The AGM of Queen of the South Football Club was held at the Nith Hotel,Glencaple,Dumfries on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 1930 with 75 shareholders in attendance.
Chairman WJ Hewitson opened the meeting and reflected on a successful 2012/13 season with a Ramsden Cup win and of course a return to the SFL1 now known as the Championship.
He also made some comment on the new Palmerston pitch and also the two indoor pitches at present under construction in the old Tesco building.
Reference was also made on the improved financial situtaion at Palmerston thanks to WJ Hewitson,C Paterson,M.Blount,NG Blount and Joan Houliston widow of former director Keith Houliston whose loans to Queens were formally waived in order to remove the debt from the company.
MA Blount was also re-appointed as Director.
Jim Thomson gave a presentation of his work with Queens with particular attention to Youth football. He also thanked the Holywood Trust for their wonderful support for Queens.
Queen's manager Jim McIntryre then took part in a question and answer session with the shareholders the highlights of which follow :
Jim's comment on the season so far - inconsistency - He however has belief in his players and stated we would be 8 points better off but for individual errors - He was challenged on why he plays our highest scorer on the left wing - He replied that Russell has scored 8 goals from this position and has played on the left wing for his previous clubs - Russell has been played in the middle this season but has had more success on the left - Jim asked why he subsitituted Russell sometiemes and the reply was in his opinion the player was tiring - The club tried everything to keep Lee Robinson at Palmy with no success - The club are negotiating to keep goalkeeper Clark at Palmy. They are also negotiating deals for next season with all players but state that some clubs are offering higher wages than Queens for part-time contracts - Ryan McGuffie is still part of the team but recent events off the field cost him his place for the time being - Queens have no formal scouting system as too expensive to run but rely on volunteers and word of mouth - Dowie is till part of the Queens set up but has lost form recently - Jim prefers 433 and 4321 formation -Danny Carmichael's loss of form not due to the new pitch but confident that he will regain form - Disappointed in performance of Callum Antell but still has hopes for the future - Jim is happy with the squad and adamant we will stay in the Championship.