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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 13:04 GMT
Queen's Park celebrate promotion
A wonderful season for the amateurs of Queen's Park under John McCormack culminated in them clinching the Third Division title.

It was the first time in 19 years the Spiders had won promotion, and they sealed it with a 3-2 victory against Cowdenbeath at Central Park in the last game of the season.

The league campaign started with an impressive unbeaten run of 14 games between August and mid-November before promotion rivals Berwick (who also knocked them out of the Scottish Cup) inflicted their first league defeat of the season, beating them 4-1 at Hampden.

That defeat heralded the beginning of a slump, the loss of a healthy lead in the table, and concerns that the early good work would be undone.

Deserved

But a run of five straight victories at the end of the season secured a deserved title for the team that had led the division for so long.

John McCormack has built up a winning blend of youth and experience - in the latter category, Ross Caven set a new competitive appearances record of 548 during the season.

The future of the club is guaranteed follwoing a deal with the SFA to manage the debt of the newly refurbished Hampden.

But their progress in the Second Division will depend on how many of his squad McCormack loses to the professional ranks during the close season and the replacements he brings in.

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