General SMiSA News

Marie Curie Cancer Care - Pre-Match Collection

SMiSA, the St Mirren Supporters Trust would like to help publicise that prior to tomorrow night's game at home to St Johnstone, Marie Curie Cancer Care will be doing a collection outside the stadium.
 
Trust committee member Wullie Bell will be assisting in the collection, and all donations to the charity will be gratefully accepted.

SMiSA's Latest Contribution to St.Mirren Youth Development

Recently SMiSA, the St. Mirren Supporters' Trust gave our latest contribution to the St. Mirren Youth Academy, allowing for the purchase of new footballs to be used by teams across all age groups.
 
The trust's contributions to the club's youth development department are paid for by those members who wish their subscriptions to go to the Academy, along with any proceeds from our social events.
 
Trust committee members Wullie Bell & Tony Dorris present the balls to the St. Mirren Youth Academy
 
Over the years we at the trust have continually supported this area of the club in raising money for it, as investment here is very much investment in the future of what is going on the pitch for all of us.
 
This is best illustrated with last week's U-21 Scotland match at Tannadice vs Hungary, where 3 St. Mirren players in Sean Kelly, Kenny McLean & John McGinn all received caps for the national youth side.
 
All at the trust are delighted for them to be recognised in this fashion at a national level, and we can take pride in that our contributions have helped with their development to become key players for both club and country.
 
St. Mirren Under-20s coach Brian Sproul said of the trust's donation:
 
"“We would like to thank SMiSA for their continued support and for recognising the importance of youth development at the club.
 
“"In recent seasons we have seen the emergence of players such as Sean Kelly, Jason Naismith, Marc McAusland, Thomas Reilly, John McGinn and Kenny McLean who have all made the step-up from pro-youth football to first team squad status with St Mirren – and hopefully with more to follow through the pipeline.
 
“"SMiSA have always been big supporters of our youth development programme and donations like this latest one help us to keep up the good work through our Academy at Ralston where we strive to produce and develop the St Mirren players of the future.
 
“"The latest donation from SMiSA has once again been fantastic and we would like to thank them and their members for their continued support of our Academy.”"
 
From all at the trust, we can only hope that Brian is right and that many more big players will come through the Academy, with the trust's continued support in the future.

SMiSA AGM - 1st March 2014

The SMiSA AGM takes place this Saturday 1st March at 12.30pm at Fantoosh (Kilty Kilty), 16 New Street, Paisley.

This is of course prior to the Kilmarnock home game. It would be great to see as many members getting along as possible and don't forget you are more than welcome to bring a guest with you. 

If you can't make it please don't forget to return your voting forms that were posted out last week along with the Trust's Report and annual accounts.
 
From all at the trust, we look forward to seeing you there this Saturday!

Statement on JD Sports

We have once again been contacted by St.Mirren fans exasperated at the ongoing lack of available stock in JD Sports stores this Christmas. The commercial deal between the Club and JD Sports is whatever it is and as supporters of the the Club we welcome any commercial partnership that brings revenue into St.Mirren however the ongoing issues in the supply of replica kit, in particular the lack of various sizes of children's strips is simply unacceptable.

This is becoming an annual problem and the service being supplied to St.Mirren fans is very disappointing more so than ever before. In the year of winning our first major trophy in a generation young Saints fans are missing out on a Saints Strip this Christmas. We have raised this with JD Sports and the Club in the past however after three seasons we are encountering the same issues with this supplier. We would encourage all Saints fans to call upon the Club to ensure this is either addressed or a supplier be sought that can match the expectations and demands, which are hardly unreasonable of the St.Mirren supporters.

Q & A Night - Cancelled

Sadly as a result of the ongoing weather situation, and police advice to avoid unnecessary travel, the decision has been taken to by both SMiSA, the St Mirren Supporters Trust and the club cancel tonight's Question & Answer evening at St Mirren Park.
 
We will be looking to confirm a new date for the event in early 2014 and apologise to anyone affected by the inconvenience of the decision to postpone the event, but trust that given the circumstances that it will be understood.

Q & A Night at St Mirren Park

SMiSA, the St. Mirren Supporters Trust is holding a Q+A night at St. Mirren Park with Danny Lennon and Stewart Gilmour attending to take questions from Saints fans on the evening of Thursday, 5th December 2013.  Doors will be open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.
 
The event is free to St. Mirren fans although a small cash donation towards Youth Development at the door on the night would be greatly appreciated.
 
We look forward to seeing you on the night!

SMiSA Player of the Year Vote

Everyone at SMiSA would like to thank those that took part in the vote for our St Mirren Player of the Year for season 2012-13.  It was a very close run vote between two players in particular and the winner will be presented with the trophy at our Player of the Year night, taking place this Saturday, May 11th, at UWS Student Union in Storie Street, Paisley after the St Mirren game vs Aberdeen.
 
Tickets for the event remain on sale at the club's shop at St Mirren Park, and are priced at £2.  Fans of all ages are welcome so please come along!

Thank You Audrey!

At SMiSA, we like to recognise the many individuals who work at St Mirren club day in, day out and without whom, none of us would have the club that we know and love.  With this in mind, everyone at SMiSA would like to thank and pay tribute to Audrey Cave, who is sadly leaving the club after many years working there.  Audrey will be a familiar face to many St Mirren fans, having been the 'Mistress of the Ticket Office' for a considerable time, both at Love Street and since the move to Greenhill Road.  Audrey is leaving next month for the sunnier climes of Tenerife, so SMiSA felt it was only right to thank her with a couple of farewell gifts before she left.

On behalf of everyone at SMiSA, and from all St Mirren fans, thank you Audrey, we will miss you! x

Thank You Audrey! x