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The Original 59er

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  1. I thought Tait had dipped in form maybe two or three months ago, but I don't doubt his bravery and his commitment to the cause. Maybe with Robinson re-appearing in his life it has given him an added spring in his step................................... but I do think also that he is getting to that point where he is good to have on the sidelines as a sub to bolster the team when needed.
  2. I agree that overall we matched Hearts in most respects. It was great to see the ball played along the ground and the inter-passing and movement were good. Where we differed from Hearts was down the flanks, especially the left flank (Jones has his fans and detractors and I fall into the area of not convinced as yet- he can score the odd goal, but he is a bit predictable in how he tries to get to the goal line), but also we miss players with an eye for goal. We have lacked that all season, especially a front runner with the ability to stick the ball in the net. Yes, Brophy's goal was clever and good and everything has been said about Ronan's, but we miss a poacher. It has been our failing for at least 4 or 5 years. That having been said we are virtually safe and we could (with a wee bit of luck) finish in the top 6, tho' our three last games before the break are tough, especially the last one with the Blue ones determined to run it all the way to the end with the Glasgow cousins, so I won't predict 9 points out of 9, but 6 would be a good target, and possible................. 4th place is I think beyond us however. (P.S. On the subject of wingers, I really like Livingston's Forrest, fast tricky and he has a good shot on him, - I'd take him over Jones if I had a choice of either)
  3. Like others, probably a bit underwhelmed by this move, but as with all other Saints Managers I will reserve judgement and form a better understanding of him and his abilities as the season pans out. I wish him the best of luck.
  4. I do actually, but it seems you choose to ignore the positives in people as opposed to using your carthorse approach of castigating someone simply because he wound you up as an opposition player over the years.
  5. Sorry, don't think you quite have your figures correct there. Yes Tesco wanted into Paisley and they had been thwarted quite a few times and along came the opportunity wrapped up in Love St and a way out of a financial crises for the Club. The club convinced the Council to consider granting them consent for a supermarket knowing full well that Tesco would take it, but the only thing was that as far as the retail giants were concerned, yes it was a consent for a store of the right size, but it was in totally the wrong location. So they bargained on buying Love St and then trading the consent onto a better located site. However along the way came a complete C (or sea) change in how the supermarket operators developed their sites and how much they could afford. They made the decision not to pursue a store in Paisley as they could not find a suitable enough site at the price level that would make it all worthwhile, so they held the site until they could find the best way out to a housing development value. Tesco probably lost a good couple of £m but my informed sources at the time suggested £7m is roughly what they paid and sold for no more than £5m. Figures can be clarified through the Register of Sasines if you are really that interested. Your thought that Sainsbury's offered £15m+ is also an interesting but I think flawed angle.
  6. Sorry, don't see your logic there? I have supported Saints through thick and thin from 1959, yes the year of our Cup success. In these days crowds of 12 to 15,000 were regular and a quiet day was around 8,000. On OF visits it was packed to the rafters with 20,000+ numbers. Throughout the 70's and 80's we all saw reduction in our support other than the terrible twins and even in Fergie's days we flirted with crowds of 6 to 10,000 but never regular repeats of the late 50's early 60's. So we then entered our real doldrum days of crowds of 2,500 to 3,500 and some longish periods in the second tier of Scottish football. From that period we have never really recovered and now here we are in the next century and we had less than 4,000 at our cup game and just over that for the previous league game. If we filled our stadium with 10,000 people each time we played, I would agree with you, but the reality of Scottish football, (and it is endemic) that you have to fight really hard to get above 6,000 unless you are the OF, Hearts, Hibs or Aberdeen. Hence you build a stadium to meet your projected requirements. We can fill in the corners if we ever get to a point that might match your hoped for aspirations.
  7. He actually did go on record on Saturday on Radio Scotland pre-match against Motherwell and thanked Saints. He was really quite fulsome in his praise and thanks. He also said he has left many friends here but he would probably have regretted and questioned himself if he had passed up the opportunity to manage at a higher level. All perfectly sane, sensible and I think genuine.
  8. Pretty self evident. If you heard his interview on Radio Scotland pre-match at Motherwell on Saturday, he said it all and it's been said numerous times in the various posts re him leaving. Sad but true, we will always be a good stepping stone for a good manager, player or coach if they are seen as being successful.
  9. Interesting times, yet again in the magic roundabout of Scottish soccer management and the actions taken by their respective Boards. The only slight saving grace for us this time round is that it wasn't a push from above, but a reasonably well performing manager that has left us in this state again. Having read copious posts in at least three articles on this subject in B&WA it is both mind boggling and amusing to read many of the views of our disparate group of fans. There are many who seem to wish for the old tried and tested (and frequently failed) route of a Manager who quite bluntly is either past his best, never had his best, or shone briefly at some club or other a year or two ago........................ please oh please let's not go down that route. The only candidate I can think of that suits that description might be Derek McInnes, and even then I'm not entirely happy in my own mind that he is the answer. Then there is the JR group of supporters, and even I have been on record to say that he wouldn't be the worst appointment, but I do understand 'Tedious Tom's' point of view, and maybe it is wrong to look back, as his move away at the time it happened was a real blow and I don't think for one second he gave Saints a second thought (just think of the poaching of Saints staff and players subsequently and you might see that point). So where next? There has been vitriol about Brown (99% of which is misplaced) and real doubts about Naismith, this being his first appointment and he will be off to Hearts as their next Manager etc. etc on the first bus available when they have a vacancy. It would be a gutsy decision by the Board to go with either, but I do think that's where we lie in this small goldfish bowl of Scottish Football. We like to think we are a big club, but we can't really compete financially with at least 4 or maybe as much as 6 teams in Scotland, so we have to cut our cloth accordingly. I would welcome either of these people into the Club. We are generally seen as a well run stepping stone club and with both of these candidates they may be untested, but we may also get a gem for a year or three. If you put me in a corner and put a gun to my head and say who would you chose?:.................... Brown. He is committed, forceful, intelligent, a winner (no matter how well you think of Celtic over these years), and he knows a lot about the game and players and how to get the best out of them. Now you can fire the bullet!💥
  10. Having just read through the last 5 pages of this subject, it's a pretty interesting cross section of opinion. To a large extent I can see the ambivalence about Scott Brown within the supporters, however I also think a number of comments have been pretty crass. To say he has more moving limbs than brain cells is an insult and I will give you my opinion as to why I believe that. A couple of years ago I happened to pick up an interview he had done in the Celtic changing room as to his position in the club, his aspirations and his continuing drive as a footballer. To my complete surprise it was one of the most enlightening interviews I have heard from any footballer over many years. He was articulate, committed to his beliefs (to achieve the best he could at what he did), intelligent on many things related to football and also it lifted my estimation of him to a much higher level. Now I'm not saying that it should make him a sure fire shoe in for JG, and maybe it has come too early, but mark my words, he will be successful as a coach come manager eventually. He has drive, commitment and focus and he takes few prisoners. Just because you didn't like him as an opponent against us, shouldn't necessarily colour your judgement of him as a person.
  11. Personally, I am slightly surprised with the Aberdeen interest. As others have stated 7 games ago, would he have been in the mix........ I really doubt it. Yes, it's all about timing and in that respect another Saints manager (JG) has had a semi-reasonable run of results (not dissimilar to Ross at the time when he went to Sunderland) and is hyped up as being the next best thing since sliced bread. As I said in a previous post, he will go if offered the post, if for no other reason his stock right now is pretty high in Scottish terms, but Aberdeen are taking another financial gamble and their patience may not be that long if it takes two to three years to sort out their basic problems. As for the knicker wetters out there, there are quite a number of good people who would be interested in the Paisley job right now. Yes it's disruptive, but we certainly shouldn't be pessimistic, nor fatalistic that we still can make the top 6.
  12. Two pictures taken probably in the 50's judging by the cars and the apparel of the pedestrians. I can't quite believe the crowds on Moss St and the people idly reading papers and chatting standing in the middle of the road leading down into County Sq. Maybe there was a "No Entry" sign there in these days
  13. Two good photos of the Town Hall as you cross the bridge over the Cart. The first in the 19th Century and the second one almost up to date. The 19th century picture is a gem and shows the extension of the old line that Gauze Street took, and the buildings on the right hand side of the road which would have obliterated the views of the Abbey from the road. At first I had to check it was a photo of Paisley, but on closer inspection you can see all the similar features of the Town Hall building on both pictures.
  14. There won't be many on this forum who (if they were truthful) wouldn't take the opportunity if it was offered to them. Just imagine you are very good at your job in a fairly small and tightly run company and as a company you punch above your weight. You moved to this job as you had done this before at a really small company and you took them to standards that they hadn't seen for a long time. So you work hard for your employers you get pretty well remunerated (probably the same as a consultant surgeon at the top of their trade [who train something like 16 years to get to that level]!), and you know that if you continue doing this, there is nowhere really that the company can go - they are constrained by the market that they operate in! So now apply this logic to JG. He brought Alloa on, he got poached by us, he has brought us on and he knows he is probably close to the point where he can't take us much further, so what's his ambition, obviously to be as good as he can in his chosen precarious profession. I would take it and I'm a died in the wool Saint's man, Aberdeen are a good club, a great stepping stone, and if it doesn't work out then it's a financial gamble worth taking even for a short(ish) period. On a slightly different question: Would I take JR back if he was interested(?), yes I would, as he too is a good man manager and he may have worked his ambitions out and realised that the higher you go, the more rarefied the atmosphere!
  15. Well I got my wish, a fairly "ugly" win, but nevertheless, A WIN We were lucky with our penalty, personally I thought it was soft the moment I saw it and seeing it several times now after on TV, I haven't changed my mind, but generally I thought the ref had a poor game and made a strange number of calls on both sides. I suppose that is the standard you now get in the SPFL! I'm not going to get excited by Grieve yet, but what was very encouraging was his movement into space running the lines between the defenders and being a real pain in the a*s for the St Johnstone defence all night. I thought keeping him on for the full game was a brave call as I thought that he was slightly running out of steam towards the end of the game, but I like his competitiveness, his quickness of thought and action and he scored a striker's goal, so can't ask for anything more. Overall a good performance from the team, poor(ish) first half but better 2nd 45 minutes. I think Tait has lost a little bit of form / confidence, and made a few errors initially but got a bit better, again in the 2nd half. As I said yesterday, with Dundee winning at Hearts, it shows that there are no easy games in this league and just above Dundee there are 7 teams separated by just 6 points. It will be dog eats dog for the next 12 / 13 games.
  16. Do you know what the 'tic players (colleagues) called him? ....................... 4 by 4 I'll let you ponder on that one for a wee while and then reveal if you haven't heard it before 🤣
  17. Every game that our Saints play in is a potential banana skin! Saying that, every team in this league has the capability to beat every one else in the league, and that includes Dundee. In that regard I'm never sure we are truly safe until we have at least 40+ points on the board. So yes I agree this isn't a sure fire win, St Johnstone have turned a slight corner and watching their last couple of games on TV, they aren't that bad. I'd happily accept a 1-0 ugly win!
  18. The reason I ask is that I have a very vague memory of carrying out work in Ferguslie Mill in the very early 70's and whilst it was only for one day, I still remember seeing all the working looms on the multi floor building. However I seem to remember that the top couple of floors weren't in operation with no-one around just remnants of the machines. I was standing in for someone in survey work we were doing for them (fire and rating surveys), but I can't quite remember all the details and I think my memories have been tainted by film and videos I have seen of the Mills in operation. I was certainly warned in advance by the senior surveyor that I had to be on my toes as both the machines and the women who operated them were VERY dangerous!
  19. The Glasgow Herald Office was on the south side of that Square. Had to go into their office each Saturday morning with the takings I owed the Herald when I ran a paper round for 4 years by just delivering the Herald each morning. 4 Dozen and eight............. that number is etched on my brain as the standard delivery dropped off at my front door from the age of 15 to 18 at 6.00am 6 days a week. It was a very lucrative arrangement as opposed to working as a "paper shop" delivery boy.
  20. Another one from the 40's / 50's of a scene taken quite often looking across at the High St and the La Scala in particular.
  21. This looks like the late 19th / early 20th century - Causeyside Street, - I think this must have been taken looking south. The reason it's in colour is due to the fashion at the time of taking a black and white photo ('cause that's all they could take) and then painting over it with stylised colour.
  22. Here's one from the 50's and obviously a fair bit has changed, but the Bobby is still on duty standing right in the middle of the Cross. That must have been the short straw for any traffic cop in these days, standing right in the middle of all these fumes!
  23. I know the Hight Street had died a bit over the past few years, but this has to have been taken on a Sunday surely?
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