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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Dundee FC

Dundee FC release Craig Beattie

May 15 2014

Craig Beattie is the latest member of Dundee’s Championship-winning squad to be released. The former Scotland international joined the Dark Blues in September and made 19 appearances, scoring five goals. The last of them was a crucial strike in the 3-0 win at Alloa on the second last day of the season. Beattie joins Gavin Rae, Christian Nade, Leighton McIntosh and John Gibson in moving on from Dundee. Meanwhile, Matt Lockwood has emerged as a surprise contender for the Morton manager’s job. The Dundee defender has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Kenny Shiels at Cappielow. The 37-year-old said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Dundee but I would welcome the opportunity to get into management. “I would like to show Morton what I could do.” Lockwood is a Uefa A and B licence holder and has coached at the Dark Blues since joining them after a 15-year career in England. The full-back has been given a glowing reference from the colourful figure of Ian Holloway, who said: “Matt’s application, desire, motivation and strength compare with all of the great professionals I have known in my career. “I’m sure he will go a long way in the game.”


Dundee have turned criticism into words of encouragement

September 4 2012

Matt Lockwood has revealed that the Dundee players have used articles writing them off as SPL no-hopers to provide them with extra motivation. The Dark Blues were at their Sunday best at Tynecastle at the weekend, producing a stunning 1-0 victory against all the odds. Dens Park boss Barry Smith was without eight injured first-team players as they travelled to Edinburgh to face a Hearts side who had gone toe to toe with Liverpool in the Europa League just last Thursday. Despite that, Dundee took an early lead thanks to a Ryan Conroy penalty and then survived a Hearts onslaught, with keeper Rab Douglas in inspirational form as he saved a spot-kick from the Jambos' John Sutton. Lockwood insists the players are determined to continue proving the doubters wrong. ''We are all annoyed at being written off but out of that comes our sense of motivation," he said. ''People are entitled to their say but what we've done is try to use that to motivate ourselves. ''We've got the articles tipping us to go straight back down up in the dressing-room. It's obviously an old ploy in football but it means the lads see them every day and it gives them plenty of incentive to prove a lot of people wrong. ''That's our overall aim this season to stay up and anything which makes us try that bit harder can only be good. It's still early days but to get our first win at Tynecastle on Sunday has given everyone a big lift and it shows we believe in each other 100%.'' Continued... Just prior to kick-off against Hearts, the Dundee players gathered together for their traditional huddle on the pitch but Lockwood revealed that the exhortations were much louder than usual. He added: ''It was mentioned again in the huddle just before the start that nobody was giving us a hope of taking something from the game. ''I think after we'd lost to Queens Park in the League Cup it was pretty much accepted by most neutrals that Hearts would win. But we got ourselves together in the huddle and, to be fair, the boys were really fired up from that point on. ''There was a fair bit of shouting and encouragement when the lads came together which we then took into the 90 minutes. ''Having such a great start with Ryan's penalty so early on was a dream and, even though we had to survive lots of pressure, we got there in the end so credit to all the lads for digging deep.'' Despite that first win of the season, Lockwood says no-one at Dens is getting carried away and he acknowledged that Dundee's late addition to the SPL to replace Rangers means they may have to win ugly as they look to hoist themselves to safety. He said: ''We're not kidding ourselves on far from it. We knew all along that this would be a tough battle, especially as we were only told we'd be playing in the SPL a couple of weeks before it all started. ''We've had a horrendous injury list as well to contend with but what we do have is a tremendous team spirit. It won't be pretty football every week from us because the main thing is to get enough points on the board to hopefully start moving up the table. ''We would love another game this weekend but that's not possible because of the international weekend. However, we'll have another good week in training and will be buzzing again in time for the Motherwell match the following weekend.'' Meanwhile, Dundee's on-loan Celtic defender Lewis Toshney has been drafted in to Billy Stark's Scotland Under-21 squad for the final two UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Luxembourg on Thursday at St Mirren Park and then in Austria four days later.

Dundee FC

Declan Gallagher and Matt Lockwood among four to leave Dundee

June 10 2014

Four players have left Dundee following the end of their contracts. Paul Hartley has confirmed Declan Gallagher, Matt Lockwood, Stephen Hughes and Sean Bonnett-Johnson have departed Dens Park. Gallagher joined Dundee from Clyde at the start of the 2012/13 season and played in every single games of last season’s successful promotion campaign. Lockwood leaves the Dark Blues after four seasons and 20 appearances in last season Championship title-winning campaign. Both Hughes and Bonnett-Johnson joined the club in January with the former Rangers midfielder featuring once before returning to East Fife on loan until the end of the season. A statement on the Dundee FC website read: “The club would like to thank all four players for their efforts whilst in the Dark Blue of Dundee and wish them all the best for the future.”


Guess who can you name these Dundee FC stars rendered in police sketches?

September 3 2011

The transfer window may have closed but "Dundee FC players have found themselves on the wanted list anyway. Dark Blues stars past and present were used as subjects of police sketches in an artistic experiment to improve forensic investigation and help identify "criminals. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design student Gillian Barrie (32) asked volunteer witnesses to study pictures of players and then provide her with a description, which would then form the basis of her drawings. When investigating crimes, police artists "produce sketches of the perpetrators from descriptions provided by witnesses. These can then be "released to the public in the hope someone recognises the suspect, Gillian, who had no "interest in football before starting her project, then took her completed 'criminal" sketches to Dens Park to see how many fans could recognise their heroes. She described the results as "reasonably" successful. While former star, and current St Johnstone striker, Sean Higgins is unlikely to be too upset after being "described as "a cheeky chappy" and "trendy boy about town," the club"s "assistant manager and Englishman Matt Lockwood is unlikely to be impressed by being described as a "Scottish, tattie-faced kinda guy." "Like myself, the "participant witnesses were "unfamiliar with the "players," Gillian said. "The non-football fans randomly selected one of the images of the Dundee players and studied the "facial image for one minute and the following day we worked together to produce the facial sketch. "The participant witness recalled a clear mental "picture of the target and "described the face to me in order to produce a "composite facial sketch which looked like the face in the memory of the witness." Like a police sketch "artist, Gillian did not know any of the subjects and so had to rely solely on the "descriptions of each player given to her. Continued with the players' identities revealed... "I never saw the target "images until the sketches were done," she said. "So I had to go on what the "witnesses told me, how they saw the eyes or hair. "It has been a very "interesting and fascinating area to research not only the end results, but also "discovering how similarly and, in some cases, how "differently witnesses can "recall and describe a face from their memory. "Some witnesses who studied the same face gave very similar descriptions, while others varied slightly." Dundee FC chief executive Harry MacLean visited the exhibition, which is part of the Duncan of Jordanstone Masters Show, on Thursday to see if he could recognise his team"s players. He said: "It"s good for the club to get involved in the community, although this is in something of an unusual way. Because we know the players, it"s maybe easier for us to recognise them but it"s interesting to see what "features witnesses picked out. "What Gillian is doing is a very worthwhile project and we were delighted to help. Helping students with research that could ultimately help police carry out forensic investigations and identify criminals very much fits with the club"s community ethos and I"d like to "congratulate Gillian on her work on behalf of everyone at "Dundee. "It will be interesting to hear Matt Lockwood"s "reaction to the hair they have given him!" The exhibition features works from about 50 "postgraduate students at "DJCAD, which is part of Dundee University. The show, which is open to the public, ends today.Did you get it right? The player sketches are (from left) Rhys Weston, Sean Higgins and Matt Lockwood.

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Dundee defender confident video will come to the rescue of Rab Douglas

November 2 2011

Dundee's Matt Lockwood believes video evidence will clear the way for Rab Douglas to play against Raith Rovers at the weekend. The veteran keeper was dismissed on Saturday against Partick Thistle after referee Steven McLean decided he had brought down striker Chris Erskine inside the box. The Jags player himself later cleared Douglas of blame, saying he felt it was Lockwood who pushed him and Dundee have lodged an appeal with the SFA against the red card. They will deliver their verdict on Thursday and Lockwood is confident Douglas will be cleared. He said: ''I would hope Rab will have a good chance of getting off, given the evidence the club have. ''The lad himself has said he didn't get touched by Rab and that I shoved him, although I dispute that bit of it. I wasn't close enough to push him. ''I realised he was trying to take Rab on and he's a big target to get around so I knew I didn't have to get too near. He fell into me once he went to the floor but I didn't think it was a penalty. ''It was one of those ones where he's asked the referee to make a decision and he's given a penalty. You see them given and on the other hand you sometimes see guys booked for diving. ''It was just down to the referee and the angle he saw it at. Unfortunately, he gave a penalty and a red card to Rab. ''The club have appealed now so we will wait to see what they say after watching the video.''

Dundee United

Lewis Toshney is just what Dundee United need, says ex-Dundee team-mate

June 30 2016

Matt Lockwood was shocked to see Lewis Toshney drop down the divisions - but believes his former Dundee team-mate is tailor-made to lead Dundee United back to the top-flight. Lockwood is big fan of the 24-year-old, who had spells with Cowdenbeath and Raith Rovers after leaving Premiership side Ross County in 2015. The Dundonian is expected to play a key role with Ray McKinnon's new-look Championship outfit as they bid to make an instant return to the top flight. Lockwood said: "Lewis is too good for the kind of clubs he's been at recently. "He deserves to be somewhere like Dundee United which should bring out the best in him. "I was surprised to see him playing for Cowdenbeath and Raith Rovers, to be honest, but the good thing is it's got him back to where he should be. "At Dundee, you could see he was a real good footballer who'd developed a lot of the right habits at Celtic as a youngster. "He's the kind of player who will raise his game surrounded by better players and knowing him he'll be desperate to kick on and get back to the top-flight. "It shows United mean business. They will be a target next season in the Championship but bringing in someone of Lewis's calibre can only help."

Dundee FC

Dundee v Alloa: Dark Blues will have no lingering loyalty for Barry Smith

February 1 2014

Matt Lockwood says there will be no room for sentiment when a club legend returns to Dens today. Barry Smith was a huge fans’ favourite when he was a player with the Dark Blues and then cemented his place in the club’s history books when he masterminded the “great escape” by keeping Dundee in the old First Division after they were docked 25 points for entering administration for the second time. Last year, however, when Dundee were catapulted into the SPL at the last minute following Rangers’ financial collapse, Smith’s squad struggled badly and he was sacked. Now, though, he has just returned to management, being appointed Alloa boss on Thursday. By sheer coincidence, Smith’s first game in charge with the Wasps will be against Dundee and although Lockwood retains great respect for his former boss, he will be going all out to ensure that his debut is one to forget. Lockwood said: “It’s brilliant to see Barry back in management. Obviously, what happened here was hard for him. It was upsetting to see him have to go through what he did. “When things like that happen to guys such as Barry, it is tough but that’s football. There is no loyalty, I suppose, in the game.” Lockwood insists that if Dundee had not gone up to the SPL at the last minute, Smith might still have been in charge at Dens. He added: “The only reason he lost his job was because we got promoted when we shouldn’t have done. “He was building a team for the First Division and then, two weeks before the start of the season, we were told we would be in the SPL. “If we hadn’t been promoted, he wouldn’t have lost his job, simple as that. He might even have been here now, you never know.” Dundee have lost their last two league games to Livingston and last week at Falkirk, a defeat which saw them replaced at the top of the table by the Bairns. Lockwood insists the players are determined to get back to winning, with everyone at the club fully aware of exactly what is at stake this season. He added: “We are coming off the back of two defeats and it is a huge game for us on Saturday. “There is such a big prize at the end of the season, promotion to the Premiership. “That’s what all the clubs are aiming for. That’s what the teams want. “It is so tight and anyone could do it at the moment. No one is running away with it so it is in our hands and we know that. “The performances haven’t been good enough recently. If we can improve, then we should be OK but it will be a tough game on Saturday against a good Alloa team.” Dundee will be without the injured Iain Davidson, Nicky Riley and Craig Beattie.

Dundee FC

Dundee defender Matt Lockwood ready for 20th season

July 25 2013

Thirty-six is a vintage when many footballers usually decide to hang up their boots if they have not done so already. But try telling that to Matt Lockwood. The Dundee defender, who turns 37 in October, is currently in the midst of his 20th pre-season and is feeling in tip-top condition ahead of what will be a hugely important season for the Dark Blues as they aim to bounce back into the top flight at the first attempt. And Lockwood shows little sign of stopping as he seeks to play a major part in Dundee’s promotion push. “I’m feeling great,” he told Courier Sport. “I have to admit pre-seasons don’t get any easier but that’s what you expect. I feel as though I can play for a few more seasons quite easily. “I’ve always looked after myself throughout my career and I’m not even thinking that this could be my last season no way. As long as I’m doing a job on the park and the manager is happy then that’s all that matters. “Loads of players have played into their 40s and it’s easier if you are a good professional. I know when to rest and look after my body and that’s so important these days if you want to prolong your career.” Dundee will field a mixture of youth and experience in Saturday’s Ramsdens Cup first round tie at Alloa and Lockwood could well be one of the older heads boss John Brown calls on to guide the younger lads through. Indeed, Lockwood reckons the presence of boys almost half his age alongside him will do the club a power of good as they seek to progress in a national competition. He added: “We’re concentrating on the league this season and trying to get back to the Premier League. “But obviously we want to do as well as possible in the cup competitions as well. If some of the young lads are going to play then there will still be demands made upon them. “It doesn’t matter if they’re young. They’re there on merit and have to play their part like the rest of the lads. “Winning games is a habit. We’re undefeated in pre-season and we want to keep that going for as long as possible. “No games are easy, especially in the cup, and this one will be no different. It will be a tricky tie and we will go down there under no illusions.”