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A busy month ahead 31st March 2008
April is going to be a very busy month for Queens with six matches scheduled. We kick-off tomorrow night with a visit to Livingston, a team we've already beaten twice at Palmerston this season. However, the game at Almondvale in October ended in a 2-2 draw with that deadly duo, O'Connor and Dobbie, grabbing a goal apiece.

Livvy picked up three precious points at the weekend with a 2-1 home win over bottom dogs, Stirling Albion, but they will be keen to create an even bigger gap beteen themselves and Clyde and Morton to avoid those dreaded 'play-offs'.

Said Gordon Chisholm, "All the teams we're playing just now are fighting for their lives. This is a hard league and easy games are few and far between.

"I only hope the playing conditions are better than they were on Saturday--that type of weather just makes a mockery of football. I couldn't fault the input or application of our players but it's impossible to perform well in weather like that.

"We'll be going up to Livingston hoping for all three points. However, a draw would keep our fine unbeaten run going, and I'd like it to continue through to the end of the season.

I don't want to hear anyone saying, 'there's nothing to play for in the league now'. I want to finish as high up the table as possible and, owing to injuries and suspensions, they're 'places up for grabs'.

"We've the semi-final of the Scottish Cup a week on Saturday and every single player would 'give their eye teeth' to play in that one. So there is plenty to play for!"

Team News: Stevie Tosh is still suspended and will miss the Livingston game. Neil MacFarlane has a back injury which continues to give him pain, so it will be another late call on that one. Following his neck injury against Morton, Sean O'Connor will be out for the next two games and, at this moment in time, he is rated 50-50 to feature in the cup-tie.

Bill Goldie
Man of the Match 24th March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the draw with Morton was Jamie MacDonald, second was Paul Burns with Andy Aitken third.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.
A Legend Returns 31st March 2008
Two of the most prolific strikers Queen of the South have ever known met up at Palmerston on Saturday. Jim Patterson, a 'legend in his time', came face-to-face with our present top markman, Stephen Dobbie. To date 'Dobbs' has netted 31 goals since joining Queens last January but has a long way to go to catch up with 'Big Jim'. Jim hailed from Luncarty, Perthshire and signed for Queens as a 19-year-old in 1949. He was 14 years at Palmerston and became a huge favourite with the home fans. He boasts an unbelievable goal-scoring record! In 462 appearances he scored no fewer than 251 times with 11 hat-tricks to add to his credit. That's an average which takes some beating.

Stephen Dobbie and Jim Patterson

Bill Goldie
Shirt sales 30th March 2008
Orders for the new semi-final shirt have been exceptional and the shirt itself is going to be available hopefully next Sunday the 6th April at the Club Shop at Palmerston. Sales of the shirt will continue with the Club Shop being opened between 6.00pm and 8.30pm from Monday 7th through to Friday 11th April. All pre-ordered shirts will be despatched to reach you in time for the semi-final game.

John Paterson
Travel Club Updates 30th March 2008
F.A.O.Doonhamers travel club members who are travelling with the travel club to the Scottish cup semi final tie anyone who has not yet paid for their bus and match ticket(if wishing to sit in the travel club block booking) must do so either on Monday night in the Palmerston lounge bar from 4:00pm-8:00pm or on the bus to Livingston on Tuesday night.There are still a few seats left on the fifth Doonhamers travel club bus to Hampden the committee have decided to open membership back up to fill the bus to book a seat phone Jim on 07834687830.

There are still a few seats left on the Doonhamers travel club bus to Livingston on Tuesday night leaving old Tesco at 4:30pm picking up at the Lochar Inn and Moffat please phone Jim on 07834687830.

There are a few seats left on the Doonhamers travel club 2nd bus to Stirling this Saturday leaving at 10:30am from old Tesco picking up at Lochar Inn and Moffat please phone Jim on 07834687830.

Tickets for the Doonhamers travel club official Queen of the South end of season dance are available from committee members on Tuesday night at Livingston prices are members adults £5 juniors £3.The dance is on 19th April in the Assembly rooms George Street Dumfries Doors open at 7:30pm.There will be the usual awards,finger buffet,raffle and music from local band Slyder.

If anyone has any queries on the above please phone Ross on 07809490650.

Ross Corbett
LATEST ON SEAN 29th March 2008
After his injury this afternoon Sean O'Connor was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. He has a sprained neck and had two sets of X-rays. The orthopedic surgeon released him but he'll be out for the next two games. Whether he plays in the cup semi-finals is 50-50.

Bill Goldie
50/50 Winner 29th March 2008
This week's 50/50 winner was Craig Steel from Gatehouse, number 41711,collecting £160.

John Paterson
Match reaction 29th March 2008
This was the first goalless draw of the season at Palmerston. It was a poorish game and to be fair the only winner was the wind. Before kick-off the referee stated he'd start the match but couldn't guarantee it would be played to a finish. Chances were few and far between but Jamie MacDonald saved the day with a fabulous save in the dying minutes. There was an anxious incident when Sean O'Connor fell like a log to the ground and lay motionless for a while. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital with his neck in a brace but hopefully all is well. (Bulletin to follow). Said Gordon Chisholm;

"Conditions were shocking and football wasn't meant to be played in this type of weather. The wind killed the game as a contest and it was so strong that some high balls were blown backwards. When it gets to that stage it's down to pure luck. Neither side deserved 3 points and a draw was a fair outcome. But our keeper saved us with a superb stop late on. We can't fault the lads for effort, they gave everything but it was a sloppy affair. There's little change in the league and we still have a chance to catch St Johnstone. We've Livingston and Stirling coming up and I'd like to think we can pick up some points in these games."

Owing to Davie Irons' fathers bereavement Derek Collins took charge of proceedings and added, "It was a hard earned point and well deserved. We defended well, displayed a lot of resolve at times and could well have scored late in the game. It was a positive point and our lads applied themselves well. Palmerston is never an easy place to come but Morton have been here three times this season, including the Gretna cup tie, and we're still unbeaten."

Sponsors Man of the Match - Paul Burns

Official attendance - 1,808. Travelling support - 417

A special guest at the match was none other than Queens legend Jim Patterson who was accompanied by his wife Avril.

Bill Goldie
When Stephen Dobbie signed an 18-month extension contract in January he stated then that he'd set himself a target ot 20 goals this season. Well 'Dobbs' has now reached that figure with at least seven games still remaining and it's good to see him now ahead of Richard Offiong. Of all his goals this seaon 'Dobbs' reckons his best was only a couple of weeks ago although we lost 2-1 at St Johnstone. But he admits the opener against Dundee in the cup-tie comes a close second. His wife Susanne and his mum and dad are his three biggest fans and travel all over the country to watch him play.

Dobbs celebrates his Quarter Final goal

What's been your most exciting moment in your professional football career. And also the biggest match you've played in?
The most exciting was when I came off the bench for Hibs to score the equaliser against Rangers in the CIS Cup semi-final. We went on to win the tie in a penalty 'shoot-out'. As for my biggest match, I'd go for the final of that same competition even though we lost 2-0 to Livingston. We had 40,000 Hibs fans cheering us on.

What's been your most embarrasing moment in football?
There's been nothing too drastic yet, but no doubt something will happen one of those days.

Who do you rate the best player at Queen of the South at present?
It's a toss-up between Paul Burns and Bob Harris. Both are talented young players with a bright future ahead of them.

If you could play for any club in the world who would it be?
Rangers. I supported them as a boy and went to all their matches with my dad and grandfather.

What's your favourite film or video?
Pulp Fiction with Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

Your favourite food and drink?
Any chicken dish together with a glass of rose wine for dinner.

And the favourite item in your wardrobe?
I'm not someone who goes out and buys a lot of fancy gear. I like my suit jacket with jeans for the casual look.

If you had the chance to spend a week on your own, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I just got married last year so I'd never go and leave Susanne. We spent a romantic honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico and had a marvellous two weeks. So, I'd like to go back there again.

If you had to choose a famous female celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?
Eva Mendes.

Do you ever log-on to the official QOS Website and, if so, what do you think of it?
Yes, quite often. I think it's really good!. On Friday nights I always log on to see what the other lads are saying on 'Footballer's Lives'. On Saturday night I like to read the Match Reaction, the Match Report and view the goals from David Gow.

Next Friday our featured player is John O'Neill.

Bill Goldie
Club Shop 27th March 2008
The Club Shop at Palmerston will be open on Sunday between 10.00am and 4.00pm. On the 6th April the Club Shop will open between the hours of 12.00pm and 4.00pm. Then on the Monday through to Friday the Club Shop will open between 6.00pm and 8.30pm.

John Paterson
Latest Team News 27th March 2008
Stevie Tosh is suspended for two games and will be unavailable for Saturday's encounter with Morton and the match away at Stirling. 'Tosher' will be missed as he's been one of our star players in recent weeks.

Added Gordon Chisholm, "There's every chance Stevie would have been out anyway. He's been struggling with a virus for nearly a fortnight and hasn't trained all week. Sean O'Connor and Neil MacFarlane are another pair who haven't really trained seriously. We're just nursing them along and hoping they'll both be OK come the day of the match".

Bill Goldie
When his Testimonial Year kicked off back in January little did Andy Aitken realise that he'd make his 300th first team start and, if all goes well, feature in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. So it's probably just as well that the date for his big Speakers' Dinner was altered. It would certainly have clashed with Queen of the South's biggest day for 58 years and caused an embarrasing conflict of interests.

The new date for the dinner at Crichton's Easterbrook Hall is Saturday, 17th of May, and three popular after-dinner speakers, Pat Rollink, Bruce Fummey and George 'Chopper' Dickson have been booked to appear. Tickets, priced £30, are now on sale from the Palmerston Lounge Bar, the Hole i' the Wa' Inn and the Queens' Hotel, Lockerbie. Bookings for Corporate Tables can be made by contacting Ian McLatchie on 07764349549.

The testimonial football match between Annan Athletic and a Queens' All Star XI to be played at Galabank on Friday, 11th July is not to be missed with many famous faces from the past turning out. Latest addition to the Queens' squad is the 'Penalty King' himself, John O'Neill.

Bill Goldie
Hampden Hospitality 25th March 2008
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Out for revenge 25th March 2008
Queens play hosts to Morton on Saturday, one of only three teams to have beaten us at Palmerston this season. However, we're a much better side now than the one who faced the Cappielow men back in November.

We've lost only twice in our last 17 outings and we'll be all out to keep that great form going.

Said Gordon Chisholm, "We know what Morton are like as we've met four times already this season. We beat them three times up there but I feel Morton are under a lot of pressure from their own fans at Cappielow at the moment. Their away record is better and they defeated us 3-1on their last visit to Palmerston. They played well that afternoon and deserved the points.

"I don't expect it to be an easy game!. They've a good squad of players and a good manager in Davie Irons. Morton are fighting for their lives but I for one don't think they'll go down. I feel they'll pull away from the danger zone and avoid the play-offs.

"I'm looking for our players to display the same committment they showed at Broadwood on Saturday. Our recent standard has been first class, we've played some good stuff and I want them to keep up the good work.

"Every single player put in a good shift against Clyde and were playing for one another. Up front we're scoring goals and I'm told it's six years since we last netted four away from home in a league match. The midfield are also working hard and our defence is solid.

"So I can't ask for more than that!. We'll be taking each match as it comes and we'll stay focussed on a week-to-week basis".

Bill Goldie
Molly's Wish Update 24th March 2008
Everyone at Palmerston was delighted to learn this week that the Molly's Wish Fund now stands at over £8,500 - and the total is growing daily.

'Molly's Wish' was established by Mark and Esther Armstrong to raise funds for the hospitals treating their daughter, two year old Molly. Molly is suffering from a retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye) and has recently had one eye removed to prevent the spread of cancer. Unfortunately the cancer had already spread into the fluid surrounding the brain and spine so Molly has had to begin chemotherapy.

Stephen Dobbie, Kerrso, Neil Scally and Bob Harris with the signed Queens top.
Esther Armstrong advises: "Molly has received fabulous treatment from 3 hospitals (Dumfries Royal, Birmingham Children and Yorkhill Sick Children) all specialising in different aspects of her care. In an attempt to thank them and to support the families who spend a lot of time there Lockerbie & District Parent & Toddler Group are holding a number of fundraising events."

Mark Armstrong has been in touch to advise that the bucket collection held at the Dundee game was a huge success, with £2981 being raised on the day. The sum included a generous donation from the victorious Queens squad as well as from Mr Conchie, the winner of the half-time draw, who very kindly donated half of his winnings to the appeal. Also, the badge sold by the Globe Inn Doonhamers was a tremendous success and actually sold out twice.

Mark also advises that the signed Queens top [organised by John Kerr] and the signed Livingston Match-ball [donated by George 'Chopper' Dickson] are available to the highest bidder. If you would like to bid for one - or both - of these items, please email Mark at The closing date for bids is 17th May.

Chopper Dickson and granddaughter Rachel present the Livingston Match-ball to the Armstrong family.
Anyone wishing to donate to Molly's Wish by cheque, can do so by writing to the following address:

Molly's Wish
c/o 3 Victoria Road
DG11 2BH

Lockerbie & District Parent & Toddler Group:
S.P.P.A. No. 3603
Charity No. SC000982

Everyone at Queen of the South Football Club would like to join with the Armstrong family in thanking those who donated to this worthy cause.

Colin Rutherford
Travel Club Update 24th March 2008
There were no winners in last weeks Doonhamers travel club fixed odds this weeks prize is £750.

The man of the match on the two Doonhamers travel club buses at Clyde was 1st S Dobie 2nd B Harris 3rd S Tosh.

The Doonhamers travel club buses to Livingston 1st April and Stirling 5th April leave at 4:30pm and 10:30am from the old Tesco Lochfield Road picking up at the Lochar Inn and Moffat to book a seat please phone Jim o 07834687830.

The Doonhamers travel club buses to the Scottish semi final tie on April the 12th will be members only.

The buses will leave old Tesco car park at 8:00am picking up at Moffat.Prices will be adults £5 and juniors £3.The deadline to book a seat is 2:00pm on the 29th March to book a seat phone the travel club hotline on 07834687830 between 9am and 9pm.A ticket must be purchased for the buses before the day of the match.More details will follow when tickets will be on sale.

It has been arranged for the Doonhamers travel club to have a block purchase of tickets any member who wishes to book a seat along with other members must inform Jim when booking their bus seat more details will follow once Queens have ticket details e.t.c.

Please note as normal all our buses are strictly no alcohol.Any questions on the above please contact Ross on 07809490650 between 9am and 9pm.

The committee of the proposed supporters football team with the help of the Queens action group will be holding a car boot sale on Sunday 6th April 9am-1pm in the main car park at Palmerston to book a vehicle please phone or text 07709053987.All profits will go to the football team to help with league fees

A date for all members to remember is the Doonhamers travel club official Queens end of season dance which will take place on Saturday 19th April in the Assembly Rooms George Street Dumfries doors will open at 7:30pm.Prices for tickets are members adults £5 juniors £3 and if there are tickets left for non members prices will be adults £10 juniors £6.Tickets will be on sale shortly before todays match and also on sale on the buses to Livingston,Stirling and the semi final match.

Queens community partners Lochar Thistle Youths AFC who supply the ball boys and girls at Palmerston are currently collecting the tokens for the Daily Record/Sunday Mail kits for kids promotion any Queens fans who can collect tokens it would be much appreciated.Please hand tokens to Ross Corbett at any Queens match or post to 27 Loch Road Hardthorn Dumfries DG2 9JE.

Anyone who can help sponsor the annual thank you trip for all the ball boys and girls please phone Ross Corbett on 07809490650.Last season thanks to all the sponsors we travelled to Blackburn V Reading.This season we will be travelling to the Everton v Newcastle match where the kids will receive two hours of coaching from the Everton community coaches.

Ross Corbett
Man of the Match 24th March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the win over Clyde was Stephen Dobbie, second was Steve Tosh with Jim Thomson third.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.
Club Statement 22nd March 2008
Over the past week a letter has appeared in a local newspaper referring to the need for change at Board level at Palmerston Park.

At a time when we are enjoying some success in both the First Division and the Scottish Cup, it is disappointing that this should arise - particularly through a generally well respected local news medium.

The Board of Directors would like to emphasise that there are no plans to restructure the governance of the football club, nor a need to. It is believed that the skills mix of the present incumbents satisfies both existing and future business needs. Additionally, the Board are delighted to serve under the leadership of Chairman Davie Rae.

The club feels that its communication channels are open and we are in constant consultation with supporters, players and local partners. We also endeavour to provide a role model to members of our local community in terms of inclusion, partnership and co-operation.

Should any interested party feel that there is a requirement for change at the football club, opportunities exist to become a shareholder. Share ownership allows for the attendance at the Club's Annual General Meeting at which attendees are encouraged to voice their thoughts about events both on and off the field of play.

The Board of Directors
Queen of the South Football Club
22nd March 2008
Match reaction 22nd March 2008
At Broadwood this afternoon Queens showed just why they are in the top half of the table and Clyde floundering in second bottom spot. Stephen Dobbie boosted his goal tally for the season to twenty as we coasted to a comfortable 4-1 victory. We've now closed the gap on St Johnstone and increased our lead over both Dunfermline and Partick Thistle. We made a terrific start and it must be said that we controlled the match and in no way did the result flatter us. We led 2-0 at the interval with Dobbs netting the opener and Steve Tosh getting the second from the spot after Paul Burns had been upended in the box. Stephen Dobbie was again on target to make it 3-0 midway through the second half and although the homesters pulled one back with a penalty an own goal from Dusan Bestvina sealed their fate. Said a happy Gordon Chisholm at the final whistle;

"I think our performance out there this afternoon was superb. Conditions were difficult with the wind and a boggy ground so it says a lot for us that we can come to a place like Broadwood and score four goals. I thought our effort and commitment was fantastic. We created a lot of chances ourselves and forced them into errors as well. Stephen Dobbie is always there to snap up the half chances and that's him up to 20 goals this season. But with players around him like Steve Tosh and Sean O'Connor we've a lot of fire power upfront. Big Jim Thomson was back today and he is always a steadying influence. Infact I felt our back four were as steady as a rock. If we can keep this side together we could still catch St Johnstone but it would be a mammoth task. That must be our aim but to be realistic we must first ensure we finish no lower than 4th place. We must stay motivated - we mustn't take our foot of the pedal. The game lacked atmosphere today although I must hand it to our fans who made most of the noise."

Official attendance - 1,210

Travelling support - 375

Bill Goldie
50 up for 'Jambo Jamie' 22nd March 2008
This afternoon was Jamie MacDonald's 50th match since joining Queens on loan in January last year. To date the Scotland Under-21 keeper has had 18 'clean sheets'--8 last season and 10 this season. He's also managed 'clean sheets' in all four Scottish Cup ties this season, so here's hoping he keeps it up for the semi-final.

Bill Goldie
Special Edition Badge 22nd March 2008
A special edition semi-final badge is also in production at the moment and will be available for purchase from the Club Shop from the 1st April 2008.

The badge is priced at £3.00 and can be supplied mail order by phoning the office at Palmerston on 01387 254853. The p&p to be added is:- UK orders £3.50, oversea's orders £4.50.
John Paterson
It's Sean O'Connor's turn this week. Now in his second term with Queens he first signed for us from Dundee United in March 2002 and proved a bargain buy at £10,000. Then, following a spell South of the Border with Morecambe, he returned in January 2006 and recently chalked up his 100th first team appearance. To date Sean's netted 45 goals for the mighty South and has formed a formidable partnership up front with Stephen Dobbie. Although born in Wolverhampton he is now settled in Glencaple with his fiancee, Jennifer Houliston who hails from a well-known footballing family.

Sean breaks away

What's been your most exciting moment in your professional football career. And also the biggest match you've played in?
My most exciting was the game up at Forfar when we clinched the Second Division Championship, closely followed by the Challenge Cup victory over Brechin City at Broadwood. The biggest of course is yet to come!. By that I mean the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden next month.

What's been your most embarrasing moment in football?
Nothing too embarrasing has happened as yet, only frustration when I'm out injured.

Who do you rate the best player at Queen of the South at present?
We've enjoyed a tremendous run of results recently and everyone is playing well. But I feel Steve Tosh and Bob Harris have been that bit extra special.

If you could play for any club in the world who would it be?
Liverpool. I've supported them since I was a kid and still go down to see the occasional Champions League match when I can.

What's your favourite film or video?
The Shawshank Redemption or Scarface. I like them both.

Your favourite food and drink?
A nice pasta dish at the Nith Hotel particularly spaghetti alsalmone. When I'm out with Jen we enjoy a bottle of white wine.

And the favourite item in your wardrobe?
I'm not a dressy person. I prefer casual wear like shirts and jumpers.

If you had the chance to spend a week on your own, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I was still on my own it would be Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, but now I'm engaged it would be Mexico with Jen.

If you had to choose a famous female celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?
Angelina Jolie. She's very attractive.

Do you ever log-on to the official QOS Website and, if so, what do you think of it?
Yes, it's very good. I'm on it regularly but Jen's on it more than me. It's always up-to-date and helpful at times.

Next Friday our featured player is Stephen Dobbie.

Bill Goldie
Special Edition Strip 21st March 2008
To commemorate the achievement of reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 58 years Queens have produced an all new strip just for the occasion. This strip will be worn by the team on Saturday 12th April and you too could be wearing the same top. It is strictly limited in numbers and although available in all sizes it is expected to sell out very soon.

Orders are now being taken via email direct to and via telephone orders to the office at Palmerston during normal business hours. Shirts will be delivered prior to the semi-final so you should be able to match the sides colours as you cheer the history making 11 on.

John Paterson
Shocks galore 21st March 2008
There have been shocks galore in the Scottish Cup this week. Aberdeen beat Celtic at Parkhead in their replay and the 'Dons' are now our opponents in the semi-finals at Hampden.

Elsewhere, results have gone to show that the gulf between the Premier League and our own division is not as great as some might think. Partick Thistle held Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox and St Johnstone beat Premier League St Mirren at Love Street. So, at this moment in time, there are still three First Division sides in the competition.

Said Gordon Chisholm, "Recent results speaks volumns for our league and proves that teams from the our division can hold their own with the 'big guns'. I know the Chairman was hoping for Celtic in the semi-finals which would have ensured us a much bigger gate, but with it being Aberdeen I feel we've a more realistic chance of winning.

"We're more than capable of competing with the 'Dons' but I still rate them and have a lot of respect for them. I've known both Jimmy Calderwood and Jimmy Nicholl for years and they'll be every bit keen as we are to progress to the final".

Bill Goldie
New date for Thistle match 21st March 2008
The new date for the Partick Thistle league match at Palmerston has been set for Wednesday, 16th April. The original date had to be altered owing to both sides still being involved in the Cup.

Bill Goldie
Cup arrangements 20th March 2008
Scottish Cup Semi Final
12 April 2008
Sale of Tickets
Queen of the South fans will be housed in Sections P1, P2, P3, P4, P5 and P6 in the BT Scotland South Stand, and then in Sections A1 to A7 in the West Stand at Hampden Park.

Prices will be:

South Stand

West Stand

There will be a Family Section at the front of the West Stand
Adults £15
Children £5 maximum of 4 per adult.

Tickets will be sold to:

Season Ticket Holders only:
On Sunday 30 March 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Season Ticket Holders, Voucher Holders and Shareholders
On Monday 31st March from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 1 April 2008 from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. (See details for coaches below)

General Sale
On Wednesday 2, 3, and 4 April 2008 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from the Club Office at Palmerston in person, by post with a cheque or by telephone with use of credit/debit card. There will be a £1 per ticket charge for persons using a credit/debit card. Tickets ordered by post or telephone will be posted out by first class post.

Any person who has organised a coach to the game and has not yet done so should contact the Club Office asap to advise details of the coach (organiser,operator, size etc).

Organisers' of coaches should collect names and addresses of passengers along with their ticket requirements and cash and bring it to the Club Office when appropriate tickets will be allocated on Tuesday 1 April 2008 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There will be no reasonable limit on the number of tickets sold to any individual.

Eric Moffat
Club Secretary

Team news 20th March 2008
Queens fans will welcome Jim Thomson back for Saturday's match away to Clyde. Our influential skipper has been suspended for three games. Added Gordon Chisholm, "We've doubts over Sean O'Connor and Neil Macfarlane but we'll assess them on Saturday."

Bill Goldie
Bound for Broadwood 18th March 2008
Queens will be looking to shake off their 'cup hangover' when they visit Clyde on Saturday. Following our great triumph over Dundee we've managed only a single point, even though we were ahead against both St Johnstone and Dunfermline, but after the effort our lads gave in that cup-tie it's probably understandable.

Broadwood has never been a 'happy hunting ground' for us but Clyde have failed to register a victory on their home patch in their last six outings so, for a change, we kick-off as favourites.

We've no chance of promotion and are well away from the relegation zone but we have our pride to play for and Gordon Chisholm would still like to claim a fourth place spot if possible which could see us as higher seeds for next season's CIS Cup.

To date our best placing was fourth with 51 points under Iain Scott in season 2004-05.

Said the manager, "I was disappointed with only a draw against Dunfermline on Saturday, particulary as we had a couple of decent shouts for penaties turned down. I went to see the referee at full-time for an explanation but by then it was too late. It was very frustrating as I was hoping to get back to our winning ways following our defeat at St Johnstone.

We're at Broadwood this Saturday and, as we all know, it's never easy up there. It was a goal-less draw the last time we played but Clyde are now second bottom and fighting for their lives. So it won't be an easy one!. We've now gone two games without a win so I'm expecting the lads to show character, forget about the cup and get more points on the board".

Bill Goldie
Dons win through 18th March 2008
In the Scottish Cup quarter final replay tonight Aberdeen ran out 1-0 winners against Celtic. This sets up a Queens versus Aberdeen semi-final on April 12th at Hampden Park with a 12.15pm kick-off.
Man of the Match 17th March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the draw against Dunfermline was Bob Harris, second was Sean O'Connor with Jamie MacDonald third.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.
50/50 draw winner 16th March 2008
Saturday's QOS 50/50 Half-Time Prize was won by Mr Henderson from Lochmaben., who collected £250 at the end of the game, with his winning ticket 35064

John Paterson
Match Reaction 15th March 2008
With two middle of the league sides locked in battle a draw was always on the cards - and that's exactly how it turned out. Over the ninety minutes Queens had the better chances but several decent calls for penalties were turned away and good goalkeeping also denied us a win over the Fifers who we have yet to beat this season. Bob Harris scored our only goal in 8 minutes - his first for the club. However the visitors equalised midway through the half to earn a share of the spoils. Before kick-off Andy Aitken was presented with a trophy to mark his 300th first team start and as this is his testimonial year he received a warm ovation as he took to the field as captaining the side. It was also a big day for Jamie McQuilken who played his 50th game for the club.

After the game Gordon Chisholm's first chore was to visit the referee's room to seek an explanation for 2 stonewall penalty claims that were turned down. Said Chis, "Even though the player admitted afterwards that he handled the ref said he didn't see it. That's 'fair do' because it can happen but it was the earlier one when Sean was flattened in the box that annoyed me. I thought it was a real 'stonewaller' but it wasn't given.

"After a sloe start Wee Bob Harris grabbed a good opener and we dominated for a while. They then came back into the game and Morrison scored an equaliser with a well placed free kick. We were on top for most of the second half but I felt that in the final 15 minutes we had chances to score. Their keeper pulled off a couple of great saves to keep them in the game and come the final whistle I felt we merited more than a single point. However we've not lost at home since Partick Thistle beat us in early December so it's not a bad record."

Added sponsors man of the match Bob Harris, "That's my first senior goal today and I was delighted with that. We were all hoping to get back on the winning trail after losing at St Johnstone in midweek and I felt we had at least 2 good penalty calls turned down. But the referee always has difficult decisions to make and it obviously wasn't our day. The match was played at a pretty high tempo especially in the second half and I thought we had the better chances to win. Their keeper also had a good game and saved them on at least two occasions.

Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre gave a pretty fair assessment and stated, "That was a hard earned point for us. It was a real battle on a heavy pitch and I had no complaints with the draw. I felt it was a fair result. We were under a bit of pressure near the end but our keeper pulled off a couple of good stops. But that's what we pay him for. Palmerston is never an easy place to get 3 points and Queen of the South are a good side. They must be for they are in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup."

Official attendance - 2,114

Travelling support - 336

Bill Goldie
Our player in the spotlight today is none other than Ryan McCann who scored that 'wonder goal' against Dundee on Saturday. It was from all of 84 yards and, coming in the last minute, clinched our place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup. Ryan started his career with Celtic and was five years at Parkhead but joined Queens having just returned home in January after a spell with the Dublin club, Bohemians. To date he's made ten appearances and is improving with every game.

One in a million

What's been your most exciting moment in your professional football career. And also the biggest match you've played in?
The most exciting has got to be 'that goal' against Dundee. When I was told it was from 84 yards I couldn't believe it!. It's my first goal for Queens and I doubt if I'll ever score a better one. My biggest game was an Irish League cup final for Bohemians against Derry City. It was shown 'live' on Setanta but, unfortunately, we lost 1-0 in extra-time.

What's been your most embarrasing moment in football?
It actually took place at Palmerston when I was playing for Clyde. Late in the game I went over to take a corner but kicked the corner-flag instead of the ball. I felt a right fool.

Who do you rate the best player at Queen of the South at present?
For pure natural ability I'd have to go for Stephen Dobbie. Bob Harris comes a close second--I think he's a great prospect for the future.

If you could play for any club in the world who would it be?
The Italian giants, Juventus. I used to watch a lot of Italian football on Saturday morning TV and was amazed at the magic of the likes of Baggio and Del Piero'

What's your favourite film or video?
Wedding Crashers. It's the best film I've ever seen. It stars Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson and reminds me of the great double act I had with Craig McKeown at Clyde.

Your favourite food and drink?
Japanese food. I really love it. And I'd wash it down with a nice bottle of red wine which I would choose specially myself.

And the favourite item in your wardrobe?
A classy pink checked shirt. Everyone says it's pink but I'd say it was more of a salmon colour. I always wear it when I'm going anywhere special.

If you had the chance to spend a week on your own, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hong Kong--because I've been there before and would love to go back. Also the 'Big Apple', New York City. Because I've never been there but would love to go.

If you had to choose a famous female celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?
It would be a toss-up between Eva Mendes and Rachel Mcadams. They could fight over me.

Do you ever log-on to the official QOS Website and, if so, what do you think of it?
I'm not really computer literate so I don't have the internet. But, when I go over to see my mum I check it out there. It's very interesting and well run.

Next Friday our featured player is Sean O'Connor.

Bill Goldie
Raffle 14th March 2008
Do you fancy winning a season ticket for next season,then check out the Queen of the South Fan Club raffle,tickets are now available from committee members ,Club Shop, Drew Low's Newsagent, The Shop in Springholm,plus Brian Murphy will be selling them at Palmerston prior to Saturdays match,tickets are only £1.00 a book .

Brian Murphy
The Doonhamers travel club buses to the Scottish semi final tie on April the 12th will be members only.The strict deadline to join the travel club is tomorrow Saturday 15th March at 2:00pm in the Palmerston lounge bar.

The buses will leave old Tesco car park at 8:00am picking up at Moffat.Prices will be adults £5 and juniors £3.The deadline to book a seat is 2:00pm on the 29th March to book a seat phone the travel club hotline on 07834687830 between 9am and 9pm.A ticket must be purchased for the buses before the day of the match.More details will follow when tickets will be on sale.

It has been arranged for the Doonhamers travel club to have a block purchase of tickets any member who wishes to book a seat along with other members must inform Jim when booking their bus seat more details will follow once Queens have ticket details e.t.c.

Please note as normal all our buses are strictly no alcohol.Any questions on the above please contact Ross on 07809490650 between 9am and 9pm.

Ross Corbett
COACHES TO HAMPDEN 14th March 2008
Will everyone who is organising or has already booked a coach to Hampden please contact the office either by telephone (01387 254853) or e mail ( or in person and provide the following information:

Name of Group (if appropriate)
Name of Organiser
Organiser's telephone number
Coach Company
Number of coaches
Number of Seats on coach

Please provide this information before Wednesday 19th March so that we can use the information when ordering tickets from the SFA at the planning meeting on Thursday 20th.

A block of tickets will be issued for the coach, after they go on sale.

There will be no need for vouchers for all passengers nor for individual passengers to collect their ticket from Palmerston.

The Club have booked a limited number of coaches and we will be selling seats on a coach at the same time as we sell the tickets for anyone who is not part of an organised group. These coaches will be leaving from Palmerston Park at 8-30 a.m. on 12.4.08

Further information about tickets will hopefully be available after the planning meeting at Hampden on Thursday 20th March.

Eric Moffat
Club Secretary
Man of the Match 13th March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the midweek game at Perth was a tie between Jamie MacDonald and Stephen Dobbie, second was Craig Reid with Ryan McCann third.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.
Time to bounce back 13th March 2008
After the euphoria of last Saturday it's back to league business for the visit of Dunfermline at the weekend. They've already beaten us twice this season and we've yet to score against them, so there's a score to settle.

The First Division has now gradually divided itself into two halfs and our aim is to remain in the top tier. Both Dunfermline and Partick Thistle are 'breathing down our necks' so a win on Saturday is what we're after. Said Gordon Chisholm, "It was disappointing to lose at St Johnstone on Tuesday night. We conceded two late goals from set-pieces and I felt a fair result should have been a draw. We paid the penalty for those two lapses in concentration, but I couldn't fault our workrate although we were a bit flat at times. However that's understandable as we'd just came off the back of a huge win over Dundee on Saturday.

"It was our first defeat in 11 games, so we must now show our character. We want to bounce straight back and the best way to do that is to beat Dunfermline. In our last meeting at Palmerston they beat us 1-0, but we only had ourselves to blame as we missed a penalty in the last minute.

"They're a good team and 'hard on our heels' in the league race. I know everyone's now thinking of the Scottish Cup semi-final but we must be professional enough to stay focussed on the league until that big day arrives".

Bill Goldie
Team News 13th March 2008
Jim Thomson is still suspended but will be available again next week. Stevie Tosh returns to the squad but there's question marks against three others. Says the manager, "Neil MacFarlane and Sean O'Connor are both nursing injuries while Paul Burns has not yet fully recovered from his sickness bug. So it will be a last-minute decision on those three".

Bill Goldie
Win VIP tickets at Hampden 12th March 2008
The club are offering the opportunity for two lucky supporters to win VIP hospitality tickets at our forthcoming Scottish Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park.

Everyone who buys or has bought a ticket to the forthcoming Queen of the South Burns Supper will be entered into the draw - and the lucky supporter will win 2 VIP tickets to watch the game in style in the executive area of the ground.

So not only will be able to enjoy a great night of football and fare at the Cairndale, but you also stand a chance of winning the tickets of a lifetime.

Tickets are £25 (attendance at the Burns Supper on the 28th March is optional) and to purchase one, you can call in at Palmerston, call Jamie Rutherford on 07763 373817 to reserve your place, or call 01387 254853 and pay over the phone. We'll accept cards, cash and cheque, as we realise this is an opportunity that Doonhamers all over the country will not want to miss!

The draw will be made at the QoS Burns Supper at the Cairndale Hotel on the 28th March. Get your tickets to enter the draw now before it's too late!

Jamie Rutherford
Match reaction 11th March 2008
A goal, three minutes from time, denied brave Queens a share of the points at St Johnstone tonight and ended our great run of 10 games unbeaten. Stephen Dobbie put us in front just before the hour mark with a brilliant strike but Peter MacDonald grabbed two late counters to give Saints a hard fought victory. The equaliser came 15 minutes from the end and the killer second in the 87th minute. Queens had three enforced changes in their line up--Craig Reid, John O'Neill and Scott Robertson.

Said a disappointed Gordon Chisholm afterwards, "We started badly and were a bit lethargic but we gradually clawed our way back into the game .'Dobbs' scored a fantastic goal to give us the lead and having got our noses in front I was disappointed to lose.

"Both their goals came from set pieces and both were defended badly. We've been tight at the back recently and it's not like us. There were some tired legs out there after Saturday but we could still have done better".

Official attendance - 1,853

Bill Goldie
The manager's reflections 10th March 2008
In his post-match interview on Saturday, Gordon Chisholm remarked, "I'm looking forward to a nice drink tonight". But he was quick to admit today, "I did go out on Saturday night for a drink, but I didn't really need it. I was already on a 'high' after that tremendous display. All I wanted to do was to sit back and savour our magical moment.

"It will go down in the Queen of the South history books!. It's 58 years since the club last made it to the semi-finals, so we should all take the glory when we can.

"The wind may have marred the first half and I also felt there was a lot of pressure on players and fans alike. But Stephen Dobbie's goal was the spark that ignited the game and set it alight. After that the tension lifted, the football became more relaxed and our supporters found their voices.

"As the minutes ticked by it became more nerve-wracking but Ryan McCann's wonder strike from 84 yards capped a great victory. What a way to end a match!. It was like something out of 'Roy of the Rovers'. It was a game I'll never forget and I was thrilled for players, fans and particularly for the Chairman.

"We have a good balance of youth and experience now. Some of our senior pros like Stevie Tosh, Jamie McQuilken and Neil MacFarlane have played in cup-ties at Hampden before, but what an experience it will be for the likes of Paul Burns and Bob Harris. The whole place will be buzzing as it's such a big occasion. From my own person point of view I'd put it on par with the day I led Dundee United out at Hampden as manager in the Scottish Cup final.

"I watched the Aberdeen v Celtic match on TV on Sunday and when Celtic netted that late equaliser I had mixed feelings. If we meet Aberdeen we'd have a better chance to progress further, but Celtic would probably fill Hampden and give is a much bigger gate. But whoever it is we'll be going there in a positive frame of mind, not just to make up the numbers".

Bill Goldie
Travel Club News 10th March 2008
The Doonhamers travel club bus to St Johnstone tomorrow night is leaving old Tesco at 4pm picking up at the Lochar Inn and Moffat.

The Doonhamers travel club buses to Clyde on 22nd March leave the old Tesco Lochfield Road at11:00am picking up at the Lochar Inn and Moffat to book a seat please phone Jim on 07834687830.

There were no winners in last weeks Doonhamers travel club fixed odds this weeks prize is £650.Anyone who would like to volunteer to become an agent please see Eck Patterson.

It is hoped to enter a Doonhamers travel club football team into the Sunday amatuer league next season anyone who may be able to help out or sponsor the team please phone Eck on 07923840443.The committee of the football team together with the Queens action group are holding a car boot sale on Sunday 6th April 9am-1pm in the main car park at Palmerston to book a vehicle please phone or text 07709053987 cars are £5 and vans £7 all vehicles must be booked.All profits will go towards league fees for the proposed team e.t.c.

A date for all members to remember is the Doonhamers travel club official Queens end of season dance which will take place on Saturday 19th April in the Assembly Rooms George Street Dumfries doors will open at 7:30pm.Prices for tickets are members adults £5 juniors £3 and if there are tickets left for non memebrs prices will be adults £10 juniors £6.Tickets will be on sale shortly more details will be published in the Dunfermline programme.

Queens community partners Lochar Thistle Youths AFC who supply the ball boys and girls at Palmerston are currently collecting the tokens for the Daily Record/Sunday Mail kits for kids promotion any Queens fans who can collect tokens it would be much appreciated.Please hand tokens to Ross Corbett at any Queens match or post to 27 Loch Road Hardthorn Dumfries DG2 9JE.

Anyone who can help sponsor the annual thank you trip for all the ball boys and girls please phone Ross Corbett on 07809490650.Last season thanks to all the sponsors we travelled to Blackburn V Reading.

Ross Corbett
St Johnstone match 10th March 2008
Tomorrow night we travel to meet St Johnstone which be another tough hurdle to overcome if we hope to extend our ten game unbeaten run. We trail the Perth side by four points and the Gordon Chisholm would love to close that gap. Said the manager, "It's always a difficult place to go and they're unbeaten in the league up there this season. I'd love to pick up all three points but, under the circumstances, I wouldn't complain too much with a draw.

"They'll be a lot of tired legs after Saturday, but I can't say too much as St Johnstone had a cup-tie themselves at the weekend.

"However, the Cup will again be put on the 'back burner' until mid-April and our focus will only be on the League until then".

Team News: Added the manager, "We'll have at least a couple of enforced changes for the game. Jim Thomson and Stevie Tosh are suspended while Paul Burns is 'doubtful' having spent the weekend in bed with a sickness bug. But that's what we have a squad for!.

"There's players like John Stewart, Brian Gilmour, Craig Reid and big 'Lauchie' desperate to get a start, and it's also an opportunity to 'blood' other young players".

Bill Goldie
Tickets for Semi Final of Scottish Cup 2008 10th March 2008
Final arrangements for the Semi Finals will not be made until 20 March 2008 when hopefully the Quarter Final winners will be known.

A similar system to that used for the sale of tickets for our Quarter Final Match will be repeated, to ensure that Season Ticket Holders, Voucher Holders and Shareholders of the Club, have the opportunity to purchase tickets.

To this end Vouchers will be issued to all persons paying to enter the ground for the Queen of the South v Dunfermline Athletic game on Saturday 15 March 2008. Season Ticket holders will use Voucher No 2 from their Season Ticket Book.

On the first day that tickets are offered for sale they will be for Season Ticket Holders only, while on the second and third days they will be for Season Ticket Holders, Voucher Holders and Shareholders. The following day tickets will be offered for general sale.

Dependant on the number of tickets allocated to us it MAY be possible to permit the sale of more than one ticket per voucher.

Any person organising a coach, if they wish, may collect a Voucher from each person booked on their coach and bring them along with the price of the ticket to the Club Office in order to purchase a block of seats together.

The purpose of making these arrangements is to make the purchase of tickets as smooth and pleasant as possible.

Further details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Eric Moffat
Club Secretary
Michael Jackson Comments on Queens 'Thriller' 10th March 2008
Former Queens man Mike Jackson called today to pass on his very best wishes to Queens following Saturdays victory over Dundee. Mike, who both played for and twice managed the club said:

"I was delighted that Queens won the game and am really looking forward to the semi-final, when we all know that anything can happen! Queens are ninety minutes away from the Cup Final and they thoroughly deserve it. It was great to see the end behind the goal so full on Saturday and I bet that the town was jumping after the game and all through the night. The folk of Dumfries have waited a long time for this and it couldn't happen to nicer people. I sometimes bump into Chis at reserve games during the week and hope to see him soon to congratulate him in person."

On Ryan McCann's wonder strike he commented. "The lad has always had something about him. I used to watch him play reserve team football for Celtic and knew that he would make it. It's all very well folk saying the goal was a one-off, but you've still got to hit the target and Ryan got it just right! I'm really looking forward to getting along to Hampden to see the lads play in the semi-final."

Mike has just come out of hospital following a hernia operation and everyone at Palmerston wishes him all the best for a speedy recovery.

Colin Rutherford
Semi-final date 10th March 2008
The date for our Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Aberdeen or Celtic at Hampden has been fixed for Saturday, 12th April with a 12.15 kick-off. The game is to be televised 'live' on Sky TV

Bill Goldie
84 yard blast 10th March 2008
Ryan McCann's last minute scorcher against Dundee on Saturday was measured at Palmerston this afternoon and recorded as 84 yards. Eat your heart out David Beckam!

Bill Goldie
Parly recognition 10th March 2008
Derek Brownlee MSP, the Scottish Conservative MSP for the South of Scotland, has today lodged a motion at parliament congratulating Queen of the South on getting to the Semi Finals of the Scottish Cup.


Date of Lodging: 10 March 2008
Short Title: Queen of the South

S3M-01526 Derek Brownlee (South of Scotland) (Con): That the Parliament congratulates Queen of the South Football Club on reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1950; notes that the team turned full-time only last year; praises the club management and the entire squad on the progress that the team has made in the competition, and wishes the club continued success in the future.

Craig Wilson
Man of the Match 10th March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the historic win over Dundee on Saturday was Stephen Dobbie, second was Ryan McCann and third Sean O'Connor.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.
Some interesting facts 9th March 2008
Never mind what the Romans did for Britain, let's talk about what Gordon Chisholm's done for Queen of the South. 'Chis' received some unwarranted criticism in early season when we were struggling with injuries and suspensions--but just look at us now!.

Into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 58 years; played four cup-ties to date scoring 13 goals and keeping 'clean sheets' in all four; have now gone ten games undefeated, lost only once since Boxing Day and scored 28 goals into the bargain.

Following that poor start, which saw us drop to second bottom, we're now sitting comfortably in fourth place in the table. So let's give credit where credit is due!.

Bill Goldie
Celtic still alive 9th March 2008
An injury-time equaliser for Celtic at Pittodrie this afternoon kept our dream of a glamour tie with the Parkhead side alive. So, Gordon Strachan, you can breathe again.

Bill Goldie
50/50 draw winner 8th March 2008
The winner was George Conchie from Dumfries, winning number 35561, collecting £380. George has very kindly donated his winnings to Cystic Fibrosis and Molly's Wish, the charity which had the collection at Palmerston today, £190 each.

John Paterson
Match reaction 8th March 2008
We're on our way to Hampden! So chanted the delirious Queens' fans at the end of a pulsating and nerve-wracking 90 minutes. They'd just witnessed history in the making and had waited 58 long years for this moment to come. The crowd was 6278 and a very small percentage of those would ever remember that last semi-final way back in April 1950.

It was Queen of the South v Bonnie Dundee, and there was always a distinct possibility that one Mr Rae would be disappointed come 4.45 pm. Fortunatly for us it was the Dundee boss, Alex!. But our own Chairman lapped up the big occasion and made a bee-line for the pitch at the final whistle to soak up the atmosphere with the players and fans. And how much Davie Rae deserves the accolade for all he has done for the club.

The two form teams of the division served up an exciting match in conditions not congruous to good football. What made the tie even more interesting was the fact that only 48 hour earlier the two bosses, Gordon Chisholm and Alex Rae, had posed together at Hampden as joint winners of the Irn-Bru 'Manager of the Month' award for February.

At the final whistle Gordon Chisholm was beaming from ear to ear and said, "I'm absolutely delighted for the players, the fans, the town of dumfries and in particular our Chairman David Rae who has done so much to make this happen. There was far too much at stake to say it was enjoyable but it's a tremendous achievement to make it into the semi-finals. It's a day I'll not forget! The first half was a bit uneventful and ruined by the wind but I knew if we could hold them to half time and get the breeze behind us we'd have a good chance. At 1-0 up I was a bit uneasy as anything can happen but I must say Dobbs took his goal well. John Stewart had a chance to clinch it for us but their 'keeper pulled off a fine save. Then came that amazing injury time strike from Ryan McCann. It was his first goal for the club and he'll never score a more important one. Nine times out of ten attempts like that fall short or stick in the mud, but thankfully it made it into the net. I didn't quite see what actually happened but the Queens fans behind the goal went 'bonkers' and I knew it was in the net. But for Ryan to score from that range was a dream come true. It was slow motion crossing the line. The atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards was magnificent and if I meet any Queens fans tonight they can buy me a drink", the manager joked.

Ryan McCann himself was 'over the moon', and couldn't belive his luck, he added, "When you hit shots like that they generally finish up shanked or sliced into the stand. I hadn't even noticed that their 'keeper, Craig Samson, was up in our penalty area. I just hit it as hard as I could in the direction of the goal and no one was more surprised than me when it went in."

Stephen Dobbie was again on target and his 51st minute strike gave us the lead and upped his season's tally to 17. Said Dobbs, "The first 10 minutes were very tense but we soon settled. Ryans late goal overshadowed mine but I was up on my feet in the dugout urging it into the net. A lot of the lads have never played at Hampden before so I'm particulalry pleased for them."

Sponsors man of the match - Jamie McQuilken

Official attendance - 6,278

Bill Goldie
A double for 'Chis' 8th March 2008
The two managers who will be in direct opposition at Palmerston today have been named at joint Irn-Bru 'Managers of the Month' for Division One and were presented with their awards at Hampden on Thursday afternoon.

Our own Gordon Chisholm and Dundee's Alex Rae had identical records in the month of February (three wins and one draw) and their teams were also the form sides of the Division.

It was two in a row for 'Chis' as he was voted Irn-Bru 'Manager of the Month' for January as well. So, well done!.

Two in a row for Chis

Bill Goldie
Parking Advice - Dumfries 7th March 2008


Parking Advice - Dumfries
Police in Dumfries are asking motorists to be patient on Saturday 8th March 2008 in what could be a busy day for traffic in the town. The fair is currently situated on the Whitesands, and the Scottish Cup Tie between Queen of the South and Dundee, which is almost a sell out, will probably mean that the town is particularly busy as regards traffic, and of course parking will be at a premium. Chief Inspector Mickey Collins, Dumfries Operational Commanders "asks that motorists coming to the town, whether shopping, attending the fair or the football, consider carefully where they are going to park. There will be many visiting fans coming from Dundee who will also be looking parking places, and whilst buses will no doubt bring some of them, a good number may well attend by car. The visit of the fair to the Whitesands will have the effect of removing a great deal of parking spaces from the town, and of course Saturday is normally a busy day for shoppers". He urges people not to park illegally, and to consider carefully their journey and where they might park, bearing in mind hat essential routes need to be kept open for the emergency services during what will be a busy day".

Chief Inspector Collins, who is also the Match Commander for the football on Saturday said that "a significant number of officers will be on duty to deal with all eventualities and parking concerns will be just one of the many issues that his team will have to deal with on the day. Don't make the visit to Dumfries an even more expensive one by picking up a parking fine".

Graeme Wellburn
Watch out for . . . 7th March 2008
On the front cover of the 'Sun' football supplement tomorrow. A few right old 'rattlers'.

Bill Goldie
Jamie McQuilken has only been with us for just over a year but is now an established first team regular. Although he's scored only once so far, it was an important strike which saw us go one up on St Johnstone a month ago. We went on to win 3-1 in what must rate our best performance of the season so far. Now 33 and vastly experienced, Jamie had played for seven well known Scottish clubs, Celtic, Dundee United, Hibs, Falkirk, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Gretna, before arriving at Palmerston.

Jamie clears

What's been your most exciting moment in your professional football career. And also the biggest match you've played in?
Most exciting was the day I signed for Celtic, and I thoroughly enjoyed the five years I spent there. Biggest match was the Scottish Cup final for Gretna against Hearts. It was a sickener to lose in a penalty 'shoot-out' and I felt so sorry for the two lads who missed from the spot. Still, it was an achievement in itself just getting there.

What's been your most embarrasing moment in football?
I've been lucky so far and nothing too embarrasing springs to mind.

Who do you rate the best player at Queen of the South at present?
Stevie Tosh. Since 'Tosher' has moved to his favourite position in midfield he's been great. And it's no coincidence that our form has improved since the change was made.

If you could play for any club in the world who would it be?
Real Madrid. They were my boyhood heros and I used to dream about playing for them in that famous all-white strip at the Bernabau Stadium.

What's your favourite film or video?
Goodfellas. I've watched it often. A classic!

Your favourite food and drink?
Pasta, particalarly arrabbiata. For drink, a nice cool refreshing bottle of Stella Artois.

And the favourite item in your wardrobe?
There's a really smart Hugo Boss shirt doing the rounds in the dressing room just now. It's real trendy and we borrow it from each other when we're out to impress.

If you had the chance to spend a week on your own, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Las Vegas for a visit to the casinos. If I was on my own my wife wouldn't know what I was winning--or more important, losing.

If you had to choose a famous female celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?
Eva Mendes. I think she's lovely.

Do you ever log-on to the official QOS Website and, if so, what do you think of it?
Yes. I log on two or three times a week. It keeps me in touch with what's happening at the club.

Bill Goldie
Special issue programme 7th March 2008
Look out for the special edition Scottish Cup quarter-final matchday programme tomorrow.

John Paterson
Doonhamers progress to the semi-finals 7th March 2008
An excited Palmerston crowd during the only Scottish Cup quarter final the Queens have won in 12 attempts.

The Doonhamers were a shell-shocked 3-0 down after only 15 minutes but fought back magnificently to draw 3-3 before beating the Dons 2-1 in the replay to march into the semi-finals where after a 1-1 stalemate Rangers beat them 3-0 in the second game

Bruce L Wright
In Queens 11 quarter-final defeats 10 different clubs have progressed to the semis at our expense 1922 Partick, 1934 St Johnstone, 1937 Morton, 1939 Aberdeen, 1953 Hearts, 1956 Clyde, 1958 Rangers, 1963 Dundee Utd., 1976 Rangers, 1977 Celtic, 2007 Hibs . Our only win was over the Dons in 1950 after a replay.

Bruce L Wright
Queens first Scottish Cup quarter final 7th March 2008
Back in March 1922 Queens, then a non-league side, had battled their way through to the Scottish Cup quarter finals and were drawn to meet the cup holders Partick Thistle at Palmerston.

Special trains ran from all the stations (mostly long gone) in Dumfries and Galloway and at kick-off there were around 8000 in the ground to see Queens in maroon and Thistle in blue take the field to the sound of Dumfries Town Band (Alex 'Lord Palmerston' Wilson wasnae born then!)

After 20 minutes the Jags scored what proved to be the only goal of the game and progressed to the semi-final where Rangers beat them 2-0.

However the Standard reported that the "obscure, provincial team" (whit a cheek) gave a magnificent display against one of Scotland's strongest teams. The record gate receipts were £527:11s:0d

Bruce L Wright
COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP--Alex has his say 6th March 2008
Dundee manager Alex Rae has 'been around', having turned out for Falkirk, Millwall, Sunderland, Wolves and Rangers before finishing up at Dens Park. He's enjoyed a long and distinguished playing career and won League Championship medals at both Ibrox and Sunderland. Nevertheless, being a manager has proved a 'different kettle of fish'.

Said the Dundee boss speaking to the 'Website' this afternoon, "Since I became manager at Dens Park some 19 months ago we've played Queen of the South nine times, and honours have been more-or-less even. There's never been any more than a goal in it, and I'm fully expecting much the same on Saturday.

"We're both on a good run at present but obviously Queens must start favourites. They have the home advantage and we've got half a team missing owing to suspensions, injuries and players being 'cup-tied'. It's so bad that I've had to draft in a young Hibs' player, Patrick Noubissie, on an emergency loan, for cover. But the Cup's the Cup and anything can happen!.

"However, I'm looking forward to the game and I'm sure it will be near enough a 'full-house'. We've sold all our tickets and they'll not be many left at Palmerston.

"Last season I popped down to see Queens play Gretna in the league and the atmosphere was tremendous. Just like Dens Park, Palmerston is an old-fashioned stadium and I've always enjoyed playing down there--it lends itself to typical cup-tie football".

Apart from the Scottish Cup, Dundee must also have promotion to the Premier League on their mind and while Alex admits that he adds, "Both the Cup and League are important to us as we're still up there fighting it out with Hamilton. Queens did us a favour by drawing with Accies at the weekend, and from what I hear you should have won. With us scoring late, it enabled us to pull back to within two points of them and we're still well in the running.

"But my priority right now is reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, and it won't be until Monday that the league race will cross our minds again". Having competed at the highest level, Alex insists that being a manager is much harder. He stresses, "As a player you only have yourself to look after--but as a manager you've a whole team to oversee and you're under more pressure. It's a lot more difficult".

Although the atmosphere will be 'red-hot' and intimidating on Saturday it will be 'nothing' to Alex having faced the wrath of Millwall fans at the notorious Den. But there's a 'soft side' to this hard man of football. He is actively involved with a charity called Second Chance which helps people with drink and drug problems and is also supported by big names like Barry Ferguson and Neil Lennon.

Bill Goldie
Team news from the Queens' camp. 6th March 2008
Jim Thomson returns to the squad on Saturday having missed the Hamilton match due to suspension. Our skipper will still have two more games to miss but is eligible to play in the cup-tie. Our only doubt is Bob Harris who is still struggling with hamstring trouble.

Neil Scally has now been off his crutches for three weeks but still won't feature again this season. However, 'Scal' is at every game shouting the boys on and still very much 'one of the team'.

Bill Goldie
Queens Squad Supporting 'Molly's Wish' 6th March 2008
When he was told about the Molly's Wish campaign, Queens' physio John Kerr wanted to make sure that the whole squad were also made aware.

'Kerrso' arranged for them to sign a jersey as part of the club's commitment to Molly Armstrong and the fundraising initiative that has been created on her behalf. He also insisted that the collection buckets get passed around the lads so that they can all contribute to the fund.

He said: "We were all touched by Molly's story and want her to get through this ordeal and stay healthy. To raise funds for the hospitals that have been involved in her treatment is a great idea and we are happy to help in any way that we can."

Thanks go to Kerrso for his help with this project and a reminder that everyone at the club - Players, Ground-staff, Management and Directors - is behind this worthy cause and would encourage all those attending the game on Saturday to give generously.

Photo - Dobbs, Kerrso, Scalls and Wee Bob.

Colin Rutherford
COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP - An old Queens' fan remembers 5th March 2008
As the years fast roll on there are fewer fans who remember our last sojurn in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, but one Queens' fan who does recall it vividly is Willie Gordon who resides in Woodlands Court, Dumfries.

Says the 79-year-old, "The whole town of Dumfries and the countryside beyond was 'buzzing' with anticipation as the big day grew closer and I can still remember the date without looking it up--April 1st, 1950. I'd be a 'fool' if I didn't!.

"There must have been thousands heading up to Hampden that day!. There was a special train laid on, which took us right into Mount Florida station, and dozens of buses as well headed north. Some said there were over 15,000 and I wouldn't dispute that!.

"I was working on the railway at that time so myself and three other work-mates all got free passes. However, final or no final, we still had to work our normal morning shift before catching the train.

"When we arrived at Hampden Park we were ushered to the 'Rangers end'. But there was no segregation and Rangers and Queens' fans stood side-by-side and we had no trouble mixing even though the crowd was 53,000.

"To reach the semi-finals that year we had to play no fewer than five games--three of them away from home. We beat Inverness Caley 1-0 in the first round then, after drawing 1-1 at home to Morton, beat them 3-0 in the replay at Cappielow.

"Next up was Aberdeen at home. We were 3-0 down in 15 minutes but Doug McAvoy (who came from Liverpool) pulled one back before half-time. 10 minutes from time Dougie McBain netted a second and McAvoy an equaliser a couple of minutes later.

"So it was a long trip to Aberdeen for the replay but we won 2-0 to reach the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history. Billy Houliston and Charlie Johnston were the scorers.

"It was then a case of 'Hampden, here we come', and Dumfries was left a 'ghost town' the day the big match arrived. Men, women and even some children boarded the train and buses as few people had cars in those days. Being 21, it was a big occasion for me, my first-ever visit to the famous Hampden Park to see my team take on the mighty 'Gers.

"Queens were in white, which was unusual, but we got off to a good start when big Jim Patterson slipped the ball to Jackie Brown who shot home mid-way through the first half. Our 'tails were up' and we held the lead until the 78th minute when disaster struck. Following a corner Roy Henderson shouted to Dougie Shape to 'leave it', but somehow the ball squirmed through the keeper's arms and into the net.
"Myself and thousands of other 'Doonhamers' were stunned and although we held out for a draw we lost the replay 3-0 four days later. East Fife would have been the opposition in the final and I'm sure we could have beaten them and lifted the Cup. But alas, it was not to be!

"To this day I can still rhyme off the Queens' team: Henderson, Sharpe and James; McBain, Waldie and Hamilton; Wooton, Patterson, Houliston, Brown and Johnston.

"Believe it or not, but we were relegated that same season but bounced back by winning the League Championship to regain our 'A' Division status the following year.

"Football was a lot different in those days" Willie stressed. "My father took me to my first-ever Queens' game when I was only five, and I've support them ever since. That match was against Aberdeen in March, 1934, and we won 4-1.

"That was the first season Queens played in the top division and they'd beaten Celtic 3-2 at Palmerston in their opening fixture. My dad used to talk about names like Fotheringham, Savage and Culbert--also 'Skull' Allan, Laurie Cumming and Joe Tulip. As youngsters then we used to sit alongside the front of the terracing beside the cinder track, and we were all well-behaved.

"Crowds were a lot bigger then and queues would snake down Terregles Street at big matches. When I was too wee to go through the 'Boys' Gate' I would squeeze in front of my father and, if it was a friendly operator, he would let my dad lift me over the turnstyle.

"At the interval the half-time scores were posted on the big black scoreboard which is still there. 'Penny on the Ball' tickets were popular and the winner would have the option of a cash sum or the actual match ball itself. Jock Hay (better known as the 'Duke of Wellington') would parade round the track in his 'wellies' with the lucky number chalked up on a board.

"At that time there was seldom any trouble--not like nowadays!. When the 'Old Firm' came to town there was the odd arrest for drunkeness, but rarely anything too serious.

"When their fans got off the buses in the Whitesands they made a 'bee-line' for the Vennel and the pubs--no restrictions at grounds in those days. The place was 'heaving' but they came here for the match and to enjoy a day out.

"I have some wonderful memories of Palmerston as a boy, and I'm proud to have been a supporter for over 74 years. I was actually up at Morton just recently to see them win 2-0 in the previous round of the Cup. I'm 80 in January, so perhaps this will be my last chance to see Queen of the South win the Scottish Cup. It would be wonderful if they could".

Bill Goldie
Queens Legend George 'Chopper' Dickson supported the club recently through sponsorship of the Matchball for the game against Livingston on 29th December. George asked the team to autograph the ball for him in order that it could be used to raise funds for a worthy cause.

When he was told about Molly's Wish and the focus on raising funds for the hospitals that provided treatment for two year old Molly Armstrong, he had no hesitation in deciding what should be done with the ball. So, Chopper has arranged that later this week the signed ball will be handed over to Molly's father Mark to be used as part of the fund raising being undertaken by the Lockerbie & District Parent & Toddler Group on behalf of Molly's Wish.

George, nae wonder you are a legend, thanks big man on behalf of everyone involved in Molly's Wish.

Photo - Livingston Matchball with photo of Molly and Mark Armstrong.

Colin Rutherford
COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP - The Manager has his say 4th March 2008
Queens and Dundee meet in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup at Palmerston on Saturday. And they certainly won't be strangers as this will be our 10th meeting in the space of 18 months.

Last season we also clashed in the Cup, and after a 1-1 draw at Dens Park, Queens won 4-2 at Palmerston in a dramatic penalty 'shoot-out' following a 3-3 draw. Our two heros that night were keeper, Barry John Corr, who saved two spot-kicks and Neil Scally who slotted home the crucial winner.

A place in the semi-finals now awaits the winners this time around and a real 'battle royal' is on the cards.

Says Gordon Chisholm, "Without any doubt this will be the biggest match of the season for us. But it will be the same for Dundee and they'll be out for revenge as we knocked them out of the Scottish Cup last season.

"We've beaten them twice already in the league this season and although we don't fear them, we do respect them. Everyone in the dressing-room is now 'straining at the leash' for Saturday to arrive. Most of them have never experienced what it's like to play in a semi-final before and I want them to find out what a great occasion it really is.

"Up until Monday we've been concentrating on the league and the cup has never been mentioned, but now the hype has started in earnest. There was a Press Conference at Hamilton this afternoon and that's put everyone even more in the mood.

"It's a massive game and Palmerston will be 'bursting at the seams'. It's an old-fashioned ground which helps create a magical atmosphere, but it will be a hard one and we must 'keep or feet on the ground'.

"It's 58 years since Queen of the South last featured in a Scottish Cup semi-final and that says it all! We must concentrate fully on the task in hand and do our best for the club and supporters alike. We came close last season against Hibs but I honestly feel we have a more realistic chance of succeeding this time".

The manager knows only full-well what it's like to be involved in big matches. As a player with Hibs he's been in finals and semi-finals; south of the border at Sunderland in the Milk Cup and as a manager he guided Dundee United to a Scottish Cup final as well. So now Gordon's dearest wish is for his players to enjoy the experience and get a taste of what it's like at the top.

Bill Goldie
Yesterday we announced that a charitable 'bucket collection' would take place at this coming Saturday's Quarter-final tie with Dundee.

Today the club are delighted to announce that the Globe Inn Doonhamers are dedicated to helping this worthy cause through the production and sale of a new Queens badge.

Featuring the names of two famous 'Number Nines' - Billy 'Basher' Houliston and 'Big Jim' Patterson - money raised from the sale of this collectors item will be donated to 'Molly's Wish'.

The badges are £3.00 each and can be purchased by cheque or postal order from:

Bruce Wright
278 Annan Road
DG1 3JD.

Queen of the South would like to publicly acknowledge the Globe Inn Doonhamers not only for their involvement with this worthy cause, but also for their ongoing focus to raise funds on behalf of 'Sick Kids' charities.

Photo - A new Queens badge on sale to raise funds on behalf of Molly's Wish

Colin Rutherford
QOS 15s v Queensı Park 15s
QOS 15's faced Queens Park on Sunday and set about their task in a very positive manner. QOS dominated the early play and both Middlemiss and McHarrie went close without scoring. The period ended without a goal but QOS continuing to press and good support play from Miller and Newlands were a feature of the QOS play. The second period began in similar style with both Steele and Nicol driving the midfield forward at every opportunity. A fine passing interchange between McHarrie and Nicol led to Nicol calmly stroking the ball into the net to give QOS the lead. QOS continued to grow in confidence and after a series of corners Thomson scored at the "back-post" to double their lead. In the third period the game was more evenly contested with opportunities created by both sides, however, it was Parker who further increased the QOS lead. QP reduced their deficit with a well-struck shot that gave Rajovic no chance. Almost immediately QP were awarded a penalty which Rajovic superbly "knocked "round the post . This spurred QOS into action and goals from Abdul and Reilly increased their advantage and completed the scoring for the day. In the final minutes QP missed their second penalty kick of the day. QOS certainly merited this win without ever reaching "top-gear".

Queensı Park 14s v QOS 14s
QOS put the disappointment of last weekıs result behind them and turned in a five star performance against their Glasgow namesakes. The sizeable crowd at Lesser Hampden were thoroughly entertained as QOS dominated this encounter from start to finish. QOS "set the tone" for the match in the first period as they took the game to the home side and laid siege to their goal. However, QOSıs injury woes continued as, for the second week running, a young player required hospital treatment. After only six minutes, star striker, Shaun Handling collided heavily with the goal frame which resulted in severe damage to his left knee. Nevertheless, QOS picked themselves up where they left off and played some good football. It came as a complete surprise therefore, when the home side opened the scoring with a long dipping volley from thirty yards. In the second period QOS were again the better side and on nine minutes they levelled the scores when Johnstone rammed in a shot on the turn after a clever free kick. However QP, not to be fully outdone, went ahead again courtesy of another long range effort which curled in at the far post. In the third period goals from Johnstone, Hooper (pen) and McClymont completed a good day for this young QOS side. Everyone at QOS wishes Shaun a quick and full recovery.

Livingston 13s v QOS 13s
It was a ring-rusty QOS 13 side which kicked off their first game in four weeks at Almondvale against Livingston. Fine goalkeeping from Drysdale kept the home side at bay until the latter stages of the first period, when Livingston opened the scoring. Some neat interplay between Park, Hunter and Phillips set up Chan, and he rifled home a fine QOS equalizer. Livi regained the lead just before the end of the period.

After some straight talking from the coaches QOS came out in more determined fashion for the second period but over-committed players forward for a corner which allowed the home side to increase their lead on the counter attack. Back came QOS, and their own pacy striker Park, ran through from his own half, and when the goalkeeper saved his first effort, he followed up to reduce the deficit. The third period again saw QOS come out and attack their hosts, but it was Livi who scored twice in quick succession. QOS didnıt give up though, and Chan scored his second of the match, when he rifled home a great goal from a fine Hunter pass, to complete the scoring. The day got worse for Queens when, chasing his hat-trick, the outstanding Chan fell awkwardly on the Astroturf surface, sustaining a broken wrist. All the players and coaches wish him a speedy recovery. All-in-all, QOS put up a good display for spells in the game, but were guilty of showing the opposition too much respect. Finally, good luck to the Œfirst teamı this weekend, from all the players and coaches at the Under-13s.

John Paterson
The Lockerbie & District Parent and Toddler Group will be holding a 'bucket collection' at Saturday's Quarter-final tie with Dundee to raise funds for the local charity 'Molly's Wish'.

Molly Armstrong, age 2, is suffering from a retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye) and has recently had one eye removed to prevent the spread of cancer. Unfortunately the cancer had already spread into the fluid surrounding the brain and spine so Molly has had to begin chemotherapy.

Molly's mum, Esther Armstrong advises: "Molly has received fabulous treatment from 3 hospitals (Dumfries Royal, Birmingham Children and Yorkhill Sick Children) all specialising in different aspects of her care. In an attempt to thank them and to support the families who spend a lot of time there Lockerbie & District Parent & Toddler Group are holding a number of fundraising events."

Molly's dad Mark has been a great influence on her and she is already a massive Queens fan - naming John O'Neill as her favourite player. She likes to watch the Queens goals on the official website and shouts "come on the Queens" whenever she watches sport on TV.

As well as watching Queens on the internet, Molly loves going to the local Lockerbie & District Toddlers Group and, also, playing outside in the garden with her baby brother Campbell.

Everyone at the club - Players, Ground-staff, Management and Director's - is behind this worthy cause and would encourage all those attending the game to give generously.

Anyone wishing to donate to Molly's Wish by cheque, can do so by writing to the following address:

Molly's Wish
c/o 3 Victoria Road
DG11 2BH

Lockerbie & District Parent & Toddler Group:
S.P.P.A. No. 3603
Charity No. SC000982

Photo - Molly Armstrong with her dad [and fellow Queens Fan] Mark at home in Lockerbie

Colin Rutherford
Get your tickets now! 3rd March 2008
We're informed that there's only a few hundred tickets now left for Saturday's cup-tie with Dundee. So, don't delay--get your's today!.

Bill Goldie
Another change 3rd March 2008
Owing to Jamie MacDonald being on international duty with Scotland's Under-21's in the Europeam Championships, the re-arranged fixture with Livingston at Almondvale has been moved from Tuesday, 25th March to Tuesday, 1st April. Kick-off will still be 7.45 pm.

Bill Goldie
Man of the Match 3rd March 2008
Winner of the internet fan club man of the match award from the draw with Hamilton at Palmerston on Saturday was Stephen Dobbie, second was Andy Aitken and third Sean O'Connor.

All of the scores have been added to the Latest Report page and to the IFC Player of the Season table. Thanks for voting.



To celebrate Queen of the South reaching the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup

The Queen of the South Prize Draw

will announce one extra prizewinner of £100*

each day for 6 days

from Monday 3rd March - Saturday 8th March, 2008.

* The 6 extra prizes of £100 from 3rd March to 8th March will be announced alongwith the £50, £25 and £500 prizes on Southwestsound at 11.45am, in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Galloway News and on here on the website under the heading 'Prize Draw'.

Margaret Heuchan
50/50 draw winner 2nd March 2008
The 50/50 winner was Jim Tinning from Dumfries, collecting £235 with his winning ticket, 31275.

John Paterson
Match reaction 1st March 2008
Queens extended their unbeaten run to nine games this afternoon but came within a minute of a 2-1 victory and another three home points against the league leaders. As the fans were heading for the gates celebrating a win Hamilton scored a hotly disputed equaliser to sober their exuberance. Queens players were appealing for what appeared a blatant foul by an Accies player as the ball was slipped into the net. And to make matters worse captain for the day Steve Tosh was ordered off for a second yellow card but can play in the cup tie next week. Gordon Chisholm was far from happy with that decision at the end,

"I was not enamored at the way the match ended", he stated, "I thought it was a blatant foul, the only people who didn't see it was the referee and linesman. We were worthy of all three points and deserved to win that game. I was also disappointed at Stevie Tosh getting himself sent off the way he did. He's an experienced player and should have known better.

"Hamilton started well and were on top in the early stages but we hit back with two fine goals from Dobbs. He could well have had a third but his volley went wide of target. However they're top of the table and always a hard team to beat, but we proved once again that no team has it easy at Palmerston and that's us unbeaten at home since early December. We can now look forward to our cup tie against Dundee next week and I can only ask our fans to turn out in force and help cheers us on to an historic victory."

Two goal Stephen Dobbie was disappointed that he couldn't quite manage another 'quick-fire' hat-trick. He did however take his tally for the season to sixteen. Said Dobbs, "We went a goal down but I managed to snatch a couple of quick ones to put us in front. I had a decent chance to get that third but my shot went just wide of the upright. When they scored that equaliser we all thought we should have had a free kick during the skirmish in the box.But the referee and linesman have a hard job at times. It was a draw against the league leaders and that never looks too bad on paper."

Said Accies manager Billy Reid, "We all know Palmerston is a hard place to win and Queen of the South are undeniably the form team in our league at present. We started well and had them on the back foot after we netted that opening goal. Up till then Queens had done nothing but the goals from the lad Dobbie changed things and it was our turn to be under pressure for a while. We came back into the game after the interval and their keeper pulled off a brilliant save to deny us a goal. We deserved the equaliser at the end and I felt that a draw was perhaps the right result." Asked about Dundee's injury time winner against St Johnstone, "It came very, very late but we left it pretty late ourselves."

Sponsors man of the match - Neil Macfarlane

Official attendance - 2,133

Travelling support - 394

Bill Goldie
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FOOTBALLERS LIVES 29th February 2008
Our featured player today is Bob Harris, one of our top performers at present. He was named 'Man of the Match' at the recent Stirling Albion game and 'wee Bob' thoroughly deserved the accolade. Still only 20, he joined us from Clyde in the close season and must rate one of Gordon Chisholm's best signings. Although not big in stature he more than makes up for that with enthusiam, endeavour and the 'heart of a lion'.

Bob looks for a pass

What's been your most exciting moment in your professional football career. And also the biggest match you've played in?
The most exciting was lining up against Celtic in the cup at Broadwood two years ago when I was with Clyde. Even though we lost 2-1 I'll never forget it. The biggest for me however was for Clyde against Rangers at Ibrox in the CIS Cup even though we got beaten 5-2.

What's been your most embarrasing moment in football?
I've not been in the game long enough yet to have anything too embarrasing. But no doubt something will happen. Who do you rate the best player at Queen of the South at present?
Big Sean O'Connor. He's a tremendous asset with his strength, height and power. He so good in the air and is our target man and he's been really knocking in the goals in over the past few weeks. He had to move to defence when big Jim was sent off at Firhill on Saturday and still played a 'blinder'.

If you could play for any club in the world who would it be?
Glasgow Rangers. I was a season ticket holder at Ibrox when I was younger but had to give it up when I signed for Clyde. However, I'll always have a 'soft spot' for the mighty Gers.

What's your favourite film or video?
Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson. I'm a bit of a patriot when it comes to my country and, although I don't get to many Scotland games, I'm an ardent 'armchair fan'.

Your favourite food and drink?
To keep big 'Lauchie' happy, some of us trip along to 'Subway' after training. His wife runs it and I must admit I love their meatball marinara. As for drink, a bottle of Miller.

And the favourite item in your wardrobe?
My lucky pants. They've never let me down yet. (Enough said 'wee man', there's always a first time).

If you had the chance to spend a week on your own, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hollywood, USA. Just to see what all the fuss is about.

If you had to choose a famous female celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be?
Eva Mendes. I think she looked fabulous in the film 'Fast and Furious'. A real star.

Do you ever log-on to the official QOS Website and, if so, what do you think of it?
Yes. Usually after a match to check out what's being said about us. But I must say it's mostly fair comments.

Next Friday our featured player is Jamie McQuilken.

Bill Goldie
Watch out for . . 29th February 2008
Special features on Queen of the South at the weekend in both 'Scotland on Sunday' and the 'Sunday Times'. Also previews and articles in the 'Sunday Post' and 'News of the World'.

Bill Goldie
A new date for Andy's Dinner 29th February 2008
Queen of the South's great run in this season's Scottish Cup has brought it's own problems for the organisers of Andy Aitken's Testimonial Speakers' Dinner. Originally it was planned for Saturday,12th April, but the date clashed with the Cup semi-finals. And with Queens hoping for a home victory against Dundee next Saturday, which would see them through to the last four for the first time in 58 years, a change of date has been made.

The Speakers' Dinner will now be held at the Crichton's Easterbrook Hall on Saturday, 17th May with 360 expected to attend. The evening will commence with a Champagne Reception and Corporate Tables can be reserved by conntacting Ian McLatchie at the Queens Hotel, Lockerbie. (Tel. 0776 434 9549).

Another event on the 'Annan Lads' calendar is a football match between a Queen of the South All-Star Xl and Annan Athletic to be played at Galabank on Friday, 11th July. The All-Star squad has already been published but one noted addition is Rowan Alexander who has agreed to 'pull on his boots' again.

In August a golf tournament is planned and will be held at the Dumfries and Galloway Club and a second Speakers' Dinner is planned for November.

A Race Night held last month in the Townhouse Hotel was a complete 'sell-out' and enjoyed by all.

Bill Goldie
Shop news 28th February 2008
In the run up to the big cup tie new in stock at the shop for this Saturday are large Queen of the South flags (£4), Stadium Horns (£2), Jester Hats (£5) and new enamel badge (£3).

Over 50 other items are for sale ranging from coaches jackets at £50 to the ever popular Queen of the South tartan scarf at £14 down to individual player photographs at £1.

Graham Crofts
Well done 28th February 2008
Belated congratulations to Paul Burns and Stephen Dobbie who had a special day at Firhill on Saturday. 'Burnsy' made his 150th first team appearance for the club with 'Dobbs' reaching the 50 mark.

Bill Goldie
Tickets selling well 28th February 2008
Considering tickets for the cup-tie against Dundee only went on sale at the Palmerston office on Sunday, the 5000 mark has almost been reached, so we're on target for a 'sell-out'. This figure of course includes the 2200 purchased by the Dundee fans.

Bill Goldie
Team News 28th February 2008
Jim Thomson will miss Saturday's game against Hamilton following his 'straight red' at Firhill. JT could be suspended for up to three league matches but is eligible to play in the cup-tie against Dundee. Initially the club were set to lodge an appeal but after 'lengthy consideration' it was decided not to proceed.

Bob Harris came off against Thistle as a precautionary measure after feeling a twinge in his hamstring. He has a 50-50 chance of playing but the manager will assess the situation come Saturday.

Although not yet fully fit, Jim Lauchlan will be drafted back into the squad.

Bill Goldie
That wonderful picture of you! 28th February 2008
When Billy Reid leaves the team bus on Saturday and strides through the players' entrance to the away dressing room he'll no doubt have his customary glance up at his photo which still hangs on the adjacent corridor. "It's a much younger Billy Reid that looks down at me" the Hamilton manager laughs. "And what do I look like with that hair".

But he was quick to point out, "I had four good years at Palmerston and made over 160 appearances, so Queen will always have a special place in my heart. We'd a great team then and I still remember the day we clinched the League Championship up at Arbroath and the celebrations that followed. We also had a memorable cup match against Celtic and some real battles with Dunfermline.

'That' photo!
"I scored one of my best-ever goals down there at the Terregles Street end. I can't remember who it was against but I recall vividly hitting it on the half-volley from the corner of the penalty box and it flew into the top right-hand corner of the net like a rocket".

Billy's looking forward to Saturday's encounter and is fully expecting another close tussle. He adds, "Over the past two seasons there's been little between us. We drew four times last season and this time around we've won two and Queens one--all three just by that odd goal. 'Chis' will have his players well motivated and it will be another tough match.

"I was a bit disappointed on that last visit to Dumfries. Queens won 2-1, but in unreal circumstances. I thought we played very well, but three minutes of 'madness' cost us dearly. But, having said that, my old team has done us a couple of real favours by beating our promotion rivals Dundee twice in recent months.

"They meet the Dens Parkers in the quarter-final of the Cup next week and I wish them luck. It's a massive game for them but they're on an amazing run of form just now and I'm told the last time they lost was up at our place at New Year. I really think Queens can do it and reach the semi-finals for the first time in over 50 years.

"I always look forward to my trips down to Palmerston. Queen of the South have a smashing set of Directors and I always enjoy my wee bit banter with the fans beside the 'dug-out'. It's all good-natured and harmless".

Bill Goldie
League leaders at Palmerston 26th February 2008
Queens face league leaders Hamilton at Palmerston on Saturday and will be hoping to extend their fine unbeaten run to nine games. The last time we lost was actually to Accies at New Douglas Park on January 2nd which says a lot.

Although practically 'unbeatable' on the astro-turf at 'Fort Douglas', having lost only once in the league over the past couple of seasons, their away form isn't quite so impeccable. We beat them 2-1 here at Palmerston back in November but the match was bizarre in the sense that both our counters were actually deemed own goals.

Some journalists said 'we won ugly' that day while others claimed 'both goals came off their keeper'. However, the keeper, under pressure, only helped net-bound strikes over the line. Sometimes we have great wins and sometimes we have lucky wins, but they all count.

However, Gordon Chisholm insisted, "That's all in the past and I'm not getting dragged into it. We came back from one down to beat them 2-1 and the final result is all that matters. On our two visits to Hamilton we lost 1-0 but on both occasions I felt we merited a share of the points. There's never been any more than a goal between the two sides this season--that's how close it's been".

Looking back at Saturday's match against Partick Thistle the manager said he was proud of his players and the performance. He added, "Although down to ten men we battled well. We kept our shape and at half-time the players still felt they could win. And we nearly did! In the final minute their keeper made a good save from John Stewart and had that gone in what a result it would have been.

"The support at Firhill on Saturday was again fantastic. I believe there were about 500 up for the game but it felt more like 800 with the noise they were making".

But 'Chis' is still adament that it was never a 'red-card' when Jim Thomson was sent off and raged, "I've watched the video ten times and it was never a 'straight red'. Big Jim's a honest guy and there was no badness intended. He actually won the ball in the tackle and it was there for all to see. The dramatics of the Thistle player obviously influenced the referee's decision. It was harsh!.

"Not a single person in either dug-out suggested it was any more than a 'yellow' and even Ian McCall himself in his post-match interview with the press admitted that. Referees are human, and just like the rest of us make mistakes, but it's good when they 'hold their hands up' and admit it.

"As I speak I'm on my way to lodge an appeal with a referee supervisor at the S.F.A. and we'll take it from there".

Bill Goldie
Off to Australia 26th February 2008
All at Palmerston will be sorry to hear that James Baty is leaving to go to Australia. A likeable young lad, he has been on our books now for ten years and a signed player for the last four. Although he never really gaduated to the First Team he's turned out on numerous occasions for the Reserves and Youth teams. He stays in Kirkcudbright and is currently out on loan to Threave Rovers. James, who also helps Kevin at Palmerston as assistant groundsman admits,

"I've loved every minute of my time at Palmerston and I'll be sorry to leave".

The 20-year-old has also helped out with visits to local schools. It's another job he really loves and has been a great ambassador for Queen of the South.

He leaves for 'down under, on the 14th of May and adds, "I'll be staying with Warren Moon who I befriended when he was at Palmerston. He's a coach of a team at the moment and just back from injury. He's playing in the Eastern Suburb 'B' Division just now but hopes to get back up again to the 'A' League.

"I'll be with Warren until I'm settled and I'll be trying to get a team of my own as soon as possible". So, best of luck in the 'Land of Oz', Jamie.

Bill Goldie

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