Millennium Champions: Why we hate Tokely
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Friday, 21st August 2009
It's a shame Inverness Caley Thistle are no longer an SPL club, for the following article would be a handy guide for those folk wondering why Saints fans boo Ross Tokely. Read on if you still don't know the reason.This game came a week after we had hammered Raith Rovers, but in between we had lost to Caley Thistle in a cup tie in Inverness. Arguably, Tokely should have been sent off in that game, which would have ruled him out of this league match. A sliding doors moment perhaps?
With 20 minutes gone, Chris Kerr had the ball in front of the North Bank when Tokely took him out with a shocker of a challenge. The thug knew exactly what he was doing, and showed no remorse for his actions by claiming for a throw in (how does that one work if you've won the ball? Idiot.) before acting in astonishment when he was sent off. Kerr had to be stretchered off and was out for over a year with ligament damage. Although he returned, he was never the same player and retired a few years later. It was the second injury blow in just a few minutes for Saints, as they'd already lost Barry Lavety. He'd been replaced by Steven McGarry, with Tom Brown coming on for the injured Kerr - a substitution typical of Tom Hendrie in those mad, attacking days!
As is our usual way, we managed to go a goal down with a man advantage. A soft penalty was awarded to the visitors that Paul Sheerin duly dispatched. This finally seemed to force Saints into action and a three goal blitz in six minutes before the break as good as wrapped things up. First, Mark Yardley managing to brilliantly control a flick from McGarry before popping the ball past former Saints keeper Les Fridge. Then Scott Walker put the Buddies in front with a fine header from Ian Ross's corner before McGarry forced home the third.
After that, we were in easy street and could have managed five or six. However, there was a tense ending when Mike Teasdale pulled one back with a few minutes to go, but fortunately we were able to ride things out.
A good win, but it came at a price. Next up was Cappielow - on a Sunday!