dunblanemike

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    dunblanemike got a reaction from south inch in Player contracts and transfers   
    A worrying aspect to this is the number of folk who believe what they read in the Sun. As for signing record, is it really honking? Cagey has already mentioned Drey and Matty. Getting players in is always a risk and every club signs players that just do not ‘fit’, for various reasons.
    as for Swanson, remember he had mental health issues not so long ago and this could be ongoing. I realise this does not fit with the fallout with boss narrative of some you....
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Cagerf in Seasons Greetings   
    Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from blueheaven in Worst Saints Team Ever   
    Those were the days when I could afford to go to away games. I was there and had successfully obliterated this from my memory so thanks for that BH.......
    I seem to recall Martin Hardie telling one of our fans (ghosting I believe) to go away and procreate at the second away fixture at Clyde that season! 
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Havana Saint in Taxi for Tommy?   
    That 9% is repeated votes from Cagey..... insert smiley face image
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Cagey in Taxi for Tommy?   
    That 9% is repeated votes from Cagey..... insert smiley face image
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Smarmy Arab in Taxi for Tommy?   
    Welcome back Smarmy. I agree with you, but could be as many as 8 teams in bunfight for play off spot.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from 541ntees in Ibrox latest...   
    I’m not sure what effect it will have but I completed the fan survey today and made sure to highlight the lack of action on sectarianism etc by the Scottish authorities, contrasting it with eufa. If we all do this just maybe it will prompt the SFA to do something.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from south inch in Ibrox latest...   
    I’m not sure what effect it will have but I completed the fan survey today and made sure to highlight the lack of action on sectarianism etc by the Scottish authorities, contrasting it with eufa. If we all do this just maybe it will prompt the SFA to do something.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Cagey in Ibrox latest...   
    In a way it is a shame EUFA can’t penalise the SFA in some way for not keeping their own house in order so to speak.
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    dunblanemike reacted to glenrothes saintee in Season Tickets   
    Mike, admit it, it was you not your ST that was rejected
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    dunblanemike reacted to blueheaven in Ask Brown a question   
    On the subject of attracting old fans back and new fans in, I'd be quite interested to know what Saints do to generate new ideas and how much time/effort they put into coming up with something innovative to improve things. In Geoff Brown's younger days Saints used to be a very forward-thinking club (the first to move out of town to a new all-seater stadium, for example), but for a long time they've seemed stuck in the past and are always incredibly slow to adopt new approaches that other clubs have been using for years (e.g. getting on board with online ticketing, and I'm fairly sure we were one of the last clubs in Scotland, if not the UK, to even have an official website at all). I get the impression that the club recognises there's a problem with attendances but has no appetite (or no competence?) for actually coming up with ideas to change that.
    If you go to football matches abroad, or even just down south, you often get a very different matchday experience and perhaps Saints should be looking at small clubs with good supports and spending some time at their matches to see what those clubs do differently. Go to Union Berlin and you'll see the match is a social occasion that people of all ages go to because it's fun - there's mingling outside the stadium before the match with outdoor bars and street-food stalls (come to think of it, Saints are one of the few Scottish clubs who could potentially do this sort of thing because of the amount of land they own). Three sides of the ground are terraced and there's constant singing and chanting from the supporters, some of which is co-ordinated (something I hate, but hey, if it works, I'd prefer it to pin-drop silence). They also use the tannoy system a lot more effectively to build up the atmosphere. Down here in London I go to watch Dulwich Hamlet most weeks and they're a club who have grown an average attendance of under 500 to around 2,000 (and still rising) in a space of just four or five years, and pretty much all of that has happened through community engagement and creating a Saturday afternoon that is a social event everyone in the community wants to go to. I think looking beyond football to what's happening at other sporting events (e.g. the NFL matches someone mentioned above), and even concerts, would also be worthwhile. Every club has to find it's own thing that will work for its local crowd - but are Saints even looking, or are they just hoping that they can keep trudging along doing the same things and by some miracle the crowds will come flocking back. The Scottish Cup Final proved that there's a helluva lot of local affection for Saints - but it's an absolute crime that the club did bugger all to harness that.
    Saints are obviously at a disadvantage because of the size of Perth and the fact that it's often bloody freezing at our matches, and I'm not saying things that work for other clubs will work for Saints, but is it not at least worth trying to learn from what's worked for other clubs?
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from blueheaven in Player contracts and transfers   
    Far too sensible bh.........
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from montrosesaintee in Player contracts and transfers   
    Far too sensible bh.........
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from HOODLUM65 in Betting Responsibly.   
    Finished 9th
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Dave Ferg in Reflecting Well (Ex Saints in the News).   
    I didn’t realise Paddy Cregg was still playing (Montrose). 
    Then I saw this link to one of the best saint Johnstone goals
     
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Tranmere Saintee in St.Johnstone V Livingston Saturday 4th May   
    It was my fault they scored, I had just said to Davemc just minutes before the goal that livi had not really created any good chances.
    surprised no one has said how well worked our goal was, a bit too positive for WAPers I suppose...
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Abernethy Saint in Is Scottish Football truly incompetent?   
    Tom English has got it spot on
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47697708
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Dutch Saint in WAP   
    I look in most days. I gave up pie and bovril when I was diagnosed coeliac. Also gave up pie and bovril the site about the same time, through lack of time mostly.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from south inch in Scotland's shame   
    Scottish clubs voted against introducing strict liability back in 2013, claiming it was a step too far (docking points, closing stands etc). Time to have another vote I reckon.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Havana Saint in Scotland's shame   
    Scottish clubs voted against introducing strict liability back in 2013, claiming it was a step too far (docking points, closing stands etc). Time to have another vote I reckon.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from sixties saintee in Scotland's shame   
    Scottish clubs voted against introducing strict liability back in 2013, claiming it was a step too far (docking points, closing stands etc). Time to have another vote I reckon.
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from HOODLUM65 in Has our recent success on the field affected the size of our support?   
    I think a part of the problem for smaller clubs like saints is that there is far too much footie now, what with the expanded European cups and internationals as examples. Plus we have epl games on the telly. Add in the incompetent league management up here with the likes of ignoring the ‘wrongs’ of a couple of the big clubs and as a result folk have got jaded/bored/fed up/angry. 
    Given the number of game rearrangements our league now has I don’t bother putting fixtures in my calendar anymore. And as for international breaks.....just give Saturday footie every week
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from PauloPerth in Has our recent success on the field affected the size of our support?   
    I think a part of the problem for smaller clubs like saints is that there is far too much footie now, what with the expanded European cups and internationals as examples. Plus we have epl games on the telly. Add in the incompetent league management up here with the likes of ignoring the ‘wrongs’ of a couple of the big clubs and as a result folk have got jaded/bored/fed up/angry. 
    Given the number of game rearrangements our league now has I don’t bother putting fixtures in my calendar anymore. And as for international breaks.....just give Saturday footie every week
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Dave H in Has our recent success on the field affected the size of our support?   
    I think a part of the problem for smaller clubs like saints is that there is far too much footie now, what with the expanded European cups and internationals as examples. Plus we have epl games on the telly. Add in the incompetent league management up here with the likes of ignoring the ‘wrongs’ of a couple of the big clubs and as a result folk have got jaded/bored/fed up/angry. 
    Given the number of game rearrangements our league now has I don’t bother putting fixtures in my calendar anymore. And as for international breaks.....just give Saturday footie every week
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    dunblanemike got a reaction from Kyle in MOTM Game 15: Motherwell 0 v 1 Saints   
    Very satisfying that after all these years we can still rely on old dependable.