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Plastic football pitches have become increasingly popular in our region, according to one Cumbrian company.

Queen of the South, Annan Athletic and Stranraer FC all play on artificial surfaces.

Carlisle United also have a synthetic training pitch, despite Football League clubs rejecting plans to reintroduce them to League One and Two games.

Support in Sport made the Blues' training pitch.

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Former Queens player guilty of assault

Ryan McGuffie will be sentenced in October Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A former Queen of the South player has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Dumfries pub last October.

Ryan McGuffie, 34, punched Graham Neish, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was taken to Dumfries Infirmary where he underwent surgery, but has made a full recovery.

The court was told the assault happened after something was said by Neish, and McGuffie verbally challenged him.

Sheriff George Jamieson called for background reports and deferred sentencing until October 28.

McGuffie, who has been with St. Alban’s Saints in Victoria, was said to be staying at his father’s address in Dumfries.

Fowler confirmed as new Queens boss

James Fowler is the new Queens boss Credit: Craig Halkett/EMPICS Sport

Queen of the South have named their new manager: James Fowler.

He joined the club as a player-coach in the summer, and was put in temporary control after Jim McIntyre left to join Ross County.

Before taking the reigns at Palmerston he spent most of his career at Kilmarnock, where he made 401 appearances in the former Scottish Premier League - a record.

“I felt when I was given the opportunity that I had to work towards that and I feel that I’ve done that with the preparations and stuff. So not too much will change.”

– James Fowler, Queen of the South Manager

Queens set to unveil new manager

Queens have been without a manager since Jim McIntyre left for Ross County three weeks ago. Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South are due to unveil their new manager later.

The club has called a press conference for two o'clock this afternoon (September 30). Queens have been without a manager since Jim McIntyre left for Ross County three weeks ago.

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.

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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.

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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