2009 TOSSA RESULTS


Welcome to theThe 2009 Temple Of Saints Survey Awards (TOSSAs). Now in their 12th glorious year, you can see what we thought of the events over the season just past. 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, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08

The nominations are divided into 5 categories The Season, The Players, The Media, Off The Park and finally The Future. Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to cast their Votes and show just how optimistic we are for the coming season (see the signing of Kaka etc). This year also saw the most votes ever, hence the wee delay while the Temple's abacus was upgraded to handle the voting calculations.

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


The Season

Medal Award Medal And the Winner Is...
(Last year in brackets)
Other Nominees
Medal The "1997 New Year's Day Commemorative Gubbing" Award for Best Home Performance Medal 3-1 win over Morton
(78 Votes)
(4-1 win over Accies)
The first of many convincing wins in this years awards as the penultimate game of the season which saw us turn on the style and win that cup gets about 80% of the vote - not really a big surprise when you think about it. Plus we got to shut Davie Irons up once more
Second place was the 2-0 win over the Scum with 13 votes while there were also single votes for the wins over Partick, Airdrie and Clyde.
Medal The "Any Trip to Dens Park" Award for Best Away Performance Medal 1-0 win over Dundee
(43 Votes)
(3-1 vs St Mirren)
Not quite as convincing as the home win but April's destruction of the Coags was a clear victor here - partly due to the performance but probably also due to the cracking atmosphere at the ground on the day.
Runner-up was the 2-1 win at Dunfermline last November with 26 votes whilst the 3-1 victory there in the spring was in third place with 16 votes. Other nominees were the wins at Livi, Clyde and Dingwall and the cracking 3-3 draw at Palmerston.
Medal The "Let's Ban Sky" Award for Worst Home Performance Medal 0-3 vs Dunfermline
(44 Votes)
(1-2 vs Clyde)
Cast your mind back to last August and the shocking start to the season. See? It's easy to smile now but the humping we had from our Fife neebours stuck in the throat for many of you. Runner up was another of the August humiliations with the 3-2 defeat to Clyde getting 31 votes. Sad days.
Third place went to the 3-2 televised defeat to QoS where we didn't win the league while the other votes included draws with Dunfermline, QoS, Ross Co and the Scum, with one vote going outwith the league to the cup defeat to the Forces of Darkness.
Medal The "Ochilview" Medal for Worst Away Performance Medal 0-4 vs Partick
(60 Votes)
(0-0 vs Stirling)
Another clear winner and the worst afternoon of the season for those of us that had headed through to Firhill with some hope of a point in August. The calls for Del's head that night were loud and clear and thankfully things were turned round. Best described as the "Maryhill Massacre"
Second place with 25 votes was the 1-0 defeat at Almondvale which saw the end of the unbeaten run (although more than a few voting for this only did so cos they hadn't been at Firhill), while other nominees included the defeat at Dingwall in the Challenge Cup and the draws at Palmerston, Airdrie and Firhill.
Medal The "Who Needs a Striker Now?" Certificate for Goal of the Season MedalLiam. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Liam Craig vs Pars
(33 Votes)
(Rocco vs St Midden)

In the end a clear winner in a season that probably saw more than its fair share of spectacular goals for Saints. But Liam's 30-yard rocket at East End Park in the 2-1 win in November won through. The game saw us go top of the table and as one vote described it, the goal "probably kick-started the whole season".
Second place with 26 votes was Paul Sheerin's solo-piss-take of the Dundee defence in the 2-0 win ("The Sheerin Dance") while just behind that was Savo's first in the 3-1 win over Morton - a goal which looked all the better because of the teamwork involved in the build-up.
Elsewhere and there were also votes for Gary Irvine's goal in the 3-1 win at East End Park, Swankie's contribution against Clyde, Savo's at Dens and as one wag put it "any goal against Dundee".

Medal The "Craig Brown Selection" Medallion for Save of the Season Medal Gary Irvine. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.

Gary Irvine vs Partick!!!!
(38 Votes)
(Main vs Rangers)
Enough said but the spectacular header off the line to keep the game goalless in front of a cold away support at Firhill probably did more for Irvine's reputation amongst the fans than any of his tackles and this was a clear winner. Second place went to Main's efforts at Dens while his save from under the cross bar against Clyde in December was third.
Other votes went to Jody Morris clearing off the line in Dingwall, Main saving from One at Livingston, Euan McLean at Airdrie, McGregor's save from Jacko in the cup-tie, "Saving David Murray's job by losing to the Huns in the cup! " and the classic "Everything Alan "God" Main does is equally genius, even when he's playing away from home"
Medal The "Gerry McMahon Injury" Scroll for Biggest Disappointment of the Season Medal Not winning league at Dens
(12 Votes)
(Losing in the semi-final)
A closer category this but by two votes, the party-that-almost-was wins out over Jacko's injury and losing to the Dark Ones in the Scottish Cup. Plenty of other nominations though with Gavin Swankie in fourth place followed by the number of draws, losing to QoS in the TV game and the lack of a left-back.
Still it must have been not too bad a campaign when some folk's biggest disappointment was "Only winning 1-0 at Dundee", "McInnes not winning Manager of the Year" and "Gavin Swankie". Other mentions went to the Partick defeat, the CIS Cup loss at Livi, Euan McLean, Nick McKoy and the cancellation of the party in Airdrie for the final game of the season.
Medal The "Kane Header Against Dundee" Commemorative Video for Most Satisfying Moment or Event Medal Winning the League
(65 Votes)
(Challenge Cup Win)
Possibly the only surprise here was that some folk managed to come up with other nominations. Admittedly some were connected to the title win with ten votes going to the Pitch Invasion, two for the 3rd goal going in against Morton, and votes for Ruti lifting the cup.
Other votes went to Savo's goal at Dens, Liam's one against the Pars, Rustybitz one at Morton and Mooner's performances over the season as well as one weirdo who went for Paul Hegarty's sacking at Almondvale.
Best one to sum it up though was another one for the title win and "My 7 year old telling me he had waited all his life for this."...that brings a lump to the throat.
Medal The "Better Than The Pub" Award for Team Giving Most Entertainment Value Medal Queen of the South
(50 Votes)
(Queen of the South)
Over half the votes went to Gordon Chisholm's men again although how much he would have got without Dobbie running the show against us remains to be seen. Still the three-all draw at Palmerston and the TV game at McDiarmid were both cracking clashes between the teams and helped boost the profile of the SFL.
Second place went to the smelly ones from along the Tay while a distant third saw the Pars beat out votes from Morton, Ross Co, Partick, Livi, Stenhousemuir and Airdrie.
Nobody liked Clyde...so nothing changes there.
Medal The "Boghead Drainage System" Memorial Award for Best Away Ground Medal East End Park
(34 Votes)
(Hampden Park)

First win for the Pars' home turf but aided by both our performances there and the "organised" away trip in November which saw a massive support turn out in Fifeland to back the boys.
Second place was Dens Park probably aided by the atmosphere in the April encounter while third place was Palmerston.
Other votes went to Livi with seven, Airdrie (mainly for the free pies), Firhill and Victoria Park with five apiece and Cappielow with three. Nobody voted for Clyde and the luxurious surroundings that is Broadwood stadium.

Medal The "OF Domination" Plaque for the Best Thing to Happen to Scottish Football Medal Saints in SPL
(50 Votes)
(Gretna found out)

Modest we ain't and obviously the chance for us to take the pish out of the elite is a thing of joy. Another clear winner here with second place going to Boozegate and the fact that Ferguson and McGregor were kicked out of the Scotland setup. Third place was the talk and hype of the OF buggering off to England (almost an annual tradition really).
Other nominations included the return of Main, Sheerinho, Ross McCormack and Caley's relegation. Best nomination for me though was for "East Stirling - it gives hope to every team"

Medal The "Sacking of Totten AntiChrist" Award for the Worst Thing to Happen to Scottish Football Medal Boozegate
(14 Votes)
(Rangers Hooligans)
A narrow one this with tons of nominations. Boozegate and the damage to the reputation of the international side wins out by two votes over tThe SPL setup though with their wacky 12-team limit and weird masonic-like rituals of a split in the season. In third place and a vote behind was the OF Domination.
Other votes went to George Burely, Dundee still in business, Livi, the end of Love St, Angelo Massone, Gordon Smith, Davie Irons, Setanta, Kris Boy's walkout, losing to Macedonia and Kyle Lafferty.
Least bitter (honest) vote went to "A well run club achieving promotion and this not being given much credit by Young et al".. more on our favourite reporter later.
..Medal The "Rolf Harris" Grammy for Song/Chant of the season Medal We are Unbeatable
(21 Votes)
(Yellow Army)

From around Xmas until the end of the season (with a few well-publicised removals from the repetoire), the new Saintees song picked up almost a quarter of the votes. Second place with 15 votes was the Andy Williams ripoff dedicated to Jody Morris (as seen on YouTube following the Morton game) while third was "Championees".
Other votes went to "Top of the league and you're no", "2-0 and you fucked it up" (as sung for about 3 minutes at the QoS game), the usual anti-Dundee ones, "Broxi Bear, he's up for sale".
Most surreal one - "Lucky purple jacket"...No. Me neither.

Medal The "Penalty At Ibrox Miracle" Award for Best Ref of the Season Medal Mike McCurry
(18 Votes)
(Dougie McDonald)
The shagging lay preacher wins out by one vote from Craig Thomson in 2nd place while Anthony Law came in third. Plenty of votes though with the usual "None of them" getting 13 votes in a season where, let's face it, even allowing for the performances of Saints, the refereeing standards left more than a bit to be desired.
That last point is probably best summed up by two votes coming in for Wullie Young!!
Medal The "Aw no him" Award for Worst Ref of the Season Medal Ian Brines
(20 Votes)
(Euan Norris)
More than Stuart Dougal, this seems to be the name to dread when listening to the pre-match tannoy as you're guaranteed a crappy self-centred performance. Second place and one vote behind was Charlie Richmond while Stephen Finnie was third.
Other votes for McCurry, Smith, Winther, Boyle, Muir, Nicholls, Dougal, Thomson and nine votes for all of them. Oh aye and one vote for Shuggy Dallas.
Medal The "Fergus hates Farry" Medal for Most Loathed Person / Institution of the Season Medal Davie Irons
(20 Votes)
(TFOD)
Any sympathy for the former Saints player and voodoo victim has long gone. First being an egotistical arse with Gretna and now seemingly carrying on the tradition with Morton he simply pissed everyone off this season. So much so that even the OF (described as the "ugly sisters of Scottish football") could only manage 13 votes.
Note that there was a shortage of nominations with votes for Massone and Livingston in 3rd place, the traditional creepiness of James Grady in fourth alongside Dundee and Ferguson / McGregor in fifth.
Other votes were for Leigh Griffiths, Novo, Broadfoot, Lafferty, Strachan, the Courier, the Saints mascot and a couple of votes for Gretna.
Finally there was also one vote for We Are Perth poster 101 Saint.

The Players

Medal Award Medal And the Winner Is...
(Last year in brackets)
Other Nominees
Medal The "John Brogan Memorial" Award for Best Saints Player This Season Medal Kevin Rutkiewicz. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Rutkiewicz
(50 Votes)
(Andy Jackson)

Another clear winner for the Saints skipper who, after a head knock and a nightmare at Firhill came onto a great season and culminated with that trophy win. He's also made a lot of friends off the park and was solid in defence all season.
Second place with 20 votes was right-back Gary Irvine who's matured a lot this season and turned into a goalscorer to boot (well it's a start). In third with ten votes was Paul Sheerin who seemed set for a season on the fringes of the squad this year before turning on some of the best displays of his time at Saints.
Other votes went to Liam, Caff, Mooner, Savo, Main, Millar and Sammy with a single vote for Jacko.

Medal The "Andy Brannigan Understudy" Award for Worst Saints Player This Season Medal Dyron Daal. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Nick McKoy
(20 Votes)
(Dyron Daal)
Well he seemed to do ok on his first appearance off the bench but otherwise Crispy's time in Perth just didn't work out as he seemed to struggle to cope with the pace of the game and other complexities like tackling, passing, shooting etc.
Second place with 15 votes was Gavin Swankie who had a disappointing year while one point behind him was the now-departed Graham Barrett whose shooting skills seemed to rival last year's winner.
Of the current squad, Liam, Ando and Euan all get a mention while the left-back rota we employed with Morgan, Dan Smith and Richie Byrne also come in for attention. And to round off the list there's also the departed Kevin James and Derek Holmes while two folk went simply for "No one"
Medal The "Vinny Arkins £5m In A Few Years" Award for the Most Improved Saints Player This Season Medal Kevin Moon. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Moon
(44 Votes)
(Andy Jackson)
Almost half the votes saw Mooner run out an easy winner. Coming in for Jody for most of the second-half of the season he showed just how much he's progressing and repaid the manager's faith in him with some classy performances in the centre of midfield. He finished well in front of second-placed Gary Irvine with 25 votes and Rustybitz in third with 15 votes.
Caff was the only other player to gather more than a single vote with a total of three. Those getting one nomination included Millar, Main, Sammy, Liam and Anderson.
Medal The "Fat Keepers Memorial Rolex" Award for the Best Ambassador for the Club Medal Kevin Rutkiewicz. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Rutkiewicz
(32 Votes)
(Derek McInnes)
The skipper's attitude off the park and performances on it see him through ahead of Alan Main in second place and manager Derek McInnes in third. Fourth place was Paul Sheerin while Kevin James and Jody were also nominated from the playing squad.
Other votes went to Geoff Brown, Stuart Cosgrove, Paul Smith at the club and a single vote for the Saints away support.
Medal The "Marble Staircase Story Revisited (Again)" Award for the Biggest Embarrassment for Saints Medal Alan Main. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Alan Main's Love-life
(13 Votes)
(Dyron Daal)
Not since the days of Charliegate have we had a Saintee on the front page of the Sun but with the title race drawing to a close it was the goalie's marital problems that got plenty of coverage and nominations in a category with loads of different nominees.
Second place with eleven votes was the Maryhill Massacre from August and one behind that in third was Nick McKoy. Other players singled out were Alan Main (again) for his cup-tie dribbling, Swankie, Morgan, Dan Smith, Derek Holmes' first touch.
From the club side the defeats to the Pars, QoS, Clyde and Livi were hard to take and the organisation and ticketing problems for the Morton game came in for some flak as well as the catering (more on that later). The poor start to the season and the quality of the replica kit didn't help.
From the fans side the overly-critical fans (at grounds and on the forums) was singled out as well as the celebrations at Dens for a non-existent goal.
Best one though IMHO was "Me in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts in the pissing rain standing outside New Broomfield"
Medal The "I Cant Be Bothered Typing Dinos Name Out In the Match Reports" Award for the Best Nickname of the Season Medal Homer. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Homer
(18 Votes)
(Dr Goals)

Derek Holmes tribute to the Simpsons wins out by two votes over the Brazilianesque majesty that is Sheerinho. In third place comes the Dundee manager whose appearances on the news re-christened him as "Jocky Fritzl".
It's a bit disappointing though that none of the new players seemed to have inspired a new nickname with votes coming in sporadically for Rustybitz, Midge, Wee Chris, Savo, Garters, Mooner, Deek , Peanut, Kevin Rustybears, Honey Monster, Mad Mental Martin, Sherlock, Frankenstein, Hard, Alzo and "Pwoud" (Stephen Reynolds apparently).
Memo to the management - we need wackier-named players next year.

Medal The "Chirpy Cheeky Chick Charnley Red Card" Award for the Funniest Moment of the Season Medal Dundee celebrating Partick goal
(12 Votes)
(Anderson's Own Goal)

Plenty of different votes but the sight of the hundreds of dejected Coags trying to get some magic back into their Saturday afternoon after being put to the sword by Saints at Dens won out.
Second place was Kev the Tannoy man trying to stop the pitch invasion while the red cards for Curier and Wilson and Martin Hardie's verbal confrontation with a Saints fan at Almondvale also picked up a few votes.
Other votes included the 208 / bus singalong after the title win, the applause for Barrett's goal at Airdrie, the ref getting hit on the head by the ball at the Dundee game and the "dribbling antics" of Alan Main.

Medal The "Fererro Rocher 'With These Players You Are Spoiling Us" Award for the Ideal Saints Side Medal Main, Irvine, Craig, Moon, Rutkiewicz, Caff, Millar, Morris, Savo, Sammy, Sheerin

(Main, Irvine, Stanic, Morris, Rutkiewicz, James, Craig, Hardie, Jacko, Peaso, Swankie)
For once there was little to pick from with most folk going for ten of the eleven that won through (the only contention seems to be which of Mooner or Hardie should start). Certainly the defence was a straightforward pick with only a couple going for Ando and one vote for Garters at left-back although a few did emphasise that we need to fill that slot.
In midfield you can basically perm any four from the likes of Moon, Morris, Hardie, Sheerin, Swankie, Millar and also seemed to be the area where there was most debate.
Up front Savo is a choice of almost everyone with Sammy his preferred partner although both Jacko and Peaso got a few votes and Homer was mention a couple of times.
And to keep things simple four votes came in for "Anyone in blue".
Medal The "Almost fit to lace Roddy's boots" Medallion for Best non-Saints Player in Scottish Football Medal Stephen Dobbie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Stephen Dobbie
(54 Votes)
(Kevin McDonald)
The ex-Saints player and top scorer/pie-muncher and new Swansea signing won through with over half the votes in a one-sided contest, along with several questions about we'd let him go in the first place.
Second place was the on-form Leigh Griffiths who despite having an embarassing hairdo and boot choice seemed to do well against us while Gary Harkins of Thistle was a distant third.
Not a big list to choose from this year with most other nominations only getting a single vote - McPake, Tuffey, Paton, Phinn, Gallacher, McLaren, Brewster and Mickey Dundee-Courier making up the list.
Medal The "Oleg Salenko" Medallion for Worst non-Saints Player in Scottish Football Medal Eddie Malone. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Eddie Malone
(13 Votes)
(Eddie Malone)
Plenty of early voting for Grady but he only ended up with nine votes and it was Eddie "Shite wee Thug" who kept his title from last year - especially after being torn to shreds at Dens in April.
Second place was the man-mountain Armand One from Livi whose mobility made Homer look like Speedy Gonzales whilst fellow striking numpty Dyron Daal was third.
Other ex-Saintees mentioned included David Cowan, McLaren and Lee Robinson while there were votes for most of the Dundee and Clyde sides as well as Jim Thomson, Peter Weatherston and Craig Brewster.
Medal The County Sports Home Strip NameCheck for the Cult Hero of 2008-09 Medal Kevin Rutkiewicz. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Rutkiewicz
(24 Votes)
(Andy Jackson)
The skipper gets this award by just two votes ahead of Paul Sheerin possibly reflecting the ties that the pair have developed with the Saints support in their time here. Third place was Jody Morris (possibly due to a classic new song) while Savo and Hardie shared fourth with six votes each.
Votes also went to Mooner, Liam Craig, Chris "Karaoke King" Millar, Alan Main, Irvine and Derek Holmes.
Medal The East Stand Moaners Selection for Cult Hero of 2009-10 Medal Kevin Moon. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Moon
(25 Votes)
(Jody Morris)

With his place established in midfield, it looks lik a lot more is expected of Mooner next season but as one of the few self-confessed Saintees who have realised their dream to play for the club, he wins out by just three votes from Jody Morris (again that song helps).
Third place went to Paul sheerin with Hardie in 4th. Most of the squad (including Kenny Deuchar) gets a mention though - Jacko, Savo, Stevie May, Reynolds, Irvine, Craig, Rutkiewicz and Millar.
Stranger votes went to Kaka(!), the new left-back and the two best - "Anyone who scores more than ten goals next season" and "Whoever scores the goal to take saints to the Scottish cup final"


The Media

Medal Award Medal And the Winner Is...
(Last year in brackets)
Other Nominees
Medal The "Danny Griffin Namecheck" Award for Best National Newspaper Coverage Medal The Sun
(32 Votes)
(Sun)
Well we all know we don't like to read it but in terms of its reach it seems the footie coverage, particularly of Saints is the best of a bad bunch. Second place went to the PA with 21 votes while in third was the Courier with 15, four ahead of the Daily Record.
Other votes went to Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Times, Metro, Sunday Mail and the Scotsman with four votes for "None of them"
Medal The "Sky Comes to McD" Award for Best TV/Radio Saints Coverage Medal Radio Scotland
(42 Votes)
(Radio Scotland)

Another clear winner with the Sportsound team winning by a massive margin from Off the Ball in second place and STV in third (the latter's inclusion possibly something to do with their coverage of the open-top bus). There was also 7 additional votes went to the popular Open All Mikes broadcast which seems to go down well and a single vote for Jim Spence.
Other nominees were BBC Alba, Radio Tay, Perth FM and Sky.

Medal The "Jim Griffin Namecheck" Award for Worst National Newspaper Coverage Medal Daily Record
(36 Votes)
(Daily Record)
Coverage of Saints seems to be total pish with the Record these days - their cause not helped by apparently always sending the egotistical arse of John Traynor to cover our games. Second place with 19 votes was the Sun with Scotland on Sunday in third.
Other votes went to the Daily Mail, Express, Star, Telegraph, Mirror, Sunday Post, News of the World and six votes to "All of them"
Medal The "Cover the OF Instead" Award for Worst TV/Radio Saints Coverage Medal BBC
(21 Votes)
(STV)
BBC TV comes up trumps this time with Radio Tay a close second as almost every broadcaster gets a mention with the exclusion of Radio Scotland. Real Radio is third with STV fourth and Perth FM, Radio 1(!), Radio Clyde, Radio Borders, Sky, Setanta all mentioned.
Eight votes to "All of them" this time.
Medal Pundit / Reporter of the Year Medal Stuart Cosgrove
(31 Votes)
(Stuart Cosgrove)
The big man's lead seems to be getting slowly whittled away with second place this year going to Jim Spence with 16 votes while anchorman Richard Gordon is third with 14 votes.
Other nominations went to the PA's Gordon Bannerman in fourth while votes also went to Dougie Vipond, Allan Preston, Billy Dodds, Spiers, Nevin, Jim Traynor, Craig Patterson, Paul Forsyth, Bill Leckie, Des McKeown and Robert Thomson. Chic Young failed to get a vote
Medal The "Gerry" Hall of Fame for Worst Pundit / Reporter Medal Chic Young
(40 Votes)
(Davie Provan)
.....something which he more than made up for here. Almost becoming a pastiche of himself it seems there's no escape from the so-called St Midden fan's "exclusive" drivels - anyone else think its about time he learnt to interview someone without having a wee joke. Christ even Wally Smith thinks hes an erse. The Chic vote was summed up by the comment - "He is and always will be a CUNT".
Second place with 20 votes was Jim Traynor with Billy Dodds in third. Plenty of other nominees though with John "anti-Saintee" Traynor in fourth followed by, in no particular order, Provan, Hartson, McLeod, Leckie, Nicholas, Keevins, David Currie, Dick Donnelly and scariest of all a vote for "Chic Keevins" - an argument for the death penalty if ever there was one!!
Medal The "Almost as Popular as the Pammy Video" Scroll for the Best WWW Site of the Season Medal WeArePerth Forum
(50 Votes)
(WeArePerth Forum)
No surprises here although more than a few folk expressed concern at the amount of negativity and childish arguments that developed on the forum last year especially after a poor result (the phrase "We're Saints not Barca" cropping up).
Second place was the revamped Official Site with Pie and Bovril in third.
Others mentioned included the BBC Site (and expect more coverage now we're in the SPL), the Courier, Soccerbase, Football 465, Statto.com and the STV.tv site.

Off The Park

Medal Award Medal And the Winner Is...
(Last year in brackets)
Other Nominees
Medal The "Aggies Army" List of Season Ticket Holders 2008-09 Medal Yes -68
No - 26
(Yes: 38 No:13)
Plenty of votes this year with the season ticket holders making up roughly the same proportion of voters.
Medal The "Sit Us Amongst The Bigots" Roll of Season Ticket Holders for 2009-10 Medal Yes - 80
No - 14
Maybe - 0
(Yes 38 No 11 Maybe 2)
Aye well this will certainly bring a smile to Geoff's wallet with the uptake for briefs for the return to the SPL exceeding even my optimistic predictions.
Medal The "Let them eat Pie" Barometer of Club / Fan Relationships for Last Season Medal Improved - 86
No Change - 0
Worsened -8
(41 / 3 / 5)
Another gold star for the guys off the park and certain issues aside (see below), it seems that the efforts that the club made throughout the season to keep the goodwill going were much appreciated.
Medal The "Worse Ratings than the SPL" PR Marks out of 10 Score Medal 7.421
(7.021)
Not a massive increase but any improvement is good enough and you have to factor in things like people who thought the PR had improved but gave a 1/10 rating (you know who you are)
The PR will no doubt be under greater scrutiny next season - expect the usual crucifixion by media if we don't kowtow to the demands of the Bigot Bros and their unwashed hordes.
Medal The "Whitewash The Stand" List of Suggested Improvements to the Club Medal Training for Stewards
(20 Votes)
(Lower Prices)
A bit of a catch-all winner but there were plenty of complaints about the McDiarmid stewarding this season and with the organisation for the Morton game chaos in second place, it seems that Saints have their work cut out for this -especially as the SPL games are likely to see more flashpoints than this year.
Otherwise there was a real plethora of suggestions for on and off the park improvements including:
  • Student gate(12 votes)
  • Lower prices (9)
  • Open the Ormond Stand (one vote for also dumping the "moaning gits" there)
  • Bring back a better-organised federation
  • Bring back the old caterers / steak pies
  • Ban the Old Firm (my favourite)
  • Blue and white seats only
  • Better tannoy systems (some votes to sack Kev as well)
  • More staff in the Muirton Suite (and a vote for a bigger telly)
  • Bring back the old website / update the website more frequently
  • Better handling of player contracts
  • More visibility in town
  • Free tickets for schools
  • A video scoreboard
  • Resurface the car park
  • Get a decent manager (this only got one vote).
Other wittier votes went to "Sort out the quagmire of a pitch we have these days - if that involves shooting the groundsman, then shoot him" and "The Club will always be perfect to me"

The Future

Medal Award Medal And the Winner Is...
(Last year in brackets)
Other Nominees
Medal The "Roddy or Ronaldo?" List of Players Saints Should Sign Medal Top 3 are ::
Kenny Deuchar
(28 Votes)
Paul Hanlon
(18 Votes)
Leigh Griffiths
(16 Votes)
(Morris, Dixon, Quinn).
Well the no. 1 choice is already on board. Second place went to the Hibs left-back starlet while Livi's blondie lookalike was in third.
Fourth place with 13 votes was simply "A left-back" although more colourful language was used to emphasise the need for such a player by some voters. Meanwhile other positions needing filled as a striker and a keeper while specific votes came in for Liam Buchanan, Morais, Harris, Twaddle, Adam, Quinn, Byrne, Efrem, Kevin Kyle, Gallacher, Tuffey.
There were some calls to expand the scouting of the lower English leagues with one person wanting Claude Anelka signed as a scout and the drug-addled minds of two voters wanting us to go for Dirk Kuyt and some bloke called Kaka (who ended up deciding to go to Spain rather than compete with Mooner for a place in the side)
Medal The "Mystic Aggie" Prediction List for Next Season Medal League ::
8th
(28 Votes)
League Cup ::
Quarter-final
(44 Votes)
Scottish Cup ::
Quarter-Final
(39 Votes)

(Win It / Qtr Final / Qtr Final)
The league first and with only 2 votes for a title win (one on goal difference) it seems we're favouring a comfortable bottom six finish with the majority of votes foing for the 7-9th range. Nobody thinks we'll go down.

The CIS Cup has only 3 expecting the silverware at McDiarmid and three expecting us to go out in the 1st round (possible memories of Stenhousemuir last season there). Almost half are looking at a quarter-final with 18 going for a semi-final spot.

It's a bit more optimistic about the Scottish Cup with 5 looking for a win but the majority expect a quarter-final place (no doubt drawing one of the Bigot Bros in the process) although 26 expect a semi-final trip to Hampden. Thirteen though expect a 4th round exit.
Medal The "Kenny MacDonald" Prediction for Most Promising Saintee Next Season Medal Kevin Moon. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission.
Kevin Moon
(53 Votes)
(Kevin Moon)
The boy done good this season but expectations are on him for next year and the test of the SPL. Another big winner here with second-placed Gary Irvine only getting 14 votes. Third was Stephen Reynolds with 8 with Millar in 4th with just 5 votes.
Other nominees - Jacko, Swankie, Craig, Murray Davidson, Doris (bit premature that), Morris, Sammy, May and some bloke called Main.
Medal The "Steve H Pessimism" Vote on Saints Future Medal More Optimistic
(84 Votes)
(42)
Less Optimistic
(8 Votes)
(8)
Well we're nothing if not upbeat and almost everyone expects another big year from Saints with SPL security, silverware galore and a Scotland cap for Mooner (aye as if).....
As usual thanks to all that voted ... here's to stuffing the elite....

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


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