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  1. Chick saying that we are a shadow of last years team.Clueless. Can't pass. Players are not good enough. Ned to sign a striker sooner that soon
  2. " WHEN Alex Ferguson realised the scale of the shambles he’d inherited at St Mirren he came to two conclusions. One, that he had to shake the place up from top to bottom, no matter how many players or directors it riled. And two, that wherever he wanted to take the club, he’d get nowhere unless he dragged the fans along with him.Now 41 years on, a new Saints manager facing similar challenges has blown the second before he’s given himself a proper crack at overcoming the first. It’s a mistake from which Ian Murray might never fully recover. Because when he told the freezing band of travelling supporters who’d booed Tuesday’s scrambled 1-1 draw at Raith Rovers that “I know more about football than they do”, he lost the best allies any gaffer can have. Ask Fergie. In his early days, when the team was rank rotten and the directors were stuck in the 1930s, he went round Paisley bawling through a megaphone to sell the idea that we WERE worth watching. I’ve been listening to his memories of these times in the audio version of his latest book — though, to be honest, it’s all as fresh as new paint in my mind, because I was there. As a 13-year-old, I was one of those who hung on a budding genius’s every word as he turned gates of 1,500 into close on 15,000, turned chumps into champions. Fergie genuinely did create a 12th man. Murray, unfortunately, has left today’s side down to ten. See, just as the self-styled office joker turns out to be the unfunniest person in the universe, and anyone who starts a sentence “no offence, but...” is about to offend everyone within a five-mile radius, a true expert doesn’t have to tell you how much of an expert they are.Yet that’s what a young guy under pressure has tried to do. Prefixing his statement by saying he “wasn’t being patronising” only made punters feel more patronised. Later admitting he picked his words poorly only made him look desperate. Sorry if he reads this and feels like I’m having a pop, but it’s just the way it is. I was at Stark’s Park on Tuesday and not even the last-gasp free-kick from Stevie Mallan that rescued a point could disguise how poor a display it had been. At times like these, a smart manager pulls the punters closer to him. He asks them for patience. He thanks them for giving up their time and their money to be there for a horrible midweek fixture. Even if he doesn’t believe it, he tells them how wonderful and invaluable they are. It’s either a sign of just how much pressure Murray is feeling right now, or how little he gets the situation, that he misjudged his post-match comments so badly. As for the assertion itself, that he does know better than the fans? Well, it’s another argument altogether. And one you’d need to be a very confident man indeed to win. I mean, how does he know who’s in the away end? How does he know he’s not being booed by a Uefa Pro-Licensed Coach? The assumption that all fans are less educated about football than someone who happens to earn a crust from the game is a dangerous one indeed. For instance, the previous Friday I’d been at another fairly woeful 1-1 draw, this time at home to Morton. Within half-a-dozen seats of me were Tony Fitzpatrick and Tommy Turner, two guys who skippered the club to titles, who played more than 1,000 career games between them — and who were both raging at what they’d just witnessed. Does the manager know better than them? Do THEY have the right to complain? Fact is, it doesn’t take a professional to know the most basic things are going wrong; like a team going in 1-0 up at half-time, as we did against Morton, then coming back out 15 yards deeper and inviting an equaliser which eventually came. You don’t need badges to understand this, just as you don’t need to have been in the dugout to know how meekly St Mirren went down at Ibrox on Saturday.And you don’t need the manager’s permission to shout the odds about it. I hope Ian Murray turns things round and at the very least gets into the promotion play-offs, because the last thing we need is more upheaval. But if he does, he’ll have to go at least as far as reading the title of Fergie’s manual on management. It’s called Leading. Not Ostracising." Bill Leckie's view in today's Sun
  3. Why? Are you part of the Ricky Sbragia fan club? McLear isnt a centre half or centre forward, why do we need a 'big' winger/wide midfielder?
  4. The place up the Braes was called Greenacres
  5. Does anyone remember the days of these teachers - Mr Corbett (Rector), Martha Calvert (Deputy Head) who taught Geography, Miss Patterson (Maths), Mr Dinning (History), Mr Wilson (PE), Roddy McLelland, Mrs McKellar (English), Pam Duncan (French), Mr Heggarty (History), Mr Erskine (Music) and many others
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    Panic buying caused by the Government numpties. Telling us today to wait until your tank is half full and then fill up. Just think how much extra tax that is going to the Government. Petrol Stations out Hamilton way also queued out
  7. Very poor performance from England in a game they should have won. Time for fresh faces
  8. My mother worked in the School Office at the South School. Other names I remember from that time were the Deputy Head - Mrs Winning, Mrs McAinsh who was the School Secretary & Mrs Fairbrother who also worked in the Office - her husband was Crawford Fairbrother who represented Scotland in the High Jump at four Commonwealth Games. At his last Games in Edinburgh in 1970 he took the oath on behalf of all the participating athletes at the opening ceremony
  9. Does anyone remember the explosion at Brown & Polson in June 1964 when 4 workmen were killed.
  10. Galbraith's Stores first shop was established in Linwood Village, Paisley in 1894. Within 6 years the company had 12 stores and had expanded to over 59 shops by 1919. To minimise capital outlay the stores (usually located in Tenement Blocks) were rented, designed in a uniform style and had narrow shop frontages. The store network grew rapidly, by 1939 the company had over 159 grocery branches and 12 butchers shops. Along with a "provisions" window, staple items such as tea, sugar and bakery goods were advertised with the emphasis on price. By the time of the sale to Home and Colonial the store network had expanded to over 220 stores and was regarded as the leading independent grocery business in the west of Scotland[1]
  11. What a brilliant thread. I moved away from Paisley 28 years ago and it's great to see and read about old Paisley landmarks. My father was born in a house in McKenzie Street which overlooked the Gas Works in Well Street and my Grampa stayed for years in the same house. Many happy memories of looking out the window in my Grampa's house and watch him walking back down Well Street from his shopping trips to Galbraiths in the West End
  12. Good to see Monty back and doing well. Hope the saints hit ICT for 6 this afternoon
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