Match Preview v Ayr United

We have a home game in the Championship tomorrow as we welcome Ayr United to Palmerston.   

The two sides have already met this season with Sean Kelly’s first half strike for the Honest Men the only goal of the game at Somerset Park in August. Queens played well that day and deserved to take something from the match so will be looking to turn the tables on the visitors who are in a good run of form and sit second in the table. 

Since our last meeting Ian McCall has left for Partick Thistle and the visitors are now managed by former Queens midfielder, Mark Kerr.

Ahead of the game our manager, Allan Johnston said “Our last three matches are what make being involved in football frustrating at times.

We felt we should’ve won against Alloa and taken something from the game against Inverness at Palmerston, so to only have one point at the end of the two games was disappointing. However, I have no argument with last weekend’s result, it was probably the poorest we have been all season and there is no doubt that Dunfermline deserved their win.

We started poor and never got out of first gear really, there were periods of the game that we started passing the ball but it was nowhere near enough to win the game.

We were without Darren Brownlie and Michael Paton before the game and lost Faissal El Bakhtaoui during the first half which was a real blow to us.

We weren’t happy with the performance but we know we are much better than that.

Ayr have picked up a couple of good results under Mark Kerr so will be confident going into the game, we have been strong defensively and are a threat going forward so we just need to go out and show that again”.


Supporters attending Palmerston should note:

Sections six, seven and eight of the BDS Digital (East) Stand have been set aside for away supporters. They should enter the stadium via turnstiles three and four.

The turnstiles will be open for ALL spectator entry at 1415.

Prior to kick off we will be holding a special ceremony to remember those who have died in conflict. The players will be piped onto the field along with Standard Flagbearers and Board members from both clubs will lay wreaths in the centre circle before everyone within the stadium will be asked to pay their respects during a minute silence.

Entry is by ticket only. Tickets should be purchased from the ticket offices before arriving at the turnstiles. The ticket office within the QOS Arena will be open from 1230 with the BDS Stand Away section ticket office opening an hour later.

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is CASH ONLY. If you wish to purchase your ticket by card then you should use the Arena ticket office.

Ticket prices are:

Adults: £18

OAP/Concessions/ Students/ 16-21 year olds: £10

Under 16’s: £5

Pre-School Kids: FREE

Season tickets are valid for the game – using voucher number 7.

Accessible tickets are available at £8, £5 and £3.


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 one personal assistant is included in the price of the ticket.

Car parking is available in the Queen of the South Arena car park next to the ground. There will be some on street parking restrictions but there is plenty of other on and off street parking available around the ground.

Supporters buses will NOT be allowed to park in the Arena car park, therefore 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.

There are no on-going roadworks currently around Dumfries that may affect travel times to Palmerston Park. Fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at for confirmation of any delays.

Catering outlets and toilets will be available for use throughout the ground. Toilet and catering facilities are also available in the Arena prior to kick off. The café within the Arena offers a full menu and the bar under the Gates Stand will also be open for refreshments.

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. Any person deemed to be under the influence of alcohol will be denied entry to the ground. This will be strictly enforced.

All spectators are required to abide by our acceptable behaviour policy and your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

Our Saturday Kids Club for primary school age children takes place ahead of all of our Saturday home games from 1230 at the Arena. For two hours ahead of kick off, kids will receive coaching from Queens coaches and members of the Under 20 squad as well as having fun and the chance to play short games. For the cost of £10 per child (£8 if they have a Junior Blues season ticket) they will also be given lunch and then entry into the first teams game where they can either sit with their families or be collected after the match.

Pre-registration is not compulsory anyone can turn up and pay on the day.

The shop will be open for business prior to kick off, where you can buy a full range of merchandise.

Match day programmes will also be on sale – priced £3.

And you can purchase our 50/50 half-time draw tickets for a pound each.

Kick off – 3pm