andrew

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  1. andrew

    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?
  9. 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.
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    Top 10 complete Saints marketing fails..

    Indeed, you’re quite right
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    Top 10 complete Saints marketing fails..

    I agree to an extent but, easy to say in hindsight, but I personally sat through a few seasons worth of dreadful home matches up until this season’s great improvement. Who is to say that if we had increased the season ticket numbers after the cup win that we would then have reduced them again a season or two later due the lack of entertainment. Then how would we have increased it again from 2016? Rinse and repeat? Hard to do with no cup win. It’s not the full picture but neither is it always as easy as striking at an opportune time like the cup final.
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    Dundee v Saints 30/12/2018

    Great day out in Dundee. Only one minor complaint. Maybe shoot first time sometimes instead of taking a touch and steadying or looking for a clearer shot. Dundee and St Mirren - no threat between them.
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    Dundee v Saints 30/12/2018

    There have been a couple of very disappointing outcomes for our large Dundee away support recently. Time to set things right with a good performance Saints.
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    Saints v Motherwell at home

    Our award winning defence was all over the place at times today - certainly in the first 20 minutes. It happens. It’s still disappointing to lose that way.
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    Saints v Hearts 5th December

    I wonder if Haring should’ve been sent off (2nd yellow) for his foul just before our penalty.
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    Youth Academy News

    Nothing Gerry said was specific to individuals so why not ***SJDSA Meeting*** Thursday 29 November 2018 Gerry Creaney, Head of Youth Coaching at St Johnstone was our guest. It was very interesting listening to what Gerry had to say and to be able to ask questions about his work at the club. Working under Project Brave at the second tier requires three full time staff but an additional four if at the elite level. This would be a very large commitment for St Johnstone who are in the second tier along with Ross County, ICT, Partick Th, St Mirren, Dundee Utd, Ayr Utd and one other. Gerry answers to Alastair Stevenson who is Head of Youth. Everyone working in the youth game is in it to contribute and to see players develop. Gerry works with the 13-16 age group and recommends players to under 18 level. Tony Smith works as Head of Children. An important element in teaching children involves assessing mindset - positive is obviously preferred to negative! The best attributes for working with youth are experience and patience. Technically players should excel and not just be proficient. There is a strong emphasis on passing and teamwork, following instructions. The curriculum is set and managed to aim for the best outcome. Players develop through maturation of bones, tendons, etc., and can’t be fully assessed until after this stage. Children are reviewed constantly, including monitoring by head of sports science, and Gerry attends many matches to look for and assess players. Patience was repeatedly stressed. Not over stressed but challenged, every aspect is looked at, including nutrition - an holistic approach. Friday night matches take place, with Sunday games too. Reports are made to parents. Realistic expectations are encouraged. Discipline and application are important and care is taken with each child, particularly with the selection process to ensure they can cope with playing against other teams, physically and otherwise. Statistically very few players make it to play for their club’s first team, possibly fewer than 1%. Disappointment is almost guaranteed for the majority. Hard work, desire and commitment are required. Part time clubs can take on those who have not been able to progress at full time level, which includes from 16 to 35. The club look to treat children well and have developed a good reputation within the game. Games are March to June and August to December. Training is ongoing. Planning, scouting, video analysis - for coaches and players. Culture will prevail over strategy, so developing a positive culture is vital, along with a pathway to the first team. Nine last year, eight this year, signed professional contracts. We have under 9’s, they have dreams, never extinguish them. Plan, organise, fund but it has to be worth it. 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. Bev mentioned her attendance at a CAFE event and next year’s day of action, but certainly nothing else was noted. A strong measure of our success as a group is that our guest took up all of our time
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    Youth Academy News

    Alastair Stevenson still heads up youth, Gerry answers to him as Head of Youth Coaching. Gerry was fascinating to listen to as he explained how the youth system works in some detail. I posted a brief summary of his near two hour session on the SJDSA Facebook group page. Nothing said about specific individuals, only general chat around how St Johnstone work and how Project Brave affects the club.
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    Stjohnstone v Hamilton

    Hardly got a word in for McDonald and Stewart have ring on about dour Scotland. What a boring listen.
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    Zander Clark

    6th choice in a tenth rate team.
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    Stjohnstone v Hamilton

    Man of the match Liam. Outstanding. I agree he is much more of a captain than Joe, who is quieter.
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    Saints v Celtic sunday

    I started it by opening up the opportunity!
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    Saints v Celtic sunday

    When will Tommy see what we are seeing? Spoony is terrible. Giving the ball away repeatedly. Defence weak. Like a sieve. 5-0 now, not even half time.
  24. 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

    No chance. It’s no safe over there