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  1. 4 points
    Another week of deafening silence from McD!!!
  2. 2 points
    blueheaven

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    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?
  3. 1 point
    rik2304

    Player contracts and transfers

    We've had a LOAN bid for May rejected
  4. 1 point
    James Penrice, Partick Thistle left back looks a great prospect.
  5. 1 point
    Ginger Bakers rebel army

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    What ideas do you have for increasing non football income streams? The stadium sits adjacent to the A9 a route which is used by thousands of caravans and motor homes every week. Perth in itself is an attractive destination but add the convienience of a unique caravan and motor home camp site right on the A9 then McD could be a superb stop over. The grounds of the stadium are largely unused through the summer and a work around could easily be found for match days in April and August/September. With the space available on 3 sides of the AstroTurf you could probably accommodate up to 100 pitches. At £30 per night high season and £25 on other nights the pitch fees alone could generate over £20,000 per week. Add in having 2 to 300 people a night looking for food and drink and the potential revenue from unique marketing materials, SJFC camp site polo shirts, etc and other potential revenue streams then this could produce significant new revenue. For the May and August Bank Holiday weekends I would suggest an on site SJFC beer festival again increasing revenue. SJFC catering could supply the onsite catering both carry out and restaurant food. The bar could be opened for the thirsty travellers again generating profits. Cost wise electric hook ups would need to be installed. Along with drinking water supply chemical waste disposal. Fire extinguishers and pitches marked out. May have to do something to allow for awning pegs can't remember how much is tarmaced but that could be done. Toilet and shower facilities already exist on site although may need some adaption. Ticket office can be used for checking in etc. Would need to be a warden on site, they normally provide their own mobile accommodation. With restaurant catering and bar open more regularly it could also be utilised by the people of Perth shire as well as saints fans home to visit family etc in the summer. With a bit of work this type of facility could really boost saints income. What are your thoughts on generating more non football income from the stadium?
  6. 1 point
    Pat McGroin

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    Yes, very much the same. Absolutely no reason the club couldn’t be taking £40-50 off each paying adult on most home games if they had stuff on for a few hours beforehand... Food, drinks, merchandise etc. The Muirton Suite is about drab as it gets. It’s like a school dinner hall and I forget that the club shop is there half the time.
  7. 1 point
    cristo

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    " 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)." to quote Mainstand. I've been to Hertha Berlin and it's exactly the same, it's almost a festival atmosphere from about three hours before kick off. Picnics in the car park, live radio broadcasting etc, games and activities for the kids. I've never been to an American football game but I believe this is what it is like too.
  8. 1 point
    Cleveland-Saint

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    #perthfarmersmobilising End of days for broon