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  1. 28 points
    Slash

    St Mirren FC Ltd AGM 2020

    Some rough notes I composed between songs tonight. 111 participants. Meeting recorded for other shareholders. GLS opened the meeting. Discussed questions relating to the accounts. 1. Police Scotland - St Mirren approached the Police to seek advice on an internal matter. PS spoke to previous BoD for history. Matter deemed closed. No further details due to confidentiality. 2. Investment in accounts re £250,000 - money was doing nothing in bank at the time due to low interest rate. . Was invested through Alan Wardrop. Lost money during market crash. Currently sits at £254,000 3. SMTV attendance - ST range from 1,800 to 3,000 ; PPV from 300 to 8000 match dependent 4. Financial Health - Tough times. Club looking to keep loss this season to a minimum. Runs in Cups key. 5. Fill in Corners - Not at this point in time 6. HMRC - processes and systems improved. No feedback to press issued as statement said what was required. Case closed 7. GLS Club Updates - GLS reduced input in running club as a result of help from Kibble. The club have been issuing short and regular updates instead. 8. Club Shop ref. concern about Kibble taking over - all avenues being looked at for future revenue. 9. Question about Kibble involvement - Fitzy was keen to close this issue down. We are seen as one organisation now. Kibble have brought the following benefits to the club: - Graphic Design and Signage - I believe a new sign announcing SMISA Stadium has gone up - Marketing improvements - One Town - One Team; Be in that number around town - IT Support - Training Centre and Stadium Maintenance and Refurbishment - All catering for staff and players - Matchday Hospitality - HR - Multiple Sponsorships in addition to shareholding - No threat to existing staff 10. Question on Off Field revenue - Jim Gillespie spoke about the club’s ambition to be the top 6 commercial football club in Scotland. We aim to have the best Youth Academy. At present the priority is working through a COVID-19 strategy to ensure that we still have a club. Plan is to augment staffing moving forward and sweat the stadium assets especially on non-match days. 11. Question ref Goalkeeper & COVID - St Mirren were given 24hours to resolve the situation and they had to get a player that had been tested. 12. Kyle Magennis - offered a contract to become highest player in squad. Once Jack Ross took over at Hibs, KM requested a move. KM felt it was a life changing move. Club felt they could not stand in his way. 13. Government Loans - Not required this season - cash flow strong. However it would be foolish not to investigate the process as we don’t know what the future holds. 14. Question on Kibble benefits - great resources and professionalism including a dedicated General Manager. Jim Gillespie’s friendship with Billy Bowie helped with the Brophy deal. 15. Scouting system - Jim Goodwin uses contacts, scouts and tools that SPFL provide plus the investment St Mirren have made. As a result of Brexit it has become a very challenging market. Points basis introduced for European market based on a large number of factors. Richer clubs won’t have same issues as they operate in a different market. No issue regarding RoI according to JG. 16. International Subscribers vs UK Season Ticket holders - as it stands international subscribers get to see all games - home and away for £150. Pricing needs to be looked at. 17. SMTV Matchday Sponsor - Club will look at ways to improve SMTV revenue 18. Question on Stadium Use as Car Boot venue on non Matchday weekends - will be looked at. 19. Question on Flu Clinic revenue - good sum of money, but won’t disclose. Club offered stadium for COVID-19 vaccine, but decision to be made by Health Board ========= MINUTES AND FINANCIAL PART APPROVED ====== Questions on Playing Side 1. Dressing Rooms & COVID - we have two of the largest in Scottish football so no issue regarding protocols. 2. Academy Update - some players have left as club felt they would not make first team. Club always looks to provide a pathway for those who leave. Academy games restricted due to COVID, but unlike some clubs (Hibs) St Mirren have kept the Academy going throughout the pandemic. Club have put some players out on load to gain experience, but there is limited football being played. High hopes for a number of players including Lewis Jamieson (Striker), Kieran Offord (Striker) and Dylan Reid. It is hoped that Dylan when he turns 16 this season will make his 1st team debut if all goes well. 3. Kevin Nisbett - Club made an offer to Dunfermline but were priced out by HIbs on fee and wages 4. Usual questions on Set Pieces - lots of work on training ground. Jim Goodwin said that the stats show that we produce enough chances in a game, however we lacked a 15-20 goalscorer - hence the reason we brought in Brophy. 5. Injury Update provided. No details to save the press and opposition from knowing. 6. Transfer Activity - we are always looking at improving the squad. Cards close to chest for obvious reasons. Jim Goodwin finished up by saying this situation has been difficult for everyone at the club as a result of the protocols. He and the players are missing the fans - especially at the cup games against Aberdeen and The Rangers - as they would have liked to have enjoyed the success with the fans. JG sees progress on and off the pitch however. He believes the quality of the squad he has now to what he inherited is like night and day. Jim congratulates the Board on not cutting the wages of the players and staff unlike many other clubs. This has kept morale high and should not be underestimated. Jim says we have only lost 3 of the last 17 and we are 4 points better off than last season, but wants to make improvements. He has received excellent support from General Manager and new directors from Kibble. End of meeting.
  2. 12 points
    Cannae believe we’re all shitin it from Livi. A team we’ve beaten twice already this season are being made out to be Real Madrid. Is this what it’s come to? Bring them f**kin on I say.
  3. 11 points
    Ya dancer. First win in forever! [emoji41]
  4. 11 points
    We didn't lose the game yesterday on the park; we lost it on the drawing board. I find it hard to believe that our manager failed abysmally to recognise the limitation of Ernhanon, MacPherson and Mason's ability to confront the strength of the Livi side especially the current form of these players. I'm not blaming the players. The substitutions made in the second half was symptomatic of the realisation that the manager had made a huge mistake. I think the biggest impact of this result and the way it was lost will be on the morale of the players. Those subs who came on will feel they should have been chosen for the kick-off and for most of the other players seeing that mistake, their morale will have also taken a hit while looking at the whole picture. Our latest signing, Brophy; what will he be thinking after being subbed and who never received the service he should have got. His morale too will have weakened. I laid in bed last night thinking about all of this and I still find it difficult to come to terms with it. Given all the enthusiastic effort those fans made in decorating the town with our colours I feel truly sorry. Come Wednesday if we get beat this will underline Goodwin's failure yesterday. We are more than capable of beating Utd but not before their morale has been re-inflated.
  5. 11 points
    I agree Billy They are all hard work and pressence at set plays Goodwin bought in to the media and tbf a few of us myself included Obika and Durmus had to start as they have drive and look to go forward They aren't great but as Livi have shown you don't need to be Foley or Flynn should have came on today as the young players were too easy bullied We were beaten before a ball was kicked today and that was down to the manager i'm afraid
  6. 9 points
    Great to see Flynn even running in a saints jersey again. For me his performance was irrelevant but as usual he was great. I have a feeling he could be very important for the remainder of the season.
  7. 9 points
    Game was lost before a ball was kicked. Gave Livvi far too much respect with that starting formation. It was the type of team you play v the cheeks . Handed them the initiative from the off which they took. Very hard team to come back against after that. In effect we played right into their hands. Mason either plays as LB or doesn't. A midfield with Ethan and Cammy will create hee haw. If Foley or Flynn aren't up to playing when the game was crying out for someone who could put a foot on the ball and pass it then get them shifted. How Jim persuaded Brophy to sign if he intended using him as a lone striker I will never know. Anyone who knows anything about Scottish football knows he isn't a lone striker. I can only assume Jim knows that and plans to address it for next season. Finally the wild prolonged form swings are baffling. It's either feast or famine and it needs ironed out.
  8. 9 points
    Six weeks ago we attacked teams from the start and played a pressing game when we lost the ball. We won most second balls. That got us success. Today we start with two left backs when we had a good left winger on the bench and sit back with Ethan and Cammy sitting in from of the back four leaving acres of space in front and the forwards isolated. Why Jim?
  9. 8 points
    BuddieinEK

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    First start in almost a year... 85th minute... Flynn runs half the length of the pitch to hand Dennis number 5. [emoji122][emoji122][emoji122]
  10. 8 points
    StanleySaint

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Good to see Jim reads the forum [emoji3]
  11. 8 points
    We picked totally the wrong team. The midfield two of Erahon and Macpherson? What was he thinking. Holt and Bartley won’t have an easier game. Pair one with Foley ? And if Foley isn’t up to it then why is he still here? I struggle to think that he wouldn’t have done better in there . Up front we picked Brophy who was at times the only man in the Livingston half. He was isolated and the team as a whole didn’t perform . Obika and Durmus made a big improvement and what I don’t get is that when we had some success in December it was from pressing teams and bei N in about them. Yesterday we didn’t do anywhere near enough. The galling aspect is that Jim actually believes we had a go. It’s as if the Livingston keeper played a great game had wonder saved and we did everything but score. Nothing could be further from the truth . The boys looked like the occasion got the better of them at times and we never set up to attack them and go win the tie. We set up cautiously and within half an hour he should have been changing his tactics and personnel. He didn’t and obika sitting on the bench for over an hour is a joke. He is the one guy who has good feet and movement and he also scored a goal or two. it’s a chance gone to be in the last three of a National cup when your the biggest team left is the things dreams are made of. We won’t get this chance again and it hurts. Finally Livi have say 1000 fans and don’t own the park. They have assembled a squad capable of going toe to toe with anyone in Scotland and yet saints can only dream of going on a proper unbeaten run. Don’t give me this only lost 3 in 17 etc. Beating qos on pens hardly counts . The team was set up not to lose yesterday and paid for it. It was the complete opposite of the semi final wins v Hearts in 2010 and Celtic in 2013. We simply didn’t turn up.
  12. 8 points
    There were a number of really disappointing aspects of today's performance. 1. The tactics were wrong from the start, i.e. the team put on the park was wrong 2. The team gave away cheap fouls which played into the strengths of Livingston. They pumped balls into the box and looked for the chaos. 3. It took the management team far too long to see that their selection wasn't working. 4. There were players on the park especially in the first half, who shouldn't have been near the Hampden turf. 5. If you compare that team with the team that played Celtic in 2013, there was no comparison. We deserved to lose to Livi if you especially look at the first half. Fractionally better in the 2nd half, but no cutting edge and long balls all day long, which suited their tall defenders. If the players believed that perhaps this was their one chance to appear and win a final at Hampden, then they didn't show it. Really, really disappointed 😞 😥
  13. 8 points
    In our last eight games we have only scored three goals against eleven men. Two penalties and a goalkeeping howler. This is an astonishing statistic. I think the sending offs in the St J and RC games have hidden how bad we have been.
  14. 8 points
    We haven't scored a goal from open play since the 26th December. And that was against 9 men.. Jim has brought in 3 strikers this season and plays one and 2 left backs (one who is not very good) in a semifinal against Livingston.... Anyone wonder why we were under the cosh from the start and created nothing for 70mins
  15. 8 points
    Manager asks for the players to handle the occasion and be brave. Needs to look himself in the mirror tonight as total lack of bravery in his team selection and formation. These opportunities don’t come along very often so disappointing to go out with a whimper.
  16. 8 points
    Connor McCarthy was our best player today by a country mile
  17. 8 points
  18. 8 points
    faraway saint

    St Mirren FC Ltd AGM 2020

    Oh, the sweet smell of irony.
  19. 7 points
    billyg

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Exactly , Flynn strolled it and could have made all the difference on Sunday in the middle of the park !
  20. 7 points
    StanleySaint

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Maybe we should pick the team every week??
  21. 7 points
    Agreed, but he's just off the radio accepting the plaudits for his teams "fantastic" second half display. If Foley and Flynn are fit enough to play, today was the day to have at least one experienced guy in that midfield. A very negative starting lineup and his reluctance to change it when it was clearly not working was baffling.
  22. 7 points
    Im sure hundreds of people he ruined the lives of, and their families, who didnt get the chance to "turn their lives around a be a good wee guy" probably disagree.
  23. 7 points
    Brandon Mason was shit, utter shit Our manager, in not replacing Mason MUCH earlier was shit, utter, utter shit We played like we were f**king scared...we created f**k all and as a result we got f**k all Utter, utter bastarding drivel.
  24. 7 points
    Congratulations Livi. No excuses. They deserved the win. Saints started too defensively and gave Livi too much respect for far too long when in a semi final they should have gone for the jugular. Livi bossed the first half and deserved their lead. We left the changes far too late, and when we did remember how to attack, Livi defended as if their lives depended upon it. They fought for one another, gave their all and deserve their place in.the cup final. Would have been my wee Mums birthday today. I had hoped to dedicate a win to her memory. Just wasn't to be. Well played Livi. [emoji122][emoji122][emoji122][emoji122][emoji122]
  25. 6 points
    Thought young Ethan was immense tonight. Covered every blade of grass, and not afraid to put himself about.
  26. 6 points
    FFS can we not just enjoy tonight without people moaning about Sunday? We hardly ever see wins like this against top opposition. Let's just enjoy it. Party time!!
  27. 6 points
    faraway saint

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Well deserved. They are honking but we've been the better side by some way. Doesn't make up for Sunday but can't have asked for any more form the manager and players.
  28. 6 points
    magnus

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Flynniesta is back.
  29. 6 points
    saintargyll

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    Flynn having a great game.....be good to see him and Doyle hayes together
  30. 6 points
    antrin

    Dundee Utd v St. Mirren, 27/01/21

    THAT, in itself, is an excellent hat-trick of misplaced apostrophes!!! 👏
  31. 6 points
    For first time in 40 odd year a honestly couldn't give a shit about arabs game:sick of Goodwin: sick of absolute anti football,sick of no shots on goal and sick that he cannot be honest and tell us REAL reasons behind Flynn and Foley not getting on park,because if it's to piss them off so they leave or are they one game away that automatically means they got clause in contract meaning extra season kicks in:tell us fans the truth as a said before if we started Flynn n Foley we would be in a cup final and our last 4 league games we have been horrendous and brutal on the eye so wouldn't expect any more changes to team as this is the guy that sent out same team for 2nd half against Livingston after one of the worst performance ever without making a sub or subs:time is running out for Goodwin and rightly so
  32. 6 points
    That’s a couple of folk now said that Tait was our best player yesterday. I’d agree Tait was definitely one of very few to come out with any credit, but I thought McCarthy was comfortably our best player, head and shoulders above the rest. Consistently solid in defence and was the only one for me to make any real probing passes when playing out of defence. After being really impressive last season I felt he made a bit of a shaky start to this season, but for the last 2 or 3 months I think he’s been fantastic. Was also unlucky yesterday when generating arguably our only genuine attempt at goal.
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    He has signed or played around 10 different strikers in 18 months and I absolutely slaughtered Obika first 6 of them but in last 12 months he has outscored the other strikers COMBINED total. Only an idiot would play a national Semi final with your main striker on the bench.
  35. 6 points
    Think jim has to take a good amount of blame here setting up too defensively.
  36. 6 points
    It's not just effort that wins games - we need a bit of guile and quality. Self belief and concentration have also disappeared in recent weeks. Whilst I rate some of our young midfield players they need some old wise heads beside them and too much has been asked of the young ones. And yes - as everyone else has said, we are far too negative in our formation and attitude. But we have the nucleus of a better team than the one that turned up today.
  37. 6 points
    Strange feeling. Not that disappointed. Probably because we didn’t deserve anything from it. Think the only time I’ve felt that way about a semi-final before was Killie during the relegation season in 2001.
  38. 6 points
    Dare I say but there was only one person to blame and that was Goodwin. Mason, Macpherson and Erhahon are, for a semi, too young and light-weight given the physique of the Livingston squad and it proved to be a total disaster. The squad in the second half came near to what it should have been in the first half. The whole town is in depression now. Very disappointing especially when we had the ability to do much better had the team selection reflected common sense.
  39. 6 points
    The message we gave to our players and theirs with the line up was that we were scared of them ,hasn't changed
  40. 6 points
    Goodwin need a good boot in the stones for such a cautious formation. It’s a cup game ffs we look a bit better with more attacking intent but too late
  41. 5 points
    marvellous result, well done Saints
  42. 5 points
    Jim Goodwin was the only person in the stadium who actually knows what it’s like, and more importantly what it takes, to captain a team to cup winning glory. It makes his team selection and tactics all the more baffling. Connolly was on a yellow. So what? He was the one spark of creativity we had and he took him off! Once we went behind you could see that no one knew what to do. I still can’t understand why you would set out not to lose a semi final and not try and win it from the first whistle. still gutted
  43. 5 points
    shull

    Believe

    1926 1959 1987 2013 2021 Make it happen
  44. 5 points
    That's nonsense too. We have gone behind 6 times this season in games we didn't lose. It's not a softness as that proves. It's the wild form swings and showing teams too much respect that's the problem. We have to be more proactive. Can’t quite remember all 6 games but presumably include: - Rangers - a penalty out of the blue - Aberdeen - a penalty - Motherwell - another penalty when struggling to show any real threat - St. Johnstone - a good comeback win, albeit against 10 men - QoS - we were rank rotten against lower league opposition. Don’t think we should be taking much credit for scraping a draw Softness is maybe the wrong word but we don’t know how to attack effectively or chase a game. The nature of those games that we have managed comebacks, considered alongside the many other games where we haven’t shows the problem.
  45. 5 points
    Really ? I didn't see a lack of effort just a lack if a cohesive strategy.
  46. 5 points
    What are you talking about lack of effort. They gave 100% but the tactics and selection were a disgrace.
  47. 5 points
    Goodwin to blame for that. What has Ilkay to do to get a start? Mason never kicked a ball and should have been off at half time. And Ethan and Cammy were sitting too deep. First half was a shambles.
  48. 5 points
    Glad Sibbald is off. That haircut is offensive!
  49. 5 points
    I’m pretty gutted about not being able to go today with my boy, the excitement would have been immense.
  50. 5 points
    TPAFKA Jersey 2

    St Mirren FC Ltd AGM 2020

    In fairness we don’t know exactly what they invested in. There are plenty of managed fund type investments which usually offer steady if unspectacular yields and more importantly in the context of what we’re talking about, offer pretty much instant access to the funds. No one could’ve predicted COVID. Assuming they have invested in a fairly vanilla investment product, I’d have backed their decision to do so at the time.
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