tournament' by the organisers.
|Well done lads||30th May 2005|
Our Under 13's side has pulled off a magnificent victory in winning their age group at the prestigious Ayr International Tournament held at the Rozelle Playing Fields in Ayr. The competition attracts entries from all over the UK and Ireland and it is the first time that a side from South West Scotland has won the trophy.
Well done to all of the lads and to coaches David McCann, Keith Middlemiss, Alan Anderson and Fred Smith.
The trophy was presented to the lads by former Rangers striker Kevin Drinkell.
|Father's Day Gift||29th May 2005|
If you are thinking about a nice bottle of Queens 85th Anniversary whisky for Father's day then you'd better hurry as there are only ten left at suppliers T B Watson on English Street.
|Well done Willie||28th May 2005|
Well done to our very own Willie Gibson tonight after being named as the scorer of the best goal in the entire Scottish Cup competition this season shortly before the final between Celtic and Dundee United today. To remind yourself of the goal you can click on the link below thanks to David Gow and the video will download onto your machine.
Tennent's Scottish Cup Goal of the Tournament 2004 -05 and of course Willie's first goal for Queens - GOAL ACTION
|Season Review - Part 3||28th May 2005|
Part three of the Season Review is now online. Click on the link on the right hand side to see how we fared early on in the season.
|Queens versus Hibs||28th May 2005|
It was officially confirmed that Queens will meet Hibs in a pre-season friendly match at Palmerston on Saturday 16th July, kick-off is 3.00pm. Tony Mowbray has promised to bring a strong side which will include a few internationalists.
|It's Albion Rovers again!||27th May 2005|
In the first round of the Bell's Challenge Cup made at Hampden this afternoon, Queens were paired once again with Albion Rovers. The tie will take place at Palmerston on Saturday, 30th July. As all Queens' fans will remember, the Coatbridge side beat us 2-1 in the opening round of the C.I.S. Cup last season, so we can't afford any slip-ups this time.
Chairman David Rae echoed these words and added, "It's not the best draw but at least it's at home. However, we must win, for that defeat last year cost us dearly."
|Shirt Draw Winners - Full Report||27th May 2005|
The new name to grace the Queens' shirts next season will be 'Dumfries Body Repair Centre' who are based at Lockerbie Road, Dumfries. Much to the delight of partners, Alan McMichael and Kenny Sharkey, their name was first out of the drum when the ninth annual draw was made at the Palmerston Bar Lounge last night. It also proved a good night for local Insurance Brokers with three of them featuring in the prize list. A record entry of 153 (11 more than the previous best) netted the club a much appreciated sum of £53,550 which was very pleasing for Chairman, David Rae.
The draw was made by Lisa Scott, the wife of our manager, and the new season shirts were modelled by two of our up-and-coming stars, Richie Maxwell and Scott Robertson.
The full prize list read as follows: Shirt Sponsorship, Dumfries Body Repair Centre; League match sponsorship, Giles Insurance Brokers; Match day hospitality for a party of six, Klic Cars. Three Executive Club memberships went to: New Bazaar Doonhamers, E-teq and West Skelston Services and other winners were: Two adults to Boardroom and Directors' Box for a home match, James Steel Buildings; Autographed team shirt, Abacus Insurance; Autographed match ball, Gillespie, Gifford and Brown and a Matchday Mascot, Annandale Insurance Brokers.
Following the draw, manager, Iain Scott addressed the company and thanked everyone for "a fantastic response." He added, "At present all football clubs are finding it very tight financially. We are no different and we need more people through the gate. Last season was a tough one but we hopefully proved ourselves by finishing fourth in the table--our best ever placing in the present First Division. Next season will again be a big one, but with your support we hope we can take Queen of the South that one step further. We're a 'Community Club' and if any company or business out there needs our help, don't be afraid to contact us and we'll do our utmost to accommodate you if we can."
Said the Chairman, "A record entry! 153 x £350--you can work that out for yourselves. Over £53,000, and that means such a lot to the club. We had only about 90 at the weekend but they came in 'thick and fast' after that. Once again, a big 'thank-you' to all concerned and congratulations to the winners."
Photo's courtesy Angus McDougal
|Shirt Draw Winners||26th May 2005|
The annual shirt sponsorship draw has been won this evening by Dumfries Body Repair Centre. A record 153 entrants this year provided a healthy boost to the club coffers for next season. The draw was made by Lisa Scott, wife of manager Iain Scott (Pictured below). Full report and winners tomorrow evening.
Photo courtesy Angus McDougal
|Trust bands||25th May 2005|
The Queens Trust have sold out of their blue charity wrist bands (25p of the £2.00 goes to Jemma Dempster Meningitis Appeal Fund). The Trust hope to get further supplies in Queens away colour (that is white) shortly.
|Euro bid||25th May 2005|
There is an interesting article in the Wednesday Standard today as details are revealed of the role being played by the Community and Education Committee of the Council in an attempt to attract European funding for the development of Palmerston.
|Mixed Feelings||24th May 2005|
Manager, Iain Scott has mixed feelings on last weeks news of the club's involvement in the new playing surface planned for the King George V complex. Said 'Scotty', "It will be ideal for Monday night training sessions but we won't be using it on Wednesdays prior to a Saturday match because of the injury factor involved. The artificial pitch will no doubt be top class, but it's still too risky, so it's important that we get a grass surface for training as well.
"We've had talks with the Crichton for use of their facilities on a short term basis--from June 20th, when we commence pre-season training, through to September. After that the nights start to lengthen and light becomes a problem. They said they would consider our request and get back to us."
Meanwhile, two more members of last season's Under-19 squad may be staying with us after all. Young James Baty has agreed terms and Gareth Campbell is considering an offer. However, it appears that central defender Stuart Hill could well be leaving. Added the manager, "We offered him a contract but he's refused to sign it. We met with Stuart and his grandfather and they're looking for more money. I'm very disappointed at this for he's been with the club for a few years now and was a member of the first team squad last season. We've spent a lot of time with him on both coaching and training so if any club is prepared to sign him we'll be looking for compensation in line with the rules."
|Musical Goals Review||22nd May 2005|
Queens fan Michael Smith from Edinburgh is bass player with rock band Entrova and has produced a music video featuring David Gow's 'fan's footage' of goals combined with a cover version of Knocking on Heaven's Door originally by Bob Dylan but covered by many including Guns and Roses.
The file is a 20Mb download so if you do not have broadband then you are in for a long night, however if you are on broadband then you won't have to wait too long.
The clips and the track are absolutely superb so make sure that you get it downloaded. Also make sure that you pay a visit to Entrova's website and leave a thanks for Michael.
Download by clicking here: right click here and save to your PC
|Season Review - Part 2||21st May 2005|
Part two of the Season Review is now online. Click on the link on the right hand side to see what we were up to as the season began.
|Not many left||20th May 2005|
A stock take at the Club Shop has unearthed two large adult home tops from this season - if you would like one of them then you will have to be quick and phone Palmerston on Monday morning with your credit card details. At only £10 each they are much sought after bargains. There are also quite a few home and away childs size tops available again at £10 each.
|Date Change||20th May 2005|
Owing to the uncertainty of the proposed match against Newcastle United on Saturday, 23rd July, the game against Motherwell, previously scheduled for Saturday, 16th July, will now take place on the 23rd. Manager, Iain Scott is currently in talks with Hibernian for a home game to fill the now vacant 16th July date. Said 'Scotty', "Tony Mowbray's contacting me on Tuesday and hopefully he'll confirm the fixture then."
|Operation for 'Del Boy'||20th May 2005|
Striker, Derek Lyle, underwent surgery on Monday for a double hernia which has been bothering him now for some time. Said Iain Scott this afternoon, "It's similar to what 'Bowser' had last year. It's called 'Gilmour's Groin', named after the surgeon who performs the operation. Del's feeling fine but, naturally, still a bit sore." The manager also confirmed, "Eric Paton has had a scan this week for the knee problem which caused him to miss the last two games of the season. We hope to have the results back this coming week."
|Busy 'Scotty'||17th May 2005|
A manager's work's never done, so they say! And that certainly rings true for Queens' boss, Iain Scott. Even though the 'close season' is upon us he's just spent a busy time on Friday checking through contracts before being despatched to the 'powers that be'. Next Thursday he's up at Palmerston with his wife, Lisa, for the annual Shirt Sponsorship Draw then he has a coaching course at Largs to attend before jetting off to Cyprus for a well-earned break in the Mediterranean sunshine.
Last Saturday, however, he did have time-off for a 'birthday bash' as an early celebration for his big 'Four-O' although the actual date's not until next week. But now it's back to getting the last two friendly matches finalised. Said 'Scotty', "I'm still waiting for Tommy Craig at Newcastle getting back to me concerning a proposed fixture at Palmerston on Saturday, 23rd July. The problem is that Newcastle are again in the Inter-Toto Cup and the date for their arrival back in this country is not yet known. I'm also trying to get a game on Friday evening, 8th July, just prior to our meeting with Leigh R.M.I. on the Saturday. We've approached a Conference side, Burscough, not far from Southport, and we're waiting on word back from them as well."
The manager doesn't visualise any more new signings coming in during the summer, "Unless our Chairman wins the National Lottery" he quipped. "But we hope to have four new faces joining us for pre-season training" he added. "There's two lads from Newcastle, one's a striker and the other's a left-sided midfielder. Also a defender from Australia and another midfielder from America. There's no harm in looking."
|Thanks||15th May 2005|
I'm sure that all regular website readers (and members of the national press) will join with me in thanking the following contributors for their continued support of the Queen of the South official website. Everyone who contributes does so on a voluntary basis and we believe that the site provides unrivalled coverage of official information on Queens.
Bill Goldie brings you the latest news from Palmerston, pre and post match and also keeps tabs on every other newsworthy event happening for Queens. Ewan Lithgow provides superbly balanced match reports from away games and a superb season review. Ian Black is always on hand to answer all of your historical queries relating to the doonhamers and David Gow catches pretty much every goal from the middle of the terracing so that you can see if before it appears on the TV.
Thanks to them all as without them the website would not exist.
Q&A & Queens history
Pre & post match news
Away match photo's and video clips
Away day match reporter
|Season Review 2004/05||14th May 2005|
Once again we are able to bring you a comprehensive review of the season just completed through the eyes of our away day match reporter Ewan Lithgow. Click on the 'Season Review' link on the right hand side of your screen to read the first installment.
|More fixture news||13th May 2005|
Good news and bad news for Queens' fans. The bad news--Southport are unable to fulfil the proposed fixture on Saturday, 9th July, so our fans will now miss out on their day at the seaside. However, the good news--we will now play Leigh R.M.I. (David McNiven's former club) on that date and negotiations are underway with another Conference side for a match on the Friday evening, Friday, 8th July. See the fixtures page for the latest list of pre-season games.
|New clubs for ex-players||13th May 2005|
Steven Bell signed for Stirling Albion this afternoon and Emilio Jaconelli is all set to join Raith Rovers next Saturday. So, with David Craig already fixed up at Brechin City, all three players released this season have found new clubs.
Manager Iain Scott admitted, "I'm absolutely delighted. We set up the deals and all three players have took up the offers. I wish them all good luck".
|New strips unveiled||13th May 2005|
Photo's courtesy Eric Moffat
|Player of the Season Round-up||12th May 2005|
Now that all of the 'Player of the Season' awards have been dished out it is a good time to do a summary of who won what:
Doonhamers Travel Club
Eric Paton - Goal of the Season, Derek Lyle - Rear of the Year, Jim Thomson - Player of the Year, Paul Burns - Young Player of the Year with Ross Corbett and Pamela Davers from the Travel Club.Photo courtesy Angus McDougal
Queen of the South Fan Club
Paul Burns - Young Player of the Year, Jim Thomson - Player of the Year, Derek Lyle - Goal of the Season (versus Falkirk at Palmerston) with John Hill, Brian Murphy and Sandra Brown of the Queen of the South Fan Club.Photo courtesy Angus McDougal
Sanquhar Queen of the South Supporters
Jim Thomson - Player of the Year pictured with Iain Scott, David Rae and members of the Sanquhar Queen of the South Supporters Club.Photo courtesy Andy McDowall
Junior blues Supporters
Steve Bowey - Player of the YearPhoto courtesy Margaret Heuchan
Globe Inn Doonhamers
Jim Thomson - Player of the YearPhoto courtesy Angus McDougal
Internet Fan Club
Jim Thomson - Player of the Year
|Chris thanks the fans||11th May 2005|
New signing Chris Carr is convinced that the Queens' fans helped him win his new contract. Said our latest recruit, "I knew Saturday was my last chance to prove to the manager what I could do. He'd seen me play a lot but the stage was there for me to impress. It was a big game, against the league champions, and I was up against their leading scorer, Darryl Duffy. I read what Darryl said about me, and I take it as an enormous compliment from a top player.
"However, the support from the Queens' fans helped me raise my game. 'Bowser and I were talking about the fans on the way home, and we both agreed 'they were like a 12th man for us'. There were only about 500 of them, but when I went up for corners in the second half the noise was deafening. I've played at Newcastle, Sunderland and Hillsborough with crowds of over 30,000, but I've never witnessed an atmosphere like that before.
"I signed my new contract yesterday afternoon and I couldn't be happier I've been training at Palmerston since early January and it's been a long time, so I'm glad it's all settled at last. I don't mind the travelling back and forward from Newcastle for there's always good company with the likes of Tommy English, 'Bowser', 'Wasa' and the gaffer himself.
"All the other players made me welcome from the off and I felt 'at home' the moment I walked through the dressing room door. Every single one of them is brilliant--there's a real 'togetherness'. I've been with a few clubs but I've never enjoyed an atmosphere like this. They're such a 'close-knit' bunch of lads and I think we could go on next season and finish even higher up the table".
|Chris signs on||10th May 2005|
Chris Carr today signed a one year contract with Queens. The 20-year-old ex- Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday defender convinced manager Iain Scott of his ability with a five-star display at Falkirk on Saturday and put pen to paper this afternoon. Said 'Scotty', "He's a quality player who fits within our budget. We required addition cover at the back and Chris is young and shows great potential".
|Two more Friendlies confirmed||10th May 2005|
Two more pre-season friendly matches have been confirmed--Annan (away) on Wednesday 6th July and Motherwell (home) on Saturday 16th July. Dates previously arranged were Queens Park (away) on Wednesday 13th July and Carlisle United (home) on Wednesday 20th July. The club have still to confirm a visit to Southport on Saturday 9th July and a home game against a Newcastle XI on Saturday 23rd July. A proposed match with Darlington is now unlikely as a date suitable to both clubs could not be found.
|Player of the Season||9th May 2005|
The voting for the final game of the season has now been added to the Internet Fan Club Player of the Season league table and long time leader Jim Thomson scoops yet another award by being the most consistent of our stars this term.
Having lead the league almost from the off there was never any real challenge to Jim's dominance. He has missed only two games all season making him joint top on matches played with Bowser on thirty nine games.
For the record the winners of this weeks Man of the Match competition were:
First - Stephen Payne - 8.49
Second - Richie Barnard - 7.53
Third - Chris Carr - 7.44
The final league table has been updated and can be found via the Man of the Match link and the scores for everyone else can be found on the Latest Report page.
Finally thanks to everyone who has voted over the course of the season, we have counted and averaged no fewer than 24,500 individual votes throughout the season to arrive at the final league table.
|Talks with Chris Carr||9th May 2005|
With 17 players (excluding our three Under-19s) now signed up for next season, manager Iain Scott hopes to have talks with Chris Carr in the next few days. Said 'Scotty', "Chris was immense at Falkirk on Saturday and kept their leading scorer Darryl Duffy in check all afternoon. His present contract expires in mid-May, so we'll have to have a chat and see what we can sort out. I know for a fact he loves it at Palmerston, so that's a good start". The manager hopes to bring in a new player during the summer months and another player in the 'January Windows'.
|An impressive record||9th May 2005|
Finishing fourth in the First Division was not only our highest position since we were promoted, but our highest placing in Scottish football since 1962-63. We were 15th then in the First Division of a two league set-up and this season ended up in 16th place. Our record over the past three years reads: 2002-03, 5th with 48 points; 2003-04, 5th with 54 points; 2004-05, 4th with 51 points. Quite impressive for a team who the 'bookies' tipped for relegation on all three occasions. Wonder what our odds are for next season? Our best-ever performance however was way back in season 1933-34. We were newly promoted and it was our first time in the First Division but we surprised the entire football fraternity by ending in fourth place behind Rangers, Motherwell and Celtic.
|Pixilated?||9th May 2005|
Anyone reading the Daily Record report on the victory over Falkirk on Saturday may be wondering what on earth a 'pixilated' fan is, here at the website we thought that it may have had something to do with pixels that make up your computer screen. However our programme editor Bruce Wright has come to the rescue and tells us that infact it means, "acting as if influenced by pixies, unconventional, eccentric, whimsical, drunk" - probably about right then!
|Yogi's team lines||9th May 2005|
John (Yogi) Hughes named "Scotty" manager of the year and included Eric Paton in his First Division Team of the Year. He also included wee Alex Burke.
|A big 'thank-you' from the Chairman||8th May 2005|
In the aftermath of a great day out at Falkirk, Chairman Davy Rae heaped praise on both the Queens' fans and players. In a special message to the 'Website' he said, "I'm told there were 411 of you in the new stand and although outnumbered more than ten-to-one you out-sung, out-danced and out-shouted your Falkirk counterparts for practically the entire match. Our away support has been absolutely brilliant all season but you really excelled yourselves on Saturday.
"Even the Falkirk Chairman, Campbell Christie remarked about the fans after the match. He told me 'They were marvellous and a credit to Queen of the South F.C. and that the fancy dress helped make it a real carnival day'. He noticed that many of you stayed behind for the trophy presentation which he though was very sporting. Campbell also said, 'I'm sorry we didn't win as it put a bit of a damper on our big day, but I don't grudge Queens the three points. You deserved them on your second half performance and I'm delighted to see you finish in fourth spot in the table'.
"Lord MacFarlane, Chairman of SFL sponsors, Bell's Whisky, was also full of praise for the Queens' support and told me 'You should be really proud of your fans, they helped create a wonderful atmosphere on a special day for the opposition'.
"Before the game we were invited to a pre-match luncheon by the Falkirk directors and I presented their Chairman with an personalised goblet on behalf of our club and in his reply he thanked us and added that all at Falkirk F.C. would miss the camaraderie of the First Division clubs.
"I must also congratulate our players for an excellent season and for a great victory. It was the last game of the season and their thoughts must have been on the summer break but they played right up to the final whistle and scored the winning goal in the dying minutes. That's devotion for you!"
|The Wheelbarrow Song||8th May 2005|
Manager, Iain Scott, also paid a glowing tribute to the travelling support but was a bit puzzled at the new song. Said 'Scotty', Maybe it's because I'm a 'Geordie' but I couldn't quite catch the words. I gathered it was something to do with a wheel falling off a wheelbarrow but that's about as far as I got. However, keep singing it all next season and thanks a million for your support".
P.S. 'Scotty', you were almost 'spot-on'. It's called the 'Wheelbarrow Song' and sung to the tune of 'Old Smoky'. Log on to the 'Pie and Bovril' site and you'll get all the words--but there's only about a dozen anyway.
|Match reaction||8th May 2005|
Queens put a damper on Falkirk's championship party and a sterling second half performance and two late goals earned them three points which saw them clinch fourth place in the table.
Falkirk had the better of the match up until half time but with the wind in their favour during the second period Queens played the champions off the park and finished deserved winners. Four hundred and eleven fanatical Queens fans, many of them in fancy dress, sang and cheered their heroes to a famous victory and their celebrations didn't go unnoticed by our delighted manager.
Iain Scott was a happy bunny even though Newcastle United lost. Said Scotty, "We said at the start of the season we wanted to beat our fifty four point total of last year or finish higher in the table. We only managed fifty one points but we ended up in fourth spot in the league so that in itself is a bit of history. I'm all smiles tonight and I think we thoroughly deserved our win with a superb second half performance. We've got a settled team and I think recent results have proved that. It was also a pleasure to play on such an excellent surface. We like to play the ball about and we did that today.
"At half time I told the lads to stop their back four pushing up and bringing on Willie Gibson gave us that extra bit if pace up front. I was sorry to put a damper on 'Yogi's championship party' but we came here to win and although we left it late, we managed it."
John Hughes admitted it was a disappointing result and Queens had put a spanner in there works, "We played well in the first half but Queens got on top after the interval and were the better side in the second half."
Falkirk's and the leagues leading scorer, Darryl Duffy admitted after the match that Chris Carr is the most difficult defender he's come up against this season.
|Steven to leave||6th May 2005|
Steven Bell has been informed that he is not being retained for next season but manager, Iain Scott insists, "He is a player for the future". Added 'Scotty', "With Stuart Lovell now re-signed, we are well covered in midfield and Steven lacked experience. I've told him to go and get 20 to 30 games 'under his belt' and I'd keep him in mind at a later date". The manager has still to make a final decision on defender, Chris Carr, whose contract expires shortly.
|Sell out||6th May 2005|
All tickets for Saturday's game have now been sold at Palmerston. However, 60 briefs will be available for the Queens' section from the ticket office at the Main Stand at Falkirk tomorrow and we've been assured that others would be made available for Queens' fans should they be required.
|Bell's Fan Award||6th May 2005|
Queens fan and Queen of the South Fan Club Secretary Sandra Brown has won the regional heat of the Bell's Fan of the Season award which was won nationally last year by Queens fan Ian Black. Good luck to Sandra and let's hope that she follows Blacko to get her name engraved on the trophy.
|Queens book||6th May 2005|
With the last game at Palmerston having now been played, Queens books (last few) are available from Solway Offset, 11 Catherinefield Industrial Estate, Heathhall, Dumfries - call in any time 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday - £15 or by post £17.50.
|Reserve Team||5th May 2005|
Next season it is planned to have a team competing in the West of Scotland Reserve League. Said manager, Iain Scott, "It will give us the opportunity to play against superior opposition and older and better class players. Sadly, to do this, we'll have to disband our present Under-19 side so, at the moment, we've retained only three of them--Scott Robertson, Richie Maxwell and Stuart Hill.
"But, with our first team squad plus those three, we'll still only have a pool of around 22 which will make it very difficult indeed. If there's any injuries we'll be forced to draft in youngsters from the Under-17 side. That's the plan at present but we'll just have to wait and see what transpires".
With no Under-19 squad, coach Paul McGinlay has tendered his resignation. Said Paul, "I leave with no animosity and have thoroughly enjoyed my season at Palmerston and have learned a lot. The 'gaffer' did offer me the job of coaching the new Reserve side and I really appreciate 'Scotty' doing that. However, I'm my own man and like to structure my own team, so working with someone else's players just wouldn't appeal to me. But I wish Queens all the best next season.
|Tickets still available||5th May 2005|
Tickets are still available at the Palmerston office for Saturday's match at Falkirk, priced £15. Any briefs left tomorrow night will be taken up to Falkirk on Saturday and sold at a portacabin outside the ground.
|QoS Fan Club Raffle Winners||5th May 2005|
The winners of the Queen of the South Fan Club Annual Prize Draw made on Saturday prior to the St Johnstone game by Kenny Crichton were as follows:
||DVD PLAYER||1862||Colin Rutherford
||Meal for two @ Urr Valley||1589||Barbara Murphy
||Signed Top||07||Donald (donated back for auction)
||Galloway Frozen Food Voucher||670||Des McKeown
||Personal Radio||1296||Stephen Gallogley
||Radio Alarm Clock||228||Abbie
||Bottle of House of Commons||764||Tam Cowan
||Bottle of Vodka||1404||Flight
||Bottle of Scottish Parliament||1497||J Currie
||Book World Token||1197||P Tottey
||Cinema Tickets||2129||Liz Green
||Cinema Tickets||2180||Gayle Brown
||Cutlery Set||129||Angus Lyon
||Tennents Lager||2406||M Stott
||Signed QOS Ball||187||Gerry Gay
||Signed Ball - Gretna||2135||Gypsy
||Notebook Set||215||S M Clark
||Camera/Watch Set||251||Ben Kitchen
|Lovell signs||4th May 2005|
Stuart Lovell tonight signed a one year extension to his contract. Manager Iain Scott said, "I'm delighted to get Stuart signed up for another season, he's an experienced and influential player and has helped all our youngsters a lot. That's seventeen we've got signed up now - this time last year we'd only three.
|The curtain comes down||4th May 2005|
Queens head for Falkirk on Saturday for the last game of the season and manager Iain Scott says that his players are, "looking forward to playing on the best park in Scotland", added Scotty, "It's a tremendous surface which allows players to pass the ball about and play offensive football. It's Falkirks party day for they'll be getting presented with the championship trophy but we need a win to ensure staying in fourth place so we aim to be 'spoil sports'. They've only lost one home game in the league all season but we've had a good run ourselves of late. We've been very solid, particularly at home, and have lost only twice in our last eleven outings. So we've nothing to fear.
"I'm looking forward to meeting up with 'Yogi' Hughes and Brian Rice again and pitting my wits against them. They're lovely people and two of the nicest guys in football and both thoroughly deserve their success.
At this moment in time Eric Paton is doubtful and I don't think he'll play however we've got Gary Wood standing by. Gary came on as a worthy replacement for Eric at right back against St Johnstone and scored two excellent goals. So if Eric does make it I might play Gary Wood up front again and stick a number two on his back."
After training tonight now Derek Lyle, Brian Reid and Jim Thomson are late injury worries and all seem set to miss Saturday's game.
|Queen of the South Fan Club Player of the Year Awards|
The Queen of the South Fan Club made the presentations to the players winning their end of season awards prior to the St Johnstone game on 30th April 2005.
Pictured are John Hill, Paul Burns - Young Player of the Year, Jim Thomson - Player of the Year, Brian Murphy, Derek Lyle - Goal of the Season (versus Falkirk at Palmerston) and Sandra Brown
|Program request||4th May 2005|
Queens programme editor Bruce Wright is looking for contributors for next seasons programme. One or two pages of A5 size for each game (approx 20) - must be emailed in to Solway Offset on the Monday before a Saturday game.
If you feel that you could contribute on a regular basis then please email Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Club Secretary retires||3rd May 2005|
Queen of the South Club Secretary, Dick Shaw retired from his post this evening. Dick had held the position at Palmerston for nine years and is currently a serving committee member with both the Scottish Football Association and the South of Scotland League. In 1996 he was awarded an M.B.E. in the Queen's Honours List for his services to football.
|Three to go||3rd May 2005|
Manager Iain Scott has confirmed that three players will be leaving Queens this season. Said Scotty, "There's David Craig, Emilio Jaconelli and one other player who I have still to talk to. It's always sad informing players that they wont be retained but we're not leaving either David or Emilio 'high and dry'. We've spoken to other clubs and as a result there are offers on the table for both of them if they both desire.
|All ticket match||3rd May 2005|
The Falkirk match on Saturday is all ticket and Queens fans will be housed in the new stand behind the goals which has a capacity of 2000. The clubs 250 allocation of tickets have already been sold but more have been requested and should be on sale at the Palmerston office shortly. Any unold briefs will be on sale at a Portacabin at Falkirk on Saturday.
|Career Day||3rd May 2005|
Today the manager and several Queens players were up at Hampden for the Scottish Professional Footballers Association 'Career Day'. The purpose was to recruit footballers and it proved a successful and enjoyable day for everyone.
|Man of the Match||2nd May 2005|
The result from the man of the match voting from the game versus St Johnstone on Saturday was as follows:
First - Stephen Payne - 8.02
Second - Gary Wood - 8.00
Third - Steve Bowey - 7.21
All other scores are on the match report link and the league table for 'player of the season' has been updated. Thanks for voting.
|Player of the Season||30th April 2005|
The Doonhamers Travel Club held their annual 'Player of the Season' awards at the Labour Social Club in Dumfries tonight. It turned out a memorable evening for Jim Thomson who won the main 'Player of the Season' awards plus two other trophies. It's the second time Jim has picked up the 'Player of the Year', his last coming seven years ago in season 1997/98.
Full winners were:
Player of the Year:
Young Player of the Year:
Junior Members Player of the Year:
Away Day Player of the Year:
Goal of the Seaon:
Eric Paton - Ross County away
Stephen Payne - Partick Thistle away
Willie Gibson - Montrose away
Rear of the Year:
Emilio Jaconelli and Stephen Payne
MC for the night was Travel Club Chairman Ross Corbett and he was assisted in the prize giving by Pamela Davers and four Travel Club regulars who attended every away match this season.
|Awards time||30th April 2005|
The winners of the Queen of the South Fan Club 'Player of the Season' awards were announced today. The winner of the 'Player of the Season award is Jim Thomson, the 'Young Player of the Season' went to Paul Burns and the 'Goal of the Season' was adjudged to be Derek Lyle's strike versus Falkirk at Palmerston.
|Match reaction||30th April 2005|
Two goals in two minutes in the first half saw Queens coast to a comfortable 2-0 victory over St Johnstone in the last home game of the season. They now move up to fourth place in the table and a win at Falkirk next week would ensure their highest finish in the first division since they were promoted three years ago.
Both goals came from excellent free-kicks from sponsors man of the match Stephen Payne and were netted superbly by Gary Wood, one with his head and the other with his right foot.
Manager Iain Scott was happy that the fans had a win to celebrate in the final home match. Said Scotty, "They've been great all season so that win was for them. We started slowly and gave the ball away cheaply but once the two goals went in we were very comfortable
"Our two goals came from set pieces from almost identical positions. They were great deliveries from Stephen Payne and Gary Wood finished off well.
"We played Gary up front and he hardly scored a goal, then we play him at full back and he nets two. You can never tell in football".
Asked about Derek Lyle's injury he added, "Del's okay, it's nothing serious".
|Queens Champs||30th April 2005|
Congratulations to the Queen of the South Bar's "B" team who won the Domino League "B" division championship in a play-off on Thursday night.
|Junior Blues||28th April 2005|
Steve Bowey is pictured below receiving the Junior Blues Player of the Year award for the third year in a row. He received the award from Alan Shuttleworth of Mabie Farm Park, sponsor of the Junior Blues newsletter and competition.
As well as voting for the Junior Blues Player of the Year, children sent in entries to the competition with all correct entries being put into a draw to win Queen of the South related prizes. Pictured with Steve and Alan are the three lucky Junior Blues receiving their Queen of the South goody bags, left to right, Ross Woodward, Siouxsie Coupland and Gavin Evans.
|Photograph by Margaret Heuchan.|
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