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David Rae admits Queen of the South could go part-time

Queen of the South chairman David Rae
Rae hopes the Queens fans will come out in force for their series of home games

Queen of the South chairman David Rae has revealed that the First Division club could go part-time.

The wintry weather meant there was no league match at Palmerston Park in two months, hitting the club's cashflow.

Rae told BBC Scotland: "We are a wee bit tight getting funding to run the club. It goes back to mid-November."

Asked about going part-time, he said: "We've got to be realistic. That is a possibility, without a doubt. We'll wait until April and address it then."

Queens have played only once in Dumfries in recent months, a Scottish Cup defeat by Brechin on 11 January.

"The last time we played a (home league) game was back on 13 November, against Cowdenbeath," said Rae.

"If anyone had said to me that we would not play our next league home game until 1 February, I wouldn't have believed it.

At the start of the season I cut the squad and I think that was necessary

Queens chairman David Rae

"We've had over two-and-a-half months without a home league game. That's a long time.

"The only game we had at home was the Cup, which had to be postponed from the Saturday and played on the Tuesday, with a reduced crowd.

"In December we had three home games postponed and we also lost the hospitality and shop sales. The programme sales were zero."

Fans of the club have been in touch with the chairman to arrange fundraising events, an offer Rae said he would welcome "with open arms".

"I think it's great that the supporters have the concern for the club and are willing to come in and help," said the chairman.

"We need to raise some funding for the club. We've got to look positively.

"We have a few unpaid bills but we don't have a bank overdraft so we've got to look at fundraising activities because of the sheer lack of football income."

Fourth-placed Queens are away to Stirling Albion on Saturday before playing three home games in a row in early February.

"Two-thirds of the season has gone and we have only played one-third of our home games - six games," said Rae on BBC Radio Scotland's Beyond the SPL on Thursday.

"We have one-third of the season left to go and in that we have to play two-thirds of our home league games.

"I know there's a recession but I really hope that the fans turn out big time and support the club."

While the cash may not be coming in through the turnstiles, Rae has been approaching potential investors in the club, pinning his hopes on that and the support of the fans to repel any chance of Queens slipping into administration.

"We have a great club here in Dumfries. At the start of the season I cut the squad and I think that was necessary," he said.

"There is always the threat (of administration) but that is always the last resort. I have been speaking to various people about putting funding into the club.

"I am confident we will get the response because I think there are genuine fans out there who want a good club."

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see also
SFL fixtures hit by cold weather
22 Jan 11 |  Scottish League
Falkirk 0-3 Queen of the South
15 Jan 11 |  Scottish League
Queen of the South 1-2 Brechin
11 Jan 11 |  Scottish Cups
Eight Sunday SFL games called off
02 Jan 11 |  Scotland

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