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  1. Div on Twitter saying we have apparently invited tenders to fill in 3 corners of the stadium.
  2. My brother is also a season ticket holder and makes a 300 mile round trip to watch Saints. For around 10 years my round trip was 90 miles.
  3. I’m fully aware of the lyrics. There is no necessity to mention the Soldier Song. A reference to Celtic fans rather than a National Anthem would then mean it was purely a football song.
  4. “Deny it exists?”- I’ve read a lot of nonsense on here over the years, but this takes this biscuit! No way offensive? I’ve supported St. Mirren for over 40 years and originally come from the Republic. Why not sing ‘Couldn’t hear the Celtic fans’ then? It’s not “one of their songs either. Football songs should only ever reference football. Leave my National Anthem out of it.
  5. What about “you couldn’t hear the soldier song”? Sooner this stops getting sung the better.
  6. 1907-1960, 1969-1984, 1989-1994 are all superb kits in my opinion.
  7. This season’s home top is one of the worst in years. Almost as bad as 14-15. Away top is ok. Going back to previous designs would be great. Dont mess with the stripes!
  8. Do you feel emotionally attached to St. Mirren Park? I’m not too sure at the moment but the last 18 months have made a difference! I would certainly say I was when it comes to Love Street.
  9. Rumoured to be signing on loan from Middlesbrough this week. He is a left back.
  10. Impressed on trial and seemingly will sign for us this week.
  11. Aberdeen GK apparently coming in on loan.
  12. Yeah but only for the 2 corners at the away end for the moment to accommodate more away fans especially the bigot brothers When will work start on this, soon after the McGinn money comes in? Heard the club were wanting a cafe/museum at the stadium too.
  13. Ex-QPR defender Cole Kpekawa will play as a trialist in Saturday’s friendly against Bolton.
  14. Dear SMISA memberWe hope all members are enjoying their summer. As it’s not long before we get to see St Mirren back in friendly action (before the World Cup even finishes, for those who don’t like going too long without football) it seems a good time to update you on the latest from SMISA…..#BuyTheBuds two years on…we’re on our way to fan ownershipThis month saw us pass a major milestone in the #BuyTheBuds campaign – and one achieved in a way we never thought possible when we set off on the fan ownership journey.When ourselves and Gordon Scott agreed the deal to buy the majority shareholding in St Mirren from the selling consortium in June 2016, SMISA had two years to pay our £380,000 part of that purchase.At the time we thought the only way we could manage this was by taking out a loan – to be paid back using member income. But with our membership numbers going much higher than the 1,000 we based our initial cash projections on, that picture started to change.This month we made the final payment to the former directors – and are proud to say this has been done in full, entirely through member income, without a penny of borrowing.This was only possible because of the continued commitment of you, the members – your support has put us further ahead than we thought we’d be at this stage.Member numbers peaked at 1,374 in summer 2016 then dropped below 1,300 after the first year (we budgeted for a 10% drop-off in year one on the advice of other fan groups we consulted with).But with a current membership of 1,264 we are at the same level as at the start of 2018 – and numbers have risen since the spring, with a few of you joining or re-joining in the past two months.With the former directors now paid off in full, the next stage is for us to save up the £615,000 needed to buy Gordon’s majority shareholding, which we have until 2026 to do. Of course for the end goal of majority fan ownership to be achieved, we need you to stay with us until then.While we build up the share purchase pot, we will continue to invest in and grow the club through the £2 pot, an original idea of ours described by Supporters Direct as ‘brilliant’ and ‘one of a kind’.The more members we have, the greater SMISA’s ability to take St Mirren forward. We’ve achieved a lot over the past two years. Below is a list of what your membership made possible:- the first-ever election to the St Mirren board of a fan representative. David Nicol continues to work hard as your voice in the boardroom and can be contacted on [email protected];- part-funded the wheelchair platform in the main stand, giving St Mirren some of the best disabled facilities in Scotland;- boosted the first-team budget in the dark days of January 2017 and helped fuel the incredible resurgence that sent us on our way to the Premier League;- funded a community season ticket scheme which last season saw us bring hundreds of members of local community groups into the club and which will run again this year (see below);- contributed to the club’s league-winning season by funding extra hours for the club’s sports scientist and match-day quality balls;- supported the next generation of players by committing £50,000 to fund a one-third share of the new astrograss surface at Ralston, and sponsored the youth academy for the next two years;- PLUS we helped the new St Mirren Ladies team set up, and sponsored their strips, part-funded pre-match entertainment to bring more young fans to games, sponsored a local youth football team, ran a series of fan events, funded and distributed two editions of The Saint newspaper, and helped set up a volunteer squad who have cleaned the stadium and helped with repairs at Ralston.We are proud of those achievements and hope you are too – we want to do more of the above in future. If you know other fans you haven’t yet joined, they can do so now via our website.Meet the manager eventAs the new season rapidly approaches, we know fans will be keen to hear from the new man in the dugout – so SMISA has organised a meet-the-manager Q&A night where Alan Stubbs will take questions from the St Mirren support for the first time.It will be on Tuesday 31 July in the hospitality suite at the stadium, with doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The event is open to all fans and is free to attend, but should it reach capacity, it will be first come, first served. You can guarantee your place by registering via the Eventbrite link here.Volunteer helpAs part of our ongoing work to boost our membership, SMISA will have a presence at a couple of local events – Sma’ Shot Day and Weave festival in Paisley town centre on Saturday 7 July, and the SMFC Fans Council Open Day at the stadium on Sunday 8 July.Some of our committee will be there but we are looking for volunteers to help us hand out fliers, spread the word about SMISA and help us sign up new members. If anyone can spare even an hour or so on either day and would like to help, please contact [email protected] team thank SMISA membersIn our January £2 spend ballot, SMISA members agreed to make £2,055 available to the newly-formed St Mirren Ladies team – used to buy a set of strips (with SMISA logo as main sponsor) plus cover other kit and start-up costs.A couple of the SMISA committee visited the ladies training to see how they are getting on – and head coach Kate Cooper thanked SMISA members for their support.She said: "The financial support provided by SMiSA has been instrumental in developing the women's team by providing the players and staff with quality kit, and making them feel part of the St Mirren football family…it has been invaluable in helping the women's team become not only visible in the community but enabling them to establish themselves within the Paisley community.”You can read the full story and see the pictures on our websiteCommunity season ticketsSMISA is again this year running a community season ticket scheme – we have bought 24 season tickets for the main stand and will make those seats available – free of charge – to Renfrewshire community groups.We did this last year and are pleased to have brought into St Mirren hundreds of people who would have benefitted from – and who may not have been able to afford – a day out at the football.Groups to benefit last season include: Shelter Scotland, Good Community Relations Project Renfrewshire, Crisis Counselling – Erskine, Star Project, Turning Point Renfrewshire, Cairn Housing Association, Active Communities, Women's Aid Renfrewshire, Who Cares Scotland Advocacy and RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health).If any of our members know of a Renfrewshire-based group who would make good use of the tickets, please contact SMISA committee member Jim Cumming at [email protected] £2 spend ballotWe are putting the finishing touches to the July £2 pot ballot – and details and your voting link will be emailed out in about a week’s time, so keep an eye out for them arriving.As always, if there’s any other questions, drop us a line at [email protected] See you for the new season.The SMISA committee
  15. Season tickets should be valid for friendlies.!
  16. It’s not just for aesthetics, the driving force behind filling the corners is to increase income by creating offices, more hospitality etc.
  17. Are friendlies included on the season ticket or is it just home league games?
  18. I take it I can pick my desired seats on SMFC tickets on the 22nd May then post the standing order form to the club for the finance option? Assuming there will be the finance option on SMFC tickets?
  19. Disappointed that we have not been consulted on this matter. Especially after taking £50K from ring-fenced monies for the 3G pitch at Ralston. No communication at all from SMISA that hundreds of season ticket holders and/or SMISA members would be moved in favour of Old Firm supporters.
  20. Hopefully it reopens once the Love Street development is filled!
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