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Three sign extensions at Queen of the South

Three players have signed new deals at Queen of the South.

Captain Chris Higgins, top scorer Derek Lyle and his fellow attacker Iain Russell, have all agreed one year extensions to their current contracts.

Chris Higgins Credit: PA
Derek Lyle Credit: PA
Iain Russell Credit: PA

The team's manager is hoping other players will sign in the coming weeks:

I'm delighted that the players have pledged their future to the club for next season, they have been key players for us and are big characters within the squad.

They have played a big part in the success that we have had so far this campaign and deserve the reward of an extension. Discussions with other players continue and I hope to get a few more tied up in the coming weeks."

– Manager James Fowler, Queen of the South

Queen of the South 3 - 0 Rangers

Queen of the South's hopes for a play-off place at the end of the season received a boost last night after they won 3-0 at home to Glasgow Rangers.

James Fowler's side got off to a strong start, with Derek Lyle's goal giving them a half-time lead.

Queen of the South's Derek Lyle celebrates his goal Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Lee Wallace's own goal, just 16 seconds into the second half, helped the Doonhamers push further ahead.

And before the final whistle Gavin Reilly made it 3-0.

The win moves Queen of the South above Falkirk to fourth in the Championship table.

Queen of the South's Gavin Reilly (3rd right) celebrates his goal during the Scottish Championship match at Palmerston Park Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Queen of the South take over sports centre

Credit: Queen of the South Football Club

Queen of the South Football Club has today announced that they have taken over the running of the King George V Centre in Dumfries.

The Astroturf and Fitness complex will use the same online booking system as the Queen of the South Arena, which will be up and running next week.

The Club hopes to develop the venue for their own good, as well as for the benefit of the community.

"Nothing will change for the next few months, but the building of the Queen of the South Arena has been great for Dumfries.

This is another venture for the club in their home town and with the help of the community we hope to make it a great success."

– Billy Hewitson, Queens Chairman

James Fowler signs until end of next season

James Fowler will stay with Queen of the South until the end of the season Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South has announced that manager James Fowler has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of next season.

The Board has said it's very happy with the job he has done since taking over from Jim McIntyre last September, and that the move will give the club stability over the summer and into next season.

The Manager himself claims he is grateful to be able to extend his stay.

"I'm really happy to sign again, it's been an enjoyable year although very difficult and hard work but it's one I've enjoyed and I'm thankful to the Chairman and the rest of the Board for the opportunity"

– James Fowler

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Queens team up with Dumfries food bank charity

Standing left to right, Queens Captain, Chris Higgins, Director, Mark Blount, Andy Cochrane of the Queens Trust and Queens defender, Mark Durnan. Sitting centre, midfielder, Paul Burns. Credit: Queen of the South

Queen of the South have joined forces with a Dumfries-based food bank charity - and fans can now drop off donations on match days.

First Base Agency on Buccleuch Street is the town’s main food bank and in the past 12 months the charity says it has handed out 4,700 emergency food parcels.

To boost food stocks, the Queens Trust and supporters groups have teamed up with First Base Agency and set up collection points in the Queen of the South Arena for fans to bring donated food when they go to games.

"We're happy to have this joint initiative with the Trust and other supporters groups for such a deserving cause. Initially we will be accepting donations at the Arena on match days, and it would be great if supporters coming along to the game, could bring a little something with them."

– Queens director, Mark Blount

Stay hydrated: children learn from Queen of the South

Queen of the South players have been giving schoolchildren advice on staying hydrated. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren have been to see Queen of the South players as part of the H20 programme, run by Scottish Water, SPFL and the Doonhamers.

Each 90 minute session sees the children discuss the importance of staying hydrated, before taking part in a football session:

Under 15 girl's football festival showed 'real talents'

Participants of last week's festival Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Last week, the first inter-schools under 15 girl’s football festival was held at the Palmerston Arena.

The tournament was run by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Queen of the South women’s football club, and five schools took part.

Organisers claimed "real talents" were shown by some of the participants.

The council says further festivals and competitions are now being planned to encourage more girls to play football for their schools and local clubs.

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