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  1. 23 points
    Hi everyone. Found out the news about my dad on Friday. It was very sudden but as none of his family were in Panama at the time details are few and far between at the minute. Expecting a call from the Embassy in the next couple of days and will know more then. He was a great Dad and loved nothing more than telling me on a Saturday morning who he’d been winding up on WAP over the last few days and who he was beating in the predictor! Being away from Perth for many years meant this place gave him an outlet for all things St Johnstone and enabled him to have debates and conversations, which many of us get in the pub on a Saturday afternoon, with all of you. Thanks to anyone who berated him, nibbled at his bait or rised to him any time he put up a nonsense post as he thrived on it and, while he often came across as abrasive on here, it was always in jest with a tongue firmly in cheek and his way of still being involved with saints from a far. My brother Saul and I (Joss) would like to pass on our thanks to everyone for their kind words and for humouring him over the past few years
  2. 20 points
    This is our 10th year in the top division. In that time 18 clubs have been the league, 19 if you count 2 from Govan. Of those 18 only 5 have been in for all 10 years, Saints, Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell, Killie. 10 year league table up to kick off today looks like this. Celtic 861 pts, Aberdeen 570 pts Saints 504 pts Motherwell 490 pts Killie 434 pts RFC Combined 432 pts Hearts 426 pts DUFC 372 pts ICT 354 pts Hibs 306 pts Ross County 260 pts St Mirren 232 pts Hamilton 210 pts Partick 205 pts Dundee 182 pts Dunfermline 55 pts Falkirk 31pts Livingstone 30 pts Amazing record, we don't get a fraction of the credit we deserve.
  3. 18 points
    RandomGuy

    Player contracts and transfers

    He "trusted in Tommy" last season, and gave Watson and Coulson healthy two year contracts, and now 12 months later he's facing the prospect of having to pay off their contracts in one lump sum because Tommy no longer wants them. He "trusted in Tommy" and offered Swanson one of the largest (respective) contracts we've ever offered, and he "trusted in Tommy" and offered Scougall a contract which beat off English League Two sides. Let's not paint Brown as some villain who never does things TW wants, he has a responsibility to maintain control of the budget, and that's what he's doing. It took Tommy until the last two months of the season to even give Scobbie a run of starts, if anyone is disposable (considering Mannus accepted a cut and Millar was re-signed earlier) then its the high earning, third choice, 29yo Centre half who's out of contract and who barely played in the previous season.
  4. 15 points
    Really? Why would any Saints fan want this? The options to replace him are tragically poor and would likely lead us into the wilderness for years to come. He's simply the best manager that we've ever had and has led us to successes that we could scarcely imagine. The lack of respect shown to him by too many fans is embarrassing. Be very careful what you wish for imo.
  5. 15 points
    tucker

    Player contracts and transfers

    Love the room and gloom on here,brown got Tommy his top two targets this summer, Brown and his father have kept saints a well run club for a long time,brown went with Tommy to Ireland at the weekend to look at players for January but brown isn't backing saints, people on here need to know saints can't live above there means or we will end up like Dundee Livingston Dundee united
  6. 14 points
    There have been games between the sides over recent seasons that have been panned but unfairly in my eyes. Yesterday really was brutal for long spells though and that was from both teams. A period in the second half was particularly poor and I did think the game had 0-0 written all over it before, who would have guessed, Craig Thomson made a bit of a difference for Saints. My first instinct was back-pass from Jack in the lead-up to the opener and I'm surprised there is much debate from Dons fans over it. He gets between Thomson and the ball and touches it back to Joe Lewis. I'm a big fan of the Aberdeen goalkeeper but his own positioning looked suspect and obviously the wall was a shambles as I said I couldn't see Swanson scoring from there. I'd barely finished the sentence when the net rustled. The second was a classic counter-attack, Paton shows more desire to win the cleared ball, getting absolutely wiped out in the process, then Swanson picks the right pass to Thomson, who is bursting a gut to get there, takes a good touch and finishes really well. Not sure we managed anything else on target but then Alan Mannus was hardly leaping around his goal either. Kenny McLean had one glorious chance he put wide and came close with a header but most of the other stuff was from long range and sailed high, wide or both in the case of Ash Taylor. The extra satisfaction from the victory is knowing how upset some Aberdeen supporters will be because Saints had the temerity to execute a game plan that Tommy Wright best felt would secure a return. A fortnight ago, Aberdeen looked very good for 30 minutes in Perth but Saints didn't get close to them and didn't make tackles. Unfortunately for those Dons supporters, Saints' role isn't to entertain them and the approach was much better yesterday. Aberdeen weren't quite as unstructured as in the game before Xmas but when I saw the starting team was packed with an excessive (IMO) number of attacking players, I did feel the game might follow a similar pattern. I can't grasp the logic either of playing so many players out of their most natural position. Yesterday is why Saints are successful, Tommy Wright takes every game on its merits. He never babbles on about philosophy or playing football the right way. Actually, he does mention the latter but the right way in his eyes is doing what is required to win matches. He doesn't get it right every time but he's never afraid to change it and I imagine he takes as much satisfaction as our fans from the reaction of opposition supporters to performances like yesterday. His record in post-split games is staggering. Only 2 defeats in 16 games against the best opposition in the league and one of those was when he rested players the week before the Scottish Cup final. If we can come out of next weekend with the same advantage over Hearts and Thistle (I'm still very much of the mind that I want Rangers to beat the Jags) then Europe will be tantalisingly close again.
  7. 13 points
    It would be nice if we could repay their fans for that final day v Gretna. Shower of bastards.
  8. 13 points
    john.w

    Hibs vs Saints 03/11/18 Game 12

    4 in a row a happy Saintee in the Arctic
  9. 13 points
    Are you serious? We played well, had one sloppy moment where we conceded amongst two wonder saves and us hitting the bar. We dominated to the point it wasn't even clear we were a man down. I've had a lot of issues with our performances lately, but I'm struggling to believe anyone can criticise that one.
  10. 13 points
    Seems Mannus was concerned he wouldn't get to sign for Saints again - http://perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk/news/post/mannus-delighted-extend-stay-saints24517 “I’m delighted to have signed a one-year deal. I didn’t think I was going to get the opportunity to sign one so I’m glad it’s worked out as I’m very happy to stay for another year here. I didn’t want to go elsewhere so when they spoke to me about staying it’s all I wanted to do." "I’m fortunate to be part of this club and to play here in my career. Why would I want to go anywhere else?"
  11. 12 points
    supersaintee

    Lack of Ambition or Direction

    My tuppence worth - too long? Don't read. I'm as frustrated with the current situation as everyone else on here seems to be but I don't think there's an easy answer. We don't have endless funds to plough into the team and I saw in the global sports salary analysis that our first team are on an average wage of less than £1k per week. It's hardly rock star stuff. Notably, Motherwell (who pumped us on Tuesday) and Hamilton are the only two teams in the top flight with lower wages. Given the state of attendances, not just this season but also during our recent "glory" years, we can't afford to go and splash the cash to "invest for the future" as a few people seem to be suggesting. Our average gate this season so far is higher than 2 years ago and only 500 less than when we'd just won the Scottish Cup and were on the way to a fourth place finish and another European spot. This is likely down to the fact that we have relatively successful Hearts, Hibs, TFOE, TFOD and Aberdeen teams visiting regularly again but that has the counter-effect of reducing our chances of competing, given their relative means. I don't feel that Tommy has helped himself this season with some of his outbursts in the media and the constant links to NI and The Rangers but I'm not sure that there really is a better man out there for the job. Yes, changing the manager can sometimes get you a bit of a bump in results but when we got rid of Totten for McClelland it was a spectacular failure that we took years to come back from. Similarly, dumping Sandy Clark for Billy Stark set us up for 3 years of painful football before Owen then Del brought us back to the top flight. Careful what you wish for. In terms of the Browns, who else has put themselves forward to back Saints over the last 30 years? Who wants to invest in a club that can only drum up 4.5k fans when they're having the best run in their history? They've kept us stable, not put the club at risk and have generally looked out for what's best for St Johnstone. There's little thanks for what Geoff and Steve have done but given where we are I don't really see too much to complain about. They have stuck steadfastly to keeping the club solvent, like you would a business. Do we want to model ourselves on Dundee, Dunfermline, Airdrie, Motherwell, Livingston, Gretna who tried to speculate to accumulate before crashing and burning in spectacular fashion? I love Saints. I've been going to games for over 30 years and had a season ticket for most of that time (except when I was a poor student in Edinburgh and even then I made at least 10 games a season). Yes, I want our results to improve. I agree that our football has been poor over the last few months. But I am still proud to be a Saintee and put faith in the guys who have brought us so much success over the last few years.
  12. 12 points
    Some of the comments on this subject are an absolute embarrassment. All you folks are very good at sitting behind your computer criticising others who have given up their own time for Dave’s testimonial year. As for “the committee have f**cked up bigtime” that I seen from one of you keyboard warriors I find that an incredible comment as we have 1. SOLD OUT a Golf day 2. SOLD OUT a dinner for 350 people 3. SOLD OUT hospitality and all advertising at his game v Dundee unfortunately there wasn’t a great crowd at the game but that’s one of those things. The people who came along all seemed to enjoy seeing the legends play. As for people not happy having Dundee as the opposition what do u suggest?? Pay a certain English team £23000 to come and play in a game and end up making a loss for Dave or have Dundee who were good enough to come along for free and also play some of their legends in the game. Whatever we done we weren’t going to please everyone but if any of you genius business people have anymore ideas you would like to add please feel free to come and meet us at the next meeting so we can come and hear some of your GREAT ideas face to face rather than slaughtering people on here who are genuinely trying to do their best for Dave thanks scott
  13. 12 points
    Can you imagine the costs involved with getting a European team shipped over to play? Mackay would barely get a payday after that. And that's if any of them even agreed mid-season. We would hardly attract first team squads of any note anyway, remember the United XI full of kids that were sent up for Alan Main's match? Imagine busting a guy to pull all of these testimonial events together and then coming on here to see your comment telling them they've completely failed. The committee don't get paid, do they? So these guys are giving up their own time to arrange everything, and good on them if so.
  14. 12 points
    It looks to me Cummins has been clipped and that's caused his stride pattern to go. The complete lack of arguments from the Motherwell players speaks volumes in my opinion. I'm not a fan of all the hate for him either, yes his finishing is appalling, but he's a hard worker who offers plenty in terms of linking play and as an outball. See goal 3 on Saturday. He's not someone I want to see starting every week, especially not at home, but some of the comments about him are unfair for me.
  15. 12 points
    Knickers wetting in July. Braw.Same every summer
  16. 12 points
    OK, let's begin by journeying back to May 2015. Coventry City's Danny Swanson was in the midst of a successful loan spell at St. Johnstone. Indeed, the player seemed to appreciate Saints as much as the club appreciated him. In a Scotsman interview, Danny was extremely candid about his life. He expressed his desire to 'repay Tommy Wright's faith' and insisted that he and his family felt extremely 'settled' in Perth. Upon his departure from the club, he stated that St. Johnstone would be his first port of call if he decided to return north. Fast-forward to September 2015. Having failed to make his mark at Coventry, Danny was close to signing another season-long loan deal with Saints. However, at the last minute, Danny and Coventry mutually agreed that he should be released from his contract. This was undoubtedly a blow for St. Johnstone. I have no idea if Danny Swanson played a big role in his release from Coventry, but he must have had a say in it. Danny, however, stuck to his word and talked to Saints before entering into discussions with any other Scottish club. But he/his representative declined Steve Brown's offers. After the chance of a loan move had fallen apart, our modest transfer budget made things a lot more difficult in terms of a permanent offer. A matter of days later, Danny Swanson signed for Hearts. There were no real hard feelings, but maybe a modicum of bitterness with the way in which things had turned out (especially after Danny had spoken so positively about St. Johnstone in the press). Fast-forward to January 2016. Danny was struggling to break into Hearts' starting line-up. In short, he wasn't happy in Edinburgh. At the end of the January transfer window, he was prematurely released from his Hearts contract. Shortly after that, he signed up for a second spell at Saints (on this occasion, a contract which ran until 2017). Tommy Wright, and St. Johnstone, resurrected his career once again. He arguably enjoyed his finest form since becoming a full-time footballer. His initial loan spell had been good, but Danny was simply marvellous up until the turn of the year. In February, things turned a bit sour when Danny - whose deal was due to run out in the summer - publicly moaned about his contract situation in the local papers. It was an unnecessary and unprofessional decision to discuss these matters in the public domain. To a few Saints supporters, it seemed to be more of a transparent attempt to advertise his imminent availability to other clubs. He described the situation as a 'nightmare', reiterating that he and his family were extemely settled. He rather arrogantly stated that 'the clock' was 'ticking' for St. Johnstone as he had 'other options'. Following a month or two of abject performances, he didn't receive much sympathy from St. Johnstone supporters. He blamed the contract negotiations (or lack of contract negotiations) for his dip in form. A week later, our chairman spoke in the press and totally refuted everything which Danny had said. He had received a couple of more than acceptable offers, but he had been non-compliant. He didn't have an agent, which added an extra obstacle to any discussions. At the start of April, Danny kicked one of his team-mates in the head during an on-field scuffle. He and Richard Foster were both fairly punished by the club. Tommy Wright could have made a decision to let Danny's contract run out and leave him sitting in the stands. But yet again, he graciously gave him an opportunity to redeem himself. Shortly after that incident, Tommy began to speak publicly about the chances of Danny Swanson signing a new contract at the club. He seemed increasingly confident. Towards the beginning of last week, Tommy said that he expected Danny to sign a new deal before the week was out. Would Tommy have said something like this if Danny hadn't given a serious indication that he would renew his contract? I don't think so. Two days later, it emerged that Danny had signed a pre-contract with Hibs. ''We'll move on and I'm better keeping my thoughts to myself'', said Tommy. ''That's the only comment I really want to make.'' Was he angry at the chairman? Was he angry at Danny? Possibly a bit of both. It does appear that Danny has shown flashes of dishonesty and classlessness during his time at St. Johnstone. If he had simply said to Tommy, ''I can't commit to a new deal until I know if Hibs, the team I support, are getting promoted.'' He clearly didn't say that though. Indeed, he has now cited family reasons for his move to Hibernian (the same family who were extremely settled and happy in the local-ish area). In addition to this, his recent Instagram posts have undoubtedly irked a few St. Johnstone supporters. The official Saints account made a post in reference to the free supporters' buses which have been funded by the wages which Danny Swanson and Richard Foster had been fined. Just as it would have been more sensible to stay quiet about his contract situation in February, it would have been equally sensible to stay quiet in this instance. But he felt the need to respond. 'You're welcome', he posted. Whether it was intended to be humorous or not, it was arguably a stupid comment to make. We're welcome for what? We should be thankful that you potentially cost us three points by getting into a fight with a team-mate? A couple of days ago, whilst still employed to St. Johnstone, he posts, '**** the Hearts' on his Instagram beside a wee green love heart. He's a talented footballer, there is no doubt about it. But he hasn't conducted himself in a professional manner recently and some supporters are justifiably irritated by that. Contrast it to Liam Craig who signed a pre-contract with Hibs, immediately shut up about it and went on to play a major role in Saints' European qualification. As it stands, I'd be surprised if Danny Swanson plays another game for St. Johnstone.* *These are all my thoughts. I'm not saying that I speak on behalf of any Saints supporter. But these are my reasons for feeling a little put-down after recent events.
  17. 11 points
    We might still get him... He is trying everything to get released
  18. 11 points
    blueheaven

    Lack of Ambition or Direction

    Hard not to agree with this. I know this argument has been done to death but it still rankles me that if you go back to the summer of 2014 we did nothing to build on the momentum, excitement and goodwill generated by the Cup win. We let go of key players (Cregg, Hasselbaink) who the manager apparently thought he'd be able to replace, then ended up not being able to sign anyone - and we had all that nonsense with claiming we were trying to sign David Goodwillie only to go back on it and say he was never a target. Looking back, I'd say that was the start of the increasingly regular public spats between TW and SB. On top of that, criminally, was the complete inability to target the potential new fans from the Cup final and the open-top bus parade and get season ticket info to them quickly. I know the club's approach is to treat survival as the number one priority, but there have been big opportunities to kick on and grow the support and attract better players and right now it feels like those opportunities were allowed to simply slip away. In fact I'm not convinced that Steve Brown would even acknowledge that those opportunities existed - his attitude just seems so backward and old fashioned at times. I remain confident we'll stay up this season, but after a season like this one attracting good players and attracting more supporters is only going to get harder.
  19. 11 points
    Popped over to Cliftonhill to help clear the snow earlier. Unfortunately there was too much snow for 50 folk to clear but it was great to see folk digging in to help their local club. Not often you'll see the manager and the chairman digging snow for 3 hours to get a game on. Great folk who love their club. Few Saints fans turned up as well which was nice to see. The grass under the snow was nice and soft and the lads there reckon the drainage at Cliftonhill is excellent. We've cleared about 30% of the snow and targeted the worst draining areas so hopefully should be fine for Tuesday with the thaw.
  20. 11 points
    For any Saints fans who missed our win at Ibrox, don't believe whatever you read over the next few days about it all being down to Rangers being poor; Saints were brilliant today. The whole team were great, but Chris Millar deserves a special mention in his first game for months. He was outstanding, breaking up play, pressuring opponents, but mostly in his ball retention. At every opportunity he tried to find a teammate. This had a knock on effect as the whole team passed the ball, and had far better constructive possession than I can remember seeing all season. Even when getting the ball under pressure from 2 or 3 rangers players, there was a number of occasions where Midge would spin away from trouble and find a teammate. I remember thinking 2-3 seasons ago that outside Celtic, him and Murray was the best central midfield partnership in the league. On today's performance, again outwith Celtic, i still don't think there's many better central midfielders in the league at winning the ball back and retaining possession. Yes Mcginn and a few others are better creatively and have more of a goal threat, but in terms of what he does, a fit Chris Millar is still right up there. Lets wrap him up in cotton wool now for the fixtures ahead...!
  21. 11 points
    Earlier this week a Dundee fan emailed the Testimonial Committee email address stating he could not attend the Testimonial Match due to being on holiday, but pledged £25 to the Testimonial Fund, which he then promptly transferred to the bank account. A fantastic gesture!!!
  22. 11 points
    We got served very swiftly doon at the front. ;-). Just to let everyone know, the Club bought Daves cup final top for a staggering £1350. Well played Charlie Fraser ( Brooner was still in Vilnius after the Scotland game and probably just as well. He'll probably have tears in his eyes as he writes the cheque. lololololoololo) Boots went for near £400, signed Gareth Bale Real Madrid top went for around £700. The auction was very successful . Overall it was a great ( if a bit long) night. Club poet was excellent, both speakers were rip roaringly funny and Tommy Wright did a wee chat on stage with Cuptie. Also a very nice and funny video from Del and Doc at Aberdeen.. Well done to Scott and all the committee for the hard work they put in to make sure it was a great night.
  23. 11 points
    Had a great couple of days in Vilnius and met lots of friends, groups of other Saints supporters and friendly locals. Other than the result a great trip overall. One disappointing thing for me was the group of Saints fans who left the Zuvine bar and restaurant, just beside Town Hall Square, on Thursday afternoon without paying their bill of over 50 Euros for food and drink! We paid the bill rather than leave the young bar staff, who were great to us throughout our stay, having to pay themselves out of their meagre wages. If those who left without paying did it by accident, through drink or whatever, then I hope, if you are reading this, and it jogs your memory, that it gives you a pang of conscience. If it was done on purpose then you are a disgrace to St Johnstone, Perth and Scotland, and should stay at home in the future. If it was you , or you know who it was, I am not looking to be repaid, but the guilty individuals may wish to make a donation to Saints Youth Development in lieu of your free food and drink in Vilnius!
  24. 11 points
    Edstar101

    Player contracts and transfers

    I would have MOH back, on the right terms Cummins would be delighted too, as he wouldn't be the thickest guy in the squad anymore
  25. 11 points
    callander saint

    Player contracts and transfers

    We are 9 days away from competing in Europe for the 5th Season out of the last 6 . The Managers and Players deserve huge credit for this achievement but we should all remember that this would never be possible without the excellent stewardship of our club by the Brown Family and other Directors . With the level of our support we need people in charge who support our Manager but are also sometimes prepared to make difficult and unpopular decisions for the longterm sustainability of the Football Club . The Tam Scobbie decision probably falls into this category .
  26. 11 points
    garydavidson

    Tommy for Rangers

    Unofficial twitter has this lovely image.
  27. 11 points
    Jad

    Player contracts and transfers

    Onwards and upwards for Saints. Time for some our players to step up to make their mark and hopefully we can unearth a wee gem of a player from somewhere else who wants a chance to play regularly. My last comments on the Danny situation is perhaps he is a player that can only handle being at a club for a couple of years and then moves. Anyway I've enjoyed his skills when he produced them but it wasn't to be that he stayed with us. Glad to see that no one else has made stupid crass comments re breakdowns and standing at the Clyde. Depression and mental health issues are not laughing matters and can hit anyone, there are many players who suffer in silence and no wonder if that is how they are view by some supporters.
  28. 10 points
  29. 10 points
    Broon

    Taxi for Tommy?

    Let's not be critical of those fans who are shouting for change. They pay their money, they aren't enjoying the football and are entitled to a view. We've now had two stinking runs this season and these runs are becoming frequent. I don't think its fair to drop Tommy yet though, he absolutely deserves a chance to fix it. He quite rightly has a wonderful reputation for building strong, direct, competitive, effective teams that defy stats on possession, expected goals and everything else. He's been a huge success for us even if the product hasn't been the most exciting. This in my opinion has seen him overlooked for many jobs as he's not seen as a progressive, modern manager. This season Tommy has decided to change perception. He's reduced the age of the squad and started adding flair on the wings and up top. It started well, we had a nice balance. The board backed him, he seen more opportunities for success and brought in more attacking players. This, in my opinion, was the mistake. Tommy's teams are built on heart and determination. Too many of the attacking players (Swanson, Mikey, Watt) just don't have those attributes. All can be match winners when things are going well but we've all, including Tommy, seen what can happen to these players when things are not. Swanson and Mikey in previous seasons have gone from hero to zero due to off the pitch issues almost overnight. Now we are in a rut. Unbalanced and with very few leaders. Less experience and struggling for form. Tommy doesn't appear to know how to make these attacking players effective without exposing the defence. He has failed to understand the type of midfielder he needs to give better players a platform to play. He's ballsed up but these players are not losers overnight. Tommy now has 7 games to find a system to make it work. If he can't he deserves the summer to find the right players to make it work. If after 10 games next season he looks to have failed then fair enough, maybe it may be time before things get too bad but let's not shit the bed and become a Dundee or a Dundee Utd. We all make mistakes, Tommy has, now it's his job to fix it. But just remember, the players need to step up here too. 11 players cross that white line on a Saturday. Tommy isn't telling them to punt the ball 80 yards in the direction they are facing every time they get the ball. They should be hurting and embarrassed and we should be seeing a reaction. If they don't, they won't have a job much longer.
  30. 10 points
    While the national group has apparently somewhat lost its way (the recent AGM was more ‘descends into chaos’ than maintaining its focus) the St Johnstone Disabled Supporters Association continues to make good progress. When we started four years ago we met every month. Last season we met every two months and this coming season we will be meeting quarterly. This is a clear measure of success (if we resolved everything we wouldn’t need a group at all) demonstrated by some of what we have achieved below. We have done our “job” well and our club have responded positively in so many ways. Here are some examples: Ramp at club shop. Servery orders taken from and delivered to seats to remove need to negotiate doors, queues and areas of limited space. Allocated spaces for wheelchair season ticket holders. Allocated and/or prearranged parking. Radar locks on some disabled toilets and all seven disabled toilets have emergency pull cords. Non-reflective glass to be installed at ticket office. New audio equipment acquired allowing those requiring commentary to sit anywhere in the stadium. Previously there were only some seats with sockets beside them. Away bus parking improved at national level - a St Johnstone DSA initiative - no more having to walk up to half a mile on cold and wet winter nights for disabled or elderly folk. Seating provided to enable a personal assistant to sit next to the person they accompany, not behind or in front. Improved signage around McDiarmid Park. Awareness training conducted with staff - an ongoing exercise. McDiarmid Park has received positive reviews on Euan’s Guide and other web sites dealing with accessibility. The group has had a great insight into the various roles within our club, with guests having included: chairman, manager, Paul Smith, groundsman, physio, club poet, hospital radio, players, ex-players, ticket office staff, police, club chaplain, and more. Our guests are invited to stay for the whole meeting and most of them left with a greater understanding of what it is like to attend football matches as a supporter with a disability. We have established excellent working relationships within the club, treating everyone with respect, and have achieved everything without constitution, committee, office bearers or money - our only rule being “no moaning!” Our thanks go to the chairman, to Paul Smith and to Bev, the latter being our main club contact and great ally! We are grateful to the club for providing an accessible room for us to hold our meetings. All of this also benefits the club who could not be accused of failing in their duty to accommodate disabled spectators in accordance with the Equality Act. On the contrary the club can point to all they have done, and continue to do, as proof they are proactively and positively engaging with disabled supporters in keeping with the spirit of the aforementioned legislation.
  31. 10 points
    Met John over 15 years ago, in London, and Perth, and Athens nearly came off too. And you know I was thinking about him, might have been yesterday. Cos I've not been on here as much, and with recent posts I'd thought, "John's not chipped in", now this. Gutted. Just so so sorry to read this, I'll really miss him on here. ****. This sucks. Joss - I'm sorry mate. My Dad is the other side of the world, and I dread this sort of news coming in. Thanks for posting the photo, it's one for the ages now. Sending you love. John - RIP ...... you made this place ...SHINE BRIGHT <3
  32. 10 points
    blueheaven

    Chris Millar Testimonial

    Unfortunately I think this post says a lot about why people are annoyed in the first place - there's a real feeling of this being a tickets-for-yer-mates scenario and the fact that you managed to get five tickets for something that most people didn't even know about, and that you're clearly on good/friendly terms with one of the committee, doesn't really come across very well. Rightly or wrongly, I think there's a real impression with a lot of these off-the-field events that you need to be in an "in crowd", or be mates with the right people, in order to be involved or attend. That's a real shame when you consider how popular a player Chris Millar is for us and I think a lot of Saints fans would like to feel that they at least have the same fair chance of getting tickets for events that everyone else does, even if the venue is small. I know how much unpaid and thankless work goes into organising stuff like this and I'm not taking a pop at anyone - and I know fans will always have a moan regardless of what happens - but at the same time I think there have to be lessons learned from things like this.
  33. 10 points
    blueheaven

    Player contracts and transfers

    Had we had a better season and been clear of relegation sooner I suspect we'd have more players tied up by now and Macca would probably have been one of them. As it is, it seems the delay has hurt us as our rivals have been able to start planning earlier than us. We all knew Macca was coming to the end of his career and probably wouldn't play as much next season, but I worry that losing him completely from the dressing room and the training pitch is going to be a huge blow. He's clearly not going to be a first choice pick at Hearts but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him popping up with some important goals for them. If we end up losing Macca, Mannus, Millar and Davidson (and possibly Ando?) all in the same summer... individually it's perhaps not a worry, but losing several is a massive concern as that's the heart of our most successful ever squad all gone. That really hammers home the need to up our game in terms of recruitment - but with a lower league placing and less money coming in, will Steve Brown see it that way? We need to find new blood from new places and one thing I don't want is yet another dragged-out transfer window of talking about O'Halloran and Swanson. One thing that speaks volumes about Macca is that even though he's leaving us for one of our nearest rivals in terms of league placings, I haven't heard a single word said against him from any Saints fan for making that decision. I truly believe that in years to come, when we're talking about all-time Saints legends, he'll be right up there in the top 5.
  34. 10 points
    HALLS ANGEL

    Alex Rennie

    Alex Rennie one of the all time greats. A player who could play in any position and never let us down. He arrived at Muirton in late October 1967 from Stirling Albion in a swap deal for Bruce Munro (ex Kinnoull Juniors). Munro I think on his debut for Albion scored 2 goals against Rangers. We at the time thought what has Ormond done but as we were to learn he didn’t make bad signings. To begin with Alex was mainly in the reserves but you could tell he was a talented player. I don’t think that Willie Ormond knew what his best position was and I remember him playing centre forward against Keith in a Dewar Shield match and scoring a hat trick. In a match against Morton in late 68 Saints were 3-0 down and put Rennie up front and he scored 2 goals but unfortunately that was not enough. This was a time that you could see Saints were beginning to click and soon went on winning run with a settled team which didn’t include him but he was in the 13 or 14 man squad, there was only one substitute then, no Saints fan was ever disappointed if he was playing. It wasn’t until the end of season 70-71 that he became an automatic choice and played in the 2-0 win against Rangers at Ibrox to clinch third place. He also was in the team against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu His winning goal against Rangers will never be forgotten by the Saints supporters who witnessed it. Interestingly enough at that time if both teams strips were the same colour the home team changed, something that annoyed my father no end. On a lighter note does anybody else remember the Alex Rennie song. Which was a take off of the Piglets Johnny Reggae, Here comes Alex Rennie, Alex Alex Rennie, Alex Rennie score a goal. I don’t know if there were any more lines to the song. As for his time as manager after getting promoted to the Premier League it was always an uphill struggle with a part time team and little money for players. If only Saints had held out in the Scottish Cup match against Rangers. We did beat Celtic at Muirton and Hibs at Easter Road in the League Cup and beating Hearts in the race for First Division Championship being some of the highlights. Remembering You Alex Alex Rennie. Thanks
  35. 10 points
    Hope he does us proud on Sunday, I’m sure he’ll try his best,all I expect, some of our so called supporters should probably stop pretending they’re supporters,as theyre almost wishing defeats on us,so they can say I told you so! I’m going,and will suppport my team to the hilt,,come what may, WAP is a shadow of what it was,because of opinionated arseholes that think they know football,and have never played the game at any level,before someone asks my level,I lost a cup final to a team that won a European trophy,but even Radford won’t be able to identify me. COYS
  36. 10 points
    RandomGuy

    Manager Blasts Negative Fans

    What a patronising view. Everyone under the age of 30 isn't just some dense **** who thinks we should be challenging for the title every season. This "purple patch" has lasted the best part of a decade, and if the club manages the next few windows correctly it'll continue. I've no idea why people constantly bring up what happened twenty years ago as of that's our natural place. Football is a different game to the one on the 70s/80s, and since that period we've predominantly been a top half team in the top flight.
  37. 10 points
    Christ this is exhausting just reading. I thought it was a great night in the end, even if it wasn't an inspiring start. I don't really think the organisers really did anything wrong, it was well publicised on social media and slotted into the diary as best it could be to work around the commitments of those taking part. Saints are not a well supported club. The reasons for that are many and well documented. Of course it was disappointing not to have a fuller crowd for Dave, but it wasn't surprising. The attendance has very little to do with who is playing, what the ticket price is and what events are on. The simple fact is that if that had been free on Friday night we wouldn't have broken 3000 fans. My personal take away from this was getting to show an appreciation for a lot of Saints players that we didn't really get a chance to say goodbye too. I also got to relive a little bit of my childhood in seeing Roddy kick a Dundee player, score a goal and look like he needed a stretcher. I left the ground grinning like a lunatic.
  38. 10 points
    I don't like anything Celtic or rangers stand for to be honest. I've never liked anything about either of them, and the idea of sitting actually 'cheering' either of them is bizarre to me. The concept of being okay with Saints getting beat by one of them because it places them way ahead of the other is even more bizarre. And saying it when we actually have a chance to go above them to the top of the league, for what may well be the only time in our entire history, .. well that's just bonkers.
  39. 10 points
    RandomGuy

    Saints v Partick Thistle 19/8/17

    Just win three on the trot, top scorer in the league, breaking records and beating bogey teams, yet there's still someone who's first thought is to come on here and moan about something. Absolutely mental.
  40. 10 points
    Yes, we need a striker badly, but it's mad that people are all of a sudden losing their sh!t because of a completely unrealistic pipe dream that we could have brought in Stevie May, and a tabloid report about Storey. Perhaps Thistle offered more money than Saints, perhaps Saints broke off talks because we're confident of securing someone else, or perhaps we will end up getting him after all. We have absolutely no idea what's going on behind the scenes. The outrage over the Kane loan is also baffling, especially when just the other day people were questioning the decision to give him a multi-year new contract. At this stage he is really nothing more than a glorified passenger who shoots like an 8 year old. If we fail to get a result tomorrow it will not be because our team is missing Chris Kane. Calm down a bit, angry mob.
  41. 10 points
    PauloPerth

    Friendlies

    There's something disturbing about Celtic fans all over a Saints feed slagging Rangers as if we're pals or something. **** them both equally.
  42. 10 points
    It was almost as if Muzz wasn't even there.
  43. 10 points
    SaintJet

    St.Johnstone v Rangers

    Last game of another wonderful season. Very difficult to articulate what this time as a genuine top team in Scotland means to some of us of certain vintage. To sit proudly above the both Tayside "Giants" and both Edinburgh teams when no one can for a moment even question that we are there on merit is a special feeling. Undoubtedly these last 6, perhaps 7 years have been the greatest in our history. To the game; I see Clark starting ahead of Mannus and Thomson and Kane on from the start. No doubt the nutters from the west will through to cause mayhem outside the game but lets keep our composure on and off the field for another end to a brilliant season. Come on you Saints!
  44. 10 points
    Joe The Throw asked SixtiesSaintee, BabyChunder and self to thank all the Exiles for taking time to vote for him and his fellow team mates. Not only did he answer the numerous questions thrown at him at our table but bought us a couple of rounds of drinks in to the bargain. He hardly had a minute all through the dinner to eat due to people asking for autographs and pictures. Every request by the kids was accepted with a big Irish smile. He is a credit to the club and I am personally extremely pleased he was awarded the Exiles trophy. Danny Swanson scooped up the majority of the awards on the evening but on behalf of the Exiles we had the opportunity to extend our thanks for his professionalism. A huge mention needs to be made for Paul Paton. Paul won an award and in his very honest acceptance speech he stated that due to past history that he recognized he was not a very popular signing with the saints fans. He was inundated with fans during the evening telling him we were wrong. We have one very happy new saintee in our squad. Thanks Paul.
  45. 9 points
    It's easy to sit at home and criticise but, at the ground, I saw a team working their bollocks off to compete with an opponent that really stepped it up after half-time. The manager could have selected different players that might have addressed a bit of a lack of composure/quality in the final third but then when you are going to be asked to defend a lot, you need to have guys you can trust doing those jobs. Playing lots of attacking players or what is perceived to be an "attacking formation" doesn't mean you will be able to just attack at will, especially against a team like Celtic. Far more positives than Sunday but in cup football you only want the result and we didn't get that. I understand that disappointment but won't be critical of the players and find it hard to be of the manager on this occasion.
  46. 9 points
    Jad

    Alan Mannus

    Club confirm that Alan Mannus leaving Saints at end of season to go back to Ireland. He has been a fantastic player for us and was another of our cup heroes and played his part in our European adventures. He is a nice guy and was such a good mentor for Zander and the younger goalies. Great role model for young players. I will really miss him but so glad he played for Saints and did such a good job. Wish you well Alan as you return home.
  47. 9 points
    Debate not slag off

    Youth Academy News

    A wee trip to Dundee after a night out is never a good idea ,specially after 4 hours sleep ,but this time it was well worth it . the sun was out the wind was gusty and the long johns were on ,the game started of at some pace with saints playing some very good football ,the opening goal after about ten minutes came out of nothing ,with my lad winning the ball in midfield ,with his back to the goal he played it over the midfielders head and turned him brought the ball under control beat another player and struck the ball from about 22 yards into the bottom corner ,one of the best hes scored ,the game was still going at some pace but saints were comfortable until out the blue Dundee played a long ball forward which got caught in the wind and the saints defender was caught underneath it ,the Dundee striker was quicker to react and scored . a facial injury to deastie meant he was forced off and had to go to hospital for stitches ,but soon after saints were 2 1 up ,when the lad won the ball and put it on to his left foot with an inch perfect cross to young Jordan northcott who timed his run perfect and for a wee man he cant half jump ,rose and scored with the header . then disaster saints down to ten men when Ross the keeper was sent off for handling outside the box ,Kyle woolly was the man to take his place in goal and saved the resulting free kick ,half time 2 1 second half so saints play against the wind and with ten men so we had an idea Dundee would attack a lot and we would hit them on the counter ,saints defended so well but Dundee leveled with about ten minutes to go ,i did think the heads would go down but did they hell saints managed to get further up the park and the lad picked up the ball and lifted the head to play a superb ball to Jordan northcott who was running in on the angle and his first touch and control was brilliant enough to give him the right angle to shot and score to make it 3 2. and thats how the game finished an outstanding display from each member of the team from front to back they all worked so hard for each other . the younger lads also won winning 4 2 ,so a good day for the saints youth in the derby games .
  48. 9 points
    RandomGuy

    Player contracts and transfers

    Quotes from Millar about what happened at the start of the season.. “It’s been a funny season! Obviously I was told I could leave the club which is never something you want to hear as player. It was never a case of being forced out of the door though – the gaffer was open and honest, and he just told me that he didn’t envisage me playing as much and that if I wanted to be a regular at this point in my career I could look elsewhere. It came as a bit of a surprise I’m not going to lie because I featured in the European games in the summer but that’s football. You can take these things two ways; you can take the hump and sulk, becoming a negative influence on the squad, or you can get your head down and work hard. I chose the latter and I’m really happy that I’ve managed to get back into the first-team. “I never doubted myself and I always felt I had the ability to force myself back into the reckoning. I want to be here at St. Johnstone – playing and contributing to the squad – and I still feel I’ve got plenty to offer the team. I’m feeling as sharp as ever and just want to keep on performing whenever I get the chance to pull on the jersey.”
  49. 9 points
    Tunisian striker Hadja Ollon signing before the end of the week?
  50. 9 points
    Tuktoyaktuk Saints supporters club waiting for the bus for the game this morning