After what was a disappointing result and performance in Saints final home Saturday game of the season in being held to a goalless draw against Gretna, SMiSA held its 2008 Player of the Year night this past Saturday on the 10th of May at Suburbia in Shuttle St Paisley.
The event was, as last years, well-attended by players including Hugh Murray, Ian Maxwell, David Van Zanten, Gary Mason, Will Haining, Andy Dorman, Billy Mehmet, Craig Dargo & Franco Miranda among many others, as well as the management team of Gus MacPherson & Andy Millen.
Phil Clark, the Love St DJ, again MCed the event and he introduced those presenting trophies for various travel clubs and websites chosen players.
The awards given were:
Chivas Travel Club
Presented by Margaret McCredie
Anchor Bar Travel Club
Presented by Sandy Woods
Jolly Buddies Supporters Club
Presented by Bill Finlay
Corkers "Cockles Wilson" Supporters Club
Presented by Gary Reid
Black & White Army.com
Presented by Tom Williamson
Presented by Alistair Colquhoun
Al Mitchell was also back this year, and he performed a live set of songs including his two most popular songs in the Saints Fraternity The Buddies Came Roaring Back and The Ballad of Billy Abercromby. Among the others he also performed cover versions of Down Under and Oh When The Saints, which went down particularly well with those in attendance!
Following on from the presentations, SMiSA Chairman Alistair Colquhoun invited Gus again was called to the stage to have the last word. Among other things he said these about the players at the club:
Were delighted with them, their attitude and their application towards their profession is outstanding.
He later added:
We have got to appreciate the effort that theyre giving us
at the moment. The SPL is a completely
different level of football compared to what I have been used to with St.
Mirren in the last 2 years before we came up, so for those players to go about
their business in the manner in which they do is a credit to themselves.
We have got to appreciate the effort that theyre giving us at the moment. The SPL is a completely different level of football compared to what I have been used to with St. Mirren in the last 2 years before we came up, so for those players to go about their business in the manner in which they do is a credit to themselves.
We urge the supporters to stay behind us because its paramount that we have the support the easiest thing in the world is to criticise, weve got to make sure that these guys appreciate what theyve got because if we all believe we can go forward, we will do that and its important that we get everyone behind us.
These sentiments were echoed by the vast majority of fans in attendance and earned Gus a well-earned round of applause as he left the stage.
Piratka of the Supras Paisley & Black & White Army.com, posted this video of the speech (not from the beginning):
Following this, a raffle of numerous prizes was held. Special thanks must go to Alan Provan and all at Provan Sports for their donation of several items of Saints Merchandise, as well as B&W Armys thepaisleypanda, who very kindly donated a signed Saints shirt. Steven ODonnells top was also put up for raffle, as the proceeds of last years event went towards sponsoring his shirt for the season with this years event in mind. It is hoped that the proceeds of this years event will be able to cover a players sponsorship for the same purpose next season.
In closing all at SMiSA wish to thank the fans,
players and management team for making the night a success, as well as Al
Mitchell & Phil Clark for their efforts, along with those of Julie Ann
& her staff at Suburbia who were most accommodating for the event.
Thanks also go to all those who have supplied pictures for the gallery, which is online here.