2003 TOSSA RESULTS

Welcome to theThe 2003 Temple Of Saints Survey Awards (TOSSAs). Now in their 6th year and voted on by the Saints mailing list, official forum and via this Web Site, you can see what we thought of the events over what has to be a pretty disappointing season overall. If you can be bothered previous awards can be found here for 1997-98, here for 1998-99., here for 1999-2000, here for 2000-01 and here for 2001-02

The nominations are divided into 6 categories The Season, The Players, The Cult Heroes, The Media, Off The Park and finally The Future. Many thanks to everyone that caused me loads of work totalling the scores by taking the time to vote. One interesting pattern to this year is the way the early votes seemed totally pessimistic but as the memories of the season faded and the changes at the club with the new coaches and signings were announced - well suffice to say that the most recent votes seemed to have us winning everything..

Anyway without further ado let's see who's won what.....


The Season

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AWARD

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And the Winner Is...


(2002 TOSSA in brackets)

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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The "1997 New Year's Day Commemorative Gubbing" Award for Best Home Performance

Medal 2-0 win over ICT
(24 Votes)
(3-0 win over Livvy)
Wins out by 14 votes over the 3-0 demolition of Ross County. Third was the 2-0 win over St Midden with the other win over the men from Dingwall in 4th place.
Others mentioned were the 1-0 win over ICT, the 3-0 cup win over Accies and the 1-0 win over Ayr with the weirdest choices being the Livvy match that was postponed and the 2-2 draw with Queen of the South ("just for giving me a bit of optimism").
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The "Any Trip to Dens Park" Award for Best Away Performance

Medal 2-0 v St Midden
(11 Votes)
(3-1 v Hearts)
A much bigger range of nominations with the first game of the season coming out top ahead of the 1-1 draw at Brockville and the 3-2 win over Ross County with 7 votes apiece. Others nominated included both games at Ayr, Arbroath and Dumfries along with the 2-1 wins at Clyde and Inverness and the defeat at Parkhead.
Strangest vote - the 7-0 win pre-season over Peterhead.
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The "Let's Ban Sky" Award for Worst Home Performance

Medal 2-0 defeat to Ayr
(21 Votes)
(1-4 v Arabs)
Just under half the votes for the defeat to Ayr in the game which also saw Hartley red-carded. Second and 3rd places went to the first and second games against the Weans both of which ended in a 1-0 defeat.
Fourth was the last game of the season (and still fresh in the mind) whilst others mentioned included the Livvy cup game and both Clyde defeats.
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The "Ochilview" Medal for Worst Away Performance

Medal 2-1 defeat v Clyde
(13 Votes)
(0-4 defeat v Hibs)
The Clyde surrender edges out the 1-0 September defeat at Brockville and the Scottish Cup gubbing at Parkhead.
Others mentioned were the 1-1 cup draw at New Broomfield and the Challenge Cup defeat against Brechin. Depressing reading really....
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The "Who Needs a Striker Now?" Certificate for Goal of the Season

Medal Hartley v St Mirren (Aug)
(14 Votes)
(Tommy's 2nd at Tynecastle)
JRs cracking run and finish in the league opener wins by 3 votes from Tommy's spectacular curving shot at Broadwood.
Quite a good range of nominations with Hartley's free-kick at Dingwall in the 3-2 win taking 3rd spot from Peaso's volley against Arbroath. Others mentioned were Tommy's low drive against Alloa, Paddy's header at Gayfield in the January storm and Murray and Baxters cup goals at Glebe Park and New Broomfield.
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The "Craig Brown Selection" Medallion for Save of the Season

Medal Cuthbert v Falkirk
(13 Votes)
(Cuthbert v Clyde)
Back when he was still proving himself, it was the Cat's heroics in the first game at Brockville which gets the plaudits. As you'd expect the majority of nominations were for the Cat with the performances against Airdrie in the cup, St Midden in the opener and at Inverness also getting a mention.
The now-departed Alan Main picked up 3 votes for his performance at Dingwall last winter.
But the token "funny" vote is split this year between "Baxter saving us the embarrassment of losing to Airdrie in the first game" and the more surreal "Weir getting a years contract"
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The "Gerry McMahon Injury" Scroll for Biggest Disappointment of the Season

Medal Not going up
(29 Votes)
(Relegation)
Probably the easiest award to predict with a clear 24 vote gap before "No passion" in 2nd place.
Most other nominations went along the same theme - "Everything", "Players on the Park", "No entertainment", "We were rank", "Stark still being there" etc. And not even a funny to ease the gloom......
Medal

The "Kane Header Against Dundee" Commemorative Video for Most Satisfying Moment or Event

Medal There weren't any
(10 Votes)
(Clark Getting Sacked)
God you're a depressing lot - still there were hints of optimism amongst the nominees. 2nd place went to Falkirk not going up (or at least having to go to the courts to do so) and 3rd place went to the youngsters making the breakthrough into the Saints side last season.
Others mentioned included the performance at Parkhead, staying full-time, Arbroath being relegated(!) and Grady's penalty miss in the 2nd game at Somerset Park.
Weirdest vote (other than "End of the season") was "Getting the Alloa home score from a mad fisherman in Sorrento!"
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The "Better Than The Pub" Award for Team Giving Most Entertainment Value

Medal Clyde
(13 Votes)
(Motherwell)
Clyde win by a couple of votes from the Weans with Caley Thistle one further behind in 3rd place. Can't disagree with that though no doubt the media will want to.
Others nominated included Alloa, St Mirren, Cove Rangers (!), Brechin, QoS and Arbroath.
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The "Boghead Drainage System" Memorial Award for Best Away Ground

Medal Brockville
(13 Votes)
(Easter Rd)
Obviously winning on the atmosphere at the 2 games rather than facilities. 2nd place with 12 votes went to Ross County and the 2 enjoyable trips last season with Palmerston voted in 3rd with 10 votes.
Others nominated - Recreation Park, Brechin, Gayfield, Love St and Broadwood. Not that you can gather much from all that other than we don't like going to Ayr.
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The "OF Domination" Plaque for the Best Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal Celtics UEFA Cup Run
(25 Votes)
(OF Told to GTF)
Clear winner by a massive majority was the wee Leprechaun's attempt to keep the streets of Glasgow crime-free in May by taking all the tinks to Seville.
2nd place was "Brockville getting demolished" with 7 votes whilst the state of the OF finances came in joint 3rd with Alloa being relegated. Nominations also for Falkirk not going up, high wages starting to become a distant memory and "Bonnetti suing the coagies"/
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The "Sacking of Totten AntiChrist" Award for the Worst Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal OF Dominance
(21 Votes)
(OF Still Here)
Plus ca change eh? Yup despite a token nicety towards Wegielands Bigot Brothers their continued domination of the game and presence still rankles the Saints fans.
Joint 2nd was Falkirks lack of promotion thanks to SPL rules and a surprise contender in Berti Vogts.
Other votes went to Rangers winning the treble, the SPL (in general I presume), Celtic in the cup final, the BBC coverage of the SPL and token bitch votes for "Jim Delahunt" and "Lee Wilkie getting a cap".
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The "Embassy Regal / Roddy Grant" Award for the Most Saintee-esque Moment of the Season

Medal Paddy's miss v St Mirren
(15 Votes)
(Humping Livvy then blowing the rest of the season)
Good old Paddy - you might have known that his sclaff of a rocket over the bar against the Paisley unwashed from all of 2 yards out would just edge out blowing promotion in the Saintee minds, although there were only 2 votes in it.
3rd place was JR's departure with the lack of crowd / support a close 4th. Elsewhere and Starks comments rankled although best nomination was "Blowing the championship with about 5 months to spare"
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The "Rolf Harris" Grammy for Song/Chant of the season

Medal "Stark must go"
(10 Votes)
("You are a Coagie / Wegie")
Well it was sung often enough over the Xmas period and in the end the cries for the manager to leave won through.
In joint 2nd place was the perennial "If you want to go to heaven when you die" and "We're blue we're white…..".
. Other ditties to make the Saintee songbooks included -
  • "Are you Clydebank in disguise " - New Broomfield
  • "Waltzing Matilda" - for a certain sub keeper
  • "Singin in the Rain" - New Years Day

But of course for weird mentions there was the one about "Jamie Beatsons Mum" and the classic from Parkhead "he used to have a floppy leg but now hes got a floppy jaw"
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The "Penalty At Ibrox Miracle" Award for Best Ref of the Season

Medal Hugh Dallas
(15 Votes)
(Wullie Young)
"Scotland's no1 ref" (copyright the media) wins out over last years victor Wullie Young by 3 votes with 3rd place going to "None of them". No real reasons for picking Dallas but he seems to have won some favour after changing his mind over the passback at Ayr in the 2nd game.
Others mentioned - Rowbotham, Kenny Clark, George Clyde and Eric Martindale.
Most unsubtle vote went to "Anybody who gave us a dodgy decision"
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The "Aw no him" Award for Worst Ref of the Season

Medal Brian McGarry
(11 Votes)
(John Rowbotham)
The man who sent off Hartley and basically fucked up in the Ayr game wins out by a mile.
2nd place was Dougie McDonald with Dallas in 3rd.
Basically every ref we've had this season seems to have been nominated - make of that what you will.
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The "Fergus hates Farry" Medal for Most Loathed Person / Institution of the Season

Medal Old Firm
(17 Votes)
(Old Firm)
Not as clear cut as last year with the OF just edging out a "certain ex-manager who's now a pundit" in the hatred stakes.
As for the other nominations well Billy Stark picked up 4 votes but he was still beaten by Ian McCall, Owen Coyle, Allan Ferguson and Falkirk (you may be able to spot a pattern here).
And McCall aside there were no votes for Scumdee-related items this time - you lot going soft or something?

The Players

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AWARD

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And the Winner Is...

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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The "John Brogan Memorial" Award for Best Saints Player This Season

Medal Grant Murray
Grant Murray

(18 Votes)

(Paul Hartley)
Wins by 3 votes from Kevin Cuthbert, this season saw Murray become one of the rocks of the Saints defence as he partnered Dods, Maxwell and Weir at various times. Still he's buggered off now so who cares.
2nd place went to the Cat - totally deserved as he established himself as the no1 choice keeper. In 3rd with 9 votes was last seasons winner Paul Hartley whilst Maxwel, Peaso, Baxter, Dods and Reilly rounded off the nominations.
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The "Andy Brannigan Understudy" Award for Worst Saints Player This Season

Medal John Robertson
John Robertson

(11 Votes)

(Sammy Youssouf)
By just one vote he beats Tommy Lovenkrands and it's a worrying sign that one of the "big" signings of last summer wins the vote ahead of the usual dodgy trialist. Missing for the latter part of the season his right-back role has been taken by Beaky leaving J-Ro looking more like a squad player.
2nd place Tommy failed to live up to expectations (where have we heard that before) but he's awa now as well so who cares.
In joint 3rd came Paddy and Reilly with Parker just one vote behind ("The Superstar Syndrome needs to be cured now") with Darren Dods and Alan Main (!) rounding off the nominees.
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The "Vinny Arkins £5m In A Few Years" Award for the Most Improved Saints Player This Season

Medal Kevin Cuthbert
Kevin Cuthbert

(20 Votes)

(Kevin Cuthbert)
Cat wins out by 3 votes over Mark Baxter. Picking up Player of the Month awards and plaudits all over the place the keeper is now the first choice at Saints and surely should be in line for an U-21 cap soon.
2nd place Mark Baxter made his debut and is one of the few highlights of the season playing with a maturity beyond his years.
3rd with 7 votes was Grant Murray whilst Hartley, Peaso and Maxwell made up the numbers.
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The "Fat Keepers Memorial Rolex" Award for the Best Ambassador for the Club

Medal Capn Jim
Jim Weir
(27 Votes)
(Jim Weir)
Think I'll just give up on this now - yet again Cap'n Jim wins through although the missus managed 3 votes herself thanks to the BBC documentary earlier in the year.
2nd place was Geoff Brown with remaining nominations going to Stuart Cosgrove, Super Saint, Kevin Cuthbert and 3 votes for Mr William Stark.
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The "Marble Staircase Story Revisited (Again)" Award for the Biggest Embarrassment for Saints

Medal Billy Stark

(12 Votes)

(Sandy Clark)
Well - not many fans would vote their manager as biggest embarassment but by 2 votes Stark beats Paddy Connolly although it has to be said that the list of nominees wasn't exactly short (especially the number of players mentiones).
3rd place went to "The team" with Kirkwood, Sandy Clark, J-Ro, Weir, JR, Mrs Weir making up the rest along with 2 votes for the chairman (one vote being thanks to his "tantrum over his opposition to Falkirk being promoted").
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The "I Cant Be Bothered Typing Dinos Name Out In the Match Reports" Award for the Best Nickname of the Season

Medal JR
Cat

(11 Votes)

("J. R." Hartley)
A good range of votes but the keeper wins through by 4 votes from "Mavis" Reilly and "Cher" Noble in joint 2nd place.
Others mentioned included -
  • "Beaky" Baxter
  • "Rocky" Miotto
  • "JR" Hartley
  • "Puff" Stevenson
  • "Peaso" McDonald
  • "J-Ro" Robertson

and finally "*unt seems to fit most of them these days" just to add a hint of cynicism to it all.
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The "Chirpy Cheeky Chick Charnley Red Card" Award for the Funniest Moment of the Season

Medal Paddy's miss v St Mirren
(13 Votes)
(OF being told to GTF)
Oh you're a cruel lot - wonder if it would have been so funny if we'd lost. Anyway Paddy's sclaff easily wins out over Falkirk not being promoted and JRs punch on Eddie Annand.
Other votes went to the St Midden match mascot backing us to win at Love St, Miotto picking a fight with the Paisley Panda in the same game, Baxters goal v Airdrie, Parkers celebration on scoring the winning penalty and strangest of all "Smoking co-commentator on hospital radio, nearly bringing Brockville's wooden stand to an early demise!" along with "The Cove fan who got upset when he found out that he wasn't cool because he wore a baseball cap!!!". Wicked people all of you.
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The "Fererro Rocher 'With These Players You Are Spoiling Us" Award for the Ideal Saints Side

Medal Cuthbert, Baxter, Forsyth, Reilly, Maxwell, Weir, Stevenson, Paddy, Mixu, Hay, Peaso
(Main, Murray, Forsyth, Weir, McCluskey, Hartley, Panther, Marco, Tommy, Jones, Parker)
Interesting mix of votes with most going for a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation. Plenty of votes had blanks in the midfield with signing expectations to fill these in.
In defence Cuthbert was the choice of everyone (especially votes in before Nelly signed) with all but 2 people putting Baxter in at right back. Left-back had a mix of Murray / J-Ro and Forsyth with the central defence of McCluskey / Weir / Dods / Maxwell permutations.
Midfield had about everyone you could think of being mentioned although Stevenson was a bit of a surprise.
And finally up front Mixu, Hay and Peaso were the most popular choices with McLaughlin mentioned and Noble and Parker also in the running - strangely though hardly anyone wanted Paddy up front.
Finally the token witticisms went to "Any squad without Paddy and J-Ro" and ".....would play Sunday League football".
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The "Almost fit to lace Roddy's boots" Medallion for Best non-Saints Player in the Scottish 1st Division

Medal Dennis Wyness
(12 Votes)
(Peter Lovenkrands)
Wins out by one vote from Oweny the Sellik-Daft one with ex-Saintee Alan Kernaghan in third place with 10 votes.
Other names mentioned included Martin Cameron, Lee Miller, Barry Robson, Mark Kerr, Roddy (!), Colin Samuel and two keepers in Tony Bullock and Craig Hinchcliffe.
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The "Oleg Salenko" Medallion for Worst non-Saints Player in the Scottish 1st Division

Medal James Grady
(11 Votes)
(Karl "I've got a mortgage to pay on only 5 grand a week" Ready)
The wee gobshite we all love to hate and took great joy in missing a penalty at Ayr wins through by 2 votes from Allan "Shoot me I'm a donkey" Ferguson. These pair were well clear of the rest.
Other names were Derek Soutar, Scott Crabbe, Andy Dow, Mark Kerr, Oweny the Sellik-Daft One, Free Wullie Falconer, Ritchie Hart. Kris "Oops it slipped" Robertson and "Any Ross County player except Bullock"

Cult Heroes +Those Who Left

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AWARD

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And the Winner Is...

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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Paul Hartley
Favourite Hartley Moment

Medal Goal v St Mirren (Aug 03)
(12 Votes)
The solo effort at the start of the season wins out over the goal vs Livvy last season and his free kicks in general. Other mentions went to the red cards this season and 2 years ago against the Arabs with his "Wage demands in the sun" and "None - he's a lying wee shite" making up the more cynical votes.
Medal

Marc McCulloch
Favourite Marco Moment

Medal The song / driving ban
(26 Votes)
Not many memorable moments for Marco and unfortunately his motoring mayhem in Edinburgh seems to be what sticks in the mind along with Stewart Duff's favourite song.
2nd place with 10 votes was his lifting of the SPL U-21 trophy that day in 1999 when everything went right in a packed McD. Memories are made of this you know.
Medal

Tommy Lovenkrands
Favourite Lovenkrands Moment

Medal Goal v Hearts 2001-02
(22 Votes)
Well at least he's remembered for something competitive with the cracking brace at Swinecastle last season the more popular choice.
2nd place with 16 votes went to his debut in a Saints shirt at Roddy's testimonial - remember when he looked like a good signing?
Other mentions for the goal at Broadwood this season, his chip v Hibs a couple of years ago and off the park and allegation about something to do with an ex-soap star.
Medal

Alan Main
Favourite Main Moment

Medal Save v Dundee May 1999
(27 Votes)
Winner by far was that late save from Grady in the game which saw us qualify for Europe.
2nd place with 16 was the inspired heroics which kept Monaco at bay for 70 minutes whilst 3rd was simply "Too many".
Others mentioned were "Him leaving"(hmm so he wasn't that popular then?) and "pissing off the paisley fans".
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The County Sports Home Strip NameCheck for the Cult Hero of 2000-2001

Medal Mark Baxter
Mark Baxter

(12 Votes)
(Paul Hartley)
Well for someone we'd never heard of this time last year the teenager's made a big impact amongst the fans winning by 3 votes from Darren Dods.
3rd was Paddy (see we love him really) , with Stuart Noble a surprising 4th.
Elsewhere mentions for Murray, Miotto, Weir, Stevenson and Marco with a solitary vote for "the ball boy at Clyde" and a couple of Victor Meldrew-isms in "None of them"
Medal

The East Stand Moaners Selection for Cult Hero of 2001-2002

Medal Mixu
Mixu

(26 Votes)
(Emmanuel Panther)
Easy-peasy for the big Finn (yup remember the dismay when you heard he was linked with us), with practically all of the later votes naming Mixu as the man to dominate shirt tops next season (well 4 letters is a cheaper option).
2nd place with 7 votes was the other youngster to debut last season in Eddie Malone whilst just behind was Beaky Baxter and Brian McLaughlin.
From the cynical / optimistic crowd we had a couple of votes for "None of them", one for Noble and one for "The next youth star whoever he is". See optimistic or what?

The Media

Medal

AWARD

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And the Winner Is...

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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The "Danny Griffin Namecheck" Award for Best National Newspaper Coverage

Medal Sun
(16 Votes)
(Courier)
Much closer this year with the Scum just edging out the Retard. Otherwise it was par for the course with 8 votes for "All shite", 6 for the PA, 4 for the Scotsman and mentions for Scotland on Sunday, the Evening Tele and the Courier.
Medal

The "Jim Griffin Namecheck" Award for Worst National Newspaper Coverage

Medal Daily Record
(11 Votes)
(Daily Record)
Yup OF Daily does it again winning by 2 votes from the Sun. Mentions for about every other paper in Scotland including some wit who went for "Morning Star". What do you expect in the 1st Division?
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The "Sky Comes to McD" Award for Best TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal Radio Scotland
(21 Votes)
(Radio Scotland)
Looks like the Delahunt factor kicked in again (either that or our esteemed manager on the telly on a Sunday afternoon is just too much) with Dickie Gordons Fitba Show just winning against Scotsports "All the goals, none of the camerawork" coverage of the 1st Division.
Nominations for Sportscene (eh?), Radio Tay and a token vote for "Hospital Radio Perth" - not that it was a biased vote of course.
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The "Cover the OF Instead" Award for Worst TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal Sportscene
(22 Votes)
(Scotsport)
Well Scotsport didn't triumph again - instead it's the Dougie Donnelly Show (you know the one that doesn't involve furniture.
2nd place came last years winner Scotsport along with Radio Scotland whilst Sky were 3rd and Radio Tay way down the list - so either we like them or just don't listen to them.
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The "Muirton Park Press Card 92-93" Award for Media Falsehood of the Year

Medal Manny Parker
(11 Votes)
(Peter/Tommy Lovenkrands)
Only about half of you bothered to vote in this category but Manny Panther's renaming wins out over the pernnial "Peter Lovenkrands". Of course now it's Panther of the Partick what's the odds on a re-occurence next season?
And in the tradition of the TOSSAs there was the token vote to a forum member from the official site with a wit going for DuncM's early season proclamation of "We will win the league by 20 points".
Medal

Pundit / Reporter of the Year

Medal Dickie Gordon
(7 Votes)
(Stuart Cosgrove)
Yup Radio Scotland's Sheep-fancying anchorman wins out although votes went all over the place here. 2nd place was another sheep-sh*gger in Willie Miller with Saintee Charlie Mann in 3rd.
Otherwise it was as usual across the board with mentions for McPee, Leckie, Traynor, Spiers, Cowan (we know who you are and the doctor will be in soon), Bannerman, Spence, Sandy Clark (we know who you are than the vet will be round soon), Chic, Murdo and Dougie Vipond ("best laugh in years") and Rob McLean ("sympathy vote for putting up with Clark")
Medal

The "Gerry" Hall of Fame for Worst Pundit / Reporter

Medal Sandy Clark
(37 Votes)
(Sandy Clark)
I'm saying nothing but you're all very bitter people and sound like Scumdee fans these days.
2nd place was shared by McLeod and McPee (sounds like a dodgy firm of Wegie plumbers) with Spiers, Smith and Chic all in there.
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The "Almost as Popular as the Pammy Video" Scroll for the Best WWW Site of the Season

Medal Official Saints Site
(17 Votes)
(BBC)
The official site reigns supreme with twice as many votes as the BBC in 2nd place.
Other mentions were for the Saints forum, Football365, the Temple (one day someone will read the question properly), Blue Heaven, Scotsman and others.
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The "I'm not interested in the Tannadice job" Award for Quote of the Season

Medal "We're not getting the breaks" - B. Stark
(18 Votes)
(Peaso worshipping Rangers)
Not sure if this should be the winner given the number of times the mantra was declared by Starkers last season (see every bloody defeat).
The rest of the list was along similar lines for the most part with "3rd is good enough", "The goals will come" etc.
Of the more prosaic proclamations we had the classic from an ex-manager on the telly - "Clark: No-one's been better than John Hartson today. McLean: Who's your man of the match, Sandy? Clark: Alan Thompson" and the surreal "The Americans are not in Baghdad" (as spoken by next season's post-match PR man at McD).

Off the Park

Medal

AWARD

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And the Winner Is...

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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The "Aggies Army" List of Season Ticket Holders

Medal Yes - 31
No - 20(Yes: 29 No: 23
A few non-votes here (was the question too complicated) but the distribution between the ones that put their dosh up in the summer and the ones that don't was the same.
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The "Sit Us Amongst The Bigots" Roll of Season Ticket Holder for 2002-03

Medal Yes - 24
No - 23(Yes 23 No 29)
More interesting with (if these figures are reflected across the support - aye right) a likely 20% drop in season ticket sales for the 2003-04 season again.
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The "Let them eat Pie" Barometer of Club / Fan Relationships for Last Season

Medal Improved - 5
No Change - 19
Worsened - 28
Speaks for itself really. There's not been any major PR disasters this season but it must be worrying that the club are not believed to be doing anything to improve things (see below)
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The "Worse Ratings than the SPL" PR Marks out of 10 Score

Medal 4.392(4.48) Down slightly but when you're depressed it looks like nothing is getting better.
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The "Whitewash The Stand" List of Suggested Improvements to the Club

Medal Improve PR
(28 Votes )
(Better Relationship with season ticket holders)
Right with over 150 suggestions this was top reflecting how much the club need to start selling themselves.
"Reduce Prices" came second with "More involvement with the community / schools" in 3rd - again PR related.
From the rest on the field improvements were suggested - "Sack Stark", "Re-sign Murray", "Fans chip in to sell J-Ro" and "Shooting practice" were all mentioned.
And as usual the off-the-field suggestions were slightly more esoteric - "Exotic dancers at half-time" - a prime example.
Serious suggestions included closing the stands behind the goals for a better atmosphere (Done), a repeated plea for more benefits for long-term season ticket holders etc. Student prices garnered only 1 vote which is surprising given the debate it's had on the forum. Also mentioned were more support from the club for fans travelling to away games, request for more "Meet the board" style meetings and a couple of pleas to scrap the supporters federation and start again.
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The "Alex Totten Bin Liner" Rating - should the manager go now?

Medal Yes -25
No - 23
Of those who expressed an opinion......Well it looks like he's got the backing just now but there were a lot of qualified Yes votes - basically unless BIG improvements can be seen within a couple of months of the season start it'll be time for a change
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The "Sack the Board" Rating - should Geoff leave now?

Medal Yes - 6
No - 46
Usual strong backing for the chairman - even though he wants to sell up we don't want him to go.

The Future

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AWARD

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And the Winner Is...

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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The "Roddy or Ronaldo?" List of Players Saints Should Sign

Medal Top 3 are ::
Chris Templeman

(8 Votes)
John O'Neil
(8 Votes)
Ricky Sodding Gillies
(6 Votes)
(Novo, Gillies, Midfielder).
A late surge for O'Neil (mostly after the Hibs decided to release him) saw him draw level with Brechin's Chris Templeman with 3rd place going for the umpteenth bloody time to Ricky "I'll never bloody sign for the Perth Saints" Gillies.
Anyway other names in the field (as opposed to the "creative midfielder", "left-sided midfielder" etc. included Ritchie Hart of ICT, Simon Donnelly, Kevin Fotheringham, Stuart Noble (hmm sounds familiar), Alan Kernaghan (player or manager), Oweny the Sellik-daft one, Leigh Hinds, Alex Williams of Morton, Lee Bullen, Jason Dair, Jack Ross, David Bingham, Chris McGroarty and Stewart Petrie!!!. As usual nobody suggested any of the players we've actually signed.
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The "Mystic Aggie" Prediction List for Next Season

Medal League ::
1st
(29 Votes)
League Cup ::
3rd Round

(25 Votes)
Scottish Cup ::
£rd Round

(31 Votes )
Bell's Cup ::
Win it

(20 Votes )
(1st / Qtr-Final / 3rd Round / Semis)
And after all that gloom and despair there are heaps of dedicated Saintees out there that are looking forward to 2 trophies next season. Leaving aside the CIS and Scottish Cups (2 folk for each though we'd win them), the 1st Division has no one predicting a finish less than 5th and 75% of the votes going to 1st or 2nd. Even the Bell's Cup has three-quarters of voters expecting a trip to the final at least.
It'll all end in tears you know........
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The "Kenny MacDonald" Prediction for Most Promising Saintee Next Season

Medal Mark Baxter
Mark Baxter

(23 Votes)
(Emmanuel Panther)
Heaps of votes for Beaky making him a clear winner and therefore prime candidate for curse of this category (look at last year if you don't believe me). Interesting to note that last year nobody had even heard of him - so will next year see another unknown make the breakthrough.
Plenty of other votes with Mark Ferry in 2nd place, Cuthbert, Fotheringham, Forsyth, Malone, Gibson and Ryan Stevenson making up the remaining nominees.
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The "School or Club" Dilemma of Youth Opportunities at Saints.

Medal Yes - 30
No - 20(Yes 40 No 12)
More kids please seems to be the plea although again there were several spoilt ballots / non-votes. With the reduction in the youth numbers at the club we should hopefully see some of the younger players make the breakthrough sooner - although whether or not they'll last the pace remains to be seen.
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The "Kirkwood View From The Stand" List of Tactical Changes

Medal More attack-minded
(26 Votes )(Play the players in their natural positions )
Right it's gloves off time for most of you with no more of this lily-livered pussy-footing around showing the opposition respect crap. Nope from now on we want goals by the bucketload and Saints to start slaughtering the rest of this shitty league.
Easy first choice with almost everything else (at least the stuff that wasn't along the lines of "Learn to manage", "I'd teach him to make a noose" level). Three players up front every week, no more deep defending, ball on the ground, etc.
Of the more precise tactical suggestions two stuck out "Don't play Paddy" and the even more precise "Dont play right footed players (called John) on the left".
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The "Steve H Pessimism" Vote on Saints Future

Medal More Optimistic
(26 Votes )
(16)
Unchanged
(2 Vote )
(7)
Less Optimistic
(24 Vote )
(29)
After all that it looks like despite all the cynicism and slagging of the club there are a lot of Saintees willing to believe that it'll all come right in the end.
Of course you could also say that there's a lot more polarisation of opinion as well - be interesting to see next summer who'll be able to turn round and say "told you so"
COME ON YE SAINTS !!!

That's it until next year..........................


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