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  1. 10 points
    Part of me thinks Danny is actually better as an impact sub, but I do think he’s a great wee player. Anyway, yesterday’s game. Me and Jimmy H were sitting on £182 from a bet win a few weeks ago and decided it would be our first kitty when we head up to Edinburgh in a couple of weeks for the Hibs game. Yesterday we decided to whack the lot on St. Mirren -2 goals as we thought it was free money. Imagine how our frustration turned to joy in the last few minutes. 😁
  2. 10 points
    Obika does the same job for us that Billy Mehmet did a few years ago. He's a massively important player to us. I can understand people getting frustrated at his lack of finishing but he's more talented than anyone we've had up top for about 6 or 7 years.
  3. 7 points
    It’s a shame for the Broxburn keeper that Sportscene never showed any of his saves. He deserved that given his performance. Poor show once again from BBC Scotland.
  4. 7 points
    Some people within our support just seem to love hating strikers. We had Gavin Reilly who scored 20+ goals a few years ago and people were happy to see him go and said he wasn't good enough for the premier league. Obika is the best striker we've had since Reilly so naturally all the same people are out again criticising him. If he was the finished article he wouldn't be with us. Simple as that.
  5. 6 points
    On Thursday I made the horrible mistake of watching a bit of BBC Question Time, and I've been infuriated by what I saw ever since. I've been hesitant to write about it because I don't particularly want to do the old "white guy explains racism" thing, but some of this stuff needs to be said, and one of the saddest things about racism is that certain people will be far more likely to listen if it's being talked about by a white person just having a say, than a person of colour with far more experiences of witnessing and dealing with racism first hand, and even academic qualifications on race issues. I'm not entirely sure what qualified the actor Laurence Fox to appear on a high profile political panel, but for some reason he was invited onto the show, where he give an extraordinary performance of racism-denial and white victimhood posturing. He started off by claiming that Britain "is the most tolerant lovely country in Europe”, which is palpable nonsense given the fact that the UK government systematically deported scores of black British citizens, many of whom died in exile overseas, and that the party that introduced the unlawfully racist 'Hostile Environment" legislation that underpinned this deportation drive has been reelected three times since. When he was called out on this racism-denial Fox resorted to the ludicrous stance that white people are the actual victims of racism, which created a truly absurd conception of a kind of Schrödinger's racism that doesn't exist, yet persecutes white people. I have no academic qualifications on race studies, so feel free to explain where you feel I've gone wrong if you disagree, but I think three distinct types of racism are at play in contemporary Britain. The first is explicit racism. People who use racist slurs and generalisations, monkey chant at black footballers, discriminate against non-white people and deny the Britishness of non-white Brits, fetishise their own whiteness to the extent of claiming to be "pure English" or "pure British", talk about multicultural cities and areas as being "lost", add -istan to the end of British place names, and/or continually bang on about 'Asian grooming gangs' whilst completely ignoring the child sex crimes of white people, and especially the multitude of child sex abuse cases amongst members of Tommy Robinson's street thuggery operations ... These people are extremely easy to identify as racists. Then there's systemic racism, which manifests in a multitude of different ways. One of the clearest examples is the fact black and Asian Brits are far less likely to get to the interview stage using their real names, than if they use an assumed British name like James Smith, or Ann Carter. The most glaring manifestation of this kind of systemic racism was Theresa May's 2014 "Hostile Environment" legislation, that was used to deny employment, housing, social security, banking services, and even life-saving medical care to black Brits. As the legislation was being passed through parliament Theresa May openly stated that this legislation would be used to "deport now, hear appeals later", and only 18 MPs bothered to oppose this vile racist shite. Which brings us to the third type of racism: passive tolerance of racism. You don't have to be an outright racist to be tolerant of racism. If you're an MP who wilfully abstains on brazenly racist legislation out of fear that the right-wing propaganda rags will attack you as "soft on immigration" then you're a passive racist. If you sit there and say nothing when you hear someone in your social group using grotesque racist slurs or resorting to far-right white victimhood propaganda, then you're being passively racist too. And you're definitely passively racist if you vote in favour of a Tory party led by an overt racist, that pushed through the unlawfully racist Hostile Environment, because you're calculating that there's some other (probably imaginary) benefit to keeping the Tories in power that outweighs their proven racism. The problem of course is that a lot of people who benefit from systemic racism, and/or behave in passively racist ways get very upset indeed when you call out these forms of racism, because they don't self-identify as racist, and feel like they're being classified alongside the vile explicitly racist monkey chanting mob. People who don't really think about or understand the issues are easy to rile up. All you have to do is misrepresent a critique of systemic racism as an attack on white people like them, and suddenly they're churning out the extreme-right tropes, and railing against "political correctness" with no real conception that they've been emotionally manipulated into doing the ideological leg work for the extreme-right. Once the extreme-right have inflated people's senses of persecution and victimhood to the size of a hot air balloon, it only takes small puffs of wind to get them floating in the direction they want them to. Hence the term "white privilege" becoming such a lightning rod of resentment amongst people who don't have any real interest in understanding what it actually means. Just like other privileges such as class privilege and male privilege, this doesn't mean you've won some kind of prize in life that automatically makes you super-successful, it just means that you don't have other people around you, and the system itself, making your life shittier just because of the colour of your skin, the accent you talk with, or your gender. As a guy from a working class background who speaks with an unmistakably norther accent, who has lived, studied, and worked amongst the upper classes, I have a lot more first hand experience of witnessing classism than racism. To deny that classism exists would be as absurd as downplaying and minimising racism. From the fact that the 7% privately educated class are still massively over-represented in all the top professions, to the massive disparities in pay for the exact same job between upper, and non-upper class workers, it's undeniable that classism exists in modern Britain. But this doesn't mean that everyone born into the upper classes is a selfish, elitist, shitbag who thinks about the lower orders in the same way as Boris Johnson (that we're all "useless", "drunk", "criminal", "aimless", "feckless" and "hopeless"). An awful lot of people with class privilege are like this of course, but there are many others who have recognised the systemic privileges they've benefited from, and argued in favour of making things fairer for the rest of us, from Bertrand Russell, to George Orwell, to Tony Benn. But then class privilege extends beyond national borders too. I may be from a northern working class background, but compared to the working classes in Chinese sweatshops, or Indonesian paddy fields, or sub-Saharan Africa, I'm living on easy street. The least privileged demographics in the UK are still amongst the most privileged demographic worldwide. What I'm steering towards is the concept of intersectionality, which is the idea that there's no one primary defining issue when it comes to privilege and discrimination. In reality our lives are defined by all manner of factors like race, class, creed, sex, sexual orientation, disability, geographic location, and intelligence. I'm aware enough to understand that I've won the lottery in most of these factors. Not because being white, or heterosexual, or male, or able bodied, or 'Western' makes me inherently better than anyone else of course, but because I'm not going to be personally abused or systematically discriminated against over any of these things. And it makes me absolutely sick to hear people with even more privileges than me (like someone who was educated at Harrow or Eton for example) downplaying and minimising racism, and even making out that white wealthy males are 'the real victims' of persecution. But to certain people, who are used to the game being absolutely rigged in favour of people like them, any efforts to make the playing field ever so slightly fairer will come across as persecution against them and their kind. Back in 2009 there was a huge outcry when BBC Question Time invited the explicitly racist BNP leader Nick Griffin onto the show. But the extreme-right attitudes and tactics that were reviled then have become so absolutely commonplace today that they're not just espoused by right-wing propaganda hacks and the leaders of the ruling Tory party, but by C-list actors on Question Time like Laurence Fox. And just by trying to downplay and minimise racism, and playing the extreme-right 'white victimhood' card, Fox is clearly proving that Britain is in fact far more tolerant of racist attitudes and extreme-right propaganda than it was just a little over a decade ago, because back then it was mainly just the explicit racists coming out with this kind of extreme-right pish, but now it's so socially acceptable to push extreme-right propaganda that actors, TV hosts, musicians, and senior politicians are all doing it with impunity, and those who call them out are the ones who end up getting dogpiled and abused.
  6. 6 points
    Just a quick comment on Obika's goals, yes they weren't the cleanest hit but Morias had at least 4 in the second half alone that he caught really well and the keeper got to them all, them's the breaks. Also really nice to see 3 young saints fans congratulating their keeper on his performance at the end of the match and he appreciated it.
  7. 5 points
    Yflab

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    A fourth-round tie played on February 26, 1977 between St Mirren and Motherwell at Fir Park. Kick off was delayed by 10 minutes to let all the fans in. The crowd was given as 26,709 and they saw Motherwell win 2-1. Vic Davidson and Willie Pettigrew (pen) scored their goals and Frank McGarvey netted for Saints. Cheating bastards. Can’t believe that was 43 years ago. Time for some payback.
  8. 5 points
    Julian Banjos

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    The 3-0 at home v Motherwell in 2006 under Gus was one of the great cup performances of recent times. Corcoran and Charlie Adam outstanding. Hopefully, a repeat of that.... Also, assuming it's not picked for TV, will be good to have a 3pm Saturday kick-off!
  9. 5 points
    munoz

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    It's a shame they've not asked Rod Stewart back.
  10. 5 points
    MenstrieSaint

    Speculation Thread

    Three games in eight days , probably means a wee bit of squad rotation . Probaby need our best attacking eleven for the Aberdeen game .
  11. 5 points
    I can't see us getting any kind of result apart from a comfortable home win But the 2 wins i have saw us get at that hellhole were totally unexpected One was in that dreadful Davie Hay season Live in hope
  12. 4 points
    whydowebother

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Draw 7:15pm BBC Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  13. 4 points
    southsidebud

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    For me - I would want us to get a home tie and dodge Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Motherwell - with hopefully the four of them matched up over two other ties.
  14. 3 points
    delpierro

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Pleased with draw. Big crowd, real cup atmosphere. [emoji41]
  15. 3 points
    southsidebud

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Sigh. Probably the third hardest game we could have got at home. Not impossible though so here's hoping for an epic win. Premier Sports will follow their two usual teams so we have a decent chance of being picked by the BBC.
  16. 3 points
    MenstrieSaint

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Last time they beat us it was a big player bullying Waters at left back that caused the problems . Get that sorted and it will be a different game .
  17. 3 points
    munoz

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Home advantage is a plus, but very difficult game.
  18. 3 points
    whydowebother

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    It’s a fix [emoji2]
  19. 3 points
    whydowebother

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    St Mirren v Motherwell
  20. 3 points
    Wilbur

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    More likely to get Clyde if you feel it in your water.
  21. 3 points
    delpierro

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    I think we'll get M'Well, at home. Feel it in my water. [emoji41]
  22. 3 points
    whydowebother

    Latest Scores

    Almost as ridiculous as somebody predicting Saints wins nearly every week..... Still, never say never [emoji3]
  23. 3 points
    MenstrieSaint

    Speculation Thread

    And I think Hibs have a midweek cup replay before they meet us . Hope Dundee United kick everything above grass .
  24. 3 points
    faraway saint

    Latest Scores

    ^^^^^^ Off your head, but nice story.
  25. 3 points
    djchapsticks

    Speculation Thread

    Goodwin is in the stand at Tannadice. Hope this striker isn't Osman f**king Sow!
  26. 3 points
    FTOF

    Speculation Thread

    Div tweeted that Kirk was being put through a work out by Junior before the game.
  27. 3 points
    cockles1987

    Speculation Thread

    I'm presuming that Kirk was being protected for the visit to ipox.
  28. 3 points
    Once again Danny Mullen made a great contribution. It's time Danny was in the lineup at the very start - long overdue.
  29. 3 points
    So much talk on a guy who scored twice yesterday He is an important player for us as he's a good focial point for us He isn't a goal grabber but he has 7 goals already. What about the rest of the team who struggled to hit the goal sheet? The first half i was bored shitless our midfield playing at walking pace Things improved once Mullen and the new boy came on Mullen is our best striker at the club imo Set plays no threat at all in fact they looked more threathening with theirs Highlight was the pitch invaision as the six million dollar man music was going through my head. As he ambled on with his one shoe on and his graceful exit Glad we are trying to get another forward in as we saw there's room for big improvement
  30. 3 points
    Post of the year. Succinct and accurate.
  31. 3 points
    If Obika was capable of smashing the net on a regular basis with the chances people mention, we would never have landed him in the first place because he’d be playing at a higher level. Too many seem to forgot who we are and what level we are in comparison to others. For our level, Obika is decent and so far in the two seasons we’ve returned to the Prem, he’s better than anyone else we’ve had in terms of goal scoring. If he took the chances provided he’d be playing in the English Premier or Championship and we would never have been linked with him.
  32. 3 points
    That bit in bold. Finally someone has said it! A fair number of regular goalscorers are generally shite footballers, but have great instinct to position themselves correctly and earn a reputation for scoring goals. After all, the point of the game is to score more goals than the opposition and Obika is doing that better than anyone else for Saints in the Premier League (granted today was cup) since the days of Thommo as you rightly state. I don’t care if 5 of his goals are off his arse, the fact is he’s putting himself in the right positions when it matters most. We may love seeing goals like those ridiculous ones scored by Adam Hammill, the skill and composure Lewis Morgan had, or the free kicks from Stevie Mallan or Graham Carey. But whether it’s a 40 yard belter or accidentally smacked off the chest of Obika, it’s the same end result. You don’t gain any extra points or goals because it was a quality finish. As for the bit in underline, it’s like Michael Higdon all over again. We had fans raving over f**king Craig Dargo who was busy setting a club record for offsides and had a total inability to ever finish a 1v1 when through on goal, yet Higdon managed to outscore Dargo’s entire Saints career in one season but got bollocked on a regular basis because he didn’t “run around a lot”. Give me a goalscorer any day ffs. Did the Broxburn support have a Sevco supporting element trying to attach themselves to the club today? I’m sure the likes of Irvine Meadow and some of the other non-league sides have had this problem in the past. It’s a shame as it ruins it for the true diehard followers of the clubs, but it does seem to be commonplace that knuckledraggers who can’t afford to watch the scum sides latch onto the local non-league side instead and usually embarrass them.
  33. 3 points
    Tommy

    Heading Ban

    13 corners today and good to see our players are still supportìng the ban [emoji23]
  34. 3 points
    FTOF

    Conor McCarthy - confirmed

    Thought Conor looked really comfortable on the ball today, even though he was generally mopping up. Looks like he has a fair turn of pace too. A good start.
  35. 3 points
    Damage to the stadium should be deducted from the share due to Broxburn.
  36. 3 points
    Ayrshire Saints

    Speculation Thread

    A wide player and a striker according to Goody in the 1877 tonight.
  37. 2 points
    pod

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Third time lucky.
  38. 2 points
    TPAFKA Jersey 2

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Aye and we beat a non league team 3-0 in the third round. The stars are aligning. 😁
  39. 2 points
    TPAFKA Jersey 2

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Visions of Corky!
  40. 2 points
    StanleySaint

    Latest Scores

    Ricky, you may get a sense of deja vu here but again, this is in the other football section!!
  41. 2 points
    whydowebother

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Was a wee bit more entertaining than normal right enough
  42. 2 points
    eastlandssaint

    Old Football Grounds

  43. 2 points
  44. 2 points
    munoz

    The Scottish Cup 19/20

    Getting any lower league team and home tie would be most welcome.
  45. 2 points
    Julian Banjos

    Conor McCarthy - confirmed

    Also nice to see a player who tucks in his shirt.
  46. 2 points
    Ronnie

    St Mirren v Broxburn Athletic 18/1/20

    I could quote half a dozen other posters but chose you seeing as yours is the last post. I have defended Obika more than once this season but no one expects him to be the finished article but his 3 chances in first half come into absolute sitter category along with quite a few others this season and the frustrating fact the keeper never even had to save any of them. Against the better teams and the slog to avoid relegation with 5 other teams this season he won't have the luxury of 4/5/6 chances before scoring like he did today.
  47. 2 points
    Re the crowd. I congratulate Broxburn on their huge boisterous support... With the exception of the tossers who threw flares and the drunken twat that thought holding the game up by invading the pitch would be fun! I suppose we should be grateful that he kept his clothes on! Re the away fans chant of "what a shitey home support"... We average around 4,000 home fans at each game... I reckon we had around 2,700 home fans there today. To put that in perspective, the total crowd at the Accies match today was around 1,000! That around 1,300 Saints fans didn't fancy a game against Broxburn to me says more about the perceived standards of the opposition than the quality of home support. Broxburn fans should be grateful that 2,700 hardy Saints fans turned up to watch them camped in their penalty box for 90 minutes and reward them with a decent pay day for their efforts! As for the away support, it was massively inflated since it was a Scottish Cup away day. That is not a criticism. It is a simple fact. We ourselves have had the same experience many a time and been labelled glory hunters. I am just grateful that fans turn up and support the game. In summary... BOTH sets of fans did their teams proud and created a good atmosphere. As for the game... Broxburn did what any team in that situation would do... What we ourselves do when playing at Parkhead or Ibrox. Packed the defense. Tried to frustrate the home teams and the home fans, and hope for a counter attack at some point in the game. At corners... All eleven Broxburn players were in the box defending. Didn't make for fun viewing which is why I would never criticise the 1,300 Saints fans who stayed away. Broxburn defended heroically... aided by some dreadful forward play by Saints at times. The Broxburn keeper was man of the match by a mile... He was like Superman! I felt for him at the first goal, which was as jammy as could be. Obika only scored cos he couldn't get out of the way in time to stop the ball bouncing off of him! That broke Broxburn but to their credit, they never gave up and certainly didn't collapse. Mullen coming on changed Saints whole play and if the Saints Man of the match hadn't already been announced, he would have won it for his short time on the pitch! Scored a peach for number two. Brilliantly set up number three. Was flattened by keeper and defender and smashed into the post and netting, requiring both hands and an arm to be strapped up... but kept coming back for more. He was immense. 3-0 the final score. Fair reflection on the play. Wasn't pretty but both teams acquitted themselves well. Re the three new lads... Impressive start. The two defenders look solid and comfortable on the ball. McGrath impressed. Good feet, good passing and a good shot. All in all, job done. Good day at the office.
  48. 2 points
    I do agree here. Declaring independence here and now would be the wrong way to go and would only harm the Yes movement. I agree with the second point also. I think the numbers will keep growing but the likes of 70% is not near us yet. 2014 should have been the wake up call. 45% of Scots were dissatisfied with the status quo. Long term the balance of a 5% swing isn’t much, and Westminster should have acted on that to show us the Union is worth it. Instead they’ve ignored Scotland’s MPs unless Tory, they totally ignored Scottish views on Brexit and we’ve seen absolutely no change in the treatment of Scotland. Westminster had their chance to prove the Union was good. They had their chance to treat us as an equal. Boris’ rejection of Indyref2 should be the final straw that proves Scotland is stuck under the Westminster dictatorship.
  49. 2 points
    Maybe in terms of missed chances, but in terms of creating and general play he has been good.
  50. 2 points
    Erm no I said you couldn't be a proud Londoner and Scot and that your Scottishness was sentimental - you've made your choice and are able to vote in the London Mayoral elctions. ****************** I am of the opinion that Independence outweighs the benefits of the Union for Scotland. I look at BJ claiming that Brexit not prevent open trade with the rest of the world and lead to beneficial trade deals for the UK but that Scottish Independence will lead to a closed border then listen to English Tory MPs at Westminster howling at the SNP leader Ian Blackford and wonder why they want to stop us leaving, they clearly don't like us and this is the mainstream of current Tory politicians. ******************* All of which seems to be contradicted by the Chancellors statement today that we would not be aligned with EU regulations post Brexit, so no frictionless trade with them anyway and all aboard the Train towards the 19th Century!
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