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By Ben Johnstones
Cup cheer for Queens

QUEEN of the South come up against a familiar foe as they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, on Sunday at 3.30 pm

Queens clash with the Premiership outfit for the seventh time in 19 years, with their most recent encounter taking place during the 2011/2012 Scottish Cup campaign. History has been kind for Queens in recent times against Aberdeen, with them earning a 1-1 draw to gain a replay at the same stage of the cup back in 2012 and, of course, winning 4-3 in the semi-final in 2008, which to this very day is regarded as one of the best games to have taken place at Hampden Park.

One player who has mixed memories of that special afternoon for the club, is current captain and top scorer Stephen Dobbie, who was part of the match day squad and started that very game. Unfortunately his contribution only lasted 42 minutes before being replaced by John Stewart, who went on to score the winner in the seven-goal thriller at the national stadium. Dobbie will be relishing this high profile game, especially with enjoying the best season of his career at the age of 36 years old.

Meanwhile, QoS manager Gary Naysmith knows all about Aberdeen, having played for the Dons during the 2012/2013 season – and on this trip north, he will be hoping to cause an upset against his former club. Along with Aberdeen, the club as a whole have been treated with big games in recent years against some of the most successful teams in Scottish football, including Dundee United, Hearts of Midlothian, Hibernian and Rangers.

The class of 2008 are now regarded as club heroes for that historical cup run which led them to their first major cup final and this 2019 class will be hoping to follow in their footsteps, with Dobbie playing a big part both with his form and memories.

The match is being shown live on BBC Sotland.


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