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  1. 28 points
    Slash

    St Mirren FC Ltd AGM 2020

    Some rough notes I composed between songs tonight. 111 participants. Meeting recorded for other shareholders. GLS opened the meeting. Discussed questions relating to the accounts. 1. Police Scotland - St Mirren approached the Police to seek advice on an internal matter. PS spoke to previous BoD for history. Matter deemed closed. No further details due to confidentiality. 2. Investment in accounts re £250,000 - money was doing nothing in bank at the time due to low interest rate. . Was invested through Alan Wardrop. Lost money during market crash. Currently sits at £254,000 3. SMTV attendance - ST range from 1,800 to 3,000 ; PPV from 300 to 8000 match dependent 4. Financial Health - Tough times. Club looking to keep loss this season to a minimum. Runs in Cups key. 5. Fill in Corners - Not at this point in time 6. HMRC - processes and systems improved. No feedback to press issued as statement said what was required. Case closed 7. GLS Club Updates - GLS reduced input in running club as a result of help from Kibble. The club have been issuing short and regular updates instead. 8. Club Shop ref. concern about Kibble taking over - all avenues being looked at for future revenue. 9. Question about Kibble involvement - Fitzy was keen to close this issue down. We are seen as one organisation now. Kibble have brought the following benefits to the club: - Graphic Design and Signage - I believe a new sign announcing SMISA Stadium has gone up - Marketing improvements - One Town - One Team; Be in that number around town - IT Support - Training Centre and Stadium Maintenance and Refurbishment - All catering for staff and players - Matchday Hospitality - HR - Multiple Sponsorships in addition to shareholding - No threat to existing staff 10. Question on Off Field revenue - Jim Gillespie spoke about the club’s ambition to be the top 6 commercial football club in Scotland. We aim to have the best Youth Academy. At present the priority is working through a COVID-19 strategy to ensure that we still have a club. Plan is to augment staffing moving forward and sweat the stadium assets especially on non-match days. 11. Question ref Goalkeeper & COVID - St Mirren were given 24hours to resolve the situation and they had to get a player that had been tested. 12. Kyle Magennis - offered a contract to become highest player in squad. Once Jack Ross took over at Hibs, KM requested a move. KM felt it was a life changing move. Club felt they could not stand in his way. 13. Government Loans - Not required this season - cash flow strong. However it would be foolish not to investigate the process as we don’t know what the future holds. 14. Question on Kibble benefits - great resources and professionalism including a dedicated General Manager. Jim Gillespie’s friendship with Billy Bowie helped with the Brophy deal. 15. Scouting system - Jim Goodwin uses contacts, scouts and tools that SPFL provide plus the investment St Mirren have made. As a result of Brexit it has become a very challenging market. Points basis introduced for European market based on a large number of factors. Richer clubs won’t have same issues as they operate in a different market. No issue regarding RoI according to JG. 16. International Subscribers vs UK Season Ticket holders - as it stands international subscribers get to see all games - home and away for £150. Pricing needs to be looked at. 17. SMTV Matchday Sponsor - Club will look at ways to improve SMTV revenue 18. Question on Stadium Use as Car Boot venue on non Matchday weekends - will be looked at. 19. Question on Flu Clinic revenue - good sum of money, but won’t disclose. Club offered stadium for COVID-19 vaccine, but decision to be made by Health Board ========= MINUTES AND FINANCIAL PART APPROVED ====== Questions on Playing Side 1. Dressing Rooms & COVID - we have two of the largest in Scottish football so no issue regarding protocols. 2. Academy Update - some players have left as club felt they would not make first team. Club always looks to provide a pathway for those who leave. Academy games restricted due to COVID, but unlike some clubs (Hibs) St Mirren have kept the Academy going throughout the pandemic. Club have put some players out on load to gain experience, but there is limited football being played. High hopes for a number of players including Lewis Jamieson (Striker), Kieran Offord (Striker) and Dylan Reid. It is hoped that Dylan when he turns 16 this season will make his 1st team debut if all goes well. 3. Kevin Nisbett - Club made an offer to Dunfermline but were priced out by HIbs on fee and wages 4. Usual questions on Set Pieces - lots of work on training ground. Jim Goodwin said that the stats show that we produce enough chances in a game, however we lacked a 15-20 goalscorer - hence the reason we brought in Brophy. 5. Injury Update provided. No details to save the press and opposition from knowing. 6. Transfer Activity - we are always looking at improving the squad. Cards close to chest for obvious reasons. Jim Goodwin finished up by saying this situation has been difficult for everyone at the club as a result of the protocols. He and the players are missing the fans - especially at the cup games against Aberdeen and The Rangers - as they would have liked to have enjoyed the success with the fans. JG sees progress on and off the pitch however. He believes the quality of the squad he has now to what he inherited is like night and day. Jim congratulates the Board on not cutting the wages of the players and staff unlike many other clubs. This has kept morale high and should not be underestimated. Jim says we have only lost 3 of the last 17 and we are 4 points better off than last season, but wants to make improvements. He has received excellent support from General Manager and new directors from Kibble. End of meeting.
  2. 20 points
    terrier

    Welcome Collin Quaner

    Hi all- Huddersfield fan here. Where to start with Collin, he was a big cult hero for us but hasn't played a great deal in the last 2 full seasons- had a hip injury that kept him out most of last season and our formation couldn't really accommodate him in the season before that. He's not particularly like any player I've ever seen, the closest I could get is Danny Welbeck in that they're both so ungainly and clumsy on the ball, but manage to confuse defenders enough for it to be effective. Despite being 6 foot 3 he's not a target man at all, one of the worst headers of the ball I've seen, and while he puts himself about he's very gangly and not as strong as someone of his size should be. He can go from the sublime to ridiculous while on the ball, but his vision and use of space can be absolutely top class (although it was very overlooked by our fans). Actually topped our assists chart in our first season in the Premier League, and was surprisingly effective as a winger that year. If you play him up front though he can lead the line on his own fine as he's a very hard working player. I'd expect him to take a while to get up to speed, and I have some reservations about whether he'll ever reach the same standard as a few years ago- in his few appearances towards the end of last season he wasn't as mobile as before. But I can guarantee he'll give his all and will be a great person to have in the dressing room, everyone here adored him- fans and teammates alike. I hope you enjoy having him as much as we did and I'll be looking out for your results- I noticed another ex player of ours is your manager as well. Good luck for the rest of the season!
  3. 19 points
    elvis

    Conor McCarthy - confirmed

    No I have been absolutely fine and my wife and two boys never got it I guess everyone's make up is different and we have been very lucky thank god.
  4. 16 points
    djchapsticks

    Welcome Collin Quaner

    Hoepfully you're as on the money as you were about Doyle Hayes 😄
  5. 14 points
    djchapsticks

    Eamonn Brophy

    29 goals in 70 starts for Kilmarnock. The only non OF player in Scotland outwith Brophy with a better record over last 3 seasons is Sam Cosgrove. His scoring record is good. We are never going to be able to attract proven 20 goals a season types, especially current internationals and guys in their early to mid 20s so I'm not sure what you expect in a signing. Brophy ticks a lot of boxes and strengthens out front line without a doubt. A signing that most of us thought would have his pick of clubs outwith the OF and he's picked us. I mean it just goes to show that some fans are impossible to please.
  6. 14 points
    JJ McG

    The January Transfer Window

    Doyle Hayes on a new contract is the most important signing of January we could make, a serious player, glides through games and makes it look easy.
  7. 13 points
    BuddieinEK

    Ross County (a) Boxing Day

    I feel for Morais... I truly do. Nothing has really gone his way. If the ball hit Obika on the backside it would end up in the net. If the ball hit Morais on the backside he would get sent off for handball! He did some great work today and gave their defence a torrid time... but yes.. at times his decision making was poor and his final ball was wasted more often than not. YET... someone criticised us for not shooting from outside the box... Something Morais did twice, bringing out decent saves from their keeper. He continues to perplex, but I refuse to slate him as he gives his all every time.
  8. 12 points
    Cannae believe we’re all shitin it from Livi. A team we’ve beaten twice already this season are being made out to be Real Madrid. Is this what it’s come to? Bring them f**kin on I say.
  9. 11 points
    We didn't lose the game yesterday on the park; we lost it on the drawing board. I find it hard to believe that our manager failed abysmally to recognise the limitation of Ernhanon, MacPherson and Mason's ability to confront the strength of the Livi side especially the current form of these players. I'm not blaming the players. The substitutions made in the second half was symptomatic of the realisation that the manager had made a huge mistake. I think the biggest impact of this result and the way it was lost will be on the morale of the players. Those subs who came on will feel they should have been chosen for the kick-off and for most of the other players seeing that mistake, their morale will have also taken a hit while looking at the whole picture. Our latest signing, Brophy; what will he be thinking after being subbed and who never received the service he should have got. His morale too will have weakened. I laid in bed last night thinking about all of this and I still find it difficult to come to terms with it. Given all the enthusiastic effort those fans made in decorating the town with our colours I feel truly sorry. Come Wednesday if we get beat this will underline Goodwin's failure yesterday. We are more than capable of beating Utd but not before their morale has been re-inflated.
  10. 11 points
    I agree Billy They are all hard work and pressence at set plays Goodwin bought in to the media and tbf a few of us myself included Obika and Durmus had to start as they have drive and look to go forward They aren't great but as Livi have shown you don't need to be Foley or Flynn should have came on today as the young players were too easy bullied We were beaten before a ball was kicked today and that was down to the manager i'm afraid
  11. 11 points
    What a great start to the weekend.😁 Time to celebrate, I'm heading up to the pub for a few pints ...... ah shite !!!☹️
  12. 10 points
    munoz

    Financial irregularities

    The club probably had to wait until HMRC had given them the all clear.
  13. 10 points
    Thought Erwin looked better when playing alongside Brophy. Not scary dangerous but tidy.
  14. 10 points
    Draw was about all we deserved. Slack passing all over the park today, as we were against Killie TBH. Fortunate, to say the least, to get the penalty. We're riding our luck right now, long may it continue.
  15. 10 points
    Swiss_Saint

    Eamonn Brophy

    Some people are never happy, when was the last time Saints bought a capped 24 year old striker, this shows intent from the club to continue improving and moving forward when many clubs are going backwards
  16. 9 points
    Game was lost before a ball was kicked. Gave Livvi far too much respect with that starting formation. It was the type of team you play v the cheeks . Handed them the initiative from the off which they took. Very hard team to come back against after that. In effect we played right into their hands. Mason either plays as LB or doesn't. A midfield with Ethan and Cammy will create hee haw. If Foley or Flynn aren't up to playing when the game was crying out for someone who could put a foot on the ball and pass it then get them shifted. How Jim persuaded Brophy to sign if he intended using him as a lone striker I will never know. Anyone who knows anything about Scottish football knows he isn't a lone striker. I can only assume Jim knows that and plans to address it for next season. Finally the wild prolonged form swings are baffling. It's either feast or famine and it needs ironed out.
  17. 9 points
    Six weeks ago we attacked teams from the start and played a pressing game when we lost the ball. We won most second balls. That got us success. Today we start with two left backs when we had a good left winger on the bench and sit back with Ethan and Cammy sitting in from of the back four leaving acres of space in front and the forwards isolated. Why Jim?
  18. 9 points
    Yflab

    Conor McCarthy - confirmed

    I was on life support for 3 weeks in my 30s. My lungs are now permanently fcuked so I can relate to that experience. Respiratory illnesses are a bastard. I’m fcuked if I get this virus. Personally I can’t wait to get a vaccine. We all just need to carry on as best we can and stay COVID free until we get our place in the system. So if any of these anti vaccers want to step aside I’m sure there will be others willing to take their place. I’m still waiting on @shull and @oaksoft to confirm whether or not they will take the vaccine. Silence.
  19. 9 points
    djchapsticks

    Eamonn Brophy

    Good. Hope he does and I hope he wins a penalty that he scores. And I hope it's against one of the ugly sisters.
  20. 9 points
    truesaint

    The January Transfer Window

    Think his words were 'we are close to tying him up to a new deal' when he actually meant to say 'we are tying him up in a close until he signs a new deal'.
  21. 8 points
    We picked totally the wrong team. The midfield two of Erahon and Macpherson? What was he thinking. Holt and Bartley won’t have an easier game. Pair one with Foley ? And if Foley isn’t up to it then why is he still here? I struggle to think that he wouldn’t have done better in there . Up front we picked Brophy who was at times the only man in the Livingston half. He was isolated and the team as a whole didn’t perform . Obika and Durmus made a big improvement and what I don’t get is that when we had some success in December it was from pressing teams and bei N in about them. Yesterday we didn’t do anywhere near enough. The galling aspect is that Jim actually believes we had a go. It’s as if the Livingston keeper played a great game had wonder saved and we did everything but score. Nothing could be further from the truth . The boys looked like the occasion got the better of them at times and we never set up to attack them and go win the tie. We set up cautiously and within half an hour he should have been changing his tactics and personnel. He didn’t and obika sitting on the bench for over an hour is a joke. He is the one guy who has good feet and movement and he also scored a goal or two. it’s a chance gone to be in the last three of a National cup when your the biggest team left is the things dreams are made of. We won’t get this chance again and it hurts. Finally Livi have say 1000 fans and don’t own the park. They have assembled a squad capable of going toe to toe with anyone in Scotland and yet saints can only dream of going on a proper unbeaten run. Don’t give me this only lost 3 in 17 etc. Beating qos on pens hardly counts . The team was set up not to lose yesterday and paid for it. It was the complete opposite of the semi final wins v Hearts in 2010 and Celtic in 2013. We simply didn’t turn up.
  22. 8 points
    There were a number of really disappointing aspects of today's performance. 1. The tactics were wrong from the start, i.e. the team put on the park was wrong 2. The team gave away cheap fouls which played into the strengths of Livingston. They pumped balls into the box and looked for the chaos. 3. It took the management team far too long to see that their selection wasn't working. 4. There were players on the park especially in the first half, who shouldn't have been near the Hampden turf. 5. If you compare that team with the team that played Celtic in 2013, there was no comparison. We deserved to lose to Livi if you especially look at the first half. Fractionally better in the 2nd half, but no cutting edge and long balls all day long, which suited their tall defenders. If the players believed that perhaps this was their one chance to appear and win a final at Hampden, then they didn't show it. Really, really disappointed 😞 😥
  23. 8 points
    In our last eight games we have only scored three goals against eleven men. Two penalties and a goalkeeping howler. This is an astonishing statistic. I think the sending offs in the St J and RC games have hidden how bad we have been.
  24. 8 points
    We haven't scored a goal from open play since the 26th December. And that was against 9 men.. Jim has brought in 3 strikers this season and plays one and 2 left backs (one who is not very good) in a semifinal against Livingston.... Anyone wonder why we were under the cosh from the start and created nothing for 70mins
  25. 8 points
    Manager asks for the players to handle the occasion and be brave. Needs to look himself in the mirror tonight as total lack of bravery in his team selection and formation. These opportunities don’t come along very often so disappointing to go out with a whimper.
  26. 8 points
    Connor McCarthy was our best player today by a country mile
  27. 8 points
  28. 8 points
    faraway saint

    St Mirren FC Ltd AGM 2020

    Oh, the sweet smell of irony.
  29. 8 points
    It would be wrong to over react after today. The performance was extremely poor and very simelar to the loss in Perth at the end of August. I think it’s clear that whilst Erwin might be good in the box he does not have the mobility that is required to lead the line effectively. Obika is a much more difficult opponent and his fast feet and trickery always have defenders on their toes. What I don’t understand is that today our main goal scorer was left on the bench and afforded a mere six minutes of play. It’s unbelievable that Jim felt he didn’t need to add some movement to the attack and bring on someone who at times is capable of holding the ball up. Granted he isn’t brilliant at it but he wins fouls and he can do this role. Our midfield too is another area that we need to look at. McGrath apart the rest seem quite content to pass the pass side ways and back the way whilst never really hurting the opposition. We were passive in both our previous outings at Kilmarnock and last week at home to Motherwell. Doyle Hayes is a class operator but he needs to have people willing to run and take us up the park. Too often lately our play has been predictable and far too slow. we haven’t been able to get Connolly on the ball and isolate the full back that will allow him the opportunity to create for us. Get him in behind like he did in the cup win against Rangers. Durmus too can offer width and whilst he is hot and cold he does deliver good balls at times and with Brophy in the box I’d think he will be recalled. The point being though that we don’t seem to want to play offensive at times and today we played a side that hadn’t won in 10 matches yet they’re unlikely to get an easier game all season. So where are we now? There is no doubt that on our day we are competing in most games. The defensive side has been good and our goalie is having a great season. We do have players who can create but too often the final ball is poor or the team is set up far too cautiously. If we look at next week’s opponents Livingston have went on a tremendous run since they lost to us on November 21st. They are a team that are t bogged down with history . They don’t go into games worrying about the opposition in the way that we do. I don’t know about you but I have been feeling nervous in each of our previous three games because I haven’t seen a team that’s aggressive or in the oppositions faces - I’ve seen a team standing off and looking devoid of the creative spark that they held for a few weeks prior to Christmas . Livingston just go at teams they have no fear they have players that are at it every single week and a side that has went from being relegation candidates to top five in the blink of an eye. They are enjoying a run of form that somehow we can only dream of. These other teams seem able to go on winning runs or have seasons when they are consistently winning games against teams of a similar stature. We haven’t did this for many years and I can’t remember us ever having brilliant runs since we played in the newly formed SPL / SPFL premiership. The manager has been backed in the market and now he needs to find a way of challenging those other teams all battling to break free from the almost inevitable relegation fight. A few weeks ago it looked like we might finally have that consistency but it’s not on the same level as what Livingston have achieved. Theyll be favourites alright next week and quite rightly so. Can Jim put out a team capable of being as aggressive and offensive as they will. Can we match them and the belief they will have ? I hope so and it would be foolish to rule us out but what is clear is that we will need to be at our very best to make the final. How often do you play in a semi final ? Not often and we need to make sure it doesn’t pass us bye this time. COYS
  30. 8 points
    southsidebud

    Eamonn Brophy

    If this comes off then it would be a major coup for us IMO. Someone like Brophy is the closest we could get to star name coming to us. Mid 20s and capped by Scotland - we don't have many others like that on our books [emoji846] We are showing real and realistic ambition here and it should be applauded
  31. 8 points
    djchapsticks

    Mrs Brown's Boys

    Now I know this c**t is f**king trolling.
  32. 8 points
    FTOF

    Ross County (a) Boxing Day

    Not enough has been made of Alnwick's two fantastic saves early doors. If county had scored that early, then we might have had a much more difficult afternoon. Have watched the saves several times, and they just look better and better every time. Must be vying for the best 'keeper in the league.
  33. 8 points
    Easy to be critical sitting in the comfort of our homes - but the effort was there in huge quantities - just like the rain and wind. It was also good to see Ryan Flynn come on for a few minutes at long last and for Dennis to get his first goal for the club. Some on here won't be happy until we win the Champion's League!
  34. 7 points
    Congratulations Livi. No excuses. They deserved the win. Saints started too defensively and gave Livi too much respect for far too long when in a semi final they should have gone for the jugular. Livi bossed the first half and deserved their lead. We left the changes far too late, and when we did remember how to attack, Livi defended as if their lives depended upon it. They fought for one another, gave their all and deserve their place in.the cup final. Would have been my wee Mums birthday today. I had hoped to dedicate a win to her memory. Just wasn't to be. Well played Livi. [emoji122][emoji122][emoji122][emoji122][emoji122]
  35. 7 points
    div

    Accounts to year ended May 31st 2020

    Here if anyone wants to have a read. https://www.blackandwhitearmy.com/downloads/accounts-may2020.pdf
  36. 7 points
    Is it a suspended fiver that he might not actually pay?
  37. 7 points
    I just got a PM from elvis. He expects Saints to be beaten 4-0 by Accies and 6-1 by Murrawell! Saints will be worse off than before the appeal...
  38. 7 points
    elvis

    Conor McCarthy - confirmed

    I had it last March mate and I would not wish it on my worst enemy worst I have ever felt.
  39. 7 points
    Sonny

    St Mirren v Motherwell 9/1/21

    Keep me out of your childish games.
  40. 7 points
    I think compared to what we had been used to last couple of months today was disappointing. The massive positive is this squad has bags of character and we score plenty late goals and win a lot of points from losing positions. That in itself is a huge improvement on previous seasons. Today we didn't play well but we dug in and earned our point. To say it was an enjoyable watch though is stretching things a bit.
  41. 7 points
    Slarti

    Welcome Collin Quaner

    While his "shuffle" and cross for Guni's header at Parkhead was sublime.
  42. 7 points
    oaksoft

    Morias

    If that's true then I'm genuinely gutted by that. Really wanted him to succeed. His effort was always 100% and I respect that from any player.
  43. 7 points
    Malinois Fc

    St mirren - kv Mechelen

    Hello friends, I am a supporter of kv mechelen and I also collect everything from this club. I am also looking for the ticket of the cup winners cup match St MIrren - kv mechelen of 4/11/1987. I hope there might be someone here who could help me with that? of course for a fee! all other things of this match are also welcome. photos, posters, pennant ... thanks in advance and keep it safe! Greetz from Mechelen
  44. 7 points
    Scott-Leeds

    2021 is here

    It’s not really relevant if we agree on here on not, but what is relevant is we mostly check in several times a day to comment or read what each other post. So, in a roundabout way, we all actually play a part in each others lives regardless of the purpose. It’s a distraction from our own lives however good or bad. Like it or lump it ladies and Gentlemen, it’s important we keep each other going in one way or another. To that extent, I genuinely hope you and your family all have a better year in 2021 than this year. You can run, but you can’t hide from Covid sadly, it’s affecting us all directly or indirectly. HAPPY NEW YEAR 🥳
  45. 7 points
    Bud the Baker

    St.mirren v Sevco 30th December

    Thank fuck for that wee bit of info - I'd have been checking for team news at 7pm otherwise!
  46. 7 points
    StanleySaint

    St.mirren v Sevco 30th December

    Saw an article on BBC website saying Arfield may miss the game formerly referred to as the old firm on Saturday with only passing mention of the clearly unimportant game they have today and Ryan Jack will miss Saturday too, as they didn't refer to him for today we can only assume he won't be able to play against us too, boils my piss the way we are overlooked just because that fixture is coming up, let's get reight intae them!!! COYS
  47. 7 points
    StanleySaint

    Merry Christmas

    Seasonal best wishes to all buds wherever you are in the world.
  48. 7 points
    Surely QoS allowing that prick Galloway PLUS his family attend their game at the weekend is a blatant breach of public health procedures yet despite police saying they had been made aware of the breach (no further action bar a word in their ear basically) not a word from the SPFL. Seems odd.
  49. 7 points
    Cookie Monster

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Xmas buds, just home from doing some deliveries for the Festive Friends coordinated by our Charity Foundation. Approx 200 folk recieved a Xmas dinner, a hamper of food and a present. The joy and appreciation on the folks faces that I had the pleasure of serving, made it such a humbling experience. The amount of volunteers was exceptional. To Gayle and all the team well done on the organising, your hard work was appreciated and certainly most welcome by those that recieved the gifts. One very Pwoud Cookie Monster. [emoji16]
  50. 7 points
    faraway saint

    Merry Christmas

    Same to you and all Saints fans and their families. Their will be plenty who have lost someone this year from Covid, adding to the general garbage year. Fingers crossed next year is better, it can't be much worse TBH.
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