December 31st- Saints reserves beat the Dons 3-0 this afternoon in a rearranged match after the Forfarshire cup-tie against Brechin was called off. McQ and Jenko played although Luggy has said that there is no guarantee they'll get their places back on Saturday at Dunfermline.
December 30th- Gary Farquhar is to go under the surgeons knife in order to remove a cyst on his cartilage. Attila will not be fit for Saturdays match but John McQuilland and Jenko are both free from suspension.
December 29th- Usual plaudits in
the papers consisting of more debate about the flaws of Celtic rather than
the well-deserved win for Saints. Delightful tidbits such as "Ulsterman"
and "Rangers-Daft" to describe Georgio. Reports of Phizzy and
Davison being watched by several clubs although no firm offers have been
Meanwhile on the injury front both Georgio and Thomas Andersson will be fit for Saturdays trip to Fife.
December 28th- As expected
following the gubbing of Celtic yesterday theres several rumours of
transfer moves involving Saints players. The Waily Retard reports Forest
watching Callum yesterday and a £1m bid expected in the next 2
weeks, whilst Scotsport says that Leeds are planning a bid for Phizzy and
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December 27th- The Xmas pressies
keep on coming as Saints beat Celtic,
in front of a capacity crowd and the near-mythical STV cameras. All this
without the new star striker who remains floored by a stomach complaint.
Nicknames have changed again with Outlet now also to be known as Monty following his removal of clothing party-piece on the teams Xmas night out.
In other fixtures Dunfermlines Andy Smith is red-carded against Hearts ruling him out of next Saturdays match against us.
December 26th- Saints beat
Dundee Utd reserves in front of a reasonable crowd 1-0 thanks to a Legend
volley. New striker Thomas Andersson (or Mr T as he's been christened) has
a low-key game and missed an easy chance. He's also rated doubtful for
tomorrows sell-out match v Celtic thanks to a stomach complaint (he spent
Xmas with Magnus Skoldmark of the Scumdee Utd so God knows what germs hes
picked up). However Callum Davison and Phizzy both trained on Christmas
Day in a 90-minute North Inch session and are available for the visit of
Loan star alan Kernaghan has finally been given the free transfer by Man City and Saints have signed him till the end of the season. The paperwork has all been processed and the Irishman will play on Saturday. Sturrock is quoted as saying its "the perfect Christmas present - Alan is very popular with fans and players alike."
Stuart McCluskey was involved in a bad car crash last week although the Scotland U-21 cap walked away from a write-off he was told by police he was very lucky following the accident at Blackford. He is also quoted in Fridays "PA" as saying he isnt content with reserve matches. With Kernaghan and Weir forming the backbone of Saints defence and Danny the obvious 3rd choice the pressure is on McCluskey.
Fines for dissent bookings for Saints players have been increased heavily by Luggy in an effort to clamp down on what some see as a lack of discipline in the Perth ranks (although most of us think of it as the Great Conspiracy of 1998 !!!).
December 23rd- Thomas Andersson
signed for the boys last night in a deal until the end of the season. The
29-yr old Swede has arranged for a year off work to try his footballing
luck in Scotland and is spending Xmas in Perth alone (awwww!!) whilst his
girlfriend and 7wk old son are in Sweden. Now thats what I call
dedication. Luggy has lined him up to play against Dundee Utd in a reserve
match tonight and will decide after that whether he starts on Saturday,
but the prospects look good.
Sturrock has reiterated that the Kernaghan deal hinges on a free transfer but with Man City chairman Francis Lee still on holiday no decision has been made by the Maine Rd club.
One player not joining Saints is French midfielder Frank Escalon who has left Berwick Rangers and moved to Ross County.
Callum and Phizzy were hoping to train today but if not Sturrock has already ruled them out of the Celtic clash on Saturday. Better news for Attila with the player 100% better after treatment in Austria.
December 22nd- Daily Star
reports that Celtic were watching Danny Griffin on Saturday - well with
the performance he turned in there is no danger of a bid soon. Saints have
also opened signing talks with Man City in a bid to secure Alan Kernaghans
Also expected in today for signing talks is Swede Thomas Anderssen who according to the Courier was recommended to Saints by Birmingham City reserve coach Ian Bowyer who only turned down the player a few weeks ago because his style was similar to their current forwards. Sturrock also had Anderssen watched before the start of last season and even though the player scored a hat-trick no further progress was made.
December 21st- Token Hunday Mason rumour has Attila wanted by Saarbrucken. Well we won't miss him anyway.
December 20th- A gutsy
performance at Tannadice fails to
secure any points as Saints go down 2-1. Another dire referee doesn't help
and Jenko is red-carded and 5 Saints players booked.
The game also sees what could be Alan Kernaghans last performance in a Saints jersey with the big Irishman heading back to Man City at the end of his loan period. Saints are still slightly hopeful of a permanent deal.
December 18th- Latest on the
Great Striker Search is that Thomas Andersson will fly in on Sunday to
sign for Saints until the end of the season. The Swede is apparently
willing to give up spending Xmas with his girlfriend and baby son to
ensure that hes fully fit for Saints.
On the injury front Callum will definitely miss the trip to Tannadice which no doubt meant the Outlet starting at left-back. Luggy has a shortlist of 5 for the vacant right-back berth with Andy Whiteford and Danny the favourites.
17th- Swedish club Vasteras' striker Thomas Andersson (right) is
flying to Perth for signing talks according to the Sun. The striker, who
was top scorer for his club last season had a trial with Birmingham City
last week where he scored twice in 2 games. From what I can gather from
Vasteras' WWW sites he's 6ft+ 29 and has scored 57 goals in 121 matched
for the Swedish club.
Alan Main's Scotland call-up chances look better with the news of Scotlands planned 'B' international v Denmark next March. Here's hoping Pa Broon decides to look at the best keeper in Scotland for a change.
Alan Kernaghan has had talks with Man. City boss Frank Clark but no permanent move has been finalised yet.
Last night's reserve match v Killie finished 0-0. Both Danny and Andy Whiteford managed to get on the park. The injury situation isn't any better with Callums hamstring pull not yet fully checked and Attila's back problems causing Luggy real worry.
December 16th- Luggy has denied
that Jenko is to be offloaded.
Injuries are causing problems for Saints defence with McQ suspended for the Tannadice match, Davison suffering from a hamstring pull and Danny a recurrence of his pelvic injury. Sturrock plans to experiment with the defensive possibilities in tonights match against Killie reserves.
December 15th- Latest on the transfer front has the Sun saying that Luggy is willing to listen to offers for Jenko in the region of £100,000 in the hope of gaining a transfer fee before the players contract is up in the summer. Meanwhile the Retard forecasts the visit of Big Fat Ron to McD to watch Phizzy and Callum ahead of a potential £2m bid from Sheff Wed for the pair.
December 14th- Report in the Hunday Mason has Saints and Ross County looking at Berwicks French midfielder Frank Escalon. Also Hibs are apparently clearing our 12 of their professionals so expect a possible revival of the Lavety deal.
December 13th- Tommy Wright has
signed a deal until the end of the season and came on as sub for Callum
Davison in the 1-1 draw at home to
Kilmarnock. He looks a lot better than Jenko and seems keen enough.
Luggy has said little about the performance but is disappointed with the home form this season. Maybe a more attacking formation would improve things.
Saints also featured on the telly with BBC Scotlands "Whats the Score" debate on the future of Scottish Football including Dasovic and Dino in the studio panels. Excellent interviews.
December 12th- Tommy Wright
could be set to sign a deal to the end of the season with Saints. However
he is quoted in the Sun as saying that he's "always been a Celtic man
and will find it hard to get used to wearing a blue shirt". Great
just the sort of dedicated player we need. Any contract signings have had
to be rescheduled though since both El Luggino and Blackley have been off
As for the team news Jenko might make the squad on Saturday. Attila and Farquhar will definitely miss out though.
December 11th- Saints reserves
lost 2-0 in Perth to Aberdeen last night. Danny played at left back and
had a good game. With the midfield struggling though, Tommy Wright had a
fairly quiet game although he is said to be fast. Sturrock plans to hold
talks with the player.
Attila and Jenko are both back in full training but don't expect to see them on Saturday.
Paul Sturrock is quoted in the media as saying he will not be rushed into any panic buys. Let's hope not anyway.
December 10th- The deal for
Barry Lavety is off as the player has decided to stay at Easter Rd, with
the excuse being that Hibs owed him money. Hibs have denied this.
To commemorate the Great Striker Search of 97 the Prospect page is up and running. Related to this Karlstrand has been bumping his gums about the collapsed deal and responded to Sturrocks criticisms with ""I don't give a damn what the old man says - the reason I didn't move to Scotland is that they don't pay enough money. He's just annoyed because I rejected the club.". The words "sour" and "grapes" spring to mind. Still he's got to protect the new Frolunda contract now hasn't he?
Tommy Wright, ex-Leeds, Bradford and Oldham is set to play for the reserves tonight against the Dons. Also in the line-up is Danny Griffin who is being played at right-back with the aim of getting the player used to the position again. He'll be needed in the games against Dundee Utd and Celtic as John McQuillans booking at Pittodrie has earned him a 2-match suspension. I suppose the only real surprise is that it's taken so long for the suspension to appear as McQ seems to be booked every week."I don't give a damn what the old man says - the reason I didn't move to Scotland is that they don't pay enough money. He's just annoyed because I rejected the club."
December 9th- Saints are
extending the search for a striker after the Hibs junkie deal hit a "technical
hitch" over a financial matter concerning Lavety and Hibs. The deal
is not off but there is no guarantee the player will sign for the weekend.
A rumour doing the rounds just now is a deal involving Steve Tosh and cash
going to Broadwood in exchange for Paddy Connolly although this hjas to be
taken with a large pinch of sodium chloride given the ex-Arabs reluctance
to leave the dizzy heights of Airdrie for Saints.
Luggy, in an uncharacteristic show of anger, has hit out at the "unprofessional" conduct of Karlstrand as the deal has finally been marked dead.
On the team front Attila and Jenko are well on the wayto fitness. Luggy is also upping the training schedule of Kane, Phizzy and Outlet (or Allan Preston to the uninitiated) to get them back to full fitness.
Saints are also planning for the winter weather with a repeat of last years hiring of a balloon to protect the pitch for the Xmas and New Year games.
December 8th- With Karlstrand
not in Scotland yet, Saints have pulled the plug on the deal having been
given the runaround since August. Still no doubt the fans will remember
him in their own way - lets just hope we meet Frolunda in the Champions
Barry Lavety is still is signing talks and a decision is expected this week as to a possible move to Perth. Another trialist, Tommy Wright from Oldham is due in Perth this week. He's a 31-yr old winger so any move must be seen as short-term.
Media coverage is full of Father Dougals performance on Saturday and the deal to keep him at McDiarmid still seems on.
December 7th- Not much more on
the transfer front although Lavety was left out of the Hibs team today at
Ibrox so he may be in signing talks still. Luggys repeated to Karlstrand
to get his arse over to Scotland by Monday or the deal is off. Luggy is
quoted as saying "Barry Lavety would be a useful acquisition, but I
will only sign players who are 100% willing to do a job for St Johnstone."
which sounds to me like his patience with Extasy-Man is wearing thin.
Alan Kernaghan is willing to take a 50% cut in his wages to make his loan to Saints permanent but it all now depends on whether Man City request a large fee to release him from his contract 6 months early.
Legend Returns as Roddy comes off the bench to get a well-deserved
late equaliser for Saints at Pittodrie.
No further signings but Karlstrand has to sign by Monday or the deal is off and a fee was apparently agreed with Hibs on Thursday night for Lavety, with the player needing to think the deal over - looks like hes being a greedy we shite again IMHO.
5th- More transfer speculation as Saints are reported to have bid
£200,000 for Hibs striker Barry Lavety (right). Courier says that
the deal is done and only personal terms have to be agreed (which if I
remember correctly was what stopped him signing for Saints when at St.
Mirren). More credibility is given to the deal with the Evening News and
Hibs not issuing an outright denial. Lavety was also seen at McDiarmid
this afternoon where signing talks are believed to be taking place. Luggy
is reported in the Scotsman as having left 4 bids with various Scottish
clubs having checked every Premier club in the search for a striker.
As for Karlstrand he is supposed to be in Perth this weekend for signing talks but will fly back to Sweden tomorrow for his Mums birthday - even better than that is the news that he intends to take her home some Dundee cake as a present. Now we could just put this down to his Scandanavian naivete but he's not exactly trying to endear himself to the Saints support (with the possible exception of Scumdee-lover Dave Low). Meanwhile Geoff Brown is prepared to seek UEFAs help in getting an apology from Vastra Frolundas manager over the "blackmail" comments the Record delighted in publishing this week.
More trialists are on the way with 2 Zimbabweans due next week. Hopefully they wont do a Reggie Perrin and vanish as Chamu seemed to do.
A proposed £1m move by Sheff. Utd for Phizzy has collapsed after Saints tried to add on sell-on clauses to the deal.
As for the team news Callum Davison seems set to retain the no. 3 jersey and Jenko is still not fit as is Attila who's gone back to Austria for treatment on his sciatica. Expect the team to be the same as Ibrox with the possible exception of a new striker up front (as if we believe that'll happen!!!)
December 4th- Report in the Sun
says that Saints are preparing a £250,000 bid for ex-Scumdee and
current Jambo striker Jim Hamilton who's currently out of favour at
Tynecastle. Having failed to get Paddy Connolly and apparently Karlstrand
Luggy hopes to line up a striker for the weekend. Having said that the
Jambos have apparently stated that he's not for sale.
Saints could be set to lose Callum Davison with chairman Geoff saying that we probably couldn't afford to turn down the money if the rumours of £1m+ bids are true.
Alan Kernaghan might still become a permanent Saintee as Man City apparently want £300,000 to release him but may be willing to let him go on a free to reduce their wage bill. The player himself is keen to stay in Perth but will have to take a wage cut as Luggy refuses to break the clubs wage structure to keep him.
December 3rd- Saints are looking
at the possibility of signing on-loan defender Alan Kernaghan. The big
stumbling block could be the players wages but his loan deal, which
expires after the Arabs game on the 20th, has proved successful for both
Saints and the player.
Meanwhile the epic saga of the Karlstrand signing has made the back page of the Sun with the latest stall tactic from the player being that he doesnt want to leave Ted the Rottweiler behind. In addition Vastra Frolundas manager has launched a scathing attack on Saints handling of the deal accusing Saints of attempting to poach the player. In response Luggy said that they'd followed FIFA guidelines in making no approach until the player had less than 6 months of his contract to run.
The big chance to see the Hun reserves get gubbed last night didn't come off as the game was postponed due to a frostbound pitch.
December 2nd- Attilas signed a 6
month deal to keep him at McD until the end of May. Both Phizzy and Outlet
have missed training due to the effects of knocks at Ibrox. Jenko is at
least a week away from returning (Luggy stock catchphrase no 44b), so
expect Preston to be up front at the Sheep-Pit.
As for Saviour Luggy has spoken to his agent and said that if he's not in Scotland and signed by the weekend then the deal is off. Either way the managers credibility with the fans is suffering from dragging this out.
December 1st- Latest on
Karlstrand is that he expects to get his passport on Wednesday and be
signed by the end of the week. Attila is set to sign a new deal until the
end of the season.
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November 30th- Sunday Mail reports that Arsenal scout Donald Mackay was at Ibrox yesterday as the London club closes on a £1 million bid for left-back Callum Davison.
Saints go down at Ibrox but put on
their best performance of the season in a 5-goal thriller, which saw us
run out moral victors over the Diving Dane who was subbed after 25 minutes
cos the big cissy is scared of comeback kid Callum Davison.
Luggy was also quoted on Radio Scotland and it looks like Attila is staying till the end of the season. I suppose thats got nothing to do with the fact that no-one is interested in signing him?
November 28th- Latest team news
is that Preston and Phizzy may make the side but Jenko is out. Callum
Davison will only be risked as a last resort. As for the Evil Ones, the
Great Diving Dane and Fat-Git are both available.
Neither of the Scandanavians on trial this week will be followed up as the great new signing search continues.
November 27th- Looks like
Attilas definitely away. His contract is up on Monday and despite an
improved offer to stay until the end of the season Attila looks set to
leave with 2 Austrian and one Belgian club showing interest.
On the injury front, Phizzy restarted training today but both Jenko and Preston are struggling which could mean an early return to first-team action for Callum Davison. Karblee will definitely not be signing for Saints. Oh well another one bites the dust.
November 26th- Sun reports that
Carlstrand is due to sign on Monday....yawn yawn. Karblee seems unlikely
to join Saints at they dont intend to follow up their interest.
The injury list for Saturday is building up - Preston, Jenko (groin) and Phizzy (wrenched knee) have all been on the treatment table this week.
November 25th- Icelandic target
Sverrisson has turned Saints down due to personal terms (ie he got
promoted at work, by the company who coincidentally sponsor his current
team !?!?!?!). Saviour is 80-90% certain to join Saints and the African
trialist last night is Utd reject Abel Karblee, a Liberian who everyone
seems to think is useful. Well hes here for a start which puts him ahead
of the million other trialists this season.
Saints have made an improved offer to Dino to stay at McD but the players contract is up next Monday and it looks fairly certain he'll be heading off - although no-one is exactly beating the door down with offers for him.
November 24th- Sheffield Utd
boss Nigel Spackman is rumoured to be preparing a £1m bid for Phizzy
according to the Sun.
Saints went out of the Reserve League Cup tonight on penalties after a 1-1 draw v Hamilton. Two trialists were playing for Saints, a Swede described as "Peter Fyhr" mark 2 and an African striker who apparently looked the part. Callum Davison managed to play half an hour which although is a good sign the left-back is on the way back, it probably means he'll miss the Ibrox match.
Leigh Jenkinson is suffering from a groin strain (again)!!
November 23rd- Slow news day obviously as the Sunday Mason links Saints to another £225,000 bid for Airdries Paddy Connolly. Personally if he cant score against Ayr (they beat Airdrie 6-0 yesterday), then we dont need him.
November 22nd- Saints make it a
record for Hibs as they plunge to their 7th defeat in a row thanks to a
1-0 scoreline at Perth. Still some
problems as both Jenko and Phizzy are taken off with injuries.
Some better news though with left-back Callum Davison scheduled to play in at least one and possibly both reserve matches this week as he recovers from hernia surgery. His current target is a first team return against the Sheep on December 5th.
November 21st- Little news in
the build-up to Saturdays game. John O'Neil returns from his one-match
suspension but Danny and Davison are certain to miss out. Some good news
with Rougier missing for the Hibees due to international commitments.
Gary Farquhar could be moving north to Caley Thistle in a £25,000 move - a depressingly low figure for a player of his ability. Sturrock has said that no move will take place until some new faces have been brough on board, possibly an obscure reference to the mythical Saviour. Attilas agent has been speaking to the press regarding the players availability which probably means he's well out of McD in a few weeks. Tomorrow could be the last chance for the "Dino Roar".
November 20th- Attilas reported in the Sun as still wanting to stay with Saints or another Premier League team. Meanwhile Gazza will play against Saints - hes banned for Saturdays match and the 4 afterwards. Who said anything about a conspiracy eh ?
November 19th- Geoff Brown has
stated that neither he nor Saints have been approached by Aberdeen
regarding Luggy - so hopefully thats all out the way. Attila has continued
training after a successful appearance for the reserves on Monday night.
Saints are still waiting on a reply from Sverrisson but intend to bring over another 2 Scandanavians next week (a striker and centre-half). Luggy and John Blackley were down in England taking in a game there last night.
November 18th- A 1-0 win for
Saints over Hearts in last nights reserve match saw Roddy score but also
marked the return of Attila which should put him in line for a place on
Saturday against Hibs in what could be his last game for Saints.
Latest on the signing front is that Saints have offered a contract to Sverrisson but a sticking point may be his wages with the player having a good job in Iceland.
Geoff Brown has hit out at criticism of the club stating that money is available for Saints to spend on new players - a figure of £500,000 has been mentioned in the past. We're still waiting for a big signing though.
November 17th- Sun report today says that Saints are hoping to tie up a deal with Sverrir Sverrisson this week. We'll see.
November 15th- Saints fall foul
to the curse of TV again as they lose 2-1
at Hearts with the second coming from the penalty spot to make it 8
for the season so far. The result puts Saints down to 6th in the table and
left me with a major hangover this morning.
Gary Bowman has moved to Ayr Utd in a 35,000 deal which hopefully will give some of the kids a chance. Either that or use the money to keep Kernaghan at McDiarmid.
November 14th- Nick Dasovic
looks set to have played his last game for Canada as he has decided to put
club responsibilities ahead of international recognition. Of course the
fact that Canada have been shite in most internationals has nothing to do
with it. Dasovic is available tomorrow and with the injury problems in
defence (Griffin, McCluskey, Attila, Whiteford and Weir are all doubtful),
he could partner Kernaghan in central defence.
The midfield also has its problems with John O'Neil serving a one-match suspension tomorrow and Gary Farquhar still suffering from the flu which has kept him out most of the week. Hopefully there will be a place for Kieran McAnespie who surely deserves at least a place on the bench.
The Saviour saga rolls on with Saints still hoping to sign him but excuse no. 34828 is that there is a problem with his passport. Given that the guy was in London last week I dont see how that should be a problem. One signing on the cards is Icelandic internationalist Sverrir Sverrisson who impressed greatly in a closed-doors game on Wednesday leading to El Luggino opening negotiations for the players signature. Meanwhile the 2 Swedes on trial this week will be returning home with Saints not interested in taking things further.
November 13th- Looks like Attila
is off with the Austrian set to depart Scotland at the end of the month to
return to his homeland. Although injury has kept him out of the Saints
team for the last few games, he is still hopeful of playing in a final
match at McD,with his last chance being the Hibs match a week on Saturday.
Another player on the way back is Jim Weir with the player an outside chance of making the Hearts game this weekend despite missing out on a closed doors match yesterday. Also back are the two wandering internationalists - Nick Dasovic trained yesterday and Leek Jenkinson (who only made the subs bench against Brazil) due back today.
12th- Wales were beaten 3-0 by Brazil in the early hours of this
morning. No word on whether Jenko played. Scotland also went down 2-1 to
France with Alan Main not even making the bench thanks to Pa Broon
preferring an Englishman and an overweight sex maniac in the keeper
positions. Still theres always next time.
Another Scandanavian has arrived on trial at McD - 28 yr old Icelander Sverrir Sverrisson (right) is a scoring midfielder who had been playing with Icelandic champions IVB and has played for the Icelandic World Cup team. Luggy is quoted as still intending to bring over further Scandanavians on trial. I reckon that makes it about a dozen trialists since the start of the season with only a place on the bench for Fabrice Monakino to show for it all. Still only 19 days till Saviour Day.
November 11th- Geoff Brown is
reported in the Courier as saying he would not stop Aberdeen talking to
Luggy but that he doesn't believe that it will come to pass - let's hope
not. Sturrock himself has made no comment but has stated that Saints will
no longer talk about transfer deals or other players until a deal is
finalised - something tells me that one has been said before.
There was better news on the park last night as Saints reserves beat the Pars 1-0 at East End Park with Keyring McAnespie getting the only goal. Jim Weir managed to play for a while until replaced by youngster Stewart Orr. Also present was one of the Swedish trialists who according to the Courier report had a quiet game and hardly touched the ball. Injuries continue to be a problem with Danny Griffin missing training yesterday after a groin strain picked up at the weekend. Rumours also abound that Gary Farquhar could be on his way to Caley Thistle which for my money is a bad move by Saints with the player still not getting a chance to prove himself in the first team.
One player missing from the Saints line-up was Leek Jenkinson who was quoted in the PA as saying that it was a tough choice between a reserve match in Dunfermline or joining up with the Welsh squad for a game in Brasilia against the world champs - with his usual skill Jenko picked the wrong option and should take part in the Welsh game at some point (kick-off 00.30 tomorrow morning GMT).
Finally congrats to the Saints 14s side who beat Arbroath 9-0 in the Nike Cup and now head off to Bilbao in the spring for the European finals as Scotlands reps. Excellent news for the club and for Alastair Stevenson who must be the best youth coach going.
November 10th- With his usual
shocking unpredictability Chic Young suggested Luggy move to Aberdeen to
take over the vacated Dons managerial post following Aitkens sacking this
morning. While its nice to see a manager recognised its strange how the
media forget that these people are under contract to their club.
Meanwhile the great striker search continues with Saints playing host to 3 Swedes this week. A 22yr old winger is hopefully going to play in the reserve match at East End Park tonight whilst another striker and midfielder are due for trials this week.
November 9th- Looks like
off-form Saints winger Leigh Jenkinson is off to Brasilia with the Welsh
squad following the news that Ryan Giggs has pulled out.
Luggy has promised to move into the transfer market following yesterdays defeat saying that too many experienced players are not doing the business with his main worry apparently our inability to score goals. Well at least he's noticed now - its been obvious to 99% of Saints fans since day one of the season.
Saints have slipped back to 5th in the table as Dundee Utd thrash the Dons 5-0 to overtake us.
November 8th- Saints put on a display of inept football as we go down 2-0 to Dunfermline in the derby. John O'Neils booking doesnt help as he looks set to miss the next 2 matches due to suspension.
November 7th- Philip Scott will
be out for at least a month after fracturing his elbow in the Motherwell
game last Saturday. Attila is also a major doubt as his sciatica continues
to cause problems. Also missing for Saturdays derby against Dunfermline
are Jim Weir and Callum Davison although Weir managed 20 minutes in the
1-0 reserve defeat against Motherwell. Jenko, Kernaghan and Georgio have
all trained this week but are still rated as doubtful.
"Leek" Jenkinsons callup to the Welsh squad for the Brazil match next week has been confirmed. Nick Dasovic will miss the Dunfermline game due to international duty but will be available for the trip to Hearts next week. Alan Main has also made the squad for the Scotland game against France next week proving to all that boss Craig Brown missed the Motherwell game.
On the transfer front Tomas Rosenqvist has signed a new contract with Vastra Frolunda and so will not be joining Saints. Saints received a nominal fee for Gavin Price with Paul Sturrock stating that Price's style didn't suit Saints and he would never press for a first team place.
On the incoming side Carlstrand is expected to sign this weekend after a robbery in London midweek deprived him of his wallet and meant he was unable to travel north to sign. Sturrock wants to get the deal sorted as soon as possible but is at pains to point out that L-G is not the "great white hope" the fans want - so that means the "Saviour" nickname will have to go probably. Saints will have another Swedish winger over on trial with another three Scandanavians lined up for games in Perth, international clearances permitting.
November 1st- Saints move up to
4th in the league after a close 4-3 win over Motherwell
with Saints penalty tally rising to 7 conceded so far this season.
Gavin Price has moved on already to Stirling Albion. The player was unlucky with injuries but never really got a chance under Sturrock following his summer signing from Den Haag.
Even more incredulous is a report on Teletext that states that Jenko is on standby for the Welsh squad to play Brazil by virtue of the player having a Welsh grandparent. Words fail me.
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October 31st- Saints have had
their home tie with Hearts scheduled for Sat Jan 10th put back to Jan 12th
so it can be shown live on Sky - expect another defeat then.
Saints injury worries have increased with Leigh Jenkinson damaged a groin, Attila Sekerlioglu suffered a recurrence of a back complaint and Stuart Mcluskey suffering from flu. Georgio and Phizzy are both set to start the Motherwell match and Kernaghan will play if McCluskey is ruled unfit. Roddy Grant is also rated doubtful with an inflamed knee although the mythical Gavin Price is available if required (not that Luggy will think its the right time yet).
On the transfer front Saints have apparently made moves for two players this week but both have proved fruitless although Carlstrand is still expected to sign for Saints next week as he makes a small diversion from a shopping trip (!) to London with his fiancee - as if gubbing the Pars isn't important enough. Meanwhile the club have reopened talks with Attila whose contract is due to end on December 1st although going by the players attitude in the last few weeks his support amongst the fans is wearing thin.
October 30th- Saints reserves
managed to keep up the tradition of the first team by failing to score
against Celtic in last nights 3-0 reserve defeat.
Latest on the Karlstrand saga is that the striker is expected in Perth at the start of next week to sign for Saints. Meanwhile Alan Kernaghan completed a double training stint on Tuesday and should be fit for the two vital clashes against Motherwell and the Pars.
October 29th- According to a
report on Soccernet
Saints may have a battle on their hands in an attempt to sign 22yr old
Vastra Frolunda striker Tomas Rosenqvist. Whilst his teammate Karlstrand
his due in Perth this week to sign a 2-year deal with Saints, Rosenqvist
(who scored 22 goals this season) has admitted he might be too young to
move abroad and may get homesick in Scotland. Hopefully the club can
overcome this especially if Karlstrand signs.
Saints reserves are due to take on Celtic tonight at 7.30 at McD - expect some press coverage as Dive-Dive Jackson continues his comeback for the Wegie cheats.
October 28th- Lars-Gunnar
Karlstrand is now set to sign for Saints tomorrow despite being unable to
play until the end of November due to contractual reasons - although on
past form this can be taken with a large pinch of Sodium Chloride.
Meanwhile his striking partner Tomas Rosenqvist is still expected over at
some point to look over the club but this wont happen for another week or
so due to work commitments.
Luggy has also hit back at media reports that Saints were happy to lie down to the Celtic saying that in 20 years of being player and manager he had "never gone into a match against the Old Firm intending to lose"........ unlike Mr A Totten. Individual players will be given pep-talks by Sturrock this week in an effort to boost their performance with John McQuillan and Leigh Jenkinson first on the list.
The injury situation is easing with Callum Davison starting gym work and Alan Kernaghan back in training. Not so good news for Jim Weir however with a trip to a specialist lined up to deal with a calf problem in the opposite leg to his Achilles problem.
October 25th- Saints are beaten 2-0 by Celtic as they bravely continue their long tradition of being shite against the OF in Wegieland. The match also saw Saints concede their 5th penalty of the season not that I'd start the conspiracy theories.
24th- Saints injury worries continue with Jim Weir ruled out for
Saturday after suffering a reaction to his Achilles injury after playing
on Tuesday. Callum Davison will definitely miss out on the Parkhead trip
(I know how he feels!!!!) and both Kernaghan and Danny are rated doubtful.
Meanwhile Paul Sturrock could be set to move for ex-Millwall striker Scott Taylor (right) who he watched play for Bolton reserves midweek against Leicester. The 21-year old 5'10" striker is rated around 100K and is apparently considered not robust enough for the English Premiership !!!! Saints secretary Stewart Duff is trying to arrange for Karlstrand and Losenqvist to travel over to sign for the Saints next week.
Saints interest in the BP Youth Cup is over as a very young Saints team went out 3-2 to Clyde on Wednesday night (15-yr old Kiegan Farquhar scored both Saints goals). The reserves have a match lined up against Celtic in Perth next Wednesday.
On the international front, N Ireland manager Bryan Hamilton has been sacked with Raith boss Jimmy Nicholl set to take over if media rumours are to be believed - what this means for Danny and Georgios international careers remains to be seen.
October 23rd- Luggy and Chairman Geoff were in England last night looking at a prospective Saints player (though theres no more details than that). The signing of Chamu Musanhu is still a possibility with a fee of around £100,000 required for the Zimbabwe internationals services.
October 22nd- The first hiccup
on the transfer front has appeared with the news that the 2 Swedes might
not be able to fly over for the weekend cos their boss might not give them
time off from their jobs in a Swedish refrigerator factory !!! Trust el
Luggino to keep it simple eh?
Saints reserve match v Aberdeen was postponed last night but the team did play a closed-doors bounce match and Jim Weir came through fine. Danny Griffin has resumed light training but after 4 1/2 weeks away he is short of match fitness and will only be played at Parkhead if things get really desperate.
Off the field Saints have teamed up with the Bank of Scotland in a sad commercial venture with the launch of the St Johnstone Visa card, with Saints benefitting from donations from Visa based on spending. As if anyone would fall for that...now wheres the form?......
21st - Saints search for new strikers appears to be about to bear
fruit with the news that 2 players from Swedish First Division side Vastra
Frolunda are heading to Perth. Lars-Gunnar Karlstrand (24, far right ) and
Thomas Losenqvist (22, right) are expected to sign 2-year deals on Friday
with Saints although neither will be available to play for the club for a
month until they become free agents.
Whilst the move for Karlstrand has been on the cards for a while the signing of his striking partner ex-U21 international Losenqvist is more of a surprise. The pair scored 30 goals between them last season as Frolunda won the Swedish First Division with Karlstrand snatching 8 in 16 games and Losenqvist the remaining 22.
Alan Kernaghan is a doubt for Saturdays trip to Parkhead along with Danny Griffin but there is some good news with captain Jim Weir being pronounced fit.
Saints reserves take on Aberdeen tonight in a rearranged match following the car crash a few weeks ago. Meanwhile the youth team play Clyde in Perth tomorrow at the start of another BP Youth Cup tournament.
October 20th - As expected after his star performance on Saturday Main is already being touted for a move - this time to Celtic in a story rehashed by the Daily Star from the end of August. Mind you what can you say about a paper that does a Scotsport and can't tell the difference between Del and Roddy.
October 18th - Saints have
pulled out of the deal to sign Rangers defender Gary Bollan after the
players wage demands were deemed too high. A separate deal for striker
Stephen Boyack never went beyond the stage of an initial enquiry.
Meanwhile Saints gub Killie in a game which marked the return of Nick Dasovic to first team action, Main quoted as Scotlands No. 1 keeper by Bob Crampsey and hopefully the last of Attila in the first team. It also saw the first Saints trip to the new Rugby Park and the meeting with what must be the biggest bunch of uniformed hitlers calling themselves polis at any ground in Scotland. Still we won so I wont let my good mood be ruined.
October 17th - Latest on the
team for the trip to Rugby Park is that Danny is in with a slim chance of
playing as is Attila with the pair suffering from ankle and back injuries
respectively. The Sun carries an interview with Nick Dasovic and it looks
like he may play some part in the squad as well. Phizzy Scott is another
that could play but Kane and Price are unlikely to feature.
Killie boss Bobby Williamson has said that he is still hopeful of signing Cassule but that he won't play tomorrow.
Steve Tosh is to appeal against his red card for violent conduct in Tuesdays reserve match. He is already banned for Saturday and has been fined by the club.
October 15th - Mixed fortunes for the reserves last night as they went down 2-1 to Kilmarnock with Tosh getting sent off into the bargain. Cassule scored for Killie and Phizzy for Saints. Dasovic, Jenko and Price all played well apparently.
October 14th - More bad news for
Saints as its revealed that left-back Callum Davidson will be out for at
least a month as he undergoes an op for a hernia injury. Jim Weir is
another casualty with the likelihood of surgery on his Achilles meaning he
could be out for 3 months.
Saints have agreed a fee with TFOD for Bollan and Boyack and are awaiting the decisions of the players themselves.
Meanwhile St. Johnstone trialist Chamu Musanhu has greatle impressed coach Blackley and Sturrock is expected to open negotiations. Another African striker impressed in Fridays bounce match although he is having trials with other Scottish clubs and its not certain whether he'll play in tonights reserve match v Killie (for whom Cassule scored 2 last night against Morton).
Paul Kane and Nick Dasovic are still reckoned to be 2 weeks away from first-team football with the latter under instruction to lose a stone in weight.
October 12th - Not much news today but ex-trialist Luis Cassule is apparently now on trial with Killie and out to prove Luggy wrong for killing the deal. He has signed a 2-week contract which makes him eligible for Saturdays Rugby Park clash with Saints.
October 11th - As we expected, Alan Main didn't make the team or the bench with Pa Broon instead preferring to pick the Wimbledon reserve keeper over Jesus. Still I suppose we should forgive him given that Scotlands all but qualified for France 98 (as long as the Faroes dont screw it up for us !!!!)
10th - Some more information in the Record today about the
Zimbabwean trialist Chamunoda Musanhu (or Shampoo has hes been nicknamed
by the Saints players). He's 23, currently playing for FC Dynamos Harare
and has 16 caps for Zimbabwe. If he impresses enough in more trial matches
he'll be available on a free transfer. However the unnamed Frenchman and
Simon Davey who both played against Dundee will not be followed up on.
George O'Boyle has been drafted into the N Ireland squad due to injury problems.
Meanwhile Callum Davidson is apparently the next lined up to go under the surgeons knife as he prepares for a hernia op. According to the Sun this has put his "dream move" to Arsenal on ice although they have made no official enquiry and Saints have refused to put a price on the youngsters head. Saints are still rumoured to be lining up a move for Gary Bollan and Rangers kid Steven Boyack with the latter rated at £150,000. With Rangers wanting £400,000 for the pair it seems unlikely a deal is imminent.
9th - Plenty of news on the transfer front with Saints linked to
several players. Along with Musanhu Saints also played Welshman Simon
Davey (right) in the closed-doors match against Dundee. The player is
currently out of favour at Preston North End and £30,000 would be
enough for Saints to secure the 27-yr old midfielder. Saints were also
reported to be ready to sign ex-Arab and current Hun reject Gary Bollan.
The 24-yr old defender/midfielder is reported in todays Waily Retard as
being about to sign for Saints along with Steven Boyack a product of the
Rangers Boys Club in a £400,000 deal.
The injury situation is brightening as well as both Kane and Dasovic made returns yesterday with the latter playing an hour of the Dundee match.
October 8th - Alan Main has finally been called into the Scotland squad for the Latvia game as Pies Goram finally pulled out. Saints were due to play a closed-doors match today to give a trial to Shamu Musanhu a 25-yr old central defender / midfielder from Zimbabwe. Sturrock is also looking towards Scandanavia to strengthen his squad although whether or not that means a move for long-term target Lars-Gunnar Karlstrand remains to be seen. His team (Vastra Frolunda) are due to finish their season on the 18th October.
October 7th - News from last
nights crash it that only 5 YTS players were hurt slightly (all were
suffering from minor injuries and shock) and were discharged last night
from the PRI. Dasovic, Kane and manager Paul Sturrock were not involved as
they were travelling separatelywith the reserve team in a separate coach.
Reports say that a car crashed into the minibus carrying the Saints
players. The car driver was reported to be in a serious condition. The
reserve match against Aberdeen was called off although closed-doors
matches have been arranged for Wednesday and Friday.
Danny Griffin has pulled out of the N Ireland squad to face Portugal in order to receive treatment for a niggling ankle injury.
October 6th - Alan Kernaghans
period at Saints might be over soon as stories circulate that Notts Forest
are planning a £300,000 bid for him. Meanwhile Callum Davidson was
watched by Arsenal scout Don Mackay on Saturday and the rumour is that the
London club are planning a £750,000 bid for the young Saint.
The Saints reserve match was cancelled when the bus carrying the Saints reserves to the match in Aberdeen was in a crash at Coupar Angus - some people have been taken to PRI but no-one is thought to be seriously hurt. No doubt there might be a mention in the media tomorrow. Amongst the players on the bus were Dasovic, Kane, Price.
Despite Luggy clamping down on trialist stories in a bid to prevent the fans hopes being built up, the Star today reports that a Zimbabwe central defender by the name of Shamu is coming to McD for a trial. The player has apparently played in Germany.
October 4th - Finally Saints get
their first home win with a 1-0 win over
Aberdeen although luck plays a major part in the game. Maybe it has
to do with the new away tops finally being put on sale - well I wore mine.
Some good news on the international front as a report on Sportscene had an interview with Scotland boss Craig Brown who seems set to call up Saints keeper Alan Main to the Scotland squad for the Latvia match in place of the injured Pieman Goram.
October 3rd - Saints still have major injury worries for tomorrow with Kane, O'Boyle and Weir all missing and Phizzy only in with a slight chance of making the side. Attila apparently also twisted his back in training yesterday which rules him out for a month - and with his contract running out in November its a strong possibility we've seen the last of him in a Saints top.
October 2nd - Paul Kane and Nick Dasovic are scheduled to return to reserve team action against Aberdeen next week. Gavin Price who made his return against the Hibs is still short of first-team action and according to Luggy is having problems fitting in with Saints style of play.
October 1st - Some good news for a change (apart from the Huns getting knocked out of Europe again !!!) with Stuart McCluskey and Stephen Robertson both getting call-ups to the Scotland U-21 squad for the Latvia game on October 11. Saints reserves beat Hibs 4-1 with 2 goals from Gavin Price.
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September 30th - Latest injury worries has Georgio and Phizzy still struggling for Sat with calf and hamstring injuries respectively. Luggy is still trying to sign a new face (or several) for Saturday but is apparently getting nowhere. Meanwhile the news from Aberdeen is that defender Gary Smith is definitely out on Saturday.
September 27th - The reasoning behind the secrecy on team news becomes clear as another makeshift Saints side gets a well-deserved draw at Easter Road with Saints fans paying 14 quid for the pleasure of seeing Saints concede another early goal. Latest on any move for Kevin Thomas of Hearts seems dead as the player seems set to move to QPR. Meanwhile Danny Griffin has managed another call up for the N Ireland squad for Oct 11 - not bad considering his mediocre (by past standards) performances in the last few weeks.
September 26th - No more word on team news although Luggy is criticised in the Sun today for refusing to reveal his team on a Friday. He is also quoted in the Courier as not expecting a new signing for Saturday despite trying all week. Given Saints present injury situation its unlikely he'd even be able to name a team. Alan Kernaghan is also mentioned in the Sun as saying hed like to get a permanent deal with Saints. As for the team expect Jenko, OHalloran and Davison to figure in the squad.
September 25th - Leigh Jenkinson managed 45 minutes of a reserve match against Rangers yesterday - which means he'll have an outside chance of being fit to get taken off hurt against Hibs. Luggy was apparently at the Hearts v Arabs reserve match on Tuesday looking a Kevin Thomas, Stephen Frail or Gary Locke of the Jambos or Dave "Psycho" Bowman from the Tangerines. Of course he denied looking at anyone in particular. Personally going for Thomas would be a bad move IMHO since he turned us down once already so any further move would no doubt be cash-related.
September 23rd - Sturrock has announced that no news will be sent to the media regarding player injuries in an attempt to avoid players using this as an excuse for poor performances on the park. Meanwhile on the injury front Dasovic is aiming for a comeback against Killie in 3 weeks time but there is no other good news on the squad front.
September 20th - A makeshift
Saints team prove that the Law of Averages is a myth as they extend the
run against The Forces Of Darkness to
26 years and a bit without a win. Sturrock was restrained in his comments
but berated the midfield.
On the transfer front the Great Striker Search of 95/96/97/98? goes on - Sturrock has ruled out any moves for Freestone of Boro but the Carlstrand transfer is still apparently on the cards for the end of October. Personally I won't be holding my breath.
19th - Saints have reportedly signed Alan Kernaghan from Man City
on a months loan. Hes a 6ft 2inch center back who is a former Republic of
Ireland internatinal. He is now 30 and is likely to make his debut against
TFOD tommorow. Meanwhile Jenko, Kane and Weir are likely to miss out and
Danny has only just resumed training. Expect a very different Saints side
with Teletext reporting 8 players unfit.
Meanwhile Ravanelli has gone back to Middlesboro which can only mean good news in any potential Saints move for Chris Freestone.
September 18th - Latest news
from Boro is that Bryan Robson is reluctant to let Freestone go until he
can replace Ravanelli. Freestone is happy to stay there as long as he is
in the first team although from Middlesboro WWW sites it appears that his
chances will be limited in the future.
The Perth boss said yesterday, though, that no moves are imminent for any of the players on view in midweek. Meanwhile, there was no change yesterday as far as Saints' lengthy injury list is concerned. Sturrock pointed out that it won't be clear which of those struggling - Danny Griffin, Jim Weir, Leigh Jenkinson and Paul Kane - will have a chance of playing against Rangers at McDiarmid Park on Saturday until tomorrow or the morning of the match itself.
September 17th - As expected the Cassule deal is off and the player has returned to Portugal with Saints citing the work permit as the main reason behind the call-off. However further transfer moves are afoot as Luggy watched Middlesboro striker Chris Freestone score against Barnet in the Coca-Cola Cup last night. The striker is rated at 250,000 and Luggy is apparently keen to get a deal through by the weekend. Freestone has just turned 26 and is 5ft 11. His appearances for 'Boro have been limited but he's scored 4 times in his last 5 games.
September 16th - Apparently
there is now major doubt over the Cassule deal with the Sun reporting that
Saints have called it off amid problems with the Home Office and the news
that he won't be available to play on medical grounds for another 3 weeks.
The Courier merely says that the deal is in doubt.
Meanwhile the latest from the treatment table is as follows ::
DANNY - Swollen ankle. Has to wait another 48 hrs to check if there is ligament damage.
JENKO - Has resumed training but will definitely miss the Gers match.
WEIR - Very doubtful for Saturday. Is in light training but still has pain from his Achilles injury even when jogging.
KANE- Back in training and has an excellent chance of making Saturdays match.
PRICE - An outside bet for Saturday depending on the striker situation but El Luggino wants to give him a month to recover from cracked ribs. However in his favour is the reports that he is desperate to play.
September 15th - Latest news has Cassule making a 2500 mile round trip back to Portugal to get a passport to make him eligible to play for Saints on Saturday. Meanwhile Sturrock has blasted his players for lack of effort against Hearts only singleing out Davison for any praise. Paul Kane and Jenko are hopefully lined up to return this Saturday although there are still doubts over Weir and Danny Griffin.
September 13th - Poor finishing sees Saints go down 2-1 to Hearts with even more worrying news being the loss of Danny Griffin. Slightly better news for Canadian midfielder Nick Dasovic who hopes to resume full training after his hernia injury shortly and has set himself a target of 3 weeks to resume first team appearances.
September 12th - Saints injury
problems are mounting ahead of Saturdays game. A 5-2 reserve defeat from
Hearts saw Luis Cassule taken to hospital after being unconscious for 15
minutes. Worse after the clash of heads, he swallowed his tongue
(according to the Sun) and only Hearts physio Tom Logans quick thinking
saved his life. After treatement and a brain scan at hospital both Luis
and Hearts player Derek Holmes were discharged. What the effect is on his
playing tomorrow remains to be seen. On the legal side Saints are arguing
that as he has held Portugese citizenship for 14 years and is eligible for
a passport he does not need a work permit.
Agent Jim McArthur said: 'I've never encountered anything like this before. 'He considers himself to be Portuguese and has lived there most his life. He is entitled to a Portuguese passport, but has been travelling on an ID card, which is like a short-term passport. 'It's good enough to let him travel freely around Europe, but it seems it might not be enough to let him play football in Scotland.' If the Scottish League turn him down, the player will fly back to Portugal to apply for a full passport. Cassule was top scorer in his league last year so we live in hope.
As for team news for tomorrow, latest is that Weir, Kane and Jenko are all out along with Kieran McAnespie. Keith O'Halloran has not trained all week although Roddy managed 45 minutes in the reserves and faces a fitness test on Saturday morning. Gavin Price might be forced into action although he is also short of match fitness.
On the fashion front, Saints away strip is still not out but is expected in the shops some time this month.
September 11th - The Luis
Cassule deal is in the balance whilst Saints wait on a decision from the
SFA regarding his status. Despite being a Portugese citizen for 14 years
(according to the Courier), Cassule may still be classed as Angolan and
therefore require an EU work permit. This would effectively kill the deal.
Jim Weir is looking increasingly likely to miss the Hearts game (quelle surprise) so expect a McCluskey / Griffin partnership in defence. Weir is confident of returning for the Forces Of Darkness and Evil visit next Saturday.
September 10th - The Cassule signing has hit another snag with the news that Luis is Angolan meaning more red tape to sort out. He should be available for Saturday and the game against Hearts which is just as well since Roddy is a major doubt leaving us with Georgio as the only fit striker. Danny Griffin should be back as well having played in N Irelands 1-0 defeat to Albania.
September 9th - Saints have
finally signed Luis Cassule on a 2 year deal for £40,000. Meanwhile
Jim Weir is struggling to make Saturdays home match v Hearts although
Jenko still has a chance of making it. Unfortunately things are getting
worse with the news that 18yr old striker Kieran McAnespie could be out
until Xmas with a knee injury.
The Scottish League has fined John Blackley £1000 and banned him from the dugout for a year. One law for the Old Firm eh?
Motherwell have released ex-Saints target Austrian Mario Dorner at the end of a three month deal. So he wasnt that good after all.
Soem details of the new Premier setup are emerging with a 1-up, 1-down proposal and no play-offs. Teams still play one another 4 times a season so there appears to be little change there.
September 8th - St. Johnstone
have given notice of their intention to resign from the Scottish Football
League along with the other 9 Premier clubs, with the view to launching a
Scottish Premiership next season. A full press conference is planned for
tomorrow. Full details at Scotland
Meanwhile, Luis Cassule is back in Perth for more signing talks and should sign this week. Saints reserve match v Hearts is now on Thursday afternoon at Newtongrange. John Blackley was due in front of the SFA today to be punished for his trackside activities against Celtic in the cup-tie. He elected not to attend in person and being non-OF is no doubt going to be clobbered.
September 6th - Relief all round
as Roddy is diagnosed as only having severe bruising, so his crap form is
due to the pox !!! Negotitations are still continuing with Leixioses for
Luis Cassule and he is expected back next week for more training although
he is apparently well short of match fitness.
Saints are also looking at bringing forward the Hearts reserve match next week or arranging a closed-doors game to give Jenko a run out. Luggy is also in the paper saying that players will only leave the club a "St. Johnstone prices" and that no firm offers have been received yet.
September 5th - Latest stories
have Bolton preparing for a £1.2 million bid for Callum Davison.
Saints still haven't signed Cassule as the deal has hit "a snag"
- the player is back in Portugal just now. Sturrock is quoted as saying he
is "hopeful" of reaching an agreement after a day of discussions
yesterday. Saints won't be signing the Swedish trialist from yesterdays
match - he was more of a defender and had to come off after 50 minutes
The injury worries mount for Saints. Gavin Price is on the mend and played yesterday and Jenko should be available for matches next week. Jim Weir has had a plaster put on his ankle to aid his Achilles problem, which will stay on to next Tuesday and Roddy was at hospital for a leg scan today.
- Saints are preparing a bid for 27-yr old Portugese striker Luis Cassule,
and with a fee of £40,000 agreed with Leixioses only personal terms
have to be sorted out. He's also claiming that he can be a new Jorge
Cadete for the Perth side - God knows what that means. He doesn't speak
any english but is still into the squad for the Jambos match on the 13th.
Meanwhile Saints planned to field the Swedish defender/midfielder today in a closed-doors match with Raith Rovers. The other Swedish trialist, a right-sided midfielder is not in the country yet due to club commitments. Saints are also hopeful of tying up the deal for another striker by the weekend - one can only assume that means Lars Gunnar Karlstrand.
September 3rd - Luis Cassule scored twice for Saints last night in a 5-2 gubbing of the Pars in a reserve match. The game also featured the unnamed Swedish trialist. Luggy has also fixed up a closed-doors match v Raith Rovers for Thursday.
September 2nd - More injury worries for Saints as it is revealed that Roddy is going to have a scan to check if he has a hairline fracture of the leg, believed to have been sustained in a challenge with Celtics Simon Donnelly. Sheff Utd are reported (in the Sun) to be preparing a £1m bid for Phizzy which could also involve striker Andy Walker coming to Perth - as if. Meanwhile, Luis Cassule is due to turn out for the reserves against the Pars tonight with a good performance likely to see a longer term deal being offered. Saints are trying to arrange a closed-doors match this week to try out 2 swedish trialists, an experienced midfielder/defender and a right-sided attacker.
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August 30th -
Saints draw the derby with Dunfermline
in an incident packed 2-2 game. Weir missed his first game of the season
due to his Achilles trouble. Of more worry must be the number of bookings
the defence is picking up -especially with two important home games v
Hearts and Gers in the next 3 weeks. According to Soccernet, Luggy takes
the blame for the tactics in the first half failing to nullify the Pars
To save reload time, only the current months articles will be kept here - the rest goes to the new Oracle Archive.
August 29th - French trialist
Fabrice Monakino has gone home early. He is still suffering from a thigh
strain which has limited his appearances. Saints haven't ruled out a
further trial later in the season. Meanwhile Portugese striker Luis
Cassule played up front in a 2-1 victory over Celtic last night and
scored. Sturrock was impressed and expect a signing move after Tuesdays
home reserve match. Scotland announced their squad for the Belarus match
with Main being rejected yet again in favour of the Wimbledon reserve
keeper. Still at least we have Davison and McCluskey in the U-21s.
Danny Griffin could make a return to the first team tomorrow as Weir is still struggling with his Achilles injury. Apart from that Saints have a full squad to pick from (with the usual exception of Jenko and Gavin Price (cracked ribs)).
August 28th - Saints have shied
off buying Karlstrand after Frolunda wouldnt reduce their 200,000 asking
price. Sturrock has said he will wait until Karlstrand is a free agent at
the end of October. However another Swedish midfielder/defender is coming
over for a trial with Saints.
Meanwhile Luis Cassule can clinch a deal for himself tonight if he performs well in the reserve match at Parkhead with John O'Neill due for a run there as well. If he's signed Leixoses will collect a nominal fee from Saints.
Injured trio Kane, Preston and Weir are all on the mend - the first two back in training and Weir still expected to play this Saturday.
Danny Griffin has been named in the N Ireland squad for the match v Albania on September 16th. No place for Georgio however.
August 26th - Latest on the
transfer front has Managing director Stewart Duff and Luggy flying off to
Sweden yesterday in the hope of signing Lars-Gunnar Karlstrand with a bid
of aroun £150,000 expected for the goalscorer (7 in 14 games this
season). Meanwhile new trialist Luis Cassule a 'burly' 27-yr old Portugese
striker (and Jeremy Guscott lookalike) impressed in training yesterday
with Saints hoping to get clearance to field him on Thursday night in
Glasgow against Celtic reserves. In fantasy-land the Daily Star are
standing by their report of Celtics planned £2m bid for Main,
Georgio and Scott despite denials from Jock Brown, Saints and the rest of
the world. Callum Davison is currently the subject of speculation of
£1.5m bids from Arsenal, Newcastle, Blackburn, Spurs and Bolton,
whilst Danny Griffin is a rumoured £1m target for Notts Forest.
Still at least we get to keep Weir !!!!!
On the injury front both Weir and new-father Paul Kane are nursing knocks. Jenko has already been ruled out of Saturdays derby against the Pars.
Saints are holding a meet the manager evening for shareholders this Thursday. And finally True Faith On-Line are offering a free years subscription to the Saintee who gave the Celtic fan a shiner at Saturdays game. Serves him right for sitting in the hallowed seats.
August 25th - Transfer rumours abound with Arsenal and Newcastle reporting £1 million bids for Callum Davison. Meanwhile Celtic denied reports today that they were preparing a bid for Main, Scott and Georgio - thats what a bit of TV exposure does to the boys.
August 23rd - Saints go down 2-0 to Celtic . On the transfer front Ian Ferguson has moved on to Ayr Utd (where he scored today !!) for £40,000 and Luis Cassule a striker is coming over from Lexoises of Porto in Portugal for a weeks trial. Not much info on him but he's rated at £100,000 and is interesting Huddersfield Town - hes highly-rated according to Luggy but he wont be pushed into any panic buys.
August 22nd - Danny Griffin
looks set to return to Saints line-up for the revenge match. Jim Weir
faces a late fitness test and O'Neill is suspended (apparently Mr Dallas
had a torrid time of it at work on Wednesday - serves him right for
working in Perth). Celts expect to have Blinker back but Peter Grant has
signed for Norwich. Caley Thistle are reported to be ready to bid £30,000
for Gary Farquhar.
Congratulations also to Geoff Brown celebrating 11 years as Saints chairman and the longest-serving chairman in Scotland.
August 21st - Saints have been asked for comments on Tuesday nights match by the Scottish League who will meet on September 8th to debate John Blackleys punishment. Both he and Roddy have already been disciplined by the club. However John O'Neill will escape a fine (but is still banned for Saturday) since Luggy believes he is innocent. Saints have a doubt over Jim Weir for Saturday's match since his Achilles problem has flared up again. Saints have also told Caley Thistle that Farquhar is not for sale. Other reports have Leeds (who had a scout at McDiarmid on Tuesday) preparing a £750,000 bid for Phizzy Scott.
August 20th - The aftermath of
the cup-tie is in the papers today with the majority verdict being that
Dallas was an arse to send off ONeill but that Saints discipline went at
the end. Still plenty of praise for the boys from all sources. The 97-98
Referee Awards have now been added to the
Temple. Feel free to send votes to me. Sun also mentions today that Caley
Thistle are interested in Farquhar.
Go to http://freespace.virgin.net/andy.burns/reports.htm Andy Burns site for excellent pictures from Sky of the ONeil red card - maybe Dallas is an arsehole after all.
Saints are apparently reviewing their policy of moving Saints fans to the West Stand for the big games - a count check is being done to see if there are enough season-ticket holders to justify using the East Stand.
August 19th - Saints go out the Coca-Cola Cup to Celtic 1-0 after extra time in an incident-packed and controversial match. Saints end the game with 9 players following O'Neil and Grant being red-carded. We will have to wait and see what effect this has on suspensions.
August 18th - Attilas hyping
Saints up in the papers sounding as full of confidence as last time we got
humped. Jenkos been ruled out for a month after being taken off injured
last Saturday. Altho Preston can take his place Fabrice might make the
starting line-up. Weir and O'Halloran both took knocks at the Motherwell
game but will be fit for tomorrow night.
Oh yes and the media are back on form - still there was only 2 errors in todays Daily Record.
August 16th - Saints go top of the league after a convincing win over Motherwell. However the game causes some worry with winger Leigh Jenkinson taken off with what looked like a groin injury. Saints announced a profit of £168,000 for the 96-97 season although if it hadn't been for the cup match at Ibrox this would have been a loss. Chairman Geoff Brown also had a go at the locals of Perth for not supporting their team.
August 15th - Reports today
suggest that El Luggino was sufficiently impressed with Roger Nzamba
(nickname suggestions to the usual address please) in yesterdays closed
doors match v Ayr to offer him a deal. Negotiations are now under way and
the player may be signed in time for Tuesdays cup-tie. In the meantime,
Nzamba has flown back to Italy. Meanwhile Saints are biding their time
waiting until October when Lars-Gunnar Karlstrand is out of contract. On
the playing front Luggy has enlisted the services of Paul Cherry who spied
for Saints in last weeks CC tie when his new club Caledonian Thistle
narrowly lost on penalties to Motherwell.
News from the fashion world is that Saints rock idol Dasovic has celebrated his ongoing recovery from his hernia op by growing a moustache - hereby shall he be known as "Zappa".
Tomorrows starting eleven is still doubtful - Roddy and Dino arent fully fit yet and Jenko has a groin strain. With McCluskey playing instead of Griffin, only the back four looks definite. Fabrice Monakino could be in from the start as he scored a goal midweek for the reserves( in a 2-0 win over Motherewell with McLeish playing in their defence), with O'Neill managing to play as well. McLeish won't be playing for Motherwell tomorrow - the reserve outing convinced him that hes past it.
August 14th - According to the
Courier, Nzamba (or Roger Guy Nzamba) is keen to join Saints. He arrived
in time to see the last 10 minutes of the Clyde game and is impressed with
the Perth setup and players. He is due to play in a closed-doors friendly
today. Apparently Nzamba is not as quick as first thought but has still
impressed Luggy in training.
Meanwhile N Ireland striker Georg O'Boyle has put club first and elected to play against Motherwell on Saturday and make himself available for the Celtic cup-tie. McCluskey will take the place of Danny Griffin in the next 2 matches whilst hes on international duty. Dasovic is due to have a scan to check his hernia injury is healing OK.
August 12th - The Coca-Cola Cup
ties against the Other Forces Of Darkness is now scheduled for Tuesday
19th (not the 20th like the Retard quoted) and will be shown live on Sky.
Celtic are receiving an allocation of 5000 tickets. Tickets for will go on
sale at the ground on Friday (6-8pm) for fans holding vouchers from the
Clyde game with the general sale starting on Saturday (10am-noon). Georgio
has said that even if he's picked for the N. Ireland squad, he might still
pull out to turn out for Saints. Gavin Price has picked up a rib knock.
The club are also working on a closed-doors match this week for Monakino and the Gabonese trialist. He is Roger Nzamba, a mid-20s Gabonese international. Apparently hes a very fast striker who has played for his country in the African Nations Cup. Currently on a 1-yr contract with Serie 'B' side Trieste, a fee of around £40,000 would be required to secure his services.
August 11th - More possible signings with a Gabonese striker coming over from Italy's Serie 'B' for a weeks trial. He's already had a full pre-season workout in Italy and if we make an offer, a fee will be involved. The current plan is to play him in some reserve matches this week. This doesn't affect the hunt for Karlstrad which is still going on.
August 10th - Saints are preparing to make another bid for Airdries Paddy Connolly, increasing their previous offer of 220,000. Given that Luggy has said several times that they're no longer interested it sounds like the Sunday Mail was short on news.
August 9th - Saints make the
3rd round of the Coca-Cola cup after a 3 - 0
win over 2nd Division Clyde. New signing Fabrice Monakino is on the bench.
He's signed a one-month contract after an apparent change of mind from the
Saints management. In other ties next weeks opponents Motherwell have
Brian Martin and Billy Davies red-carded as they struggle to beat Caley
Thistle. With Saints in the next round it means Danny and possibly Georgio
will miss 2 games due to international duty.
Swedish striker Lars Gunner Karlstrand reported to be keen to join Saints after visiting Perth last weekend. 'If the clubs can arrange something I would like to come over,' he said. 'I'm a free agent in November but St Johnstone want me right now. I don't now if it will happen because my club are top of the league and I'm an important player.' The powerful striker has scored seven times in 14 games this season. Karlstrand has already agreed personal terms with Paul Sturrock, but Saints face competition from Bristol City.
Thanks to Chic Young and Johnathan Watson, Saints have been drawn at home to Celtic in the 3rd round. Ties to be played on 19th or 20th August.
- Its confirmed that the Swedish striker is Lars Gunnar Karlstrand. Saints
are following up their interest and will make an offer to the 24yr olds
club, 2nd Division side Vastra Frolunda, the amount expected to be in the
150,000 range. Fabrice Monakino won't be coming to McDiarmid tho, since
he's more of an out-and-out winger than a striker.
Team news :: Dino misses the Coca-Cola Cup tie against a full-strenght Clyde side tomorrow with as calf knock. Paul Kane or Rhino O'Halloran will deputise for him. O'Neil also misses out. Danny Griffin will miss the league match v Motherwell next Saturday and the Coca-Cola Cup 3rd round tie on the 20th due to international duties. Either Stuart McCluskey or Andy Whiteford will take his place - both played in the midweek reserve match and according to Blackley, one was good and the other rubbish.
August 7th - Danny Griffin has been called up to the N Ireland squad for the international on August 20th. No place for O'Boyle in the pool though. Meanwhile Saints are still interested in the French striker whose international clearance didn't come through in time to play for the reservest last night (they got beat 3-0). Blackley is hopeful to fix up a closed-doors match early next week to see him in competitive action. The player is Fabrice Monakino, 25 years old who has played for Cannes in the French Premier League. He's a left-sided striker who can also play as an out-and-out winger. Saints have also stepped up their bid to sign the Swedish striker that was over at the weekend. Asst boss John Blackley said that the unnamed player was over at the weekend and had a good look round. Saints are hopeful that the Bosman ruling will force his club to sell at a reduced fee before October.
August 6th - Saints right-back John McQuillan has been fined heavily by Luggy for his booking for dissent on Saturday. Quite right to IMHO. Sturrock looks willing to wait for the Swedish striker - he's rated around £200,000 but will be available for nothing under Bosman in October. The French striker is hopefully playing for the reserves tonight - Saints are waiting on international clearance. He's 25 and can play in a couple of positions up front and has impressed Luggy in training. He's currently out of contract with a French Premier side and has been on loan to a Belgian club. Meanwhile the injuries are piling up with Attila sporting a calf knock and Jenko a poisoned toe from Saturdays game.
August 5th - Saints have 2 players on trial this week - a 23-yr old Swedish striker, currently suspended from his club) and a Canadian. Not sure if the Swede is Calrstrand. Saints also have a mystery Frenchman training with them for the last week. He could figure in the Utd reserve match tomorrow night. Also the story is that scouts from several English clubs watched the game last Saturday.
August 4th - Happy Birthday to the Temple - yup it was one year ago today that the first pages were set up !!. Story from True Faith to sum up Fergies game :: "Incident after the game summed it up: Punter goes up to Fergie and asks for his autograph. Fergie says: "I don't know what you want mine for.'. Punter replies: "Well they all count, don't they?". Guaranteed to make the poor boy feel worse"
August 3rd - The Saints game was shown on STV's Scotsport - surprisingly enough no media falsehoods. that I could spot. Sturrock was on the panel in the studio and made mention of at least 2 players who he didnt feel were up to Premier standard yesterday - one would probably be Fergie but as for the other? In the New Of The World, ex-Saintee Ally McCoist has tipped Saints to finish 8th this season ahead of Hibs and Motherwell.
August 2nd - Saints draw 1-1 with United but with Dunfermline going down 2-0 to Motherwell they're propping up the league. In other news, the away version of the new strip will not be out until the end of August. Also watch out for Saints on the telly as STV covered the United game - 5pm on STV / Grampian on Sunday - should be good for a few media falsehoods.
August 1st - According to today's PA the club have only sold around 6,000 tickets for tomorrows game - the Perth show is on the same day but it looks like apathy in Perth again. As for the team the midfield is causing most worry - expect Attila, Tosh and O'Halloran to be the starting line-up.
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July 31st - Some good news on the injury front with Phizzy Scott looking likely to be fit for Saturdays league opener.
July 30th- Saints in the news again with plans to build another exit from the car park to run alongside the road to the crematorium meeting controversy in the papers. The police and council have backed the plan with the route being used as an exit only for a trial period. The Scotland v Belarus U-21 game has been announced - its to be played on Friday Sept 5th at McDiarmid. Kick-off is at 7.30 with children getting in for free.
July 29th- Saints cruised to a 3-1 win over Caley Thistle in Alan Herchers testimonial last night. 2 goals from Fergie and a third from Roddy gave Saints an easy win. Les Fridge of Thistle played in goal for Saints to allow Sturrock to keep Alan Main fit for Saturdays league opener. To commemorate winning thre 1st Division championship last season Saints have been presented with a crystal bowl from Perth Council (so no open-topped bus tour then?). Personally I'd have preferred it if they'd shown their appreciation towards the club by contributing towards the youth policy, a suggestion mooted at the end of last season.
July 28th - Injury worries are piling up for Saints as O'Neil is ruled out of Saturdays game. In addition Nick Dasovic is out for 2 months and Philip Scott is rated doubtful. Sturrock has also been highly critical of the teams attitude in the pre-season warm-ups.
July 27th- Gerry McMee (spit) has predicted 7th place for Saints in the upcoming season. According to the Sunday Mail Saints are the outsiders for the League - 1000/1. John O'Neil is now rated doubtful for the Arabs game on Saturday after aggravating his groin injury v West Ham despite only playing the last half-hour as sub. Saints will send a full-strength team to Inverness on Monday night for Alan Herchers testimonial.
July 26th - According to the Daily Record Coventry boss Gordon Strachan was at McD last night looking at Callum Davison and Danny Griffin. Theres also a rumour that a Saints team is playing Caley Thistle for a testimonial on Monday night.
July 25th - Saints go down 0-1 to West Ham at McDiarmid. See here for the match report. A report in the Sun newspaper had Tommy Burns and Kenny Dalglish attending McD tonigh to run the rule over Callum Davison with the view to a million pound bid. Well I didnt't see them. there. The new strips are officially out tomorrow. It looks like Scott Thomson could be leaving us at the end of his one-month contract with Sturrock looking to sign another keeper on a temporary deal. Phizzy is already doubtful for the opening league match and Sturrocks quoted in the Courier as saying he is unhappy with the level of players fitness. Car park charges are up to £2 this season - 100% rise on last year. Somehow it makes my £25 spent on a reserved parking space for the season worthwhile.
July 23rd - Saints end the Irish tour with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers. See here for the match report
July 22nd - Phizzy is ruled out the game v Bray Wanderers . He's also a major doubt for the Hammers match on Friday night. John O'Neil has a groin strain - Luggys blamed it all on the hard grounds the team have been playing on. Gavin Price (we need a nickname for him) will start tonight alongside Roddy. Paul Kanes registration hasn't come throught yet so he cant play. Ticket details have been announced for the opening league match v Scumdee Utd.
July 20th - Saint get a comfortable 3-0 win over UCD in the second match of the tour. See here for the match report
July 18th - After the screw-ups by the Old Firm this week, Saints finally bring some pride back to Scottish fitba by gubbing Shamrock Rovers 4-1 in the first of the pre-season games. See here for the match report. The entire first team is on tour except for the injured Robertson and Dasovic and Gary Farquhar who apparently suffers from a fear of flying. Latest on the strips is that they will be out next Saturday.
July 17th - Callum Davison has signed a 2 year extension to his contract keeping him in Perth until the year 2000. Sturrock is quoted in the PA as saying he expects Callum to be a full international (obviously he wont be playing for Saints by then :)). Scott Thomson, the ex-Raith keeper has been signed on a 1-month contract as cover for Main whilst Robertson is injured.
July 16th - Euan Donaldson has been sold to Clyde for a "nominal fee". He was signed 2 years ago from Stenhousemuir for 80 grand but never fulfilled his promise and ended the season as 4th choice left-back. Since Saints play Clyde in the Coca-Cola on August 9th expect to see him play a blinder.
July 14th - Gavin Price has finally signed a 1 year deal. Dasovics hernia op has been confirmed - he'll miss the start of the season.
July 13th - Gavin Prices signature hasn't been finalised yet - expect to see this sorted out on Monday.
July 11th - Paul Kane signed under Bosman last night for a 1 year deal with a years option. Sturrocks revealed that he's been signed as cover for Nick Dasovic who it looks like will have to undergo hernia surgery and be out for 4-6 weeks. In addition, Gavin Price (23) signed this morning from FC Den Haag for 0 or 50,000 depending on who you believe. The opening game v Dundee Utd has been made all-ticket and there are stories that Saints are planning to install a new all-singing all-dancing scoreboard at the start of the season.
July 10th - Andersson, Price and ex-Don Paul Kane (32) all played in the closed-doors match and according to the papers look set to be made some sort of offer from Saints.
July 8th - Attilas been offered a 6 month extension to his contract to keep him at the club until the end of next season. Thomas Andersson, a Swedis central defender (28) is over from Obrero to train with Saints. In addition Gavin Price the ex-Brechin striker who has spent 2 years playing with Den Haag in Holland is available under Bosman. Sturrock was hoping to see both players in action in a closed-doors match but this will be unlikely. Offers will be made by the end of the week if needed. Saints photocall is scheduled to take place on Wed 9th July. Alan Main has recovered from a bout of shingles but Stephen Robertson is out with tendonitis on the knee. Dasovic is being treated gently after the hernia surgery in the summer and Attila is out with an unknown injury.
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June 25th - Attilas been warned about his new contract - according to the Sun his demands would make him the highest paid player at the club and El Luggino is unwilling to break the wage structure for one player.
June 20th - Mario Dorner has signed a 1 year deal with Motherwell apparently cos Saints were stalling. Season ticket sales are 2000 so far. In addition the story is that the Caledonia Reds rugger buggers want to base themselves at McD for the next few years and with their cash input Saints will receive around 2 million for that period. The offices between the Ormond and West will be built as part of this deal.
June 19th - Looks like the Swedish stars wont be signing for us - apparently the wage demands are too high and they'll be available under Bosman in October.
June 17th - At last Main has finally signed a 3 year deal with the Saints. Now all we need is a striker. Luggy has had a 3rd bid of 200,000+ for Airdries Paddy Connolly turned down.
June 16th -Alan Main is quoted in the Sun and Record as saying he wants to stay at Saints and is expected to sign a new 3 year contract this week. Apparently the continental offer on the table for him was from the Spanish 1st Div champions.
June 15th - PA is quoted as saying that Sturrock wants a decision on a new contract from Alan Main by the end of this week.
June 13th - Front page stuff in the Sun today for Perths finest as Georgios estranged wife tells all about his affair with a married shop girl. Usual scandal and all it does is confirm the rumours going round Perth for the last 6 or 7 months.
June 11th - So much for Scott Thomson - hes staying with Raith apparently. And Killlie are now also after Paddy Connolly.
June 10th - Papers today report that alan Main has turned down the new deal and that Saints are in the hunt along with Hibs for Raith keeper Scott Thomson (30).
June 6th - Latest rumours say that the Paddy Connolly move is 99% certain and that another Scottish League striker could be signed (rumour is Keith Wright from the Hibs). Mario Dorner looks unlikely since his wage demands are pretty high.
June 4th - Saints report that season ticket sales are up 50% on last year. The players are due back for pre-season training on June 25th.
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May 30th - Alan Main has gone on holiday and is still nowhere near completing a deal for a new contract. Coca-Cola Cup has been drawn for next season - Saints play Clyde at home on Aug 9th.
May 28th - 26yr old Austrian striker Mario Doner has flown to Scotland to sign for Saints. He was over on trial earlier in the year but is now out of contract. Hes played for the Austrian Olympic team.
May 27th - Looks like Alan Main is leaving the club - hes had one definite offer from abroad and looks set to accept it. Replacements being named include Scott Thomson of Raith and Theo Snelders of the Sheep and Huns. On the bright side Brian Irvine has signed for the Scum so thats one rumour dead.
May 25th - ITV Teletext reports that Aberdeen are interested in signing Callum Davidson.
May 23rd - Fridays "PA" has Sturrock denying only saying he spoke to Brian Irvine. Two Swedish strkers (Karlstrand and Mr X) are both to be approached re a possible signing this summer. In addition, the Paddy Connolly rumour has resurfaced and given that Airdrie lost the play-off last night a move could be on the cards. Alan Main has still not signed a new contract and by all reports Saints are starting to get pissed off with his delaying tactics. Yet another new set of strips for next season - see here for details.
May 22nd - More transfer rumours from the soaraway Sun - latest is that Brian Irvine is a target for Saints.
May 20th - According to todays Sun Saints are lining up a swoop for Swedish striker Lars Gunnar Karlstrand - top scorer with 2nd Div side Elfsborg. Steve Tosh has signed a new 2 year deal and Danny Griffin wants to agree an extension on his contract. Meanwhile Alan Main has still to agree terms - a 3 year deal is on offer for him. In addition Saints youngsters Kieran McAnespie (3 years), Charlie King (1) and Gordon Brown (1) have all signed new contracts with the club.
May 19th - Latest on the Great Quest for New Gods is that Luggys off to Scandanavia and Blackley to France to check out the talent (fnarr, fnarr!!). May 16th - Record reports that ex-Brechin star Gavin Price has been freed by his Dutch club and is interesting Hibs and Saints. John O'Neill is reported to have signed a new 3yr contract. Mains still making noises about a continental move.
May 15th - Season ticket prices are out for 96-97. Details are here.
May 14th - Sun reports today that Saints are apparently chasing Brian Irvine (32) freed by Aberdeen.
May 13th - Both Ian Ferguson and keeper Stephen Robertson have signed new 1yr deals. Tosh and O'Neill seem set to follow suit with the only doubt still being over Alan Main.
May 11th - John Colquhoun has played his last game for the Saints - his short-term agreement with the club has been ended by mutual consent.
May 9th - Roddy looks set to re-sign a new 2 year contract. Sun reports that Main is possibly looking to the continent for a move. But the PA has an interview with the keeper where hes stated that hes planning to buy a house and move to Perth over the summer. Paul Sturrock won the Bells 1st Division manager of the year today. Rumours of the new season ticket prices have started - 195 quid is being quoted for the East Stand.
May 7th - Reported on Radio Tay today that the McDiarmid streaker from the party last Sat has been fined 50 quid - guy deserves a medal. Latest rumours of close-season signings for the champs are John Robertson of Hearts and Kevin McGowne (!). I reckon it can all be taken with a large pinch of sodium chloride !! Rumoured to be for the chop at McDiarmid in the summer are Preston, Stephen Robertson, Euan Donaldson and Attila.
May 3rd - The Player of the year awards were out on Sat night -Alan Main and John O'Neil picked up the honours with an award for Roddy as top scorer.
May 2nd - Attilas quoted in the PA as saying that hes unwilling to sign a new contract unless theres a big wage rise. A planned meeting with his agent was cancelled on Friday afternoon. The official Saints history "Bristling with Possibilities" has been published price 15 GBP. Its 300 pages of total trivia and stats and an excellent read. Available from McDiarmid Park (3.95 GBP extra for P&P)
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April 28th - Sun reports say that Sheffield Wed are preparing a 750,000 bid for Phizzy - believe it when it happens!!!!
April 26th - Roddy Grant won the SPFA Player Of the Year award for the 1st Div last night. The club history will be officially launched on Friday with loadsa folk at the launch.
April 25th - Attila has been censured by the SFA after his comments after spitting on Airdries John Davies - IMHO the guy deserves a handshake and a pint !! John McQuillan has signed a new 3 yr contract to keep him at McD.
April 22nd - latest on the transfer hunt according to the Sun is that Sheffield Wed have turned down a bid by Saints for "O'Neil Donaldson" ????? A commemorative edition of the match programme will be issued for the St. Mirren game. In addition, Saints currently only need one more point to beat the record for Division One.
April 20th - Sturrocks about to start talks with the players out of contract this summer - Roddy, John McQuillan, O'Neill, Robertson, Ferguson, Main and Tosh. Apart from Fergie all are expected to get new contracts. Perth and Kinross District Council are meeting on Wed to decide how to commemorate the Saints title win - expect an open-topped bus tour.
April 19th - The SFA in their wisdom have decided not to present the trophy to the Div One Champions until the last home match of the season when we play St Mirren on May 3rd. Also the Saints official history "Bristling with possibilities" has been published price 15 smackers.
April 17th - Stuart McCluskey and Callum Davison both got call-ups to the Scotland U-21 squad for the match v Sweden on April 29th.
April 16th - Rumour has it that the 1st Division trophy will not actually be at McDiarmid on Saturday since Luggy does not want to tempt fate. Instead it will be presented to the team at the last home game of the season. Roddy and Georgio have both been nominated for the Players Player of the Year for the 1st Division along with Paddy Connolly and John (spit) Davies from Airdrie.
April 14th - Attila is quoted in the Record today as saying he will reject any contract Saints offer him in December unless some coaching is also involved.
April 12th - Congratulations to the Saints reserves who clinched the Reserve League East title. Nice to get another title to go with next weeks.
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March 31st - According to an interview in todays Sun Attila and Dasovic will dye their hair blue and white if Saints win the league. John Colquhoun has been signed from Hearts - hes on a contract until the end of this season with a view to a longer-term deal. Saints have dismissed the talk of any more bids for Paddy Connolly (Sun mentioned 250,000 today).
March 30th - Sunday Mail say Saints are preparing to up their bid to over 200,000 for Airdries Paddy Connolly.
March 27th - O'Halloran as signed for 50,000 according to Teletext - no word on contract yet. He won't join up with the Saints players unitl next Friday. There's also rumour of an Austrian stirker and one other player that Sturrock hopes to sign before the deadline. Theres also a 15-yr old Japanese player beenat McD for signing talks.
March 21st - Saints are on the verge of signing right-sided midfielder Keith O'Halloran (22) from Middlesboro for around 50,000. He should be signed next week. Stuart McCluskey and Callum Davison both got call-ups to the Scotland U-21 squad. With Danny and Georgio also in the full N. Ireland squad it means we have 4 players on international duty over Easter.
March 13th - Story in the Sun today says that Georgio was drunk and involved in a scuffle at a charity boxing do in Perths Salutation Hotel. Sturrock is quoted as saying any player involved will be "dealt with".
March 12th - Rest easy, the Weir story is apparently total bollocks. However David Mackenzie (22) from Albion Rovers has been training in Perth this week having impressed Luggy. If we sign him itll be around 10 grand. He was the striker who scored against us in the Challenge Cup tie at the start of the season.
March 9th - News Of The World reports that Mickey Weir, freed from Hibs will not be joining Partick Thistle. Instead hes apparently off to train with Saints. Personally I hope this is a dodgy rumour.
March 6th - Report in the Sun today says that Saints have made a bid for ex-Dundee Utd striker Paddy Connolly. Apparently we've offered Airdrie 150,000 and Iain Ferguson.
March 3rd - Saints along with the Pars and Falkirk have been lonked with 29-yr old Motherwell central defender Chris McCart - freed last week.
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February 23rd - Sunday Mail reports that Saints and Dundee are both interested in Paul Lovering - 21yr old Bankie.
February 16th - Danny has been mentioned as possibly moving to Derby again this summer for £1m+.
February 11th - "Spattila the gob" (c Sun) will be fined 2 weeks wages (approx 2 grand) as well as any other punishment the SFA imposes although Heralds match report doesnt mention the incident.
February 10th - Attila has admitted to spitting on John Davies but says that its common practice on the continent and Davies returned the compliment in the tunnel. Hes also quoted as totally slagging off Airdrie and saying that they're only good for a fight !! Who says hes not learning about the Scottish game. Saints are expected to fine him heavily along with the threat of SFA intervention.
February 9th - Article in the Sunday mail says that Airdrie have complained that Attila spat at John Davies in the 2-2 draw. Saints have said they'll make a statement tomorrow.
February th - Diak Kirkuth the German coach is coming back to Perth for a stint with Saints over their 2 week break in fixtures.
February 5th - Saints are apparently interested along with the Pars, Hibs and Jambos in ex-Brechin striker Gavin Price whos been in Holland for the last 2 seasons.
February 4th - Danny Griffin and Georgio have both been called up to the N Ireland squad to face Belgium on Feb 11th.
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