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  1. I think John tried to explain the situation, but I'm not convinced his statement really helped. We are told that we have to leave two seats free and can only use every other row in our stand because of the distance between rows etc... That's all well and good in isolation but when you see several hundred fans in both the home and away end standing right next to each other last weekend just a few miles up the road in Motherwell then it doesn't really stack up. Lanarkshire is operating under level 0 restrictions at the moment the same as Renfrewshire is, so something isn't right here. We've got Glasgow City Council offering FULL CAPACITY at Ibrox and Parkhead next midweek, 50000 & 60000 respectively, yet we are supposed to swallow that we can only have 1039 in our stadium this weekend, when the advertised lowest guideline for level 0 is 2000? It doesn't add up at all and you can completely understand why fans are not happy. I'm not expecting the chairman of the club to throw the Council under the bus here but something isn't right, St.Mirren have been given an absolutely terrible deal here and to compound all of that the club's communication with it's most loyal fans on the matter has been an absolute shambles. There isn't even an acknowledgement on the official website that the ballot has been drawn FFS! Season ticket holders who didn't get a ticket are left completely in the dark, why didn't they get an email too even if it was just to say "Sorry you didn't get one this time". Nothing at all! These are the punters who pitched up £300+ last season and who didn't get to set foot in the stadium ONCE, yet we were asked to pony up the same £300+ again this season and almost 3000 of us jumped through several hoops to do so. Then we don't even get a proper explanation of why we're still locked out, we aren't told the ballot has been run and we don't get a courtesy email telling us we've not been fortunate enough to get a ticket! It's all very very basic stuff here and frankly it's not good enough. Even the Season Ticket TV access on Saturday is a mess. I've read the article on the website telling me I need to use a new login and password for this season, yet I can absolutely guarantee that my 76 year old season ticket holding dad will be utterly confused as to what the fuck is going on - he doesn't read the website and he doesn't visit social media - so how the fuck is he supposed to know how to watch the game - a game that he has paid for the same as all the rest of us mugs. An absolute utter shambles.
    19 points
  2. I tell you what, I'd be knocking every f**king door, fighting every 'no' and chasing every lead to make sure as many supporters as possible who have already shelled out hard earned money for season tickets were getting in. I wouldn't be sitting on my hands going 'maybe on August 9th it will be better' like that piss-weak opening gambit of a statement from our new chairman.
    12 points
  3. We should genuinely be making more of this 1,000 fans in the ground issue. It's borderline scandalous. There seems to be no real issue on 30%, 40%, 50% filled grounds at this point where we seem to be either moping about how sad it is fans aren't getting back in numbers we'd like, or saying f**k all. The fans have an absolute right to know who is making these decisions, why they are being made and why the club aren't fighting tooth and nail against any decisions made on 'social distancing' guidelines given that these don't appear to apply nearly as stringently to many, many other clubs very local to us. Fir Park will be 47% full on Saturday for their game vs Hibs...St. Mirren Park was (allegedly) only allowed to be 12% full yesterday and only 12% full a week next Saturday. Dundee, a city that had the outright highest infection rate in Europe until only a couple of weeks ago have applied for and expect to be granted increased capacity for our match on Saturday. And rightly so, who can blame them? And again, likely no away fans. So why is Fitzpatrick showing up on Radio Scotland yesterday sounding like a beaten man when it comes to more supporters being let in? Why are the club not publicly questioning these decisions? This was packaged up by our SLO the other day as being a social distancing issue but that's clearly not true at all. I get some grounds have more seats, exits, facilities etc, but definitely not a disparity of 12% capacity in one ground allowed vs 47% in another. Who ever ultimately made the decision, be it SMFC or Renfrewshire Council owe the supporters a full and frank explanation. Why should we still be balloting to see who f**king gets to go to games and who doesn't when other clubs are fighting tooth and nail to get ALL fans who want a ticket through the doors?
    11 points
  4. div

    The capacity debacle

    Interesting to see one of the journos suggesting that the relationship between the club and Renfrewshire Council is not particularly healthy right now. No reasons given why that might be but the inference is that the Council are quite happy to stiff us on the capacity issue. I did have some sympathy over the restrictions but having seen the crowd at Fir Park yesterday with large groups all sitting or standing side by side with no masks in sight it's very difficult to comprehend why we are being served such severe restrictions other than it being for petty political point scoring.
    10 points
  5. Rosalind was in touch with me yesterday and asked if I could post this message to Saints fans, one she wrote back in January of this year. Was supposed to be posted on the club site but for whatever reason that hasn't happened yet so she wanted to get this out to her fellow supporters ahead of the new season. To Saint Mirren FC, their staff and my fellow supporters. As a lifelong fan and supporter of Saint Mirren FC, I would like to say that it has been an honour and privilege to have served the fans and the club for over thirty years. Serving my fellow supporters was one of the greatest opportunities I have had in my life. There have been some great times and some very challenging times but being in the position to both serve my fellow supporters and being able to watch my team playing on match days I can say that the great times have outweighed the challenging times. Now that I am a grandmother to two adorable boys with a third grandson on the way I have arrived at the view that it is now time for me to be with my family and have therefore decided not to extend the contract. I would like to thank my incredible staff and family who have worked tirelessly both behind the scenes and in the kiosks to serve the fans on match days. Their commitment and energy made an incredible difference when things were tough. I would also like to thank Saint Mirren staff and Board of Directors both past and present for their valued support. I am now looking forward to attending the games as a fan and enjoying your company in the supporters bar and in the stand on match day Update: Grandson No 3 has arrived and is doing well. COYS Rosalind Carr
    10 points
  6. I’ve read numerous points of view on the whole capacity thing over the last few days. All things considered I’m still of them view the club’s handling of the situation has been completely amateurish and shambolic. That’s despite me having a few days to calm down from my initial reaction. As others have said it’s a complete kick in the stones to loyal fans who go home and away as much as possible to support the team. Their reasoning from the club for the situation is vague at best and communication is a shambles also. I don’t tend to favour the word customer when it comes to supporting your team but any other business bends over backwards not upset their customers or at least resolve issues to keep them happy. Well it appears there are a sh**load of unhappy loyal fans/ customers out there!
    9 points
  7. alanb

    The capacity debacle

    I would suggest that no away fans of any club can be considered for admission until all ST holders and patg fans are accommodated ( OF fans seem to be getting considered for South stand as usual)
    9 points
  8. div

    The capacity debacle

    Rangers confirming full capacity on Tuesday for the visit of Malmo, 51000 at that game. 76 hours previously, 7.5 miles away, we are supposed to stomach getting 12% capacity at our stadium? Do me a favour.
    9 points
  9. Yflab

    The capacity debacle

    Like many others I’m really disappointed that we are in this situation. The club staff have had around 16months to work out the feasibility of a partial return for supporters. We are the lifeblood of the club. There has been very poor communication throughout on how this return would work. It was brought up as a concern by supporters at the club AGM and the SMiSA AGM. The responses were very poor imho. A detailed process should have been drawn up and published to all registered supporters (both ST and PATG) on how the system would work - especially in relation to family bubbles. There is no doubt that the transfer from Interstadia to the new ST providers has been a shambles and has probably directed valuable resource away at an important time. But surely after the last game against Hearts (all hail Obika) planning should have begun on supporter return with different scenarios. Again If the long term plan was to move away from Interstadia why was this not planned better? It’s not a difficult process to migrate to a new database provider if it is planned properly. It was clear for a long time that we were not getting back to the stadium last season, so why was the opportunity missed to implement the migration in time for renewals? Fail to plan? Plan to fail. Might be controversial, but perhaps we need changes at the top of our organisation. We have never replaced Brian Caldwell. We are paying a decent wage for our CEO but are we getting a decent ROI? I’m not convinced. Are we paying Kibble staff who have taken on roles as General Managers as well as Kibble responsibilities? Have they delivered positive results? I’m not convinced. Out of interest, were these roles advertised publicly? The last few months have been an utter shambles and if Stu Dickson was still on the forum he would be creaming himself as any other business would collapse if they failed their customer base with so many fcuk ups. Very concerned ST holder and Shareholder. 😢
    9 points
  10. HSS

    St mirren v Hearts

    Seemingly the number of absentees at the Thistle game was in the hundreds What a bunch of selfish bastards
    9 points
  11. Here's the goal for those who haven't seen it https://streamable.com/1ju2mu
    9 points
  12. JJ McG

    The capacity debacle

    Away!!! That statement is utter dug shite.
    7 points
  13. div

    New strip

    The old "e-Store" that I set-up for the club was used to sell the hospitality and replica kit. In addition to that we had "St.Mirren Direct" which was the outsourced club merchandise store. You'll have noticed there was two tills in the shop, one for buying replica kit and the other for buying other club merchandise. There were tax related reasons for that set-up, but it wasn't really ideal. As part of the changes taking place and the move to Pitch-Pro Retail everything will be under one roof both in terms of online and the physical club shop. I'm not involved in the set-up of the new online stuff so not sure when it's going live or what domain it is going to use. Needless to say being unable to buy a replica kit in the first week of August is an absolutely shite state of affairs. I get that it's perhaps related to the Skyview debacle but it feels like there is always some issue or another with the strips every year. If it was up to me (and I guess it is now partly up to all of us SMiSA members) the new kits for the next season would be launched at the end of the previous campaign. Get the strips on sale before the summer holidays, it's not rocket science. Maximise the sales by bringing the away kit out later, maybe launched at a family open day at the stadium as part of our pre-season preparation, get the stands open, let the kids meet the players, get some entertainment in, make a day of it. In short, make it easy for supporters to spend money, and they will. Make it difficult and they'll find something else to spend their hard earned on.
    7 points
  14. JJ McG

    Speculation Thread

    He has lost his way a bit lately and that’s the only reason I would say we have a change of landing him, he was brilliant with st Johnstone and was highly thought of when down south, he’s still on 26 as well. Can play both wings, wing back and I’m sure he can play in behind the striker also, would be the perfect signing for us if you ask me.
    7 points
  15. Good statement and while people could, and probably will, dig around for things that haven't went as well as hoped, overall Scott can be pretty pleased with the way things have went.
    7 points
  16. HSS

    The capacity debacle

    A little birdie told me today that if we are only allowed 1035 then the tickets will be offered to SMiSA members first as a celebration of todays takeover 😵‍ Touchpaper lit,now retreating a safe distance to watch the effects 🎇🎆
    7 points
  17. Now that I'm a co-owner of SMFC, I have decided to get rid of the Kibble. Tony will now work in one of the catering venues. Celtic and Sevco fans will be given one stand and we will re-sign Billy Mehmet. The futures bright. The futures Saint Mirren.
    7 points
  18. This SEEDING is just a another new bollox to favour the Ugly Buttocks and stop either of them papping the other out in an early round. cups should not be seeded.
    7 points
  19. Why don't you just exchange numbers and give us fecking peace
    7 points
  20. Seems that I'm one of the 1039.
    7 points
  21. Numerous changes resulting in a 3v1 away win in a group game yet the usual suspects are moaning like hell. Get a grip ffs.
    7 points
  22. Sonny

    Speculation Thread

    Well things are looking good for Brophy and Dennis. 3 goals each and the League hasn't even started!
    7 points
  23. Brophy scored a couple pre-season. Now getting slated because he didn't score in the one competitive game we've played. The guy was injured when he joined us, but started to show some form at the end of last season. Come on, let's give him a chance to show his ability. Tuesday night v Stenny might be just the game to get him off the mark.
    7 points
  24. Give it up ya boring c**t.
    7 points
  25. No we didn't. As dominant a 1-0 as you'll ever see.
    7 points
  26. Given our "brush" with Covid last season, you can see to an extent why the club is being OTT. The last thing the club needs is to be accused of being lax if some sort of spreading of Covid takes place that can be linked back to us. Factor in that there will always be people who publicise breaches of protocol. We don't need fans heading for social media telling all and sundry that there was no social distancing in the bogs etc.. Big brother will be watching.
    7 points
  27. A hat trick of crap penalties, in saying that got to face them all at work tomorrow without having a smug look about me🤣🤣
    7 points
  28. Scott-Leeds

    Coronavirus

    Here’s an update on my personal situation with regards to Covid. Monday, this week,2 of my sons aged 9 and 11 tested positive for Covid. Wednesday my 16 year old son tested positive for Covid. Friday this week, I tested positive for Covid and so did my Mrs. My 14 year old daughter is unwell and testing later today. Track and trace have phoned me each day this week for each person and they found a new variant in my 9 year old who’s teacher tested positive for Covid last week and he became unwell last Thursday and was isolating prior to testing positive I’m double vaccinated as is my Mrs. It’s currently like having , a chest infection/kidney infection/throat infection/cold/flu/temperature/sickness at the same time. Not a good experience 3 boys improving day by day , I’m a few days behind them on wellness but my Mrs is on the mend and quite well. Being double vaccinated may have stopped me being hospitalised but not getting Covid. Anyone got similar experience ? Re; Covid
    7 points
  29. They were also on our side later. And on our side in WW1. How far do you want to go back? Culloden? Bannockburn? Falkirk? Stirling Bridge? The Berwick massacre? Or maybe just as far as the Poll Tax? There are probably historical reasons to "hate" every other country in the world (and our own) but that's just stupid. Personally, I want Italy to win because, if they don't, we'll never hear the end of it.
    7 points
  30. djchapsticks

    Ethan Erhahon

    Erhahon has a few shortcomings in his game but he's constantly improving still is learning. End of the day, we have on our books, a guy who has represented Scotland at every level bar full international, will have well over 100 first team appearances before he hits 21 and still has two years to run on his current deal. When you look at other clubs like St. Johnstone and Motherwell doubling down and refusing to let themselves be short sold on their assets, then neither should we. Barnsley paid £1.25m last season for a lad from Liverpool who is two years older, and with no first team experience save for couple of loans out to League 1. We'd be doing ourselves a genuine disservice by accepting low to mid six figures for him.
    7 points
  31. salmonbuddie

    Coronavirus

    Carlsberg doesn't do irony, but if it did...
    7 points
  32. djchapsticks

    The capacity debacle

    Outrageous that they'll happily displace a full stand of supporters in a stadium that they don't even know if the Main Stand will be open, to accommodate Rangers and Celtic.
    6 points
  33. div

    The capacity debacle

    And it's perfectly understandable. Every season ticket holder should be at the game on Saturday, nobody is going to persuade me any differently. It's an absolute disgrace that we are looking at 1000 attendance on Saturday when by Monday the figure will miraculously be 5000. Someone definitely needs their balls kicked, it's just a matter of clarifying who it should be.
    6 points
  34. FTOF

    The capacity debacle

    Need to to make a new requirement that anybody who wishes to be a Councillor, is a Saints fan. That should sort it. Although, any council meetings might end up like a thread on here.😄
    6 points
  35. I'm not going to spark a debate on this as I'm sick of doing so but in terms of public health and bodies piling up, the vaccines have well and truly put paid to that. There is no longer an immediate risk to the public at large and we should well and truly now be getting back to living our lives with as few restrictions as possible given that the overwhelming majority of people in the country are vaccinated. 5 people have died in Renfrewshire relating to covid in the last 30 days. Five. The risk to the public is now minimal and we have amazing vaccines which in 95% of cases reduce the effects of covid to a mild flu, coupled with a fantastic vaccine uptake by the public to thank for that. There is absolutely no reason to continue with restrictions at the levels we have been for the last year and a half.
    6 points
  36. I was wanting Arbroath "away".
    6 points
  37. They 3 away goals at Dumbarton came in handy!! 😂
    6 points
  38. antrin

    Coronavirus

    6 points
  39. munoz

    Season tickets

    It does suggest a level of shortsightedness.
    6 points
  40. ALBIONSAINT

    Season tickets

    Nice oxymoron
    6 points
  41. I phoned the ticket office at 11 this morning, just after it opened. Got the answer machine asking for my name and number and just as I was about to speak, another recording said the mailbox was full and wasn't able to record any further messages!!! f**king shoddy!!!
    6 points
  42. FTOF

    Season tickets

    People have short memories. Last season's ticket roll out and strip release was marketed slickly and with a great deal of publicity. That was down to The Kibble's involvement. I'm sure TF or GS mentioned as much in their updates. This season for whatever reason, the season ticket company was changed at the last minute. I'm sure that wasn't remotely helpful. However, yet again, it has been proven that the team involved with season tickets is simply too small to deal with glitches. Even though this year's events were probably exacerbated by the fact that season ticket holders had to populate a new data base. That was never going to go well. The club should have been more proactive regarding keeping people who were experiencing problems with season tickets. The strips debacle was not of the club's making. It's quite clear that the strips had been ready to roll out with "Skyview" on them, as evidenced by the "black bin bag" look on the away strips v Linfield and also by the absence of the stripes in any of our games so far. Obviously Joma have had to change their plans. Not much the club could do about this. Although, again, the lack of info from the club on this matter is annoying to some. Also, the club shop, which is another thing in transition, can hardly sell or take pre-orders of strips without Joma providing concrete evidence of strip production, delivery etc. There are definitely glaring faults with aspects of the strip/season ticket this season, but not much The Kibble could do about it IMO.
    6 points
  43. May i just add ....Dennis will be our top goal scorer this season...the guy is class
    6 points
  44. For the fact dunnes not played competitive football in almost two years, watching the game you’d never of thought so
    6 points
  45. Quite a lot to unpack with regards to England fan behaviour; On one hand, supporters rushing the gates was dangerous and could have ended very badly if someone was crushed by a fence when they kicked them down. However - I do believe that football has been stolen from the working class. (especially in England where money is king) Ticket prices for the final were eye watering. Far beyond the reach of most. Seen some online going for thousands The security was nowhere near up to scratch, so I can understand why it happened - can't be too mad about that The racial abuse of their own players is to put it bluntly - f**king disgusting, seems to be a real issue with that south of the border (and with fans of a certain club up here, who's views seem to align quite closely with the mutant section of the England support) The images from Leicester Square pre match were some of the worst I've seen, people throwing glass bottles into the air into a crowded area - whoever does that is quite frankly, an absolute dick, and if caught should be given a decent amount of time in jail. Could easily give someone life changing injuries doing that.
    6 points
  46. An observation regarding Dumbarton FC: I like many other purchased my PPV early as I usually do, of course then Dumbarton get a positive covid test and etc, etc. My point is that without even requesting a refund, my £12 was back in my account Saturday morning, very impressed particularly since they are a part time club. Well done Dumbarton FC.
    6 points
  47. Aye Cap'n, that he be.
    6 points
  48. faraway saint

    Season tickets

    How are you managing to post on here? 😜
    6 points
  49. Thought we were pretty comfortable tonight for the most part. All the debutants looked decent.
    5 points
  50. Dunne looks like a decent player.
    5 points
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