St. Mirren F.C.

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St. Mirren
St. Mirren FC's Crest
Full name St. Mirren Football Club
Nickname(s) The Buddies, The Saints
Founded 1877
Ground St. Mirren Park, Paisley
Ground Capacity 8,023[1]
Chairman Stewart Gilmour
Manager Tommy Craig
League Scottish Premiership
2013–14 Scottish Premiership, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

St. Mirren Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Paisley, Renfrewshire, founded in 1877. The team plays in the Scottish Premiership, having been promoted from the First Division in 2005–06. The team has two nicknames, the "Buddies" and the "Saints".

St. Mirren have won the Scottish Cup three times – 1926, 1959 and 1987 – the League Cup in 2013 and the Renfrewshire Cup 55 times. The club has played in European competition four times: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1987–88 and the UEFA Cup in 1980–81, 1983–84 and 1985–86.

The club's home ground is St. Mirren Park, which since 2009 refers to the club's 8,023[1] all seater ground on Greenhill Road, Paisley. Between 1894 to 2009, St. Mirren Park was the name given to the club's well known former Love Street stadium.

History[edit]

St. Mirren was formed as a gentlemen's club which included, among other sports, cricket and rugby in the second half of the 19th century. The increasing popularity of football ensured that by 1877 the members had decided to play association football and 1877 is the football club's official foundation date. They are named after Saint Mirin, the founder of a church at the site of Paisley Abbey and Patron Saint of Paisley. There is also a street in Paisley named St. Mirren Street.

The club originally wore scarlet and blue strips, but after one season changed to the current black and white striped shirts, which have been worn all bar one season in the 1900s where cream tops were used.

Chart of yearly table positions of St. Mirren.

St. Mirren played their first match on 6 October 1877, defeating Johnstone Britannia 1–0 at Shortroods. Two years later, the club moved to another ground; Thistle Park, Greenhills. St. Mirren's first Scottish Cup match came on 4 September 1880, a 3–0 victory over Johnstone Athletic. The following year, the Buddies reached their first cup final but were beaten 3–1 by Thornliebank in the Renfrewshire Cup. In 1883 however the scores were reversed with the Saints winning the Renfrewshire Cup, 3–1 against Thornliebank. It is in 1883 that move to their third home, that of West March (early maps indicate area as West March rather than the commonly used Westmarch), defeating Queen's Park in the first game. In 1885, St. Mirren played their first match against Morton, resulting in a defeat.

The 1890 season was an historic season for St. Mirren, as they became founder members of the Scottish League along with fellow Paisley club Abercorn. Of the 10 founder clubs, only 5 survive in the current league system. It was during the match against Morton at Cappielow in this year, that St. Mirren played one of the first night games under light from oil lamps.

St. Mirren moved to Love Street in 1894 and reached their first Scottish Cup final in the 1907–08 season but were defeated 5–1 by Celtic. The Buddies went on to lift the trophy in 1926, 1959 and 1987.

A cigarette card published in 1909 depicting a contemporary St Mirren player

In 1922, St. Mirren were invited to play in the Barcelona Cup invitational tournament to celebrate the inauguration of the Les Corts, the then home of FC Barcelona. They won the tournament by beating Notts County in the final.

In the 1979–80 season, St. Mirren achieved their equal highest-ever finish in the top-flight finishing third behind Aberdeen and Celtic. That season Saints also became the first and last Scottish club to win the Anglo-Scottish Cup, defeating Bristol City F.C. in a two-legged final. The following season, St. Mirren competed in European competition for the first time and won their initial game 2–1 vs. IF Elfsborg in Sweden, followed by a 0–0 draw in the second leg. The next round saw them play French team Saint-Étienne. Although St. Mirren's home leg ended up a 0–0 draw, Saint-Étienne pulled off a 2–0 victory in the second leg to put St. Mirren out of the cup.

The club have been relegated from the Scottish Premier League once (2000–01) and the Premier Division of the Scottish Football League once (1991–92) having escaped relegation from the latter in 1991 after league re-construction. In 2001, St. Mirren finished bottom of the Premier League despite losing only one of their final seven matches. The Saints however managed promotion after clinching the First Division title in 2005–06, a season which also saw St. Mirren win the Scottish Challenge Cup, defeating Hamilton Academical 2–1 in the final at Airdrie United's ground, the Shyberry Excelsior Stadium, with goals from Simon Lappin and John Sutton.

In 2010, they reached the final of the Scottish League Cup where they were defeated 0–1 by Rangers after having a two-man advantage.[2] However, three days later, they recorded a famous win over Celtic, a match that The Buddies won 4–0 with doubles from Andy Dorman and Steven Thomson.[3] In March 2013, St. Mirren won the Scottish League Cup beating Heart of Midlothian 3–2 at Hampden to win their first cup since 1987.[4]

Stadium[edit]

St. Mirren played at four different venues before moving to their ground of St. Mirren Park, or Love Street, in 1894. The record attendance was 47,438 versus Celtic in 1949. Love Street saw extensive redevelopment in recent years to comply with both the recommendations of the Taylor Report and SPL regulations and the ground eventually became a 10,866 seat venue. The ground had four stands of which the most recent, the WEast or Reid Kerr Family Stand, was built in 2000 in order for Love Street to meet the criteria for entry to the Scottish Premier League. The oldest stand was the main stand which had a basic wooden construction. The north bank was popular with the hardcore St. Mirren fans whilst the largest stand, the steeply raked West Stand, housed a sporting facility underneath. It was rarely used to its full capacity.

On 24 May 2005, Renfrewshire Council granted permission for the club to develop their old ground. This involved the sale of the ground to a supermarket chain (Asda), and the construction of a ground in Ferguslie Park, Paisley (through a separate planning permission). The sale of their old ground allowed the club to finance the new stadium as well as clear their debts. In April 2007 it was announced that a deal had been struck with supermarket giants Tesco and on 15 January 2009 St. Mirren moved to a new 8,000 seat stadium, also called St. Mirren Park.

The opening game finished as a 1–1 draw with Kilmarnock, with Killie's Kevin Kyle scoring the first goal, and Dennis Wyness equalising. St. Mirren's first notable win at the new stadium came on 7 March 2009 in a 1–0 victory over Celtic in the Homecoming Scottish Cup Quarter Final.

The stadium has a total seating capacity of 8,023 which is split up as follows: Main Stand: 2,220 West Stand: 2,516 South Stand: 1,633 North Stand: 1,654

Colours and sponsors[edit]

The traditional home colours of St. Mirren are black and white stripes, however for the first season the colours were scarlet and blue. There is some dispute as to why the colours black and white were chosen. A popular theory is that the stripes represent the Black and White Cart rivers which run through Paisley. In recent years there has been evidence unearthed that the Monks in the local abbey wore black and white striped habits. The team strips have varied very little in the long history of the club, however the thickness of the stripes have often varied. Some years have seen horizontal stripes used.

Away tops are traditionally red or all black, but in some cases strips have varied from orange to light blue, as seen on this season's 2010–11 strip. From 2007–2011, the Danish firm, Hummel International, replaced Xara as kit-manufacturers.

St. Mirren has had several main sponsors, mainly in the transport industry, with several local bus companies and car dealerships like Arriva and Phoenix Honda sponsoring in the club. St. Mirren have been sponsored since 2005 by Braehead Shopping Centre, a local shopping centre four miles away in Renfrew. In August 2010, the club confirmed Barrhead company Compass Private Hire would have their name displayed on the back of the first team players' shirts as well as on their shorts. Compass Private Hire are owned by former St. Mirren player, captain and manager, Tony Fitzpatrick and Raymond Stanley.

As of the start of the 2011/2012 season St. Mirren signed a new 3 year deal with JD Sports to replace Hummel as kit and trainingwear manufacturer. JD Sports have licence to manufacture football kits under the brand names Carbrini, Fila, and Diadora. The first St. Mirren kits under the JD Sports umbrella were released under the Carbrini brand, although somewhat confusingly, the home shirt sponsor was another of the JD Sports brands – Fila. On the club's red and black striped away shirt, the long-term club sponsor Braehead Shopping Centre remained on the jerseys as the main sponsor.

Mascots[edit]

In recent years, St. Mirren have been represented by 3 mascots, the Pandas. They are Paisley Panda, Junior P and Mrs Panda. The regular mascots are Paisley Panda and Mrs Panda

Honours[edit]

  • Scottish First Division: 1967–68,1 1976–77, 1999–2000, 2005–06
  • Scottish Cup: 1926, 1959, 1987
  • Scottish League Cup: 2013
  • Scottish Challenge Cup: 2005
  • Renfrewshire Cup: 1882–83, 1883–84, 1887–88, 1890–91, 1893–94, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1903–04, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32,
    1932–33, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1940–41, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1949–50, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80,
    1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
  • Victory Cup: 1919
  • Anglo-Scottish Cup Winners: 1979–80
  • Summer Cup: 1943
  • Epson Invitational Tournament: 1986–87
  • Barcelona Cup Winners:1922

1As the 'old' Scottish Second Division

Club records[edit]

  • Highest home attendance: 47,438: .v. Celtic on 20 August 1949[5]
  • Highest average home attendance: 17,333, 1949–50 (15 games)[5]
  • Biggest victory: 16–0: .v. Port Glasgow OBU on 17 July 2013
  • Most capped player: Iain Munro and Billy Thomson: 7 Scotland.
  • Most capped international player: Mo Camara 79 appearances for the Guinean national team.
  • Youngest Player: Scott Gemmill 16 years & 60 days – vs. Raith Rovers (Starks Park) 8 August 2003.
  • Most Competitive Appearances: Hugh Murray, 462 (1997–2012)
  • Most League appearances: Hugh Murray, 399 (1997–2012)
  • Most European appearances: Campbell Money, 8 (1985–1988)
  • Most League goals: David McCrae, 221 (1923–1934)[6]
  • Most League goals in a season: Dunky Walker, 45 (1921–22)
  • Record transfer fee paid: £400,000 to Bayer Uerdingen for Thomas Stickroth (March 1990)
  • Record transfer fee received: £850,000 from Rangers for Ian Ferguson (February 1988)
  • Most League wins in a season: 24, Division Two (1971–72)
  • Most League defeats in a season: 31, Division One (1920–21)
  • Most League draws in a season: 15, Premier League (1987–88)
  • Most consecutive league victories: 16, Division Two (18/11/1967 – 30/3/1968)
  • Longest unbeaten league run: 34, 18/11/1967 (Division Two) – 16/11/1968 (Division One)
  • Most Goals Scored in a season: 100, Division Two (1967–68)
  • Most Goals Conceded in a season: 92, Division One (1920–21)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 August 2014[7][8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Scotland DF Jason Naismith
3 Scotland DF Sean Kelly
4 Scotland DF Marc McAusland
5 England DF Ellis Plummer (on loan from Manchester City)
6 Republic of Ireland MF Jim Goodwin
7 Scotland MF John McGinn
8 Scotland MF Kenny McLean
9 Scotland FW Steven Thompson (captain[9])
10 England FW James Marwood
11 Scotland MF Gregg Wylde
12 Scotland GK Mark Ridgers
13 England MF Isaac Osbourne
No. Position Player
14 Scotland FW Thomas Reilly
16 England FW Callum Ball
17 England MF Adam Drury (on loan from Manchester City)
18 Scotland MF Mo Yaqub
19 Scotland MF Adam Brown
20 Scotland DF Mark Williams
21 Scotland MF Gary Teale
22 Netherlands DF Jeroen Tesselaar
23 Scotland MF Declan Hughes
28 Slovakia GK Marián Kello
29 Scotland FW Ross Caldwell
For recent transfers, see List of Scottish football transfers summer 2014.

Non-playing staff[edit]

Boardroom[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Stewart Gilmour Chairman
Scotland George Campbell Vice -Chairman
Scotland Chris Stewart Director/Secretary
Scotland Allan Marshall Director
Scotland Bryan McAusland Director

Management[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Tommy Craig Manager
Scotland Gary Teale First Team Coach
Republic of Ireland Jim Goodwin First Team Coach
Scotland Paul Mathers Goalkeeping Coach
Scotland David Longwell Head Of Youth Development
Scotland Malcolm Boyle U20 Coach
Scotland Dr. Gerry Canning Club Doctor
Scotland Dr. Gerry Docherty Head Physiotherapist
Scotland Alan Gray Kit Man
Scotland Tommy Docherty Groundsman

Admin & Marketing[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Lynn Watson Ticket Office
Scotland Brian Caldwell General Manager
Scotland Campbell Kennedy Commercial Manager
Scotland Fiona Leese Youth Development Administrator
Scotland Linda Roseman Office Administrator
Scotland Norrie Jamieson Communications & Media Officer

Managers[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1980–81 UEFA Cup First round Sweden IF Elfsborg 0–0 2–1 2–1
Second round France AS Saint-Étienne 0–0 0–2 0–2
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round Netherlands Feyenoord 0–1 0–2 0–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup First round Czechoslovakia SK Slavia Prague 3–0 (a.e.t.) 0–1 3–1
Second round Sweden Hammarby IF 1–2 3–3 4–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round Norway Tromsø IL 1–0 0–0 1–0
Second round Belgium KV Mechelen 0–2 0–0 0–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "St. Mirren Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Spiers, Graham (2010-03-22). "A silver lining for cup-winning Rangers". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  3. ^ "St. Mirren 4–0 Celtic". BBC Sport. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Communities League Cup final: St Mirren 3 Hearts 2 josh hedderwich scored a hat trick then got sent off". Daily Telegraph. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Ross, David (2005). The Roar of the Crowd: Following Scottish football down the years. Argyll publishing. pp. 94, 214. ISBN 978-1-902831-83-1. 
  6. ^ "St. Mirren Records". Stmirren.info. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  7. ^ "First Team Squad". St. Mirren F.C. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "St. Mirren". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Manager’s Update – 20/05/2014". www.saintmirren.net. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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