For previous news articles see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
Loaned 'Keeper 31st August 2002
One of the final day moves as the registration window closes is that of goalkeeper Jamie Campbell to Montrose, the big 'keeper has recently come back from a shoulder injury and played for the Under 18's last week, he has been signed by the Gable Endies until the window re-opens again in January.
Reaction 31st August 2002
Beaten but not disgraced was how John Connolly summed up the match.

"We lost to a good side", he said, "As I expected we suffered from the tough game at Paisley on Tuesday night and some of the lads were noticeably looking a bit tired, but with fifteen minutes to go it was still 1-0 and anything could have happened. Big Derek Allan went for a high ball and sen tit past Andy Goram for their second goal and then we lost Robbie Neilson, however it was for two yellow cards so we think he will be eligible to play against Forfar next week. But as I said we lost to a very good side and not many teams will win at Brockville this season.

Already there's a gap opening up between the top teams and the bottom sides so the games against these bottom clubs are going to prove crucial for us."
Win CIS Tickets 30th August 2002
We've teamed up with CIS to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the first round match next Saturday against Forfar at Palmerston so why not have a go at our competition, it's easy to enter and could ensure you a ticket to what will surely be a great game of football!

Click on the CIS logo in the top right of your screen for details of how to enter.
Cup Final Details 30th August 2002
The Bell's Cup final has been confirmed as being an all-ticket match following the advice of Strathclyde Police, with the demands of both clubs and the sponsors it is likely that Broadwood will be full to capacity. Tickets will be on sale at prices to be advised as soon as possible, probably by the Inverness match in two weeks time.
New Player 30th August 2002
As John Connolly said last night, Queens have secured the services of left back Robbie Henderson on loan from Kilmarnock until the January registration window opens. Robbie is 19 years old and was previously a Leeds United trainee before joining Killie a year ago, at the start of 2002 he was loaned out to Raith Rovers where he featured eight times. He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's match away at Falkirk.
Man of the Match 29th August 2002
A fantastic performance from Steve Bowey wins him the Internet fan club man of the match award this week following the 5-3 victory over St.Mirren in Paisley on Tuesday evening.Second place goes to double goal scorer Paul Shields in only his second full game for the club and third to Colin Scott for s terrific second half when the Buddies were pressing.

All of the other players scores can be found on the 'Latest Report' page and via the 'Fixtures & Results' link, the Internet fan club player of the season league table has also been updated and can be found via the 'Man of the Match' link.
Team News 29th August 2002
As Queens prepare for their ninth match this month John Connolly will be asking his players to put the Bell's Cup Final out of their minds for a few weeks and concentrate on collecting league points.

Following the tremendous 5-3 victory over St.Mirren on Tuesday evening Queens travel to meet Falkirk at Brockville on Saturday and the manager is expecting a real tough game as he revealed when taking time out tonight at training to talk with Queens Press Officer Bill Goldie for the website. "They're the league leaders", said John, "They've won their first four games and have home advantage so it can't come any harder than that, but I'd settle for a point, particularly after the grueling battle in midweek. Two games a week is a lot to ask part-time players but we'll be back to one a week for a while now which will give us a bit of a break"

Commenting on the match at Love Street the manager added, "We played 4-3-3 for the first time this season, it was a game we went out to win and the tactics paid off but league games are totally different and as yet I haven't decided on the strategy for Saturday. One or two of the lads got knocks at Paisley but I'm hoping that they'll all be available and we'll be drafting in our new signing Robbie Henderson from Kilmarnock but Eric Paton is still struggling with a leg injury and could be side-lined for another couple of weeks."

Of the other injured players both Jim Thomson and Barry Donald remain on the 'sick' list whilst Jamie Campbell has returned and has turned out for the Under 18's. Sean O'Connor has been targeted with a December comeback after scans revealed a partial tear to his posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
Cup Final Venue 28th August 2002
It is probable that the Bell's Cup final will take place at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld and it is also unlikely to be an all-ticket affair, however confirmation of both venue and ticketting will follow when available.

Commenting on the display of the side last night Chairman Ronnie Bradford said, "That was probably the best game that I have seen since becoming Queens Chairman, it was a tremendous performance."
Video Clip 28th August 2002
For a fans view of the first goal click HERE

And for the second goal click HERE

Thanks to David Gow for the clips.
Reaction 27th August 2002
Speaking after the match manager John Connolly complemented both sides on their play saying, "It was a great advert for first division football tonight, I am proud of the boys, their effort and commitment was outstanding and we played really well, our passing was tremendous, particularly in that first half, although we did give away a couple of goals.

I don't like to single out players but I have to say that Steve Bowey was outstanding, he covered every blade of grass tonight and in goals Colin Scott was again superb."

The victory over the on-form Saints sets up a second Bell's Cup final appearance for the Doonhamers, the match will take place on the 20th October 2002 and the opponents will be second division new-boys Brechin City who themselves had a right royal battle this evening as they eventually came out on top against Queen's Park with a 4-3 victory at Hampden.
Under 18's 27th August 2002
The Under 18's side have started the season where they left off last, very impressively. Last Wednesday the lads drew 1-1 with last seasons champions Ayr United 1-1. Steve Archibald scored the opener in just fifteen minutes and despite hitting the post Queens could just not break down the visitors defence and from a corner the Ayr number 9 scored with a header just 10 minutes from time.

Sunday the 25th saw Queens travel up to Cowdenbeath and record an emphatic 3-0 victory against the Fifers, defender Steve McKay opened the scoring in 20 minutes from a Willie Gibson free-kick, then the defender notched his second from a Willie Gibson corner just before half-time.

Queens McKay, Lennox and Cunningham made debutant 'keeper Jamie Campbell's afternoon an easy one.

The third goal was the pick of the bunch as a brilliant run and cross by Willie Gibson was met by a diving Steve Archibald who bulleted the ball into the back of the net.

The young Queens side finished well on top and Cowdenbeath's first team coach Keith Wright and his assistant Mickey Weir complemented the Queens side on their play.

The youngsters are worth a watch as a number of them will be pressing for a place in the first team this season, already Willie Gibson has forced his way onto the bench. If you want to catch them this week and you are not travelling to Falkirk then you are guaranteed a good match at the Keswick Centre with a 12:30pm kick-off, the opponents are East Stirlingshire.

Watch out later this week for a page dedicated to the youngsters and with all of their home fixtures listed.
Team News 26th August 2002
Ahead of the Bell's Cup semi-final clash with St.Mirren at Love Street tomorrow evening the team news is that Alan Gray will return to the squad after suffering a reaction to an ankle knock picked up in the last round versus Dumbarton, the swelling was bad enough to keep Alan out of only his second Queens game since joining the club but has cleared up now and makes the Cumbrian available for selection.

The three long term casualties; O'Connor, Thomson and Donald are all still side-lined whilst Jamie Campbell appeared for the Under 18's last week and looks to be making his way back from injury.
Man of the Match 26th August 2002
For the third time in only four appearances Steve Bowey picks up the Internet fan club man of the match award, the Geordie midfielder putting in a fine middle of the park twenty minutes after he was relieved of wing duty. Second place went to the ever reliable Andy Aitken and third to Paddy Atkinson. It was also noticeable that the substitutes scored very well this week.

The full team scores can be found via the 'Latest Report' link or after tomorrow evening via the 'Results & Fixtures' link, the player of the season league table has also been updated and shows Steve Bowey regaining his place as Sean O'Connor drops below 50% of games played.
New Signing 26th August 2002
As the registration deadline approaches Queens have made another loan signing with the capture of Hearts defender Robbie Neilson until the registration window opens again in January.

The twenty-two year old Paisley born right-back has been at Hearts since leaving Rangers Boys Club in 1996, he has made twenty six first team appearances and also made eight for Cowdenbeath when on loan with the 'Blue Brazil' in the 1999/2000 season.

Neilson will go straight into the squad for tomorrow evenings Bell's Cup semi-final with his home town side St.Mirren, watch out for his long throws.
Reaction 24th August 2002
John Connolly was disappointed but not too downhearted after the match he said, "It's goals that win games and we had difficulty finding the net today.

It could all have been different if Paul Shields had scored when he broke through in the first half, but their 'keeper pulled off a brilliant save and they went on to score just before half-time which was a blow. It was actually an own goal as it went in off our Derek Allan but we have no excuses for the second goal, it came from a back clearance.

We did put pressure on them in the later stages but their 'keeper again excelled himself with two or three good saves."
Big Day Out 23rd August 2002
Sunday at the David Keswick Centre between 1.00pm and 4.30pm will see another major footballing event kicking-off in Dumfries. It's the Dumfries Table Soccer Club's, 'Big Day Out'.

It's great fun for all ages and as an introduction there will be demonstration matches played between some of the club's top players and you can have a chance to try the game out for yourself as you try to beat the 'keeper in the penalty shoot out competition.
Mistaken Identity 23rd August 2002
Eagle-eyed Queens fans will have noticed that the Sun had our very own Richard Shaw squaring up to Brechin City boss Dick Campbell at Hampden following the draw for the Bell's Cup semi-finals, it was actually an official from Queen's Park in the picture.
Team News 22nd August 2002
Four players still sit on the sidelines this weekend with Campbell, Thomson, Donald and O'Connor all missing out whilst Paddy Atkinson will be available for selection after recovering from a gashed leg following the Morton Bell's Cup match that has seen him miss the last two matches.
Man of the Match 22nd August 2002
For another solid display Andy Aitken wins the Internet fan club man of the match award for his part in keeping a clean sheet against Dumbarton on Tuesday evening in the Bell's Cup quarter final. Second place went to Colin Scott and third to Derek Lyle.

The player of the season league table has been updated and can be found via the 'Man of the Match' link. All of the other scores from Tuesday evening can be found either via the 'Latest Report' link or via the 'Fixtures & Results' page.
Not a bad draw 21st August 2002
Commenting on the draw for the semi-final of the Bell's Cup, manager John Connolly said, "It's probably the hardest tie we could get, however St.Mirren are the home team and on paper will start favourites, which takes a bit more pressure off us. With Ross County going out it avoided any chance of another trip to Dingwall and because of the travelling I didn't fancy going to Brechin in midweek, so I'm not complaining, it should be a good entertaining match up at Paisley.
Cup Draw 21st August 2002
In the semi-final of the Bell's Cup Queens have drawn St.Mirren away from home next Tuesday evening, the game will kick-off at 7.45pm.
Reaction 20th August 2002
Speaking with Queens Press Officer Bill Goldie after the match John Connolly said, "I'm happy with the result but not at all happy at the way we played and the players have all been told that. If we'd played like that against St.Johnstone we would have lost about 5-0, there was a lack of effort, infact we played the second half in second gear, but sometimes you play bad and get a result and we did just that tonight."

New signing Paul Shields however was a much happier man, "It's not often you play twenty five minutes of football and win a place in a cup semi-final", he joked. Said Paul, "I just met the other lads about half an hour before the match but I felt relaxed right away and it looks a great set up down here."

And the news on Sean O'Connor, Sean saw a specialist this week and is booked in for a scan on Thursday morning. The Palmerston medical team fear cruciate ligament damage and John Connolly says he's not expecting particularly good news, Sean however was down supporting his teammates at the Dumbarton game and when asked how he felt he replied, "A hundred times better than I did at this time last week, the pain last Tuesday night was excruciating and I hope I've never to suffer like that again, however I'll just have to wait until Thursday to find out how bad the damage is."
Team News 19th August 2002
Ahead of the Bell's Cup quarte