SMiSA News

May Chairman's Update

Well unless you are planning a holiday away during the close season you can put the passport back in the drawer until next year. The fantastic effort from the team getting into the Top 6 just couldn't be maintained to finish in 5th and possibly get into Europe. We can still be proud of what the team achieved.

At the time of writing its been confirmed that Main, Shaughnessy, Tait and Dunne have finished their St Mirren careers and chose pastures new. Good luck to these guys and thanks for all you done in a Saints shirt.

Following full-time at the Rangers game SMiSA made a special presentation to Keanu Baccus in recognition of him being the first St Mirren player to play at a World Cup. SMISA member Murray Bryce won this one off opportunity to do so. It capped the end to a fantastic season for Keanu.

The end of May saw another successful St Mirren POTY dinner, and for the first time, a SMiSA member presented our player of the year trophy to Mark O'Hara. Well done to member Blair Connery for winning the opportunity.

We also hosted 2 SMiSA member tables for the POTY dinner and from the emails we have received it went down a storm. There were 100's who emailed looking for a seat at the sell out event but in the end only 20 could go. This is something we will try to do more of during next season to support the club by taking 1 or 2 tables at Hospitality and giving members the opportunity to win more places rather than taking a guest.

We do need your help in bringing on more members and we are trying to come up with different ways of achieving this. If you have any ideas on how we can actively grow our membership  please email [email protected].

The POTY event brings the Commercial year to a close (before season tickets take over) and it's worth mentioning the work Campbell Kennedy and his team put in throughout the year.

Hospitality at the club on a Saturday home game is a cracking occasion put on by Campbell and his team. Many of the games sold out in advance this season and next season looks like it's going the same way already. If you are celebrating special birthdays etc then book spaces, you wont be disappointed.

The middle of May brought our SMiSA AGM. It had the highest ever attendance according to longer serving members on the board and the feedback we have received for putting online, the presentations and content as well as the participation at the Q&A sessions have been most welcome.

There was the request for more information with regards background to the RCGF application, and we are underway with this with just a couple of parties to provide information. As we said in our statement we won't comment until all parties have had opportunity to present their information and you, our members will be informed as soon as possible.

The AGM also seen the election to the Board of myself, Jack McSkeane and Stuart Chawk. We would like to thank all members who took the time to vote for us and other candidates John Allison and Alan Wardrop.

Another landmark occasion was the decision by former Chairman, Gordon Scott, to step down from the St Mirren board.

Throughout his time on the Board Gordon delivered a Championship title, fan ownership and his personal ambition of having a St Mirren team for the first time ever finishing in the Top 6.

Gordons involvement with the club and SMiSA in particular can't be over played. From his early involvement with the SMiSA trust he was integral in getting us to where we are now.

We would like to thank him for everything he achieved for the club and know we can count on his support going forward.

May is as we know awards season and we are delighted to report the achievements of the Women's team Manager Kate cooper in picking up 2 awards. 1 for the Womens Division 1 Manager of the Year, and also collecting a “Circle of Inspiration award” in the sports category. A huge amount of work is done by Kate alone in the Womens team and its something SMiSA will look to further support where possible in future.

Womens football is the fastest growing sport and in May we seen 90,000 at the Womens FA cup final. We are a way off that in Scotland but the popularity is increasing and for community clubs like St Mirren that’s an untapped source of future St Mirren fans. The more we and the club can do to encourage more girls/women attending our games the better! Well done Kate.

I'm sure you would agree May has been an action packed month for many different reasons.

We look forward for us all to have a break and holiday before the new season gets under way.

Don`t forget the “early bird” season ticket renewals and i'm hoping on the back of this years performances that we can get near to 4,500 season ticket holders, that would be great. If we got 5,000 that would be stunning.

The more income we can pull in then the better transfer kitty Stephen Robinson has. Along with Martin Foyle they have been hugely successful in the players they have brought to the club and i'm sure we cant wait to see who pulls on the famous black and white stripes (no RED in the kit please!) come August.

 Keep an eye for the exclusive SMiSA competitons too over next couple of months. From a place at St Mirren summer camps to a SMiSA new season St Mirren top competiton too then if you know someone who is not a member maybe introduce them and you could win back the cost of your season ticket?.....

Enjoy your break

COYS

Alex

Thank You Gordon Scott

Yesterday the club announced that Gordon Scott was stepping down from his role on the St Mirren board.

Gordon epitomised the dream of many of us may had, from being a fan to being the owner of the club you love and support. Gordon has been a fervent supporter of SMiSA and all that it represents since the Trust was formed over 20 years ago. He was a regular participant of Saints Aid and always ensured he wore the No.9 jersey of the black and white stripes.

Gordon was an attendee at SMiSA events from day 1 and was instrumental in the 'Buy the Buds' campaign resulting in SMiSA becoming the majority owner of the club. This demonstrates how well Gordon understood what the club meant to the fans and more importantly how the club depends on the supporters.

It was Gordon who suggested "SMiSA" would be embedded in the lower level of the Caledonia stand at Love Street and along with another member of the then SMiSA committee re arranged the seats to achieve this, no mean feat!

Fast forward a few years to a Championship winning trophy, consolidation in the SPFL, transferring ownership of the club and ultimately a top 6 finish means Gordons legacy at St Mirren has been established.

All the SMISA members and the SMiSA board would like to thank Gordon for his lasting contribution.

The SMiSA Board will commence the process to elect a new director to the Club Board shortly, with more information on this published in due course.

SMiSA Present Special Recognition Award

Following yesterday's final game of the 2022/23 season against Rangers, SMiSA member Murray Bryce presented Keanu Baccus with a Special Recognition award for being the first Saint's player to play in a World Cup Finals.

Baccus was announced as part of Australia's World Cup squad in November 2022, and went on to feature off the bench in their first 3 Group Stage games. Australia managed to get past the group stage, where they were then up against a star-studded Argentina team in the round of sixteen. Baccus was announced in the starting line-up of this game, where he competed against the likes of Lionel Messi and Alexis Mac Allister. Despite losing the game 2-1, the Australia team caught the world's attention and showed real passion and Belief. 

Everyone at SMiSA and St. Mirren would like to congratulate Keanu on this milestone for the club, and thank him for his tremendous contribution to both club and country this season.

 

 

SMiSA Update on RCGF Application

Last week we presented our AGM which had the highest ever attendance of SMiSA members. We would like to thank all our members for taking the opportunity to engage with us. 

Also in attendance were 3 of our SMiSA nominated Club Board Directors; John Needham (Chairman), Alex White and Paul McNeil. We would like to thank all three for attending and for their participation on the night. Also in attendance was Academy Director Allan McManus who provided an update on our academy.  

For the first time ever, we recorded the event and made the footage available to all members via email in the days following the AGM. We hope this will make SMiSA meetings more inclusive to all members by allowing those not able to attend the chance to catch-up on the proceedings.  

So far, we have received great feedback on the night and questions posed within the Q&A. We have had several requests on SMiSA’s position with regard to information offered by Alan Wardrop concerning the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) application. Whilst Alan applied to become a SMiSA Director it was inappropriate to comment to allow the election process to follow its course.  

Having heard contents of information from the AGM, SMiSA will now approach the Directors of the St. Mirren Board and Alan Wardrop for their version of events and provision of supporting documented evidence before deciding the next course of action. We do note an overwhelming majority of SMiSA members at the AGM indicated the need for further clarity of the background to the funding application. 

SMiSA will make no further comment on this issue until this process is concluded, at which stage a follow-up statement will be provided to members. 

 

Regards, 

SMiSA Board 

April Chairman's Update

The publishing of the following update for April from SMiSA Chairman Alex Dillon was delayed due to the fact that Alex was one of five candidates up for election to the SMiSA Board. This decision was made to ensure that the Chairman's update was not giving an unfair advantage to one candidate over another. With the AGM now concluded, we have published the Chairman's update for April below. Although some of the contents are now outdated, there is still some useful information about our progress and plans for the rest of May.


Well, we did it!!

On behalf of the SMiSA Board, members of SMiSA & all St. Mirren fans, I’d like to congratulate Stephen Robinson and his team for breaking a near 40 year hoodoo and getting us into the top 6. Make no mistake about it, this is where St. Mirren belong.

With the post-split fixtures now known we have winnable games away to Hibs and Aberdeen, Celtic & Rangers will take care of themselves with Hearts visiting in what could then be a 4th place play-off and potential European space up for grabs. It couldn’t happen, could it?....

As European draws are now regionalised it’s possible Saints fans could dream of an away trip to some exotic location, but just as likely play in Wales, ROI or Northern Ireland!

The month started in style sweeping Livingston aside to give us the platform to finish Top 6. For the Kilmarnock game we seen a crowd of nearly 8000 turn up with great expectations. The atmosphere pre-match was electric. Danny Lennon, legend and ex St. Mirren manager appeared trackside. He also got a rousing reception in the 1877 Club which was packed full of Saints fans.

For those attending the match you must have been blown away by the flag display put on by the Northbank & W7 supporters. The guys and girls gave up hours of their own time to arrange the display; from both the Family Stand and Main Stand the view was sensational. Well done and thanks to all who took part, it is much appreciated and created a brilliant match day experience. As for the game, the less said about it the better….

One main aim of the SMiSA Board has been to engage more with you, our members. We completed the first fans survey in a number of years, and will share the feedback of that in May. We have had free giveaways for members this month, a family day at the Ralston Training Ground, three signed shirt winners by survey participants, and the unique 10th anniversary League Cup winning bundle signed by Danny Lennon and Steven Thompson.

Look out in May for the for the 100th anniversary of the historic Barcelona Cup win. A limited edition of Saints Gin donated by Saints fan Donald Boyd of Teardrop Gin and the Journey to Barcelona book from Jack Paterson and Alan Wardrop. Can Saints lay claim to be first Scottish team to win a European trophy?

Also in May is the St. Mirren POTY Dinner at the Normandy Hotel. SMiSA Members have the opportunity to enter the draw to win a place at the event, and maybe get on stage to present the SMiSA POTY award! Another great benefit of being a SMiSA member.

May also sees the SMiSA AGM take place on 17th May at the Stadium. Full details on registering attendance will be on the SMiSA homepage. I’d urge as many SMiSA Members to attend if you can. It gives opportunity to engage with not only SMiSA Board but the St. Mirren Directors too.

As we head into May, this also brings the football season to an end. It’s also the time, for whatever reason, players see their time at St. Mirren come to an end. As fans it’s sometimes difficult to understand that players are not as passionate about the club as we are, and reality is that gone are the days of a Shuggie Murray or Tony Fitzpatrick giving years of service to the club.

For those who move on we thank them for their service playing in the Black and White stripes, helping us reach Top 6 and maybe European football? It is great to see the club extend contracts of a few players already, and, maybe with the prospect of European football, the potential for a couple of new signings.

Now where’s that passport….

 

COYS,

Alex

SMiSA AGM 2023 Summary

The SMiSA Board would like to thank everyone who attended the 2023 1877 Society Ltd (SMISA) AGM on the evening of Wednesday 17th May at the SMiSA Stadium. A review of the past year was presented, along with an insight into what is planned for SMiSA over the next year. An update was also provided by Academy Director Allan McManus on progress at the Academy and the difference SMiSA funding has made. Club Chairman John Needham also gave an update regarding the progress made at the club over the past year and shared some plans the club have which they are looking to implement moving forward. Finally, the evening was closed with a member's Q&A which allowed attendees to ask questions to both SMiSA Board and SMiSA Club Board Representatives.

 

Results of AGM Voting

SMiSA Finance

The below diagram shows the voting results for the Finance Approvals, which took place online prior to the AGM:

 

Board Election

The below diagram shows the voting results for the SMiSA Board Election, which took place online prior to the AGM:

With 3 places available on the SMiSA Board, we would therefore like to congratulate Stuart Chawk, Alex Dillon and Jack McSkeane on being successful in being elected onto the SMiSA Board. We would also like to thank John Allison and Alan Wardrop for standing in this years election, who narrowly missed out this time round. 

 

Constitution Amendments

Two amendments to the SMiSA Constitution were proposed to members by the SMiSA Board.These were voted on in person at the AGM due to them being extraordinary resolutions, which require 75% of attendees to approve at the meeting. The proposed amendments were issued to all members via email prior to the AGM, and can also be viewed by clicking here. These were both approved by a vast majority of members who attended the AGM (>75% in attendance).

 

SMiSA Aims 2023/24

The aims and objectives of SMiSA for 2023/24 were presented during the AGM, with a summary of these provided below. These will also be made available to view in more detail on the website shortly.

 

AGM Minutes

Minutes of the 2023 SMiSA AGM can be viewed by clicking here.

 

AGM Video

Following our recent members survey where it was found that a large number of members would benefit if the AGM was streamed live or recorded, we are delighted to announce that for the first time ever this years SMiSA AGM was recorded on camera, and will be made available to members via. email over the coming days. We hope this will make SMiSA events more accessible to members who are unable to attend in person, and will be looking to continue to offer a live stream or recording for events in future.

 

SMiSA AGM Reminder

This is a reminder to all SMiSA Members that this years SMiSA AGM is taking place on Wednesday 17th May at the SMiSA Stadium Hospitality Suite, with a starting time of 7pm. 

Details on how to register to attend the AGM, along with voting information for accounts approval, Board election and constitution amendments were issued to all members via. email on 1st May, with a reminder email also issued on 8th May. If you did not receive these emails, please get in touch by emailing [email protected] and we will be more than happy to assist.


Proxy Voting

As has happened at all our previous AGM's, any member who cannot attend the evening will be able to put forward an individual as a proxy.

This can be to raise a question in your absence or to vote in your place. 

This may be especially important due to constitution amendments as per our rules requiring a vote to be passed by 75% of members attending a general meeting in person. SMiSA would like all our members to feel they have the opportunity to approve business or ask questions, this hopefully makes the AGM more inclusive to all. 

If you wish to put forward an individual to be used as a proxy for yourself, then please email [email protected] from the email linked to your SMiSA membership with the name of the person being used as a proxy so that they can be added to the AGM register.


We can also confirm that the AGM will be recorded and published in the days following the meeting. This decision has been made as part of our pledge to listen to members opinions in order to improve the SMiSA experience. In our recent members survey, an overwhelming majority of members expressed that it would benefit them if the AGM was broadcast live or recorded. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the night.

 

Best Regards,

The SMiSA Board

 

Monthly Prize Draw

We are delighted to announce our latest member benefit - the SMiSA Monthly Prize Draw.

 

A new prize will be won each month by a member. The draw will be open to all members, no matter your membership tier. Your membership automatically enters you into the draw each month.

For April's draw, the prize was a limited edition League Cup Commemorative bundle, containing a print signed by Steven Thompson and Danny Lennon, mugs and coasters. Many thanks to Cairters Corner who produced this months prizes. A variety of items can be found on the online shop by visiting www.saintsshop.co.uk.

Print included in April's Draw
Print included in April's Draw

April's draw took place at 1pm today (20th April 2023). We are delighted to announce Iain McCabe as this month's winner, Congratulations! We will be in touch via. email regarding your prize.

 

We are currently reviewing the current member benefits offered following the completion of the recent Member Survey. We hope to bring you some more exciting new member benefits soon!

In the meantime, we hope everyone enjoys Saturday's game against Kilmarnock. Hopefully the team can secure our Top 6 finish!

 

COYS!

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