Welcome to theThe 2007 Temple Of Saints Survey Awards (TOSSAs). Now in their tenth glorious year, you can see what we thought of the events over the 2005-06 campaign. If you can be bothered previous awards can be found for 1997-98, 1998-99., 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06

The nominations are divided into 5 categories The Season, The Players, The Media, Off The Park and finally The Future. Apologies for the delay in getting the results out but thanks to everyone who took the trouble to cast their votes and show just how optimistic we are for the coming season.

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

The Season




And the Winner Is...

(2006 TOSSA in brackets)



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

Medal 3-0 win v Dundee United
(43 Votes)
(5-1 v Accies)
Almost 2/3rds of the vote went to the convincing slaughter of the lacklustre Arabs back last autumn in the CIS cup when Jason showed his former employers what they were missing.
Second place was the January win over Gr£tna (who it seems we all hate now) courtesy of Hardie's late winner.
Other votes went to the 4-2 win over Accies, the two wins over QoS and the wins over Partick, Airdrie and Dundee.

The "Any Trip to Dens Park" Award for Best Away Performance

Medal 2-0 win at The Death Star
(48 Votes)
(4-4 vs Partick)
Just for a change a Partick game doesn't get the title with instead the honours going to that rather enjoyable evening in another part of Glasgow as Savo's double meant Chic's tears flooded the Clyde and Colin McCreadie savoured the Ibrox hospitality. 35 years in coming but almost worth the wait.
Plenty of other votes with second place going to the drama at Hamilton to end the season and nominations too for the party-spoiling win at Gr£tna, the cup wins at Falkirk and Motherwell and even a vote for the semi-final defeat at Hampden.

The "Let's Ban Sky" Award for Worst Home Performance

Medal 1-2 v Livi
(44 Votes)
(0-1 v Gretna(cup) )
Another clear winner with the defeat against Meadowbank in the game that saw us throw it away and saw the Cat red-carded for a non-challenge. Possibly one of the lowest points of the season since it seemed we'd blown it big time only for the team spirit to take it to the wire.
Second place was the other Livi defeat and third the goalless Cup draw against Ayr United. Other votes went for the games against Airdrie, Ross Co and Clyde but it's good to report that there weren't many bad home games to really pick from.

The "Ochilview" Medal for Worst Away Performance

Medal 0-2 v Partick
(19 Votes)
(1-2 v Scumdee)
Winning out over the defeat at Gretna before Xmas, the rearranged Firhill match which saw us not only fail to score against the luvvies, for the first time since Dick Campbell had hair but also, God forbid, blow another catchup game with an insipid and lacklustre performance.
Plenty of other nominations though (and given our away form that's possibly not such a surprise), with the 1-0 defeat at Palmerston, the 2-1 defeat at Dens and results against Livi, Clyde, Ross Co, Morton all mentioned with four votes even going for the final day win at Hamilton which was depressing for it's own reasons.

The "Who Needs a Striker Now?" Certificate for Goal of the Season

Medal Savo. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Savo 1st goal v Rangers
(29 Votes)
(Goran Stanic v Accies)
No question about this one with a clear winner for Savo's overhead stormer of an opener at the Death Star winning through by 12 votes from Simon Mensing's rocket against Accies in the spring.
And there were a lot of good goals to pick from with other nominations including Savo's 2nd at Ibrox, Hardie's goals against Gr£tna and at Hampden, Sheerinho's chip against QoS, Scotland's goals against Hibs and the Scum, Morais' cracker against Hamilton, Lawrie's rocket at Almondvale and Peaso's finish at Somerset Park.

The "Craig Brown Selection" Medallion for Save of the Season

Medal Kevin Cuthbert. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Cuthbert at Hampden
(18 Votes)
(Kevin Cuthbert at Love Street)
Despite starting behind Halliwell last summer the Cat finished as no1 choice keeper and although he had a few mistakes over the season there were plenty of nominations where he shone with the pick of the bunch the save to tip the ball over the bar from the header by VenerealWhoreofScepticTank in the first-half at Hampden.
Other nominations included his saves at Fir Park, against Gr£tna and Accies while Halliwell also picked up a vote for his performance against Partick last November.
Of course the usual witty votes were also cast including "Alan Main saving himself the shame of having to be involved with Gretna any longer than he has to, by choosing to return to Saints instead" and " Keeping league alive until the 95th minute"

The "Gerry McMahon Injury" Scroll for Biggest Disappointment of the Season

Medal Not winning anything / getting promoted
(31 Votes)
(Not winning the title)
Winner by three votes from the last five minutes at Hamilton, the overall feeling of disappointment at the season can at least be looked at with a bit more optimism than 2005-06.
Other votes wnet ot losing to Hibs, no finals, losing games in hand, league form and "Celtic diver cheating us out of the final" - although when you read it like that it's a bit better than some of the pain we've had to suffer in recent years.

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

Medal Winning at Ibrox
(33 Votes)
(Kelvin Jack's Own Goal)
Nuff said really but for the 1000 or so Saints fans that braved the darkness of Govan there was nothing to match it this season which is no mean feat.
Second place with 8 votes was taking the league to the last day / winning at Gr£tna to spoil their party, while other nominations went to Taking Hibs to extra-time, seeing Saints at Hampden, Cup runs, Hardie's goal at Hampden, Beating <insert SPL team here>.
Other off the park mentions went to the players commitment and attitude, Dick Campbell's bunnet-throwing tantrum and one vote for "Main punching Alexander" - not that the BBC ever let us see it though.

The "Better Than The Pub" Award for Team Giving Most Entertainment Value

Medal Hamilton
(20 Votes)
Not sure how much of this was tempered by the final game drama but a clear winner for Billy Reid's side over the season. Second place was Hibs while in third it was "Partick and Dick Campbell" a pairing alas unlikely to be seen again.
Other votes went for QoS, Sellick, "Rangers diddy support", Motherwell, Airdrie(!), Morton, Falkirk, Gr£tna (see some folk are still living the dream) and both Coagie sides.
Best vote though was for "Ourselves at times" which sums up the season a lot more than I ever could.

The "Boghead Drainage System" Memorial Award for Best Away Ground

Medal Tynecastle
(13 Votes)
(Glebe Park)
First really close call with the CIS semi visit to Little Lithuania in the Capital wining out by one vote from Accies in second place with Ibrox in third and Hampden in fourth - all heavily influenced no doubt by the atmosphere amongst the away support at these grounds.
Other nominations were for Cappielow, Dens, Firhill, Clyde, Airdrie, "Dingwall for the pies!" and Palmerston with a solitary vote for Raydale.

The "OF Domination" Plaque for the Best Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal Beating France
(22 Votes)
(Jambos Form)
Just for a change the national side gets a look-in with the Walter-inspired victory over Terry Henry's Snail Munchers winning out by seven votes from "Saints in the semi-finals" (see we're not too parochial).
Other nominations went to the usual OF categories (Huns in crisis and Lennon leaving), Airdrie being relegated, Paul Le Guin (!).
From the category known as weird we also had "" Geoff Brown having the guts to say publicly about Gretna what everyone else is thinking" (more about that later), "" The 1st Division title race being seven-hundred and forty million times more exciting than the Self Preservation League stroll for Selik forcing the Glasgow pundits to admit there's life beyond the Old Firm" and weirdest of the lot was "" Radio Scotland MW on net" (thanks to the Jim Spence fan club block vote for that one)

The "Sacking of Totten AntiChrist" Award for the Worst Thing to Happen to Scottish Football

Medal Gr£tna buy the league
(38 Votes)
With perhaps a soucon of bitterness the clear winner (second place only got six votes) was the promotion of Gr£tna to the top flight as yet again a club spending beyond their means buys their way up the leagues. Word of warning guys - Livingston.
Second place was Wally Smith returning to the marble staircase while other votes went to Romanov's Empire, James Grady (more on him later), Celtic cheats, Fir Park Racists, "The bloody fairytale", SPL2 and Gordon Smith.

The "Rolf Harris" Grammy for Song/Chant of the season

Medal SPL yer havin a laugh
(12 Votes)
(Tiny Bubbles)
Quite a wide range of nominations this time but the cup-tie chant wins through over "Wendy Who?", "Are you Rangers in disguise" (from Hampden) and "Can we play you every week" (from Ibrox).
Elsewhere and votes also came in for "The Cat is on Fire", "We Hate Dundee", "What a shite party" (Gretna), "We're all going to Hampden", "He's Portugues and he hates Coagies", "Ivano shags Dario", "Saints fans give us a waive" (from Hamilton in April) and "We Are the People" (Ibrox again).
Couple of weird votes - one for a song I'd never heard - "" What's that coming over the Hill, it's SIMON MENSING!!" and one vote for "" Old bloke behind me at Hamilton repeatedly yelling "Willlllllie!" at Willie McLaren, but refusing to make any further point. A one-man chant.".
There's definitely an album in this somewhere.

The "Penalty At Ibrox Miracle" Award for Best Ref of the Season

Medal Colin Hardie
(10 Votes)
(Stuart Dougal)
Only refereeed one game this season at Hamilton on the last day but it's to his credit that he let the game flow.
Second place was Stuart Dougal a vote behind while in third was Craig Thomson. The usual plethora of nominations for "None of them" while at least one person bemoaned not being able to vote for Wullie Young.

The "Aw no him" Award for Worst Ref of the Season

Medal Charlie Richmond
(17 Votes)
(Craig Mackay)
Regaining his title, ole Cock-up himself returns following his display in the semi-final at Hampden for a clear win. Second place went to Eddie Smith (also known as "That bastard that sent off Cuthbert", while among the usual votes for "all of them", specific targets included Ian Brines, Stuart Dougal, Freeland, Winter, Tumilty, Collum, Finnie, Craig Thomson and best of all Hugh Dallas (as in "I know he has retired but still deserves it").

The "Fergus hates Farry" Medal for Most Loathed Person / Institution of the Season

Medal Gr£tna
(23 Votes)
(Old Firm)
Clear winners and in fact the top 5 votes were all associated with the Village People. Second place was James "Aw shit no him" Grady, while he was followed up by Mileson, Alexander and Irons.
Away from the Village People votes went to the OF, Scumdee, VenerealWhoreofScepticTank, Benji, Murdo McLeod, SPL, Lennon, the Motherwell Racists and Alex Rae. No real surprises there then although there was a solitary vote for "St Midden fans on Pie and Bovril"

The Players




And the Winner Is...



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

Medal Martin Hardie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Martin Hardie

(47 Votes)

(Goran Stanic)
No question about this one with only Goran in second place also managing double figures but still miles behind the midfielder who this season has put on the sort of gutsy passionate, kiss-the-badge performances and attitude that we've been crying out for all season, except he's also managed to control his temper a bit (as shown by his confrontations with that ginger twat Lennon at Hampden).
Goran was second with 10 votes and behind him came Simon Mensing, Jason, Peaso, Kevin James and Savo.
Nobody voted for Paul Lawson.

The "Andy Brannigan Understudy" Award for Worst Saints Player This Season

Medal Wullie McLaren. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Wullie McLaren

(16 Votes)

(John Henry)
Perhaps a controversial decision this but Oor Wullie's inconsistency and tendency to fight his own teammates sees him "win" out by two votes from Bryn Halliwell in second place. On the plus side, Wullie has shown some skill this season and hopefully can channel his energies a bit more for the coming campaign.
Other votes went to Derek Lilley, Michael McGovern (remember him?), Owen Coyle (!), Ryan Styevenson, Peaso, Lawrie, Scrabble, Dobbie, McManus and Derek McInnes. At least most of these have since done an Elvis and left the building.

The "Vinny Arkins £5m In A Few Years" Award for the Most Improved Saints Player This Season

Medal Steven Anderson. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Steven Anderson

(24 Votes)

(Kevin Rutkiewicz)
Another close one but by a single vote, Pamela wins out over Martin Hardie following a string of outstanding performances all over the defence.
Elsewhere and votes went for Mensing, Cuthbert, Peaso, McLaren, Jason, James, Sheerinho, Lawrie and one solitary vote for "All of them"

The "Fat Keepers Memorial Rolex" Award for the Best Ambassador for the Club

Medal Owen Coyle. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Owen Coyle
(20 Votes)
(Owen Coyle)
Aye well this wasn't too predictable but the gaffer wins out by seven votes from skipper Kevin James while other votes went to Hardie (is there nothing this man can't do), Jason and Sheerinho with single votes for Peaso and Geoff Brown, although the latter picked up a few more votes in another category as you'll soon see.

The "Marble Staircase Story Revisited (Again)" Award for the Biggest Embarrassment for Saints

Medal Geoff Brown. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Geoff Brown's Outburst

(9 Votes)

(Mark Campbell)
It's going to be debated for a long time as to whether or not our chairman's comments in the papers the morning of the final game of the season actually had that much of an impact on the final outcome but whether or not they did, the feeling seems to be that they were at best ill-timed. Even when he's proven right (remember the Livi comments a few years ago?), there's no doubt the same media that couldn't wait to splash it all over their pages will forget to apologise to him for some of the flak he took afterwards.
That aside, there were heaps of nominees here with the two Celtic loanees, McLaren, Dobbie, Halliwell, Jackson's miss at Fir Park, Peaso and McLaren's fisticuffs, not scoring at Firhill, Scotland when he's being lazy, Lilley and Lawrie all nominated for activities on the park.
Off the park, we had the club backing SPL2, the usual complaints about the stewards, the Tynecastle streaker and the "continual whinging of the Inverness 22" while someone else went for "The Incredible Disappearing Supporters Federation"

The "I Cant Be Bothered Typing Dinos Name Out In the Match Reports" Award for the Best Nickname of the Season

Medal Martin Hardie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Mad Mental Martin

(19 Votes)

(Neil "Scrabble" Janczyk)
Another award for Martin Hardie although for a change it seems he's trying to live down his nickname - still he'll always be a psychopath underneath that big greetin exterior.
Second place was shared between Kevin "The Cat" Cuthbert and bloody Gr£tna (or the Village People to give them their real name) while other nominees included, Le Freak, Sheerinho, Oor Wullie, Savo, Ando, Felipe Felope, Wizard, Gunther, The Sparrow (Wullie McLaren), Pamela and one I personally liked was "Dobbie the Jobbie"

The "Chirpy Cheeky Chick Charnley Red Card" Award for the Funniest Moment of the Season

Medal Andy Lawrie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Andy Lawrie falling over sign

(15 Votes)
(Kelvin Jack Own Goal)
It's the simplest things in life that can please and the early season Keystone Kops impersonation from Andy Lawrie as he went for a throw-in and managed to fall backwards over the ad hoarding seemed to strike a chord. Second place with 9 votes was the sight of Wullie McLaren clashing with Davie "Bad Loser" Irons when Martin Hardie scored the winner for Saints against the Village People in January.
Plenty of other characters nominated though including the Fat Hun at Raydale, the Ginger pitch invader against Livi, the Tynie streaker, Main's keepy-uppy at McDiarmid, Dick Campbell's bunnet-throwing tantrum, "Anything involving Halliwell".
Away from the players we had the T&T shirts selling out, plenty of nominations from the cup win at the Death Star (including " Sticking a quid on Savo to score first and saints to win 2-1 at ibrox at 350-1 and not sure how to the behave for the last 5 minutes", Ruining Gr£tna's party, singing "Only one Bobby Robson" at Raydale, Peaso chucking a Bairns defender over a hoarding and in a more traditional vein - "The Courier insisting Scumdee were still promotion contenders in April"

The "Fererro Rocher 'With These Players You Are Spoiling Us" Award for the Ideal Saints Side

Medal Cuthbert, Anderson, Stanic, James Rutkiewicz, Mensing, McInnes, Hardie, Scotland, Peaso, Sheerin
(Glennon, Mensing, Rutkiewicz, James, Stanic, Stevenson, Sheridan, Hardie, Sheerin, Scotland, Milne)
Most folk went for a 4-4-2 formation with nobody voting for Halliwell and only 7 votes coming in for teams with Alan Main between the sticks. Despite improving over the season Ando keeps Lawrie out of the team and while Stanic and James are automatic choices for most, the surprise was the number of preferences for Rustybitz over McManus.
In midfield, Filipe had a few nominations as did McLaren but most went for the tried and trusted experience of Mensing, Hardie, Sheerin and McInnes (Hardie and Mensing joining James and Goran as first-choices for most people).
Up front Scotland was still in the running although later votes went more for the Savo / Peaso formation - nobody went for Daal or Weatherston while Jackson also stayed on the sidelines.
As for the weird votes we had several for the side that won at Ibrox and one each for "The side that wins" and "Anyone Owen picks"

The "Almost fit to lace Roddy's boots" Medallion for Best non-Saints Player in Scottish Football

Medal Richard Offiong
(19 Votes)
(John Rankin)
Possibly another category influenced heavily by the final game of the season but the Accies striker's cracking finish for their second goal in that encounter seeing him win by nine votes from the Village Peoples Colin McMenamin (I think he's the construction worker) in second place.
As usual heaps of nominations for the likes of David Graham and Grady from the title-winners (the latter being slightly ironic) along with McDiarmid-bound Alan Main. From along the Tay, Kevin McDonad, Paul Dixon and Swankie picked up votes while elsewhere the likes of Gardyne at County, Bryson and Masterton at Clyde and Gary Twigg were all nominated.
Paul Lovering again failed to pick up any votes but let's hear it for the sympathy vote that went to Gary Bollan!!!!

The "Oleg Salenko" Medallion for Worst non-Saints Player in Scottish Football

Medal James Grady
(16 Votes)
(Gary Bollan)
Another influenced by the end of the season - perhaps but then the wee diving Coagey shite (as he has been know at times) has annoyed Saints fans for several years now although he did top it all on April 28th.
Second place was Alex Rae, mainly for his refereeing tactics in the derby games while in third was good old Paul Lovering although thankfully we won't have to see much of him next season. Elsewhere and Craig Samson, Swankie, Greig Strong, Makel, Davie Nicholls, Kenny Arthur, Jim Thomson, Lyle, McMenamin, McConalogue and Richard Offiong all gathered a few votes each while Rowan Alexander picked up a couple of votes although his playing activities seemed to take place off the park.
Finally a mention for two nominations - one each for "Too many of them to list" and "They're all shite".

The County Sports Home Strip NameCheck for the Cult Hero of 2004-2005

Medal Martin Hardie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Martin Hardie

(44 Votes)
(Goran Stanic)
By last seasons predicitions it should have been Jason winning this but his half-hearted approach to games at times meant he only garnered seven votes while Mr Passion and Fight Martin Hardie romped home with the title.
Third place went to Goran Stanic with Kevin James one vote behind. There was also a smattering of votes for the likes of Peaso, Sheerin, Owen, Anderson and good old Stewart Duff. One simple nomination of "The whole team" summed it up for me though.

The East Stand Moaners Selection for Cult Hero of 2005-2006

Medal Martin Hardie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Martin Hardie

(20 Votes)
(Jason Scotland)
Bigger spread of the vote across several players for this category but again it's the Mad Mental One that wins through by a large margin from Alan Main in second place.
Given most of the votes were in before the signings were made, there's only one vote for Dyron and none for David Weatherston. Votes came in though for Savo, Peaso, McLaren, Rustybitz, Jackson, Sheerin, Anderson, Moon, Cuthbert and Morais.
Strangest votes were for "A new Spanish midfielder" and "Brookes Mileson", the latter saying more possibly about our hopes for the fortunes of the Village People next season.

The Media




And the Winner Is...



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

Medal Sun
(18 Votes)
Despite some antagonistic coverage (especially towards the end of the season), Murdoch's Scottish tabloid wins out by five votes from the PA in second place. Behind that was the Record and Courier with other votes for the Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, Screws of the World and the Herald.

The "Sky Comes to McD" Award for Best TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal Radio Scotland
(49 Votes)
(Radio Scotland)
Another win for Sportsound with their much improved nightly coverage of Scottish football including the lower leagues (not that Smith, McLeod et al bother to cover these games) getting plenty of praise, especially with the likes of the Challenge Cup and the Internet coverage greatly improved.
Second place was Sportscene (mainly because we actually featured on it a few times I suspect) while Radio Tay was a distant third. Other wackier mentions included Perth Hospital Radio, STV (surely done in jest) and SAGA FM

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

Medal Daily Record
(22 Votes)
(Daily Record)
The West Coast bias wins through again with crap coverage and a tendency to reveal exclusives concerning bad news in clubs about to face the Old Firm on a Saturday morning. Still plus ca change eh?
Second place was the Sun with mentions for the Star, Mirror, Herald, Times, Scotsman, Metro and Guardian. Hey at least nobody hates the Courier or Tully this year though!!!!

The "Cover the OF Instead" Award for Worst TV/Radio Saints Coverage

Medal STV
(0 Votes)
No more Sunday morning half-hour quickies with Andy Walker means that the STV coverage of football is now limited to their wee small hours SPL show on a Monday night as watched by two nightshift workers and their dug.
Second place was Sky while other mentions were for Radio Clyde, BBC, Super Scoreboard, Radio Tay, Setanta and Real Radio.
No nominations for Partick Thistle TV then?

Pundit / Reporter of the Year

Medal Stuart Cosgrove
(21 Votes)
(Stuart Cosgrove)
Clear winner again for the celebrity Saintee with a dodgy fashion sense. Second place was Bill Leckie with 10 votes one ahead of Richard Gordon in third which at least credits them with contributing to some of the BBC coverage of the lower leagues this year.
Elseshwre and votes were for Jim Spence, Jim Traynor and Pat Nevin while individual votes were cast for the likes of Graeme Spiers, Allan Preston, Charlie Mann (whose punditry days are long gone), Gordon Smith, Andy Walker and finally "Owen Coyle on Scotsport"

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

Medal Chic Young
(20 Votes)
(Chic Young)
The laughing gnome keeps his title again partly because of his footballing allegiances (real and mythical) but partly because, let's face it, he's an annoying wee ned.
Second place went to phone-in supremo Jim Traynor with third spot shared between McLeod, Keevins and Smith (which sounds like the dodgiest firm of solicitors you could imagine). Otherwise there were nominations for Tam cowan, Jim Spence, Steve "Dour bugger" Cowan, John Colquhoun, Leckie, Pat Nevin, Billy Dodds, Archie Macpherson, McNee (who rarely contributes to Scottish football anyway) and Paul Mitchell. Special mention too for the Rangers TV commentator who picked up a vote as well - must be something to do with the commentary on a certain CIS cup tie?

The "Almost as Popular as the Pammy Video" Scroll for the Best WWW Site of the Season

Medal WeArePerth Forum
(30 Votes)
(WeArePerth Forum)
No real surprises with the main Saints chat forum garnering most of the votes for another year in succession. Second place went to the Official Site and while it's not the best source for rumours, it has to be said that the level of updates has improved greatly over the last year.
Third was shared between Sky and the BBC with the Temple of Saints fourth (despite people being told not to inflate my ego any further by voting for it).
Other nominations included Pie and Bovril, the BBC Predictor, Blue Heaven, the Courier, Scottish Ground Guide and one vote for the Gr£tna site (or YMCA.co.uk as we prefer to call it)

Off the Park




And the Winner Is...



The "Aggies Army" List of Season Ticket Holders

Medal Yes - 39
No - 31
(Yes: 36 No: 24)
Again most of the votes were received before the club changed their policy to allow for a 16-18yr old student season ticket. But the votes here show that there's a reasonable spread between us holders of the wee blue plastic wallet and those fans that perhaps can't make every game.

The "Sit Us Amongst The Bigots" Roll of Season Ticket Holder for 2002-03

Medal Yes -41
No - 28
Maybe - 1
(Yes 34 No 26)
Allowing for the one undecided, the number of people planning to swith to a season ticket isn't perhaps as dramatic as we'd hoped for (or as official figures suggest). However as I said a lot of the votes here were coming in prior to the new 16-18yr old season ticket category.
Either way it reflects the continuing optimisim surrounding the fans.

The "Let them eat Pie" Barometer of Club / Fan Relationships for Last Season

Medal Improved - 62
No Change - 2
Worsened - 6
(16 / 3 / 31)
A massive improvement here and despite some obvious problems throughout the season (the Accies ticket allocation handling and the season ticket changes) it shows that Saints are starting to get things right off the park (cue the East Stand Moaner echo of "aye and about time too")

The "Worse Ratings than the SPL" PR Marks out of 10 Score

Medal 6.300
Another big improvement here which confirms the comments made elsewhere.

The "Whitewash The Stand" List of Suggested Improvements to the Club

Medal Better PR
(9 Votes )
(Better PR)
No change here but the "winning" vote is a lot closer than you'd think with a lot more people now looking towards specifics in terms of PR such as improving the club's presence in town, more community activities and general visibility.
For matchday there are the usual cried for a student gate (now addressed), cheaper season tickets, cup games to be included, reduced admission, free school tickets.
Elsewhere the general handling of the club can apparently be improved by bigger cokes at the food kiosks(!), including video highlights on the website, more sizes in the strips and for the club to be more open with the fans (something which is hopefully being addressed with the explanations for season ticket changes etc).
From the wacky category we have "The club will always be perfect to me", "Pimp up the club shop" (there's a cable TV series in there somewhere, "Sell Stewart Duff masks in the shop", free buses to the bigger games, improving the PA announcer / system and scoreboard and "Clean the seats" (see some people are easily satisfied.
Just to end on a more serious note though there are a couple of calls to "Stop pretending we have a federation" which perhaps reflects the lack of visibility of Federation activities over the last year.

The Future




And the Winner Is...



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

Medal Top 3 are ::
Richard Offiong

(17 Votes)
Dave Mackay
(7 Votes)
Filipe Morais
(6 Votes)
(Griffin, Rankin, McBreen).
Plenty of suggestions here with Accies striker Richard Offiong a firm favourite although that seems unlikely now. Second place was Livi's Dave Mackay while Filipe made plenty of impact over the second-half of the season to come in a close third.
Heaps of nominations here though including Michael Gardyne from Celtic/County, Colin Samuel, Kenny Deuchar, Alex Williams, Don Cowie, Stevie Crawford, Tam McManus, Sam morrow, Paul McGowan (who impressed at Morton), Peter Canero, Michael Stewart, Stephen Glass, Bryan Prunty, David McCracken, Derek Lyle(!), Kevin MacDonald, Liam Buchanan and Masterton of Clyde.
There was one vote for David Weatherston while Dyron Daal obviously caught everyone by surprise. In more general terms, there were calls for "A right winger", "Anyone in the O'Boyle mould" and "I trust OC". Best suggestion for me though was a call to sign "The rest of the Stanic family"

The "Mystic Aggie" Prediction List for Next Season

Medal League ::
Win it

(60 Votes)
League Cup ::
Quarter Final

(40 Votes)
Scottish Cup ::
Quarter Final

(35 Votes )
Challenge Cup ::
Win it

(30 Votes )
(1st / 4th Round/ 3rd Round / Win it)
So the standards have been well and truly set by the past season with all but three votes expecting at least a top two finish in the league, two going for 3rd spot and one wit expecting "Anywhere between 1st and 8th".
For the cups there's a bit more realism (excluding the Challenge Cup but we always expect to win that one). Only one person thinks we'll win the CIS and three expect us to qualify for Europe via the Scottish Cup. Most expect a quarter-final though with one real glass half-empty vote in the Scottish Cup only expecting us to "go out whenever we invariably draw Celtic or Rangers" - so much for the lessons from the last campaign!!

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

(15 Votes)
(Andy Jackson)
Time's running out surely for the optimism surrounding Jacko as another year passes without him making any real impact on the side (not helped by missing a total sitter at Fir Park). Where he'll be in the strikers pecking order come the start of the season remains to be seen.
Second place and two votes behind was Pamela Anderson whose duties on Baywatch are now a dim and distant memory as he establishes himself in the defence - again his impact next season will depend a lot on where Owen sees him fitting into the side - another long spell on the bench (especially if Rustybitz is fit) might not be to his liking.
Elsewhere votes came in for Peaso (like a new player after last season), Hardie, Mooner, Doris, Dyer, Cuthbert (again), Savo,McLaren, Sheerin, Morais while Weatherston also managed a vote.
One depressing vote though was for "None - the kids aren't getting the breakthrough into the first team" which has a point.

The "Steve H Pessimism" Vote on Saints Future

Medal More Optimistic
(67 Votes )
Less Optimistic
(3 Vote )
And there you go. At the end of the day Brian, the season was almost as good as any we've had (lack of silverware notwithstanding) and the signs are good for next season.
Thanks to all who voted or bothered to read this drivel......

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

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