LATEST NEWS 2007/08
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Season Review 30th June 2007
It's the month that we played six unbeaten games winning four - probably the month that convinced people that we could escape the drop. It all started out with a memorable victory just down the road in the township.

You can click HERE or on the link to the right to read Ewans review.
Kenny gets to work 29th June 2007
Our new assistant manager, Kenny Brannigan, began official duties this morning by assisting Gordon Chisholm with the first training session of the new season. Said Kenny, "It's just great to be involved again and I'm really looking forward to the challenge ahead! Queen of the South kick off their sixth season in the First Division and, for a part-time club, that's a magnificent achievement.

"I trained with the Queens' squad all last season so I know then all well. I've also known the gaffer since my Clydebank days--and that wasn't yesterday--15 years to be precise! So it's not as if I'm entering a new environment. It's a good set-up down here and I'm well impressed. I've just been out for my first look at the pitch and it's in good nick--in fact it's looking brilliant! So all credit to the groundsman and his staff. Over the years I've played at Palmerston loads of times and it's always been a good playing surface".


Manager Gordon Chisholm and Chairman David Rae welcome Kenny to Palmerston this morning. Photograph from Jim McEwan
Now 42, Kenny admitted that he came close to signing for Queens on three or four occasions, back in the days of Willie Harkness, but it never came to be.

Added Gordon Chisholm, "Kenny's reliable and has a good knowledge of the game. It's so important to have someone working alongside you that you can trust--and I trust Kenny 100%".

Bill Goldie
No. 2 Appointed 28th June 2007
Manager Gordon Chisholm came out and named his new second in command this morning.

It's Kenny Brannigan, a well know figure in Scottish Football. As a player he was with Kilmarnock, Airdrieonians, Clydebank and Falkirk and also had a spell down south with Sheffield Wednesday. After 'hanging up his boots' he was manager of Queen's Park, and also assistant to Sandy Stewart at Airdrie United. Added Gordon,
"I'm delighted to have Kenny on board we played together at Clydebank and I know him well. He's been training regularly with the lads so he already knows them all well. He'll be 'clocking in' with the rest of the squad for pre-season training tomorrow morning".

Bill Goldie
Back to the grindstone 27th June 2007
Gordon Chisholm was back at his Palmerston desk this morning following his holiday in Dubai and says he's 'raring to go' after the break. Added the manager, "The players all report to Palmerston at 10-30 am on Friday to commence pre-season training and I know from personal experience that it can be gruelling. But I trust they've all kept themselves reasonably fit during the summer recess and, if so, they'll have nothing to worry about. We'll also be training up at Glasgow on Saturday so no doubt they'll be some aching joints come Sunday.

"I've been talking to a few players on the phone while I've been away and I've now got my Number Two in place. He's well known on the Scottish football scene and has been training with the boys from time to time--so he's no stranger to the camp. However, I'd prefer not to name him until it's all signed and sealed, and I expect that to happen on Friday".

Bill Goldie
Season Review 23rd June 2007
It's Cup Fever February tonight as Ewan looks at the month in which we reached the quarter finals of the Tennent's Scottish Cup, the first time for many years.

You can click HERE or on the link to the right to read the review.
Cup draws 21st June 2007
The draw for the opening round of the CIS Cup will be made on Tuesday, 17th July and the Challenge Cup first round draw will take place a week later on the 24th July.

Bill Goldie
Action group updates 21st June 2007
The prices for next season for the Doonhamers travel club are as follows Memberships-Adults 10 Juniors 5 Adult/child 12 plus 2 for each additional child.Bus prices Members Adults 7 Juniors 4 Non-Members Adults 14 Juniors 8 please note these prices are subject to change.Also any members who fail to cancel their seat by the 7:00pm deadline prior to the game must pay the full bus price of either 7/4 any no-member who fails to do so will not be permitted to travel again.

The Doonhamers travel club bus/es to Newcastle Benfield will be leaving the old Tesco building Lochfield Road at 8:30am prices will follow next week to book a seat please phone the travel club hotline on 07834687830.

There will be a meeting of the Queens supporters action group this Monday 25th June at 7:00pm in the East Stand everyone is welcome.

The next Queens supporters action group car boot sale will take place on Sunday 1st July from 9:00am-12:00pm all vehicles must be booked by phoning Ross on 07809490650.Also anyone who would like to volunteer to help please phone Ross on above number.

On behalf of all involved in the Queens supporters action group thanks to everyone who put so much time an effort into this years parade entry.Also thanks to the following for their donations e.t.c. Womans aid, Andy Inglis, Charlie Lauder Transport, Jardine Undertakers, Armstrong Joinery, Bruce McGarva Joiners, Mabie Farm Park and anyone else who helped the action group out.

Ross Corbett
From the Chairman 19th June 2007
Although we're in the close season there's still plenty going on at Palmerston. As you all know by now the SFL fixture list was published last week and we kick-off with a home game against St Johnstone followed by away matches at Dundee and Hamilton. So they don't come any harder than that! However, after that we have four of our next six at Palmerston which is good, for I'm certainly looking for a better start than last year when we went ten league games before registering our first victory.

We've seen a lot of change in managers in our division over those past couple of months--in fact it's been somewhat of a managerial merry-go-round! Colin Hendry has replaced Joe Miller at Clyde, Mark Procter has taken over from John Robertson at Livingston, Ian McCall has filled the vacancy left by Dick Campbell at Firhill and Gordon Chisholm is now our new boss. Of last season's First Division sides only the second, third and fourth placed clubs, St Johnstone, Dundee and Hamilton remain unchanged.

With Gretna promoted and and Airdrie and Ross County relegated we have Dunfermline, Morton and Stirling Albion joining Division One and I honestly believe it will be harder than ever this coming season.

To date we've only signed one new player, Neil MacFarlane, and managed to get Jamie Adams back on loan to the New Year and that really pleased me as Jamie was such a big influence when he joined us from Kilmarnock last season. I'd also like to get Jamie MacDonald back on loan from Hearts! He too was suberb when he was with us and I know he'd love to come back but things are undecided at Tynecastle at present so we'll have to be patient.

Ideally we need about five more players, and that includes two keepers. But we're not going to rush in too quickly for the manager has stressed that it's quality he's after not quantity. Just look at last season! No fewer than eight new faces were signed early on (and that's not including on-loan players) but only Neil Scally and Jim Lauchlan were still actively involved by the end of January. I don't want a repeat of that! The players report back for pre-season training a week on Friday, so it's not long now.

Season tickets will go on sale on Monday morning at 10.00 am. If you are a Senior Citizen or a Junior Blue there's no change in the price, but there's a slight increase of 10.00 for others. However, if you purchase them before the end of June you'll still get them at last season's price.

On Saturday I was again invited to join the dignatories for the Guid Nychburris celebrations and, on hindsight, sorry about my black and white unbrella. It was a pity the rain marred it to some extent--particularly the parade in the evening. I thought that our main entry in the parade was great and, personally, I felt it deserved better than third place. It was a real masterpiece and it never ceases to amaze me all the hard work put in by the Action Group to make this possible. Once again, my grateful thanks to everyone concerned.

David Rae

Bill Goldie
Season Tickets for Season 2007/2008 19th June 2007
Season Tickets, sponsored by GR BLOUNT PHARMACY, for the new season will be on sale from 10 a.m. on Monday 25th June, from the Office at Palmerston Park.

They can be purchased in person, by telephone with a credit/debit card or by post either with a cheque or credit/debit card details. Unless collected in person they will be sent out by post.

The prices are as follows:
Adult 230 (unless purchased before 1st July when they will be 220)
Over 65's 100
Student 100 (Over 17 years and in full time education)
Junior Blues 18 (Under 17 years)

All action! 17th June 2007
The QOS 'Action Group' has certainly had a busy weekend. On Friday they were up at the hospital handing out 'goodie bags' for the Sick Children's Ward and yesterday was the big Guid Nychburris Day parade. All our three entries were exceptional and extremely professional and our main float was again in the prize list. It was good to see all the hard work over the past few months rewarded and we believe the 'train' has now been handed over to Mabie Farm Park. A nice gesture!

However, it has to be said that everyone's heart went out to the two groups of young majorettes who, despite the heavy rain, marched bravely on in the pouring rain. That's real dedication!

Bill Goldie
Season Review 16th June 2007
Into January with Ewan tonight and the comings and goings with the 'transfer window' see a turnaround in the sides fortunes.

You can click HERE to read the review.
CIS special prize draw 14th June 2007
The Co-operative Insurance Services, CIS, sponsors of the Scottish League Cup, are providing a chance for all football fans to enter a draw to win an environmentally friendly motor vehicle - the Honda Civic Hybrid. This is a revolutionary vehicle that features a host of benefits, including:

CO2 emissions of just 109g/km
Up to 61.4 miles to the gallon
Self charging electric motor
Low tax and insurance grouping

To get a chance to win the car click HERE
Foot Soldiers Wanted for Saturday's Parade 14th June 2007
Calling all Queens fans - please come along on Saturday and support "yer hame team" in the Guid Nychburris Parade (fans young or old most welcome) but please wear your Queens strip or fancy dress. email ross.corbett@tesco.net or phone on 0780 949 0650.

BLW
Jamie's happy now 14th June 2007
Jamie Adams was a happy young man when he spoke to the 'Website' this morning knowing that his future was settled until the end of the year. Said the 19-year-old, "I'm really glad it's all sorted out and I'm pleased to be returning to Palmerston. In the time I spent with Queens last season they had a super run of 13 games unbeaten which saw them safe from relegation. I know the players down there and they were all great, and so were the coaches. The fans too were brilliant and gave me plenty of encouragement.

"At the end of the day it was all down to Kilmarnock as to which club I went to. They said Queen of the South and I was delighted with that". And we at Palmerston are delighted as well, Jamie!

As reported yesterday, Jamie is off to Canada in six days time to play for Scotland in the Under-20's World Cup and we wish him well. In the qualifying group Scotland face Nigeria, Costa Rica and Japan and he added, "If we should qualify we'd be into the quarter finals but even if we don't I won't be back in Scotland until the 8th of July at the earliest".

As far as Jamie MacDonald is concerned, nothing can be decided until the Hearts' players return for pre-season training shortly. But the situation is being closely monitored by the Palmerston management who know full well that the player himself is keen to return.

Bill Goldie
New season fixtures 14th June 2007
Queens will kick-off the new season on Saturday, 4th August, with a home game against St Johnstone who so narrowly missed out on promotion last season. The following week it's away to Dundee--so it's a tough old start.

Our 'local derby' opponents will be Hamilton Accies with the 'Ne'er Day' encounter taking place at New Douglas Park on January 2nd. The official season ends on the 26th April with a trip to East End Park to play Dunfermline Athletic.

The Scottish Cup dates have all been brought forward due to the introduction of Junior clubs to the competition. Queens will again come in at Round Three to be played on Saturday, 24th November--about six weeks earlier than last season.

Click on the 'Results and Fixtures' link on the left hand side to see the full list for season 2007/08.

Bill Goldie
New Sponsors 13th June 2007
The Club are pleased to announce that the Royal Air Force through their Recruitment Office in Carlisle covering Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria have joined with Queen of the South Football Club and will sponsor our under16/17 teams next Season.

This will take the form of shirt sponsorship and they will be in attendance at a number of home matches both supporting the Club and promoting themselves through a number of innovative events.

We look forward to a long and happy association with the Royal Air Force.

Eric Moffat
A big 'Thank you'. 13th June 2007
In the post today was a spectacular thank you card made by and from the children of Primary 2 at St Michaels Primary School in Dumfries thanking Jim Thomson for visiting the school during their Health Week recently and providing a coaching session as well as information about a footballer's diet. The card measures a whopping 45 cm x 32 cm.

Individual 'Thank You' letters from all of the children in the class were pinned inside the card. Comments in the letters included, "I liked playing football. It was great I loved it very much.", I thought it was excellent, I loved the dribbling.", " I liked the dribbling races the most. I hope you enjoyed it as well."

Genuine comments from 7 year olds clearly showing how much the children are enjoying the visits.


A spectacular 'Thank you'.

Eric Moffat
Jamie signs again 13th June 2007
Good news for all Queens fans - Jamie Adams has signed a new loan deal at Palmerston this afternoon which will see him through to the end of the year. Another club in our division was interested in the Kilmarnock midfielder but Jamie chose to return to Queens. Both manager Gordon Chisholm and Chairman Davie Rae were delighted to get Jamie back on board again and the player himself is also happy. Said the manager, "I'd like to thank Jim Jeffries and Kilmarnock Football Club for allowing the move to be formalised so early on as it helps our planning for the season and is a great move for both Jamie and for us."


Jamie signs on today. Photograph by Eric Moffat

Jamie of course jets out to Canada on international duty for Scotland shortly to take part in the Under 20's World Cup which takes place in British Columbia.

Bill Goldie
New signing speaks to 'Website' 12th June 2007
Queens' latest signing, Neil MacFarlane, took time out today for an exclusive interview with the Official Website. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder opted for Palmerston despite being pursued by several other clubs from both the Premier league and our own Division.

Said Neil, "Queens already have a competent established squad in place and if the manager can get two or three more good players on board I feel we will be able to compete with any side in our league. Last season they put together a tremendous run of form late on so, if we could get a run like that in early season, momentum gathers, and who knows what might happen if we get big crowds behind us. But it won't be easy!

"I spent a lot of time in the Premier League but I've got to say that, over the past few seasons, Division One has certainly been the more competitive and with Morton coming up and Dunfermline down, the Division will be harder than ever

"Although I was only one season at Gretna I enjoyed it. It was a real family club and I have a lot of happy memories of my time there. Unfortunately I was very unlucky injury wise, something I'd never experienced before, however I still managed to play enough games to get a League Championship medal and that's something I'll always cherish.

"But now I'm all set to a fresh challenge at Queen of the South and I'm really looking forward to it. Fortunately, it won't be anything like walking into a club as a stranger for I know the majority of the players at Palmerston already. Stevie Tosh and Jamie McQuilken were team-mates at Raydale, I know both Jim Thomson and Andy Aitken as we were all on the same coaching class together and during my career I've come up against most of the others. The gaffer, Gordon Chisholm and 'Snowy', our First Team coach are two more I'm well acquainted with and towards the end of last season, when I knew my contract at Gretna was coming to an end, I actually joined the Queens' lads for a couple of training sessions. So I'll have no bother whatsoever settling in!

"It was flattering that quite a few other clubs made approaches but I was happy to choose Queen of the South. Of course I live in Dumfries which did have an influence on my decision. My wife, Jenna, loves it down here and she's expecting our first child soon so, naturally, I took that into consideration as well".


Neil signs on today. Photograph by Robin Bryden - Dumfries & Galloway Standard

Neil commenced his football career at Queen's Park before moving on to Kilmarnock, Airdrieonians, Hearts, Aberdeen and Gretna so he is an experienced campaigner having spent most of his time in the Premier League.

And manager Gordon Chisholm added, "Neil has signed a two year contract and I'm delighted he chose to come to us considering so many other top clubs were after him. It's a real coup for Queen of the South. I've always said I wanted to bring in 'quality' players and Neal comes into that category with five and a half year's experience in the Premier league behind him. I've worked with him before at Airdrieonians and he's got a great attitude and temperament. The First Division will again be a tough league but I'm confident Neil will prove an asset".

Bill Goldie
Billy Dodds 12th June 2007
Gordon Chisholm, stressed last night that Billy Dodds won't be coming to Palmerston on any permanent basis but he will continue to be involved with the club. Explained the manager, "Owing to an increase in his workload at the BBC his career is now moving in a different direction but Billy will still be involved with us. He'll have plenty of spare time on his hands and is keen to help out whenever time allows. By that I mean involved at training sessions and even joining in as he likes to keep fit. Also, he'll be working with us behind the scenes and will be down at Palmerston quite often for matches. However, I still have someone in mind for my number two".

Bill Goldie
New season's fixtures 11th June 2007
This season's SFL fixtures are due to be published this Thursday. With Ross County condemned to the Second Division our longest trip will now be to Dens Park, but with Gretna promoted, who will be our 'local derby' opponents? Hamilton Accies must rate the best bet with the other local fixtures possibly--St Johnstone v Dundee, Stirling Albion v Dunfermline, Partick Thistle v Morton and Clyde v Livingston. However, the 'powers that be' may well opt for old Glasgow secondary derby and pair Thistle with Clyde--then it could be 'all change'.

Bill Goldie
Action Group 11th June 2007
The Queens supporters action group require more volunteers to take part in this years guid nychburris parade entry all Queens fans any age are welcome for more information and to put your name down please e-mail ross.corbett@tesco.net or phone Ross on 07809490650. Anyone attending is requested to wear either Queens strips or fancy dress similar to the away day at St Johnstones theme.

Ross Corbett
Junior Blues 11th June 2007
One particular competition in the 3rd edition of the Junior Blues magazine, saw the highest ever number of entries for a JB Club competition. It was no surprise that the prize, to take part in a training session with the First Team squad, was keenly sought after. New Queens manager, Gordon Chisholm, was on hand to draw out the lucky winners who are:

Martin Dalziel, aged 12,
Aiden Halliday, aged 10
Callum Jack, Aged 9
Euan Douglas, aged 8
Marc Zutic, Aged 9
Ben Beaumont, aged 11
Adam McEwan, Aged 13
Marcus MacMillan, aged 9
Neal Hannah, aged 12
Daniel Nordkil, aged 8
Robert Newlands,
Jade Hemsley, aged 12,
Lewis Biggar aged 8,
Connor Gibson, Aged 7
Liam Douglas, aged 6
Fraser Scott, aged 10

The lucky winners will be contacted with further details once a date has been finalised. Thanks to all our Junior Blues who took part. Look out for more exciting competitions throughout next season.


Chis draws the winners

David Linden
Season Review 9th June 2007
We're up to December tonight as Ewan looks at a month where we saw a new 'keeper come in, the goal of the season scored from the most unlikely of sources and some significant player movements. However the month was overshadowed by the sad death of a young Queens fan.

You can click HERE to read the review.
New signing 8th June 2007
Queens have this morning secured the signature of 29 year old midfielder Neil MacFarlane. The 6ft 1 midfielder brings with him a wealth of experience and lists Queen's Park, Kilmarnock, Airdrie, Hearts, Aberdeen and most recently Gretna as his former clubs. A two year deal has been agreed.
New strip 7th June 2007
The new sponsors logo has now been added to the shirts for 2007/08 season.


Sean and Andy show off the new shirt design at Palmerston.
Season Review 2nd June 2007
In tonight's installment of our Season Review Ewan looks at last November. A month in which we recorded two wins at home by the same score of 2-0 but suffered heavy defeats of 5-0 and 4-0.

Click HERE to read all about it.
Jim's a busy man 1st June 2007
Although it's close season for Queen of the South, there's no rest for club captain, Jim Thomson, who doubles up his football career with his Community Officer's vocation at Palmerston. Jim's been deeply involved in Dumfries and Galloway Council's 'Active Schools Programme'--visiting schools and talking to pupils about healthy living.

Following a pilot scheme late last year which saw 9 local school getting a visit, 68 more were on the agenda so, following a well deserved holiday in Cyprus he intends getting to the final four on his return from the Mediterranean.

Said the popular skipper, "It's hard going but I'm really enjoying it all! It's brilliant speaking to the kids and you get some real laughs. I've put my own wee programme together talking about my personal experiences. I encourage them all to stick in at school and pass their exams so no matter what they do they'll still have an education to fall back on. I always stress that, although I play football, it's only 'part-time' as I've always had a job besides. I go on at great lengths about health and healthy eating and what the Queens' players eat from the Wednesday before a match to the Saturday of the game itself.

"Last month I was presented with a very special gift which will make all the travelling a bit easier. Bradford's Garage in Dumfries gave me a brand new Volkswagen and another local firm, Signcraft, did all the signage for free as well. I can't thank those two firms enough. I travel all over Dumfries and Galloway on my school visitations, and I can now do it in luxury.


Jim Thomson receives the keys for his new car from Gary Wilson, General Manager of Bradford's. Looking on are Sid Marchbank and George Henderson, partners in Signcraft. Picture courtesy of D. & G. Standard.

"When I return from holiday I'll be sitting down again with Lee Seton and Andy McClean from the Council to work out a time table for next season. It's be all so busy those past six months but I'm greatly indebted to Paul Burns, Scott Robertson and, in particular, James Baty who have helped me so much. I just couldn't have done it without them".

Active Schools' manager, Lee Seaton, was also delighted with how the project went and stated, "It was a highly successful campaign and I can only thank Jim Thomson and those who assisted him for all their work. It was well received but with the scheme still in it's infancy there's naturally some issues which will have to be addressed. That was only it's first year, it went well, but we intend to learn from any minor set-backs and make it even better next time around.

"I'll be talking to the Queens' Chairman, David Rae and Jim Thomson himself very soon as we fully intend to continue with the project and improve it as well. An increased number of schools could be on the rota, but I fully realise there's only so much Jim Thomson can do as he has his football career to consider as well.

"We'll try and get other Queens' players involved to lend a hand which would enable us to visit more different schools and even go back again to some we've already been to but target a different age group. But, all-in-all, it's been fantastic and Jim's been a great ambassador".

Bill Goldie
Shirt sponsorship winners 31st May 2007
The draw was made for the 11th Shirt Sponsorship draw tonight in the Palmerston Lounge Bar with an entry of 148, winner of the draw was Aero Leather Clothing Limited of Galashiels. Both Chairman David Rae and Commercial Manager, Margaret Heuchan were delighted with another tremendous response.
1st PrizeShirt SponsorshipAero Leather Clothing Limited
2nd PrizeLeague Match SponsorshipG P Electrics
3rd PrizeMatchday Hospitality for a party of sixH K Thorburn
4th PrizeExecutive Club MembershipSims Mirec
5th PrizeExecutive Club MembershipBurdens
6th PrizeAdmittance to 2 adults to the Boardroom/Directors Box for one home matchMeridien Residential
7th PrizeAutographed Team ShirtJas. P Wilson
8th PrizeSponsor a Player for the SeasonDennis Thomson Chilled Foods
9th PrizeAutographed Match BallDriver Hire Dumfries
10th PrizeMatch MascotQueens Hotel, Lockerbie
The draw was made by manager Gordon Chisholm, assisted by his wife Lynn. It was then on to the special eleventh prize of shorts sponsorship.
11th PrizeShorts SponsorshipExpress Bakeries
The evening also saw another new sponsor (the rear of the shirt) the sponsorship took the form of a silent auction and this was won by ASL Lockerbie.

Will he or won't he.

Queens may have to play the 'waiting game' to see if Billy Dodds is going to be the new Assistant Manager at Palmerston. Said Gordon Chisholm after tonight's Shirt Sponsorship Draw, "Events at the BBC this week means that Billy might have more options available in his media career so, naturally, he's got to think about it. However, the picture should become clearer by the beginning of next week".

On the actual football front the manager added, "Things haven't changed much since last week. I've settled in now and have been talking to a lot of different people. We've several options and if players we talk to are not available then we'll just move on.

"Just recently I've spoken again to Stephen Frail at Hearts regarding keeper, Jamie MacDonald, and two other young boys at Tynecastle, and I'd also like to get Jamie Adams back. I'm after a bit of quality but we've got to be realistic and accept that things don't really start moving until nearer to pre-season".

Bill Goldie
Youth sides victorious 29th May 2007
Well done to both the U13's and the U14's who came away from the Ayr International Tournament with some very impressive winners trophies. Youth coach Dave Hutton was impressed with the professionalism of the event. He was also delighted that the lads rose to the occasion and demonstrated to the many coaches and scouts watching, that the local lads that make up the Queen of the South youth sides, are up there with the best.


Midfielder Nathan Hutton proudly shows the Under 13's winners trophy with coach Dave Hutton(right).
Youth sides victorious 28th May 2007
Both the U13's and the U14's won their respective finals at the prestigious Ayr International Tournament today. The younger side beat Ayr Boswell 3-2 in a tight final whilst the U14's defeated Queen's Park 3-1. Well done to all of the coaches and of course to the boys who took part today.
Attendances rise 28th May 2007
Our league attendances showed a welcome rise of 22% last season--up from 1804 to 2212. Our highest league crowd was 5481 for our first-ever Scottish League match against Gretna in August--our lowest was 1497 against Ross County in November.

Biggest crowd of all however, was the Scottish Cup quarter-final match against Hibs which drew 6182. It was the best gate at Palmerston for many a long year, just shading the final league encounter of 2001-02 which saw 6158 turn up against Morton to celebrate our promotion to Division One.

This season we ended up fifth in the First Division averages. Dundee topped the list on 3880 with Clyde bottom with 1359.

For all those who may be interested figures over the past 13 years read as follows:

1994-95--Total 21,594. Average 1200. Highest v Morton (1494). Lowest v Meadowbank (705).
1995-96--Total 22,557. Average 1253. Highest v Clyde (1897). Lowest v Stenhousemuir (743).
1996-97--Total 21,842. Average 1213. Highest v Ayr United (1813). Lowest v Brechin City (819).
1997-98--Total 22,751. Average 1264. Highest v Stranraer (1615). Lowest v Forfar Ath. (1011).
1998-99--Total 21,893. Average 1216. Highest v Partick Th. (1731). Lowest v Forfar Ath. (916).
1999-00--Total 20,682. Average 1149. Highest v Partick Th. (1959). Lowest v Clyde (830).
2000-01--Total 21,799. Average 1211. Highest v Partick Th. (2432). Lowest v Forfar Ath. (974).
2001-02--Total 34,048. Average 1892. Highest v Morton (6158). Lowest v Clydebank (1108).
2002-03--Total 38,796. Average 2155. Highest v Clyde (3206). Lowest v Arbroath (1108).
2003-04--Total 42,483. Average 2360. Highest v Falkirk (4075). Lowest v Brechin City (1352).
2004-05--Total 35,273. Average 1960. Highest v St Mirren (2734). Lowest v Raith Rovers (1361).
2005-06--Total 32,443. Average 1804. Highest v Stranraer (2790). Lowest v Ross County (1276).
2006-07--Total 39,806. Average 2212. Highest v Gretna (5481). Lowest v Ross County (1497).

It's also interesting to note that from 1994-95 through to 2000-01 average attendances hardly varied. However, the rise started in that promotion winning season of 2001-02 when they rose to 1892 and, since then, have averaged over 2000 three times in the past five seasons.

Bill Goldie
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