Temple Of Saints

The Surreal World of the Prospective Saintee and ex-Saintee........Season 2000-2001.

This page lists the details of those professionals who have been deemed possible disciples at McDiarmid (as inspired by the Great Striker Search of 97) but then vanished into the Twilight Zone of the Trialist. Also we look at the myriad of players the media have linked us with and the various transfer rumours which abound in the media (usually after we play the Old Firm) of players leaving the Hallowed Halls of Saintdom.
Previous details can be found here., here. and here.

If anyone has any more info / data on the players listed below (or names of new entries) e-mail me at webmaster@grange.demon.co.uk

Trialists - Check the names and excuses from the Great Saintee Search as St. Sandy builds up his Air Miles Collection and contributes to the Perth Hotel trade.

Who wants to be a Saintee - They might never have worn the top but they're still part of the Great Search (even if it does include Barry Bloody Lavety for the nth time).

Leaving Rumours - Who's set to leave (or would have left if the papers had their way).


Who ? Where Did This One Come From ? So What Happened? End Result?
Mohammed Sylla Mohammed Sylla Le Havre / Le Mans A 23-yr old French-Ghanian defender brought over on 11/07/00. Has experience of French 1st and 2nd Division football and is available under Bosman.
13/07/00 - Might be French Guyanan. He's in line to play against Norwich this weekend tho.
15/07/00- MoM against Norwich and we can only hope St. Sandy signs him. Some information in that he's played for both Le Havre and Le Mans.
16/07/00 - Sandy's speaking to his agent. Rumour is now that he's called Mohammed and comes from the Ivory Coast.
17/07/00 - Ivory Coast location confirmed and he's now been outed as Mohammed Sylla.
18/07/00 - Nobody knows where he's from but talks have started on a deal.
Signed on 19/07/00 after passing a medical. Hes actually a Guinean raised in France. Confused? You will be.
Became a Saintee!!
No picture available Laurent Grimaud France? French midfielder brought over on trial on 16/08/00. Due to play in a closed doors game on 16/08. He's 24. Not Good Enough
Nicolas Ouedec Nicolas Ouedec Nantes? Shh...this one is Top Secret apparently with nobody at the club admitting that he was there from 16/08/00. Even the name is just a rumour but if it is M. Ouedec then he's a 29-yr old striker who's played for Nantes, Barcelona and PSG. Rubbish
No picture available Monsieur X France Full back who played as right back in the 0-0 Hibs U-21 game on 02/10/00. Ongoing
Sean Evers Sean Evers Reading 23-yr old attacking midfielder who cost the Royals £500,000 in March 1999. Out of favour and linked with a loan / trial move to Perth on 10/10/2000.
Played in a bounce game on 10/10 and Saints hope to sign him on loan until the end of the season.
13/10/00 - signed a 3-month loan deal.
Became a (Temporary) Saintee!!
Mark Watson Mark Watson Oldham 30-yr old Canadian defender who played for the U-21s on 06/11/00. Here for a week. 6ft tall with 63 caps for his country. Not Good Enough
Tommi Kautonen Tommi Kautonen Vaasa 28-yr old defender / winger who played for Saints U21s in a trial against Sellik on 13/11/2000. Available on a free transfer if he impresses.
Headed home after a fortnight but future "business might be done" according to the manager.
Monsieur 4 Monsieur 4 France / Switzerland Trialist midfielder (wore the no 4 shirt) who played for about 70 minutes of the Allan Preston Testimonial
Nothing known except that he may be Swiss and may have played for AS Cannes. Went home on 25/03/01 but may be back over the summer.
Monsieur 8 Monsieur 8 France Trialist midfielder (wore the no 8 shirt) who played for the first half of the Allan Preston Testimonial. Looked fairly fast with some good ball skills.
Went home on 25/03/01 - unlikelyt to return.

Signing Targets

Target Who is He ? Background End Result ?
Ross McLaren Ross McLaren Hamilton defender 18-yr old linked with a possible move to Saints or Dundee Utd in the Sun on 06/06/2000.
Confirmed by the club on 07/06/00 - a possible Bosman move is on the cards.
07/07/00 - the player would have signed but a back injury means he's out until October so any deal is on ice until then.
Gordon Connelly Gordon Connelly Southend defender Ex-Airdrie player linked with Saints in a Record report on 06/06/2000. Stoke are also interested and the player has already said he wants to stay in England - We've been linked with this dud before.
Denied by the club on 07/06/00
Pat McGibbon Pat McGibbon Wigan Athletic Sun report on 30/06/00 links Saints with a move for the N Ireland internationalist although both Swindon and Bournemouth are also interested. He's 6ft 2 and 26-yr old. Played for Man Utd originally.
Story said to be "rubbish" by Sandy Clark.
Paul Hartley Paul Hartley Hibs Ex-Raith and Hibs midfielder/winger who is linked with Saints at start of July 2000. Turned us down when he went from Raith to Hibs.
Courier on 03/07 said that a £200,000 fee had been agreed.
Became a Saintee!!
Gary Locke Gary Locke Jambos 25-yr old defender linked with Saints in a Radio Forth report on 10/07/00. Played under Sandy at Hearts in the youth team but given his die-hard Jambo image it's hard to see how he'll be desperate to play for Saints. Rubbish
Stephen Boyack Stephen Boyack Dundee 24-yr old ex-Rangers defender linked with Saints on 04/08/00 in a possible £250,000 move. Rubbish
No picture available Eric Tarborda Clydebank Trialist Retard report on 07/08/00 says we'll be watching this French midfielder. Rubbish
Burton O'Brien Burton O'Brien Blackburn Ex-St. Mirren midfielder linked in Sun reports on 05/10/2000. A possible trial at McD looms.
06/10/00- denied by St. Sandy.
20/01/01 - resurfaced in the papers with Saints, Well and the Arabs all interested in the 19-yr old.
Andy Dow Andy Dow Sheep Grapevine rumours in Dec 2000 have him targeted for a move to Saints at the end of the season.
Turned down a move to Saints in March 2001 where he would have moved as part of an exchange for Bollan.
After Aberdeen put him on the transfer list he's been linked with us again in May.
Nae Chance
No picture available Paul Sheerin Caley Thistle Midfielder rumoured to be interesting Saints in the Retard report on Jan 6 2001.
Denied by Saints in May - he signed for Ayr Utd
Scott Dobie Scott Dobie Carlisle 21-yr old striker with 24 goals in 90 games. Priced around the 1/4 million mark. Rumour surfaced of Saints' interest on the grapevine in early Feb 2001. Rubbish
Paul Bernard Paul Bernard Aberdeen Former £1m-rated midfielder whose form of late has meant that the Sheep are willing to let him go on a free.
Linked with Saints in a Sunday Mail report on 11/03/01.
No picture Available Davie Nicholls Falkirk Bairns skipper rumoured to be the target of a pre-deadline bid by Saints in March 2001. 28-yr old he's a midfielder.
No picture Available Adam Proudlock Wolves Young striker who impressed on loan to Clyde last season. Rumoured to be watched by St. Sandy in April 2001. Vague Rumour
Layton Maxwell Layton Maxwell Liverpool / Stockport Welsh U-21 midfielder on loan from Liverpool to Stockport. St. Sandy rumoured to have watched him in action for Stockport reserves in April 2001. Born 3/10/79 he's 5ft 8 and described on the official Liverpool site as "the new Sammy Lee"
10/05/01 - came to Perth for a 2-day trial.
No picture Available Peter McDonald Rangers Reserve striker - linked with Saint in report on 13/05/01 but a rumoured £100,000 asking price is believed to be too much for Saints.
No picture Available Davie McFarlane Hamilton 22-yr old striker linked with Saints in a Retard report on 31/05/01.

Leaving Tales

Player Off To ? The Truth Has He Gone Yet ??
Kieran McAnespie Kieran McAnespie Fulham More than likely with the player unwilling to sign a new deal at Perth.
Signed on 08/08/00 for £80,000
Paddy Connolly Paddy Connolly Ayr Another loan spell for Paddy started at the end of Aug 2000 with a view to a permanent move.
Returned a month later and with the striking crisis at Saints finds himself in the first team.
May 2001 and despite a new contract offer rumours of a move to Plymouth.
Craig Russell Craig Russell Notts County Notts fan site messageboard rumour - no mention anywhere else. Nope
Kiegan Parker Kiegan Parker Everton, Celtic A cracking 2000-01 season so far means the tabloids are sniffing. 04/12/00 report from Dens mentioned Walter Smith was at the game....etc etc etc
One week later and it's TFOE who are interested - again denied.
Gary Bollan Gary Bollan Hearts, Killie, Livingstone Out of contract at the end of the season and reports in the papers in December say he's signing a pre-contract agreement with Hearts on Jan 1st. Saints have denied reports of any bid being received.
Eventually signed for the Gorgie Gits on 30/03/01 for a nominal fee but failed a medical. Expected to fuck off in the summer.
Latest in the list of people he'll fuck off to is Livingston - SPL whipping boys for 2001-2002
Going Soon
Nathan Lowndes Nathan Lowndes Aberdeen, Livingston Scotsman Report on 21/04/01 links the Sheep with a move for him.
Signed for Livvy in May 2001

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