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Lyle Signs 28th June 2002
Derek Lyle put pen to paper today and signed for Queen of the South from Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee. The striker has just returned from holiday and is delighted to be signing for Queens stating that he had always wanted to come back to Palmerston.
Gordon is a Ger 28th June 2002
Right winger Gordon Connolly has followed his midfield team mate Graham Connell across the country to Berwick Rangers, god luck to Gordon with the Wee 'Gers.
Season Review 27th June 2002
Saturday night sees us review the critical month of March in our serialised season review. A month that saw a growing realisation amongst Doonhamers fans that the championship was in sight, although no one would dare say the p word never mind the c word!!
In With The Bricks 23rd June 2002
You can now become a permanent fixture at Palmerston and be 'in with the bricks' through a new scheme just released by the club. The scheme allows all fans the opportunity to have their name or inscription engraved onto a brick and placed in the wall at Palmerston. Click the 'brick' graphic top right to see full details.
New Shirt Logo 21st June 2002
The shirt sponsorship draw winners, Positive Response Communications from Parkgate have an impressive corporate logo that would look very good on the strips for this coming season, here is a sneak preview.
Season Review 21st June 2002
In the latest installment of the review of our championship winning season we will look at the important month of February tomorrow evening on the site.
Lyle re-signs 19th June 2002
Derek Lyle re-signed for Partick Thistle this afternoon ending speculation, put about by his agent, regarding a move down south following the breakdown of negotiations aimed at bringing him back to Palmerston following a successful loan spell in the second half of the season. The strikers agent earlier this month turned down an offer of a move to Palmerston for the speedy front man so let's hope that Derek gets more than a run in the reserves and a seat on the bench at Firhill in the SPL, at least the fans in Dumfries appreciate the skills that the young striker amply demonstrated in his short spell in the royal blue of the Doonhamers. Good luck Derek.
Moorie Moves On 19th June 2002
Allan Moore has been appointed as Player Coach at Stirling Albion, he will work alongside their new manager, whenever one is appointed, good luck to Allan in his new role.
Congratulations 18th June 2002
Major celebrations down Gretna way can be expected this evening as the townships side finally were admitted to the Scottish League at the third time of asking. It's been long overdue but finally the only Scottish team playing in England have come home.

For Queens this means that there may well be some really local 'local derby' matches for a change. Instead of a round trip of around 150 miles we may see in the future trips of just 45 miles.

Congratulations to everyone at Raydale Park and in particular to Rowan Alexander, Derek Frye and the numerous other former Queens players who have all helped to make the transfer possible. It's also quite fitting that they will host Morton on the opening day of the season, the side where Rowan Alexander had some of his greatest moments.
Connell Signs 18th June 2002
We notice today that Graham Connell has signed up with Berwick Rangers for next season, he will certainly add something to the Berwick midfield and we wish him every success with his new side next year.
Training Resumes 14th June 2002
For the players of Queen of the South the holidays are over as training resumes tomorrow. It's an 11.00 start for the squad with the venue now the Technical College, the original, the Kingholm, being flooded.
Season Review 14th June 2002
Look out tomorrow evening for the latest instalment in Ewan Lithgow's Review of the Championship Season, this week we look at December and January.
Fixtures 13th June 2002
The fixture list was today issued by the Scottish League and gives Queens an opening day, August 3rd, game versus Clyde, followed by Ross County away, St Johnstone at home and Ayr United at home. Our Neerday fixture sees us pitted against Ayr United at Palmerston and the last game of the season is away in Perth.

Full fixtures will be published later today.
Scott Kerr 9th June 2002
Would Scott Kerr from Paisley please get in touch either by email to or by phoning John Paterson on 01387 268781 regarding the delivery of an order, thanks.
Last Chance for Strips 9th June 2002
John Paterson, who runs the Club Shop at Palmerston has obtained the very last championship season away tops that will be available. There are six of the away strips in XL size only, if you would like to reserve yours then ring John as soon as possible on 01387 268781, strictly first come first served.
Championship Season Review 6th June 2002
We reach the month of November in the Season Review this weekend, a month of mixed results and a heavy defeat.
Not Many Left 6th June 2002
There are only around fifteen bottles of Queen's Championship Commemorating Whisky left at T B Watsons in the town, well worth collecting. Also only a few of the new badges left, although there is more on order, these are available from Lows Castle Douglas, Palmerston, the Standard Office, the Tourist Information Shop at the Mid-steeple, Palmerston and, of course, online.
New Signing 5th June 2002
Former Hibs, Partick and Clydebank midfielder Eric Paton has agreed terms with Queens and yesterday signed a one-year contract at Palmerston. The twenty-three year old right sided midfielder ended the season as joint top scorer at the Bankies and had been linked with a number of sides during the season just past. He has featured against Queens no fewer than fifteen times for Stenhousemuir (loan), Partick and the Bankies scoring twice, once in March 2001 in Queens 2-1 victory and then again in November 2001, scoring one of the three goals that saw us off without reply.
'Transfer' Window 4th June 2002
Much has been written about the possible effects of the so called 'transfer window' system that has been adopted by FIFA, UEFA and all affiliated associations, the way that we see it is as follows;

Firstly the term 'transfer window' can be misleading, we prefer the term 'registration window' as it better describes the process.

If you then understand that a player cannot play in any senior game without first being registered then the other questions regarding 'loan' players or trialists really become self-explanatory. To summarise the main points:

1. Players can only be registered up until and including the 31st August 2002, the next time that a player can be registered is between the 1st and 31st January 2003.

2. Loan players are possible but they must have been registered during the two registration windows.

3. Trialists are possible but only during the registration windows.

An additional rule is also being introduced which relates to youth development, the new rule states that a club is not allowed to have any more than 22 players registered that are over the age of 21 years. There is however no limit on the number of under 21 year olds that can be registered.
Season Review 31st May 2002
Look out tomorrow night for part four of our review of the championship season and we're up to the month of October and our first visit to the top of the league.
Shirt Draw Winner 30th May 2002
A record was set at Palmerston tonight as the Shirt Draw attracted no fewer than 142 entries, by far the largest number of entries and an increase of 87% over the previous highest figure of 80 seen in season 1998/99. The draw was made by Lisa Scott, wife of first team coach Ian Scott, and Lisa drew the name of Queens director David Rae out of the hat first, David though was kind enough to donate the prize to Queens and for the second time the first prize was offered for auction amongst the entrants present with Positive Response Communications winning with a bid of 2,400, taking the night's earnings from the draw to 45,000.

Speaking for Positive Response Communications, Mrs Pat Hobson said, "It's just brilliant, my family has had a long connection with Queen of the South, my Aunt Vi has assisted Doreen in the kitchen for twenty years, also my grandfather Robert Crawford was a staunch Queens fan and followed then for years home and away and my brother carried on the tradition and he now follows Queens to every game."

The full list of prize winners is as follows:
FIRST Shirt Sponsorship Positive Response Communications
SECOND League Match Sponsorship Dumfries and Galloway Libraries
THIRD Matchday Hospitality Package for six Rotchell School of Motoring
FOURTH Matchday Hospitality Package for four Grampian Country Park Halls
FIFTH Executive Club Membership Wee Beastie, Soft Drinks
SIXTH Executive Club Membership Oakbank Services
SEVENTH Executive Club Membership Doonhamers Travel Club
EIGHTH Autographed Match Ball Bruce McGarva, Joiner
NINTH Autographed Team Shirt Criffel Micro Business Centre
TENTH Match Mascot Annandale Insurance

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