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Queen of the South | Match Preview

Dundee’s next Ladbrokes Championship match sees James McPake’s side travel to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Queen of the South v Dundee FC

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Championship

DATE: Saturday 22nd February 2020

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Palmerston Park

Ticketing Information

Entry is by ticket only. The Arena ticket office will be open for away supporters from around 1:00 p.m. with the BDS Stand ticket offices opening about 1:30 p.m.

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is a CASH ONLY office. Should spectators wish to pay by card then they should purchase their tickets at the Arena ticket office.

Spectators should arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they purchase their ticket and gain entry to the stadium for the kick off. Turnstiles open for admission at 1.30 p.m.

Prices are as follows –

Adult – £18

Concessions (Over 65s, 16-21 year olds) – £10

Under 16s – £5

Pre-School – Free

Fans asking for concessions (including student, U21 tickets and U16) will have to present ID to gain tickets.

Disabled Access 

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a lay by on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. The cost of entry of 1 personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1919

STADIUM: Palmerston Park

CAPACITY: 8,690

PITCH SIZE: 112 x 73 yards

MANAGER: Gary Naismith

CHAIRMAN: Billy Hewitson

NICKNAME: The Doonhamers

MASCOTS: Dougie the Doonhamer

CLUB COLOURS: Blue and White

HONOURS: Scottish League Challenge Cup winners: 2002/03, 2012/13

Scottish League B Division (second tier) winners: 1950/51

Scottish League Second Division (third tier) winners: 2001/02,

2012/13

Scottish Qualifying Cup winners: 1923/24

RECORD WIN: 11-1 v Stranraer, Scottish Cup, 16/1/1932

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 26,552 v Hearts, 23/2/1952, Scottish Cup 4th Round

CLUB WEBSITE: www.qosfc.com

Getting to the Ground

The full address of Queen of the South for Sat-Nav is Palmerston Park, Lochfield Road, Dumfries, DG2 9BA

By Car / Coach:

From the North

  1. Come off the M74 at J15 (Moffat) and follow A701 to Dumfries
  2. On entering Dumfries, follow this road through one mini-roundabout to the large roundabout on the A75
  3. Turn right onto the A75 (Dumfries Bypass)
  4. At the next roundabout take the second exit – signposted “Dumfries A76”
  5. Go straight across the first mini roundabout
  6. At the next roundabout, turn right onto Lochfield Road
  7. Follow this road to the next mini roundabout which is the entrance to the car park on the left

From the West

  1. Follow the A75 until you come to the “A76 Dumfries” turn off
  2. Follow instructions from 5 above

Car Parking/Bus Parking

Queen of the South have suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles Street /King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location. Car parking is available in the Arena car park; alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available around the stadium.

There are no known roadworks around Dumfries that would affect travel times to Palmerston Park but fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/index.aspx for confirmation and of any other delays.

By Train:

All trains come into Dumfries at the same station.

There are direct trains from Glasgow and there is also the option of coming via Carlisle. Alternatively, it can sometimes be more convenient to get off the train at Lockerbie and get the bus or taxi into Dumfries.

There is a taxi rank at the station, and the ground is approximately 5 minutes by car.

Walking to the ground from the station takes around 20 minutes, using the most direct route:

  1. Come out of the station on the west side, into the main car park (directly outside the front of the Station Hotel)
  2. Walk round to the right of the Station Hotel and turn right onto Lovers Walk.
  3. Follow Lovers walk round the corner to the traffic lights at the T-junction
  4. Turn left at the traffic lights onto the Edinburgh Road
  5. Follow this road into town and round the corner (keeping Greyfriars church on your right) down onto Buccleuch Street
  6. Continue down to the bottom of Buccleuch Street
  7. Follow the On Foot directions below

The alternative is to go through the centre of town. This will take slightly longer but has more options for refreshment along the way:

  1. Come out of the station on the west side, into the main car park (directly outside the front of the Station Hotel)
  2. Walk up the hill, to the left of the Station Hotel, to the traffic lights
  3. Turn right at the traffic lights onto St Marys Street
  4. Continue on St Marys Street, past the Cairndale Hotel and council buildings.
  5. Continue onto English Street and follow this up the hill into town
  6. From here, you can take any street, as long as you keep walking in the same direction, you will come onto the High Street
  7. Follow the On Foot directions below

On Foot:

The stadium is about a 10 minute walk from the centre of Dumfries. From the High Street, head towards Greyfriars Church and then down Buccleuch Street, or find the Whitesands and walk along it with the river on your left.

Then:

  1. Cross the Buccleuch Street bridge over the river, to the traffic lights.
  2. Turn right at the traffic lights, onto the Glasgow Road.
  3. Take the first left, onto David Street.
  4. Take the first right onto King Street

Then For Away Fans

  1. Follow King Street but turn left just before the Ice Bowl
  2. Take the next right, which will take you behind the Ice Bowl to the away section of the Rosefield Salvage stand.

Car Parking/Bus Parking and any on-street restrictions

It is requested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains Road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location. Supporters buses including minibuses will not be allowed to park in the Arena car park.

Car parking is available in the Arena car park, alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available around the stadium.

Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are no ongoing roadworks currently around Dumfries that may affect travel times to Palmerston Park. Fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/index.aspx for confirmation of any delays. There are current weather warnings in place for the region for wind and rain. Please allow ample time travelling to get to Dumfries. 

Specific advice for away fans in respect of condition of entry e.g. searching policy, unacceptable behaviour?

QOS have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol. This will be strictly enforced.

All spectators are required to abide by our acceptable behavior policy.

Queen of the South FC look forward to hosting you at Palmerston and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey to and from our stadium. Further information can be accessed via our website www.qosfc.com and social media.

Match Officials

REFEREE: Don Robertson

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Ivan Stankovic
ASSISTANT REFEREE: Eddie Ferguson

Head to Head v Queen of the South

LEAGUE: Won 38, Drawn 17, Lost 24

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 2, Drawn 3, Lost 2

LEAGUE CUP: Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 2

TOTALS: Won 43, Drawn 22, Lost 28

Last Five Dundee v Queen of the South Games

  1. 30/11/2019 | Home | Championship | Lost 2-1 | 4,517 | Johnson
  2. 27/9/2019 | Away | Championship | Drew 1-1 | 1,249 | McGhee
  3. 29/1/2019  | Away | Scottish Cup | Lost 3-0 | 1,421
  4. 19/1/2019 | Home | Scottish Cup | Drew 1-1 | 2,728 | J. Curran
  5. 25/3/2014 | Home | Championship | Won 1-0 | 3,999 | Davidson

Last Meeting

Two goals by Stephen Dobbie gave Queen of the South a 2-1 win at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park on St Andrews Day. Dundee had started well only for Dobbie to put the Doonhamers ahead after half an hour. Queens should have extended their lead in a poor second half. Danny Johnson seemed to have salvaged a point with a fine equaliser deep into injury time, but the defence switched off to gift Dobbie an immediate winner.

Dundee FC: Hamilton, Kerr 70), Forster, McGhee, Mackie, Ness (c) (Johnson 45), Robertson (Moore 69), Todd, Dorrans, McDaid, Hemmings

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Byrne, McPake, Strachan, Cunningham.

Goal: Johnson (90+2).

Booked: Mackie (handball).

Queen of the South: McCrorie, Mercer, Brownlie, Kilday, Holt, Murray (Paton 79), Pybus, Osman, Lyon, El Bakhtaoui, Dobbie

Unused subs: Leighfield, Gourlay, Irving, McCarthy, Kidd, Oliver.

Goals: Dobbie (28, (90+3).

Attendance: 4,517.

Referee: Alan Muir. Assistants: Gary Hilland, Craig Macrae.

Queen of the South’s Season So Far

Queen of the South’s season started by hosting Premiership Motherwell in the Betfred Cup where they lost 3-0 before hosting neighbours Annan Athletic. The League Two side did well to earn a 3-3 draw but The Doonhamers won the bonus point in the penalty shoot out.

A 4-1 win away at Dumbarton gave QOS a chance to qualify as one of the best runners-up but in the final match against fellow Championship side Morton, exited the competition when they lost the bonus point after coming back from 3-1 down at Cappielow to draw 3-3. 

Queens’ league campaign started with a 0-0 draw at newly promoted Arbroath and earned another point a week later in a 1-1 draw at home with Dunfermline.

Two 1-0 defeats followed to Ayr and Alloa but they got their first Championship win in the next game with a 1-0 win over Morton at Palmerston.

In the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup, Queens went out after a 3-2 defeat away to Clyde and lost 2-0 at Inverness in the league the following week before the 1-1 draw with Dundee in front of the BBC Scotland cameras.

Queens followed that draw up win a 1-0 win over Partick in Glasgow and then an impressive 4-0 win over Dundee United in Dumfries.

After drawing with Alloa and then losing to Inverness and Dunfermline, Queens defeated 2nd placed Ayr 3-1 at home.

Dundee United then got revenge with a 3-0 win at Tannadice before a disappointing Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Queens Park in the third round.

Queens then bounced back with an excellent 2-1 win at Dens but failed to build on it with a defeat to Partick the following week. The Doonhamers then enjoted back to back wins over Arbroath and Ayr before a hat-trick of defeats to Dundee United, Alloa and Dunfermline which has kept them looking over their shoulder at the relegation places as well as still having ambitions towards the promotion play offs.

Top Scorers

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Dobbie 11; Murray 6; Hamilton  5; Oliver 4; Holt, Paton, Semple 2; Mercer, Kilday, El Bahktaoui, Brownlie, Pybus Petravicius, Little 1.

DUNDEE: Hemmings 9; Johnson 7; Nelson, McGowan 4; McDaid 3; McGhee 2; Curran, Mackie, Kerr, Dorrans 1.

Matchday Programme

The 2019/20 Queen of the South matchday programme costs £3 and will be available in and around the ground and in the Palmerston club shop under the main stand from 1pm

How To Watch

Fans in the UK can sign up to DeeTV for a monthly fee of £5.99 or an annual fee of £59.99 which will give them access to live audio of Ladbrokes Championship games, full match replays and highlights, behind the scenes content and exclusive interviews.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DeeTV on Saturday while a shorter highlights package will be available to on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

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