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Queen of the South murals vandalised

Queen of the South murals defaced with red graffiti Credit: Drew Geddes

Police are trying to trace vandals who spray painted a series of murals charting the history of Dumfries football club Queen of the South.

The works by artist Jo McSkimming were commissioned by the People's Project - a community group led by Mark Jardine.

The vandalism happened some time on Saturday night.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

Jim Fowler is new QOS player-coach

Former Kilmarnock midfielder has agreed to take charge of Queen of the South to temporarily replace manager Jim McIntyre Credit: PA

With coach Billy Dodds opting to follow Jim McIntyre to Ross County, Queen of the South have announced that player/coach James Fowler has agreed to take charge of first team affairs at Palmerston Park while a full time replacement to McIntrye is sought.

He looks set to pick the side for the Doonhamers trip to Falkirk on Saturday.

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Who's next for the QOS hot seat?

Former St.Mirren manager, Danny Lennon, is joint favourite with Billy Dodds to be the next Queen of the South manager Credit: PA

With the shock departure of fan favourite Jim McIntyre, Doonhamers fans are eager to find out who his replacement will be.

Early speculation has put forward a number of potential candidates.

Scottish betting site McBookies.com has published odds on the next appointment. The joint favourites at 5/2 are former managers Billy Dodds and Danny Lennon. In third at 6/1 is Jimmy Calderwood and at 8/1 is former England captain Terry Butcher.

McIntyre resigns

Jim McIntyre has left the Queen of the South in order to take the vacant manager's position at Ross County. Credit: PA

Queen of the South have confirmed that Jim McIntyre has left the club in order to take the vacant manager's position at Ross County.

It is understood that McIntyre was interviewed for the role on Sunday, offered it yesterday and has accepted this morning after considering the offer overnight.

A statement from the club on its website thanked McIntyre for his work and wished him well in his new job.

"Whilst clearly very disappointed to lose the manager`s services, we understand his desire to work at a higher level again and the Board would like to thank both he and Ross County FC for the professional manner in which the negotiations took place.

We would also like to place on record our thanks for his services over the past 15 months and acknowledgement that he achieved all the targets set for him in that time. We believe he leaves the club well equipped to push for a play-off place in the Championship again despite the quality of clubs at this level this season."

– Statement from the Queen of the South website

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Team of murals complete Doonhamers wall of fame

The murals have been painted by a local artist Credit: ITV Border

A series of murals on Terregles Street in Dumfries are now complete.

The murals celebrate moments of Queen of the South FC's recent history and can be seen at the clubs ground, Palmerston Park.

Fans will be reminded of the teams history at each match Credit: ITV Border
They have brighten up the street Credit: ITV Border
Moments on and off the pitch are celebrated in the murals Credit: ITV Border

The collection illustrates the journey of the club and is seen as the Doonhamers wall of fame.

They have been painted by local artist Josephine McSkimming, from Southerness.

The murals also illustrate the supporters and excitement around the game Credit: ITV Border
The final mural being put in place Credit: ITV Border
This mural is the last in a series of 12 Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South: a step closer to promotion

Queen of the South got off to a good start in their bid for promotion via the playoffs.

They beat Falkirk 2-1 in the first leg of their quarter final tie, on Tuesday 6 May.

If the Doonhamers can keep ahead on aggregate in the second leg away from home they will meet Hamilton Academical in the semi final and take another step closer to football in Scotland's top flight.

Queen of the South prepare for play-offs

It's that stage in the football season where every match is the biggest game of the season so far - the play offs.

With Carlisle United's relegated place confirmed, we look North of the border at Queen of the South.

The Doonhamers take on Falkirk at Palmerston Park in the first leg of their play-off Championship quarter final, tonight, Tuesday, 6 May.

Fiona McIlwraith has this report:

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