For previous news articles see the monthly archive at the foot of this page.
Shirts on Offer 27th February 2003
All replica shirts from the Club Shop have been reduced to 25 each to clear, most sizes are available, but only a very few Fila tops are available, the bulk of shirts available are the Special Edition strips. Be quick as stocks are limited.
Man of the Match 27th February 2003
Top man on Tuesday evening according to the Internet Fan Club was midfield general Steve Bowey, second place went to our new right back Derek Allan and third to the ever-battling Brian McColligan.

The player of the season league table has been updated and can be found via the Man of the Match link whilst the scores for everyone else can be found on the Latest Report page.
Team News 27th February 2003
Queens will have winger Brian McLaughlin back in the squad for the visit of Falkirk on Saturday. In what will be a tough match Queens will be looking to go one better than the last visit of the Bairns to Palmerston when it ended all-square.
Queens 1-1 Clyde - Reaction 25th February 2003
John Connolly was disappointed with the draw and reckoned it was a match we should have won,

"It's the same old problem we've had all season, we have a team on the rack but just can't finish them off. We were well on top in the first half and played really well and had Peter stuck the ball in the net when he was clean through two minutes before half time it would have killed the game off.

They came out in the second half and really pushed forward but just when we thought we'd weathered the storm they scored. On another day the ball might well have gone over but it came back off the bar and fell just right for David Hagen to score.

With Alloa and Ross County both winning it's really tightening up at the bottom of the table and it's important we start winning games instead of drawing them."

The happiest man in the Queens dressing room was Joe McAlpine who made his first start since the Bell's Cup final. Joe summed it up in three brief statements,

"It was just great to get a start, it was even better to get a goal but we should have had it all sewn up by half-time."

Another happy player was Derek Allan who won the sponsors Man of the Match award in only his second game back after injury. Derek dedicated his trophy to Physio Kenny Crichton who helped him fight back to fitness after a very long lay-off.

Said Clyde manager Alan Kernaghan, "We dug ourselves into a massive big hole in the first half and were fortunate to come in at the interval only one goal down, we put them under a lot of pressure in the second half but it's never easy coming to Palmerston and winning, however a point's better than no points and that's what it looked like for seventy minutes."

Bill Goldie
Late Team News 25th February 2003
Brian McLaughlin has now been added to the injured list for the home game with Clyde. The winger twisted his ankle against St.Mirren on Saturday and is now sidelined along with Andy Goram, Sean O'Connor and Paddy Atkinson.
Team News 24th February 2003
For the Clyde match tomorrow evening Andy Goram and Sean O'Connor will again be missing but Derek Anderson, who was 'rested' on Saturday will be back in contention. John O'Neill's booking against St.Mirren now takes him over the penalty point limit, hopefully he will be available for the next two games but faces suspension following that. Brian McColligan, Peter Weatherson and Jim Thomson are all only one booking away from suspension as well, so 'keep the heid' boys.

Bill Goldie
Man of the Match 24th February 2003
Peter Weatherson wins the Internet Fan Club's Man of the Match award for his performance against the Buddies on Saturday, second place goes to long term player of the season league leader Steve Bowey with third being won by second half substitute Joe McAlpine.

The scores for all of the other players can be found via the Latest Report link whilst the Player of the Season league table has been updated and can be found via the Man of the Match link.
The Next Three Weeks are Crucial says John Connolly 23rd February 2003
With Queens at home to Clyde on Tuesday, John Connolly reckons it's high time his team started winning games, says the manager;

"Since the beginning of the year we've drawn three and lost one of our last four league games, we have now five of our next six matches at Palmerston so it gives us an ideal opportunity to start winning and boost our points total for after that we only have two home fixtures in our final seven games. That's a tough finish but I'm not too worried because we're playing quite well away from home.

It would be ideal nonetheless if we could ensure our survival in division one over the next six matches and ease the pressure on us for the run-in.

With injuries to key players plus the fact that several others are only a booking or two away from suspension we must try and make the most of our home advantage."

Bill Goldie
St.Mirren 2-2 Queens - Reaction 22nd February 2003
Speaking after the game John Connolly said he was happy to settle for a draw;

We didn't play particularly well, especially in the first period, but we did pick up our game a bit in the second half", he admitted, "looking on the bright side we were twice behind and fought back to earn a draw which I think was a fair result.

After we'd pulled back to 1-1 it was very disappointing to give away a penalty within a minute, but it was all down to that lack of concentration factor again. However the bottom line is we are still only two points behind St.Mirren in the league and we have two games in hand on them. A point away from home in this division is never too bad so I'm not complaining."

Bill Goldie
Team News 21st February 2003
Queens will have 'keeper Andy Goram and striker Sean O'Connor missing for the match against St.Mirren at Paisley tomorrow. Goram is still recovering from a broken bone in his hand while O'Connor was stretchered off in the midweek Cup clash at Pittodrie and suffered medial ligament damage.

At present there is no danger of the match being in doubt.

Bill Goldie
Man of the Match 20th February 2003
With the votes now counted the Man of the Match according to the Internet Fan Club on Tuesday evening at Pittodrie was Brian McLaughlin, second place went to captain Jim Thomson and third was a tie between Peter Weatherson and Sean O'Connor.

All the score have been added to the Player of the Season League Table and can be found via the Man of the Match link, the scores from Tuesday can be found on the Latest Report page.
Thanks 19th February 2003
Special thanks tonight for three dedicated Queens fans and website contributors, Bill Goldie for keeping us right up to date with news on Sean O'Connor and the thoughts of John Connolly after the match, Ewan Lithgow for producing a match report after at least a five hour trip home and David Gow for his video clips and match photographs as well as his trip back in the company of a bus load of Dons fans. Many thanks on behalf of all website visitors.
Penalty Goal 19th February 2003
Thanks again to David Gow for his video clip of Peter Weatherson scoring from the penalty spot last night versus Aberdeen. Right click on the link below and select 'Save target as', it is approximately 1.2Mb so may take some time with a dial-up connection.

Penalty Goal
Sean Update 19th February 2003
Sean O'Connor's injury has now been diagnosed as medial ligament damage and means he could be out of action for about six weeks. It is the same knee as was injured earlier in the season.

Although Queens fans were screaming for a foul, Sean himself admitted that there was no physical contact by an Aberdeen player and the injury simply came about because of the way he fell.

Bill Goldie
Aberdeen 4-1 Queens - Reaction 18th February 2003
Speaking after the defeat to SPL side Aberdeen at Pittodrie manager John Connolly admitted to being a disappointed man, "We played well enough for the first fifteen minutes and passed the ball about well, however we lost three quick goals and that was that. The most disappointing aspect of our play was our defending at set pieces. We are now out of the cup and can concentrate fully on the league."

Sean O'Connor has been taken to hospital with an injury to the same leg that suffered against Morton in the Bell's Cup last August, the injury though whilst to a ligament is thought to be a different injury and not a re-occurrence of the old one.

With the side now free of cup commitments attention reverts to the league and on Saturday the St.Mirren match postponed earlier in the season will take place at Love Street. The Ross County match postponed at the weekend will now take place on Saturday the 22nd March.

Bill Goldie
O'Connor Injured 18th February 2003
Sean O'Connor was stretchered off in the fifty-fifth minute with what looks like a serious leg injury, he received treatment on the pitch for a good period of time before being able to be removed on the stretcher.
New Signing 18th February 2003
In the travelling squad to tonights Tennent's Scottish Cup replay versus Aberdeen was Queens latest acquisition, twenty-two year-old Ben Dawson. A Newcastle lad Ben was signed on Saturday and plays central midfield, he has just returned from three and a half years in the States playing his football in Pennsylvania.

Bill Goldie
Team News 17th February 2003
Queens will still be without Andy Goram for the trip to Aberdeen tomorrow, Colin Scott will again deputise in goal.

Alan Gray, who was doubtful for Saturday is now back in the squad.

This will be the first time for over thirty years that Queens have played at Pittodrie, the last time being a League Cup tie back in 1972.

Bill Goldie
Game Off 14th February 2003
The game at Dingwall planned for tomorrow has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
New Dates 14th February 2003
The SFL have provided the re-arranged dates for the games previously postponed, they are:

February 25th - Clyde - Home
March 11th - Inverness CT - Home
March 18th - Arbroath - Home

The date for the St.Mirren match will be advised next week.
Team News 13th February 2003
Andy Goram will again be missing from the Queens squad for the match against Ross County on Saturday. Two other players are nursing knocks and their fitness will be assessed prior to the game.

Queens will set off North on Friday and stay overnight at Aviemore in preparation for this important clash.

Bill Goldie
LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD 12th February 2003
Andy Aitken is a typical example of a 'local boy making good'. Although just turned 25, Andy is our longest serving player and has the most club appearances to his credit--218 to date. Born in Dumfries, Andy moved to Annan with his family when only five years old and his first senior club was Annan Athletic."I owe an awful lot to Derek Frye who was manager then " confessed Andy " He gave me a chance and was always there to offer advice when needed"

He joined Queens in the summer of 1996 along with Jamie McAllister, Alex Nesovic and goalkeeper David Mathieson. "Rowan Alexander had just become manager" recalls Andy "And Mark Shanks was his assistant. Mark was a great guy and he guided me through those early days at Palmerston. Even now he's only a 'phone call away' if I require any help".

He made his first team debut on the 18th January 1997, but it wasn't a match to relish, Queens losing 3-1 to Stranraer at Stair Park. Despite being in his sixth season with Queens, Andy admits he'll never be remembered for his goal scoring prowess. "I've only hit the net four times so I'm no George Rowe who, I believe, netted 23 in his spell at Palmerston. But two of my goals I'll never forget. The first was on my 100th appearance when I grabbed one against Partick Thistle, however we still lost 2-1. The other was at the old Bayview Park against East Fife but this time we went on to win--I think it finished 5-1.

"I've met up with a lot of players since I first joined Queens but big Jim Thomson is one I've always looked up to. He took me under his wing the moment he arrived at Palmerston and we've been the best of mates ever since. He's always looked after me except for Saturday nights when we're out on the town when I look after him"
Andy's ambition has always been to move to a bigger club although he's always loved Queens. His big chance came in 1999. Jamie McAllister, David Lilley and Andy had all been invited up to Pittodrie for a trial period by Aberdeen coach, Keith Burkinshaw. "Jamie and David were both signed" he recalls "But just when it looked as if I'd follow them up the road

the manager, Paul Hegarty, was sacked and that was the end of it. It had been a golden opportunity to join a Premier League side and go full time and I must admit it was a real blow for me and the biggest disappointment of my entire career.

"After that setback my form slumped for a while but I soon pulled myself together and realised I'd just have to get on with the game.

"The following season there was another disappointment. Carlisle United came forward with an offer but it was a derisory one and Queens turned it down"

Andy openly states that his favourite position is playing in central defence. "From time to time I've been asked to play as a left-sided defender" he confirmed "I think it's because I'm a bit younger than some of my fellow defenders and have a wee bit more pace. However, I just get on with it and try to give 100% in every game".

Having turned out well over 200 times for Queens, Andy has had many memorable matches. But the most memorable of all was that 'gala day' at the end of last season against Morton. "We'd just clinched the league championship the previous Saturday at Forfar and the whole town was buzzing. It was a 'full house' that day and the atmosphere was electric. The fans were tremendous, we won 4-0 and before the game the championship flag was raised and we were presented with the trophy. It was a day I'll never forget as long as I live!"

Three other matches Andy will long remember are the two Challenge Cup finals. "We won one and lost one" he said "But they were both great days out for fans and players alike. Also my 200th appearance earlier this season against St Mirren at Paisley, but I was sorry to lose that one after leading at half time.

"Those past 18 months have brought us two trophies and I'm convinced the reason is the great atmosphere in the dressing room. We all get on so well together and that makes all the difference. We've got some right characters as well--wee Joe McAlpine is a real 'belter' and Andy Goram, despite being Scotland's greatest ever keeper, is very down to earth and a real laugh a minute" Away from football Andy is a very busy young man. He works as a pipe fitters mate; is studying Business Administration and is also on work experience one day a week with the council.

He is a true family man at heart and is happy to confess that his family is right behind him. "My wife used to hate football" he admits "But now Kerry's at nearly every game and is my biggest critic. My parents have always encouraged me throughout my career and have been there for me through good times and bad".

To relax Andy likes a round of golf at his local Powfoot course. In winter he plays badminton and enjoys nothing better than walking his two dogs.

He has always been a big favourite with Queens' supporters, young and old, who appreciate his genuine enthusiam for the game. Long may it continue !

Look out for next months 'Player Chat' when we speak to John O'Neill.

Bill Goldie
Closed Doors Score 11th February 2003
A Queens side featuring Under 18 players as well as Paddy Atkinson, Derek Allan, Derek Lyle, Joe McAlpine, Alan Gray and Peter Weatherson recorded a 4-0 victory over a Workington side tonight, the match was subject to a late switch to Palmerston Park and was a good workout for the players.
Workington Friendly 10th February 2003
Please note that the friendly game between Queens and Workington at the Keswick Centre on Tuesday night is only a 'closed doors' training game. Queens line-up will consist of first team players who have not featured in the last few matches plus members of the under eighteens squad.
Man of the Match 10th February 2003
A player who has really improved as the season has gone on wins his third Man of the Match award from Saturday, Brian McLaughlin, goalscorer and chief tormentor of the Saints defence wins the award with penalty saving 'keeper Colin Scott second, midfield engine Steve Bowey nets third place.

The player of the season league table has been updated but Bowser still leads by some margin, as he has done since day one, and the rest of the scores can be found on the updated 'Latest Report' page.
Video Clips 10th February 2003
Thanks to David Gow you can see a fans eye view of the Brian McLaughlin goal and the penalty save by Colin Scott. Click on the link below:

Brian Scores

Colin Saves
Shirt Sponsors Offer 9th February 2003
Queens shirt sponsor, Positive Response, have announced that they are offering a free no-obligation home security survey until the end of this season.

There is also a generous 10% discount on all security products during the same period.

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Coming Soon 9th February 2003
Look out in the next few days for the continuing exclusive player interviews being produced by Bill Goldie. This week it's Andy Aitken who features, and the big defender talks about his highs and lows as well as his love for the side.
Queens 1 - 2 St.Johnstone - Reaction 8th February 2003
We were robbed!, the ref cost us the game!, that was the verdict of all Queens supporters after the game. A gutted John Connolly nodded agreement at the fans remarks and said,

"I've got to be careful what I say about referee's but everyone out there saw what happened at their winning goal. Jim Thomson almost had the shirt pulled off his back but none of the officials saw it.

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement but I can't fault my players for effort and commitment.

They had more pressure over the ninety minutes but we had far more clear cut scoring chances. During the opening twenty minutes it was obvious we lacked match practice and they were on top, but after we scored it could well have been two or three nil at half time.

In the second half they pressurised us again but following their equaliser Steve Bowey was so unlucky when his lob came back off the bar.

Then came that winning goal, but I'll say no more about that."

On the controversial decision Jim Thomson said, "It was there for all to see, Stuart Noble just about had the shirt off my back in the chase for the ball.

I started in front of him but with all his pulling and tugging I ended up about a yard behind him, it was a match we should have won and I'm bitterly disappointed."

But St.Johnstone manager Billy Stark saw it different, he said

"Jim Thomson is a big rugged defender who can look after himself, Stuart Noble simply got the better of him and nuzzled him off the ball.

I was really happy to come back from one down and win, for Queens are always a handful at Palmerston and have a good support behind them. We were on top at the start but Brian McLaughlin took his goal well and we were up against it for a while.

But we totally dominated the second half and although Queens had a couple of chances themselves it's goals that count and we scored two."
'Keeper Crocked 7th February 2003
After complaining of a sore hand at training, Andy Goram has had an Xray that confirms that he has a cracked bone in his hand, 'The Goalie' may be out for a month with the injury.

Colin Scott will deputise.

Bill Goldie
Looking Fine 7th February 2003
The pitch at Palmerston is looking good for the game to go ahead tomorrow afternoon as all the snow has now cleared and the frost is out of the ground.
Team News 6th February 2003
Queens have a full squad available for the visit of St.Johnstone on Saturday and with the snow melting quickly it is hoped the game will go ahead on schedule.

With St.Johnstone unbeaten away from home in their last six matches and Queens unbeaten at Palmerston since the middle of September a close encounter is in prospect.

Said John Connolly, "We've played them twice this season, both games have ended in draws but we should have won at Perth, I'm expecting a very close match."
Stan Leslie 4th February 2003
We were saddened today to learn of the untimely death of a former Queen of the South player. According to reports Stan Leslie died of a suspected brain haemorrhage on Saturday evening as he was travelling south following an appearance for his present team Annan Athletic.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Stan.
New Date 4th February 2003
The rearranged replay date has been agreed as 18th February 2003 at Pittodrie with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Game Off 4th February 2003
The Tennent's Cup third round replay scheduled for this evening in Aberdeen has been postponed, whilst there is some standing water on the surface at Pittodrie the main reason is the treacherous travelling conditions that would have faced the fans on their way to the game. A firm date for the rearranged game has yet to be set as with Aberdeen possibly having players with international commitments next week, a game on Monday may not be possible.
Decision tomorrow 3rd February 2003
Whilst the pitch at Pittodrie will be playable for tomorrow evenings Tennent's Cup replay there is doubt over the game due to the difficult conditions that supporters will encounter on their way to the game. A decision will therefore be made on whether the game goes ahead or not at 9.00am tomorrow morning. If the game is postponed then the re-match will be scheduled for a week today, Monday 10th February.
Disappointment all round 2nd February 2003
John Connolly was as disappointed as the supporters when the Arbroath game was called off, "The referee had a very difficult decision to make", he confessed, "he decided the park was unplayable at the time of inspection and he had to take into account that Arbroath and their fans had a long way to travel. But the build up of postponed fixtures is becoming a worrying factor for us and at this moment in time we're not even sure the replay at Aberdeen will go ahead. The only plus point to come from Saturday's postponement was that all the players came to Dumfries and we were able to have a really good training session."

Bill Goldie
Top Shot 2nd February 2003
Congratulations to Peter Weatherson for being awarded the Scotsport, 'Goal of the Month', award for his second goal against Alloa. His goal in the New Years Day match against Ayr United also came close to winning the award which is decided by Andy Walker. Walker also admitted to being of the opinion, along with Dundee United boss Ian McCall that Nellie would be more than capable of playing in the SPL.
Game Off 1st February 2003
Following a pitch inspection the match versus Arbroath today has been postponed. Match referee Dougie Smith travelled down early this morning from Troon to make the inspection as Arbroath had planned to leave at 8.30am. Unfortunately though the pitch still has large frozen areas making it unplayable.
Round-Up 31st January 2003
With the pitch being slightly frosty today a pitch inspection has been arranged for 9.00am tomorrow morning ahead of the match versus Arbroath, it is hoped however that the thaw that is underway will continue and that the game will be given the go-ahead.

It has been a quiet close to the registration window today as no new faces arrived at Palmerston and only Barry Donald left the club, good luck for the future Barry and hopefully you can stay clear of injury at your new club.

Look out later tonight for the latest "KCs' Casualty Room" as top physio Kenny Crichton gives us a unique insight into the latest happenings on his treatment table.

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