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  1. I received a reply from SMISA confirming that you were correct, the £2700 is what the two parties requested and the email should have perhaps not said that "there is £2700 available this quarter" but instead "the projects chosen this quarter require £2700". They also allayed my other concern that even if approved, the projects would not be fully funded as it is their understanding that any other funding required is already in place.
  2. You could be correct, the way I read the email was that there was only £2700 in the pot, I have actually asked in my email how the figures came about as while I will support both options and have already voted yes, I would not like to think that one or other actually needs more to run but there wasn't enough in the pot. I would rather one got all they needed than both got less than they needed, if that makes sense. Last year for example Festive Friends requested £1750 to fund the program, although they of course got a smaller donation later and obviously then needed to raise funds elsewhere. I'm sure SMISA will explain soon enough.
  3. I have emailed SMISA to ask, however I was wondering if anyone here knows why the amount available this quarter is £2700 instead of the usual £3000 (last quarter was also less at £2800 - but was topped up by money not used previously). At the risk of reopening an old discussion I immediately thought of the £300 monthly subscription to Very Connect and hoped that this wasn't the reason for the reduction, however short of 150 members cancelling I couldn't think of any other reason.
  4. I wouldn't class it as a mistake to not include those who used to be in W7 as I believe the choice is now a straight line between 1 or 2 stands. Having said that, if you do want to do the calculations on that basis then you are obviously correct, less extra season tickets would be required. I'm not sure how many as I don't know how many old firm fans were seated in W6/7. Incidentally, I'm not trying to argue that the extra income is substantial enough to hand over both stands. My point was more that Bazils estimated figure of over 1300 season tickets was not accurate. My season ticket is in the main stand so I'm not directly affected in terms of having to move, however having to enter and (particularly) leave the stadium through a whole host of opposition fans is far from a good experience, never mind the sporting benefits restricting them to one stand may bring. I personally believe the club should instead be doing more to encourage more home fans along and making more money that way.
  5. I rarely get involved in discussions on here, it seems pointless trying to debate with with people that I don't know who, in some cases, are quite clearly never going to change their opinion. However, as you have said that you are open to accurate calculations I will make an exception. There is a caveat here that I have had to make certain assumptions (some of which we can be fairly sure won't be correct) so the calculations can't be totally accurate as exact numbers are not know. These assumption are: When the Old Firm they sell out the South Stand (1654 seats according to Google) with full price adult tickets. Every extra season ticket sold is an adult ticket, purchased for the South Stand at the early bird price (with no increase to allow for an extra three games being included) We finish in the bottom six (sorry Tony) and Rangers and Celtic both finish in the top six, so there are three affected games. On this basis the extra revenue brought in by handing the Old Firm both stands behind the goals is £133974 (1654 x £27 x 3) The number of extra season tickets required to match this amount of money is 558.25 (£133974 / £240). Given the feel good factor surrounding the club at the end of the season I wouldn't consider selling an extra 560 season tickets an unrealistic target (not saying it would definitely happen - simply it might). Of course, if we were to consider other factors that number would reduce. For example, if the south stand season tickets were the same price as the rest of the stadium (as they would now include the same number of matches) the number of extra season tickets required would be would be 442.16 (133974 / 303). Admittedly these calculations do not allow for the fact that some of the people buying the extra season tickets may attend some matches anyway. An alternative way of looking at it could be saying we need to increase our average home support by 320 adults. (£133974 / £22 / 19 games). I don't know what our average home support is but I'd guess this would be approximately 10%. This is another target that I don't think is unrealistic, although obviously we wouldn't know whether it was achieved before the season started and these decisions need to be made. Finally none of the figures above take into account any savings that the club may make by having less opposition in the stadium or indeed any extra income that they may get by having extra St. Mirren fans in the stadium every match as opposed to extra Old Firm fans for 3 matches. (Approximately 400 x 19 (7600) compared to 1654 x 3 (4962)).
  6. According to the Celtic Academy Twitter feed, the red card was for abusing the official.
  7. I think you are right, according to this link (no idea how reliable it is) we would be entitled to 0.5% of any fee for each full season he was with us between the ages of 16 and 23. http://blog.fieldoo.com/2014/04/what-is-solidarity-contribution-in-football/ Was he here 2 seasons? That would be 100k, not to be sniffed at.
  8. Along with Gary MacKenzie, Jack Baird had a tremendous game last night. Hopefully some more performances like that between now and the end of the season will not only mean we stay in the league but also ensure a new contract for him. I missed the last game down there, but if Baird was as bad as has been reported on here that night and after a shaky performance on Saturday, the character he showed last night was remarkable for such a young player. Noticed he was one of the players Jack Ross singled out for praise which would suggest to me that he knows he is a young player who has a great potential and nights like last night can only help his confidence.
  9. I don't remember the particular match, but Jack Baird made the spfl team of the week earlier this season, the same week Rob McLean touted him as a future Scotland internationalist, now I'm not saying he will indeed go on to play for Scotland, we all know unless he gets a move to a 'big' club he more than likely won't and, as with almost any young player, consistency will be an issue, but I would suggest that recognition like that suggests he is capable of being a good squad player at least. I'm glad to see that the majority of the fans in this thread appear to be supporting Jack as in the past there have been too many instances where a section of fans have seemed almost eager to write off our young players.
  10. Find it incredible that after going to a difficult venue and putting in a respectable performance there are people determined to find someone to have a go at. Yes, it wasn't the best pass from Stevie Mallan that led to the equaliser, but if it had found it's target we could be salivating over a fantastic pass leading to a great goal. Don't notice too many people having a go over poor decisions from Stephen McGinn leading to the second and third Celtic goals and quite rightly so, we were beaten by a better team with better players and we made them work for it. Let's celebrate what we done well instead of always looking for negatives. I'm disappointed to lose, of course I am, but proud of my teams performance and looking forward to Kirkaldy on Wednesday night.
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