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  1. 14 points
    Magic Monkey

    Cammy Smith

    Crafty bump to pay dues to Cammy Smith. Quietly one of our most influential players. Doesn't attract the plaudits of Morgan or Reilly, but he is a f**king magic player. Big weekend for him coming up - televised game against the side that 1) he supported as a boy and 2) deemed him surplus to requirements. Hope he gets it right round them.
  2. 6 points
  3. 4 points
    northstbuddie

    January 2018 Transfer Window

    Agreed - and we also have Josh Todd recovering from injury and hopefully competing for a place (at least on the bench) by the end of this month.
  4. 4 points
    HSS

    St Mirren Photos & Vids

  5. 4 points
    Ayrshire Saints

    Speculation Thread

    That narrows it down to about a couple of hundred !
  6. 4 points
    HSS

    Dumbarton. 13 jan

    The commentary is so much better too.
  7. 3 points
    Sweeper07

    Mark Hill Signs

    Welcome on board M
  8. 3 points
    There are six of us travelling up Friday and coming back Sunday. A spoons breakfast sounds like a pre-match plan. This should be great game. I want to win it but I also want to enjoy it. I will wholeheartedly go in there signing "we're Gonna win the cup" and I'm dreaming of Hampden but if the unthinkable happens I'll settle for coming back singing "We're Gonnae win the league". Feck we're dreaming of Doubles now. We've come a great way since January last year when we we're favourites to go down. What a turn around. How about we just Trust in Jack and see where he takes us. What a great time to be a bud. What a match in prospect. Let's all just enjoy the day and the journey. See you in Spoons Danny Boy.
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  10. 3 points
    TopCat

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    Looks a great signing. Good pedigree, good age and a lot of experience on both sides of the border. The last midfielder we signed who wasn’t getting a game in the bottom half of English football was McGinn. If he has half of much impact that he has he will do well.
  11. 3 points
    dani bongo

    Aberdeen v St Mirren Bet Fred Cup

    10 of us coming over on the ferry for the game so I hope the weather is ok. Leaving on Friday at 5pm and into Aberdeen for 7am. Hope we can get a few beers at that time of day. Straight back on the boat for me but the young team are going to make a night of it in the city. C'MON ye Saints.[emoji469][emoji469]
  12. 2 points
    beyond our ken

    Carillion collapse

    As well as being sad for those directly affected, I can't help but feel anger at this one . High time that companies whose shareholders take dividends without meeting their pension fund committments are automatically investigated and trading on their shares stopped. it is one of the most obvious signs that the directors are ready to cut and run at any time. A Scottish businessman was on the news today saying that the new government contracts were a sign of confidence in Carillion, so he took their work and is now out by a million quid. One of many Where the hell is Grayling? They are putting out minion number 300 in the form of Liddington out front to take the flak instead of the ministers who inked those contracts. Meanwhile, labour are using it to push the state ownership agenda rather than nailing the tories on this one. Making noises but, to me, showing that they do not want to be ANYWHERE near government until the Brexit pishfest is settled. These zealots want to see a stricken country left in ruins so that they can come in and start building their socialist dream when the tories are chased. the current reality is horrible and I thought it couldn't get much worse, but the future looks awful for this country.
  13. 2 points
    Hopefully this post will go down better than my last cut and paste job from the Times ! ‘I see a lot of Sir Alex Ferguson in Jack Ross. I don’t say that lightly’ St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick thinks very highly of the club’s young manager Tony Fitzpatrick was summoned upstairs from the dressing room at Love Street, St Mirren’s old ground, for a meeting with the club’s new manager in the autumn of 1974. Aged 18, he didn’t expect it to end well and was already planning an alternative career as a painter. “I’d just come back from pleurisy and genuinely thought I was going to be let go,” he explains. “We were all sitting in the dressing room and I was first upstairs to see him. “He looked at me, just like us two sitting here, pointed at me and said: ‘Tony, I’ve been watching you very carefully’. I thought, ‘Here we go’, but his words were: ‘You’ve great potential, like this football club. Not only will we be challenging Celtic and Rangers in future, we’ll be above them and you’re going to be my captain. Do you believe the things I’m saying?’. Then we went downstairs and he introduced me to the players as the new captain. I was married at 16 and I thought I was finished and going to be a painter, but he changed my life completely.” Alex Ferguson soon pushed St Mirren into the Premier Division as First Division champions, with Fitzpatrick leading a vibrant side that also included Billy Stark and Frank McGarvey. Now 61, he’s St Mirren’s chief executive, after two spells as a player and two as their manager, and chatting at the Paisley 2021 stadium, less than a mile from Love Street, where Ferguson ran things his way from October 1974 to May 1978 before St Mirren became the only club to sack him. An industrial tribunal, which found in their favour, ensued after he moved to Aberdeen. Fitzpatrick has seen 15 managers come and go since Ferguson’s era in Paisley, so he doesn’t compare Jack Ross, the current boss, to his old mentor without great care. “I see a lot of Sir Alex in Jack,” he says. “They are very strong, their own men, which you’ve got to be, but great in the community, with people. Stubborn at times, but he’s grabbed the club, as Fergie did, by the scruff of the neck and dragged it forward. It’s been an incredible journey.” A year ago, St Mirren were bottom of the Championship and seemingly bound for League One. The transformation under Ross since has been startling and they now lead the race for an automatic place in next season’s Premiership. Fitzpatrick admits he’d have settled for sneaking into the playoffs at the start of the season. “I deal with him daily and make no mistake he’s a tough boy inside as well. He’s got all the ingredients. When I speak about Sir Alex and say Jack’s like him, I don’t put that lightly. There’s been other good managers here who have done well but are nowhere near him. This guy is. I said Paul Lambert was a £1m player and people slaughtered me. We don’t want to lose Jack, but I look at the Scotland job, I know he’s young, but why not? He’s good enough.” Ferguson was there for Fitzpatrick beyond football and long after their relationship as manager and captain at St Mirren ended. He twice tried to sign him for Aberdeen, before he went to Bristol City in 1979 and again when he returned to St Mirren two years later. It was shortly after his move back to Paisley that his son, Tony junior, fell seriously ill and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer. Two years of incredible bravery and suffering followed, with Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth, his wife, by their little boy’s bedside in hospital. He called his son Babakoochi and sat telling him stories. This later inspired him to write The Promise: Together Again — an elegiac children’s book dealing with loss through a character called Babakoochi Bear. A sequel, The Dream, which encourages children to follow their dreams, sees Babakoochi playing for Sir Alex Bearguson. The real Sir Alex wrote a moving foreword to it for Fitzpatrick. “He was in touch with me every day and he came down to the funeral. He was there for me at every turn as was Ricky McFarlane [who managed St Mirren in Fitzpatrick’s second stint]. That’s why I feel so strongly about him as a person. That’s when you need people. That’s what I see with Jack, he’s always with his players, trying to help them, standing up for them. Everybody has worries and troubles, but if you have somebody at the helm who is strong and doing that bit extra for you, you’ll give them that bit extra back.” Last Tuesday was the 35th anniversary of Tony junior’s death. He’d be 41 now, the same age as Ross. “Every day in life, I speak to him, I still feel he’s about me. People say time’s a healer, but it’s not, you just learn to live each day with it. Any parent who has lost a child will tell you that. You never, ever, get over it, but I’m a great believer in God and another place, so I believe Tony is there and that one day I’ll see him again.” He could not articulate his grief back then and feels he let down his daughter Lorraine, Tony’s older sister, who was nine when he died, by being unable to help with her more. The Promise was his way of addressing this, a book for children, and their parents, that could help them discuss bereavement better. “I’ve met incredible people through the book in similar circumstances to us, who are going through the same or about to go through the same. That’s been a real gift to me. Tony has left an incredible legacy for such a young person. People from as far away as America and Australia, plus hundreds of families from around Glasgow and Paisley, have said to me, ‘I can’t believe how much the book has helped us as adults and our other kids’.” So how come he never followed Ferguson to Aberdeen? “When Fergie first went there, Celtic were interested and Aberdeen were interested, so I put in for a transfer and was hoping to go to Aberdeen because of my relationship with him. Myself, Jim Clunie, the manager, and Willie Todd, the chairman, sat down and the chairman said, ‘We’re not selling you to another Scottish club, there’s three English clubs interested in you’ — Aston Villa, who years before had told me I was too small, Leeds and Bristol City.” Fitzpatrick might have won a European Cup at Villa, but viewed Bristol City, where he was coached by Roy Hodgson, as an “up and coming club”. That was before financial problems led to a firesale. “They sold Gerry Gow to Manchester City, Joe Royle to Norwich and I was next. Again, I was going to Aberdeen, but St Mirren weren’t going to sell Peter Weir to Aberdeen if I was going there as well and it got a wee bit messy.” He was content to come back to the club and town he knew so well, but then came Tony junior’s illness. “I had the big house, in Thornly Park Avenue, the car, my wife, son and daughter, a lot of money in the bank, went to Parkhead on my debut and won 3-1. You’re thinking, ‘Life’s fantastic’, but within a short space of time — bombshell. I wasn’t the same player after that, something died inside me.” He will go to Aberdeen on Saturday, though, for an intriguing tie in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. St Mirren enjoyed an adventure in the tournament last season, winning at Premiership Dundee, then leading their quarter-final at Celtic Park until the 58th minute. “I was in the tunnel afterwards and Brendan Rodgers said, ‘That’s the best team, domestically, we’ve faced’,” recalls Fitzpatrick. “Jack will be delighted to pit his wits against Derek [McInnes]. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve not been up to Aberdeen for a long time and it’s a great club.” ON TV SATURDAY Aberdeen v St Mirren BBC One Scotland, Kick-off 12.15pm
  14. 2 points
    Thanks for your patience, back up 26 mins ahead of schedule!
  15. 2 points
    djchapsticks

    Cammy Smith

    Wouldn't surprise me at all to see him back at his old club at some point in the future - hopefully 3 or 4 years from now and involving a transfer fee. Aberdeen missed a trick letting the lad go.
  16. 2 points
    djchapsticks

    January 2018 Transfer Window

    I'd still wager there's one more to come given that it's an open secret we're looking for a forward. If we don't get one before the end of the window, I'm still more than happy with what we have going into the last 1/3rd of the season.
  17. 2 points
    billyg

    January 2018 Transfer Window

    Rumour is that Dundee Utd and ourselves are chasing the same striker.
  18. 2 points
    Appreciate the heads up.
  19. 2 points
    Al Bundy

    Cammy Smith

    Not good enough for Dundee Utd though as they prefer deadbeats like Billy King and Paul McMullen. It's no coincidence we were rotten at home against Dumbarton at the start of December when Cammy Smith was unavailable.
  20. 2 points
    Eric Arthur Blair

    Mark Hill Signs

    St Mirren are delighted to announce the loan signing of Celtic’s Mark Hill until the end of the season subject to SFA approval. The 19 year-old midfielder joins up with Saints until the end of the campaign. Hill, who signed a three-year deal with the Hoops in May last year, has yet to feature for the Celtic first team but has impressed in their development squad and featured in the UEFA Youth League and IRN-BRU Cup. Speaking on the move, Jack Ross said: “I think Mark gives us something different. He’s dynamic, he’s powerful, probably a more naturally defensive type in the midfield which we’ve not really had this season. "He’s a player I’ve been really impressed with whenever I’ve seen him and I know Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for him at Celtic. "I’m excited to work with him and look forward to welcoming him to the group.” Mark joined up with The Buddies for training this morning and said: "Obviously Jamie McCart was here and he said it was really good. I spoke to him a few times about it and he said training was decent and the club was good. It's my first day in and it's been really positive."
  21. 2 points
    Bud the Baker

    Mark Hill Signs

    First today!
  22. 2 points
    Sonny

    Mark Hill Signs

    Welcome to the best Club in the world
  23. 2 points
    div

    Speculation Thread

    Hill has signed. Not sure why it’s not been announced yet. Assume paperwork hold up at Celtic end. Will be in the squad for Saturday I would imagine.
  24. 2 points
    Very true indeed, I’ve worked up there extensively over the last 12 years and they don’t like us very much at all, fortunately I’m back down the road now!!
  25. 2 points
    Eric Arthur Blair

    Captain Fantastic

    Stephen makes the SPFL team of the week https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-team-of-the-week-87-97/
  26. 2 points
    Ayrshire Saints

    Speculation Thread

    Rumour in Ayr is Miller (and Kerr from Falkirk) are going there which makes more sense.
  27. 2 points
    They're going to do that eventually but apparently it'll be broadcast after the watershed
  28. 2 points
    Yflab

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/new-st-mirren-signing-ryan-11854766
  29. 2 points
    DWBud

    Cammy Smith

    I think everyone should stop and appreciate that touch of class, some boy.
  30. 2 points
    Eric Arthur Blair

    I'm Listening To....

    Young guys from Johnstone, Sway
  31. 2 points
    Sonny

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    Naw. You are thinking of Sammy.
  32. 2 points
    Drew

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    Prove it!
  33. 2 points
    Sweeper07

    Aaron Williams

    I think Motherwell got Mould from the dampness and poor ventilation
  34. 1 point
    munoz

    Betting Thread 2018 / 2019.

    The cnuts just cost me £176 !
  35. 1 point
    djchapsticks

    Mark Hill Signs

    Yeah, I can't see him starting too many games unless there comes a point in the season where we need to grind in from the start. Like Craig Storie last season though, he'll certainly play his role and it will be an important one. Storie came on for last 5-10 minutes in a few league games towards the end of the season where we were a goal up or trying to see it out and provided just what we needed.
  36. 1 point
    Al Bundy

    Mark Hill Signs

    Looks a wee bit like David Barron, hope he get steamed into as many of the opposition as Div did.
  37. 1 point
    MenstrieSaint

    Speculation Thread

    What is it he adds that we don't have??? A diving cheating b*****d He can chuck in a long throw , bend a free kick round a wall , play as a lone striker , and has not bad ball control , I,d have him .
  38. 1 point
    Sweeper07

    Mark Hill Signs

    Not desperate to be first - but like all fans, keen to spread the good news that we are all sitting waiting to hear.. Wish the website did not allow new threads with the same title and that would alert us (Provided we all used the same format) Can't wait to see this 4th signing ... it could well be worth the wait...
  39. 1 point
    David Mc

    Carillion collapse

    Not to mention their auditors KPMG who I believe took £1.8m out of Carillion last year. There's been plenty instances before of auditors letting big companies off the hook for having highly dubious accounts. It's some gravy train for the likes of KPMG and EY. All in it together you might be tempted to say.
  40. 1 point
    Hambud

    Aberdeen v St Mirren Bet Fred Cup

    Think you can just park on the boulevard (if that's what it's called).
  41. 1 point
    santaponsasaint

    St Mirren Under 20's 2017/18

    don't have Shull on ignore. just not interested in anything he has to say.
  42. 1 point
    shull

    Juniors

  43. 1 point
    Buddie Marvelous

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    Welcome to the best team in Paisley Ryan! All the very best of luck to you.
  44. 1 point
    Slartibartfast

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    She was a fox.
  45. 1 point
    shull

    I'm Listening To....

  46. 1 point
    Slartibartfast

    Ryan Flynn Signs

    Is he a collie?
  47. 1 point
    I hear its because the badges keep falling of the shirts and they have to get them stuck back on so the new players can hold them up.
  48. 1 point
    Donald was a class act. Smashin' keeper. Re his traditional wave, I remember one match in particular when the fans just kept singing Donald Donald give us wave, over and over again. Each time he waved they'd just start singing it again. It was funny watching each wave getting slightly less and less enthusiastic until he eventually obviously thought.........feck off, I'm no wavin' again!
  49. 1 point
    You said we don’t need to play in that competition . We do. You got it wrong, suck it up and move on. You made a James of it , we all do at times.
  50. 1 point
    When the draw was made I thought it was a shit draw, unlikely we would win, long travel for supporters................ There's been a we bit of water under the bridge since then I seriously think we have a chance. We've tightened up our defence and are back in the winning habit, a major factor for me. As luck would have it I'll be home and there, wearing as many fecking layers as possible as it'll be fecking freezing.
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