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  1. Gets almost a full page in this months WSC
  2. Same story as SaintJet really, frustrating journey down , made it to ground just as game kicked off to be met with the view in picture of queue at ticket office. One lass from St Mirren was at least a bit proactive to the situation and came out of office to sell adult tickets for cash only which helped speed our progress a bit. Horrible game to watch but then puts everything into perspective when going home and driving past all the police on the closed bit of motorway and then the green security screens like you see in horse racing and realise somebody has died there that night.
  3. There was a section of our support allowed to stand as well. I often think it is a misconception that Saints fans want to stand, I don t have any stats to back this up but I think the majority of our support probably prefer sitting. Sunday I looked at the three stands of standing Celtic fans and thought that it must be driving some folk away from watching football. What about the elderly or unfit who just couldn't stand for 90 mins. I enjoyed the day out at Ayr standing but my preference at McDiarmid is to sit in my seat to watch football. As it turned out my ticket on sunday ended up being right in the bit where everyone was standing, no issue as I simply just moved along a bit to a spare seat but there was no mention on Friday when I bought my ticket that this was an area the club were going to allow standing. I totally get some folk prefer standing and would love an official standing area. I d just prefer the clubs ( not just Saints. most teams I think are at fault with this) came out and let people know where it is allowed and where it isn't and then people can make a choice. I go to games with friends, my dad and my laddie, sons at an age he d rather go with his mates and they d rather stand, dads in his 80s and just couldn't stand for that length of time, I could stand easy enough and regularly watch lower league football where standings the only option but given a choice I d sit. what annoys me ( and it happens at games down south more than at Saints to be fair ) is when lads arrive near ko, head near the front and then insist on standing, this give a domino effect of forcing everyone behind to stand, most of whom probably don't want to. Every team I think would benefit from making safe standing areas both for home and away fans, would probably bring more young lads back to the game as they would know before they went somewhere that they are allowed to stand.
  4. It’s seems strange situation, I bought tickets for myself friday, numbered seats, no mention of singing section. Was back up yesterday to get ticket for a friend and was asked about singing section. They should have just made it sit anywhere like the Rangers game, I can see today some people wanting the seat they ve bought and others wanting to congregate together.
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    The adidas top 1979/80 on the historical strips link, did Saints ever actually wear that ? I have no recollection of it don t don t think I ve even seen it in old photos or books etc. I would only have been 7 but I remember having the Umbro one from the following few years.
  6. One of the problems from Thursday night was that we got a quick glance at these slides and took various things from them. I would have liked the opportunity to look over them again or for Saints to publish them, although I understand why they might not want to. I thought we had the 8th highest average wage though rather than 8th highest overall budget which would be different, I may well be wrong though.
  7. Was lucky enough to be there and thought it was excellent and very interesting. I ve always been a bit sceptical about Steve Brown but I thought he came out of last night very well as did all the board. when you sit and look at the figures it is a very hard job. Not going to go over the whole night as Paulo has already done that very well and has provided a very comprehensive coverage. I was genuinely surprised to find out we d under 700 adult season ticket holders. Steve Brown definitely hinted that he is looking to move on. I didn’t understand the lad who seemed to get terribly upset about Rangers fans abusing St Johnstone’s catholic players, maybe just me but I never even consider what any of our players religion is. Like most of society I imagine the majority of the Saints team aren’t religious at all. It was a definite hatred of Rangers from him though, no mention of Celtic. To me the crap that surrounds the old firm is equally as bad from both of them, one is no worse or better than the other. My own opinion is that if it helps our team trade in the black rather than the red I would happily move my seat over to Main stand for the day. As Brown himself said, the ground and Scottish football don’t come out of it well when TV is looking at an empty ground. Maybe not for a league game but I fully expect it to happen if we draw either of them in the cup, think they hinted as much. I ve seen us beat both Rangers and Celtic with them having 3 stands in the past so don’t think it disadvantages the team too much. Night was a great success, the board very open and honest, the night finished when there was no more questions, there was no rushing through things. It would have been good if more could have been there though or if they posted some of the presentation for all to see.
  8. The Saints TV bit just annoys me, its £5.99 I think for a UK subscription, I don t know anyone that I see at games who subscribes though. Its not I cant afford it , its just it seems silly, the Montrose game particularly annoyed me, I paid to get up there, paid to get in, we were crap and lost but you then put the managers and players interviews about the game on a channel I ve no access to unless I pay.
  9. £100 million ? I m not sure the Browns could put their hands on that much but even supposing they could why would they want to. I can find information online that shows Geoff Brown on the Times Rich list valued at £52m that was in 2008 and I imagine takes into account how much his business and assets are all worth. While wealthy the Browns aren't super wealthy they could be bank rolling a football team I don t think. Even within Perthshire there will be wealthier families.
  10. I read it that its a £20 reduction to a £540 a month pay
  11. I m guessing from this that Saints pay the young lads minimum wage of £4.35 an hour for an under 18 then as £540 would equate to around a 30 hour week ? To make it in football now you almost have to come from a relatively wealthy background. I would guess every full time young player at Saints can only do it because their parents support them.
  12. Through my work I ve been a guest in the boardroom a few times in the past and would totally disagree with this. On a match day the directors are very hands on and busy, they certainly aren’t sitting back eating free hospitality as your post infers. In the boardroom there is coffee/tea , sandwiches, soup etc along with the usual alcohol you would expect to have there to offer a guest. On my visits it’s been Stan Harris who has poured me a drink himself and made sure we had everything we wanted, much the same way as you would treat a guest in your house. If anything I ve thought there’s not enough of them to play the host role but from my experience they are hardworking and do it very well. Its not a bunch of guys sitting scoffing freebies, I imagine most of the directors are lucky if they have one drink and a bowl of soup before a game as they make sure guests are ok. They give up their time for no pay from the club, while I don’t always agree with everything the club do, it’s wrong to portray the guys running it as anything other than hard working individuals. I actually am of a total opposite opinion, if like some teams we had paid directors or certainly more paid staff I think that would make a difference, ourselves and football clubs in general rely heavily on volunteers, that’s fine but with a volunteer you are always going to get a doing my best approach rather than outcome you can target to a paid employee. I get it’s money though and there’s only a certain amount of money the club generates.
  13. Was at this, young lads did well on a horrible wet night. I suspect the plan was to give Liam Gordon 70 mins and it was more a priority to not risk him for longer than it was try win the game as he looked good and I don’t think was injured or anything when he came off. The defence didn’t look as good once he came off and no doubt it influenced the game.
  14. Restricted view tickets was the way to go, so few of us that nobody had to sit behind the pillar that means your view restricted. Celtic stewards weren’t letting anyone up there anyway and in fact it ended up with Celtic fans there. Three quid saved. Total utter pish , I didn’t go expecting us to win but to at least try, I don’t remember Bain having anything to do, one Liam Craig effort miles over the bar from distance the only shot I remember. Defence was poor but we offered nothing up the park. Celtic played well but we stood off them and allowed them to.