End of Season Update
Well what can I say....
Like last year the team performed more than admirably and once again finished higher than the media predicted us to at the start of the season. We finished off the league strong with surprise wins against Hearts
(3-1), Dundee United
(4-0), and Celtic
This helped us keep the pressure on Hearts
as they needed to win their last game against rivals Hibernian
to secure 4th spot ahead of us. Unfortunately that is what they did and we had to settle for 5th despite our good run of results.
We also had the Final of the Scottish Cup to play against Celtic
a week after we beat them in the league.
I hope lightning would strike twice after the league victory and with a bit of luck, this year we would win the Cup instead of being runners up like last season.
It wasn't to be. For the second year running Celtic
had beaten us in the Final, but unlike last year we wouldn't qualify for Europe as runners up because Scotland had lost a qualification space.....booo!!!
As I've already said, I think the team performed very well this season, matching last seasons results in finishing 5th and finishing runners up in the Scottish Cup. We did however, go one better than last season as we won the League Cup for the first time in the clubs history.
Here is how the first team's stats for the season looked:
Our top goalscorer for the season and the man I would give my player of the season to is:
I am annoyed that Fierro signed a new deal at his parent club Chivas, as I would have very much liked to sign him to a long-term contract instead of on loan. However, we have secured players that hopefully will be able to take over from the youngster next season as another loan spell looks very unlikely.
Here is our end of season training overview...the longest I have personally seen so far:
It looks like I am starting to gather some dead wood in the squad like Garry Hay and el capitano Manuel Pascali is starting to hit the decline. This may mean that both players start to take a back-seat next season and allow the likes of Rory McKeown, Gary Fisher and Martin Angha to take a step up into the first team.
We had a very busy season on the transfer market, with a total intake of 18 players, not counting the youth players signed from the candidates squad. We also let go, loaned out, and sold 26 players through-out the season to free up wages and to generate a little income. Here is a look at most of the transfers from the season:
We already have 7 players signed for next season, they include:
Greg Tansey - 24 - Inverness CT - Central Midfielder - CA =
Michiel Kramer - 24 - Volendam - Striker - CA =
Gareth Murphy - 19 - Ross County - Wide & Central Midfielder - CA =
Henk Smit - 17 - Geldrop - Fullback - CA =
Marcel Heij - 16 - SVBO - Wide Midfielder - CA =
Samir de Geus - 16 - Hoogeveens - Central Midfielder - CA =
Colin Anderson - 20 - Clifftonville - Wide & Central Midfielder - CA =
While we have this selection of players and prospects coming into the club, we also have a group of players leaving us. Those players are:
Zdenek Kroca - 32 - Defender - to Bari - £250,000
Paul Heffernan - 31 - Striker - to Millwall - £60,000
Micheal Gardyne - 27 - Midfielder - to Watford - £100,000
Russell Caldwell - 19 - Goalkeeper - to Charlton - £65,000
We also brought in and let go a handful of staff this season, here is a look at who came in and who left us:
Due to another relatively successful season, the club has once again gone into profit, with £1.5mil in prize money coming into the club through League and Cup success. Hopefully next season will be just as fruitful and hopefully the success of the past two seasons brings larger crowds to home games to boost our Gate Reciepts, which will definitely help the finances of the club.
In general, I believe this was another very good season for the club as we claimed our 3rd 5th place finish in 3 years, and had very good domestic cup runs. Hopefully next season we can continue to show promise and improve on the results from this season and this will definitely help the club grow in stature around the country and continent as well as make some more money.