Welcome to “Board Blog”. This is the opportunity for both the Board and the fans to interact online to ensure good lines of communication. We were previously posting on the “MAD Website” but this was correctly challenged as to why we were not supporting the official website. This was taken on board and we have decided to set up a blog on the official website and take feedback / questions on that. However, we will post a link to the blog on “MAD”, whenever a new post is made, but please remember your questions will only be answered through the official website.
I am aware a few Queen fans had questioned my allegiance to the club in the early days which I fully understood but, I have “put my money where my mouth is” and I am hear to assist in pulling the club through this difficult time. Anyone who sees me in that Directors box on a Saturday would not doubt my passion for this great club. My Director colleagues are not keen to sit beside me as I have tendency to kick every ball with the players. The club is now in a much better position than last year, but we still face many challenges over the coming months just to keep our heads above water. Having said that we are not the only club in Scotland in this position. Only Saturday past was an example, where we visited Raith Rovers who are finding things very tough at the moment. We wish them well in there fight for survival. The fixture list over this month and next has not been kind to us with few home games. Our home gate income is what keeps up solvent and therefore your support as always is vital. Recently our home gates have been around 1500 and we really need around 2000 to be able to survive in the First Division and push on to better things. Having said that we are fully aware of the pressure families are under in this current economic climate. We again discussed at our board meeting recently ways / ideas of how we can help reduce costs for the fans but the dilemma we face (which has been attempted before) is that we drop prices and the same amount of fans turns up!!!!! You do not need for me to explain to you that we end up in a worse position. As I have stated above, we are not unique. Every club I have visited or have been at Palmerston (excluding Ross County who has a very affluent Chairman) are in exactly the same position. The gate money receipts do not generate sufficient funds to cover the overheads; therefore the shortfall has to be provided from other sources. We are however not downbeat but optimistic / determined to pull the club through these difficult economic times and set a platform for the future of the club.
As always there has to be ground rules for a blog like this to be successful and ours will be no different. They are as follow;
- We will endeavour to answer all questions promptly and when information is available.
- Questions which are of a sensitive nature and have the potential to harm the club will not be answered
- We will not answer personnel questions re any member of the Board or playing staff but will answer general enquiries
- If you would like to ask a question but would not like it posted for all to see, an email address - [email protected] - has been set up to allow you to post me direct
- Abusive emails will not be responded too – common courtesy costs nothing
To get the blog off to a flier I will get you up to speed with the latest news starting with Saturday’s game from a Directors view.
Raith Rovers vs QOS
The highs and lows of football. Last Saturday night after the Falkirk game which we only had six fit players on the park and hold out to the 95 minute was devastating. To this Saturday were we completely dominated the game and a 0-4 result would have been more appropriate. It’s a funny old game. I felt the guys were outstanding on Saturday throughout the team. Our Captain S Simmons has come in for a bit of stick this season and I know some people want to see a Captain run about shouting and knocking people up in the air, that is not Steven’s style and never will be. Over the last few games I would hope the fans have see that he has much to offer and I can assure you his team mates are fully behind him. The turning point for me in the game was the world class save made by Lee in the first half, truly magnificent. We now look forward to the visit of Livingston this coming Saturday and hopefully three points. Look forward to seeing you there.
We are on track to finish the amounts this week and get the results publish and dispatched to shareholders. It is our intention to then hold the AGM by the end of November in a new format which I hope you will enjoy.
Still under review as is all expenditure at the club. Will feedback when complete.
QOS vs Livingston
We have agreed with the local constabulary, that this will be a non-policing game, handled solely by G4S.This is a cost saving exercise, therefore your assistance and patience would be greatly appreciated.
That’s all for now but look forward to hearing from you over the coming months.
Come on the Queens