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If we stay up... Give us the family stand back.

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We don't have enough fans yet to require an entire Family stand. We can have a Family Section though within the South Stand. I am pretty sure being next to the W6/7 crowd would be quite exciting for young fans and might inspire them to come back.
Like your thinking here.

Aye... Might mean a reshuffle of the pack, but I'd be happy to move my seat if it resulted in progress.

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1 hour ago, BuddieinEK said:

Like your thinking here.

Aye... Might mean a reshuffle of the pack, but I'd be happy to move my seat if it resulted in progress.

I think the key to this is having an arrangement which fills the South stand but it would of course require the agreement of existing season ticket holders in both W6/7 and in the South Stand. The gain for W6/7 would be financial for that first year but I think it gives them an opportunity to seriously affect (n a very positive way) the next generation of fans. I don't mean that in a patronising way either. I genuinely think this idea might be welcomed by our players as well to be playing straight at a full stand full of noise, flags and colour.

At least the idea has something of a long term solution about it. We may need to compromise a little financially in the short term but better spending by Gus and OK compared to previous regimes would sort that out. Also, as my figures showed, the loss wouldn't really be substantial anyway so the risk is fairly minimal.

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I think the idea is good in theory but not sure it would work in practise... If you've been in W7 recently you'll know what I mean, police like to stand and stare at people, increased searches on the way in. I'm not sure parents would enjoy taking their weans through a search point where the police can be pretty aggressive, also horses have been known to bang into people. You'd need separate access doors for each section. Also a few of the songs ain't "family friendly", and being in the family stand won't stop people singing them. Doubt a lot of the boys would be keen to move from W7, atmosphere is good in there, banter is good with away fans.

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I think the idea is good in theory but not sure it would work in practise... If you've been in W7 recently you'll know what I mean, police like to stand and stare at people, increased searches on the way in. I'm not sure parents would enjoy taking their weans through a search point where the police can be pretty aggressive, also horses have been known to bang into people. You'd need separate access doors for each section. Also a few of the songs ain't "family friendly", and being in the family stand won't stop people singing them. Doubt a lot of the boys would be keen to move from W7, atmosphere is good in there, banter is good with away fans.
Why separate access doors for fellow St Mirren fans?
I really don't see the need there?

I'd rather have a family section available at every game than a hit or miss family stand on selected matches only.

Sure there are lots of police... When opposing fans are so close, the police and stewards are always going to be ready to respond.

I see real merit in Oaksoft's suggestion.

Ironically, If it was rejected out of hand, I see that being due to complaints from West stand season ticket holders not wanting to share facilities rather than the W7 crew

The W7 crew's primary aim is to encourage the team vocally.

Surely that can be done from any area of the ground?

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3 hours ago, oaksoft said:

I think the key to this is having an arrangement which fills the South stand but it would of course require the agreement of existing season ticket holders in both W6/7 and in the South Stand. The gain for W6/7 would be financial for that first year but I think it gives them an opportunity to seriously affect (n a very positive way) the next generation of fans. I don't mean that in a patronising way either. I genuinely think this idea might be welcomed by our players as well to be playing straight at a full stand full of noise, flags and colour.

At least the idea has something of a long term solution about it. We may need to compromise a little financially in the short term but better spending by Gus and OK compared to previous regimes would sort that out. Also, as my figures showed, the loss wouldn't really be substantial anyway so the risk is fairly minimal.

I like your thinking here but I only have two personal reservations.

Being old school I kinda like the idea of the singng section being next to the away fans. I think it helps the atmosphere and I never did like the idea of having away fans in the west stand. 

Also whilst hearing swearie words never ruined my life when I was growing up, I think modern day parents have a different view on this and may object. 

Ironically my middle daughter (now 24) at the age of about 7, heard her first “c**t” in the family stand at Love Street! :D

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I like your thinking here but I only have two personal reservations.
Being old school I kinda like the idea of the singng section being next to the away fans. I think it helps the atmosphere and I never did like the idea of having away fans in the west stand. 
Also whilst hearing swearie words never ruined my life when I was growing up, I think modern day parents have a different view on this and may object. 
Ironically my middle daughter (now 24) at the age of about 7, heard her first “c**t” in the family stand at Love Street! 
When I took my son, we sat in the North Bank when he was about 5.

That's when he found out he could bribe me by not repeating any 'bad words' he had heard there.

So some of you swearing f'in bassas owe me loads ya cnuts.

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2 hours ago, Doakes said:

I think the idea is good in theory but not sure it would work in practise... If you've been in W7 recently you'll know what I mean, police like to stand and stare at people, increased searches on the way in. I'm not sure parents would enjoy taking their weans through a search point where the police can be pretty aggressive, also horses have been known to bang into people. You'd need separate access doors for each section. Also a few of the songs ain't "family friendly", and being in the family stand won't stop people singing them. Doubt a lot of the boys would be keen to move from W7, atmosphere is good in there, banter is good with away fans.

 

13 minutes ago, TPAFKA Jersey 2 said:

I like your thinking here but I only have two personal reservations.

Being old school I kinda like the idea of the singng section being next to the away fans. I think it helps the atmosphere and I never did like the idea of having away fans in the west stand. 

Also whilst hearing swearie words never ruined my life when I was growing up, I think modern day parents have a different view on this and may object. 

Ironically my middle daughter (now 24) at the age of about 7, heard her first “c**t” in the family stand at Love Street! :D

I'd like to think that these issues could be resolved amicably between the club and the fans if there was sufficient will to end the problem of the OF being given both stands behind the goals. People need to ask themselves whether the current situation is sustainable and whether there is a better solution.

In an ideal world, I think it would be great if the W6/7 guys suggested it to the club first but it doesn't affect me so I can't try to force the issue.

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10 hours ago, cockles1987 said:
20 hours ago, proudtobeabuddy said:
I still maintain that in the long term we are in danger of  of alienating the present fans who attend the family stand and discouraging future fans. Those who are pondering who to follow will instead prefer to watch the big teams in Glasgow  because we act like a wee diddy club who are reliant on the big clubs cash.

What we don't know is the amount of families that benefited from the arrangement because they wouldn't have attended a game involving two Glasgow clubs with children.

Agreed, we don't know that and we're less likely to encourage them to come if we give their stand away to the OF for the "extra money".

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Agreed, we don't know that and we're less likely to encourage them to come if we give their stand away to the OF for the "extra money".
I take it you don't remember the 80's and 90's when we did it.

I know I hated it when I wasn't allowed to goto a game involving them, but it certainly never put me off to goto the next game against whoever.

I don't believe there's a single bud that wants to give up a seat never mind a stand to them.

I certainly do know that GLS and the board would love it if there was enough buds filling the three stands and they didn't have to make such a decision.

We'll never know the actual figure that was made because there's so many whatabouts senarios.

Rant over.

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3 hours ago, cockles1987 said:

I take it you don't remember the 80's and 90's when we did it.

I know I hated it when I wasn't allowed to goto a game involving them, but it certainly never put me off to goto the next game against whoever.

I don't believe there's a single bud that wants to give up a seat never mind a stand to them.

I certainly do know that GLS and the board would love it if there was enough buds filling the three stands and they didn't have to make such a decision.

We'll never know the actual figure that was made because there's so many whatabouts senarios.

Rant over. emoji16.png
 

Yes i do. i've been going since 1979 so i do remember how much worse it was then with casuals thrown into the bargain. I didn't like it then and i was a child so i'm hardly going to think it's a good thing now. Also it was a different ground back then with a higher capacity and for some of the era we were in substantial debt so we really did need their money. It obviously didn't put me off if i'm still going 40 years later but that doesn't mean i'm going to agree with those who think money is the be all and end all in this scenario, IMO it's not and long term could be  detrimental policy in regards to encouraging future generations to support teams like St Mirren. I grew up spoilt for the first 12 years of going to the football, we played in Europe and won cups, now we are considered a diddy team, doesn't mean we have to act like one when the OF stroll into town.

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I would suggest that we move W6 and W7 to the Family stand permanently and then when the OF, Killie, Hearts, Hibs etc. come to town, nobody gets moved at all and we use these areas as overflow only.

So we move two sections to stop people getting moved, seems like the only sensible solution.

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6 hours ago, Hambud said:


 


So we move two sections to stop people getting moved, seems like the only sensible solution. emoji848.png
 

Yes. We move two sections once to permanently solve the problem of moving people three times per season.

I can understand people not wanting to do that but are you seriously struggling to understand the concept?

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Yes. We move two sections once to permanently solve the problem of moving people three times per season.
I can understand people not wanting to do that but are you seriously struggling to understand the concept?
Or we just sell family season tickets for the West Stand, making the South Stand pay at the gate.

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I think that this has been debated to death (yet again).

However, I'll leave you with this quote below from another thread.

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When did our country start becoming a nation of people endlessly whining about their lot in life?

 

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4 hours ago, FTOF said:

I think that this has been debated to death (yet again).

However, I'll leave you with this quote below from another thread.

 

And I was right too.

No harm in discussing problems and potential solutions though.

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On the whole i don't count myself in the whining about absolutely everything bracket. However when it comes to something like this, which i think is wrong, you can call it whatever you like if it floats your boat.

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1 hour ago, proudtobeabuddy said:

On the whole i don't count myself in the whining about absolutely everything bracket. However when it comes to something like this, which i think is wrong, you can call it whatever you like if it floats your boat.

I will not point the finger at anyone who has posted their fair and honest opinion on this or any topic. What would be helpful though it to get some facts from the club. Can SMiSA get us some answers? Then we could argue with a more informed perspective and have a better understanding on the thoughts, practice and results of these "trials".

I do think that it is about more than money, and so I am unsure how you quantify all of that without actually engaging with the fans who will never go to an OF game, the ones who opt out for any reason (huff, fear, don't want to see us beaten or whatever) and whether there is a better long term solution to avoid shifting fans from their seats.

e.g. Should the OF games be part of the season ticket? How many fans would want this and how many would not?

Good management would seek out answers and be happy to inform the customers about why their actions were best for the club etc. They have nothing to hide and even though some will never agree with whatever decisions are made, at least there would be decent interaction between management and fans... The current BOD lot are pretty good at this kind of thing - don't you think?  :turtle

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On 4/9/2019 at 11:43 AM, TPAFKATS said:
On 4/9/2019 at 7:42 AM, kevo_smfc said:
Yes. 

Cheers kevo. Wonder what state they are in now after the old firm fannies have been in the stand.

Hopefully still intact, A lot of work went into those.

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16 hours ago, Sweeper07 said:

I will not point the finger at anyone who has posted their fair and honest opinion on this or any topic. What would be helpful though it to get some facts from the club. Can SMiSA get us some answers? Then we could argue with a more informed perspective and have a better understanding on the thoughts, practice and results of these "trials".

I do think that it is about more than money, and so I am unsure how you quantify all of that without actually engaging with the fans who will never go to an OF game, the ones who opt out for any reason (huff, fear, don't want to see us beaten or whatever) and whether there is a better long term solution to avoid shifting fans from their seats.

e.g. Should the OF games be part of the season ticket? How many fans would want this and how many would not?

Good management would seek out answers and be happy to inform the customers about why their actions were best for the club etc. They have nothing to hide and even though some will never agree with whatever decisions are made, at least there would be decent interaction between management and fans... The current BOD lot are pretty good at this kind of thing - don't you think?  :turtle

I think the current BOD have done a great job so far but this is one  decision that in this case they have got wrong, however, that's just my opinion. I agree with you about encouraging the club to interact more with the fans for this particular, highly emotive subject.

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