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  1. Cammy played some very fine games for us last season, but has not been able to have the same effect when he's been on the pitch this season. This may be due to a loss of form, but or just the fact that JG thinks he doesn't fit into the system he wants to play. Despite some of the comments above that Cammy is just a 'fringe squad player', both Stephen Thompson and Michael Stewart rate him better than that. In addition, Callum Davidson, rated one of the best young managers in the country following his two cup successes last season, surely sees something in Cammy or he wouldn't want him in his squad.
  2. From the outside, Cammy moving to St. Johnstone looks very strange. From the way JG has used him this season, it looks like JG doesn't see him being a major part of his plans, but why would we allow Cammy to go to such a close rival? Was there a need to reduce the wage bill? Was Cammy unhappy about not getting much game time? Maybe Cammy saw the writing on the wall with the arrival of Connor Ronan and asked to go elsewhere to get regular games. We cannot know if any of these things are true, but, in my opinion, none of them explains why the lad should go to St. Johnstone. I hope that there is an agreement that he cannot play against us. If not, with new teammates and in a new system, he may well do us a lot of damage. I cannot think that JG would want Cammy to go to Perth, so now the question is: Did JG have any say in where Cammy was going or was the move arranged at a higher level?
  3. Another 'If only....' day, I'm afraid. Team played well first half. Scored a goal which was disallowed (wrongly) and should have got another. Similar to the Livi game where we should have been at least one ahead by halftime. What a turnaround in the second half. Couldn't find a teammate with a pass and midfield completely went AWOL. When that happened in the Livi game, McGrath rolled up his sleeves and went looking for the ball. But yesterday there were worrying signs that the rest of the midfield is now pulling him down to their level. He was rarely seen in the last 30 minutes of the game. I'm now undecided between hoping that he stays and can help the others find form again, and thinking we'd be as well letting him go and getting some money for him. At least McCarthy was back in the team yesterday, but not sure he was in the best position for him. Erhahon now out for the next game after a needless foul in the final minutes. Is Power still suspended for that as well? If so, we will struggle in midfield again. The only correct thing JG said after the game was that we need some real pace in the team. Let's hope we can get someone in this week. COYS!!
  4. Can't make Sunday games unfortunately, so will have to watch on TV - just like the whole of last season. Hopefully JG's system will start to work and we'll get our first league win. It's badly needed - to lift us up the table and to lift everybody's spirits! Is this the game where we get our season up and running? Let's hope so! COYS!!
  5. Just wishing our manager all the best following his Covid-19 diagnosis. Looking forward to seeing him back on the touchline, no doubt still pondering what system will bring success to the Buddies this season.
  6. Great story. And just confirms everything we've seen from Marcus since he joined the club. Always 100% committed to the club on and off the field. A model professional! As others have said, it's gestures like this that make a supporter for life. Hope your youngster enjoys wearing the boots. He'll remember how he got them for many years. COYS!!
  7. Disappointing performance and outcome yesterday. We were the better team in the first half and could have been ahead at halftime if Brophy, Main and Kiltie had taken three decent chances. Looks like scoring goals will be a problem again this season. Livi's goal was a quick counter-attack which caught out the defence. Like last week, McGrath was the only midfielder who played to form, but he missed Power breaking up play and feeding him. As a result he had to run all over the pitch trying to get hold of the ball and make something happen. Erhahon really needs to up his game to justify his fancy haircut. Was left to McCarthy to get us back into the game with a late goal. And this is a centre half who would not even have been on the pitch if Dunne hadn't been injured early in the game! Don't know what system JG wants to play this season, but he really needs to work out a way to get McCarthy playing regularly. Subs didn't make enough of an impression on the game. Some poor crosses by McPherson and McAllister. In the end, scuppered by some poor penalties and one good save by the Livi keeper. Quick word for the travelling support which was brilliant throughout. Eased the pain of a tough day. Well done to all those who got tickets and attended.
  8. Digital ticket with barcode now delivered by email. All set for Saturday! COYS!!
  9. Feeling sorry for those trying to buy tickets for Saturday and having difficulties. I've just bought my ticket a few minutes ago and all seemed to go fine, though it hasn't been delivered yet of course. For anyone else who wants to buy, here's what I did: - went on St. Mirren's official site and clicked on the section for the game - clicked on the red text 'online at Livingston's platform'. - this took me straight to the Livi site where there were two sections of the ground available - clicked on the section and seat I wanted - then had to register with the Livi site. Very easy, just filled in my details and they provided a password which was filled in automatically - then taken back to their checkout page and completed my card details - Got a 'Purchase successful' message and told ticket would be sent to me by post. Fingers crossed it will arrive in time. Hope that is helpful to others.
  10. After a successful season 2020/2021, when the fixtures were published for the new season, we saw that we were playing the two promoted teams in the first two games, followed by Celtic in the third game. There was a clear opportunity to get some points on the board before the Celtic game, even though one of the promoted teams was Hearts, a club with a bigger budget than ours. Now, to have one point from these two games is disappointing. We drew with Dundee and couldn't finish them off in twenty minutes of playing against ten men. On Saturday it took us twenty minutes to get to grips with the system Hearts were using. Unfortunately by that time, they were a goal ahead and never looked back. Our midfield never really got to grips with the game, with only McGrath showing decent form, and our strikers couldn't finish the few chances they got. Whether we like JG or not, he is our manager for the foreseeable future and now needs to show the tactical ability he seemed to have last season, by putting out a team with tactics that are not restricted to strong defence, long punts up the park and crosses into the box from halfway into the opposition's half of the pitch. After Saturday, it looks as though we have a hard season ahead and I fear McGrath will have decided that he needs to get away to another club to progress his career. And who could blame him? The only question now is, how much can we get for him? I'm no tactician, but I find it difficult to understand how JG can leave McCarthy out of the team, when almost everyone agreed that the defence was so solid last season and he was one of the main reasons for that.
  11. Got the email last night and followed the process online this morning around 8am. All went OK and email with e-ticket arrived about an hour later. But I only wanted one ticket. Only downside is that my entry time is 13.45 so I'll be twiddling my thumbs for quite a while - and no pies or Bovril either!
  12. Anyone know what's happening with SMTV this season? Are ST holders getting home games free like last season, or do we have to pay for them? Just asking as there doesn't seem to have been any news from the club. First home game now less than 2 weeks away.
  13. 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.
  14. Was great to be back in the ground (sorry, stadium) again! Fine performance. Dominated most of the game. Whole team, and substitutes, played well. In particular, the new boys. When I saw Tanser warming up I thought he looked very slight, but he was quick and put in some great crosses. Kiltie worked hard in midfield and had the assist for Main's goal. Main scored and never gave the Pars defence any peace the whole time he was on the field. Dunne looked nifty considering he has hardly played for months. Will be a real asset if he stays fit. And Power (well-named) gave an outstanding performance. Covered acres of ground and fought for every ball - and usually won it. Would have liked more goals, but it was only the first competitive game, so we shouldn't complain. Top of our group with full points. Thought McGrath was just OK but that's fine. Happy to see him being relatively quiet in games until the transfer window closes! Was a bit worried not to see McCarthy mentioned in the squad. Hope he is still figuring somewhere in JG's plans. Not impressed by the change strip. Didn't look as nice in real life as in the pictures we've seen.
  15. Just had email saying I'm one of the lucky 500 for this game. E-ticket to follow on Monday but entry to be by cash only (£12). Detailed instructions on how to enter and when to follow, also on Monday.
  16. Good for JG if he did, but I still think the club waited too long for JDH to make up his mind.
  17. I agree with those who think JDH (or more likely his agent) has strung us along. But t's not all his fault, is it? The club gave him the green light to keep us dangling by leaving its deal on the table for far too long. Once it became clear that the lad was hesitating, surely he should have been given a deadline by which to make up his mind. Leaving the deal on the table was a gift to his agent, who was then able to tout the player to other clubs, saying 'Look, St. Mirren have left a deal on the table for him. That's an indication of how good he is'. I'm disappointed to see him going to another club in our league, but not convinced that he will come back to haunt us. Will depend on how the DUFC manager plans to fit him into his system. No doubt we'll find out when we have our first game against them on September 11.
  18. Will be surprised if he does that. Looked good when he first arrived but fell away badly in the second half of the season. Maybe JG was just playing him in the wrong position, but I'd be surprised if he does any better at Dundee United. I agree that our offer to him should now be removed.
  19. I take your point. I know nothing about technology, but did wonder why I was asked to enter information that they already had. Anyway, I just did what I was asked to do. If I get the ST for my old seat renewed, then I will be quite happy. Let's give the club a chance to get things right with the new contractor before we get on their backs. As for people forgetting their seat numbers and entering the wrong information, I think individuals have to take some responsibility. If people have had STs for a number of years, surely they will know where they were sitting.
  20. Just registered for my ST with the new arrangement. Seemed fairly straightforward, took only a couple of minutes. Was then told that the club would be in touch about my renewal. Let's wait and see what happens.
  21. Can't see why any of our supporters wouldn't wish Ilkay all the best in his new club. Considering the important contribution he made for us, I'm just glad he's not lining up for one of our rivals in the Premiership. Always seemed like a decent bloke. As for Lyons, no harm to him, but he was only an OK player for us, I thought. Nothing special. Likely to be the same for Killie in the Championship.
  22. Very sorry to hear that Durmus is leaving. Apart from the spell when he was recovering from Covid, he was an important part of the team. Always willing to take on defenders and scored a fine goal to help us beat Celtic.. Thanks, Ilkay. Hope you find a decent team back home. Hope Connolly decides to stay. I think he still has something to offer the team. Glad that JG thinks he can still improve. Probably time to let JDH go. After a bright start, I thought he faded in the second part of the season. Not sure why the club has left his deal on the table for so long. JG must see something in him that I don't.
  23. Big Jon had limited ability as a striker but always gave 100%. We'll always remember his first goal, the overhead kick, and the goal v Hearts in the last game before lockdown, and what about that fans' chant? Brilliant! When interviewed, he always spoke quietly and sensibly. The big man goes with our thanks and best wishes.
  24. Being within a few minutes of reaching top 6, reaching two semi-finals, beating both of the Glasgow giants in the same season, being clear of the relegation and playoff places several weeks before the end of the season. These are all indicators that we have had an above average season - not a great season but definitely above average compared to recent seasons (with the exception of the year we won the Championship). We should accept that the club has made progress and enjoy that feeling. Not the finished article by a long way, but perhaps laying foundations for something better to come. Next season will be critical. Can JG continue the upward trajectory or will we slide backwards? If we do, perhaps those who are bemoaning our 'failures' this season will regret not enjoying this year's achievements more. Or perhaps they are just congenital moaners who can't recognise improvement when it is right there in front of them.
  25. 7th place still a possibility but not totally in our own hands. We need to beat DUFC and hope that Motherwell lose or draw against RC. I think we can do our part of the deal if we play as we did in the second half against Killie. Lots of effort, grit and talent. Problem is, we've shown all season that we can only play like that for 45 minutes.
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