Graeme Elder made history as the club's first permanent player/coach (although Eddie Hunter had briefly held that role when he took over from Joe Gilroy), but lasted only one season.

Queen's were defeated on penalties by Dumbarton in the League Cup in his first game in charge, but the first two league games brought two victories, firstly over promotion favourites Ross County with a single Scott Edgar goal, then the most bizarre match I have witnessed, as Albion Rovers, leading 1-0, had four players sent off and conceded five goals in an incredible twenty minute spell.

However, reality was restored in the next match as we lost by a single goal at East Stirling, and that set the tone for the rest of the season, as good results, such as wins at eventual champions Alloa and at Arbroath were followed by disappointing results.

By the end of March 1998, Elder made it clear that he would not be continuing in the role beyond the end of the season, although he continued to play for the club for another 18 months before being released in December 1999.  




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