Temple Of Saints

The Surreal World of the Prospective Saintee and ex-Saintee........Season 1999-2000.

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. 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?
Nigel Jemson Nigel Jemson Bury, Oxford Utd 30-yr old ex-U-21 England striker. 6ft tall. Moved in a £100,000 deal from Oxford to Bury 2 years ago but his wages mean that he's now a free agent. Played in the pre-season match against Fulham but didn't impress much.
Last seen scoring some goals for Ayr Utd.
Not Good Enough
Guy Ipoua Guy Ipoua Bristol Rovers 23-yr old striker available under Bosman. Came to Perth in August 99 for a weeks trial playing in a U-21 match. Played with Atletico Madrid and Seville when younger apparently. Left 24 hours later. Not Good Enough
No Picture Available Manuel Guinares Benfica 32-yr old left-sided midfielder and a 4-capped Portuguese international, Manuel came over at the end of August for a seven-day trial including a U-21 match against Aberdeen. Vanished
Tommy LÝvenkrands Tommy Løvenkrands AB (Denmark) 25-yr old left Danish winger who made a surprise appearance at Roddy Grants Testimonial on 12/11/99 scoring once and impressing the Saints fans with his ball control and pace.
22/11/99 - Tonight's Evening Tele says that a fee and personal terms have been agreed. However Tommy's girlfriend is due to give birth in a couple of months and doesn't want to come over until the baby's been born. Shades of Karlstrand here. This means that the deal is on hold.
22/01/2000- rumoured to have been in Marbella with Saints during their mid-season training break.
25/05/2000 - Saints have agreed a six-figure sum and a 3-yr contract will be signed next week when he passes a medical.
30/05/00 - Finally signed !!!!
Became a Saintee!!!!
Martin Nash - 2nd Time Lucky? Martin Nash Free Agent (ex-Chester City) Canadian internationalist midfielder (25) who first appeared at Saints in 1998-99 pre-season tour of the Highlands although his trial was cut short by injury.
21/03/00 played for the U-21s as part of a new trial at the club.

Signing Targets

Target Who is He ? Background End Result ?
Gary Wales Gary Wales Hamilton Accies Striker Having previously been linked with Saints (See prsp9899.htm#gwales) and turned us down, the 19-yr old put in a transfer request on 01/07/99. Given that St. Sandy is a known admirer Saints could be set to renew their interest.
Saints denied any interest 09/07. Retard of 15/07 still links us with him though.
Went to Hearts
Barr-E Barry Lavety HIVBee Junkie Turned us down before but now (01/07) that HIVBees are prepared to let him go the 24-yr old could be set to see the light? Famous for the "rivalry" with ex-Saintee Attila Went to St. Mirren
Andy Smith Andy Smith Pars Ex-Airdrie striker and Scotland B-cap!! Rumour had him at the club and a £400,000 fee agreed between the clubs but personal terms became a stumbling block. Went Elsewhere
No Picture Available Andy Tod Pars Pars centre-half / attacker.Rumoured as part of a swap deal for Jim Weir. Bollocks
Kevin Thomas Kevin Thomas Morton Linked in an e-Retard rumour on 14/08/99. Signed on 20/08 for £150,000 BECAME A SAINTEE !!!!
Ludwig Ernstsson Ludwig Ernstsson Sweden
FK Austria Vienna
Some striker Billy Kirkwood saw in August 99. Saints interest has been noted but the only thing we think we know is that he's Larssons best mate.
17/08 - Got his name and the fact he plays for Austria Vienna. The striker is due to fly in to Perth this week for signing talks. He's 27 years old and over 6ft !!!!
Wasn't Fit Enough
Jose Quitongo Jose Quitongo Hearts Ex-Hamilton Angolan winger rumoured on 26/09 to be set to move to Saints for Del in a player + cash deal. The 24-yr old is a very fast player but prone to overacting and diving as witnessed in the Attila sending off at Firhill 3 years ago.
Contract at Gorgie Gitland expired at the end of October - no sign of the player since.
Brian McLaughlin Brian McLaughlin Wigan Ex-Celtic midfielder linked with a swap deal for Paddy Connolly in the Sun on 11/11/99.
Lee Robertson Lee Roberston Bodo Glimt 26-yr old ex-TFOD midfielder currently in Scandanavia. Linked in a Retard report on 12/11/99. Reported in Sun on 03/12/99 as being on a 7-day trial with Saints.
Thanks to some snow he left without even playing a bounce match for Saints.
No Picture Available Christian Birkeland Verona Norway ex U-21 left sided midfielder out of contract in Italy and reported in the Sun of 17/11/99 as heading to Perth for transfer talks. 25-yr old. Not Good Enough
Graeme Jones Graeme Jones Wigan 29-yr old striker who won the FA Golden Boot in 1997 with 33 goals. BECAME A SAINTEE !!!!
Stephen Frail Stephen Frail Tranmere 30-yr old Ex-Jambo handballer currently being lined up under Bosman as a replacement for McQ - so the rumour mill has it.
Signed on 04/02/2000 for a nominal fee.
Jay Stein Jay Stein Raith Rovers 21yr old winger Saints made a bid for in Feb 2000. Rejected by Raith as too low, the player is out of contract in June 2000. Denied By the Club
Stuart Elliot Stuart Elliot Glentoran N Ireland U-21 internationalist linked with a move to Saints in Express on 15/02/2000. Rated a £50,000 the winger has scored 15 goals in 34 games this season. Nicknamed Zico!!
Steve Simonsen Steve Simonsen Everton Keeper targeted for a loan deal until the end of the season. Denied By the Club
Bobby Mimms Bobby Mimms York City 36-yr old well-travelled keeper who was at Blackburn amongst others. Came to Perth on 09/03 to see if he could relieve the keeper crisis. Not Good Enough
No picture available Dragutin Lekovic Malaga Ex-Killie keeper linked with Saints in Sunday Mail report on 26/03/00 as cover for Robbo. However the lack of a work permit could stop this happening. Too Foreign
Craig Russell Craig Russell Man. City 26-yr old striker linked with a move to Saints in News of the World on 26/03/00. He's been on loan a few times so it looks possible. 5 foot 10 and a striker / left winger.
Signed on 29/03 on loan until the end of the season.
BECAME A SAINTEE !!!! (Temporarily)
Michael Twiss Michael Twiss Man. Utd. 22-yr old midfielder linked with a move to Perth on 14/04/00 after being watched by Saints management playing for Man U reserves. Salford-born and 6ft he is left-sided. Has played for both the Man U first team and Sheffield whilst on a 7 month loan there. If he signs only a nominal fee will be involved.
No picture available Darren Lockhart Crusaders (N. Ireland) 26-yr old midfielder linked with a move to Saints in the Record and Sun on 26/04/00. Has been watched by the Scouts playing for Crusaders. Out of contract in the summer so would be available under Bosman. Rubbish
No picture available Brown Ferguson East Stirling Full-back linked with a summer move to Saints in the Sun of 02/05/00. He's been training with the club once a week and is rated as a future star.
Barry Sellars Barry Sellars Arbroath Midfielder / riight winger, the 24-yr old ex-TFOD youth player was linked with a move to Saints in the Sun on 06/05/00. Went to Clyde
No picture available Paul Fenwick Dunfermline, St. Mirren, Morton Canadian internationalist central defender who had a trial with Saints 3-4 years ago before plying his trade in the 1st Division. News of the World on 07/05 linked him with a move to Saints. Rubbish
Derek Lilley Derek Lilley Morton, Leeds now at Oxford. Ex-Morton striker linked with Saints for the umpteenth time on 28/05/00.
No picture available Andy McLaren Dundee Utd, Reading now free "Initial inquiries" only for the 26-yr old winger who left Reading after being found with cocaine in a drugs sample. Rubbish

Leaving Tales

Player Off To ? The Truth Has He Gone Yet ??
John McQuillan John McQuillan Gorgie Gits for £250,000 according to Daily Mail on 04/06/99.
Linked with HIVBees on 23/09.
Bolton / Luton in the hunt on 20/12.
Unlikely, but the player is out of contract in summer 2000 and seems to be stalling on a new one.
22/09/99 - Put on the transfer list for failing to agree terms.
20/12/99 - Bolton and Luton watched him in action.
21/01/00- Dundee Utd are now apparently the "front runners" for McQ.
Went to Judasland
John O'Neil John O'Neil Dundee Utd / Aberdeen/ Killie / Manchester City/Norwich
Stockport / Bolton / Notts. Forest
Transfer listed on 22/09/99 for failing to agree terms on a new contract beyond summer 2000.
Strangely all quiet since the middle of Sept with only vague rumours of a move.
04/05/00 - Stockport watched him v Aberdeen.
Legend Roddy Grant Ross County Media reports in Sept 99 suggest that the 33yr old veteran is a target of the Dingwall club. However, with his testimonial year currently underway it's unlikely he'll move on. Went to Ayr
Jim Weir Jim Weir Pars - according to mailing list rumour in 08/99. Possible - hasn't reached the heights of a few years ago.
Danny Griffin Danny Griffin Charlton
Real Mallorca
Celta Vigo
Notts Forest
Hibs (aye right)
Went down on trial on 02/08/99 with a "view to a permanent transfer". Looks likely given the lack of first team appearances and the ambition of what is probably the best product of the Saints youth team.
Sept 99- Charlton have signed Pars right-back Shields, so this one looks dud.
15/01 - Latest rumours have young Danny heading Spainwards.
11/03 Celtic and Charlton are now favourites...allegedly.
25/03 - Barnsley now !!
28/04 - Malaga and Espanol join the hunt.
14/05 - Charlton favourites with Barnsley and Notts Forest in the hunt.
23/05 - Apparently HIVBees put in a £200K offer - derisory or what?
To be continued...
Paddy Thingy Paddy Connolly Morton (loan)
Raith Rovers (refused)
Wigan (weeks trial)
Out-of-favour and nowhere near a first team place, the failed Sturrock signing (£300,000 !!!) is now prime target for offloading although his wages mean that Scottish clubs outwith the SPL are unlikely to be able to afford him. As of 08/11/99 he's gone for a weeks trial to Wigan.
Miguel Miguel Simao Aberdeen
San Frecce Hiroshima
Reported in Sunday Mail on 05/12/99 that Miguel had turned down a new contract and was set to move to Sheepland.
18/01 - Off to Birmingham for a weeks trial.
15/02/00 - Reported to have signed a 1-year contract with Hiroshima in the J-League.
Went to Japan
Alan Main Alan Main Leicester, West Ham, Wimbledon, Liverpool Sun / Retard reports on 04/02/2000. It was a slow news day. Bollocks
Keyring for the off? Kieran McAnespie Lille, Lillestrom, Sturm Graz, Grasshoppers Zurich, Molde, Stoke City, Bournemouth Sunday Mail story on 27/02 links the player with a move abroad as his "unrest" is widely known. Apparently.
23/05 Linked to Norway move.
31/05 Linked with Stoke and Bournemouth.
Set to leave under Bosman
Stephen Robertson Stephen Robertson Huddersfield Mason story on 12/03 - based on the performance at Ibrox no doubt.
Keith O'Halloran Keith O'Halloran Swindon 23/05 story in the PA linking Chief with a Bosman move in the summer.
01/06/00 - Papers say he will decide by this weekend.

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