Board Blog

Welcome to the Board Blog

Welcome to the blog. Over the coming months I very much look forward to communicating with you on the progress being made at the club. The blog is set up to allow the fans to hear it first from the club and not in bars and clubs around the town. We as Directors are the first to put our hands up and say that communications last year left a lot to be desired. Hopefully this is a small step in rectifying the situation. As I have mentioned on public websites I am more than happy to take questions and will at all times endeavour to answer them but, you must understand that some matters have to remain confidential and stay in the board room until such times as they have been confirmed.

If you have any questions you would like to ask you can do so in the following ways :

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Could I aso ask for patience when you post a question. The blog will updated on a regular basis and questions will be answered, on the blog, as and when the answers are available.

Mark Robertson - Director QOS

Ups and Downs
Posted in Board Blog by Mark Robertson on 26/02/2012 19:00:00

Gus offered a new contract

As posted on the Official Website on Friday the Board has offered Gus a new contract for next season. I know some will question this strategy in our current position but we believe we have the right man to see us through these difficult times. I have stated many times on the sites that this year was going to be one of the most difficult in the clubs history owing to it’s financial difficulties and it is certainly that. Having said that , our financial situation is much improved. Until yesterday, so were our performances. We firmly believe that Gus has the experience and skill to keep us in the 1st Division despite the fact that we provided him with a much reduced budget than any of the previous Managers then only 3 weeks to assemble a playing staff. If the worst were to happen we believe with the correct resources he is the man to bring us straight back up. During our discussions, Gus laid out how he would see the future from the playing side. This includes the youth set up and other areas he believes we could strengthen. After all of these discussions we concluded that there was no better man to see us through these difficult times. I would ask for your continued support.

Scottish Cup run

Sadly our Scottish cup run came to an end with the heart breaking late goal against Aberdeen. Over the two games I think we were unlucky to lose and comments from Craig Brown and Stuart McCall both experienced Managers, who said we shouldn`t have, does not ease the pain. We just hope the team can replicate that second half performance on a regular basis for the rest of the season. On the bright side , the income from that run will be most welcome. We have since had our post match review of how we think things went on the night and know we could have done some things better in terms of crowd management but still a successful night. It was great to see such a large turn out and the players very much appreciated it but where have they all gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trust Meeting

Met with the Trust last Friday to talk through working protocol for the remainder of this season and next. It would be fair to say that we do not always agree on what is the best way forward for the club but both parties want the same end result. We have agreed that there is some uncertainty out there as to exactly how much money collected transfer from the Trust to Queens’s football Club. It is a generous amount but needs to be more transparent to avoid confusion. We will keep you posted on our progress.

Falkirk vs QOS

After recent improving performances I went to Falkirk with high hopes but also a bit nervous as I believe they are the best football team in the Division. Unfortunately my worse fears came to surface as early as the 1st minute when they broke through. They were in my opinion much faster, more skillful, hungrier and played a game which we could not match. Sometimes you just need to put your hand up and say you were beaten by a far superior team. Unfortunately the truth hurts. Two players stood out for me the No9 who has beat us up in every game this year and W Gibson who I thought was outstanding. Before Queens’s fans get on their high horse about why we did not sign him when we had the chance, perhaps they should ask him first. I will say no more on this point!!!!!!!!!


As you know running a club the size of QOS is no small task and we are always on the look out for people who are genuinely looked to help out the club. It is in times like these that you really find out who are the real diehards. We are still on the lookout for any fans out there how would like give up some of their precious time to help out at this great club. There are many areas in which you could help namely,

1. Turnstile operators
2. Ground maintenance
3. Clerical assistance
4. Fund raising
5. Catering

Please feel to contact me direct if you would like to offer up your valuable time to support your local team.

Till the next time,

Responses to Comments from previous blogs.

Andy M
05/02/2012 08:37:00
Hi Mark, Regarding the future partnership with DGHP, I was wondering whether or not our new chairman`s company Building Crafatmen would be the preferred company for this work? I imagine that his company would be doing this work for next to nothing but how does this work given that DGHP will be obliged to follow public tender procedures and be subject to FOI requests? I would hate to see Queens (and Dumfries business) lose out through this bureaucratic process.
Cheers Hi Andy. Nice to hear from you. It will be up to DGHP as to how they run the tender process but they are very experienced in this field and therefore confident that they will make the right decisions.


Willie Mitchell
26/02/2012 19:50:00
Whilst not agreeing with all Board decisions I wholeheartedly agree with your decision to offer Gus an extension to his contract. He has worked wonders with what he had to work with since he took up the reins.
Colin Lind
27/02/2012 16:19:00
Mark, When is your next meeting with DGHP? I thought it was at the end of February.
Kevin Donnelly
27/02/2012 22:06:00
As somebody who supports Queens from afar and grew up watching them under the Harkness regime I would like to thank you for taking the time and effort to write this blog. Any communication from the board is welcome and I look forward to hearing more of Gus' plans for the future including the youth team developments.
Seer SC Scout
28/02/2012 10:13:00
As a supporter of your club right from the western blog of Africa, I have agreed in your decision. Let's hope next season things will be on our side.
17/03/2012 21:53:00
Does the contract offer still stand after the capitulation against Partick Thistle? Surely, Gus' remit when he got the job was to keep us in the division? In every other walk of life, if someone fails to meet their professional obligations they are given the boot. Why is it that QOS are rewarding failure? If the board of directions are resigned to years of stagnation in lower leagues then i for one won't be renewing my season ticket.
Ian Pithers
17/03/2012 22:03:00
As someone who has supported Queens from afar since 1987 when I moved back down South and then to Lanzarote from where I wrote a column for the programme for one season I am delighted that a director is prepared to go public with what is going on at the club. I am now back in Cumbria so feel closer to the club and hope to pay some visits each season...inconsistency seems to be the main problem with Queens - but that has always been the case believe me if was always thus!! Dont blame Gus for the lack of money but where has all the money gone from previous cup runs etc - queens should be at least in this division each season and must have the potential support to have a premier league side in the town.
19/03/2012 12:58:00
Have the directors budgeted for the dramatic fall in attendances that there will be next season; if Macpherson remains in place?
Stuart Delaney
20/03/2012 19:20:00
Hi Mark , Don't know what manager or players will be here next season but would it not be a good idea to get more Queens players involved with community work in and around Dumfries ? I fully understand why they train up in Glasgow but I think they should at least train once a fortnight in Dumfries and do school visits etc in the afternoon . It's always down to the local lads to do this kind of work . Why not make the others earn their money ever now and again ? It's also very good P.R. for the club
15/04/2012 07:10:00
this sounds like a very ieetrnsting story, if you could pull it off it would be great although i once managed an u19s team and found it increadibly difficult! good luck if you do try it