After another traumatic season in the clubs history, Saints again only secured
First Division survival in the final matches of the season. Manager Tom Hendrie had departed under a cloud midway through
September to be replaced by John Coughlin, but this didn't produce any upturn in fortune.
Only highlight of the
season was a League Challenge Cup semi final, unfortunately being lost 3-5 to Queen of the South!
One match of significance during
the reserve season was a match against Albion Rovers on the 21st January 2003.
Not significant on first glance it would
appear, but the team lines that night showed a young man by the name of Chris Gordon on the bench. At half time he came on
to replace Brian McGinty and partner Mark Yardley in attack.
Significant because Chris is Marks step-son! Was this the
first instance of a Father and son playing for saints in the same match?