2005 TOSSA RESULTS

Welcome to theThe 2005 Temple Of Saints Survey Awards (TOSSAs). Now in their 8th year and voted on by the Blue Heaven Forumand via this Web Site, you can see what we thought of the events over the shitty year that was 2003-04. If you can be bothered previous awards can be found for 1997-98, 1998-99., 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 2002-03 and 2003-04

The nominations are divided into 5 categories The Season, The Players, 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. There's some surprises given the relative shambles of last season but the good news is that the arrival of Owen Coyle seems to have restored some of the faith - mind you we were saying the same stuff this time last year........

Anyway get the Babycham uncorked and here we go.........


The Season

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And the Winner Is...


(2004 TOSSA in brackets)

OTHER NOMINATIONS

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

Medal 3-0 win over Clyde
(31 Votes)
(3-2 vs Dunfermline)
First place by a mile goes to what was one of the best performances of the season where you just almost began to slightly believe we might be on the up. Second place went to the 3-0 win over Accies in the same period with the win over Partick in 3rd. Plenty of votes for "Wisnae one" and the wackiest went to the 3-2 defeat to Alloa for "comedy value"
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The "Any Trip to Dens Park" Award for Best Away Performance

Medal 4-0 vs Partick (Dec)
(27 Votes)
(3-0 vs Falkirk)
And the good bit is having to put the month in in case anyone gets confused over which 4-0 win won the award!!!
2nd place went to the follow-up matching scoreline in April which all-but-condemned Partick to the drop with the 3-0 December win at a rain-lashed New Douglas Park in 3rd.
Other mentions for the draws at Broadwood and Love St and the win at Stark's Park to relegate Raith.
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The "Let's Ban Sky" Award for Worst Home Performance

Medal 0-3 v Falkirk
(17 Votes)
(1-3 vs Clyde)
The January gubbing when the wheels finally came off the bandwagon easily wins out over the Alloa cup defeat and the 2-0 defeat to Accies later in the season although the latter probably showed up more than anything else how much we'd slipped over the 2nd half of the campaign.
Plenty of nominations here though with the opening home defeat to QoS, the 1-0 boredom win over Raith and the just-as-boring goalless finale against St Midden all mentioned.
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The "Ochilview" Medal for Worst Away Performance

Medal 0-4 v Ross County
(20 Votes)
(0-2 v Ross County)
The New Year ending of the clean sheet run won out by just two votes over the defeat at Stark's Park - both of which exposed how basically shite we were.
Others mentioned included the defeats at the Falkirk Wendy Hoose, the Broomfield game and the defeat at Palmerston. But such was the depression even the wins at Berwick in the cup and the 2nd game at Raith which sent them down, didn't manage to cheer up you miserable buggers.
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The "Who Needs a Striker Now?" Certificate for Goal of the Season

Medal Stephen Dobbie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Stephen Dobbie v Partick
(13 Votes)
(Keigan vs ICT (15/05/04))
The cute chip in the second 4-0 Firhill win wins out by 4 votes in a fairly widespread category. Second place goes to Martyn Fotheringhams screamer of a consolation goal against Queen of the South and in third place with 8 votes was Peaso's goal at Love St (before he played at martial arts with Mekon Millen).
Others nominated included McManus' well-worked equaliser at Clyde, Dobbie's efforts against Clyde and Airdrie, Chris Hay's goal at QoS, Sheerin's freekick against Accies and Clyde and Kevin Fotheringham's goal against QoS (we seemed to get some spectacular goals in games against the Doonhamers - doesn't really make up for the lack of points though).
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The "Craig Brown Selection" Medallion for Save of the Season

Medal Allan McGregor v Accies
(21 Votes)
(Cuthbert v Accies)
A rainswept Lanarkshire ground in December saw RobRoy's final (?) game of his loan spell at Saints win the award for some cracking saves.
Elsewhere the keeper is also nominated for saves against Airdrie, Falkirk, St Midden and Clyde as well as general praise for the clean sheets.
Of course the word "Save" gives plenty of scope for the witty Saintees to come up with some more exotic suggestions. So mentions for "Getting our money back for Moore" and the classic "Partick Thistle's very existence saving us from being completely miserable for the entire season."
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The "Gerry McMahon Injury" Scroll for Biggest Disappointment of the Season

Medal John Connolly
(24 Votes)
(Not getting promotion)
It has to be said that most of the votes aren't too bitter but simply disappointed that the optimism and hope we had this time last year was so cruelly dashed.
Second place went to simply "the team" followed by "finishing 3rd bottom" (which is worse than 8th when put like that. Plenty other nominations along the lines of the lack of fight, passion and belief in the side. Three votes went to the "Whole Thing" and individually both Paul Sheerin and Paul Bernard were singled out.
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The "Kane Header Against Dundee" Commemorative Video for Most Satisfying Moment or Event

Medal Dundee Relegated
(13 Votes)
(Stark going)
As ever when it's going shite for us we look to the misfortunes of our rivals and Duffy's Duffers won out over the joy at watching the Maryhill Magyars being relegated. Third place went to beating Partick 4-0 twice. Three votes went to "Getting rid of Connolly" although again that was more realism than spite. And on a more serious note there was also a mention for the fund-raising and united front by the Partick and Saints fans for Don McVicar in April.
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The "Better Than The Pub" Award for Team Giving Most Entertainment Value

Medal Falkirk
(33 Votes)
(ICT)
The champions are clear winners of this one with everyone else in single figures. Second place was good ole Partick with just a tiny hint of gloating with Queen of the South, Raith, the Paisley junkies, Ross County, Airdrie and Clyde making up the numbers.
Nobody liked Accies apparently.....
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The "Boghead Drainage System" Memorial Award for Best Away Ground

Medal Victoria Park
(12 Votes)
(Palmerston)
The fun and games of the trips to Dingwall win out again with the Highland hospitality beating the trips to Firhill by three votes (well it certainly didn't win out based on the footie). Third place was Palmerston with 4th place going to the half-built SPL-satisfying Wastefield. All the other grounds we visited this season picked up a mention as well.
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The "OF Domination" Plaque for the Best Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal Partick Relegated
(12 Votes)
(Dundee go bust)
Nothing like looking on the bright side is there? The multiple-relegation haunted Jags beat even the sheer joy of Berti Vogts getting sent back to the Fatherland by two votes. Third place (and keeping up the joy in other's misfortune tradition) goes to Scumdee's eventual drop from the SPL clique back to the real world.
Other nominations included Shuggy Dallas picking up his ref's pension, Walter Smith taking over the national team, Sellik blowing the league and ICT staying up.
Closer to home there were a couple of votes for Oweny coming to Saints but weirdest of the lot was "A Hun Being Made Pope"....aye right.
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The "Sacking of Totten AntiChrist" Award for the Worst Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal Old Firm
(23 Votes)
(SPL Stadium Rules)
Back to normal with over 30% of the vote going to the Bigot Brothers (thought they were meant to be leaving soon anyway). Second place went to Saints not being promoted but there were lots of nominations including Shuggy's retirement, Gretna and their Livi-wannabe chairman, Livi managing to drag themselves out of the red, Walter taking the Scotland job, Claude Anelka.
Weirdest vote was for "Sentanta charge £12 per month in summer" - serves them right for backing SPL shite.
More seriously was a couple of votes for Don McVicar's illness - a reminder that there are a lot more important things than a game of fitba.
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The "Rolf Harris" Grammy for Song/Chant of the season

Medal Sweet Caroline
(14 Votes)
("Only one Jim Weir!")
Sung with all the regularity of a Crazy Frog jingle for most of last season, it looks set to fade as quickly as your average Pop Idol ditty from the Saints playlist following the departure of John Connolly.
2nd place went to Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire as sung at a lot of away games. Heaps of nominations though with "Feed the Wegies" from Hamilton in third place followed by "Only one Allan McGregor", "Same old Peaso", "We Always win 4-0"(from Firhill - which almost rhymes with four-nil!!) amongst others.
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The "Penalty At Ibrox Miracle" Award for Best Ref of the Season

Medal Willie Young
(19 Votes)
(Willie Young)
Going out on a high and a fairly convincing award over the 11-votes runner-up in fellow retiree Shuggy Dallas.
Others nominated included Kenny Clark, Dougie McDonald, John Underhill, Mike Ritchie and of course the ubiquitous "The Concept Doesn't Exist" traditional vote. Nobody voted for Charlie Richmond though.
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The "Aw no him" Award for Worst Ref of the Season

Medal Charlie Richmond
(15 Votes)
(John Rowbotham)
Aaaah that's why? Yup Mr 3-reds from Love St is a clear winner over retiring slap-headed Fifer John Rowbotham in 2nd place depriving the Colligna lookalike of back-to-back awards.
Elsewhere votes for Stuart Dougal, Callum Murray, Willie Young, Dallas, Freeland, McCurry etc with four votes reserved for "All of them".
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The "Fergus hates Farry" Medal for Most Loathed Person / Institution of the Season

Medal Old Firm
(21 Votes)
(SPL)
Back to normal here with the Bigot Bros domination of the media, money and moronic behaviour seeing them easy winners. Runners-up spot with just four votes apiece were St Midden and Paul Lovering with the latters antics in December annoying some people.
Heaps of nominations again with Sheerin, Moore, Hannah and Bernard the Saintees in the firing line, Latapy, Marshall and Millen making up the other players and the usual suspects amongst the rest including Traynor, both Juteopolis sides, Billy Reid, Livi, Partick and Gretna.
One final name picked up a vote - Mr John Connolly who has obviously not left with everyone's best wishes.

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 Peaso. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Peaso

(23 Votes)

(Brian McLaughlin)
Clear winner by nine votes thanks to some goalscoring performances and x-rated tackling on obnoxious opponents. Signing a 3-yr deal probably didn't do him any harm either.
Runner-up was Mr Love-him-or-hate-him Ravey-Davey Hannah who has done more over the season than an army of Keevinses to get the Saints fans emotions a-churning.
Third place went to Steven Anderson with, in order of votes, the other slots going to McCann, Maxwell, McGregor, Rustybitz and Forsyth. Nobody voted for Colin Marshall.
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The "Andy Brannigan Understudy" Award for Worst Saints Player This Season

Medal Paul Sheerin
Paul Sheerin

(14 Votes)

(Rudi Vata)
Sorry but in the end Peanut was a pretty clear winner here with even Colin "Tantrum" Marshall failing to catch him. Still he's got another season to win us all over.
Third place was Chris Hay although there were plenty of nominations (let's face it a dud wasn't too hard to find on the park last year). Hannah was in fourth spot and also nominated were Cuthbert, McConalogue, Maxwell, Moore, Kevin Fotheringham, Jordan Tait, Craig Samson, Lee Hardy, David Cowan and one vote for "The whole fucking lot of them"
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The "Vinny Arkins £5m In A Few Years" Award for the Most Improved Saints Player This Season

Medal Steven Anderson.
Steven Anderson

(21 Votes)

(Ross Forsyth)
A clear winner for the ex-Arabs defender who's "Doin it for the kid". Helped of course by the signing of a new deal and the swtich to centre-half towards the end of the season.
Second place went to the new Callum Davison in Willie Dyer with Ryan McCann in third. Others nominated included Maxwell, Dobbie, Peaso, Rob Roy, McManus, Hay, Moon, Baxter and Andy Jackson
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The "Fat Keepers Memorial Rolex" Award for the Best Ambassador for the Club

Medal Capn Jim
Jim Weir
(23 Votes)
(Jim Weir)
And this year's Jim Weir Award goes to.........Jim Weir.
Ach what's the bloody point - even a stupid Brosesque bleaching of the bonce in an attempt to convince us we'd signed Bowey didn't detract from ole Blueblood's votes.
Anyway Geoff Broon was second with 10 votes followed by John Connolly, Owen Coyle, David Hannah, Peaso, Dobbie, Supersaint and two votes for "Radford" (how can he think himself more important than Cap'n Jim. What's the world coming to?)
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The "Marble Staircase Story Revisited (Again)" Award for the Biggest Embarrassment for Saints

Medal John Connolly. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
John Connolly

(12 Votes)

(Rudi Vata)
Again without much malice but our former manager's approach and the damage to the club over the season seems to have struck a chord. Best summed up by the comment that "Our 'messiah' turned out to be a very naughty boy"
Second place went to "Finishing 8th" (or to put a more depressing angle on it - "finishing behind St Midden").
Player-wise votes went to Sheerin, Hannah, Marshall, Hardy, Hay, Kevin Fotheringham, Rutkiewicz and Michael Moore.
But you weren't finished there with the team's attitude, losing to Alloa, the size of the away support, the stewards at McDiarmid and "Filthy seats at McDiarmid" all leading to the redness of the Saintee-following supporter's cheeks.
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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 The Davester - Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
The Davester

(10 Votes)

(Mavis)
Henceforth to be known as the man of umpteen nicknames, it was The Davester that just beat Ravey Davey into 2nd place although he was also nominated for The Davenator and Marti Pellow. Third place though went to Rustybitz with other votes being cast for (big breath), Airbags, Pamela Anderson, The OC, Peaso, The Cat, Statue, Peanut, The Messiah, Keyring, Fish Supper, Postie, Fozzy and Scrabble.
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The "Chirpy Cheeky Chick Charnley Red Card" Award for the Funniest Moment of the Season

Medal Dancing Dave - Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
David Hannah's Dance
(13 Votes)
(Peaso on the Telly)
Yup the skipper doing the samba in front of the damp away support at Hamilton in December sees him win out by a solitary vote over There wasn't one (you dour buggers).
Third place went to Peaso's attempted tackle on Millen with other votes going to Partick's fans going mental at half-time, Partick going down and (spot a pattern here?), (Partick keeper reacting to the 4th going in). There was also Moore's misses, the Fancy Dress at Palmerston, McCall getting the sack, Mark Reilly's hair and the relegations of Scumdee and Raith - see it wasn't all that bad really.
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The "Fererro Rocher 'With These Players You Are Spoiling Us" Award for the Ideal Saints Side

Medal Cuthbert, Baxter, Dyer, McCann, Anderson, James, Stevenson, Sheerin, Peaso, Dobbie, Coyle
(Cuthbert, Baxter, Forsyth, Fraser, Dods, Stevenson, Bernard, Sid, McLaughlin, Mixu, Parker)
It seems to be a 4-3-3 formation that's favourite although the nominations were spread over a month or so, so the likes of Janczyk or Milne don't get a look-in. Similarly the Cat is nominated at the back but a lot of folk want a new keeper in. Plenty votes of confidence in the likes of Anderson and Dyer and Mark Baxter.
As for the "fringe" players, David Hannah is mentioned a few times as is Sloan and Keyring but it doesn't look too good for David "Forgotten" Bagan or Kevin "Injured" Fotheringham.
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The "Almost fit to lace Roddy's boots" Medallion for Best non-Saints Player in Scottish Football

Medal Russell Latapy
(39 Votes)
(Henrik Larsson)
Love him or hate him it's hard to disagree with this choice with Falkirk's midfield maestro and the man the Saints players love to stand back and watch romping home.
Second place went to Alan Gow of Airdrie with 5 votes and other nominees were John Potter, Daryl Duffy, Kirk Broadfoot, Gary Bollan, Steve Bowey, Mixu and Marcel Mahouve.
Nobody voted for a Raith player....
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The "Oleg Salenko" Medallion for Worst non-Saints Player in Scottish Football

Medal Steve Fulton
(12 Votes)
(Nuno Capucho)
The man who makes Vannessa Feltz look both anorexic and attractive won handsomely from his teammate and fellow relegated personage Grant Murray.
Andy McLaren, Mixu, most of the Raith and Thistle sides, Graeme Jones, Gary Bollan, Eddie Malone, Paul Lovering, Mark Reilly, Kirk Broadfoot and Lee Hardy also picked up various numbers of votes and a couple went for "Andy Millen the Cheating Bastard"(thank you Mr MacDonald)
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The County Sports Home Strip NameCheck for the Cult Hero of 2004-2005

Medal Dave the Cult - Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
David Hannah
(15 Votes)
(Jim Weir)
Another clear winner with the club skipper winning by 5 votes over Peaso with Allan McGregor in this place one vote behind. I don't think I've ever seen such a mixed reaction to a player in the voting - mind you could the Davester have won through courtesy of the dyslexics who misread "Cult"???..
Anyway in fourth spot was Steven Anderson and other votes came in for Oweny,Moorie, Jim Weir, Dobbie and Kevin Moon
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The East Stand Moaners Selection for Cult Hero of 2005-2006

Medal Kevin James
Kevin James

(21 Votes)
(John Connolly)
With the chorus of Chic's "Le Freak" in the background it's the newly-signed Beanpole Mutant that looks set to start a new religion for 2005-06. He's managed to beat the new manager by a whole six votes.
Third place was a late run for Steven Milne (see you should have signed earlier) with Dyer, Anderson, Hannah (that man gets everywhere), Janczyk, Peaso, Andy Jackson, Steve McManus and Kevin Moon rounding off the nominations.
No doubt next year the vote status will actually have gone to the Brazilian wonderkid we'll sign at the end of August.

The Media

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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
(12 Votes)
(Courier)
The can't be arsed voting category sees the Page Three paper win through (see Saints and tits in one easy daily read!), with the Daily Record in 2nd place ahead of the Courier and Sunday Post with the PA in lowly 5th.
Others mentioned included Metro, Sunday Times and the Herald.
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The "Sky Comes to McD" Award for Best TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal Radio Scotland
(23 Votes)
(Scotsport)
Sportsound wins through ahead of Radio Tay and Scotsport (that Sunday morning start obviously has hit viewing figures and has nothing to do with the dodgy fashion of Delahunt or the whininess of Andy Walker). Anyway Saturday pre-match is all about Traynor and Chic arguing with one another while Willie Miller, Richard Gordon and Jim Spence all try to pretend they care about the latest OF crisis.
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The "Jim Griffin Namecheck" Award for Worst National Newspaper Coverage

Medal Daily Record
(16 Votes)
(Daily Record)
Strangely lower down on the Media Falsehoods but the patronising reporting and the domineering presence of Traynor and Joan Burnie wins through again. The Sun was in 2nd place with 11 votes with other nominations going to the Star (we've got 6 readers of the Daily Star), Scotsman, Daily Mail, Herald, Guardian and Courier make up the rest.
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The "Cover the OF Instead" Award for Worst TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal Sky
(13 Votes)
(Sky)
Well no change here then with the lack of SPL presence from Saints culminating in the boys being filed along with the Isthmian Womens Reserve League 3rd Division (North) in terms of priority for sports news coverage.
Second place went to Scotsport which proves that even those diehard Saintees that get out their pits by 11am on a Sunday are pretty unimpressed by the in-depth coverage of Paisley we get subject to. Third was the BBC (Sportscene side) with other mentiones for Talksport, Radio 5 Live and Radio Clyde and a token smart-arse vote for "Radio One" (mind you have you ever seen Traynor and Moyles in the same picture!)
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Pundit / Reporter of the Year

Medal Stuart Cosgrove
(13 Votes)
(Stuart Cosgrove)
Aye well he's one of us and despite dodgy fashion sense and media companions he beat Bill Leckie into 2nd place with Richard Gordon and Willie Miller in joint third.
Elsewhere there was a real variety with Spencey, Vipond, Strachan, Dick Donnelly, Charlie Mann, Jim Masson, Spiers, Tam Cowan and even "Paul Smith" getting a mention.
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The "Gerry" Hall of Fame for Worst Pundit / Reporter

Medal Andy Walker
(14 Votes)
(Sandy Clark)
Wow - a twat even more twattish than Sandy Clark!! Actually 3 twats since Chic the Pric was 2nd and Gordon Smith was third.
Other votes went to Tam Cowan, Dougie Donnelly, Bill Leckie, Murdo, Keevins, Erchie, "Bawbag Provan",. Traynor, Nicholas and a vote for "that stupid cow that edits the PA".
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The "Almost as Popular as the Pammy Video" Scroll for the Best WWW Site of the Season

Medal Blue Heaven
(28 Votes)
(Blue Heaven)
Same again really with the BH forum the main discussion area for Saints fans these days (speaking of which there was a vote under Disappointments for the "death of the saintees mailing list" - the price of progress). Anyway this won by a mile from the Official Site in 2nd place and Pie and Bovril in 3rd.
Others mentioned were the BBC, PA, Matchmag, Off the ball and www.footballtransfers.info.

Off the Park

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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 - 25(Yes: 38 No: 27)
Little to say here but there was apparently a bit of an upsurge in season ticket sales last summer (back when it was sunny and we all dreamt of the trophies to come)
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The "Sit Us Amongst The Bigots" Roll of Season Ticket Holder for 2002-03

Medal Yes - 29
No - 25(Yes 39 No 26)
I know it doesn't add up but some people are just down as don't knows so the message to Messrs. Broon and Duff seems to be to prepare for a wee dip in pre-season income.
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The "Let them eat Pie" Barometer of Club / Fan Relationships for Last Season

Medal Improved - 29
No Change - 11
Worsened - 16
Interesting one this since it hardly tallies with the question below - despite an improved relationship there still seems to be a lot of work to do. It could just be that the support has dwindled to the diehards and the only way is up...
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The "Worse Ratings than the SPL" PR Marks out of 10 Score

Medal 5.4(5.123) This was strange since the higher marks came from people who though the relationship had gone downhill - so either PR demands have grown or else we're just a bunch of dour buggers (wonder what Mr Duff's view is?)
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The "Whitewash The Stand" List of Suggested Improvements to the Club

Medal Cheaper Admission Prices
(17 Votes )
(Reduce Prices)
Wins by one vote from the terminal "Better PR" with the club obviously not doing enough to keep the fans happy and win back the ones that have vanished over the last few years. Plenty of nominations to do with prices though including free school tickets, long-term discounts on season tickets, cheap admission to cup games, free admission to U-12s, student gates etc.
Elsewhere and there's demands for fans to be put on the board and the Federation to be scrapped, various backroom members of staff to be "downsized", seats to be cleaned, more money to be spend, the PA / programme to be improved and someone wants a healthy eating option at the pie stall.
Simpler suggestions included "A winning team", "more entertainment on the park" and tosum up ""Get shot of the layabouts who fannied about in midfield for most of last season" - which is what it's all about really.
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The "Alex Totten Bin Liner" Rating - will Owen Coyle get us promotion

Medal Yes - 38
No - 18
New manager so confidence is overwhelming. Well not quite as a lot of the Yes votes were tempered with "but not this season" get-outs. Ach you'll be laughing on the other side of yer face when we win the league by March!
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The "Sack the Board" Rating - should Geoff leave now?

Medal Yes - 11
No - 45
Faith in the chairman seems to have been shaken a bit but in the absence of Mr Abronovich dumping Chelsea Harbour for a flat in Tay Street, it's safe to say that we want him to be around for a good while yet. Besides who else would entertain the fans from the touchline before the Firhill wins!

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 ::
Allan McGregor

(17 Votes)
Simon Mensing
(12 Votes)
Stephen Dobbie
(9 Votes)
(Bowey, Gillies, Bingham).
Hah!!!! At last the stranglehold of Ricky Gillies over this category has vanished with the ex-Paisley midfielder being forced to settle for a single vote this time round as ex-keeper Rob Roy romped home with a big hint to the new manager about what we want to see.
Second and third places went to signing targets and with Dobbie on board and Mensing a strong rumour it looks like we might get what we wanted this summer.
Other nominations included Steven Milne (check), Rankin, Easton, Charlie Miller, Brent Rahim, Colin Meldrum, Alan Russell, Stevie Crawford (aye right), Billy Dodds, Martin Cameron, Marvyn Wilson, Latapy, Lilley, Halliwell, Escalas and two votes for ex-Saints Simon Donnelly and Tommy Lovenkrands!!!
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The "Mystic Aggie" Prediction List for Next Season

Medal League ::
Win it
(25 Votes)
League Cup ::
Third Round

(18 Votes)
Scottish Cup ::
3rd Round

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

(27 Votes )
(1st / Qtr Final / Qtr Final /Win it)
Nothing like a new manager for a boost to confidence with nobody predicting a finish below 5th and almost half expecting us to be sitting this time next summer preparing the umbrellas for the Ibrox upper-tier shower of phlegm. Ten folk reckon someone will finish ahead of us and 18 opted for third spot.
For the CIS Cup only 10% of us expect to win it with the majority expecting a 3rd round knockout (so that's two easy teams then the trip to play the OF).
The Scottish Cup seems to be hit by realism with half expecting a one-game appearance in this years tournament and only 10 people expecting us to make it beyond the 4th round. Still there's at least one fan that will be wearing a told-you-so smirk if we win the bloody thing.
The Bell's Cup is apparently our best hope for a trophy with 27 reckoning on Saints finally getting their name on the cup and another 6 expecting at least a final place. Still to dampen things 3 people expect a knockout by Alloa on July 30th and there was a single vote of "who cares" (said in the best OF whine when they talk about a mickey-mouse cup)
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The "Kenny MacDonald" Prediction for Most Promising Saintee Next Season

Medal Andy Jackson. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Andy Jackson

(14 Votes)
(Stephen Fraser)
After last year's hope failed to make the breakthrough because of < insert your own reason here >, Andy Jackson is the one we want to see given the chance over the next season. Second place was Anderson who'll hopefully get a full season at centre-half.
Third was Kevin James and Willie Dyer with other nominees including McCann, McManus, Moon, Mensing, Cuthbert, Janczyk and Dobbie (the latter described as a "goalscoring machine" whatever that is)
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The "School or Club" Dilemma of Youth Opportunities at Saints.

Medal Yes - 40
No - 11
(Yes 40 No 25)
A reasonable vote for the "ayes" perhaps tempered by the lack of real progress some of the kids have shown when given their chance - the likes of Fraser, Forsyth and Foxy proving that "F" is a dodgy initial for your surname if you want to make the grade.
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The "Kirkwood View From The Stand" List of Tactical Changes

Medal 4-4-2
(11 Votes )
(4-4-2)
A mixed bag again with 4-4-2 just winning out over 3-5-2 (and 3-4-3 left trailing). There were also calls to pass the ball (some weird tactic they invented in Brazil), score goals, play at a faster temp, not to sit too deep and to show some creativity (again one of those new-fangled things that hasn't been seen in Perth for a while).
Player-wise there were some votes for McCann to be stuck through the middle (I don't think they meant in a spit-roast sort of way) and to "drop lazy players" - which again is something that was rarely seen last season eh Mr Sheerin?
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The "Steve H Pessimism" Vote on Saints Future

Medal More Optimistic
(45 Votes )
(47)
Less Optimistic
(11 Vote )
(18)
Aye well it's the close season and let's face it things can't get much worse - I mean it's not as though we're going to do a Partick is it???
Nope - this is the time for some hope. That was a shite season - we're now due a good one (Besides it would be nice to type up the TOSSAs with a smile on my face instead of the grimaces).
Anyway thanks to all who voted and bothered to read this crap -That's it until next year !!!!!

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


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