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  1. You should be banned from starting threads.
    11 points
  2. as one of the "founder members", you'll get no complaints from me for opening it up to all on matchdays. I bought into the concept of getting a supporters bar founded and open. I have always wanted it to be first in first served and 1 out 1 in when full. The quicker that happens, the better for St Mirren FC and it's supporters.
    7 points
  3. You've no chance the manager is expected to attend away games.
    7 points
  4. Terrible idea, just awful. Tommy Docherty is the best groundsman in the history of football ever. Why play on any surface when you can play on a Tommy Docherty surface? Between this thread and your awful "knickerwetting" thread I am begining to fear for your mental wellbeing. Whatever the problem is take some time and deal with it. Sensible Shull is one of the best contibuters to this here little forum. Hopefully this a blip.
    7 points
  5. Not for me, professional football should be played on grass. Extra income would be great but not with a plastic pitch
    7 points
  6. Someone used to more salubrious surroundings than Greenhill Road. That fair narrows it down...
    6 points
  7. Erm I'm not someone who steals someone elses ideas and takes the credit for my own. If you look back I think you will find that actually the person who first mooted the idea was Lord Pityme as one of a raft of suggestions as to how the 1877 club could be better utilised. I agreed with him, backed him, and when I was pressed by Div on the subject as to where the footfall would come from I gave a couple of examples which Div and others roundly ridiculed. FWIW I still think Lord Pityme was correct. I believe the coffee shop will turn a profit. I think the low point came when for years the previous board sat around doing nothing at all to generate additional income around the stadium. Everything was seen as a risk too great to take and as a result we ended up with a situation where Gilmour, Campbell and McAusland sat in a room telling us that if "Rangers" weren't back in the top flight ASAP after going into liquidation St Mirren would have to make redundancies and the club would probably land up in administration. From watching the video on BBC Alba last night and from reading Gordon Scott's update today I'd take the coffee shop idea as just one of many that are designed to boost the clubs annual turnover and to generate more revenue. Lets say the coffee shop sees the club hiring two new members of staff and it generates around £10k profit is that not worth it to you? It's lots of little changes that when put together will deliver a better football club. Waiting for a generous benefactor to plough £Millions into the club got the last board nowhere. It's action that will get results.
    6 points
  8. Its because he sacked the manager and now we need a new Juan. i`ll get ma coat
    6 points
  9. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to our new look website and give a huge thank you to all those who helped with the redesign of the site and in particular "Big Front Door" who were responsible for turning all the good ideas into reality. For me this also represents a perfect opportunity to mark the beginning of a new era both on and off the park. Our partnership with Smisa is in its earlier stages but I am very comfortable that we are heading in the right direction and that, together, we can create a successful fan ownership model over the next 10 years. I am also very happy how quickly we have gelled as a board and while everybody is still finding their feet I know we will all have a very positive input in taking the club forward. We have had the keys now for 2 months and feel that, although we are moving in the right direction behind the scenes, we were not progressing on the park or in terms of our communication with our support. As a result of that and as part of our long term plan we decided to implement some major changes. The decision to terminate the managers contract was not an easy one. Alex did a tremendous job last year but for some reason it was just not happening this year. People outwith the club and support will consider that we didn't give him enough time and I can understand that. Our job, however, is to do what's best for St Mirren Football Club. However, at the risk of contradicting myself, I don't think it is any coincidence that the most successful managers are given time to get things right. That does not just require patience and support from the board but also from the stands. Our long term goal is to have a man at the helm who will have an input into all playing aspects of the club with the aim of producing a successful supply chain from the youth system to the first team. It is vital that our new manager buys into that philosophy as well as producing a product on the pitch that we can all enjoy watching. We have also made the decision to employ a dedicated media manager. We feel that this is now a full time job and is a vital part of improving our communication levels and selling the services of the club going forward with the new website being key to achieving this. I have stated from the beginning that we need to increase the turnover of the club so that we are competing with the top 6 clubs of the top flight and not flirting between the Premiership and the Championship. This will not be easy by any manner of means and we are already £125k down on our income levels for next season due to the loss of the SPFL parachute payments. We also have a very financially beneficial agreement with JD sports that we need to make some tough decisions on. In my previous role within the stadium construction project I promised that I would try and improve the disabled viewing facilities once we had the SPL compliant stadium that was our agreement with tesco. Unfortunately I left the club before I was able to make good on that promise so it has become a key part of my re-incarnation to fulfil that commitment with the new disabled platform in the main stand. We are also investigating the viability of numerous projects that include the "Love Street Coffee Shop", an advertising board at the Paisley end corner that will be utilised to promote club services and home games as well as being a source of income, a memorial garden, office provision in one of the corners, and making the 1877 bar a standalone facility so it can be better utilised without the entire main stand being open. These things won't happen overnight and most need significant funding but rest assured we are working hard to take the club forward. My aim is to provide regular updates for the supporters going forward. Please do also record any ideas or suggestions you have on our new "Suggestion Wall" here on the site. Your opinion really does matter. Without the continued support of you, our loyal fans, and club sponsors none of this will be possible so we ask that you continue to support us in every way you can. We are in this together for the long haul!
    5 points
  10. With regard to coffee shop, for it to be success club need to run themselves not by third party as part of my business I run 5 coffee ' ''shops' all are associated to a venue/ attraction in my opinion to be viable need 100k turnover net a year to give any return. Happy to support club with time, ideas and input if of any help.[emoji477]️
    5 points
  11. elvis

    Update from the chairman

    Should we not be thinking about getting in a proper commercial manager I know Campbell Kennedy does it but that's not really his forte just think we should be looking to get someone who can take the commercial side to another level.
    5 points
  12. Is this a joke..Big Tan Doherty has consistently turned out the best footballing pitch in Scotland for years..just can't find a manager to put a team on it to match his groundsman skills #ridiculousidea
    4 points
  13. We do have some flippin nutcases on this forum.
    3 points
  14. Yes mate we now want to look at each service in turn and one by one, where possible, introduce online booking. The technicalities of taking payments online are fairly trivial but some of the services have what I would term "multi-channel" sales. If you take hospitality for instance there is a finite number of spaces and the sales are presently coming via phone, via email, even via post! So if we take sales online we need there to be a process in place where all the sales are recorded and the number of available places online needs to adjust accordingly. Last thing we want is to take a booking online when the place is already full. So it becomes less of a technical issue and more of a process one. I know that's all wanky talk but hopefully you get what I mean! We will deal with each service one by one and probably tick off the low hanging fruit first like car parking, buy a brick, B&W Magazine etc.... We'll go after each one until we are finished, then we'll start looking at completely new ones that don't currently exist like Dome Bookings and the like!
    3 points
  15. Great chance Shull for you to be a ticket outlet and sell tickets to fares for matches so they can find out for themselves . Maybe paint your cab in black and white stripes?
    3 points
  16. 17.15 kick off might just suit us. Our defence hasn't turned up by 16.45 once this season!
    3 points
  17. Have a wee look round today's popular Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and Entertainment businesses. the one thing many have in common is 'Destination' customers. People who want to access all these businesses in one place, Braehead being a prime example. There is a golden opportunity to do the same at the 2021, we already have Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and (up for debate) Entertainment units on site. its just that they dont share a common aim and draw, and are not being utilised/sweated to their potential. With an airport, motorway, station, housing estate and an ever increasing traffic movement profile outside the front door it is actually a great development opportunity, where there may even be a sports village to boot! put the coffee shop in with the club shop/ticket office and start linking things to make it easier for people to choose to visit and spend. Small step, big potential.
    3 points
  18. gazmc83

    Update from the chairman

    The fitness facilities at love street did in fact bring in good revenue for the club it's a very profitable business , if you have gym members paying a fixed amount each month that's guaranteed extra income for the club , also if you have a studio within the gym you can also offer fitness classes bringing in extra revenue , I would imagine gym members should also bring in extra revenue for an on site cafe ( skinny latte's of course :-)
    3 points
  19. You just get a manager who has some experience Div - not such a big deal. An ex-girlfriend of mine was approached many years ago about opening a wee coffee shop in Hillington for the workers of an industrial unit but also open it up to the public as they were having a public frontage to the facility. Within no time it was making a good regular profit as there was no other facility in the area. And I cannot think of any other coffee shop that is close to the stadium. Worth a try and I assume it will be free and not cost £3/£6 for entry
    3 points
  20. Shul, you know fine it's a Nooooooooooo
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. Huge step forward? Better football? Playing the ball on the deck? I take it your counting Huttons superb match winning pass? I've watched the game twice now. I can't see the positives that some are talking about. Someone said Mallan had a great game. Where? Not in the match I was watching. Time and time again his passes went astray and you'd catch him over carrying the ball and losing it cheaply to the opposition. What happened yesterday was that the two worst defences I've seen in a long time came up against each other and one managed to outdo the other with defensive mistakes. Dreadful stuff.
    3 points
  23. That's a shocking statement to make !! Rae has gone, we don't have a manager. What makes you think he is injury prone? AFAIC, he is a St Mirren player, and entitled to some backing from the fans
    2 points
  24. No i'm not having a laugh, it's my opinion.
    2 points
  25. I just liked this goal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2212220/Goal-triple-dummy-corner--video.html
    2 points
  26. Many many thousands of Weegie Bigots know exactly nothing about Scottish Football or care.
    2 points
  27. Does anyone remember the football thing for kids at braehead that Kevin Keegan set up? Something like that might be an added attraction for families, especially if it was linked to a coffee shop or cafe. Even if it just opened at weekends and school holidays, might also encourage kids to follow the Saints.
    2 points
  28. I'd agree with it. With proper utilisation it would be a superb way to raise revenue. There are grants available for the conversion too although I wouldn't want to see the club go down that route without proper tie ins with local juvenile clubs to ensure proper community benefit. The only downside is litter. Whenever our kids played at The Excelsior or New Douglas Park there was always a great deal of litter in the stands. I presume this is because clubs weren't taking ownership of their after match clean ups.
    2 points
  29. It has been years since proper professional football players wearing Saints jerseys have played on Greenhill Road grass.
    2 points
  30. Maybe a coffee shop is not barking. There is an industrial estate across the road with few facilities. There will be a range of visitors to the stadium either on St Mirren business or car parking business. And of course community activities. Hopefully it will be a success. I'll certainly buy a coffee there on match days as I am usually at the stadium pretty early.
    2 points
  31. Slash

    Update from the chairman

    Personally I feckin love coffee shops........... #cakes
    2 points
  32. But you weren`t being fair to him. You made a stupid glib statement when you know f**k all about why he wasn`t at the game.
    2 points
  33. And the last time he was involved with Saints he and his agent used the early days of Bosman to stiff the, at the time, impoverished club out of a transfer fee. Stay clear I say.
    2 points
  34. He's been to every game this season bar the Dunfermline game. Give it up.
    2 points
  35. Glad to hear that. I know that my sons and I plus my grandson will be interested in the outcome. We do look on it as an investment, abeit not one from which anyone should expect to make money but rather a social investment with clearly set out outcomes. Thats what we will be investing in, if we do.
    2 points
  36. The dome is already a fair enough size to house this surely?
    1 point
  37. Once we reach League 2 we can enjoy Round 2 and all its exotic charms.
    1 point
  38. Unfortunately this is not a purist view of what we would love to happen. This Is about the greater good of our club and its financial wellbeing and if we could make a significant wedge by going (high end) plastic then I believe we should be obliged to seriously look at it and its potential.
    1 point
  39. Exactly. This is why I am excited by fan ownership... There is a collective responsibility to improve us. As long as the elected board listens, considers, then acts appropriately we will get more right than wrong. Example... Pozbaird is a genius at graphic design. He was the brains behind the book "Love Street. The Final Chapter". He made it happen... Despite "the club" being unwilling to invest in something that would have guaranteed a return. Example... Hospitality... It should be hosted by a fan who has the appropriate skills. That would free our commercial manager up to mingle with the guests and build relationships. That would work beautifully if we had someone in post confident enough in his own ability to accept support without seeing it as a threat. GLS comes across as a man who can see the bigger picture. I am happy to be at his service for the sake of improving our club. I believe many are.
    1 point
  40. Honestly can I get some of the drugs that some on here are presently taking....... We ship 4 goals to a dross Pars team who have lost 5 on bounce before Hutton and Webster give them a kiss of life, we now play Bears who have won 5 on bounce.... I think if we appoint Pep we might get a draw, he would have Hutton, Webster and company drowned. 2-1 Saints
    1 point
  41. Your maybe right although I'm not sure how much unused space there is still in the main stand? Livingston have a separate facility housed in the corner( just next to the away stand ) so perhaps this is something that could be incorporated into the office block that was being discussed ?
    1 point
  42. Drew

    Update from the chairman

    Not sure about the viability of a coffee shop, but you have to admire the ambition. Its very encouraging to read this statement, but the test will be just how long this level of communication will be sustained. I seem to recall previous promises to engage with the supporters that dissipated all too soon. Hopefully, the new regime, and the imperative to keep those signed up to the fan ownership ideal, will ensure that history is not repeated. Not wishing to be cynical, though. Positive stuff, and long may it continue!
    1 point
  43. div

    Update from the chairman

    Absolutely mate. I just find it refreshing to get an update from the club on the sort of things they are doing behind the scenes, and I really hope it continues!
    1 point
  44. Ok. Since we aren't mates I'll rephrase. Stop talking shite.
    1 point
  45. dunfermline looked more hungry for it in second half to be honest but nice to see passing football for a change
    1 point
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