St Mirren fans can safeguard the future of our club for future generations by keeping it in the hands of the people who will care for it most...you, the fans. At the same time, our members are already deciding how to invest in the club to take it forward, while bringing it closer to the community. The more members SMISA has, the more we can do - now and in the future. Join now and be part of something special...
In summer 2016, SMISA and former St Mirren director Gordon Scott saw the terms of their joint offer to buy the majority shareholding in the club accepted by the former board.
That meant Gordon became the new chairman and majority shareholder of of St Mirren. At the same time, SMISA secured a 29% stake in the club and the right to elect a fan representative on to the club board.
We also have a legal option giving us the exclusive right to buy Gordon's shares within the next ten years and allow the fans to become majority owners of the club - keeping St Mirren in the hands of the community forever.
Gordon paid the bulk of the money needed to fund the initial share purchase but SMISA agreed to cover £380,000 of the £1m purchase price.
The income we receive from our members will pay that money back, while also saving up the money we need to buy out Gordon over the long-term.
Basic membership of SMISA has been set at £12 per month. Of that, £10 is used for the share purchase, and £2 goes into a pot for members to spend on club-related projects.
Fans also have the option of signing up for £25 per month, or through our £2,500 premium package, offering ten years of membership and some exclusive money-can’t-buy benefits. More information on our sign up page.
SMISA set itself a target of 1,000 members to make sure our finances stay robust - we hit that target in summer 2016 during the initial fundraising.
However it is important our existing members stay with us and that we attract new ones over the years too.
There is no upper limit on members - the more we get, the stronger we are as a trust, the greater good we can do for the club and community. Fans can still sign up at any time.
As mentioned above, our legal agreement with Gordon means we have ten years to raise the money to buy his shares, which will be at the price he bought them for.
Obviously it's important our members keep paying their subscriptions so we can save up the money to do that, and that new members join up over the years to replace any who drop out.
Over the years, Gordon will work with SMISA to make a sustainable transition to majority fan ownership when we are ready to do so at some point in the future.
In doing so we can safeguard the future of our club and its role within the Paisley community forever. Sound exciting? You’ve got the power to make it happen. It’s quick and easy to sign up now.
10 REASONS TO SIGN UP
St Mirren’s place at the heart of the local community is precious. By making it majority fan owned we can keep it there and safeguard its future
We can keep St Mirren in the hands of the people who care for it most – you. Unlike other clubs, we can make sure unsuitable owners never get control of St Mirren
SMISA money is already taking St Mirren forward and investing in the assets we will one day own – and as a member you vote on where it goes
We are investing in the next generation of St Mirren players – as sponsors of the club’s youth academy and through our £50k investment in the new 4G pitch
We are proud to have also made possible: improved disabled facilities, community season tickets and pre-match entertainment for young fans, equipment for the first team…and much more
There can never be too many members. The more we have, the more we can do for St Mirren, and the more financially stable SMISA and the club are in the future
Our members can already influence how the club is run through electing a director on to the club board – and will have even more chances to shape the direction of the club in future
St Mirren is more than just a football club. We are already helping it build stronger links with the community, and can do more in in the future
Members get access to benefits including invites to events and the chance to win places at club events and hospitality
St Mirren has been at the heart of Paisley for generations. By signing up, you help secure that legacy for your children and the generations to come
"The thing that gave me the most satisfaction in my working life was my time with St Mirren and especially the stadium construction. When I go to a game or drive past the stadium it gives me an enormous sense of pride to see what I helped to build. My desire is to see us back where we belong at the top table of Scottish football and I firmly believe I can help achieve that, and then successfully deliver this club into the hands of the supporters."