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  1. andrew

    Have we underachieved this season?

    Watching my baby grandson and saw this. More entertaining than Saints and some great skill, and goals, especially from the mum. 688685D5-3796-4BC1-A9AA-1F2385A2840B.MOV
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    Joe Shaughnessy

    That’s it for me. Yes, we have more points than this time last year, but wouldn’t it have been something to see where we might have been now if our form hadn’t fallen away so dramatically? It really has been an abysmal time. In context we’ve still had a good season, but the disappointment of what we’ve watched unfold can’t be ignored. There appears to be little being done early enough to address it - loyalty to underperforming players, formations to counter opposition, etc. Appears. I’m certain that it is in the thoughts of the club.
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    St.Johnstone V Dundee - Wednesday 3rd April

    Dundee fans say otherwise about McGowan this season. I’ve read a lot of their posts recently on various forums. They’ve watched him all season and would laugh at what you’ve said about him. If Tommy’ll sign him, I’ll despair.
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    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Thanks. Appreciate your insights. Informative as ever. I’ll appoint you to speak to the club on my behalf any time
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    Have we underachieved this season?

    Long good run. Short bad run. Team selection. Tactics. Staleness. All I know is that on the whole it’s become rather distressing, if not depressing, watching our performances since the new year.
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    Know one likes us we don't care.

    Link with Perth, yes. Council, no.
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    What contracts would you renew?

    Maybe not quite how I’d phrase it but our intent is closely aligned
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    What contracts would you renew?

    Joe will almost certainly be away. I’d guess not necessarily to Aberdeen.
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    Two in particular that I’ve had the dubious pleasure of encountering. People speaking from a position of ignorance.
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    I read and occasionally post.
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    Saints v Saints 16/3/2019

    First on the team sheet will be number 10
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    Saints vs Livi - 9/3/19

    That was an inept, spineless and cowardly effort today. What promise and potential we have thrown away since December. To drop/move Liam Craig to accommodate Goss hasn’t been one of our better moves. As for persisting with Spoony, I utterly despair. Platitudes and excuses don’t work with me, look at our shots on goal since December. Horrendous. If my perception is wrong it doesn’t matter, it’s still my perception. Only events on the field can change it.
  13. 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.
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    St Johnstone Disabled Supporters Association

    Notes from tonight's meeting. ***SJDSA Meeting*** Thursday 28 February 2019 Joe Shaughnessey, club captain at St Johnstone was our guest. It was a great opportunity to hear about Joe’s career and thoughts about playing for Saints and to be able to ask him questions, albeit we left the obvious one out! We covered things like Joe’s career, how a dressing room works, the role of club captain, the effect of losing players to injury or other clubs, what it’s like as a young player, the role of agents, how referees handle matches and much more. Linsey has provided a more permanent player of the year trophy and Ken will setup a poll on our Facebook group for voting. St Mirren required proof of disability dated within a year. SFA licence DAO’s and are beginning to look at these type of things and to move towards a universal policy within the game. Hopefully we will eventually see a game-wide approach begin to develop, but I won’t hold my breath. SDSA update given, the organisation has gone quiet and looks to be coming near to an end, probably superseded by the DAO group. Colin mentioned lights not working on walkway out of stadium car park but electrical work may be happening. Bev, as ever, is working hard on organising the CAFE day/week of action. Look out for more information as 16 March approaches. Please come along to meetings if you can! All members, non members, personal assistants and advocates are welcome! Actually we have been so successful, and the club so accommodating, that last night we had little or nothing in the way of issues to discuss. A strong measure of our success as a group is that once again our guest took up all of our time. The room is booked for the following dates 30 May (the last Thursday of the month). This season we are holding quarterly meetings as we have achieved many of our aims. It is possible to continue our work with fewer meetings. I suggested we encourage participation in the group and attendance at meetings where possible. We shall ensure this Facebook group page is updated with details of what we are discussing.
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    Taxi for Tommy?

    Yes. We did compete at Ibrox and arguably should have won. I don’t get all the plaudits for the Aberdeen game. Stupid mistakes cost us, but for them we’d have drawn? We created a lot of chances? I must have had my eyes shut and missed the chances. No clear chances, a deflection that hit the post, but nothing too clear for me. I just had my annual eye test too!
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    Tuesday Team Talk

    Thanks John
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    Rangers v Saints Saturday 16 Feb League Game 26

    Rangers had NOTHING up front.
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    Rangers v Saints Saturday 16 Feb League Game 26

    £27 isn’t worth it to see us sit on our own 18 yard line, or just inside our own half. What’s even worse is if we sit at least a couple of yards away from every one of their players and lose 5-1, as we did last time at Ibrox. They’re not Celtic and there’s no Morelos. We should at least look like we’re trying.
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    Taxi for Tommy?

    2 subs from Celtic last week from PSG and Dortmund. That’s what we’re up against. It’s nigh on impossible to get anything from them. Hearts, Accies and even Rangers we can at least expect to compete. Hopefully having failed to do so with the first two we can improve next Saturday.
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    MOTM Game 33 Celtic 5 v 0 Saints

    I’ll add a vote to prevent 0’s. Goss, for one great long pass up the left.
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    Celtic v Saints, Scottish Cup February 10th

    I’m home. It’s forgotten already.
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    Celtic v Saints, Scottish Cup February 10th

    Sitting in the car on London Road in the warmth of the sun coming through the glass. Might just stay here, warm, and listen to the radio
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    Hamilton Away

    MOH contributed nothing to the game tonight. The team were too slow and laborious. Not sure I like this passing it about the back. St Mirren famously did that and were relegated for it. Disappointed with that result. Where is all this pace, flair and creativity we’re supposed to have? We had it before the break. What’s happened?
  24. Not the worst match I’ve seen there but like a training match for Celtic. We sat defending mostly on our 18 yard box and offered little by way of attack. You wonder how Celtic could make space to get shots in with it so crowded to play around. The stats are ridiculous. Aside from the 31% possession the shots on goal were 1-21, corners 2-9 and goalkeeper saves 7-0. All of that apart I was impressed by the light show as it did add something to the atmosphere apart from light pollution. At least they’re trying to do something a bit different. Dim with flashing/swirling lights until just before kick off when everything suddenly lights up fully in sync with the sound system. I saw one of our fans at half time clearly singing ‘With a four leafed clover on my chest, and the green and white upon my breast’ - I was not impressed with this young twenty something man - damn tune is stuck in my head this morning, my worst nightmare ear worm! No wonder they’re brainwashed listening to that every time.
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    Hearts v Saints at Tynie 26/1/19

    I’d imagine that say, last Thursday/Friday, the starting line up would have played a match against a team made up of our other players. What if the first team lost to the second team, say, 2-0? That might indicate that it wasn’t the best idea to play that way for real and lose 2-0 again. I might be talking rubbish though. Has been known. Just musing.