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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. 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
  4. Not for me, professional football should be played on grass. Extra income would be great but not with a plastic pitch
    7 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. We do have some flippin nutcases on this forum.
    3 points
  11. 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
  12. 17.15 kick off might just suit us. Our defence hasn't turned up by 16.45 once this season!
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Shul, you know fine it's a Nooooooooooo
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. No i'm not having a laugh, it's my opinion.
    2 points
  21. I just liked this goal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2212220/Goal-triple-dummy-corner--video.html
    2 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. It has been years since proper professional football players wearing Saints jerseys have played on Greenhill Road grass.
    2 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. He's been to every game this season bar the Dunfermline game. Give it up.
    2 points
  28. 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
  29. rebella15

    10 year plan

    Mr Chairman your plan for a coffee shop (actually not your plan)advertising hoarding (SG came up with that) will no doubt bring in some cash but would be dwarfed by a memorial garden (the "in" thing with clubs , Hearts the latest, costing £50k)can be carried out by AllanWardrop and his FC. Where is the plan to take us back to the Premier League, where and what is the plan to improve our academy, our scouting system, and changing our recent mentality of being serial losers to become winners.
    1 point
  30. The dome is already a fair enough size to house this surely?
    1 point
  31. What are you doing up so late at night.Get some Horlicks down your neck.
    1 point
  32. Our defence can do that on our own 6 yard line
    1 point
  33. I'm a sucker for long words. Sorry.
    1 point
  34. I don't know what his previous injury was, but it looked, on Saturday, that it was a groin injury.
    1 point
  35. This is a cancer on football. Not for me. Pitch at SMP always been good enough.
    1 point
  36. It did initially but the money wasn't reinvested and it started to look a bit shabby (used to play 5's there), by 2005/06 season (10 years after opening) it had to be farmed out because it was no longer making money. Without wanting to be Mr. Negative all off-field activities will be in competition with companies which don't have a cash-cow to support - let's be careful out there!
    1 point
  37. Match Day Coffee Shop I travel from Perthshire to games and presently stop off for lunch at Cumbernaul. Were there lunch/coffee facilities at the ground, then I would use them. Parking Make it possible to book your space ahead of arrival via your phone etc. I have, like others found it harder to be admitted to the car park. Now - with two bad hips. This does not make it easy even if I ignore the No Parking signs. Tannoy System Whilst I find it adequate (I now sit in the West Stand) many seem to feel it needs attention. Non Match Days Having visited Falkirk and St Jonhnstone stadiums away from match days I have been able to have a coffee, snack or lunch there. Decent quality, decent prices, well used. This could mean that the existing guest lounge could be provide these on non-match days. Looking at a community model? Look no further than the very popular Tee Room (Get it?) at Dunning Course. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g7255247-d10227855-Reviews-The_Tee_Room-Dunning_Perth_and_Kinross_Scotland.html Fitness Centre I guess there is one at Ralston. Maybe this could be made available to the public.
    1 point
  38. When he said he watched the game against the Pars twice I thought to myself, now that is a real saint fan As for ideas, how about a bookie in the ground. I very rarely bet but have seen bookies in other grounds
    1 point
  39. we had that in BC.
    1 point
  40. I didn't think a coffee shop in Elderslie would take off It has been a huge success and from the boy who owns it told me Fitzy and GLS were in the shop enquiring the ins and outs of the business
    1 point
  41. A coffee shop !!! Aye let's go to Feegie for a coffee instead of Costa or Starbucks. An idea yes - but really ????
    1 point
  42. The keeper was also guilty of not coming off his line, or leaving it too late. Sadly, that is also a major fault in Langfield' s game. Hutton's bungle was just ridiculous, though. If in doubt, etc!
    1 point
  43. Went straight out last night at full time - so just catching up on the aftermath now. After a dreadful start we played well in patches. The defending put me mind of the Judean People's Front (Suicide Squad) especially the decider - what was Hutton thinking about! Although Gallacher wasn't blameless as he looked like he was woken from sleep when Hutton hit the ball back (instead of OUT). If Sutton had taken his hat trick chance it might have ended differently for us, but as it stands we are now adrift.
    1 point
  44. MacPherson is only in the running because he is pals with Scott. It would be a serious retrograde step to appoint him. We need Gus MacPherson in the same way a fish needs a bicycle to paraphrase an old saying.
    1 point
  45. St mirren. Lacking organisation, lacking mental strength and lacking fitness. Still surely the only way is up from here now. Hard to believe though on watching that today that we are a full time professional outfit. Mind bendingly bad.
    1 point
  46. Webster is the problem in defence, coming off second best in a physical battle with El Alagui is rank.
    1 point
  47. Working from home, heating his house when he'd otherwise be at work, using his broadband connection and telephone line etc., would somewhat offset the bus fare saved in getting to work, no? Do you ever think before you post, Stuart?
    1 point
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