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  1. Can I ask... if you pay at the gate do you now get given a seat number? If not, how do you know you're not sitting in a seat that someone has reserved online?
  2. I'm going to stick my neck out here and predict a comfortable win for Saints tomorrow.
  3. £20 a month for lunch seems like a pretty good, heavily subsidised deal to me - that works out as, what, a little over £1 a day? (Not sure how many lunches a week they get). Either way, I wouldn't mind my work doing that for me. I can't help but feel from some of your posts that you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder about Saints in general.
  4. What is your actual point here? That Steve Brown should suddenly plough a massive amount of his own money into Saints (does he even actually have that much? He's not exactly Bill Gates), just because some random club owner in America has? Why should he? He's the club's chairman, not its sugar daddy.
  5. While we busily spend weeks (months?) dithering around with the May deal ("have this much... no, have less... actually, let's make it a loan") he's probably also in talks with other clubs. Given his current situation and Saints' flaky incompetence when it comes to getting things done (see also the Hemmings nonsense), he'd be crazy not to be. I really wouldn't be all that surprised if he ends up signing for someone else completely out of the blue.
  6. I don't see why we can't have Wright and MOH in the same team, given that MOH can play right, left or up front. When Tommy first brought MOH back he said he was signing him with the intention of using him as a striker.
  7. The online system lets you look at a seat plan and choose your seat, which I think is a big plus. Personally I'd always rather do a transaction online than have to go to the bother of calling someone up and talk them through what I want, but I guess that's just personal preference.
  8. I'm confused by this - is it £20 a month or £540 a month? Maybe this could be the loophole we use to finally get Stevie May - agree to a huge contract, then deduct half of it for lunch.
  9. 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?
  10. (I've merged this thread with the separate Oli Shaw one, just in case anyone's wondering where that one went.)
  11. In all fairness we've spent six years trying to sign a prolific goalscorer and it hasn't happened, but that doesn't stop us all clamouring for it to happen two weeks from the end of the current window (and probably two weeks from the end of the next, and the next, and the one after that). I think if we had one bloody good central midfielder who could play through balls on the ground for any of O'Halloran/Kennedy/Swanson/Wright/Kane/Hendry to run onto, we'd be a lot more effective in attack. But if we're not going to play like that and are going to resort to pumping the ball hopefully up the park... that brings me back to thinking we might as well give McMillan another shot (and I know he didn't get a game for Hamilton, but honestly, at the moment, I don't see why that matters). Ironically, I thought both of our goals against Livi came from playing some really nice passing football. As for the May situation - if what's been reported is accurate (I'm not 100% buying into what the papers have said), then it makes Steve Brown looks like a really poor businessman. Yes, of course you negotiate, but if you're negotiation strategy means that neither party ends up with what they actually want, then it's a bit of a crap strategy.
  12. Other than the very obvious one of giving his side of the Stevie May story, I'd really want to ask him what the club's plan is for getting fans back into the ground.
  13. Not quite sure which part of my post that's a response to - are you comparing Morgan to Allassani? If so I'd say Allassani is the far better player (and goalscorer) based on what I've seen of them both (which I'll accept with Morgan wasn't a huge number of games, but when I did see him he was absolutely rotten).
  14. Everything pointing to Adam Morgan levels of desperation at the moment. Really, really hope Tommy has something unexpected up his sleeve, but the activity of previous transfer windows would indicate that it seems unlikely. Is there really no semi-prolific striker playing in a league somewhere in the world who would jump at an opportunity to play in the UK? Do we not even bring these sorts of guys in on trial any more? Just a thought but if it's getting to the stage where we're looking at taking Hibs kids on loan, would we not be just as well giving McMillan another chance? Is he really all that bad? I only saw him a few times but he looked OK, and Tommy spent ages trying to bring him here. I really have to wonder, if he's now considered such a bad player that he can't even get a chance in our current striker predicament, why did we sign him in the first place? Probably just adding to the desperation here but Reise Allassani is in the last year of his contract at Coventry City and hasn't been getting anywhere near the first team for them. He's only really produced the goods at non-league level but I've seen him play quite a lot and would say he's potentially worth a look?
  15. According to this article Forest are willing to let Cummings go for free: