Queen Of The South
Queen of the South
Queens play in the Scottish first division and have found themselves pushing for promotion. Their last match against Rangers was in the League Cup as goals from Steven Naismith and Nacho Novo put us 2-0 up. They scored in the last minute to give them hope but we held on for the win. The 2007/08 season brought The Doonhammers longest ever cup run and it concluded at Hampden against Rangers. Rangers were cruising at half time but two early goals in the second half from Queens made it 2-2. Kris Boyd scored a header in the last 20 minutes to hand us the double.
What To Expect
Away fans are located in the relatively new Galloway News (East) Stand, which is shared with home supporters. Around half this stand is allocated, which is around 1,100 seats. If demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated, taking the total allocation to 2,200. The facilities in this stand and view of the action are pretty good and even a small amount of away supporters can really generate some noise from it.
Palmerston Park is a great looking traditional ground, with a nice blend of new and old stands. On one side of the ground is the relatively new Galloway News (East) Stand. This smart looking, all seated single tier stand, is covered and runs the full length of the pitch. Opposite is the Dumfries & Galloway Grandstand, a classic looking small covered seated stand, that has a raised seated area. It only runs for around half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. There are small portions of terracing at the front of the stand and at either side. At one end is the Portland Drive Terrace. This is a fair sized terrace, that is partly covered (to the rear). The roof has a gable perched upon it, which features a traditional looking clock. The only downside to the stadium is the Terregles Street End, a small open terrace no longer used that has fallen into disrepair and looks a little shabby. The ground also has a striking set of floodlights.
- Record attendance (any venue): 58,975, 5th April 1950, Hampden Park, Scottish Cup semi-final replay 3–0 defeat to Rangers. 52,924 watched the 1–1 cup draw with Rangers 4 days earlier at the same venue.
- Queens first ever Scottish League match under floodlights: Rangers v Queen of the South, Ibrox Park, 7 March 1956.
- Youngest player to play in a British Cup Final: John Fleck v Queen of the South
- Oldest Rangers player to play in a Cup Final: Davie Weir v Queen of the South
How To Get To
Approaching Dumfries from the North or East you will reach the A75 Dumfries by pass. Follow signs for Kilmarnock/Stranraer and when you reach the roundabout, that is the junction with the A76 (Glasgow Street) turn left towards Dumfries, Go over a couple of roundabouts and when you a reach a T junction (where you can see the Spread Eagle Inn), with a set of traffic lights, turn right at the lights onto the A780. A short way down this road turn right into Terregles Street for the ground. There is a fair amount of parking at the 'Ice Bowl' behind the Galloway News (East Stand), otherwise there is some street parking available.
Dumfries is served by trains from Glasgow & Carlisle. The ground is just over a mile away from the ground and should take about 15-20 minutes to walk. When you arrive by train you will see an imposing hotel right in front of you and behind it is a street called Lovers Walk. Turn right along Lovers Walk until you reach Academy Street. Continue along Academy Street bearing right past Burns Statue on to Buccleuch Street. Continue until you pass over Buccleuch Street Bridge then on to Galloway Street. Continue then turn right on to Terregles Street and about 200 yards further on is Palmerston Park.
There is a bar at the ground, at the rear of the West Stand. This is called the Palmerston Lounge Bar and away fans are welcome. The nearest bar, is the Spread Eagle Inn, which is about a five minute walk away. Around the corner from this bar, are a number of others including the Devorgilla and the Globe. Otherwise Dumfries town centre is around a 10-15 minute walk away. There are a number of pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons Outlet called 'Robert The Bruce' on Buccleuch Street. Also on the same street is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Cavens Arms.