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2014-15

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2014-15

The end of the previous season saw the now usual clear out of players with loan stars Campbell, Newton, Magennis and Bahoken returning to their parent clubs and McGowan, Dilo, Djemba Djemba, Brady and van Zanten not having their contracts renewed.

First business of the close season was to find a new manager as the board decided that Danny Lennon had gone as far as he could with the club.

The man they chose was Lennon's assistant Tommy Craig.

 

His first job was to rebuild the squad and he began by promoting youth players Declan Hughes, Mark Williams and Adam Brown to the top team.

He secured the services of Marian Kello for a further season and added ex Hearts keeper Mark Ridgers as cover.

Forwards James Marwood from Gateshead, Callum Ball from Derby County and Ross Caldwell from Hibs arrived to provide some much needed fire power up front. 

The loan signing was again a route that Saints looked at and Manchester City youngsters Ellis Plummer and Adam Drury were brought in on season long deals.

Some pride was restored when the Renfrewshire Cup returned to Paisley with a 1-0 win at Cappielow.

 

As the season got underway Saints were slow to start losing the first five league games. Isaac Osbourne (Partick Thistle) arrived to help boost the defence along with a return from Kilmarnock of former Saint Jeroen Tesselaar.

Fortunes did not improve and December arrived with Saints second bottom of the league and out of both cup competitions with just 2 wins and 2 draws in 15 league matches.
Tommy Craig was sacked and Gary Teale was installed as interim manager aided by youth coach David Longwell 

January arrived and the now annual squad shake up began with Marwood, Drury, Plummer, Caldwell and Hughes departing, having had their contracts terminated.

In came Yoann Arquin from Ross County, James Dayton on loan from Oldham, Alan Gow, Kieran Sadlier from West Ham, Emanualle Sonupe on loan from Spurs and Bulgarian Viktor Genev who had been playing in Kazakhstan.

Unfortunately the new players could not improve the teams fortunes and the slide to relegation continued.

In the final few matches several young players progressed from the youth system to show that there is some hope for the future.

One other highlight in an otherwise poor season was young Stevie Mallan winning the SPFL goal of the season award for a mazy solo effort in a victory at Dens Park in December. 

 



Competitive Results
Premiership

 

09-Aug-2014

Motherwell

Fir Park

0-1

13-Aug-2014

Hamilton Ac.

Greenhill Road

0-2

 

23-Aug-2014

Dundee

Greenhill Road

0-1

30-Aug-2014

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

0-3

13-Sep-2014

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

1-2

Drury

20-Sep-2014

Partick Thistle

Firhill

2-1

Ball McLean

27-Sep-2014

Celtic

Greenhill Road

1-2

McLean

30-Sep-2014

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

2-2

Ball McLean

04-Oct-2014

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park

2-1

Naismith Drury

18-Oct-2014

Inverness CT

Greenhill Road

0-1

25-Oct-2014

Ross County

Greenhill Road

2-2

Drury Tesselaar

01-Nov-2014

Dundee United

Tannadice

0-3

08-Nov-2014

Partick Thistle

Greenhill Road

0-1

22-Nov-2014

Hamilton Ac.

New Douglas Park

0-3

06-Dec-2014

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road

0-1

14-Dec-2014

Celtic

Parkhead

1-4

Kelly

20-Dec-2014

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

0-1

27-Dec-2014

Dundee

Dens Park

3-1

McLean2 Mallan

01-Jan-2015

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

1-2

Wylde

04-Jan-2015

Inverness CT

Caledonian Stadim

0-1

10-Jan-2015

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

0-2

17-Jan-2015

Ross County

Victoria Stadium

2-1

Kelly Mallan

21-Jan-2015

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

1-1

McLean

24-Jan-2015

Dundee

Greenhill Road

1-2

McLean

31-Jan-2015

Partick Thistle

Firhill

1-0

Dayton

14-Feb-2015

Inverness CT

Greenhill Road

1-2

Goodwin

21-Feb-2015

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

0-3

28-Feb-2015

Hamilton Ac.

Greenhill Road

1-0

Thompson

14-Mar-2015

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

0-1

21-Mar-2015

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park

0-2

03-Apr-2015

Celtic

Greenhill Road

0-2

07-Apr-2015

Motherwell

Fir Park

0-5

13-Apr-2015

Ross County

Greenhill Road

0-3

25-Apr-2015

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

4-1

Thompson2 Kelly Sadlier

02-May-2015

Partick Thistle

Firhill

0-3

09-May-2015

Ross County

Victoria Stadium

2-1

Mallan Thompson

16-May-2015

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

2-1

Naismith Mallan

23-May-2015

Hamilton Accies

New Douglas Park

0-1

Scottish Cup

29/11/144th RndInverness CTGreenhill Road1-1McAusland
02/12/14ReplayInverness CTTulloch Caledonian Stadium0-4-

League Cup

26/08/14

2nd Rnd

Dunfermline Athletic

Greenhill Road

2-1

Caldwell2

23/09/14

3rd Rnd

Partick Thistle

Firhill

0-1

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Top scorers

League

Scottish
Cup

League
Cup

Total

McLean

7

0

0

7

Thompson

4

0

0

4

Mallan

4

0

0

4

Kelly

3

0

0

3

Drury

3

0

0

3

Naismith

2

0

0

2

Ball

2

0

0

2

Caldwell

0

0

2

2

Sadlier

1

0

0

1

Dayton

1

0

0

1

Tesselaar

1

0

0

1

Goodwin

1

0

0

1

Wylde

1

0

0

1

McAusland

0

1

0

1