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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. 11 points
    We might still get him... He is trying everything to get released
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 10 points
    blueheaven

    Player Contracts + 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 9 points
    sevcozombie2

    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 .
  9. 8 points
    The ghost of Jim Morton

    Exiles Potys

    Said goodbye to John today.. Lovely service, some wonderful words from Joss and a couple of shandies at McD afterwards. Roddy came as a rep of the club which was good and there were a few well kent faces there from back in the day. Rest in Peace now pal..
  10. 8 points
    Never fail to be impressed by the way @RandomGuy is so au fait with the inner workings of every club and manager. Who knew about Nigel Pearson's bizarre decision to deliberately fall out with a player. A staggeringly impressive level of knowledge. Certainly looking forward to seeing Watt in action for Saints.
  11. 8 points
    MySpazz

    Exiles Potys

    Ok, trying to do a wee audit here. Saints' Exiles have sponsored today's matchball, captain's armband and contributed to the match day programme (for a reprint of the text, see below). WHO DONATED WHAT Have received donations from those listed below | @john.w / @stanley saint / AN Other please confirm I have you (your son's name) covered EXILE DONATION TICKETS Rob M 22.5 1 Dun W 200 12 Mar T 50 3 Jor W 22.5 1 Ste Z 22.5 1 Jas C 22.5 1 Jos M 40 2 Chr G 10 1 DunM 20 1 Bri S 20 1 Mar C 25 1 Tom P 50 3 505 MATCH BALL DRAW Tickets means how many times your name will go into the draw to keep the match ball. 20-25 = 1 ticket, and then I've roughly pro-rata'd that up for those who contributed more. I will get all the names into Excel and run the RAND() function to pick a winner. I'll film it live on Twitter, this week. PROGRAMMES Anyone who wants a programme should PM/Send their name/address to me. I have requested 10 from @The ghost of Jim Morton - I will use the outstanding £5.00 (have paid Ghostie £500 by cheque) for the postage cost to get him to send down the Programmes. If you want a programme I will send them out, at my cost to you. REPRINT OF THE MATCH DAY PROGRAMME MESSAGE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Saints’ Exiles Club – the diaspora of fans outside Scotland - are proud to sponsor today’s match ball, and wish to congratulate Chris on his well-deserved Testimonial match. The Exiles were founded by Seaman Captain John Marnoch when around fifteen Saintees met up to watch St Johnstone in a cup match from the Sports Cafe pub in London sometime in the mid-2000s. Today’s captain’s armband is sponsored in recognition of John “Captain Marnoch” who recently passed away. He is responsible for the Exiles’ POTY efforts over the past few years and is fondly remembered as the only person to receive TWO bans from WAP forum! Contributions for today’s sponsorship came from as far afield as arctic Northern Canada, Australia, and the Falkland Isles. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THANKS Well done @sixties saintee for being the one who actually got all this going, and made it happen. As always, huge thanks to @The ghost of Jim Morton @The Inspiration enjoy your day, god bless @AthensSaint @PanamaSaint @SingaporeSaint and any other astroturf accounts - we miss them all MON THE SAINTS!
  12. 8 points
    SaintDougie

    Season Tickets 2018-2019

    This close season I have come to the conclusion that despite what is always being said about Saints in the media and by rival fans alike, we are not a well run club! A well run business maybe, but a well run professional, Scottish Premiership club? No, not by a long shot.
  13. 8 points
    MySpazz

    Exiles Potys

    THE EXILES HAVE REACHED THEIR TARGET !!! Thank you to @Jad and @stanley saint for their contributions, which with them takes us over the line to £500.00 collected for the match ball sponsorship. Off the top of my head I think there are 17...18 Exiles (from far north Arctic Canada to the Falkland Isles!) who have made the match ball sponsorship possible. - including @The Inspiration repping for Captain Marnoch. 'll post a full list of names in the coming days. @The ghost of Jim Morton can you PM me with details of how you want the money paid (Cheque/Bank Tranfer/PayPal?) MON THE SAINTS!
  14. 8 points
  15. 8 points
    Kyle

    Chris Millar Testimonial

    I think the fact that the event was sold out even prior to it being announced is where the problem stems from. I'm certain there would've been lots people interested in going to an event with the off the ball presenters - they're big names in the context of Scottish football -but didn't know about it because they didn't know the right people. The fact you could have had educated guesses at a lot of the attendees doesn't help the jolly for pals perception either. How are people supposed to ask about an event if only the pals of those on the committee or who are in the business club or who attend hospitality (Which I'm assuming happened as that's where a lot of the business club will be on match days) are the only ones actually being told about it? The perception here is similar to the secret seven from a few years ago. I'm sure it's not meant, but I think it's something that needs to be worked on as it clearly does make a lot of supporters feel alienated.
  16. 7 points
    chips

    Old Perth - Picture Thread

    So many memories in one photo..
  17. 7 points
    SlickDT

    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Totally agree with this post. Before I'm accused of over-reacting to one result, this has been my feeling before a game was played. Whilst I'm happy about our additions this pre-season- there is a glaring weaknesses to our squad which was there last season. We need a player in the centre of the park that can control the game, especially when Davidson is in there (a player with plenty attributes but helping us play a possession style game it is not). Spoony is not that guy, Craig is not that guy and Alston is not that guy. I'm all for having two of the three of them in there as squad players. They are good options to have, they give 100% when they are needed, but they lack the quality needed to cover Millars place in the team. I'd happily let one of them move on in order to bring quality into the centre of the park. Millar did the work of two men at times in his prime and made up for the fact that in Davidson we have a central midfielder that is often better when the opposition has the ball. We need someone who is brave on the ball, who is willing to help his backline when they are under a little pressure and a player that can read a forward pass. I think that's vital to unlocking Scougall in a more advanced central position. A quality player in that role all of a sudden can improve several players around him. How many times did Millar drop back into space taking pressure off MacKay or Easton and allowing them to 'pass and go' wide. How often did he pick up on MacLeans movement into deeper positions starting attacks? How often did he give Anderson a simple 10 yard pass and take away the lack of distribution he sometimes suffers from. I'd go as far as saying a getting the right player for that role could be the difference in 5-6 places in the table.
  18. 7 points
    GMac

    Season Tickets 2018-2019

    We plebs will be given information when Kim Jong Broon authorises its issue,
  19. 7 points
    blueheaven

    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Seriously, so what? Murray Davidson did something very similar. And Liam Craig, too. To hold it against a person (years after it happened) just because they actually considered moving to a different employer because it felt like it might be right for them at the time is just petty in the extreme. Do you think that people play for Saints because it's their childhood dream? Chris Millar has been a fantastic footballer for Saints and has contributed a huge amount to our most successful ever team. That's good enough for me.
  20. 7 points
    Broon

    Season Tickets 2018-2019

    The fact its 2018 and we still don't have an online ticketing system is nothing short of embarassing. Clubs will be teleporting fans to game before we get rid of paper tickets. The lack of technology undermines all the good work we do to encourage young fans to come to games.
  21. 7 points
    sevcozombie2

    Development Squad News 2017/18

    why are hearts playing 16/17 year old in first team games ,because they know the boys will learn quicker ,plus they are looking ahead if the boys handle it and improve then hearts can sell them and add in sell on clauses thus making money . there is so many points on here i could talk about and would love too ,but with a son in the academy who loves it at saints and to be fair im so glad he is at saints i might come across biased or in some ways a pissed of parent ,which i am certainly not . but i will say this scotland has to change its attitude towards technical good youth players and not coach it out of them ,i want to go to a game and watch players that excite me that make me go wow did you see that .i drove to elgin on Sunday and missed the old firm game .not because i knew we would get humped and celtic would win league ,but because i love watching the 17s play and my lad does make me go wow with some shit he does ,but the players around him allow him to be able to do those things ,hopefully this will continue , clubs in Scotland need to produce these types of players again so young kids want to be like them and fans will come back to watch games .not coach it out of them or discard them because they are not six foot odd and built like a tank . hopefully saints will go more down the youth route now ,which is good news for the kids and specially the fans ,if you all came to a few youth games you will be able to form your on thoughts on the future of saints and the players they have for the future .
  22. 7 points
    Such sad news. Myself and my wife had the pleasure of meeting up with John and his good lady in Athens shortly after the cup final. We had never met but arranged to meet up via WAP. John was unmistakable in his St Johnstone shirt as he walked towards us in Athens Airport. He quickly whisked us to his local where we met his wife and a number of his expat pals who were all converted Saintees - as was the Greek owner of the bar! After a few beers and onwards to his local taverna where yet more locals and converted Saintees appeared. I had brought a couple of cup winners tee shirts as gifts and he was over the moon! After great food and numerous tsiporos, great chat about Saints, Perth and his pals and adversaries on WAP it was back to the airport with a fuzzy head for an onward flight. Great hospitality, great chat, great memories and a great guy. Condolences to his family and friends at their sudden sad loss.
  23. 7 points
    slf

    Panama / Singapore / Athens Saint

    So sad news.a true saintee and a mate from our teenage years. so many memories . condolences to his sons.
  24. 6 points
    rickardo

    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Muzz has signed a 2 year deal and will be announced on Monday.
  25. 6 points
    Very sad news indeed, we had some laughs growing up and some great days out watching Saints, treasured memories I won’t forget . RIP John