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  1. There is nothing wrong with having a hopeful attitude to the season ahead but on the evidence of results and performance so far this season the likelihood is that we will be struggling once again to even reach mid table. Having said that I still hope for better.
  2. It's just mid July but who can blame us for having a 'deja vu' feeling after the nightmare of the first half of last season (and what went before)! However, although last night's performance was disappointing, we should remind ourselves that we were missing 4 injured players who could have made a difference; it is hopeful that Harry Davis will be restored to our ranks; and we could still add a couple of players before the transfer window closes. Most of the new signings have at least shown the potential to become assets to the squad once they settle in and hopefully find a bit of belief in themselves at this level. We must have faith that JR and his team can get the squad organised for the league season ahead and repeat the minor miracle of last season.
  3. The performance tonight was on a par with the first half of last season. I don't think I could stand a repeat of that dismal form and run of depressing results. It is difficult to be positive about anything I observed tonight other than Harry Davis entering the ground! Our defence looked fragile, our midfield disjointed and our attack powder puff.
  4. I thought all the new boys did reasonably well this evening. We played some crisp passing movements and only slack finishing and excellent goalkeeping prevented us from scoring at least three. Buchanan looked as if he could be an asset in central defence but I am sure Sammy is wishing he could rewind the clock to 7.45pm! As others have said - yes it was only a friendly but the defence will have to tighten up before the season gets under way proper. And finally - we need a striker to finish off some of LM's inviting crosses - the height of Ross Stewart(19) could be the answer and also compliment the movement of Smith,Reilly or Hilson up front as well as their common lack of height.
  5. Thank goodness we've stuck with winter football!
  6. It's no longer speculation Tedious Tom. Dundee are sniffing about. Watch this space!
  7. I hope you're right.
  8. Was it too good to last? Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to take over at Sunderland. If there is a vacancy at Aberdeen, what's the chance of JR doing a 'Fergie' and moving on to Pittodrie? Can St Mirren do anything to stop this from happening or should we just accept the inevitable?
  9. Would not disagree too strongly with that but O'Brien is not yet the finished article and we need a keeper who can command his box and give those in front of him a bit more confidence.
  10. Craig Samson and Mark Ridgers are free agents. However, as some have pointed out, we could maybe do better, but I would not have a problem if either signed on in addition to O'Brien.
  11. FT 1-1 Fantastic
  12. 1-1 - utter disgrace!!!!!!
  13. Big test for the Saints now
  14. 0-0 - fair HT score. Will settle for that at FT
  15. I would not disagree that life was good under the managements of Clunie and McFarlane but I would argue that they maintained the standards set by Ferguson. Talking of Jim Clunie - it could also be argued that no one person has contributed more to the wellbeing of St Mirren in his roles as firstly player of outstanding ability (for a centre half) and then as a manager when we enjoyed one of our most successful spells in the top four in Scotland at a time when Aberdeen and Dundee United were starting to overtake the old firm. In fact, I look on his omission from full international recognition, as one of the greatest injustices in Scottish football since the second world war. Billy McNeill was a great centre half but he did not have half the skill or entertainment value of Jim Clunie. And as for the Rangers equivalent at that time ...... Just goes to prove that Scottish football was even more institutionally bigoted and prejudiced then than today. And another sad footnote - Jim Clunie (like Alec Ferguson) was another excellent and successful manager who was shown the door at Love Street. Let's hope the same does not happen to Jack Ross.