December 30th- Ex-Saints star
and all round Scotland-hater Leigh Jenkinson is back having signed
a 2 1/2 year deal with the Gorgie Scum for £50,000. Of course there
is no danger that his personal terms will bankrupt the Tynecastle club.
Also moving to Gorgie on a 2 month loan deal is one-time Saints target
ex-Morton striker Derek Lilley which rules him out of a future
move to Perth.
Saints are set to receive £25,000 towards youth development as part of the latest divvy-up of TV proceeds by the SFA.
29th- Saints have doubts over several players ahead of tonights
derby match with Dunfermline. Phizzy Scott,
John O'Neill and
Paddy Connolly are all rated doubtful
and will face late fitness tests.
11.30pm - Yet another woeful display of finishing combined with a crap refereeing decision to award the Pars a penalty as Saints drew 1-1 with Paul Kane (right) getting an equaliser for the home side with 9 minutes remaining.
December 26th- A valiant Saints defence in the first half at Hells Pasture should have helepd secure at least a share of the points at Ibrox. But despite TFOD having Hendry red-carded, Saints missed the resulting penalty and let the Spawn score a jammy goal as they lost 1-0. St. Sandy, interviewed of Radio Chicland post-match said that he "wasn't angry with the players but frustrated at their lack of cutting edge".
December 24th- Little news to
report. No fresh injury worries for Saints ahead of Saturdays trip to
Wegieland and with Gary Bollan back from
suspension, Saints defence will hopefully look a bit more solid than at
The club have opened dealings with Phizzy Scott regarding a new contract, whilst striker Legend will also be having negotiations soon.
22nd- Latest news on the comeback trail is that long-term Achilles
victim Jim Weir (right) is now halfway
through a 12-week recovery program which should see him back in action for
the reserves in January.
Meanwhile Keith O'Halloran is now back in full training. As for Il Biscotti it seems likely that he will not be fit again before the January league shutdown.
Media reports have linked Saints with Scumdee wantaway midfielder Darius Adamcheat, but the Courier todays says that Saints have only made an enquiry and were put off by the players personal terms (either that or personal hygiene).
19th- Some magic skills from sub and winning-goal scorer
Legend (right) saw Saints get revenge for
their opening-day defeat at Fir Park by beating
Motherwell 2-1. Saints opener came from
Paddy Connolly. The result sees Saints
established in 4th slot, 6 points clear of 5th place Hearts.
BBC Radio Scotland reported tonight that Saints one-time target Paul Hartley has signed for Hibs subject to a medical.
December 18th- Team news for the
Well match tomorrow sees Paddy Connolly
looking set to retain a starting slot. The bad news is that left-back and
latest goalscorer Gary Bollan is
suspended and that Gerry McMahon
picked up an ankle knock in the midweek U-21 match. Youngster
Marc McCulloch could be set for a
first team debut at left-back.
Saints have again denied any speculation regarding a move for Leeds Derek Lilley.
Congratulations to Saints unofficial mascot and piper Crawford Buchan who got 3rd place in the half-time entertainer poll on C4s Under the Moon sports programme.
December 16th- Motherwell beat Dundee 2-1 tonight in a rearranged fixture. More importantly for Saints though was the red card for Well defender and all round hacker Shaun Teale. The sending off rules him out of Saturdays match with Saints.
15th- I don't normally slag Saints off but as anyone who visits
the other WWW sites or reads the mailing list knows the club has banned
Crawford Buchan from playing his bagpipes at McDiarmid in an
effort to drum up some noise from the home support. Those of you who go to
the away games (or have seen him on Sky Sports) know what sort of
publicity he generates for the club. Anyway, suffice to say that I for one
am pissed off at the actions of the club (which is pretty symptomatic of
the PR which they generate). To that end I'm backing the e-petition run by
For more info about the campaign, click on the picture of Crawford, or if
you want to sign up, e-mail your name to
In other news I've received an e-mail from the guys at Go-Ahead Eagles, a Dutch 1st Division side. Apparently Saints are having their dress rehearsal for the Euro campaign by playing the Eagles in Malaga on Jan 12th. To give you an idea of their quality, Jan Michels, one of Kampmans rejects at Motherwell is rated as one of their top players.
Saints are scheduled to keep their U-21 league top spot tomorrow at 1pm by disposing of the Judas Juniors.
December 14th- Saints' chairman
Geoff Brown has categorically denied
any interest in Radovic saying "I've never even heard the name".
Meanwhile Saints are hoping that McDiarmid will soon be the site of one of
4 Scottish Indoor Centres with a 3,000 seater indoor arena to be built at
the ground. As well as being used by the club to train during bad weather
it's hoped that the centre will be a focus for youth development in the
future for all Scotland's clubs.
Looking forward to the Boxing Day Revenge match the TFOD Dutch Hun "Gary" Numan has already been ruled out.
13th- Today's News of the World links Saints with
Yugoslavian attacking midfielder Zeljko Radovic (right)from
Austrian club Grazer AK. Nope I've never heard of him either, but
he's one of their top scorers and 6ft tall.
12th- Over 6000 took advantage of the reduced admission prices to
watch Saints draw 1-1 with Scumdee.
Despite dominating for the whole 92 minutes and with a new striker pairing
of Paddy Connolly and
Nathan Lowndes up front it took a
wonder debut goal from Gary Bollan (right)
to ensure that the robbing Tinks didn't snatch all 3 points which they
never deserved. Results elsewhere mean that Saints still lie 4th in the
Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders this Monday and Tuesday for the Boxing Day trip to Ibrox to tackle the Spawn of Satan in their own Hell's Pasture. Briefs are priced £15 and are limited to 2 per season ticket.
December 11th- St. Sandy is planning to make changes up front for tomorrow's local derby with Scumdee, saying that the forward line "lacks punch". Favourite to get a starting spot isNat King Goals. Il Biscotti is ruled out through injury.
December 9th- Saints fought out a 1-1 draw with Hearts tonight in a fairly dull game with none of Gods Chosen Ones hitting anything like top form. Still at least we're still clear in fourth spot in the League. Best laugh of the night was the announcer playing "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys for all the Wegie media (Barbour Ann - geddit?).
December 8th- Saints have plenty
of injury worries ahead of tomorrows crucial match. The worst news is that
striker George O'Boyle will be out until
the New Year after a scan showed a groin tear which will sideline him
until after the winter shutdown. Also set to miss out on the Jambos visit
is Allan Preston who is already rated
doubtful for the Dundee game on Saturday, Allan
Ferguson and Stuart McCluskey
with the latter set to undergo a hernia op. For the Gorgie Gits, McCann,
Hamilton and Ritchie have all missed training but given their injury
faking during a match don't be surprised if they all make a recovery.
Media reports of a conflicting nature today - The Retard says that Phizzy Scott is set to quit Saints in the summer and open contract talks with other clubs in the New Year. Meanwhile the Scum also reports that he is able to speak to other clubs but goes on to quote the player as saying how happy he'd be to stay at McD and how he's enjoying being back in the Saints first team. Nothing like the whole truth eh?
No word on moves for Paul Hartley although with the player's contract up at the end of the season he looks set to stay in Kirkcaldy until then.
Saints are set to offer reduced admission prices on Saturday. Kids will be allowed in free if accompanied by an adult whilst the normal price is reduced to £10. The offer applies to the away support as well giving them plenty of value for their Giro.
December 6th- The papers are still full of talk about a transfer move for Raiths Paul Hartley with both the Screws of the News and Hunday Mason saying that only personal terms have to be agreed.
5th- Legend (right) scored a
penalty as Saints drew 1-1 with Judas'
Scum although they should have won the game. Needless to say the
travelling support gave Judas a
sporting welcome - NOT
On the transfer front Paul Hartley has rejected a move to Saints and earned the wrath of Raith manager Jimmy Nicholl who reckoned that the deal on offer was excellent for the player. Ah well his loss.
Mediawise Bill Lecki of the soaraway Scum has managed to infuriate the Perth support with another slagging and patronising column in todays paper following the sarky reply in the PA yesterday to his Cup Final report. Suffice to say that for a St. Mirren supporter to talk about inbreeds outside of Paisley shows just how stupid some Wegies can be.
4th- Allan Preston (right) is
expected to start tomorrows natch against Judas
but the Saints side should be largely unchanged from the heroic team of
last Sunday although George O'Boyle
could be missing thanks to the ankle knock inflicted on him by the Spawn.
Interviewed on Scotsport Extra Whine tonight,
Judas ranted on about his gits being
in the top 4 in Scotland whilst Saints were only in the top 6. Methinks
it's a nice wee incentive to the boys tomorrow.
On the transfer front, Saints are reported to be set to sign Paul Hartley from cash-strapped Raith Rovers for £200,000 or £275,000 depending on who you believe this weekend. Both clubs have agreed a fee with only personal terms to be agreed. Meanwhile one player on the way out is youth striker Charlie King who has been sold for a "nominal fee" to Livingston. Whilst his first team appearances were limited (and not likely to increase in the near future), he always gave his heart so I for one wish him well.
Geoff Brown has rewarded the players with a holiday in Spain in the winter shutdown next month with some of the prize money from the League Cup run financing the weeks break.
December 2nd- Little news today as life gets back to normal. The Saints squad were back in training yesterday with George O'Boyle the only player missing with an ankle knock.
1st- Saints re-arranged league fixture against the Jambos,
originally set for tomorrow night has been rescheduled for Wednesday
Dec 9th - well I suppose it'll give us a chance to get the vocal
chords back into action.
Geoff Brown (right) has been quoted in the media today warning off other clubs who might be tempted to bid for Saints cup final side. "Saints, just now are more interested in buying rather than selling. Sandy has had a chance to see all the players in action and it's now time to strengthen the side" - although no names have yet been mentioned.
Meanwhile Nick Dasovic, Saints most outstanding player on Sunday is quoted in the Sun as saying how he would like to "break the MoM award into 11,000 pieces for the supporters". He also says how moved he was by the 100 or so fans who turned up at McDiarmid on Sunday night to welcome home the team bus.
There are more photos of Saints in the Cup Final Match Report including pix of the guys getting their medals (something you would have missed if you watched the game on Wegie TV).
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November 29th - A battling
Saints side lost 2-1 to TFOD in the
League Cup Final with Nick Dasovic
getting the Saints goal with a cracking 20-yard volley and the MoM award
as well. We probably didn't deserve to win but the performance deserved at
least extra-time. Still it was a fun day out with 11,000 Saints
supporters making the journey from Perth and drowning out the Spawn until
they started their bigoted rants at full-time.
St. Sandy was reported in the media afterwards as saying howproud I am of the players echoing my opinions exactly.
November 28th -
COME ON YE SAINTS !!!!!!
27th - The build-up for the final continues with
Kieran McAnespie and
Miguel Simao today's media focal points.
Meanwhile ex-Saintee Sally McCoist has tipped us to do well in the final.
The Sun also has a mention of the Saints Jinx with supporter and mailing list contributor Dave Low featured going on about his bloody trip to Paris which is causing him to miss the final. Tonights Tele also has some Saints news with the lastest ticket sales standing at 11,000.
Gary Bollan is pictured right with another classy Saints left-back, Willie Coburn showing off his medal from the 1969 League Cup Final.
Finally word of the bonus has sneaked out - win the cup and the Saints players stand to pick up £5,000 each.
26th- The media went to Perth yesterday and the delights of a Cup
Final preview are in all the papers today. The Retard has the best
quote though with Roddy Grant (right)
saying "Hateley would be a good signing - I'd give up my Cup
Final place to him if it helped Saints" - total bollocks. There
was also keeper Alan Main wearing the
jesters hat a la John Martin. The ex-Arab has already spoken to the PA
about his desire to stay at Perth.
The best quote is saved for the Sun which has Paul Kane saying how he wants to "Win it for Aggie". Says it all really.
As to the footballing side of things,St. Sandy (right with the Cup) has said that he already has the team worked out. With George O'Boyle and Allan Preston both coming through Tuesdays U-21 match with the Jambos he almost has a full squad to pick from. As for Mr Hately - St. Sandy has put the stops on any signing moves and was pretty pissed off with the Retard story today.
November 25th- Ex-TFOD diver
Mark Hately is apparently spending this week training with Saints
in the hope of getting a short-term contract in Scotland. All I can say
that if the 37-yr old gets a deal ahead of any of the current Saints
strikers then something is definitely wrong.
Meanwhile the papers report that Leeds Utd have halved the asking price of Derek Lilley to £300,000 with Saints still being quoted as being in the running.
November 24th- The Cup Final
build-up has begun. With blue and white sausages now on sale in Scone's
butchers and Perth charities set to benefit from the proceeds of media
interviews and exclusives with the Saints players who are donating all
fees. Ticketwise, over 9000 Saints supporters are making the
quarantine trip on Sunday.
On the park, todays U-21 match against the Jambos was the last chance for Allan Preston and George O'Boyle to claim their places in the final 14 on Sunday, both having recovered from injury but in need of match practice.
November 23rd- Reserve striker
Charlie King seems set to leave McD. The
youngster, who was farmed out to Ross County last season has been on a two
month loan to Livingston and in the media today he's reported as being
keen on making the deal permanent.
Paul Hartley of Raith has again been linked with Saints but with bids already being denied by the club it looks like more paper talk.
Meanwhile Judas' Scum have put Sieb Pornstar Dykstra on the transfer market after he threw a tantrum at being dropped in their defeat against Dundee. No doubt the rumour mill regarding Alan Main will start up once more.
November 21st- Saints continue
their run of wins at Pittodrie with a 1-0
victory which saw some of the worst Saints defending of the season
but Miguel Simao scoring for the second
week in a row. George O'Boyle was on the
bench but played for the last 5 minutes.
Elsewhere Cup Final opponents TFOD were slaughtered 5-1 by last weeks Saints gubees Celtic.
Allan Preston and
George O'Boyle are both still rated "highly
doubtful" of making the side tomorrow. Apart from that Saints have no
further injury worries.
Saints have been drawn at home to Falkirk in the next round of the Youth Cup - the tie is to be played by December 13th.
November 19th- Gary Wales
has turned down a move to Saints despite Accies having accepted a fee of
£100,000 or £150,000 depending on which paper
Meanwhile Allan Preston hopes to take some part in Saturdays trip to Pittodrie to try and claim a place in the Cup Final squad. More good news on the injury front with new Saints physio Nick Summersgil, hoping to have Keith O'Halloran fit in 2-3 weeks after scans showed that the knee ligament damage wasn't as bad as first thought.
18th- According to the Sun newspaper Saints are set to
splash out £300,000 on Hamilton striker Gary Wales
(right) assuming the player passes a medical this morning and
finalises personal terms. The 19-yr old has scored 10 goals in 16 games
for Accies this season and is attracting interest from Newcastle,
Middlesboro, Derby and Spurs. He was also called up to the Scotland U-21
squad this week but had to withdraw with a thigh strain. The paper goes on
to say that the strikers signing paves the way for frozen-out striker
Paddy Connolly to leave.
Also linked with a move to Perth is transfer-listed Leeds striker Derek Lilley with Saints, along with Scumdee and the Gorgie Has-beens set to watch him in action for Leeds reserves against Liverpool tonight. More details on the Prospects Page
Cup Final ticket sales have now past the 8,000 mark !!!
November 17th- Bad news on the
transfer front with a rumour from
Stuart Low that
Alan Main is set to move to Tannadice and
the Arab Scum in a swap deal for Sieb Dykstra after the final. If
any of this is true then IMHO Allan
Ferguson should be installed as first-choice keeper immediately.
More bad news with the ref that loves the TV cameras Shuggy "Red Card ONeil" Dallas being announced as the man in charge of the final.
November 16th- Defender
Danny Griffin has been promoted from
the U-21s to the full N. Ireland international side for their match this
week. On the transfer front, although Saints' bid of £400,000
for Hearts striker Jim Hamilton was accepted by the Tynecastle
board, the player has knocked back any potential move. Huh, didnae want
Keith O'Halloran has knee ligament damage and will be out for a month.
Looks like the media will have to eat their words again - Saints sold 6,000 tickets in 3 hours yesterday for the cup final at the end of the month - almost half the allocation.
15th- Sunday Mail reports that Saints are set to line up a £400,000
bid for out of favour Hearts striker Jim Hamilton (right).
Meanwhile young central defender Stuart
Malcolm has gone to Cowdenbeath on loan.
Tickets went on sale this morning for the Cup Final. I've got mine !!!
14th- Saints showed that the Rangers match was a one-off as the
fought to a well-deserved 2-1 win over
Celtic with goals from Miguel Simao
and substitute Kieran McAnespie in a
weakened side which was missing George
O'Boyle. The whole delightful escapade is on BBC Sportscene tonight.
Keith O'Halloran was taken off midway through the first half on a stretcher suffering from damaged left knee ligaments -no word yet as to how long he'll be out.
Meanwhile the U-21s continue their rise recording a 1-0 win over Dundee this week.
George O'Boyle is rated only 50-50 for
the match against Celtic tomorrow, whilst Paul
Kane misses out through suspension. The Wegie unwashed have their
own problems though with Reiper, Stubbs, Lambert and Burley
all set to miss out through injury and suspension. Still no doubt having a
Wegie ref in Eric Martindale will ease their worries.
New out for the match is Issue 1 on the new Saints fanzine The J-Files priced £1. It's the first fanzine since the departed Wendy Who and True Faith.
Tickets for the League Cup Final are set to go on sale at McDiarmid this Sunday (Nov 15th) from 10.30am to season ticket holders and anyone with a stub from a semi-final ticket.
10th- Saints already have several injury worries ahead of the
second-half of the OF double-bill this weekend. As well as the continuing
groin injury of Allan Preston,
George O'Boyle (right) has picked up a
foot injury which could rule him out.
On the international front Danny Griffin (far right) and George O'Boyle have been called up to the N. Ireland U-21 and full international teams respectively.
November 9th- In a desperate attempt to avoid media exposure today, the only non-depressing piece of news is a rumoured Saints interest in 19 yr old Hamilton striker Gary Wales rated in the £300,000 range and also the subject of interest by Middlesboro. Check the Prospects Page for all the latest details.
8th- From the highs of making the League Cup Final, Saints managed
to make one of their poorest showings in years for the dress rehearsal as
the TFOD slaughtered us 7-0 (yup seven)
with Paul Kane (right) red-carded in
the first half for a foul in the box.
The only slight consolation in it all is that we're still 4th in the League and it might waken up some of the lazier players who have begun to believe their own hype.
6th- Some League Cup Final ticket details have been announced with
Saints getting 13,000!!!!!! tickets priced from £14 - £18.
Tickets are expected to go on sale to season ticket holders from November
15th although block bookings are being taken now. Full price details
are ::South East stand (rear) £18; South East stand (front)
(Family section) adults £14 child £4; East Stand (upper) £16;
East Stand (lower) £15.
Latest Team news for Sunday has St. Sandy set to field the same team for the 6th!!! successive match. After the TFOD European jaunt last night, they are set to be missing keeper Lionel Charbonnier and the new wunderkid Ferguson faces a late fitness test.
November 3rd- Saints have been
linked again with Leeds striker Derek Lilley with the Scotsman
reckoning the asking price of £600,000 is too much for Saints. On the
injury front Jim Weir has returned from
treatment at Lilleshall on his Achilles injury.
Ticket details for the cup final will be announced at the end of this week - Saints are believed to be getting 10,000 briefs.
November 2nd- Back to normal on
the media front with Bill Leckie in the Scum having a wee rant
about Saints non-OF style support at East End Park. But it was only a
small part of a crap piece of reporting that didn't seem biased at all
towards the team he's been with for the last two weeks as part of book
The TFOD had their ad in the same tabloid for postal applications for the League Cup Final at the end of the month. From seat locations in the ad it looks like Saints will be allocated the East Stand (nope I don't know what one it is either. Tickets seem set to be priced around the £20 mark.
November 1st- Finally some good news on the media front with the launch of the PA's own web site. Twice-weekly sports news on Taysides no. 1 written by journalists who know how to spell Simoa at http://www.s-un.co.uk/perthshire/advertiser/SPORT/index.html.
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October 31st- A second-half goal from John McQuillan (right)saw Saints share the points in a 1-1 draw with Dunfermline after a controversial Pars opener was allowed by ref Stuart Dougal (yup him again). Elsewhere results saw Saints remain in 4th spot but just behind Celtic on goal difference.
October 30th- More information
on the cup final. Saints and TFOD will both wear their away strips. Saints
are expected to receive a cheque for £300,000 as their share of the
final gate. Theres also a special LC Final range of merchandise from Xara
with T-Shirts, Sweatshirts etc available.
Looking to tomorrows "derby", Saints are at full strength with the Immortal Il Biscotti shaking off a knock picked up in midweek whilst the Pars are set to have Elbows Smith back. Meanwhile the Daily Mail has St. Sandy once more linked with a £500,000 bid for Derek Lilley.
Fame for the guys at Blue Heaven with the Biscuits for Scotland receiving the ultimate accolade of a mention in the P.A.
October 29th- As the hangovers
clear some details are emerging of the cup final. Chairman
Geoff Brown is interviewed in most of
the papers (and obviously doing his best not to gloat). He is planning to
ask for a 10,000 ticket allocation for Saints which given the
fairly poor 3000 support at Easter Rd on Tuesday is probably about right.
It also ensures that season ticket holders of both clubs get tickets and
probably means the main Parkhead stand being given to Saints. Speaking in
the Sun, Geoff said I spoke to an SFA official at full-time and he
said that he hoped the big fat final cheque would be nice. I told him to
keep the money just give us the trophy. Whilst the cash will pay for the
new all-weather pitch, I'd much rather see Saints lift the cup.
Meanwhile the Jambos match at McDiarmid which was due to be played on Nov 28th has been moved to Wed Dec 2nd with a 7.30 kick-off. Hopefully the boys can show off the trophy before the match.
Continuing St. Sandy's winning run, the U-21s humped Aberdeen 3-1 yesterday. No doubt "Aberdeen reserves in crisis" are being tried out by editors all over the North-East.
October 28th- STILL
Stephen Robertson has completed his loan period at Hamilton and is back in Perth. Oh and a happy 42nd birthday to St. Sandy.
27th- Midnight - Celebration time as Saints end a 30 year
wait for an appearance in a major final with a crushing 3-0
victory over Hearts seeing da Boyz confirm their date
with destiny on Nov 29th. Classic first half goals from
Nick Dasovic and
the Immortal Il Biscotti saw Saints
cruise to a 2-0 lead before Georgio
finished of Jeffries Rejects at the death.
Its doesn't get any better than this !!!!!!!!!!!!!
26th- Latest news from the Saints camp ahead of tomorrows
semi-final is that there are no injury worries. Hearts on the other hand
have several players struggling to make the match including Pressley,
Hamilton and Weir although Stephane the Frog is
expected to make the match. One-time Saints target Gery McSwegan
is cup-tied but Ritchie will play despite receiving a red card at
the end Saturdays defeat.
Main media comments today came from Alan Kernaghan (right) who has praised the new McD managerial regime. Speaking in today's Sun Father Dougal said "Sandy has taken the shackles off a bit, especially for our midfield lads. Paul Sturrock was all about us keeping clean sheets and that's not a bad thing, but at times he worried a bit too much about the opposition whereas Sandy encourages us to play nice football and score goals." Nothing there then thats not been obvious to the Saints support in recent weeks.
24th- After being 2-0 up Saints let slack defending and some
arseing about by Alan Main (right)allow
Killie to snatch a 2-2 draw at Rugby
Park after Saints dominated for over 3 quarters of the match.
Elsewhere Celtics win over the hopeless sheep mean that we slip back to 4th. Cup semi opponents Hearts lost at home to Dundee Utd.
October 23rd- Little news ahead
of tomorrows trip to Rugby Park for the top of the table clash
with Killie. St. Sandy has almost a full
squad to choose from so expect the starting line-up to remain the same one
that put 5 past Motherwell last week. Looking ahead to Tuesday's cup-tie
the Jambos have several injury problems with Lee Makel (who got their
jammy equaliser against Saints at Tynecastle) out for a fortnight with a
swollen ankle (as opposed to head).
One ex-Saintee in the news is midfielder Gary Farquhar who after moving to Inverness over the summer has now been put on the transfer list by the Highland club with Thistle stating that a "lack of professionalism and dedication to full-time training" finally causing them to lose patience. Given the stories of his time at Perth it seems that oor Tadger still has a wee bit of a problem in the socialising department.
October 22nd- Saints U-21 side
continued the clubs winning run with a 3-2 win over the Motherwell U21s
although the game was apparently a lot more one-sided than the scoreline
Tickets for the League Cup semi are selling fast with both the upper tier and family sections sold out. Some lower tier tickets for the South Stand remain (but remember yer brolly).
October 21st- The St. Johnstone Mailing List is now archived on the WWW at http://www.egroups.com/list/saintees.
20th- Today's Sun reports that Saints made an offer of £100,000
+ striker Paddy Connolly for 22
year old Raith Rovers striker Paul Hartley (right)who used to be
at Accies. Raith have rejected the bid however and are looking for double
11.00pm - St. Sandy has denied any bid.
18th- Saints leapt to 3rd in the league with a more than
convincing 5-0 gubbing of Motherwell
with goals from Georgio (2)(right), home
debutant Miguel Simao anbd defenders
Alan Kernaghan and
Darren Dods in one of the most one-sided
matches this season.
The cup semi-final tickets went on sale today to season ticket holders and going by the queues at McDairmid when I left its unlikely that any of the 3,600 allocation will be left over for general sale tomorrow.
Saints new away top is out in the shops. For those of us of a more artistic tendency however its not all good news, with County Sports machine for adding the names and numbers currently knackered. Looks like Il Biscotti will have to wait for a while yet.
16th- No word on team news for Saturday yet. Saints have almost a
full squad to choose from for the match against Motherwell and debut
manager Billy "Driving Licence" Davies.
Congratulations to Saints chairman Geoff Brown (right) who helped Saints interests in his role on the SPL committee to listen to Scumdees appeal for a share of the TV cash. The appeal was thrown out leaving the Dens Parkers £350,000 poorer than the rest of the clubs. Excellent stuff.
Due to the delights of Saints putting the semi tickets on sale on Sunday morning, there won't be a match report until Sunday afternoon since I'll be in Perth Saturday night.
October 14th- Saturday's match
against Motherwell took on another dimension today with the resignation of
Well boss Harri Kampervan. Former Well player and known dodgy
driver (according to his brother) Billy Davies has taken over.
Saints have announced that striker Charlie King will have his current loan spell at Livingston extended by 2 months. Sandy Clark has said he would rather see the players getting regular first-team action than play for the U-21s.
October 13th- Saints keeper
Alan Main has one less excuse to moan
about Saints with the withdrawal of Bandy-legs Leighton leading to
media specultation that the Arab-wannabe will take more part in future
Scotland squad activity.
Meanwhile Sandy Clark has taken the weekend break to examine the squad in more detail. He has now seen every player in action except for long-term injury victim Jim Weir and hamstring victim David Xausa (remember him?).
9th- Saint's Scottish U-21 goalkeeper
Stephen Robertson(right) has had his
loan period to Hamilton extended by another month. Also, according to
today's PA there is no substance to the stories linking Saints
with ex-Morton star Derek Lilley.
October 8th- Its been fairly
quiet this week with the players enjoying 2 days off.
St. Sandy has seen the injury list clear
with Gerry McMahon still suffering
On the transfer front Derek Lilley is reported as now interesting THEM which could see the end of Saints' interest.
Tickets for the League Cup Semi-Final against the Jambos go on sale to season tickt holders on Sunday October 18th priced £15. Tickets are limited to 2 per season with voucher 29 required to secure a brief. Why they couldnt put them on sale immediately after the Motherwell game I dont know.
Finally another Saints WWW site has been launched. The J-Files was going to be the official site (hence the URL) but has since been rejected by the club. Still for some good T-shirt ideas and inside stories check it out.
October 6th- Saints won 6-0 against Forfar last night in the Forfarshire Cup. Goals came from Kieran McAnespie, Nat King Goals (2), Paddy Connolly, Roddy Grant and Stuart Malcolm
3rd- A majestic goal from Scotlands favourite uncapped player
Allan Preston (right) saw Saints take
the lead but a Makel effort saw the game end
1-1 with Hearts. The match also saw
right-back John McQuillan make a
successful return from his shoulder injury.
In other matches there were 1-0 wins for TFOD over the Scum and the Tinks over the Sheep.
October 3rd- Saints reserves beat the Arab Tinks 3-1 this week. Goals scored by Miguel Simao, Andy Whiteford and Kieran McAnespie.
2nd- Saints are reported in toda'y's Sun as being set to
line up a £500,000 bid for ex-Morton and current Leeds
striker Derek Lilley( right). Manager Sandy
Clark watched the player in action for the Leeds reserves last
Looking ahead to Sundays game at Tynecastle, Miguel Simao, Keith O'Halloran and Phizzy Scott have all been added to the squad. Alan Main is expected to keep his place in goal but Stuart McCluskey is suspended. Last week's stretcher case Gerry McMahon has recovered from his injury and is set to play.
For the Jambos, danger-man and diving git Neil McCann seems set to miss out after picking up an ankle injury in Mallorca.
Congratulations to Stephen Robertson who was selected for the Scotland U-21 squad today.
October 1st- Saints have had their usual high quota of players called up to the N Ireland squads. Striker George O'Boyle is in the full squad with winger Gerry McMahon on standby. Meanwhile Danny Griffin (right)has also been called up to the U-21s.
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September 29th- Not much to
report in the papers today. The P.A. is critical of
Alan Main after the weekends fuss. The
remaining tabloids has reported that the
Hilltoon Whore has denied any interest in the Saints keeper.
Meanwhile St. Sandy has declined to be
drawn on the affair, although it will be interesting to see any team
changes next weekend.
On the playing front, Gerry McMahon looks set for a possible return on sunday as his injury isnt as bad as feared. Allan Preston, Gary Bollan and Nat King Goals also look like recovering from their knocks. Long-term injury victim John McQuillan is still set to miss out which could leave a problem over the right-back slot.
28th- There is angry reaction from Saints chariman
Geoff Brown to the comments by keeper
Alan Main (right) in the media about
wanting a move to a bigger club and join his friend
the Hilltoon Whore at Tannadice.
Speaking in the Daily Record Brown "insisted that the player
would cost more than £1 million to replace. He said "Players
who sign contracts should keep their mouths shut. If his contract was good
enough to sign then it's good enough to honour. I wouldn't entertain a bid
for Alan or any of my players. St. Johnstone are not in the market to
sell, we're looking to buy players......Anyway this is all speculation.
There has been no bid. All there has been is a bit of banter between
ourselves and Paul Sturrock". The report goes on to say that "sources
at the club" have indicated that the price tag would have to exceed
the record for a Scottish goalkeeper, which currently stands at £1m
for Andy Gorams move from Hibs to TFOD.
Similar sentiments have also been reported in the Sun and Daily Mail with the latter's report on the match going into considerable detail about Alan Main's appearance and remarks at the press conference. The Courier as usual has sided more with the tinks but believes a move will be on the cards by the end of the week with either Andy McLaren or Roger Boli being offered as a part-exchange, whilst the Sun believes Sieb Dykstra could be involved.
The Hilltoon Whore himself denied any move in tonight's Tele but given the lies from that city no-one believes him.
Personally I think the whole matter stinks. At the very least Main has shown himself to be extremely insensitive to the club and its support. If there is no move then expect either a "I was misquoted" type apology in the papers at the end of the week or else St. Sandy will drop him. Christ knows what the rest of the squad think about him jumping ship. I'd never thought I'd say this but if he's playing in a St. Johnstone jersey next Sunday then I for one will not be cheering him on. - Richard
26th-Saints league fixture for next weekend at Tynecastle has been
moved to a 3pm kick-off on Sunday to allow for the Jambos to
recover from drowning their sorrows when they get kicked out of Europe on
Thursday. Tickets priced £16 are on sale at McDiarmid.
On the park things finally went off track with Saints going down 3-1 at home to Judas and his cohorts with Stuart McCluskey also sent off for a last-man offence when the Scum got their second from the penalty spot. Even worse for the home support was the stretchering off of winger Gerry McMahon (right)with a broken ankle/leg after a clash with an Arab hacker. With the added delights of Alan Main mouthing off in the PA and all but asking Dundee Utd outright to come and get him, and looking very slow at the first goal it was not a good afternoon for Saints.
11.30pm- Gerry McMahon's injury is apparently an upper leg muscle one - not a break as first feared. More controversially, John Watson reported that Alan Main gatecrashed the post-match press conference. John says thatMain said "I'm ambitious and while I will continue to do my best for St Johnstone I would like a move to a bigger club." Only one person was prepared to ask the obvious question. "Do you see Dundee United as a bigger club?" Answer, "Yes I do, I know Paul Sturrock likes me and rates me as a player." While remaining careful not to link a move to the Arabs with the furtherance of his embryo Scotland career he went on to imply that a move east would suit him down to the ground, even stating that United were able to afford a better class of player (cue examination of the league tables for the last 18 months!). The whole interview sounded like an invitation to Luggy to come and get him.
September 25th- John McQuillan seems set to still miss out on first-team action tomorrow as his shoulder injury continues to give problems. Also doubtful is John O'Neill(far right) with a knee injury. Kid Goals (right) has recovered from his concussion and trained with the team in a double training session yesterday. Also on the comeback trail is Paddy Connolly who played in a bounce game.
September 23nd- Saints buried
another jinx tonight with a superb long-range effort from recovered injury
victim Nick Dasovic securing a
1-0 gubbing of Celtic, in our first
win over TFOE in the Premier league at Parkhead. Nice ground though.
The win also sees us go 4th in the league and saw a performance of pure teamwork from the boys.
Nick Dasovic seems set to miss out on
the trip to Wegieland tomorrow night as he struggles to regain fitness.
John McQuillan is also set to miss out
despite having restarted training. Phizzy
Scott and Paddy Connolly both
played for the U-21 side last night as they went down 1-0 to the Forces of
The ticket allocations for the League Cup semi-final have been announced with Saints getting 3,500 tickets. Thats less than a quarter of the capacity of Easter Rd. Tickets, priced £16 will go on sale early next month.
21st- St. Sandy has reported that
the ankle knock to midfielder Nick Dasovic
(right)is not as serious as first thought and the Canadian should be
fit for Wednesdays trip to Wegieland.
There's been no further word on any move for Pat McGinlay - hopefully it was just Chic Young's overactive imagination.
September 19th- Another
excellent performance saw Saints run out 2-0
winners over Aberdeen to put us 6th in the League and 5 points clear
of bottom club Dundee Utd. Goals from
Sir Nathan of Lowndes and
Gerry McMahon with a spectacular lob
put paid to Inglis and his mutton-molesting mates.
On the transfer front, a report on BBC Radio Scotland tonight linked Saints with a £400,000 bid for Pat McGinlay of the HIVBees. IMHO this is a total waste of money but hopefully theres no truth in it. Meanwhile Alan Main was featured in several papers including the Daily Mail bemoaning the fact that he is no longer guaranteed the no. 1 jersey at the club. Commenting on a possible move elsewhere the keeper said "if they made an offer I'd have to think it over. Dundee Utd are a bigger club". Now maybe hes been misquoted but if this is an attempt to put himself in the marketplace as Dykstras replacement in Tinkland it won't wash well with the Saints support.
Tickets for the League Cup semi are set to go on sale in early October priced £16. Saints supporters have been allocated the South Stand.
September 18th- Team news for
Saturday sees Alan Kernaghan struggling to
make the game against Aberdeen along with John
McQuillan whose shoulder injury looks like keeping him out again.
Paul Kane is available after
Paddy Connolly is set to feature in Monday nights U-21 league match as he tries to get back into first team contention.
Congratulations to ex-Saintee Colin Miller who has been installed as St. Sandy's successor at Hamilton.
September 17th- Billy Kirkwood has been named as the new assistant manager. The ex-Arab (Spit) manager has signed a 3 year deal and joins Saints without having met Saint Sandy, following recommendations from Juteopolis Judas and Geoff Brown. Kirkwood who also coached the reserves at Hells Pasture comes from Hull City where as all Retard readers know he's been helping Mark Hateley get the sack. He has pleaded homesickness having coached in Hong Kong prior to this but it has to be said that there are question marks over his appointment especially given his history with a certain bunch of tinks.
September 16th- Saints squad is
heading back to full fitness with Allan
Preston and Alan Kernaghan have both
shaken off knocks and are expected to be avaiable.
Phizzy Scott has also seen his fitness
improve this week and has impressed Saint
Meanwhile Saints are now top of the Scottish Premier U-21 league following a 2-0 win over Killie with Roddy Grant getting both goals. On the downside midfielder Keith O'Halloran went off injured.
September 15th- Saints are set
to be outnumbered at the League Cup semi-final. The game on 3Tuesday 27th
October at Easter Road will have a 16,500 crowd capacity limit. Saints are
expected to be allocated only a third of the tickets.
John McQuillan is taking time recovering from his shoulder injury. The right-back is still only rated as "doubtful" for Saturdays local(!) derby with Aberdeen.
September 14th- Ex-Dundee United boss Billy Kirkwood is expected to be named assistant to Saint Sandy this week. The former Arab player and TFOD coach is currently assistant to Mark Hately at Hull City. Expect the traditional Arab and TFOD links to be mentioned in the press.
September 13th- Transfer news in todays papers has Saints once more linked with Derek Lilley although apparently they will face competition from Barnsley and the Arabs for the £500,000-rated hitman.
12th- 5.00am NEWS - Team news for Saturday sees
Danny Griffin (right) expected to come
off the bench to replace the injured John
McQuillan at right back. Meanwhile Paul
Kane's position in midfield should be filled by
Phizzy Scottwhilst the ex-Don is
suspended. Andy Whiteford,
Stuart McCluskey and
Miguel Simao have all been drafted into
7.00pm - A Nick Dasovic goal in the first half was cancelled out by a dodgy Pars penalty as Saints drew 1-1 with Dunfermline. Still it was a good enough performance. All the other games were draws except at Tynecastle where Scumdee got their first win of the season leaving Juteopolis Judas and his henchmen anchored at the foot of the table.
Tickets for the Celtic match at Parkhead on Sept 23rd go on sale this Monday from 10-5 priced £15.
Finally congratulations to Kiegan Parker on his call up to the Scotland U-16 squad.
September 10th- Saints have
drawn another bunch of Auld Reekie HIV gits in the semi-final of the
League Cup and Saint Sandys Crusade takes on the Hearts. TFOD face
Airdrie in the other tie. Matches are to be played on the 25th and 27th
October (with Saints on the Tuesday night). Both games will be live on
John McQuillan is set to miss the Dunfermline game this weekend as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Also set to miss out is Paul Kane who is due a one-match suspension. Meanwhile reserve keeper Stephen Robertson is set to be loaned out to Hamilton to help ease their keeper crisis.
8th- 4.00pm NEWS - George
O'Boyle is set to return from suspension for Saints but thats about
the only news. Off the Park, the Juteopolis
Judas has denied planning any moves for Saints players, saying that
he wants to check out his squad first. Whilst his lies are well known now,
if this is the case it will no doubt be around 3 years before he signs an
Albanian 19 year old on trial.
Saints have announced that the prices for the Dunfermline game this weekend will be £8 for adults and £2 for kids and OAPs. Hopefully that and some attacking stylish football "the Clark Way" will get the fans in.
11.00pm- Panic not it seems like the good days are back again as Saints destroy HIVBees 4-0 to make the semi-finals of the League Cup where they will face Rangers, Airdrie or the winners of the Hearts/Ross Co. tie. Absolutely brilliant performance saw Saints 3-0 up at half-time with the star being 2-goal hitman Nathan Lowndes (right).
Elsewhere the P.A. has revealed more from the exit of Juteopolis Judas. Apparently only a few of the players received personal phone calls from the Traitor on Friday. Not amongst thjem were Allan Preston (heard from a reporter) and Darren Dods (got it on the Teletext). Geoff Brown also confirmed in an interview in tonights match programme that there have been no moves for any of Saints players.
7th- 2.00pm NEWS - Sandy
Clark (right)was announced to the world as the new Saints manager at
a press conference by Geoff Brown (far
right). In what was probably the worst kept secret, with the
ex-Hamilton boss having overseen a full-scale practice match and training
session yesterday morning), Clark said "Paul Sturrock will be a
hard act to follow. My long-term aim is to maintain and then improce on
the standards set by Paul but priority now is to reach the semi-finals of
the League Cup". Sandy also said that he would be making "subtle
but stylish changes. I want to win games with flair. I've always advocated
playing attacking and attractive football". Speaking of his new
manager Geoff Brown said that "I
believe that he is a better man than Paul Sturrock". So no sour
grapes there then.
A compensation deal was agreed with Hamilton on Saturday night and the figure to be paid to the 1st Division club is believed to be around £60,000. The question of his assistant has still to be resolved. Amongst the favourites are Miodrag Kirvokapic (his assistant at Accies) and Craig Levein (currently Cowdenbeath boss but skipper of Hearts under Clark). Also in the frame are ex-Saints Ray Stewart and Hibs youth coach Donald Park
Speaking to the Sun newspaper after the training session. right-back John McQuillan said that the match was a chance for everybody to go out and impress the new boss. "He's obviously going to want to bring in his own players in the course of time. He has worked with a lot of people over the years and I would imagine he'll be given some money to spend. He sat everyone down and said that if we worked hard and get on with the job we'll all get on fine.". Hopefully the shake-up at the club might be enough to extract the rectal-covered finger for some players, especially now they won't be guaranteed starting places.
Meanwhile the spectre of Judas still haunts. Both he and the other traitor were at McD to say farewell to the players yesterday and according to the Daily Mail were still trying to give tactical hints for tomorrows match. Todays papers also have linked Alan Main with a move to Tinkland.
The new managers first job was watching Saints U-21 side beat Hearts 1-0 at Simpson Park. Kieran McAnespie scored for Saints. Looking ahead to the cup-tie Saints have several injury worries. Allan Preston, Phizzy Scott, Nick Dasovic, Legend and Paddy Connolly are all rated doubtful.
6th- 11.00am NEWS - E-Retard has confirmed that Saints
have made an approach to Hamilton for Sandy Clark (right)as their
new manager. Geoff Brown is confident
of installing the ex-Hearts boss within the next 48 hours. If he does move
a compensation fee of around £50,000 will be required.
Both the Sunday Post and News of the World back up the Clark story with the compensation fee beleieved to be $50-70,000. The NotW story had Geoff Brown speaking to Clark on Friday but with the manager still under contract to Hamilton no official word is forthcoming. However an official announcemnet is expected to be made on Monday. The 41-year old ex-Hun has previously managed Partick, Hearts and Hamilton and has a good reputation for bringing youngsters forward as well as working on a tight budget, two attributes which will no doubt stand him in good stead at Perth.
The Sunday Post however has the almost unbelievable report that Judas and his assitant traitor are going to be at McD today to take a training session ahead of Tuesdays match. The paper quotes Judas as saying "I didnt want to let Saints down after arranging the training". Congratulations on the quote of the season. Saints are to claim compensation for the Assistant Judas.
Meanwhile the same article has the Hilltoon Whore set to make his first raid to buy a Saints player. It is believed a fee of around £1 million would be involved in buying midfielder Phizzy Scott (right) to Tannadice. Sorry but if its that bunch of poaching gits IMHO the fee has just risen to £5 million.
Finally some good news - belated congratulations to ex-Saints player Callum Davidson who came off the bench yesterday to make his Scotland debut. Saints are believed to be set to receive £50,000 for the cap from his current club Blackburn Rovers - enough to get us a new manager.
September 5th- 5.00am NEWS
- According to the Scotsman, Sturrock (also christened the Hilltoon
Whore by my wife) has signed a 5 year deal with the Arabs. It quotes
Jim McLean as saying that the club had planned to bring back the fans
favourite from the day he left five years ago. "We had an
agreement with St Johnstone when Paul left and they have honoured that
agreement, People outside say we have no business acumen. This shows a wee
bit of foresight on the directors part."
This is bound to fuel anger amongst the Saints support especially as it has been announced that despite Sturrock having 3 years left on his contract signed in February there will be no compensation from Tannadice.
Looking forward Geoff Brown, said last night a formal approach for their first choice - described as a "Scotsman" in a managerial capacity - would be made this weekend. Aberdeen's Paul Hegarty and Billy Brown of Hearts are the two names mentioned but IMHO another Arab at McD is most unwelcome. Other names mentioned on the Saints mailing list include Sandy Clark, Ian McCall and Steve Patterson with Kevin Drinkell another choice.
Daily Record has more sensationalist stuff with an interview with Geoff Brown saying how "gutted and sickened" he was that Sturrock left. The names mentioned here are Sandy Clark and Billy Brown with token Wegies Aitken and Murdo McLeod also included.
It also reveals that John Blackley will not go to Tannadice until after the cup-tie which implies he will be in charge of team affairs until then. What this means in terms of supporter reaction on Tuesday night is hard to tell. Personally I would kick the Judas bastards arse out now.
1.05PM - On the Balls Stuart Cosgrove just referred to Jim McLean as a "chisel-faced wee poacher" and came across as having the same feelings as most of the Saints fans - very let down.
2.30PM - Having checked the papers it seems that the first any of the Saints players knew about the change of manager was when the media called them in the afternoon. In the Sun Paddy Connolly says that Sturrock was his usual cheerful self on Friday morning and gave no hint at his departure. Ray Stewart is the latest name to be mentioned. However a Radio Scotland post-match interview with Sandy Clark had the Hamilton boss saying that he "would like to move up to a higher level if possible". Meanwhile the only respected pundit on the BBC Bob Crampsey reckons Saints could be in relegation trouble if things aren't sorted out soon.
4th- Latest on the signing front is that Senor X the
mysterious Spanish striker played in yesterday's bounce game against Utd
and scored twice. El luggino was set
to speak to Geoff Brown and managing
director Stewart Duff this morning about offering the player a
deal. He is available for nothing under the Bosman ruling which only
leaves personal terms to be agreed. Saints are hopeful that the deal can
Alan Kernaghan managed to play for some of the game as well with no reaction.
5.30 NEWS - Dundee Utd have sacked Tommy McLean - reports say that El luggino has taken over.
6.30 - Luggys departure has been confirmed. Saints chairman Geoff Brown(right) was quoted on STV's Scotland Today as saying that the days events had left him "sick" and that Saints tonight are a club in "limbo". This appears to be a veiled reference to the way Sturrock left. Sturrock was interviewed but said nothing about Saints - thats gratitude for you. Geoff Brown has stated that he is confident of having a successor in place for Tuesday's League Cup Tie. There is no word on the position of assistant boss John Blackley
10.30 - John Blackley has confirmed he is going to Tannadice to join Sturrock. Tommy McLean is quitting football management according to his big brother. BBC Teletext quoted Sturrock as saying
"St. Johnstone gave me the chance to nurture the managerial ambitions but I always wanted to take over the club where I started my footballing career (given previous interviews to Saints fanzines this is more than a tad hypocritical). But it's taken a lot of soul-searching for me to leave. St. Johnstone have a superb set-up and stuck by me through some very difficult times".
Interviewed outside Arabland on Friday Sportscene tonight Sturrock did seem emotional when describing his resignation meeting with Geoff Brown. But its unlikely that will wash with the Perth support.
Even more worrying has to be the statement issued by Geoff Brown and read out on the programme. It says
"I am very disappointed because Paul hadn't yet finished the job he was doing at St. Johnstone. But he came from Tannadice and I had a gentleman's agreement with Jim McLean to let Paul go" - this last sentence implies that St. Johnstone have been treated as nothing more than a training ground by both McLean and Brown for Sturrocks talents. If that is the case then it does not reflect well on either the chairmen of the clubs or Sturrock. And if true then it surely asks the question as to why the hell the Saints support should bother to turn up at weekends if all they are doing is helping their rivals. Personally it's left a very bitter taste in my mouth - probably the last thing Saints need when trying to break in a new manager.
2nd- Despite the washout of yesterdays bounce game,
El luggino is hopeful of arranging
another one this week. This will allow Saints to give
Alan Kernaghan (right) some match
practice. The Irish defender was scheduled for half a game yesterday but
another bounce match and next weeks U-21 game should do.
On the transfer front El luggino has also denied any moves for Scumdee Utd striker Gary McSwegan saying he had had no contact with the player. However according to the Scotsman Saints are watching ex-Morton striker Derek Lilley play for Leeds reserves in Birmingham tonight.
1st- Paul Kane has reached the
penalty points mark following his yellow card at Hells Pasture. The
midfielder will miss the home League match against the Pars on September
12th. Hopefully it'll see some better form from the Saints midfield.
More transfer rumours with ITV Teletext reporting that Gary McSwegan is set to walk out on Dundee Utd with his contract ending this month. Both Dunfermline and Saints have been linked with the 27-yr old ex-striker. Meanwhile Miguel Simao was set to play against Utd in a closed-doors match today prior to flying back to Portugal to sort his affairs out. Martin Nash has been let go by Saints - the Canadian internationalist saw his trial period dogged by injury and is now suffering from 'flu. With the signing of "Miggy" Saints are covered on the left wing.
Phizzy Scott has had a scan on his foot injury from Hells Pasture and there are no broken bones.
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August 31st- Plenty of transfer
stories and rumours today. The Waily Retard has Saints linked once more
with Barnet striker Sean Devine whose price has apparently dropped
from £500,000 to £350,000. Also linked is Partick kid Martin
Lauchlan who Saints had watched on Saturday.
As for our players, Stephen Robertson has failed to move to Wigan yet as the English club were unable to arrange a bounce game for the reserve keeper. However they are still interested and plan to watch him play for the Saints U-21 side this week. Any possible move should involve a fee of around £70,000.
August 30th- The Saints players were in for extra training this morning - 'nuff said.
August 29th- Despite the appearance of Saints new signing Miguel Simao who signed this morning there was nothing to prevent Saints being gubbed 4-0 by TFOD in Hells Pasture. In his post-match comments El Luggino talked about the "staleness in the side". Hopefully it means a few heads will roll.
August 28th- The two foreign
trialists who played in a closed doors match against Scumdee yesterday are
apparently Portugues winger Javier Simao and an unnamed Spanish
striker. More info on the 1998-99 Prospects Page.
Red George has only been given a one-match suspension after being sent off at Dens which means the striker will be available for the HIVBees cup-tie (which is definitely on September 8th at 7.45pm). He misses the trip to Hells Pasture tomorrow and with Paddy Connolly struggling with a calf strain Saints striking hopes dont seem too great.
Meanwhile Geoff Brown has pledged to find the Saints fans who improved the lavatorial facilities for males at Dens last Sunday. Despite claims of the loos having been demolished I personally can only remember seeing some of the quaint 17th century pipework having come free of the walls. Anyway the club have said that the fans will be barred from McDiarmid which given the current size of the home support seems fairly unlikely.
27th- Saints and ex-player Steve Tosh
are the subject of a £50,000 damages claim from Clyde over a tackle
by the current Raith player in a Challenge Cup tie 3 years ago. Despite
the referee not giving a foul both parties will contest the claim at
Airdrie Sherriff Court. If it goes against them Saints part of the damages
will come from insurance.
Another ex-player in the news is Callum Davidson who has finally been given the call-up to the Scotland squad by Pa Broon for the Lithuania match on September 5th - nice to see hes changed that much since leaving Perth. Still the N. Ireland team does contain some current players. Red George has been called up for the full squad with Gerry McMahon on standby. Danny Griffin will play for the U-21s.
Saints were due to gub Scumdee in a closed-doors match this afternoon.
Finally Xara have got round to flogging the new strips. They're out this weekend. Anyone wants to look for me it'll be 69 - Casanova or 3 - Il Biscotti.
Stephen Robertson seems set for a move
to Wigan Athletic if he impresses in a trial this week. Saints are unable
to offer the young keeper the first-team opportunities he needs now that
he is third-choice so a move would benefit both sides.
Saints drew 0-0 at Dunfermline last night in the U-21 SPL Reserve League.
25th- El Luggino has said he is
taking no additional action over the sending-off of
Red George on Sunday night saying that
there was "no malicious intent".
Nathan Lowndes was set to play for the U-21 reserves against the Pars tonight. Meanwile rumoured Saints target Andy Gray of Leeds is set to join Notts. Forest. for a fee of £200,000. However Saints are giving a trial to two unnamed players this week.
Congratulations to Roddy Grant (right)who became a father on Sunday night. All that and beating the Scum?
24th- Red George seems set to
land in more hot water after his post-match comments. He's reported in the
Courier as saying "I don't know why I was sent-off. I am in the
dark. He had two bites at me and I was just trying to shield the ball and
feel for him. We got the free kick and I moved away but then the referee
called me back and sent me off and, when I asked him why, he just said 'On
you go'. The boys are telling me though that Adamczuk held his mouth until
the red card came out then let it go and, if he did that, it is very
unprofessional and not the sort of thing you want to see in the game."
. El Luggino has refused to make
any comment until he's seen the TV Pictures. However based on his opinions
last night fists would be a better way of talking to the ref. With the
usual accuracy from the media when Saints play a TV match the
Media Falsehoods has been updated with the
Saints Quarter-final tie against HIVBees seems set for August 8th unless the TV companies choose to make mugs of us. The game seems set to be all-ticket as well.
Nick Dasovic missed the Dens match with a back spasm and will require treatment if he's to be fit to face TFOD on Saturday.
23rd- A 60th minute goal from Phizzy
Scott was enough to see Saints gub
Scumdee 1-0 although the match was mired by a red card for
George O'Boyle, after a clash with
Adamczuk (henceforth the Cheat) which sees Saints striker banned for next
weeks trip to TFOD. Todays referee was from Glasgow. Hmm.....
The Hunday Mason reported that Saints were now in the chase for Leeds Utd Scotland U-21 striker Andy Gray whilst Stephen Robertson is apparently involved in talks with Wigan Athletic. More info on the 1998-99 Prospects Page.
August 22nd- With Saints not
playing until tomorrow, the papers main line has been about the mysterious
Norwegian. Apparently hes a Swedish striker Ludwig Ernstsson
currently playing for Norwegian side Kongsvinger. The 26-year old is
highly rated and valued by his club at £500,000 but with them
involved in a relegation battle, the club refuse to release the player. If
you want to see what he looks like check the 1998-99
Gerry McMahon will face a fitness test tomorrow but he is Saints only injury worry. New signing Nathan Lowndes is set for a place on the bench.
A new section on the Saints Youngsters has been added. Its a bit bare at the moment but should fill up as the season progresses.
21st- Saints have announced a £1 million profit for the last
year. Although the majority came from the fee for
Callum Davidson only £1m of that
has been received and as part of his contract the player received 15% of
the total fee (£262,000). In addition, Saints have spent £300,000
on the upgrade to the training pitch at McDairmid with work due to start
Geoff Brown (right) said that "I am very happy with the progress the club is making" and stated that money is available for new players with El Luggino already targeting a striker, midfielder and left winger as the main requirements of the side for this season.
August 20th -Kieran
McAnespie has been told to take 2 weeks off to recharge his
batteries after his summer World Cup Trip. Media
Falsehoods page has been updated with the Scum inaccurate
tale of how Keyring was yet to feature in the first team this season.
Saints have drawn HIVBees at home in the quarter-final of the League Cup with the game to be played on either the 8th or 9th of September. Typical - just as we get seeded for a draw we get the worst one. Other ties are Hearts v Ross County, TFOD v Ayr and Killie v Airdrie.
Gerry McMahon's hamstring injury is responding to treatment and the player should be able to face Scumdee. On the signing front the mysterious Norwegian El Luggino saw last weekend will not be joining Saints since his club were unwilling to let the still-unnamed player leave before the Norway season ends in October.
19th - Saints finally signed a striker as
Nathan Lowndes(right) put pen to paper
on a move from Watford. He's expected to make his debut in the gubbing of
the Scum on Sunday. One player who will possibly be missing is
Gerry McMahon who went off with a
hamstring injury at Brockville and is rated doubtful.
Mike McCurry one of Wegielands finest has been announced as the ref for the match on Sunday. Surely he can't be any worse than the other idiots this season.
August 18th - The glorious cup
run extends to 2 matches as Saints get REVENGE over Falkirk with a
1-0 win courtesy of a 90th minute lob
from Paul Kane.
The rumours continue about Hagar X the Scandanavian (believed to be Norwegian) striker El Luggino saw over the weekend. To quote the boss "he's of the standard we require and we've started talks with his club". Saints are hopeful that a deal can be completed in time for the player to make his debut in the SKY match this Sunday. Of course no-one knows the club or the name but no doubt several media inaccuracies will appear over the next week.
Finally tickets for the Rangers match on the 29th go on sale this Friday at the club priced £15.
17th - Saints and Hibs have agreed a fee believed to be around £140,000
for centre-half Darren Dods with a
percentage of any sell-on in the next 3 years going to help Edinburghs
lower division club. The agreement means that a transfer tribunal is
avoided and given the performances so far this season looks like a bargain
for Saints. In other moves, Saints are believed to have agreed a fee for
Watford striker Nathan Lowndes who could sign in the next few
Courier reports that El Luggino flew to Scandinavia at the weekend to look at a striker he's had his eye on with the paper seemingly confident that a deal will be struck. The rest of the media has indulged in its usual round of Falsehoods with the Sun, Record and Evening News all hitting the mark today.
In the wake of the weekend tragedy in Omagh, the N. Ireland FA has called off this weeks friendly against Malta which means thatGeorge O'Boyle, Danny Griffin and Gerry McMahon will all be eligible for tomorrows League Cup match. It's just a pity that the circumstances surrounding the postponement weren't so tragic. Saints other doubt for the match is defender Stuart McCluskey who has flu.
August 15th - In a fairly
entertaining game in windy conditions Saints
drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock with both
defences looking fairly solid. The result leaves Saints 8th in the League.
Sun today reports that Saints are interested in Junior Mendes of St. Mirren, however today's Courier has a denial saying that Saints were interested at one point but that is no longer the case.
August 14th - Sun
reports today that Watford are prepared to let Nathan Lowndes go
for a fee of around £50,000.
On the playing front, Roddy Grant is still suspended but Paul Kane is set to return. Phizzy Scott is suffering from a groin strain and could miss out. Luggy is heading abroad straight after the match to continue the great striker hunt.
13th -Alan Main could be set to
return to Saints first team on Saturday depending on how he plays in a
friendly tonight. Whilst Saints won't rush into bringing him back from his
shoulder injury, Luggy will make a
decision on Friday night.
12th - Another day another failed transfer. Despite a clear medical
the deal for Steve Livingstone is off after the player changed his
mind. However Luggy is still chasing
Watford player Nathan Lowndes.
The N. Ireland FA have rejected Saints request to release George O'Boyle or Danny Griffin from international duty next week.
More disappointment on the silverware hunt as a strong Saints side featuring several first team regulars lost 2-1 to Forfar in the Forfarshire Cup final last night. Saints goal from Gary Bollan (right)was cancelled out by a penalty after Stuart McCluskey handled and a gift when Stephen Robertson misjudged a cross and dropped the ball. Still there was some good news for Saints fans as Alan Main played the last 25 minutes of the match and up front both Roddy Grant and David Xausa had good games.
Alan Kernaghan has restarted light running as he recovers from his hernia op but is still 3-4 weeks away from match fitness.
Finally the Temple received some wonderful praise from the "Interactive" section of the Scotsman today - obviously they don't bear any grudges after a certain Keevins backlash 2 years ago.
11th - Saints cup-tie against F**k**k has been set for next Tuesday
(18th) at 7.30 pm. No word yet on whether the game will be all-ticket.
Saints will be missing George O'Boyle
and Danny Griffin who have been called
up to the N. Ireland squad for the game against Malta on the Wednesday
night. Also a possible absentee is winger Gerry
McMahon who is in the standby squad for the match. Still at least
the LEGEND will be available.
Hopefully this means Saints will sign a striker. Theres little to report on both targets today. Steve Livingstone had an ankle scan today but at 5.30 the results were still not known. However, with Grimsby spending a record £400,000 on Lee Ashcroft today it looks more likely that they will offload Livvo. As for Nathan Lowndes, Luggy has confirmed he is interested in signing the player but will have to wait and see what Watford's asking price is.
August 10th - Todays Sun
has confirmed a £50,000 move by Saints for Watford trialist
Nathan Lowndes. Meanwhile the long-running saga to sign Grimsby
striker Steve Livingstone has hit a snag with the announcement
that the player has an ankle injury. Saints are awaiting the results of a
scan to see whether there is any longer-term damage - if so the deals off.
In the draw for the 3rd round of the League Cup the Gods decided to shite on us from a great height as Saints get another revenge draw, this time at Brockville where they take on media darling Alex Totten and his bairns. Expect a very trying time if you're a Saintee.
Finally congratulations to the Sun newspaper who rated the Saints fans as the "BAD" in this weeks footie supplement because we slagged off George O'Boyle for missing some chances. Despite the fact that the same page has Georgio listed in their nightmare team and that statements such as "St Johnstone through and through" and "most valuable Saints player of the last decade" which give you a good idea of the verage intelligence of Mr Chris Gilmour the reporter who wrote the rant. This was the same guy that had El Luggino in signing talks with HIVBees when he was watching a game in Inverness. A definite addition to the Media Falsehoods page.
9th - According to todays Sunday Mail
El Luggino is set to make a £70,000
bid for Watfords Nathan Lowndes who impressed in his trial last week.
However keeping to the more traditional side of the media there were 3 (count em) Media Falsehoods in todays News of the World "Bells" Premier supplement. Nice to see some things don't change.
August 8th - Goals from
Paddy Connolly and
George O'Boyle secure Saints a place in
the 3rd round of the League Cup with a 3-0
win over Stranraer. Other results saw both Scumdee and the
Pars lose to Alloa and Livingston respectively whilst Dundee
Utd were taken to penalties by Stirling.
Steven Livingstone is still not a Saints player with "last minute" hitches delaying his £200,000 signature. Rumour has it that his wife is unwilling to make the move to Gods Pasture in Perth.
August 7th - Saints are still
waiting to confirm Livvo's signature but the media seems certain
that the deal goes ahead with the cost now being nearer £200,000. The
player is in Perth in signing talks after returning to Grimsby yesterday
to discuss the deal with his family. If the deal goes ahead he will play
at some point tomorrow.
On the injury front keeper Stephen Robertson has picked up a severe ankle knock in training. However first-choice Alan Main goes back into light training next week with a first team return in 2-3 weeks. Also on the way back is Father Dougal who could be set to return in 4 weeks.
Congratulations to ex-Saints star Sergei Baltacha who has taken up the post of youth coach at Love Street. He still had more talent in his little finger than a lot of the players at the club today.
6th - Latest on the "Livvo" saga is that a fee of
£100,000 has been agreed between Saints and Grimsby and the player
has been in Perth since yesterday having signing talks. If everything can
be settled he is expected to line up in the non-grudge match against
Stranraer on Saturday. Meanwhile another striker has arrived for a trial
with Saints. 21-yr old Nathan Lowndes (right)currently plays for
Watford having moved there from Leeds in 1995. As part of the terms of the
move the player will not play any games for Saints.
Another rumoured signing target is French winger Jean-Francois Peron ( far right) a 32yr old currently with Walsall and also known as "Jeff". More Details as they happen on the here
Gary Bollan came through a closed-doors match with Scumdee this week and could be set to play in the Cup this weekend.
August 5th - Conflicting rumours over Saints new signing target Steve Livingstone(right).. The Waily Retard reckons the deal is dead because Grimsby Towns asking price of £600,000 is double what Saints want to offer. However the Sun reports that the deal is very much on with the player in Perth discussing personal terms. Confirmation of this on the Grimsby WWW site and via their Clubcall which said that a fee had been agreed and the player was in Perth (Thanks to John Watson for that information. Of course the Perth rumour mill is well under way with the latest being that Livingstone will join Saints, George O'Boyle will move to Arabland as Robbie Winters joins the Jambos......All this and the seasons less than a week old !!!
August 4th - Latest name in the
Great Striker Search of 96/97/98/99 is 28-year old Grimsby Town striker
Steve Livingstone. El Luggino
has admitted interest in the player but says that he is one of "several"
he has made enquiries about. More info here.
Meanwhile there is no substance in the rumours surrounding a possible
English move for Stephen Robertson.
On the playing front Paul Kane has been given a heavy club fine for being an arse at Fir Park. He also is suspended for Saturday's League Cup Tie. Paddy Connolly and Phizzy Scott have shown no after-effects from their game on Saturday and John McQuillan has shaken off a groin strain he picked up.
August 3rd - Saints U-16 team lost 3-0 at the weekend to the Chile U-16s in the Edinburgh Youth Tournament but emerged full of praise for their performance and the quality of the youth players in the side and coming through the ranks.
2nd - Latest media stories have Saints reserve keeper
Stephen Robertson (right) linked with
a move to Wigan Athletic now home to ex-Saintee Leigh Jenkinson.
1st - Oh well another start to the season and still no win. A
narrow 1-0 defeat at Motherwell as the
gets of to a wonderful start, sees Saints continue a dismal run aided and
abetted by the daft red card for Paul Kane
(right) for retaliation (and a heavy fine from Saints to follow) and
the inept refereeing of Alan Freeland(check the latest ratings
here. Still there are some signs that there is
hope - Darren Dods had a good game in the
heart of defence and Paddy Connolly
came on as a sub looking very sharp. Still the problem remains the lack of
goals and El Luggino hinted on Radio
Scotland post-match that moves may be made this week to bring a fresh
Saints will face Stranraer in a game sure to bring back bad memories next Saturday in the League Cup after they beat Albion Rovers today. Oh Boy.
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31st - Saints still have plenty of injury worries ahead of
tomorrows season opener at Fir Park. With only 17 first team players
available the competition for the 11 starting jerseys and 5 slots on the
bench isn't exactly tight. Georgio has
been picked as captain and is about the only certainty in the side.
Paddy Connolly and
Gary Bollan are all set to play despite
suffering from a lack of match fitness. The defence seems set to consist
of Darren Dods and
Danny Griffin in central defence with
Allan Preston and
John McQuillan occupying the full-back
El Luggino has decided to give trialist Martin Nash more time to prove himself worthy of a deal.
The 1998-99 Media Falsehoods page has been updated as well with BBC's teletext responsibly for todays cock-up.
Finally congratulations to Jim Weir (right)whose wife gave birth to a baby girl this week.
July 26th - Martin Nash suffered a hamstring pull in yesterday's closed-doors match so a signing now seems more doubtful. Whilst Saints are happy with his skills his fitness is apparently a problem. The match was used to give some of the less fit players a run out and.
July 25th - Saints rounded off their Highland tour with a 2-0 win over Ross County with Georgio scoring 2 late goals. Phizzy Scott managed to play for the entire first half as Saints made it 4 out of 4 on the tour. Nick Dasovic was taken off with an ankle injury but it is not thought to be serious.
July 24th - Latest quotes in the papers today has Saints set to make a firm decison on trialist Martin Nash next week once hes been seen "up against a better quality of opposition" in a closed-doors match set for Monday. Meanwhile El Luggino has a dilemma over midfielder Phizzy Scott with the player still not fully fit but badly suffering from a lack of match practice having only played 21 minutes so far. He may feature in tomorrows tie against Ross County.
July 23rd - Saints kept up their unbeaten tour at Brora last night with a 2 - 0 win with Bollan and Grant getting the goals. Paddy Connollys injury fears are easing with El Luggino saying that the ex-Airdrie players condition had improved considerably in the last 24 hours and that the club were hopeful that he could resume training next week. He has apparently been under the weather for a while and this has been attributed to an abscess in his mouth which has been treated by the dentist. Just as well because The Legend is suspended and Davide Xausa is still injured.
22nd - Latest on the injury to Paddy
Connolly is that the problem is a recurrence of his calf strain and
seems set to keep him out of the opening fixtures of the new season.
Bummer said Dougal.
21st - Another win for Saints last night as they cruise to a
7 - 1 win over Elgin City in a game
which saw trialist Martin Nash score a 25-yarder. On the down side
however Paddy Connolly was taken off
after 14 minutes with a bad injury.
El Luggino has announced another change to the captaincy whilst Alan Kernaghan, Alan Main and Jim Weir are out injured. Nick Dasovic and Georgio will share the armband at the start of the season, although quite how this will work out on the park remains to be seen.
July 20th- Saints expect to give
Gary Bollan and
Allan Ferguson starting places in the
line-up to face Elgin City tonight. Despite minor knocks both
The Legend and
Gerry McMahon are also expected to
Meanwhile the Courier is raving about Martin Nash with reports of the Rothes match saying that the player impressed greatly in the hour he had on the park. El Luggino is reported as saying that the ex-Stockport County reminded him of "a young John Robertson". So hes either a diving git or else a fat winger.
19th- More details on the trialist Martin Nash(right) who
played for part of the match against Rothes. Hes a 23-year old Canadian
international midfielder born in Dec 75 and is 5ft 11. He's been freed by
Stockport County. As to whether or not Saints will sign him, we'll have to
wait and see. According to Gary Pantons match report he had a quiet first
half but improved in the second. More details on the
1998-99 prospects page.
Congratulations to the Sunday Mail today for ensuring that their sister papers lead in the 1998-99 Media Falsehoods wasn't going to last long.
18th- Right, I'm back from my 2-week pre-season liver-pickling
break. A quick summary of the Saints-related news follows.
On the injury front Alan Kernaghan underwent his hernia op last Friday and is aiming to return to first team action in September. With other long-term victims Alan Main and Jim Weir still missing, this weekends pre-season Highland tour seems set to see Saints play with Darren Dods and Danny Griffin in the central defence. Reports on the games will be added as I get the scores. The first match against Rothes finished in a 4-0 win for Saints with a strong first-team line-up including a trialist Nash.
On the signing front Saints failed in a bid to sign Moroccan World Cup striker Hadda due to money problems. The 2 Argentinian trialists have also left. Despite one being keen to sign El Luggino decided from experience that only having one South American could lead to problems.
Scottish football is gearing up to the new season in traditional style with the first of the 1998-99 Media Falsehoods in. In an effort to keep track of all the trialists and transfer rumours, the Prospect page has been revised. Previous details are available here with the 1998-99 stories now held separately.
Finally congratulations to the Saints U-14 side led by coach Alastair Stevenson (right) who finished 6th out of 16 teams in the Nike World Youth Tournament Finals held in France - the best finish by a British team in the tournaments history - not that you'd guess by the Scottish media coverage.
July 4th- The new Scottish League Premiership or whatever they're called has announced that all teams are to have names and squad numbers for next season. Meanwhile the new sponsors, thought to be Scottish Power are set to be announced soon.
July 3rd- Saints have unveiled
the new strips for next season bearing the
Hydro-Electric logo. The home top should be available by the end of this
month with the away strip out in September.
Changes to the backroom staff as well with Saints physio Davie Henderson returning to the West Coast to help cure the ills that plague the Evil Empire and Forces of Darkness at Castle Hunville. The job ad has already appeared in todays papers.
July 2nd- The Sunday Services
have been announced by Sky. The boys will feature in 2 live gubbings....I
mean matches before November. The August 15th trip to Scumdee and
the November 8th home victory over TFOD have now been switched to
6.05pm kick-offs on the following night. Full fixture lists are available
Alex "Ginger Tosser" McLeish, manager of 1st Division wee-boys HIVBees is up in arms according to todays Evening News over the move to Perth of Darren Dods. Depending on the paper you read Saints have paid either £40,000 or £70,000 for the player who although free to move under Bosman is still under 24. McLeish is now planning to take Saints to a tribunal under the belief that the player is worth the same as Danny Griffin. I cant seem to remember any £1m bids for Dods recently.....
Meanwhile Saints new sponsors have been agreed with Scottish Hydro-Electric appearing on the Saints tops for next season with talks already planned for December to extend the deal.
1st- Signing season has started in earnest. As rumoured, Saints
have signed HIVBees defender Darren Dods (far
right) on a 3 year contract. In addition two of the legendary
Argentinian kids who were on trial last season have both been offered 1
year deals. Winger Pablo Modica and midfielder Paulo dos Reis
(right) look set to sign for the boys as long as the red tape
situation can be sorted out. If the players have dual nationality this
should not be a problem but if work permits are required expect a
Saints are all back in pre-season training. That is apart from Paddy Connolly who is still suffering from the calf strain that kept him out towards the end of last season. Also being treated gently is Davide Xausa although the rest of the squad is in full training.
Saints seem set to skip the pre-season "glamour" friendlies this year with the Highland tour and 3 closed-doors matches deemed sufficient to keep the players match-fit. Whether or not this is a good thing given the need to attract the Perth supporters back to McD remains to be seen.
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Skeleton transfer rumours have Hibs defender Darren Dods (right)and
Arab Hun-reject Gary McSwegan as potential Saints players with
Dods rumoured to be set to sign this week. Both moves will be under the
Meanwhiler the boys are in pre-season training and with several spotted wearing training tops with the logo on them it looks like the sponsorship deal is set to be signed.
June 26th- Latest on the injury front is that whilst Alan Main won't need an operation on his shoulder, he will be missing from the first team until October as the keeper undergoes a strict 3 month training schedule. Manwhile the Sun reports that Greek defender Andonis Damigos has arrived in Perth. The free agent will join Saints for pre-season and if he impresses Luggy will sign him. Hopefully more info on the player will be put on the Prospects page as I get it.
26th- Alan Kernaghan (right) has
joined the list of Saints injured players with the news that the big
Irishman is facing a hernia op and will miss the start of the season.
There goes the defence then....
Meanwhile Saints have reported a "brisk" sale of season tickets with the discounts on offer scheduled to end on the 30th. Reports also say that the sponsorship deal with Hydro-Electric will likely be tied up next week.
23rd- Things haven't improved on the injury front. Reports in
today's Sun say that Alan Main (right) is
set to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder which plagued him towards
the end of last season. Makes you glad we signed another keeper then. Alan
has also been appointed skipper of the team in the absence of long-term
injury victim Jim Weir.
June 23rd- Saints have signed Hamilton keeper Allan Ferguson (right)under the Bosman ruling to "give Alan Main some competition". The 29 year old has signed a 2 year contract following a phone call from Jim Weir who talked him into a move to Perth. Whether or not this means that Stephen Robertson is on the way out remains to be seen.
June 21st- Saints have been linked with Ayr Utd striker Laurent Djaffo according to the Sunday Mail.
June 20th- Saints seem set to
announce that Scottish Hydro-Electric are
to be the teams new sponsor. An official announcement is expected by the
end of this month with the
logo appearing on Saints new strips.
In case you've not noticed the big medal above, the 1998 TOSSA results are out. Thanks to all who voted - damned imaginative fans us Saintees.
June 15th- The fixtures for the 1998-99 season are out. Full details are here. The opening game sees the boys at Fir Park to take on Motherwell whilst the last match is a home tie against local rivals Dundee.
June 13th- Saints target Grant Brebner has signed for Reading in a £100,000 deal. Kilmarnock have also been making moves in the transfer market signing Hun reject Ian Durrant on a free.
June 9th- Taffy Jenkinson has annonunced in the PA today that he is leaving Saints. Wigan have offered the winger a 2 year deal and whilst he has not definitely agreed to sign with the English club, he is leaving Saints.
June 5th- The draw has been made
for the first and second rounds of this seasons League Cup. Saints first
tie on August 8th is a home draw against Stranraer
or Albion Rovers both of whom have caused the boys some nasty
moments in the last couple of seasons.
Congratulations to Saints U-14 side who came 3rd in the Nike Euro Championships in Spaine (only going out to Seville on penalties), beating Lazio en route. The team now qualify for the Nike World Cup in France. Nice to see the in-depth coverage in the Scottish media of it as well.
4th- Danny Griffin has seen the
light and put pen to paper on a new 2-year deal with Saints. With
Taffy Jenkinson almost certain to head
south it looks like Saints have managed to tie up their best players for a
couple of years.
June 3rd- The Scottish
Premiership have announced a £45m 4-season deal with Sky. The TV
deal will allow the satellite company to show 30 live matches a season.
Saints will benefit immediately with a sliding scale determining the
amount each of the top 10 will get up front. Scumdee as newcomers are at
the bottom of the heap and they will receive £800,000. Needless to
say Saints 5th place will see them receive a lot more before a ball is
Taffy Jenkinson has still to reply to Saints contract offer. The deadline passed on Monday but Jenko has promised a reply by tomorrow. Saints exec Stewart Duff has said that the offer may "no longer be on the table" though.
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May 28th- Saints have announced the fixtures for their pre-season tour of the Highlands. The dates and opponents are Rothes (18th July), Elgin (20th), Brora Rangers (22nd) and Ross County (25th).
27th- Kieran McAnespie (right)
has made the papers again. The 18-yr old Saints forward scored for
Scotland in a 4-0 bounce match victory over the New York Metrostars as the
Scots continue their preparation for the World Cup. No doubt this is a
sign of the future.
Meanwhile unsettled midfielder Gary Farquhar (far right) has been freed. The Highlander struggled to hold on to a place at Saints and has joined Inverness Caley Thistle.
26th- Some good news for Saints fans with the announcement that
popular central defender Alan Kernaghan
(right) has agreed a new 2 year contract to keep the big Irishman in
Perth. With Cap'n Braveheart out until the
middle of next season the signing of Kernaghan should boulster the Perth
defence. He has also been handed the captains armband in Weirs absence.
Whether or not this will act as encouragement for Saints other
out-of-contract defender Danny Griffin
to sign remains to be seen.
Elsewhere in the media Saints are the latest club to be linked with HIVBees starlet Grant Brebner with the papers putting Saints into the hunt for the £200,000 rated midfielder.
24th- With football stories in a calm before the storm of the World
Cup the Sunday Post back page has a report that Celtic are ready to line
up Paul Sturrock (right) as the no2 to
whoever their new manager is going to be. The paper believes that Celtic
will just buy Saints boss out of his contract although no doubt Saints
board may have something to say about it.
The Scotland U-21s lost 4-0 to Italy last night (despite the Hunday Mason reporting the game as a 0-0 draw). Both Stuart McCluskey and Stephen Robertson took part in the match.
23rd - As expected Paul Kane
(right) has signed a new 2 year contract to stay at Perth with part
of the deal involving the 32-year old midfielder taking over some coaching
duties with the St. Johnstone youth players. This was despite Killie
making overtures for the player's signature.
Still to sign is Danny Griffin with both 2 and 3 year deals on offer to the N Ireland U-21 star with a flat also part of the bait. Taffy Jenkinson seems set ot move back to England - 2 clubs are reportedly interested in the winger and with one of them being English he seems almost certain to move back. An answer is expected next week. Saints exec Stewart Duff has given a 2 week ultimatum for the unsigned players to make a decision.
20th-Stuart McCluskey(far right)
scored for the Scotland U-21s tonight as they drew 1-1 with N Ireland.
Stephen Robertson (right) played in
Meanwhile prepare for more ticket scrambles next season. The Gorgie Gits have announced that capacity at Tynecastle will be reduced from 5000 to 2000 for away fans. Just as well we dont retaliate - there would only be 50 of the buggers at the McD matches then.
19th- David Xausa has finally put
pen to paper and signed a 1 year deal to stay with Saints. Secretary
Stewart Duff is believes that Kane
will make a decision by the end of the week whilst negotiations with
Danny Griffin have been put on hold
until the player returns from international duty next week.
Finally a Saintee is going with the Scotland squad to the USA and then on to the World Cup. Kieran McAnespie (right) has been called up to be hamper boy to the main squad. Now all he has to do is drop a heavy hamper on Leighton, the Turd, Grunt and the Wockney Canker and we're set.
May 17th- Season Ticket details
for 1998-99 have been announced. There is no change to the prices and all
details can be found here.
Meanwhile the pre-season trip to the Emerald Isle is off with the players believed to be heading North to Teuchterland instead.
George O'Boyle has been called up for international duty as N. Ireland take on Spain at the end of the month.
14th- Youngsters Gordon Brown (right)
and John Hollis have both been released by Saints. However fellow youth
players Charlie King and
Stuart Malcolm have signed 2-year deals
with Marc McCulloch also signing up
for a year.
More international call-ups for Saints players with Taffy Jenkinson picked for the Wales squad to play Malta and Tunisia.
13th- Canadian striker David Xausa
(right) has signed a new 1-year deal to keep him at Perth. Hopefully
with a full pre-season under his belt we'll see the best of him.
Saints have announced their youth signings for next season with 11 kids joining Gods Chosen Forces !!!
On the international front Scotland boss Pa Broon has remained an arse by refusing to pick Saints keeper Alan Main for the Scotland World Cup squad. In fact he's even left out Johnathan Gould instead preferring to stick with OAP Leighton, Unfit Goram and the English Git Sullivan. Still better luck for Saints players elsewhere as Stephen Robertson, Stuart McCluskey and Danny Griffin have all made their respected U-21 squads for matches this month.
May 12th- With Jansens departure
the tabloids have gone to the usual levels with "Saints Supremo"
Paul Sturrock quoted at 16-1 for the
job. As if....
Saints have revealed that deals have been offered to all the remaining out-of-contract players ( Attila and Thomas Andersson are already set to leave). But so far no response has been forthcoming from any of Jenko, Danny, Kernaghan, Kane, or David Xausa.
Meanwhile Xausa has been called up by Canada for an exhibition match in June v Macedonia.
Saints will be back in pre-season training on June 26 to prepare for the August 1st kick-off to the new season. However Roddy Grant and Stuart McCluskey are both suspended for the start of the season.
May 11th- Great gloating joy for Saints fans today as Celtic boss Wim Jansen follows the tradition of previous TFOE Chief Gits Brady and McNeill by resigning rather than face the mighty Legend again next season. Apart from that sod all has happened.
9th- Bit of an anti-climax as Saints go down to a
2-0 defeat to Champions Celtic. Still
a good Premier debut for Andy Whiteford
on a day which was surreal in the good wishes from both sets of OF fans
(Huns before, Tims after). Of course Saints dedicated support were let
down by the money-grabbing arseholes who took the dole dosh offered to
them by the unwashed leading to a mockery of a segregation policy in the
According to Sportscene (ie the hysterical Rob McLean) Saints seem set to lose Attila this summer as the player has turned down the latest offer.
Elsewhere there was some consolation for Saintees with Wegielands "sleeping" (ie comatose) giants Partick Fissel going down 3-1 at home to Ayr and facing up to life in the 2nd Division next season. Lovely Livvy also missed out on promotion to the 1st Division thanks to a 2-1 home defeat from Caley Thistle. Oh yeah and TFOD lost the League.
May 8th- Not much in the way of
news today with the media coverage still firmly on TFOE. Reports have it
that Celtic are on £20,000 per man to win the league whilst the Star
says Saints are on £50,000 for the team to make Europe.
Saints have announced plans for next season - Season ticket prices will remain the same and the club is also to spend £65,000 on a heated airdome in a bid to fend off any postponements (as well as protect the hallowed turf a lot better than any undersoil heating could).
May 7th- Saints have re-opened signing talks with their out-of-contract players. Luggy was quick to deny yesterdays report in the Sun saying that "there's no deadline for signing". Meanwhile the Scotsman carries an in-depth interview with the manager and reveals the reason behind the gagging of the Saints squad this week quoting Luggy as saying "was "disgusted" at the way some papers had stitched up players with Old Firm ties, as was the case both before and after a recent Motherwell versus Celtic fixture. He said: "If we get a result on Saturday I don't want any of my players encountering problems just because they are of a particular religion."
May 6th - Latest media story in
todays Sun (obviously suffering from Saints putting up the shutters this
week) has Paul Sturrock telling his
out-of contract players to sign deals this week or forget it. The story
says that Saints have already lined up possible replacements for
and Attila. Meanwhile the Retards
contribution to it all has Saints taking the players for a golf outing
On the playing front Sturrock has admitted that the choice of central defenders will be between Danny, Andy Whiteford and Stuart McCluskey with 2 our of 3 definite starts.
May 5th -
Weir has definitely been ruled out for 6
months and is unlikely to feature for Saints again before Xmas.
Gerry McMahon is also rated doubtful
for Saturday's end-of-season climax thanks to the knee injury he picked up
Danny Griffin and Paddy Connolly both played in the Forfarshire cup-tie last night against Brechin with no side-effects. Andy Whiteford was dropped from the side to avoid risking injury.
Leigh Jenkinson might still be in line for a fine - El Luggino awaits the refs report regarding the booking the winger received on Saturday for doing the Monty after scoring his second.
Saints have featured heavily in the papers as the debate over the ticket allocation rumbles on. It means that on Saturday there will be 850 Saintees, 50,000 Tims and 40000 Huns in Glasgow (TFOD are beaming back pictures from Tannadice to Ibrox). We're only going to be outnumbered around 60-1 !!!! Anyone got any body armour.
May 4th - It seems almost
certain that Danny Griffin will be
starting for Saints in what must be their biggest game of the season next
Saturday at Parkhead after having only played 55 minutes of reserve team
football since his double hernia operation. There is the possibility
though that Andy Whiteford might be
used instead to partner Stuart McCluskey
in central defence.
Jim Weir will be missing for at least 6 months with a ruptured Achilles - never rains but it pours.
Off the field and despite the lack of a sponsor for next season Saints are making plans for a new strip (again!!) with a home design of blue top and white shorts looking favourite.
May 3rd - The injury to
Captain Braveheart is apparently much more
serious than first thought with the serious Achilles injury leading El
Luggino to comment that "The result means absolutely nothing if
the injury proves as serious as we suspect. Jim has been a major factor in
our success this season."
Meanwhile the black market value of the tickets for next weeks Parkhead tie has increased with TFOE only scraping a draw at East End Park meaning they need to win on Saturday to be certain of the league. Congratulations to Scotsport pundit Pa Broon with his comment that "There'll be 50,000 there on Saturday and at least 45,000 will be home fans" showing his in-depth knowledge of away support allocation where TFOD/E are concerned.
May 2nd - Saints keep the fight for Europe going to the last match of the season with a well-deserved 3-2 win over relegation strugglers Motherwell including to 2 (count 'em) goals from Leigh Jenkinson. More worrying for Saints was the stretchering off of captain Jim Weir. Elsewhere we were let down as The Forces Of Darkness lost 1-0 to Killie thanks to a 93rd minute strike from Ally Mitchell leaving Killie one point ahead of us. Their match against Hibs next week should be easier as well thanks to the Arabs 2-1 win at Easter Rd today consigning Hibs to the First Division next season.
1st - Todays Scotsman has Alan
Kernaghan (right) set to play his last game for Saints tomorrow. The
Republic of Ireland defender is suspended for the Celtic match next week
and has accused the club of lying about a new deal. Saints boss
Paul Sturrock has said that all
out-of-contract players have been offered a new deal but Kernaghan has
said that he has heard nothing.
Some good news ahead of tomorrows match is the availability of Paddy Connolly. However the problems continue with injuries with Jim Weir and Paul Kane both rated doubtful and Nick Dasovic a definite non-starter.
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April 30th - Saints injury
problems continue with Jim Weir and
Alan Kernaghan suffering from a back and
stomach injury respectively which might keep them out of Saturdays home
Meanwhile both Danny Griffin and Attila are planning to make a first-team return for next weeks final match at Parkhead. However for Dino it might be his last appearance as he seems set to turn down the offer Saints have made him to stay saying that "the Chairman will need to put a lot more money on the table first" in today's Sun. The report continues with how he thinks Saints will flop in Europe without him. Hmmm and Blobby reckoned we'd be rubbish without him as well.
April 29th - Stuart Malcolm was taken to hospital for a precautionary X-Ray after a head knock in yesterdays reserve match with Dunfermline. Comeback kid Danny Griffin played for 60 minutes and has suffered no reaction.
28th - Scotlands best uncapped player, the mighty
Il Biscotti (right) has put pen to
paper to help Saints on the Euro-trail for the next 2 years. Whilst there
was never really any doubt about Prestons keenness to stay in Perth it
shows a lot of commitment for a player who at the start of the season most
supporters looked on as a squad player.
There was good news on the injury front as well with both Danny Griffin and Gary Farquhar expected to feature in this afternoons reserve match against Dunfermline. Meanwhile both central defenders Jim Weir and Alan Kernaghan are undergoing treatment after Saturday's clash.
Gerbil features has been in the papers today apologising to Leigh Jenkinson saying that his accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct at Tannadice on Saturday were not aimed at the Saints winger but rather at the forward who played the ball when Pedersen got red-carded. The Gerbil has said he does not wish to name the "guilty" party but has spoken to Saints boss El Luggino regarding the incident. The player concerned is believed to be Georgio and apparently the club will take no action as the striker has claimed he was attempting to make up for an injustice when Perry escaped punishment after a foul earlier. No doubt Sturrocks shiteing himself as we speak at the Gerbils threats. It almost makes you want to see Scumdee in the Premier League instead of that bunch of Tangering whingers.
April 27th -Leigh Jenkinson, star of Saturdays win over the Arab scum (at least if you read the Sporting or Sunday Post) has apparently been offered a new 2-year deal by Saints. Whether or not he signs depends on his chances of first-team football which with McAnespie, Biscotti and O'Halloran in the wings must be fairly limited.
April 25th - Saints make the
Arabs eat sand as they storm to a 2-0
victory and as if thats not enough place the Tannadice side in
relegation trouble. Oh the sheer joy of it all.
Unfortunately Aberdeen did us no favours going down 2-1 to Killie leaving Saints still a point behind in 5th.
April 24th- The news for Saints
is that whilst Paddy Connolly is
definitely out tomorrow, Nick Dasovic
is only rated doubtful along with defenders Stuart
McCluskey and John McQuillan.
For the Arabs Pressley and thug Pedersen are both doubtful but Andy McLaren is expected to play.
Alan Main finally got his call-up for the
Scotland 'B' squad last night and kept a clean sheet. Unfortunately he was
a sub and didnt appear until the 85th minute by which time Johnathan Gould
had let 2 in in a 2-1 defeat. Nothing like giving the non-OF players a
fair crack at the squad eh Mr Broon?
On the domestic front Tynecastle mugging victim Nick Dasovic looks set to miss the run-in thanks to is back injury from Shite McCann. Looking ahead to Saturdays trip to Chateau Tannadice Paddy Connolly seems set to miss out on an appearance against his old club.
21st- Congratulations to Kieran
McAnespie(right) who made his debut for the Scotland U-21s at
Kirkcaldy today. Other Saints who featured in the 1-1 draw with Finland
were Stuart McCluskey and
Meanwhile the Courier carries an interview with David Xausa and it seems that El Luggino rates him highly enough that the 22-yr old Canadian will still be part of the Saints set-up next season.
18th A late equaliser from Legend
(worship on the right please) cancelled out the Jambos earlier goal
in a close 1-1 draw which did give the
away support some pleasure as Hearts title hopes vanished. Worse news for
Saints fans was the forced withdrawal of Nick
Dasovic after only 45 minutes following a major hack by Cogey-reject
McCann. With Killie beating the Arabs 1-0 it sees Saints slip back to 5th
although with the Pars draw against Hibs we're now mathematically safe
from any play-off spot. Remember to sent marks out of 10 for the referee
by e-mailing me at
More doubt was cast over next season as SFA Chief Executive stated that thanks to the shite European performances in previous years by TFOD and their cronies, there is some uncertainty over the number of UEFA slots that will be awarded to Scotland next season. Nothing is likely to be clear until June.
El Luggino has come out in today PA
denying any interest by Saints in Tommy Coyne - "If he'd been 31
maybe but at 35 hes too old" was the quote thereby guaranteeing
that the Wegie git will score against Saints in a couple of weeks. Also
rejected outright were any of the Dutch players mentioned in yesterdays
Star with Sturrock saying that they had the game correct but none of the
On the Saints front, defender Alan Kernaghan is keen to tie up a new 2-year deal to keep him in Perth. Meanwhile out-of-favour winger Leigh Jenkinson is apparently being tracked by Dutch clubs Breda and Nijmegen and with the player out of contract in the summer could be set to move on. As for Attila, apparently his wife is happy enough that he spends another year in Scotland so it might still be that his final Saints match won't be against Celtic next month.
Saints have their usual quota of injury problems for the trip to Jamboland with Paddy Connolly and Nick Dasovic both rated doubtful. Paul Kane has restarted training and should play but Canadian striker Davide Xausa is ruled out. For the Jambos ex-Scumdee and one-time Luggy target Jim Hamilton is suspended so it looks like OAP Robertson will play for the "Poofs" in Maroon.
April 16th Sun reports that
Saints are in contention with Killie for the signature of 35-yr old
Motherwell striker Tommy Coyne. Given that the source is from 'Well the
story should be taken with a pinch of sodium chloride.
Star reports that Sturrock is annoyed with the wage demands of several players checked out on last weekends scouting trip. However for the latest on the Dutch 2nd Division possibilities at McD next season check here.
April 15th - In an effort to
bolster the suqad for next season and in anticipation of the leaving of
some players El Luggino has short-listed 12 targets for Saints both on the
Continent and in Ingerlund.
Meanwhile the injury problems worsen - Paddy Connolly has aggravated his calf strain, Nick Dasovic's back injury is refusing to repsond to treatment and Danny Griffin is set to pull out of the N Ireland U-21 squad with injury problems. In addition Paul Kane is not expected to return to training until Thursday.
14th - The short-sightedness of the Scotland coach is shown again
as Alan Main is again only picked for the
Scotland 'B' squad along with the Pars own Elbow Smith. Still there is
hope as Saints youth product Kieran
McAnespie has been called up to the Scotland U-21 squad for the
More good news with the Temples favourite Saints defender Il Biscotti (right) reportedly keen to sign a new 2-year contract to keep him in Perth.
April 13th- No Media Falsehoods but some wonderfully crap reporting in both the Retard and Scum today with the latter especially spending the entire article slagging of Saints fans, or to be more precise implying that all Saints fans are like those charmingly dedicated chaps in the corporate seats in the West Stand. Arsehole journalism of the highest quality.
April 11th- The all-new colour McDiarmid scoreboard was unveiled but the all-singing / multimedia home goal display was left unused as Saints failed to beat a defensive Pars side in a 0-0 Derby draw. Still with Motherwell drawing with Killie it means we're still one point clear in 4th.
April 10th- Saints injury
problems ahead of tomorrows local derby continue with the news that
Paddy Connolly seems set to miss out
on the match. There are also doubts over Nick
Dasovic and captain Jim Weir. The
results of Phizzy's scan have come
through and the player has been ruled out for the rest of the season and
faces a hernia operation.
Famous Grouse has decided to stop sponsoring Saints at the end of this season and concentrate on rugger-buggery instead. Geoff Brown has stated that Saints still expect to have a sponsor in place for next season.
Today's Sun carried a report linking Saints and Scumdee with Brechin striker Craig Ferdoz but the player seems set to join Clydebank.
9th- More good news for Saints on the contract front with
Nick Dasovic and
Stuart McCluskey both signing new
2-year contracts at the club with McCluskey's deal an extension to the
year left on his current contract. Talks have begun with other players out
of contract this summer and the club hope to announce further resignings
On the international scene George O'Boyle has been called up to the N. Ireland squad for the match against Switzerland on April 22nd. Danny Griffin is called up for the U-21s for the previous night.
Nick Dasovic has started running again
and is an outside chance for the Pars match.
Paddy Connolly is still rated doubtful
however although both Weir and
Paul Kane should play despite missing
training yesterday. As for Phizzy Saints
are still awaiting the results of the specialist examination.
Kilmarnock lost 2-1 at home to Celtic tonight meaning that Saints stay 1 point clear in 4th place in the League.
7th- As expected, club captain Jim Weir
(right) has signed a new 3 year contract. The player, signed in Nov
94 from the Gorgie Gits has declared how he "doesn't want to be
remembered just as the guy that captained the Saints back to the top
flight, but as the captain who led Saints into Europe". El
Luggino's scouting trip with chairman Geoff last weekend to Holland has
helped to finalise the squad plans for next season and an announcement as
to other players resigning or being allowed to leave the club is expected
Phizzy was due to see a specialist this morning to see if their is any hope of the midfielder returning to Saints action this season. Meanwhile Nick Dasovic and Paddy Connolly are still rated doubtful for the Pars clash this weekend whilst Attila could only have one more match to play for Saints. His suspension is for 4 games not 3 meaning that the Celtic match at Parkhead on May 9th is the only possible game he might play in this season.
April 6th- Club captain Jim Weir is set to sign a new 3-year deal to stay with Saints after talks between the 28-year old and Stewart Duff at the weekend whilst Weir missed the Aberdeen match with a calf strain. Excellent news and hopefully a spur to the other rumoured contract hesitators Alan Kernaghan and George O'Boyle
April 4th- Saints rocket up to
4th place (and the Europe slot) with a convincing
1-0 win over Aberdeen thanks to a 19th
minute George O'Boyle goal. Captain
Jim Weir missed out with no reason given.
The win not only puts us up the league but keeps Sturrock happy since with
Saints now 16 points clear of bottom place Hibs, there is no chance of
automatic relegation for the boys.
With Falkirk going down 3-1 to Hearts (and out of business if there's any justice), it means that if Saints stay 4th then they'll qualify for the UEFA cup next season.
April 3rd- Latest team news has
Gerry McMahon and
Paddy Connolly both facing a late
fitness test tomorrow. Apart from that El Luggino expects to play the same
squad as defeated Killie last week as Saints attempt to move into 4th
Of the injuries, worst news for Saints fans is that Phizzy is out for the rest of the season.
On the transfer front the Sun reports that Dundee Utds Gerbil did make a £200,000 bid for George O'Boyle before Tuesdays deadline. The paper says that Luggy was willing to sell him for £300,000 but that the deal died when Saints were unable to tie up either of the two English strikers they were targetting. Whether this means the end for Georgio as Utd make another bid in the summer waits to be seen. Rumours also abound that Saints midfielder Gary Farquhar was a target for Scumdee but El Luggino refused to sell.
April 2nd- Saints have several
injury problems ahead of Saturdays trip to Sheepland.
Alan Kernaghan is still doubtful after
sustaining a hamstring pull against Killie with
Stuart McCluskey likely to take his
place as long-term injury victimsDanny
Griffin and Gary Bollan are still
not ready for first-team action. In midfield both
Nick Dasovic and
Phizzy Scott are still rated doubtful as
is striker Paddy Connolly . Some good
news withGerry McMahon having shaken
off a knock and set to play.
Ex-Saintee hero Steve "Zorro" Maskrey has signed for Cowdenbeath. Best of luck to him.
April 1st- As widely expected midfielder Steven Tosh completed his move to home town team Raith Rovers last night for £30,000. With the Scottish transfer deadline passing yesterday Saints have made no further signings.
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30th- Man of the match for the last 2 games
Attila Sekerlioglu is facing a 3-match
suspension after picking up a yellow card on Saturday. The Austrian will
miss the Dunfermline, Hearts and Dundee Utd matches. El Luggino has warned
the team that discipline has to be watched with several players facing
Gerbil McLean has been in the press denying stories that the Arabs were going to move for George O'Boyle. On the injury front Paddy Connolly, Phizzy Scott and Nick Dasovic are all doubtful for Saturday.
Saints reserves went down 4-3 to the HIVbee relegation squad last night.
Alan Kernaghan has a hamstring injury
although the full damage is not yet known. According to the Sun he was
also a transfer target for new Reading boss Tommy Burns with the ex-Celt
still apparently keen on signing the big defender when his contract is up
in the summer.
Meanwhile the on-off-on-off (c. Chic the Prick) Steven Tosh transfer to Raith seems set to go ahead tomorrow with a fee of around £30,000 involved.
March 28th- Saints finally get
back on the winning trail with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over UEFA slot
rivals Kilmarnock. The match sees the
return to the first team of Alan Main but
it was John O'Neill who got the winner
after 45 secs. More worrying for Saints fans was what appeared to be a
hamstring injury to defender Alan Kernaghan
cutting short his time on the pitch. And as for the referee.......
Paddy Connolly's calf strain kept him out the side. Latest on the Steven Tosh deal is that the player is expected to be a Raith employee by Tuesdays signing deadline.
March 27th- Not much news -
Steven Tosh is still a target for Raith
Rovers with the clubs locked in discussions about the terms of the deal.
Injury wise McCluskey will miss out. Keeper Alan Main is doubtful with his shoulder injury not responding well to treatment. Paddy Connolly has recovered from his calf injury and will play. Phizzy Scott is still not fully fit so will probably miss out.
Thomas Andersson seems set to leave the club when his deal ends at the end of May with the Swedish striker unhappy at the lack of first team games.
March 26th-McCluskey is almost certain to miss the Killie game with an ankle injury. Some good news though is that Killie striker Jim McIntyre has been sold to Reading for £420,000.
March 25th- More injury worries
as Stuart McCluskey was taken off hurt
in last nights U-21 match. No word of the injury but he is apparently
doubtful for his usual substitutes slot on Saturday.
On the signing front there is still no firm word from Raith Rovers about a move for unsettled midfielder Steven Tosh despite the player spending last week training with the Kirkcaldy side.
On the international front neither Georgio or Curly McMahon have been picked for tonights N Ireland side.
24th- Both Alan Main and
Leigh Jenkinson were in line to play for
the Scotland and Wales 'B' teams tonight at Broadwood but Jesus has had to
pull out of the game with his shoulder injury (thanks Hibs and Falkirk).
Robertson and McCluskey played for the Scotland U-21s at Forthbank this
afternoon as they went down 2-1 to Denmark.
Looking ahead to the crunch match v Killie on Saturday Phizzy Scott (right) already seems set to miss out with injury. El Luggino has stated that he still wants to add to the Saints squad before the weekend transfer deadline.
Alan Kernaghan is reported in the PA as stating that he is more than happy to stay with Saints as negotiations start on extending the Irishmans contract which is up in the summer.
March 23rd- With the transfer deadline up at the end of the week Saints seem set to offload some of the fringe players on loan. Midfielder Gary Farquhar looks set to move to Ayr or Caley Thistle whilst teenage defender Andy Whiteford is also being lined up for a move to the lower divisions.
March 21st- A battling Saints side go down2-1 to TFOD at the Death Star although the travelling support are treated to one of the best Saints goals in ages courtesy of Father Dougal. Meanwhile the Pars do us no favours by caving in 3-0 to Killie opening up a 5 point gap between Saints and 4th place and making next weeks home match against the Ayrshire side all the more important.
March 20th-Saints main injury
worry for the Death Star is Alan Main who
has still not recovered from the mugging last week by Rougier. Apart from
that things look OK with Il Biscotti and Dazza both training this week.
For TFOD Porrini, Albertz are out, Laudrup and Gazza are doubtful and Guff
is banned. There is hope.
As expected Steven Tosh has signed for Raith Rovers. Best of luck to him. He always gave 100% for Saints so I've no complaints - besides he scored that wonder goal at Methil last season.
Other Saints players on the fringers of the reserve / first team are set to be loaned out to lower division clubs a la Chucky King.
19th- Sun reports that Raith Rovers are preparing to sign Saints
midfielder Steven Tosh (right). With the signings of McMahon and the form
of O'Halloran, Tosh has been moved down the pecking order at McDiarmid so
such a transfer is more likely than not.
The third trialist on Tuesday was apparently Romanian and not Dutch. Either way we won't be making any moves for them.
Congratulations to Callum Davison who finally managed to play 45 minutes for Blackburn reserves yesterday and is in line for a callup to the Scotland 'B' squad.
March 18th- Saints will not be
moving for Ze Armindo and Rodrigo Maura the 2 Portuguese
trialists who played v Hearts yesterday. Both players had been on trial at
Bolton. More details here.
Good news on the injury front with Il Biscotti set to make the Attack on the Death Star this Saturday as TFOD totally blow their title chances. Dasovic also managed a turnout for the reserves and could be set to play at Ibrox.
March 17th- The aftermath of the
Falkirk defeat is still being felt at McDiarmid with El Luggino promising
further changes to the team in an effort to recapture the earlier season
form. New striker Paddy Connolly seems
set to retain his place for Saturdays match at the Death Star.
Allan Preston's injury has been confirmed as a flesh wound although the player is very doubtful for the Attack on the Death Star. Gary Bollan won't even be jogging for a fortnight so the left-back slot will be a problem to fill.
Meanwhile Saints are still looking to strengthen their squad with the latest targets being a Dutch midfielder and 2 Portuguese wingers who were all expected to take some part in Saints reserve fixture with Hearts this afternoon (which finished 0-0) after receiving the necessary international clearances.
Attila looks set to be in trouble with
the League after making gestures to the HIVbee fans after McQ scored on
Saturday. In a classic quote after the match the Dino one said "Do
we have to play them again? No they're relegated? He is lucky then"
referring to his ongoing war with the Paisley drug baron.
On the injury front Allan Preston has had stitches put into a gashed leg. Saints striker Tommy Wright has signed for Livingston (alongside ex-Saintee and whingeing git Allan Moore)
March 14th- Luggy has dismissed
rumours of a move for Prestons Lee Ashcroft. A move was made a month ago
but the player didn't fancy moving to Scotland with a £350,000 move
to wigan more likely. The Paddy Connolly move it still on with the player
(as of 9am) still thinking the deal over. A fee of £300,000 has been
agreed with Airdrie.
Well Paddy Connolly signed a 3 yr deal and replaced Georgio in a much-changed and slightly-improved Saints side who drew 1-1 with Hibs thanks to a Rougier 90th minute penalty cancelling out McQuillans earlier strike. More worrying for Saints fans was the first-half stretchering off of Allan Preston with a suspected broken leg and a shoulder injury to Main after an assault by Rougier.
13th- Tickets for the Ibrox match on the 21st will be on sale at
the ticket office after the match tomorrow. After that they'll be on sale
at normal office hours and by postal application. Obviously expecting
hordes to buy tickets.
Meanwhile Sloop reports that training has gone really well this week and the "lads are up for it" or some other such cliche. Dasovic and Scott are still doubtful but there is some good news with Danny Griffin restarting training and Gary Bollan scheduled to have his plaster removed in the next few days.
On the transfer front, the Press and Journal reports that Luggy hopes to complete the £300,000 signing of Airdrie's Paddy Connolly (far right) and £225,000 for Preston winger Lee Ashcroft (right). No confirmation yet on the PA but the Sun carries the same story with Connolly set to replace Georgio tomorrow and Ashcroft set to force Jenko onto the bench. See here for more details.
The 2 Argentinians have been offered 1-year deals each on condition they obtain dual nationality. The deals are set to start at the beginning of the 1998-99 season.
Alan Main has been called up to the Scotland 'B' squad whilst Stephen Robertson and Stuart McCluskey both make the Scotland U-21s. N Ireland have called up Georgio and Gerry McMahon for their match against Slovakia on March 25th.
March 12th- Nick Dasovic is still struggling to get into training and is now very doubtful for the comeback match v Hibs on Saturday. Also doubtful is Phizzy who picked up an ankle knock in the bounce match against Raith.
March 11th- Saints played a closed-doors match v Raith yesterday and according to Blackley it helped to get rid of the cup defeat from a lot of the players. Sorry, but it'll take a lot more than that to appease the fans.
March 10th- Luggy is spouting
the usual warnings about making changes to the side. I'll only believe it
when the non-triers like Jenko and Attila are booted out. Some good news
for Saints fans with Nick Dasovic expected to recover from injury in time
for what is now an important match for both sides as we take on Hibs on
Last nights reserve match v the Pars was postponed. Courier says due to weather but given the performance on Saturday the players probably couldn't be arsed.
March 9th- Nope - still fucking depressed.
7th- Just when you thought life couldn't piss on you any more
this happens. I should warn anyone of
a sensitive disposition that the match report is littered with an accurate
description of the performances of the Saints players (ie swearie words).
Don't say you haven't been warned.
Luggys quoted after the game as refusing to say anything. He'd better have a lot to bloody well say to the players then.
Leigh Jenkinson has been called into the Wales 'B' squad for the match v Scotland at Broadwood on March 24. If they've any sense Wales will just shoot him for us.
March 6th- Central defender Alan
Kernaghan is Saints major doubt for the cup-tie at Brockville with a knee
injury whilst Il Biscotti has a neck injury (gained whilst asleep) !!!
Both Phizzy and Roddy are expected to start. Also coming into contention
are Fyndnet and Keyring who made a good impression in Wednesdays reserve
draw with the Arab scum. For the Bairns star striker (as yet not paid for)
Marino Keith is doubtful with a thigh strain. The match is a sell-out but
given the weather just now and knowing the Brokevill pitch don't expect
Gary Bollan will be out for 6 weeks with his broken toe. As for the 2 Argentinians, they'll not be over this season but el Luggino is planning to bring them over for all of next season. The plan is for them to spend the summer learning English and sorting the red tape problems out.
Any fans heading through from Edinburgh can find us in the Talisman Bar at Waverley form 11 onwards then at the Drookit Duck.
4th- Saints have freed short-term signing Tommy Wright. With Gerry
McMahon signing Wrights first-team prospects looked to be decidedly
limited in the time remaining until his deal ends in the summer. I suppose
that means the last hope of seeing Ulirkka at McD has vanished as well. Oh
Gary Bollan will be out for a month after yesterday's scan revealed a broken toe. At least it means Biscotti continues in the cup run !!! Thomas Andersson scored for Saints in a 1-1 draw with Dundee Utd reserves.
March 3rd- Saints have rekindled
their interest in Argentinian duo Pablo dos Reis and Pablo Modica after
their clubs did a U-turn and agreed to a loan deal until the end of the
season. Now its back to the passport and red tape. El Luggino has said
that he is "well aware" of the disquiet amongst the supporters
about the lack of firepower up front and says that the striker search has
been ongoing for the last 2 years.
Of the more recent signings Davide Xausa is apparently looking good in training, Thomas Andersson is back in full training and both are likely to line up at Tannadice against the Arab reserves tomorrow afternoon. Gary Bollan is still out with a further scan arranged for his foot injury with a possible break feared.
Phizzy Scott seems set to play some part in Saints cup-tie on Saturday although Luggy has been at pains to point out to Chief O'Halloran that he is still very much in the frame. Given Toshs performances recently thats not too difficult.
March 2nd- All of Saints allocation of tickets for the trip to Hell on Saturday have been sold out so if you've no ticket yet you'll have to make do with the Chick Young inaccuracies on the telly.
March 1st- Rumoured signing target Scott Wilson of TFOD has formally asked for a transfer according to the Hunday Mason. Reports are that QPR and Huddersfield are favourites to land the defender.
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February 28th- Saints came back from behind to earn a well-deserved draw against Utd although again we suffered from a poor opening half. Better news was the form of new signing Gerry McMahon and the return to first-team action for Phizzy Scott.
February 27th- No major injury
worries for the weekend. Gerry McMahon is expected to make his debut
although both him and Xausa will miss out on next weeks cup-tie.
The squad were due at McD today for a talk-in in a bidto find a psychologial solution to the bad form - a kick up the arse might be more useful.
26th- Gerard McMahon put pen to paper on a 2 1/2 year deal with
Saints today following his £85,000 move from Stoke. If we're really
lucky he'll turn into a winger that can run against defenders rather than
the waste of space impersonating a left winger in the team just now.
No surprises in the media today with the Sun and Courier being the only paper to mention Saints penalty claims. Congratulations to the latter for referring to Il Biscotti as "ex-Dundee Utd star" - nothing like dragging up past indiscretions for the Premier Leagues best left-back.
There is some good news with the Arabs coming to Perth on Saturday without Olaffson and McSwegan who are both out injured.
It looks like the Jambos match at Tynecastle will be an all-ticket affair thanks to the Gorgie unwashed still not losing their bottle. Mind you a lot can change in 6 weeks.
February 25th- Gary Bollans
injury is only sever bruising to the foot and not as serious as first
thought. Main is rated "very, very doubtful" for tonights match
but Preston and Jenko should play. Phizzy will miss out tho.
Saints won't be signing any of the Argentinian trialists after it was revealed that their agent rejected the proposed loan move.
On the park things get worse as the team falls to a 2-1 defeat at Motherwell with Kernaghan red-carded and set to miss Saturdays Tayside derby. One small glimmer of hope was the promising debut performance from Davide Xausa.
24th- Things have moved fast on the signing front with one definite
signing and another only to sort out personal terms. Firstly we've signed
Canadian striker Davide Xausa (right) until the end of the season. The
player was on trial at Stoke but apart from that nothing is known about
him. Saints are also discussing personal terms with another Stoke player.
Both clubs have agreed a fee of £85,000 for the Northern Ireland
winger who's had a spell at Spurs in the past. See
here for more details.
Of the Argentinians, El Luggino seems set to sign Dos Reis and Pablo Modica (a 6ft 2 winger on trial last week) on loan until the end of the season with a permanent deal dependent on how the adapt to the Scottish game. Striker Martin Gomez seems set to lose out as Luggy feels he is not experienced enough. Also set to be rejected is the mystery Dutch striker Luggy watched last week, with the Saints manager believing that the player is too young. More continental trips are planned as the Great Striker Search continues.
Sturrock has read the riot act to the players after last Saturday's defeat to Aberdeen with the promise that there will be changes made if players don't shape up against Motherwell. He's also relaxing the training regime to one session per day in an effort to remove the staleness affecting the side - although some might say that a kick up the arse is what the side needs. One player set to miss the Fir Park trip is new signing Gary Bollan who injured his foot last night against the Aberdeen reserves.
Other injury worrier include Jenko and Preston who both picked up knocks at the weekend. Midfielder Philip Scott seems set to miss out and Jesus is rated at only 50-50. With Thomas Andersson still missing thanks to a neck injury and Weir needing treatment we dont have our worries to seek.
February 23rd- According to the
Sun and Record today Saints are lining up 4 possible signings this week.
As well as the 2 Argentinian trialists (who Luggy still thinks are short
of match fitness), Saints have made enquiries about the availability of
Rangers Youth Policy Scott Wilson (apparently a good defender) and
possibly and unnamed striker from Holland who Luggy watched in a match
last week (although going by past experience and a certain Gavin "International
Man Of Mystery" Price we perhaps shouldn't get our hopes up.
Despite a performance worthy of international recognition by Il Biscotti on Saturday, he may not face Motherwell due to an ankle injury picked up in the match against the Sheep. Still at least that means an easier debut for Bollan than if Biscuits had been dropped instead.
February 22nd- More transfer
rumours with the News of the World linking Saints with Rangers defender
An e-mail campaign has been started to get Il Biscotti picked for Scotland - send your voices of support to email@example.com More details are on the BLUE HEAVEN web pages.
21st- Saints continue their exciting form from last week which ends
up in a home defeat to Aberdeen thanks
to a Billy Dodds goal for the Pittodrie side. The match also sees Alan
Main miss out thanks to injury and possibly the worst midfield
performances of the season.
In his after-match comments, El Luggino hit out at the lack of effort and admitted they had "got what they deserved". Any chance of a striker then?
More news on the 2 Argentinial trialists - Martin Gomez (far right) is an 18 yr old striker from Independiente and Pablo Dos Reis a 20-yr old attacking midfielder from River Plate, described by Sloop as being like Liam Brady with a "wonderful left foot". Neither can speak English but Saints seem set to offer them terms to stay in Scotland.
February 20th- The Gary Bollan
deal was completed today with the Rangers reserve moving to Perth for
£100,000. The papers also report that El Luggino is set to move for
Dos Rais and possibly Gomez but any deal will have to wait until he
returns from a Dutch scouting trip this week where he was looking at 5
For tomorrows visit of Aberdeen, Saints have doubts over McQuillan (flu) and Main (late fitness test). Scott and Kernaghan have both trained and are expected to make the starting line-up with Bollan a possible starter as well. Attila looks set for a place on the bench.
February 19th- Both Dos Rais and
Martine Gomez (18) gave good accounts of themselves in yesterdays bounce
game v Raith and Luggy is now opening talks with their agents to see
transfer prices etc. Attila also managed to come through the 90 minutes ok
and is in contention for a first team spot next week.
Gary Bollan has not completed his move to Perth and the transfer is still apparently at the negotiation stage, although TFOD have agreed a price.
18th- Oh well the first £125,000 of Callums fee has been
spent securing the services of Hun reserve Garry Bollan (right). Hmm
ex-Arab, ex-Hun and he turned us down once before - methinks the boo boys
have a new target.
Things are getting back to normal with an injury crisis at Saints. With Thomas Andersson, Roddy Grant, Philip Scott, Alan Kernaghan, Jim Weir and Alan Main all recieving treatment, Saints also have McCluskey and Robertson at a Scotland U-21 meet and Attila, Farquhar and Danny all missing. Luggy scrapped yesterday afternoons training session and all todays. A bounce game has been set up for the reserves today following the postponement on the reserve match v Motherwell last night, in an attempt to evaluate the Argentinian trialists more with dos Rais looking the best bet for signing.
Luggy has also started contract talks with Jenko, Danny, Dasovic, Kernaghan, Attila, Wright and Andersson although the last 3 must be doubtful for any real extensions (with the possible exception of Andersson who we still have to see play properly).
February 17th- Thanks to the
crap state of Brockville the cup quarter-final looks set to be all-ticket
with Saints receiving 1400 out of the 5200 allocation.
The Argentinian youngsters will be kept at McDairmid all week to see how they fare with Luggy definitely interested in Dos Rais, described as an attacking midfielder.
Jesus, Weir and Father Dougal have all reported injuries after the Stirling match but only Weir is giving any concern with a calf-strain preventing him from training.
February 16th- More signings are
promised before the end of the season with El Luggino looking to sign a
forward. One possible signing according to the Sun is Argentinian
midfielder Pablo Dos Rais from River Plate. The 20-yr old midfielder was
one of the trialists at Celtic recently and lately at Man City. Both he
and countryman Pablo Modica played for Saints against Forfar in last weeks
closed-doors match and apparently gave a good display of themselves. See
here for more details.
Rumoured target Jamie McQuilken seems to be a non-starter with he Hibs defender set for a move to England.
Staircase has been in the paper as well commenting on the Falkirk v Saints tie and how he won't be one to hold a grudge come matchday. So why do I get the feeling the "Geoff Brown is the AntiChrist" brigade will be all over the papers again ??
February 15th- Little news in the papers today - Sunday Mail has the traditional rehash of Saints going for ex-Arab and current TFOD-disciple Gary Bollan. As if he could hope to replace the mighty Il Biscotti.
February 14th- There will be no
move by Saints for Barnet's Sean Devine - El Luggino reckons £500,000
is too much to gamble on an untried striker. Oh well there goes the Loaded
On the park Saints staggered on to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Stirling with Nick Dasovic getting his first goal for the club. It was also the final appearance of Callum Davison at McDiarmid as he was presented before the match (well until we get Rovers in the UEFA Cup next year).
The draw for the Scottish Cup quarter finals sees Saints away to Falkirk which means another delightful trip to the homely atmosphere of the Brockville ruins and a chance to put another one over on "Staircase" Totten.
February 13th- More on the
Davidson transfer with the news that there is a clause in his contract
which sees Saints pick up £50,000 per cap up to a maximum of 5 -
making a final total of £2m given that Pa Broon might show some
sense this summer. Callum will be paraded on the pitch before the cup-tie
tomorrow to allow the Saints fans to thank him properly for proving to Mr.
Totten that playing youngsters in a first team can pay dividends.
Geoff Brown has stated that most of the transfer fee will be spent on upgrading McDiarmids facilities with undersoil heating, a new Astroturf covering on the training pitch and £400,000 of other improvements set to be worked on in the coming months.
Saints are also set to offer Danny Griffin a new 3-year contract and the player is quoted in the P.A. as being set to put pen to paper soon.
There are several injury worries for the weekend with Main (shoulder), Legend (groin) and Phizzy (ankle) all rated as doubtful for the match against Stirling who have Carberry and Bone as doubts. Still with Charlie Nicholas tipping us to win the Cup surely we can't lose.
February 12th- Blackburn boss
Roy Hodgson has hit out at Saints saying that Callums hamstring injury was
badly treated and Saints rushed the player into a comeback. Meanwhile Pa
Broon has called Callum up into the Scotland 'B' squad for the upcoming
matches. Pity he didn't do it whilst the player wasn't a part of the
Latest name for Saints to be linked with is Hibs 27th-choice left-back Jamie McQuilken. Report was in the Sun so treat it the same as the rest.
Scotsman reported what Saints have always known - Scumdees full of bastards. Apparently a survey from 1996 said that 51% of all births in the city were illegitimate. So next time you're shouting abuse at them you're probably 51% right.
11th- With the money coming in from Callum's sale (hes apparently
on a 6 and a half year deal) it's no real surprise that Saints have been
linked with several deals. Top of the list in most papers is yet another
move for Airdries Paddy Connolly with £300,000 being mentioned as a
possible fee. However, with the player and club denying this and given the
past refusals to join Saints don't expect anything to come of this. One
other player mentioned is striker Sean Devine (see ugly bloke on the
right) of Barnet but a rumoured fee of around £500,000 will most
likely put the shutters on that. From a scan of the Barnet WWW pages hes a
fairly prolific goalscorer aged 25 whos played for Millwall and non-league
Fisher Athletic. He's scored 13 goals so far this season.
Congratulations to the Waily Retard for dragging Alex Totten out for his traditional "I started Saints youth policy" article. Very predictable and sad.
Of the players still at McDiarmid Jenko and Dasovic missed training yesterday with 'flu. Attila continued his comeback with the Killie reserve match and is being pencilled in to play in a closed-doors match tomorrow with a possible return for the cup-tie on Saturday.
Georgio appears to be impressing new N. Ireland manager Lawrie McMenemy with the striker featuring from the start in tonights team to play the Republic in the 'B' international and scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win. The Republic side contained the rumoured target striker for Saints Sean Devine of Barnet.
10th- Callum Davison has signed for Blackburn Rovers in a £1.75
million move making him by far Saints record transfer. He drove south with
Luggy yesterday with the Lancashire club believed to be offering him a
5-year deal worth £300,000 per annum. From reports in the Sun and
Record it seems that only the medical was going to stop the transfer going
ahead and this was a formality, despite the players hamstring injury
keeping him out of Saints last match. Whilst he'll be missed at Saints its
good to see him going to the Premiership rather than the dead-end Govan
wasteland. What's the betting for an international call-up now hes no
longer at Saints ?
On the international scene Georgio has flown out to join the N.Ireland 'B' squad for their match on Wednesday with the Republic of Ireland
Saints reserves managed a draw against Kilmarnock last night with the only casualty being Fyndnet who's now suffering from a groin injury. Apart from that there are no injury problems in the squad excluding long-term victims Danny and Farquhar.
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February 7th- It looks like the
price to pay for keeping Sloop and Luggy at McDiarmid will be the loss of
Callum Davison sooner rather than later to put money in the bank. Rumour
has it that "Monkey" will sign for a Premiership club within the
next fortnight as soon as he has recovered from injury - still a fee of
around £1m should see Saints comfortably off with plenty of money in
Meanwhile on the park things get back to normal with a 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock thanks to a 92nd minute 25-yard shot from Reilly. Still Luggy wasnt well so missed the afternoons boredom.
6th- No real news on the team front - Davison and Dino will
definitely miss out but there is enough depth in the squad to cope with
Plenty of coverage in the media today about Luggys new 500,000 4-year contract with 2-page spreads in the Sun, Record and Star. And amazingly enough no sign of the reporters who on Wednesday had Luggy all but managing Hibs. Georgio also got his quotes in describing how Luggy spoke to the players yesterday morning about the Kilmarnock match and then added "by the way, me and John are staying". O'Boyle is now looking towards Europe next season - by my reckoning a 4th place finish and TFOD, Celtic, Saints or Jambos to win the cup and we're in Europe !!!!
On the transfer front, any chance of ex-Don Scott Booth making a return to Scottish football bit the dust when Borussia Dortmund loaned him out to Utrecht till the end of the season.
February 5th- Saints finally
ended the gossip at a 12.30 press conference at McD where El Luggino and
Sloop Blackley signed new 4 and 3 year contracts to keep them at Saints
till 2002. Chairman Geoff Brown revealed that the new deal had been
verbally agreed on Saturday after the TFOD victory and he was "delighted"
as securing Luggys services.
As for all the media talk (step forward the Sun and Evening News), thats all it was. Luggy was not "up all night making the decision" nor were "the players expecting him to resign". He was only aware of an approach by Hibs on Tuesday and hadn't even spoken to the Easter Rd club.
Saints also received the Bells manager of the month award for January today with Sturrock sharing it with John Blackley. With Saints sitting at 4th in the league, Luggy admitted it was a "dizzy height" but that over the next 3 years Saints grew accustomed to it !!!
Personally I'm glad the worry is all over - lets face it who could replace him ??
On the park, Dino has suffered no reaction to Tuesdays reserve match at Ibrox and with a reserve game against Killie lined up for Tuesday, he should make the first team squad for the Stirling cup-tie a week on Saturday.
4th- Theres still media speculation about Luggy going to hibs with
both the Sun and Retard reckoning on the 41-yr old manager moving. However
after talks last night with Saints chairman Geoff Brown and Stewart Duff,
it still seems likely that El Luggino will remain to lead us into Europe.
According to Reporting Scotland tonight the 18 month remaining on El Lugginos contract is to be scrapped and tomorrow he'll sign a new 4 year deal keeping him at McD until 2002 !!!!!
Having said all that, a definitive statement from either manager or club could end the speculation once and for all and let the players and fans concentrate on the next match.
Meanwhile on the pitch, Saints reserves went down 3-0 at Ibrox to the junior Satans Henchmen with a crowd of 7000 watch the exciting novelty of Seb Rosenthal play a second-half against Saints. For us, Attila played his first full match in months and is on target for a return to the first team squad for the cup-tie on the 14th. Callum Davison and Fyndnet seem certain to miss out this Saturday though thanks to hamstring and neck injuries respectively.
El Luggino meanwhile was at Dingwall to watch Ross County beat Airdrie in the cup with the Paddy Connolly transfer move rumour starting up again in the tabloids. Other rumours have us signing Hibs' Stevie Crawford if they're relegated and Borussia Dortmund reject Scott Booth with the latter willing to take a large cut in wages for first team football.
February 3rd- Speculation over
the vacant Hibs managers post continues with the Sun today saying that
Luggy is the front runner. Other papers seem content to speculate on the
short-list and latest betting seems to favour Tommy Burns. Sturrock was
quoted on Reporting Scotland tonight as merely saying "Theres a
job to be done at McDiarmid" which hopefully will end any
Newcastle seem set to opt out of the scouting competition for Callum Davison with the news today that they will sign Aberdeen left-back Stephen Glass.
February 2nd- With Hibs finally sacking Slaphead Duffy, the rumour machine has swung into action and El Luggino has been named by all the media pundits as one of the front runners for the job. This is of course assuming that Hibs can afford the considerable compensation it would require for Saints to release him from the remainder of his contract. Also that El Luggino would even contemplate a move to a bottom of the table club. Other names being mentioned are Tommy Burns, Davie Hay and Steve Archibald.
February 1st- Latest scout list for yesterdays win over TFOD lists Spurs, Blackburn, Leeds, Aston Villa and Wolves as being represented at McDiarmid. In addition the Sunday Mail reports that Liverpool are preparing a move for Callum Davison.
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January 31st- Well God finally
decided to allow Saints a well-deserved win over TFOD - crap we
gubbed TFOD in front of a sell-out
crowd (although the away support stuck to their ancient tradition of
leaving 15 mins before the end).
Chairman Geoff Brown has denied that any firm offers have been made for any player - with Spurs the latest candidates in the chase for Davison. Well he wont be wanting a move to the Euro-rejects at Ibrox anyway.
30th- Both Callum Davison and Nick Dasovic are set to return to the
Saints side tomorrow. For TFOD, Chief Scruffy Diver Negri is not expected
to play and Arab-reject Cleland is suspended. Rino "the Thug"
Gattuso is on international duty (probably doing the Mafia hitman bit).
The usual pre-OF match transfer stories are on the go with the Sun reporting that TFOD have been involved in talks all week with Saints about signing "ex-Stenhousemuir" player Davison - make of that what you want but its another good Media Falsehood.
Luggy has made the usual error of pointing out that the first half-hour will be the most important thereby setting Saints up to be 2-0 down after 10 minutes. Still hes asking for self-belief from the players in an effort to complete and OF double and beat TFOD for the first time in 26 years. Not asking much eh?
Meanwhile the use of the legendary Blow-Up Blobby (see right) should see the game go ahead.
Nick Dasovic has opened talks with Saints about extending his contract with the club - heres hoping he can be persuaded to stay.
January 29th- Georgio has been
given a call-up to the N. Ireland 'B' International squad for the friendly
against the Republic on February 11th.
The Balloons has arrived at Perth (no not that balloon the fat Geordie doesnt arrive till Saturday). The Turfdome will be down to protect the pitch until Saturday morning but with the cold weather currently in effect, thus will be its toughest test of a Scottish winter. The weather also put paid to Saints reserve match this afternoon against TFOD.
January 28th-Saints have been
hampered by the weather this week and have only been able to train indoors
or on the McD Astroturf. However both Davison and Dazza have come through
their training sessions without reaction so should be safe for Saturday.
Meanwhile Leek Jenkinson is "wrapping himself in cotton wool" in an attempt to avoid any risk of injury to enable him to play his first match against TFOD. That's assuming he gets picked of course.
January 26th- Both Callum Davison (hamstring) and Nick Dasovic (groin) were rested on Saturday but will be available for the visit of the Wegie Unwashed this weekend.
24th- Jim Weir (right) did his bit to help advance Saints to the
4th round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup as we struggled to a
1-0 win over Partick Thistle. Even El
Luggino was not available for comment - the Radio Scotland interview with
Alan Main indicated that the manager had not even turned up in the
dressing room after the match - methinks a bollocking will be in order
In other ties Hibs and Aberdeen were knocked out and ex-Saint Ian Ferguson scored a hat-trick for Ayr in their win over Alloa. TFOD advanced thanks to an injury-time winner over Hamilton and Celtic beat Morton 2-0.
The 4th round draw was made on Sportscene and sees Saints get the chance for another almighty cock-up as they take on Stirling Albion at home on Feb 14th. Still I suppose theres no danger of it being live on TV.
January 23rd- Saints seem set to be without Callum tomorrow as the player is rated doubtful for the cup-tie. This probably means a left-back return for Il Biscotti.
January 22nd- Saints commitment
to youth policy has continued with the signing of 15yr old Aaaron Lofting
(guess what his nickname will be?) from St Madoes. The player has already
turned out for the Saints U-18 side.
Latest rumours from the Ground That is Holy say that the rumoured £1.5m bid for Callum from the Arse may not even be enough for Saints to want to part with the star - with Davidson under contract for another 18 months Saints seem willing to wait for the bids to increase.
Meanwhile the visit of TFOD next Saturday looks set to be a sell-out. Saints are taking delivery of the protective balloon next week to ensure that the match goes ahead.
January 21st- Arsenal are set to make a £1.5m bis for Callum according to the Waily Retard. Their chief scout Steve Powey who has watched Davidson 3 times has recommended to Arsenal that they buy the 21yr old. Whether there is any truth in these stories or whether its a pathetic attempt to wind up the Saints before they play Glasgows 3rd "biggest" club on Saturday remains to be seen.
20th- Youth team striker Charlie King (right) has been loaned out
to Ross County in an effort to give him more first-team action. Whether
this means a reduced hope of seeing the next generation of Saints
youngsters getting their chance this season to gub Gazza remains to be
seen. He will still train with Saints but is expected to turn out for the
Dingwall team at weekends.
Callum Davison received treatment yesterday for his hamstring injury and is expected back for the next Saints league match on the 31st, with a possible early return in the cup-tie on Saturday. Meanwhile Thomas Andersson and Tommy Wright have been pencilled in for extra training to gtet them back to peak fitness.
El Luggino has predicted Saints need another 4 wins to be safe this season with last seasons bottom two struggling on 38 points.
Stuart Duff has been full of praise for "Hibs allowing the away support to shelter in the top tier of the stand at Easter Rd". Whilst this is a good way of annoying the tinks from Gorgie even more its pretty obvious he wasn't in the stand to see the wonderful degree of 'shelter' that we had.
Last nights reserve match v Hibs was postponed due to the weather.
January 18th- Callum Davidson is
out with a hamstring injury but is expected to return to the Saints side
for the game against TFOD on the 31st. He was only being watched by
Blackburn Rovers and the Sheffield clubs again.
Ex-Saintee Kevin "Legs" Twaddle has left Raith for Morton on a reported £150,000 transfer !!!!!!
January 17th- A hard-fought match in atrocious conditions (for both players and fans) sees Saints beat Hibs 1-0 thanks to a header from supersub Roddy Grant.
January 16th- Luggy is quoted in
today's PA as saying he plans to install a pre-recorded tape at McD to
fend off the media looking for Saints selling any players. As yet, no firm
offers have been received for any of the Saints youngsters.
John Yughes is ruled out of tomorrows Hibs side.
January 15th- Danny Griffin
underwent his hernia op yesterday and Gary Farquhar is scheduled for his
op tomorrow. Both players will be out for 3 months and one month
respectively. Meanwhile the club are waiting on a specialists report on
Better news for Alan Main and Leek - both should be fit and available for Saturday but given the performance of Il Biscotti in midweek its unlikely that Jenko will do better than a spot on the bench.
Hibs injuries improving and the Dundonian reject twins of Brian "Neighbourly" Welsh and Paul "not Steve" Tosh are both expected to be available.
January 14th- More post-Sky news
with Leeds definitely in the market for some Scottish players - just who
depends on the paper you read. Sun says a £2.5m bid for Callum and
Phizzy is on the cards whilst the Record reckons its 800,000 for Jambos'
Colin Cameron and the Courier Stephen Glass.
Alan Main and Tommy Wright are both on the treatment table ahead of the trip to Easter Rd with Main suffering from a groin injury and Wolf, a wrenched knee (probably caused by standing on one of Hamiltons ribs).
Alex Cleland of TFOD has picked up a 2-match suspension ruling him out of the game v Saints at the end of the month.
And finally something cheery as ex-Saintee Blobby Rhodes is in trouble with the FA. The fat git, currently playing with English 3rd division side Scarborough (good chance of a cap there then), has been reported for making racist remarks to Cambridge Utds coloured striker in a match. He's denied this and is being backed by his manager who said "Andys old enough and wise enough and too professional to do anything silly like that". Two words "Rolex watch" spring to my mind.
January 13th- In the aftermath
of the Sky match last night, the full line-up of scouts watching Davison
can be revealed. As well as Wally Smith, Kenny Dalglish and Chris McMenemy
(Newcastle Chief Scout), Don Mackay (Arsenal) and David O'Leary / Eddie
Gray (Leeds) took in the game, along with reps from both Sheffield clubs,
Wolves and Man. City. Latest valuation on Davison is £3 million !!!!
Craig Brown was also there as part of his Sky commentators role (not as
certain parts of the media would have you believe to watch Neil McCann !!!
Take a bow Forth FM).
With the attendance last night a disappointing 5404, Stewart Duff has hit out at Hearts Chairman Chris 'OF Arse-licker' Robinsons insistence on making the match all-ticket having promised a 5-6000 travelling Jambo support. In fact only 1308 of the tinks could be bothered to leave their slums for the magnificence of Perth. Maybe they're all waiting on the bottle to go as well.
Congratulations also to the SUN newspaper for 2 of the worst media falsehoods of the season in Rodger (the Hun) Baillies match report. I mean who else could get the ref in the Celtic cup-tie in August wrong !!!!! Purely because of this incompetence and in an effort to remain unbiased between the two Glasgow tabloids, the SUN and News of the Screws will now be treated separately in the Falsehoods page.
January 12th- More injury
worries ahead of tonight's match with Main suffering from a groin injury
and Tomas Anderssen doubtful with an ankle injury. Possibly of more worry
is the fact that the meedja have picked up on the trivia that Saints have
never won a game in front of Sky's cameras. Oh well.
(midnight) - As expected Saints go down fighting 2-3 to the Hearts in an excellent game. Still at least we're still 5th.
TFOD Chief Demon Smith is at McD tonight as well as Pars coaches Dick Campbell and Jimmy Bone. Guess which one is more likely to spend dosh ?
January 11th- News of the World reports that TFOD Asst Demon Archie Knox was at McD on Friday night in talks about signing "£1.5m rated defender" Callum Davison. However the same paper repeats the Chief Demons statement that TFOD will not sign any new players until his successor agrees to it.
January 10th- Saints played a
closed-doors match v Ayr on Friday with Georgio and Del both taking part.
Missing however was Jenko who picked up a thigh strain in training on
Thursday. He still hopes to make the televised match on Monday night.
With Dundee Utd and Kilmarnock only drawing it leaves Saints 1 point clear in 5th and sure of 4th spot providing they win on Monday night.
9th- With Callum Davison picking up his award for Bells Young
Player of the Month for December (right), Saints were rocked with another
injury blow as central defender Danny Griffin was ruled out for 3 months.
He requires a double hernia op. One bright point though, is that with his
contract up in the summer , it is unlikely that we'll see the media hype
that surrounds Saints other starlets. It also means that Stuart McCluskey
and andy Whiteford will get a chance to push for a first-team slot.
Also out for another 4 months (although given El Lugginos first team choices he wouldnt affect things), is Gary Farquhar who will have a cartilage op next week in an effort to cure his recurrent knee problems.
January 8th- Jenkos quoted in
todays Sun as pleading with El Luggino for a game to get back into the
team. With his contract up for renewal in the summer and the arrival of
Wolf and Mr T. it will prove a lot harder for the Yorkshireman to get
On the injury front, John O'Neill is fit for Monday night whilst Georgio will have his fitness assessed over the next few days. Whether Luggy decides to change the team is another matter. One expected spectator on Monday night will be TFOD manager Wally Smiff - so no doubt a warm reception will await him.
January 7th- Saints are to hire
out the protective balloon for the McDiarmid pitch to ensure that Monday
night's TV match goes ahead. The balloon was used to great effect last
year but Saints have held off on buying it since the new Premiership
proposals might insist on undersoil heating.
Geoff Brown has hit out at the transfer speculation surrounding Davison stating that no firm offers have been received. Leeds are the latest club reported to be after the youngster with their chief scout having also taken in the Pars match. Meanwhile the Courier reports that TFOD may be willing to offer Saints signing target Gary Bollan and a 7-figure sum to secure Davisons signature. Well all I can say is that if they're offering Bollan they'd better make it £5 million.
On the subject of Saints signing targets Ceefax reported that a certain dog-loving Swedish Judas false prophet git by the name of Carlstrand is coming over for a weeks trial with Leicester. I wonder if anyones told him that England has the same quarantine laws?
Attilla is to see another specialist in a bid to cure his sciatica.
January 6th- Big report on the
back page of the Sun today says that TFOD have had their chief scout at
Saints' last 2 matches watching Callum Davison and the Ibrox Tinks are
preparing a £1m bid. However no word of a bid is in the other papers
(although the scout report is true) so it could all be taken with a pinch
of salt. Either way, the player will not leave McD for less than a
million, easily breaking the previous transfer record for Billy Dodds in
Last nights reserve match against the Pars was postponed. Two French trialists were being lined up by Saints.
January 5th- Usual burst of pos-match quotes in the paper with the pick of the bunch being Kane saying that Saints will "no longer be happy with survival - we want 4th place". Meanwhile the relegation fear for this season seems set to vanish with reports of a planned 12-team Premiership next season, with 2 teams coming up from the 1st Division. No doubt this will piss off the Forces of Darkness and Evil since more games leaves little room for the glamour pre-season tournaments.
January 4th- Congratulations to
Callum Davison for being voted Bells Young Player of the Month for
John ONeil and Georgio were both rested yesterday due to injury but will be available for the Jambos match on the 12th.
3rd- Well no 7-2 drubbing this year but Saints win the derby
Saints win the derby and move up to 5th
in the league.
The draw for the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup sees Saints playing host to Glasgows 3rd club (ie the one going bust), Partick Thistle. Still at least we managed to avoid St***ou**m**r and the other bogey teams. The tie will be played on Saturday January 24th. Somehow I doubt if it will be all-ticket.
Saints new all-star strikeforce (right) of Georgio, Roddy and Mr T will be hoping to get amongst the goals.
January 2nd- Georgio is rated
doubtful for tomorrows match due to his knee injury. Thomas will play
Draw for the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup will be made on Sportscene on Saturday night 10.50 on BBC1.
January 1st- Thomas Andersson looks set to make his debut for Saints at East End Park tomorrow after recovering from the Arab Scum Sabotage attempt (ie Magnus Skoldmarks Xmas cooking). His wife and kid fly over next week to move into a flat in Perth.
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