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Kid keeper David Mathieson is gearing up for a career in the football fast lane - after beating motor racing hero David Coulthard to a sports award.

Millionaire Coulthard looked a racing cert to be named local personality of the year in the Dumfries town of Stewartry.

But the Formula One ace was left in the pits as 19-year-old Queen of the South star Mathieson won the flag race by a mile!

Mathieson said: "It was good to beat David Coulthard because he is one of the biggest sports names in the world.

"David has won this award three times already so it was brilliant to beat him.

"Every time I go down to the pub these days the locals congratulate me and wish me all the best.

"My family came along when the award was presented. Unfortunately David wasn't at the ceremony and he missed a really great night.

"My mum is really proud of the achievement and it has capped a pretty good year for me."

Mathieson has not missed a game for Queens in the last two seasons in his rise to a place in the under-21 squad.

But he wants to forget all about his debut for the young Scots lions.

He said: "I made my under-21 debut against Latvia a few months ago and had a complete nightmare.

"We lost 4-2 and I blame myself for every goal we conceded.

"I don't think I did anything right that day.

"But I've learned from it and like to think it has made me a better keeper.

"Since then I have played in the Challenge Cup Final and that was a great experience even though we lost.

"Hopefully we can build on that and make a real challenge for promotion."

Queens draft in Jamie McAllister for the suspended Jim Thompson.

Stranraer are without suspended Duncan George and Ian McAulay.


BANKIES boss Ian McCall believes midfield ace Gary Teale doesn't know just how good a player he is.

McCall said: "Gary has the ability to go all the way but I often wonder if he realises that. I left him out recently in the hope it would give him a kick up the backside.

"But in training he is looking like a Scotland Under-21 player again."

Clyde could be without Robert Scott and Toby King and boss Gardiner Speirs said: "Everyone is bursting for a game after the great win over Livingston."


FORFAR boss Ian McPhee has a three-point plan for today's derby tussle.

The Station Park side have drawn their last five games - and McPhee's banking on his troops to smash that run.

McPhee admitted: "Five points from a possible 15 is disappointing, but there is great incentive to win the derby.

"Brechin have beaten us twice this season, so it is vital we reverse the trend."

Forfar have doubts over Ben Honeyman, Jimmy Nairn, Graeme McCheyne and Andy Cargill.


STEVE PATERSON is backing Paul Cherry to spearhead Caley Thistle back among the Second Division's big shots.

And he wants his players to take a lead from the former St Johnstone star.

Paterson said: "Paul's played at the highest level and has experience which he can pass on to the youngsters. If we are going to climb the table then it will be a lot to do with his influence."

Steve Kirk is desperate to kick off his managerial career with East Fife. He said: "I have been looking forward to this all week."


TERRY CHRISTIE is so impressed by teenage midfielder Garry McCutcheon that he wants Kilmarnock to sanction an extension to his month-long loan deal.

Stenny boss Christie said: "I know it won't be permanent because I'm sure Gary has a bright future at Rugby Park."

Jimmy Fisher and Jim Henderson are out for Stenny but Adrian Sprott returns.

Livvy add Ryan Hegarty and Graham Davidson and boss Jim Leishman said: "We've several players on the way back so it will be like signing new players."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Grieve, Robert
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 27, 1997
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