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  1. 9 points
  2. djchapsticks

    Speculation Thread

    For a wee bit of perspective, every NZ player who made it big started out at clubs like Birkenhead. Chris Killen, Chris Wood, Winston Reid, Sarpreet Singh of Bayern Munich. Bill Tuiloma actually went from Birkenhead to Marseille and made it into their first team in 2015. He now now plays MLS football week in week out for Portland. f**king daft to suggest that we ought to write him off for being amateur. Almost every player who makes it to the full NZ national team goes this route of playing for a club until they are 18-22 and the best ones head for Europe. This lad has had that path delayed by a two year pandemic.
    8 points
  3. munoz

    Speculation Thread

    Nothing wrong with us having a look at this lad- if he's not up to the standard, I don't imagine he'll be signed.
    8 points
  4. I got mine in my arm , will that do ?
    6 points
  5. JJ McG

    Speculation Thread

    Has he? seemingly Aberdeen have pulled the plug due to interest from the English championship.
    6 points
  6. WeeBud

    Speculation Thread

    With your apparent “grandiose” understanding of the business (and real life) world this should be no surprise to you and something you’d “ordinarily” support.
    5 points
  7. Where do you think we got Main
    5 points
  8. JJ McG

    Your Hope's for 2022?

    Goodwin to change the abysmal tactics and league survival would do for me. It’s been a dreadful season considering all the talk about building from last season, we will do well to stay up this season. Other than Brophy our recruitment of strikers is absolutely atrocious and that’s down to the manager.
    5 points
  9. Only owners get a slice. Planning my vaycay right now 💸
    4 points
  10. Tickets purchased. Up for a week and getting two games in. A rare treat for me. Really looking forward to this one. Used to love going to Ayr. Don’t think I’ve been since the mid 80s when Fraser Campbell scored the only goal of the game relatively late on to much relief from the away support. Think someone said earlier on this thread that Somerset Park was a shithole. Totally disagree. I love it. Proper old fitba ground.
    4 points
  11. A perfect scenario if an English comes in and signs him now. Use some of the fee we receive towards going for Allan.
    4 points
  12. Correct. The prices are what Ayr charges for championship games so fair due to both clubs for not charging more.
    4 points
  13. Tickets now available, two sections available for buds. https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/LZEmOKzmpW/StMirrenAway
    4 points
  14. That's a classy PS from someone urging us to be the bigger people on the AGM thread.
    4 points
  15. We are all Arbroath FC. If they win the league, I reckon that will be a bigger achievement than Leicester winning the Premiership! [emoji50][emoji50][emoji50] A part time team. Favourites for relegation. Punching above their weight. They remind me of 1977 St Mirren who had part time players and no chance. Favourites for relegation. One of the players was John Young... Current Arbroath coach. The Campbell twins are old school a la Fergie. It's 2 fingers at the hierarchy's eletist entitled attitude! Mon the Red Lichties! [emoji3590] Sent from my HD1913 using Tapatalk
    4 points
  16. doakie

    AGM being held via Zoom

    I must admit that the AGM being held on Zoom is a huge disappointment. Obviously this means that there will be much less debate and meaningful dialogue than if it were held at a public gathering. Smisa have requested that questions be submitted in advance of the AGM - that indicates that it will be more of a simple Q&A than a proper AGM. There is no reason for , say, 60 or 70 shareholders not to gather, bearing in mind that the current guidelines about gatherings say that the limit is "up to 200 people at indoor seated events" Furthermore, latest reports claim that "These limits will now be removed from Monday 17 January." It begs the question: Does the Smisa board, the Smisa reps on the Club's board and the Kibble directors wish to avoid being held to account? That is the whole point of an AGM and the four shareholders to whom I've spoken to today tell me that it is unacceptable to them. They are all deeply unhappy. I've been told that the Smisa board as well as the Smisa reps on the Club's board read social media so will someone inform us why they are avoiding a traditional AGM in the presence of the shareholders? Why is our AGM being conducted via Zoom when, according to the guidelines, there is absolutely no need ? I wonder - is there something to be concerned about?
    4 points
  17. You know you're in trouble when Baz & faraway are agreeing with each other... [emoji846]
    4 points
  18. Am I missing something here ? Trawl through the internet ? It’s really not difficult at all, if you are able to find BAWA and post on the forum I have no idea why you think finding the info you want from SMISA difficult . I typed in SMISA and guess what , all the information is there, Names, a short biog, a picture of said individual and a handy link to get in touch . What more do you want ? 🤷‍♂️
    4 points
  19. I think we’ve wondered away from Doakie’s original point which was - paraphrasing - will Zoom meeting give the board a free hurl when there is no longer a good reason not to have a proper AGM
    4 points
  20. animal

    AGM being held via Zoom

    Since Fibble arrived our AGMs have slipped from November to December to January. Last year’s was by Zoom because it was necessary. This year it is not. Were I a shareholder I’d ask why other teams have held AGMs during the pandemic, indoors and outdoors. The 1877 club’s windows, high ceilings, two doors into the main stand, another into the corridor and entrance doors (opening on four sides) make it quite possible to hold the AGM safely. Packed corporate hospitality continued during covid, with more people and less ventilation. The AGM could even be held outdoors in the main stand. Teams bigger than ours do this annually. Why were shareholders not asked if they liked the idea? The apathy created is why the board/Fibblefeel they can get away with a Zoom AGM that allows them to pick and control questions, give short answers and move on quickly before things hot up reducing an important AGM to a tightly controlled Q&A session. Fibble directors are avoiding the people they are supposed to represent. Think on that. They have never faced shareholders who have saved St Mirrentwice in the past. They are suffocating real debate and treating real St Mirren supporters with contempt.They should hang their heads in shame. We all know home support is on the slide. Fibble’s profile is so low it is all but underground. After the ‘contracts to friends scandalof summer, the unfinished training ground fiasco, the first Fibble General Manager, their report of the club to the Revenue, their jump to attack the Chairman by press release unknown to their fellow directors after a mysterious ‘Rangers fan’ (there is one on our board) revealed his ill-advised comments is hardly surprising. Fibble have brought nothing to our club except to disillusion the few remaining staff in a club now disjointed by warfare in the boardroom that is an open secret. No wonder they chose Zoom. Watch it all happen without a squeak.
    4 points
  21. Sonny

    Speculation Thread

    Come on guys, we used the Stewart money 1/3 of the way towards buying Heaton. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
    4 points
  22. Yeah, can't be many managers who have an unbeaten record. [emoji14]
    4 points
  23. Who decides the HoF nominations? Iain Munro and Billy Thomson are far more deserving than Sutton. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
    4 points
  24. JJ McG

    Speculation Thread

    Why wouldn’t they want McGrath still? He’s an attacking mid and shinnie is defensive, completely different players.
    3 points
  25. ALBIONSAINT

    Coronavirus

    Within 4 weeks it’s went from “ a tsunami of cases with between 300-6000 deaths each day” to “ are we seeing the end of the pandemic” I hope it’s the latter as I am absolutely pissed off with it all now.
    3 points
  26. Slarti

    AGM being held via Zoom

    [emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787]
    3 points
  27. Aye, I agree, it's utterly, can hardly put it into words. The attitude of these people, not only should it cost Boris his job, every one of these cretins who attended should be binned, no matter their position.
    3 points
  28. JJ McG

    Speculation Thread

    Have a feeling we might see some movement today. Seen a couple of things on Twitter regarding Aberdeen saying hedges is away so expect McGrath will follow. Hopefully Kiltie will be like a new signing when McGrath goes as Kiltie isn’t a midfielder where, he is wasted there and needs to play further forward, definitely a player in there.
    3 points
  29. HSS

    The Windsors

    Andy has contacted sevco about a move to ibrox It’s the only way he’ll get to keep his titles
    3 points
  30. lenziebud

    Speculation Thread

    He had bags of potential but Stubbs was so incompetent he couldn't see it. Worst manager in the history of our club by a country mile. Pity Jack Ross left as he did see his potential and ability. We would have ended up with the player that Sunderland now have if JR had stayed. I also think JG would have recognized his ability too.
    3 points
  31. You're not the only one who couldn't see the boy had potential, The club didn't either I'm not sure why The boy was 6ft 2" and built like a one iron he needed time, and someone at the club should have had the balls to tell Stubbs to F%%k off, when was the last time we had a 6'2" striker coming through our books FFS The boy scored on his first start for us in the league cup... in the same season scored 10 goals for Alloa in 23 games in a tough league for a part time team, if that's not potential what is He only made 2 starts in the league his last start was against Dundee which we won 2-1, [ the only league game we won in 13] before being transferred to Ross County and replaced by the goal machine Brock-Madsen I'm not surprised he's doing well and I think he'll get better still
    3 points
  32. Birkenhead - New Zealand Rosario - Northern Ireland Para Hill Knights - Australia I never did understand after the success of Andy Dorman, why we haven't explored North America.
    3 points
  33. TPAFKA Jersey 2

    Speculation Thread

    OK I’ll break cover. I might not have thought he was a big haddie, but I never saw much in him during our time with us and I certainly wasn’t heartbroken when he left. 20/20 hindsight is such a wonderful thing. Everyone is a scouting genius now he’s scoring for fun in English League One. Even when he was scoring a handful of goals for RossCo I didn’t think he was a massive loss.
    3 points
  34. Sonny

    Speculation Thread

    Ross Stewart was playing for Kilwinning Rangers 12 months before we signed him. He is turning out ok. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
    3 points
  35. Is this because the professional strikers we seem to bring in seem to be shite at taking a man on and scoring, so we are looking to see if we can get this from amateurs? 100% right. I get it initially he thought with using the full budget at the start to get "quality" players in he thought the initial squad would change for top 6. I thought last season we changed shape depending on the opponent. Defensively we were alright and just needed to look at attack options. He has made us 1 dimensional with this system, which teams have found us out. We also used to play it on the Deck more and out from the back last season, but not this season. Formation has changed, but at the back the only new player is Dunne. Surely we could still play out from the back as it worked before? With using all his budget early on It has now left us hanging as we need people to leave to free up any cash. The fringe players have no stage to show any potential teams what they could do for them too. Erwin we need to leave to get someone in, but no f**ker sees what he can do. Only see at the warm up at most?! How are you supposed to get rid of that? Got to say defence signings have been good. Jim can spot a good player there. Say same to an extent with midfield with Jamie and Ronan... But apart from Brophy his strikers have been sub par at best. I keep doing this and ramble, but it's frustrating. I like Goodwin. I think the 3 at the back could work and can at times, but also need plan B, which we don't have and we need pace, creativity and goals. Or maybe if had creativity then that would lead to goals. Sent from my IN2023 using Tapatalk
    3 points
  36. FTOF

    Speculation Thread

    Phone call probably along the lines of:"
    3 points
  37. The manager was given a budget to work with at the start of the season and he has wasted most of it on shite. Goodwin says in his interview he thinks our current squad is good enough to be challenging for top 6 yet says we need pace in the team, our team is 1 dimensional and teams know how to play us.
    3 points
  38. Indeed, but signing nobody sure as hell won't make us a better team.
    3 points
  39. I don’t think we can judge most of their new arrivals yet, but I’d have Cifti any day of the week. The big issue is we have been absolutely gash and don’t seem to be making any real inroads into changing that. Goody’s update does not fill me with hope , Squads too big, fringe players are free to go if clubs meet our valuation ( 😂) January window is always tough and we have a small budget . I hope I’m wrong but is that code for “f**k all is gonna happen ?”
    3 points
  40. No reason why the isolating director couldn’t Zoom into the physical AGM in that situation - no to difficult to put him up on a screen.
    3 points
  41. Or you could look at it as even if the Director is isolating, they have no reason not to attend a Zoom AGM and are more likely to be able to be "held to account" - all just swings and roundabouts.
    3 points
  42. Total disgrace what happened with Ross Stewart, and I don't just blame Allan Stubbs what about the other football people at the club who would see him every day he should never have been allowed to leave so early Anyone with half a brain could see he had potential, I certainly could on the few occasions he got on the park, it's no surprise to me he's doing so well
    3 points
  43. Like yourself, I am no good at reading these things. Hopefully someone on here or elsewhere ( preferably someone with an accounting background !!) will give us a reasonably accurate layman’s assessment of the figures . Exceptional year , so don’t think it will give a true picture of how the club is being run financially overall.
    3 points
  44. The latest club accounts have been issued; https://www.blackandwhitearmy.com/downloads/accounts-may2021.pdf
    3 points
  45. I’m sure Alan Stubbs after the game said “it’s only Wycombe”
    3 points
  46. DougJamie

    Speculation Thread

    Thats a very polite way of putting it...nice to see our reject Ross Stewart doing so badly with 18 goals at Sunderland this season 😄
    3 points
  47. ......... and Jimmy Bone who is in the Hall of Fame of at least three clubs !
    3 points
  48. I'm not sure one needs to have prior knowledge of the theft. I am not a solicitor and will not that I'm well acquainted with the law, but it's my understanding that one just needs to have a reasonable cause to be suspicious that the item you're buying has been stolen. So if someone who looks intoxicated tries to sell you a bag of meat in a pub, you might suspect that the person has not acquired this by legal means. So what you're saying, @Cookie Monster, is that it's widely accepted that @Stmirrenshirts.com purchased his shirts legitimately, with no reason to suspect they were stolen. In that case, the guy has been ripped off and is then being asked to part with a prized item - which he clearly values highly, having displayed it on his website for fellow Buddies to admire - and is then being hounded online, and told he's immoral scum? How is any of that justifiable?
    2 points
  49. Hendo

    AGM being held via Zoom

    When is the SMISA AGM being held, anyone know? For members of SMISA maybe we need to start the process of change there.
    2 points
  50. Sue Denim

    Coronavirus

    It was
    2 points
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