For previous news see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
NO NEWS31st October 1999
There will be no site updates for the next two evenings, Man of the Match from Saturdays clash with Stenny will be announced on Wednesday evening. Also we believe that the first and second round draw for the Scottish Cup will take place on Monday 1st November, news on this will also be posted on Wednesday.
"IN THE HOT SEAT"29th October 1999
Check out the Scottish Football website, where this week George and Ken are featured "In The Hot Seat".
This weekend sees Queens take to the road again with a journey up the A74 and then on to Larbert. It's the second game of the season versus Stenhousemuir who we all know from our last encounter are dangerous at set pieces. Our previous meeting this season saw Stenny come out comfortable winners with Queens conceeding three without reply.

Co-boss George Rowe does not have his troubles to seek and will have to field some inexperienced players because of suspensions. Unfortunately it also looks as though Kevin Robison may well miss the match after sustaining an injury earlier in the week.

Stenhousemuir have slipped somewhat in recent weeks after being up along side Arbroath in the early part of the season, they now sit on fifteen points just five ahead of Queens, so a win on Saturday for the Doonhamers is vital, particularly as Partick have closed the gap to only two points, indeed this was done by beating Stenny in Larbert last weekend so hopefully Queens can follow their lead.
SFA YOUTH CUP DATE28th October 1999
Queens Under 18's will play Hibernian at Easter Road in the SFA Youth Cup on Wednesday 3rd November 1999, kicking off at 7.00 pm.
BITS AND PIECES27th October 1999
Albion Rovers free, Alex Nesovic is reported to be talking to Partick Thistle manager John Lambie about joining up with the Firhill Jags.

Due to the "Battle of Britain" taking place on the 13th November, our league match with Clyde has been brought forward to the 9th November at Broadwood.

Sky TV have been down to Palmerston on a reccy mission to determine the best vantage points for their eight cameras which will capture the action from the forthcoming Scotland England Victory Shield match at Palmerston on the 11th November just two days before the big match at Hampden. This match will be transmitted nationally on Sky Sports and is hoped to attract a number of fans travelling up for the Euro 2000 Qualifier. A crowd in the region of 3500 is hoped for.

Anyone notice that a certain Andy Thomson came off the bench for Gillingham at the weekend and scored both goals to snatch a 2-1 win after trailing 1-0.
MAN OF THE MATCH RESULT25th October 1999
Top man in Saturdays defeat at the hands of Arbroath, according to the internet fans was John Hillcoat, his nearest rival, substitute Bryan Caldwell was six points behind. Considering we lost five goals this tells you something about the performance of the rest of the team who Ken Eadie says mostly had an off day.

John now heads the MoM league table from Bryan Caldwell after two counting games.
TWO OUT AND ONE IN22nd October 1999
There has been some significant transfer activity at Palmerston over the past twenty four hours. Yesterday evening Motherwell, as widely rumoured, secured the signature of Paul Harvey. Paul was really just hitting top form in what was a very short career at Palmerston, indeed he made only twelve first team starts after joining as a free agent in July.

After a successful six seasons at Clydebank where he was a teamate of Ken Eadie, Tam Bryce, David Shanks, Brian Wright, George Rowe, Craig Flannigan and Jim Hughes, he moved on to Airdrie and then latterly Raith Rovers. Unfortunately for Paul his move to Raith never really came off and the end of his contract saw him teaming up again with Rowe and Eadie at Palmerston. Paul never made any secret of his desire to remain in full time football and the arrangement was always that if an offer came in for Paul from a full time club he would be allowed to leave.

Another well rumoured departure is that of Lee Bailey, only the destination is not East Fife but Brechin City. Lee, whilst a proven goalscorer at other clubs had a relatively poor average at Palmerston and as he could not be guaranteed a first team place he has decided to move on.
Coming in the other direction however is 29 year old forward John Dickson. John hails from Glasgow and was Brechin's top scorer last season with seventeen goals, formerly with Albion Rovers and before that Clyde. John goes straight into the squad for the trip to Arbroath tomorrow.[John Dickson]
WEEKEND ROUND-UP22nd October 1999
A Queens team unbeaten in their last three outings will find out tomorrow whether they have turned the corner or not as they take the long road up the East Coast to league leaders Arbroath.

One things for sure, Arbroath will have some super analysis of Queens recent performances after having every matched watched! Talking of which big JT is back and available for selection for the Red Lichties and we will no doubt see the evergreen Tommy Bryce dictating things in the middle of the park.

More critically for Queens will be the availability of Club Captain Steven Leslie who will require a pre-match fitness test to determine whether he takes to the field or not, although George Rowe is hopeful that he will have recovered from the knock picked up against Hamilton last weekend in time for the game. A further blow to the team selection is that last weeks Internet Man of the Match Denis Boyle must sit out the next three games due to suspension and Paul Harvey is off to Motherwell to help save them. A midfield dilemma then with only Mark Weir and Marc Cleeland left from last week.

THE OTHER QUEENS22nd October 1999
Three more games involving Queens teams are taking place this weekend, all in Dumfries on Sunday and all kicking off at 2.00pm. You can take your pick from the Under 14's against East Stirling at the Crichton, the Under 15's versus Dunfermline at the Keswick Centre or the Women playing Hamilton at the Tech College. Your support would be appreciated by any of the teams.

On Tuesday night Queens Under 18's will face Dumbarton at Palmerston with a kick off that may be as late as 8.30pm, although it would be best to check.
FIR PARK DOONHAMERS20th October 1999
The teamsheets for tonight's Scottish Premier League encounter between Motherwell and Aberdeen show that all three ex-Queens players are on from the start, Townsley for Motherwell and Lilley and McAllister for the Dons.

Last night Chris Doig played the whole game at the heart of the Nottingham Forest defence in their 2-1 win away at Port Vale.
A CONSTRUCTIVE AGM20th October 1999
The AGM of Queen of the South Football Club Limited was held last night at the Hetland Hall Hotel at Carrutherstown. Formal business was covered in approximately ten minutes and then a general footballing discussion ensued with the seventy or so shareholders in attendance having the opportunity to discuss matters directly with club staff.
WEBSITE A YEAR OLD19th October 1999
The website celebrates its first birthday around about now by welcoming its fourteen thousandth visitor and enrolling the four hundredth member. Average days see up to one hundred site visits and this figure is climbing steadily.
UNDER 18's LAND TOUGH TIE19th October 1999
The under 18 team will play Hibernian away from home in the next round of the SFA Youth Cup.
The first ever Internet Fan Club Man of the Match has been decided. The Donegal Diamond Denis Boyle ran away with the award, winning by a full seven points from match winning goal scorer Paul Harvey. Full results can be viewed on the MoM section of the site.
After almost three weeks without a match at Palmerston Queens will entertain Hamilton Accies on Saturday afternoon. This match marks the start of the second quarter of the season with us having met every team in the league.

Homeless Accies are, so far, our only scalp, they have however put some distance between us in the league as they entertained and defeated Ross County last weekend in the only Second Division game to be played. They presently sit five points above us in a small group sitting just behind the pacesetters. Fortunately no one in the league is looking too convincing so with Queens finding the form we know that the players are capable of then a rapid rise up the league is more than feasible.

Team news from Palmerston is very quiet, all players excluding Smiler are available for selection, however this is likely to be the last "quiet" team news for a while as a number of first team regulars are knocking on the door of a suspension.

Statistically things couldn't be tighter between the clubs with both having enjoyed twenty nine wins and eighteen drawn encounters. In the past ten years however Queens have won two drawn two and the Accies have won only once.
ROUND UP14th October 1999
All Queens shareholders are reminded that this years AGM will be held at the Hetland Hall Hotel, Carrutherstown, on Tuesday 19th October will proceedings getting underway at 19:00hours. All shareholders are of course welcome and the board are hoping for a good turnout.

A good display from what was mainly a Queens fringe player side in the Reserve League Cup last Thursday saw A very strong Livingston side win by the narrow margin of two goals to one, the Doonhamers goal being scored by George Rowe

Billy Findlay is to leave the club officially from tomorrow. The ex-Hibs midfielder was unsuccessful in winning a regular first team place and has decided to further his career elsewhere.
NOW WITH ABC POINTS!11th October 1999
You can now select your Queens memorabilia from a well stocked display at the Safeway store in Brooms Road, Dumfries. You'll find the dedicated Queens display towards the rear corner of the store down by the childrens clothing.
NEW WEBSITE SECTION10th October 1999
As from this coming weekends game versus Hamilton, members of the International Fan Club will have the chance to vote for their Man of the Match. The system will enable you to give marks out of ten to all the players, this will then be added up two days after the match and the overall winner announced on the site. All points awarded will be recorded for each player and a league table maintained until the end of the season when the league champion will be the Website Player of the Season.
The main local sport item on the Teletext on Meridian TV last night was as follows:

"Gillingham striker Andy Thomson plans to reward Gills fans for the support they have given him since he joined the Second Division club earlier this season.

He said "I'm really enjoying myself here at Gillingham and I am playing good football.

The fans have been fantastic to me and hopefully in the next few weeks I can do something to pay them back".
SNIPPETS2nd October 1999
Ex-Doonhamers Jamie McAllister and David Lilley were both in first team action for Aberdeen today in the SPL, Jamie played from the start but was substituted late on whilst David came on in the fiftieth minute and made an impressive debut.

Another ex-Palmerston youngster, Chris Doig, played the entire second half for Nottingham Forest in their televised 3-0 win over Barnsley in the English First Division clash last night, helping Forest to keep a clean sheet. According to the Forest website young Chris, "Hasn't put a foot wrong since he came into the side", although they do claim the credit for him through THEIR youth policy.
Time for the longest trip of the season this weekend with the meeting of Queens and Ross County in Dingwall. The team bus left Dumfries this afternoon for the 247 mile journey in what was torrential rain, an overnight stop in Inverness for the team tonight before the short 14 mile run to Victoria Park on Saturday morning.

Whilst the "Staggies", have enjoyed a good start to the season after being promoted last, Queens have yet to find their true form. Managers Rowe and Eadie are both hopeful that the character displayed by the players that finished the match last Saturday will carry over to this weekend. It is therefore likely that the eleven that finished last week will begin this week which means starts for Denis Boyle, who looked to have regained his magical touches, and Chris Strain, who always looked dangerous and added another dimension to the forward line. 19 year old striker/midfielder/defender Sandy Hodge also makes it into the squad after signing for Queens today following a brief spell training with Inverness.

Meetings between the teams are naturally very few, with Ross only achieving league status a few years ago and this being the first season when we share a league. It is only therefore in the Cup that the teams have met.

Season 1990/91 was the first meeting, after a number of postponements due to the weather in the North, with Frank McGarvey's Queens side favourites to go to Dingwall and score a victory, Ross County had other ideas though and achieved a 2-2 draw to take the tie to a replay at Palmerston. With Queens hot favourites to finish the contest at Palmerston in the replay it came as a bit of a shock to find Queens 2-0 down after only five minutes, the team never recovered and suffered the humiliation of a 6-2 thrashing.

Then last season Queens were again paired against Ross County in the cup, only difference was that County didn't need a replay as they scored a rather controversial win by three goals to one, all of county's goals being scored by Neil Tarrant who has since been sold to Aston Villa. However the first two of his goals were hotly contested by the crowd as it appeared that his control had been rather handy and the third was given for a penalty that even the County players seemed confused about.

So tomorrow sees Queens with the ideal chance to exact revenge over the men from Dingwall, the omens are good, it's not January, all previous meetings have been in that month, and it's not a Cup game.
Remember to pop along to Palmerston on Sunday afternoon to watch the Under 18's in action in the SFA Youth Cup clash versus Gala with a 2.00pm kick off.

Alternatively you could opt to take in any one of three other Queens games going on across the town. The under fifteen's play Clyde at the Crichton, the Under 14's are at the Keswick Centre playing Dunfermline and the Girls Under 18's are playing Dumbarton at the Technical College. All of these matches will kick off at 2.00pm on Sunday afternoon.

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