THIS MONTHS LATEST NEWS
For previous news see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
ROUND UP 31st October 2000
Queens gave a number of the fringe players a run out last night in a friendly against top junior side Pollock. The Doonhamers ran out 2-0 victors with Bryan Caldwell getting one and Steven Skinner the other, in goals and keeping a clean sheet was new signing Colin Scott.

News on Paddy Atkinson's injury is still a little unclear, the utility man picked up what looked like ligament damage in the heavy conditions on Saturday, however hospital treatment was not required. Things should be a little clearer after this evenings training session and we hope to have some more detailed news tomorrow evening.
LOCAL DERBY TRAVEL 31st October 2000
A large travelling support is anticipated this weekend for the local derby clash with Stranraer at Stair Park, there are a couple of points worth mentioning, firstly there are two different fan clubs running buses, the usual Doonhamers Travel Club who need a booking to guarantee a seat and can be contacted via the usual means, click HERE to get the full details.

Also running their first bus are the Globe Inn QOS Doonhamers, their bus will leave the Globe Inn, High Street, at 10.00am on Saturday. You can book through Davie Clark on 01387 248867.

You may also want to get to Stranraer a wee bit earlier than usual on Saturday as you will find Queens second string in action against the Southern Counties Stranraer Athletic, they play their matches across the road from Stair Park and with a 2.00pm kick off you will be able to see the first half.
MAN OF THE MATCH 30th October 2000
Every one of the eleven who started this weekends match versus Clydebank put in a great performance according to those of you who voted for your Man of the Match. Not one player received an average score of less than 6 which just goes to show what an allround hardworking team performance it was.

Out in front at the end of the scoring was Ronnie McQuilter who in only his third game receives the IFC Man of the Match award, in second place was Peter Weatherson with yet another display that helps to consolidate his position at the top of the IFC Player of the Season league table and in third came Stephen Pickering who is at last getting the recognition his performances deserve.

The full results were as follows, check the status of the IFC Player of the Season League table via the MoM link.
Mathieson
Rating: 6.69
Pickering
Rating: 6.92
Aitken
Rating: 6.31
McQuilter
Rating: 7.67
Patterson
Rating: 6.47
Sunderland
Rating: 6.03
Hawke
Rating: 6.53
Davidson
Rating: 6.72
P Atkinson
Rating: 6.53
Suddick
Rating: 6.31
Weatherson
Rating: 7.53
SUBSTITUTES
Boyle
56 mins
Rating: 4.36
Muir
70 mins
Rating: 5.17
Skinner
80 mins
Rating: 5.86
Nixon
-
Rating: -
McColm
-
Rating: -
WEEKEND NEWS 27th October 2000
Queens will go into this weekend intent on securing a third victory in a row and scoring a notable double over present league leaders Clydebank in the process. John Connolly has no injury or suspension worries and can complete another treble by fielding the same side for the first time this season for the third game in a row.

One new signing made today was the capture of ex-Rangers, goalie Colin Scott who is likely to take the field for the reserves at Galabank versus Annan Athletic tomorrow, his signing gives that position considerably more depth and ensures a healthy competition for the number 1 spot. Scott is a commanding 6ft 1", thirty year old with a wealth of experience having played for Brentford (name an ex-Queens player and manager who also played for this West London club), Airdrie, Hamilton, Raith and most recently tomorrow's opponents Clydebank where he made a total of sixty two appearances.

A win on Saturday could see Queens climb to their highest league placing for some time with both Berwick and Arbroath 'catchable' whilst a defeat could see us drop a couple of places. A defeat is not something being contemplated by John Connolly and his squad who have now got that winning feeling and will be tough to stop.

Also tomorrow you will come across a two pronged recruitment drive from both the QOS Fan Club and the Doonhamers Travel Club, if you don't pick up a membership form remember that you can always print one out for either club on their own webpages via the FANCLUB link.
MAN OF THE MATCH 23rd October 2000
Peter Weatherson claimed his fourth Man of the Match award of the season according to the IFC voting after Saturdays victory at Stirling. Close behind was strike partner Jarrod Suddick who shared that spot with ex-Bino defender Ronnie McQuilter.

The Player of the Season table has also been updated and the full scores from this weekend were as follows:
Mathieson
Rating: 5.73
Pickering
Rating: 5.91
Aitken
Rating: 6.73
McQuilter
Rating: 7.00
Patterson
Rating: 6.73
Sunderland
Rating: 6.27
Nixon
Rating: 5.18
Davidson
Rating: 6.73
P Atkinson
Rating: 6.64
Suddick
Rating: 7.00
Weatherson
Rating: 7.82
SUBSTITUTES
Hawke
63 mins
Rating: 7.09
Muir
88 mins
Rating: 4.00
Boyle
-
Rating: -
Skinner
-
Rating: -
Muirhead
-
Rating: -
NEW SECTION LAUNCHED 21st October 2000
We have launched a new section tonight with the title MULTIMEDIA, you can find it on the third menu bar. It contains, so far, some Windows wallpapers, a poem from the 40's and a panoramic view of Palmerston. We would like to expand this section as much as possible so if you have anything at all that you think would be relevant email it to us. We would welcome submissions of some of the traditional songs sung on the terracing, the ones with lyrics that are printable, any computer related items such as screensavers, wallpapers etc. and basically anything of this nature that doesn't exist elsewhere on the site.

So get composing!
WEEKEND PREVIEW 20th October 2000
The latest news from Palmerston tonight from John Connolly is that there are no changes at all to the squad from last weekends emphatic victory, in the end, over Stenhousemuir.

The boss said tonight, "It is very unlikely that there will be any changes to the squad tomorrow, all the players are fit and there are no suspensions".

On the subject of new faces John told us that, "We are hopeful of bringing in a bit of experience now, the signing of Ronnie McQuilter was a boost as he could have gone to a number of clubs but liked the set-up here and opted for Queens. His experience at the back was evident last Saturday with him doing a lot of good talking and steadying the back line".

Stirling Albion will be keen to kick-start their season as so far they have failed to live up to many peoples expectations. A number of big name signings were made close season, none more so than boss Ray Stewart, surely it wont be long before he has the Bino's playing the type of football that helped his former club Livingston climb two leagues with.

A win for Queens tomorrow would lift them above the Bino's and with Arbroath and Berwick clashing Queens have a chance to make up a bit of ground on all three teams above them in the league.

If you can't make it along to Stirling tomorrow why not turn up at Palmerston for the Southern Counties match versus Creetown, it's a 3.00pm kick off.
NEW AT THE SHOP 18th October 2000
A number of new items are now available at the Club Shop as follows;

[Bookmark]
Bookmark - 1.00

[Ruler]
Ruler - 1.00

[Coaster]
Coaster - 1.00

[Car Sticker]
Car Sticker - 1.50

[Wrapping Paper]
Wrapping Paper - 0.60 per sheet or two sheets for 1.00

[Dougie T Shirt]
Dougie the Doonhamer T Shirts - Large - 10.50 Childrens - 7.50

[Enamel Badge]
New enamel badge - 2.50
MAN OF THE MATCH 16th October 2000
Hat trick hero Peter Weatherson was the unanimous choice for this weekends IFC Man of the Match competition, the Geordie hitman scored a massive 8.5 with his strike partner and goalmaker Jarrod Suddick taking second place comfortably with a 7.62, the industrious Paddy Atkinson secured another top three finish with exactly 7.

See how this affects the IFC Player of the Season rankings via the MoM link.

The full scoring was as follows;
Mathieson
Rating: 4.38
Pickering
Rating: 5.69
Aitken
Rating: 6.46
McQuilter
Rating: 6.04
Patterson
Rating: 5.88
Sunderland
Rating: 5.92
Nixon
Rating: 6.23
Davidson
Rating: 6.12
P Atkinson
Rating: 7.00
Suddick
Rating: 7.62
Weatherson
Rating: 8.50
SUBSTITUTES
Muir
70 mins
Rating: 4.81
Hawke
73 mins
Rating: 4.88
Boyle
-
Rating: -
Skinner
-
Rating: -
Muirhead
-
Rating: -
NEW FACE TO BE UNVEILED 13th October 2000
John Connolly's continuing re-assessment and re-building process continued at full speed this week with the signing on Monday of Steven Skinner from Carlisle and followed today with the capture of an experienced defender, the identity of whom we will reveal tomorrow once the final details have been concluded.

In-between these two signings there have been numerous other approaches made, as John said earlier tonight, "Every day we are talking to numerous contacts in an attempt to bring in the new faces that we need, whether it is in the form of swap deals or loan deals we are exploring every possibility".

"Steven Skinner will come into the squad and hopefully our new central defender who is an experienced player, all being well with the signing formalities. We will also have young midfielder Andrew Douglas, from Carlisle, hopefully playing with the reserve team tomorrow, pending international clearance, as will Andy Martin and Bryan Caldwell. Jarrod Suddick, who I was delighted with last week is still building up his fitness and he will take a place in the first team squad".

On the players leaving the club John tells us that there have been a total of three enquiries for Sandy Hodge and Mark Weir but as yet no offers. Also John says, "Tony Nelson and I had a chat and we both agreed that it was best for Tony to continue his career elsewhere, I was more than happy with his skill level and commitment, but the problem was discipline more than anything".

"Lots of things are happening behind the scenes and again next week we should hopefully see some more movement in the transfer market as we near the right blend."
PRESS RELEASE 12th October 2000
With reference to the article about George Rowe which appeared in the Wednesday Standard the club confirms that it has received a communication from George Rowe and considered the terms of this at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

The Club confirms that there is no foundation to the allegation which Mr Rowe appears to be making against the Chairman, Mr Ronald Bradford.

The Club confirms that the full bonus was paid to the players notwithstanding that the Club was in fact relegated but reinstated into the Second Division through the circumstances wherein 15 points were deducted from Hamilton Academicals.

The Chairman and the Board have no desire to trawl through the events of last season and assure the fans that their full attention remains concentrated on rebuilding the team and consolidation under John Connolly and his new management team.
ROWE RUMPUS 11th October 2000
Most of you by now will be aware that previous coach George Rowe has written an open letter to the fans, via the Wednesday edition of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard relating to events at the end of last season. A Press Release is being prepared by the club and will be posted here as soon as it is available.
PLAYER MOVES 9th October 2000
Boss John Connolly tonight confirmed a number of moves within the playing and coaching staff at Palmerston Park.

On the playing side Queens have captured the signature of the highly rated eighteen year old Stephen Skinner from Carlisle after tracking him for a couple of months. Stephen has been with the Cumbrians for two years and made his first team debut over a year ago when only seventeen. He is a free scoring forward who has had trials at a couple of clubs including Northampton and is looking to further his career by making a big impression on the Dumfries fans and the Scottish Second Division.

Another pair of highly rated youngsters, victims of the new regime at Brunton Park but much fancied by the local support, are also travelling up to Palmerston this week so that John Connolly can have a look at what they can offer, Gavin Skelton is a very skilful midfield player whom a number of clubs have been watching and the other Andrew Douglas again a creative midfielder.

Stuart Davidson returns for another loan spell following a short appearance last term where he played very well setting up the winning goal for Ken Eadie against Stranraer in our first match of the new year at Stair Park, after that he appeared twice as a substitute getting a total of eight minutes football. Despite that Stuart was only too happy to come back down to Dumfries for another months spell.

Another new face to arrive at Palmerston is the vastly experienced ex-Junior Internationalist and ex-Kilwinning Rangers manager Bobby Dickson. John Connolly says, "Bobby will be taking over the second eleven set up and will tap us into the rich seam of talent that runs through the Scottish Junior scene, remember that virtually all of the Clyde squad that was so successful last term came from their ranks and talking to Bobby he knows almost all of the players registered with them".

Players at Palmerston who look set to be leaving include Mark Weir and Sandy Hodge, interest has been shown in the pair and John Connolly says that he will listen to any serious offers.

So as the manager promised the first quarter review is underway and the necessary changes are being made.
MAN OF THE MATCH 9th October 2000
For the first time we have a player making an appearance as a substitute getting the IFC Man of the Match award, Phil Nixon coming on after half an hour and putting in an MoM performance at the heart of the defence. Second place goes to goalscorer Paddy Atkinson with Nixon's fellow substitute Jarrod Suddick getting third place with his appearance allowing Queens to hold the ball up and make the concerted effort which so nearly took a point.

The full results are printed below and also check out the IFC Player of the Season standings via the MoM link.
Mathieson
Rating: 5.23
Pickering
Rating: 5.50
Greacen
Rating: 4.92
Aitken
Rating: 6.00
D Patterson
Rating: 5.35
Sunderland
Rating: 4.54
Davidson
Rating: 5.38
Hawke
Rating: 5.46
P Atkinson
Rating: 6.08
Caldwell
Rating: 4.12
Weatherson
Rating: 5.69
SUBSTITUTES
Nixon
33 mins
Rating: 6.19
Suddick
55 mins
Rating: 6.04
Boyle
-
Rating: -
Muir
-
Rating: -
McColm
-
Rating: -
WEEKEND PREVIEW 6th October 2000
This weekend sees Queen's having faced every other team in the league, with a quarter of the season gone, John Connolly, as he always said he would, will be reviewing the type of player that he presently has available and assessing whether their style is suited to the demands of Second Division football. As he told us tonight, "Clearly some of the players that we have brought in and some of the guys that we had left from last season's squad do not have the particular attributes that we are seeking for the style of play that we need for this division."

"We have started the process of finding players with the necessary abilities already and have spoken to an unbelievable number of people over the past few weeks checking up on the availability of players whether as loan, swap or purchases". Some of that work should pay dividends over the next few days with hopefully one new midfielder coming in on loan for tomorrow's clash with Partick Thistle. The manager says, "The deal is almost done and I hope to have it sorted out finally in the morning, obviously at this stage we cannot reveal his identity but he is a twenty one year old midfielder".

Other signings over the next few days are also anticipated, make sure you check the site on Monday for some signing news.

One player who will not be seen again at Palmerston is Steven Preen, "Things didn't really work out here for Steve so we had a little chat and have agreed to release him, the release will not be official until Monday though". News from the North East is that Preeny will be rejoining his old club Gateshead, where last season he was top scorer.

This week's team news is that everyone else is fit and available for selection, that includes virus victim Phil Nixon and strain recoveree Paddy Atkinson. Also back in the squad comes Dean Muir who was dropped last week after an ineffectual game versus Forfar.

Finally John Connolly stressed the importance that a positive home crowd can make, "Tomorrow the atmosphere will be boosted by the thousand or so Partick fans, it would be great to hear the Doonhamers in good voice tomorrow, particularly if there is a quiet spell, the difference that a vocal support makes can be tremendous, we are due a good home performance and would urge all of the fans to get behind the team from the off".

So come on Doonhamers, sing like it's an away match!
SHORT STAY FOR STEVE 5th October 2000
Reports from the North East tonight suggest that Queen's striker Steve Preen will be returning to former club Gateshead.

He is quoted in the Gateshead Post as saying, "I haven't been enjoying it up there in Scotland and they are struggling. I am a bit disappointed that it hasn't worked out - I was expecting things to be a bit better.

As a forward you thrive on chances and on service but it was a bit lacklustre. The side wasn't creating anything and I think the last game I played I touched the ball about three times and that made my mind up."

More tomorrow.
MAN OF THE MATCH 2nd October 2000
In what was another disappointing performance and result, the voting this weekend for the Man of the Match award reflected badly on the entire team. Only goalkeeper David Mathieson managed to get a pass mark, and then only just with a score of 5.00 exactly. The rest of the team were all close behind and managed to produce the lowest average team score of the season with a 4.01.

The effect on the IFC player of the season award can be seen by clicking on the MoM link.
Mathieson
Rating: 5.00
Pickering
Rating: 4.73
Greacen
Rating: 4.73
Aitken
Rating: 4.73
Hodge
Rating: 4.36
R Atkinson
Rating: 3.36
Hawke
Rating: 3.82
Young
Rating: 2.64
Weir
Rating: 4.00
Weatherson
Rating: 4.82
Caldwell
Rating: 3.36
SUBSTITUTES
Nelson
65 mins
Rating: 2.82
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