2010–11 St Mirren F.C. season

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St Mirren
2010–11 season
Chairman Stewart Gilmour
Manager Danny Lennon
Stadium St Mirren Park
SPL 11th
Scottish Cup Quarter Finals
lost to Aberdeen
League Cup Second Round
lost to Ross County
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Higdon (13)

All:
Michael Higdon (14)
Highest home attendance 6,118 vs Kilmarnock
(3 January 2011)
Lowest home attendance 2,701 vs St Johnstone
(11 December 2010)
Average home league attendance 4,450
Home colours
Away colours

St Mirren are competing in their fifth successive season in the Scottish Premier League after finishing in tenth place for season 2009–10. The most notable change at the club during the close season was the replacement of both manager Gus MacPherson and assistant manager Andy Millen after 7 seasons of managing the club. This was the longest period any manager had spent in charge of the club since the 1950s and at the time of MacPherson's sacking he was the longest serving manager of a Scottish League Club. They were replaced by the former Cowdenbeath management partnership of Danny Lennon and Iain Jenkins.

St Mirren started the SPL campaign with a home fixture against the 2010 Scottish Cup holders, Dundee United at St Mirren Park on 14 August 2010.

Transfers[edit]

Manager Danny Lennon has been active in signing new players during the close season after 9 players left the club over the summer. Lennon recruited many players from Scotland's Division 1 and 2 including the acquisition of 4 players from his former club, Cowdenbeath. 2 former players, David Van Zanten and Marc McAusland also rejoined St Mirren.

The most notable departures from the club were that of first team regulars, Andy Dorman, Billy Mehmet and vice-captain Jack Ross after their contracts expired.

Influential Welsh international midfielder Andy Dorman has moved to English Championship side Crystal Palace, managed by the former Scotland boss George Burley. Dorman had spent two and a half years in Paisley, during which time he won his first international cap against Croatia[1] and was joint top goalscorer in his first full season at the club.

Billy Mehmet moved to Gençlerbirliği S.K. in the Turkish Süper Lig. Mehmet was St Mirren's top scorer in all competitions during the 2009–10 season with 12 goals, most having been scored in cup competitions, including the winning goal versus Heart of Midlothian in the League Cup semi-final.[2]

Jack Ross left the club having spent the latter part of the season out with an ankle injury[3] and joined SPL rivals Hamilton Academical.

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee Source
1 July 2010 David Van Zanten Hamilton Academical Free Transfer BBC Sport[4]
1 July 2010 Darren McGregor Cowdenbeath Free Transfer BBC Sport[5]
1 July 2010 Paul McQuade Cowdenbeath Free Transfer BBC Sport[6]
1 July 2010 Peter Bradley Cowdenbeath Undisclosed Fee BBC Sport[7]
13 July 2010 Craig Samson Ayr United Free Transfer BBC Sport[8]
14 July 2010 Gareth Wardlaw Cowdenbeath Nominal Fee BBC Sport[9]
16 July 2010 Marc McAusland Queen of the South Free Transfer BBC Sport[10]
27 July 2010 Sean Lynch Falkirk Free Transfer BBC Sport[11]
31 August 2010 Nick Hegarty Grimsby Town Free Transfer BBC Sport[12]
25 September 2010 Jamie McCluskey Wrexham Free Transfer BBC Sport[13]
1 October 2010 Patrick Cregg Hibernian Free Transfer BBC Sport[14]
22 October 2010 Aaron Mooy Bolton Wanderers Undisclosed Fee St Mirren F.C. Official Website[15]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee Source
1 July 2010 Billy Mehmet Gençlerbirliği S.K. Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Tom Brighton Unattached Released BBC
1 July 2010 Chris Innes Inverness C.T. Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Jack Ross Hamilton Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Stephen O'Donnell Dundee Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Andy Dorman Crystal Palace Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Allan Johnston Queen of the South Free (End of Contract) BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Graham Carey Celtic Loan Ends BBC Sport
1 July 2010 Rory Loy Rangers Loan Ends BBC Sport
8 July 2010 Chris Smith Dunfermline Athletic Free Transfer BBC Sport
13 July 2010 Mark Howard Aberdeen Free Transfer BBC Sport

Source[16]

Loan In[edit]

Date Player From Length Source
12 July 2010 Jure Travner Watford Season BBC Sport[17]
27 July 2010 Paul McGowan Celtic Season BBC Sport[18]

Loan Out[edit]

Date Player To Length Source
30 July 2010 Jon McShane Dumbarton 5 Months St Mirren Club Website[19]

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Scottish Premier League Round 1 11th Place 14 August 2010 14 May 2011
League Cup Round 2 Round 2 24 August 2010 24 August 2010
Scottish Cup Round 4 Quarter-final 8 January 2011 16 March 2011

Source: Competitions

SPL[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 30 3 5 88 29 +59 93 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 29 5 4 85 22 +63 92 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 18 9 11 53 45 +8 63 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 17 10 11 55 50 +5 61 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Kilmarnock 38 13 10 15 53 55 −2 49
6 Motherwell 38 13 7 18 40 56 −16 46
7 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 14 11 13 51 44 +7 53
8 St Johnstone 38 11 11 16 23 43 −20 44
9 Aberdeen 38 11 5 22 39 59 −20 38
10 Hibernian 38 10 7 21 39 61 −22 37
11 St Mirren 38 8 9 21 33 57 −24 33
12 Hamilton Academical (R) 38 5 11 22 24 59 −35 26 Relegation to 2011–12 Scottish First Division

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Celtic have won the 2010–11 Scottish Cup Final and will thus enter the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. As a consequence, Heart of Midlothian are moved up to the third qualification round, with fourth-placed team Dundee United receiving the second qualification round spot.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H H A H H A A H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H
Result D L W L L L L D L W L W L D D L L L W L L L D D W D L L L L W L W D L L W D

Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croatia 2–0 Wales". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hearts 0 – 1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ankle injury ends St Mirren defender Jack Ross's season". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Barnes, John (10 June 2010). "Defender David van Zanten seals second St Mirren spell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cowdenbeath defender Darren McGregor joins St Mirren". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "St Mirren sign Paul McQuade from Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "St Mirren sign Cowdenbeath defender Peter Bradley". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "St Mirren sign Craig Samson as Mark Howard replacement". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gareth Wardlaw joins St Mirren from Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "St Mirren re-sign defender Marc McAusland from Queens". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "St Mirren sign former Falkirk midfielder Sean Lynch". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "St Mirren sign ex-Grimsby midfielder Nick Hegarty". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "St Mirren sign winger Jamie McCluskey". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Patrick Cregg rejects Morton for St Mirren". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mooy is a Buddie". St Mirren F.C. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "SPL ins and outs". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "St Mirren sign Watford left-back Jure Travner". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "St Mirren take Celtic striker Paul McGowan on loan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Squad Update". St Mirren F.C. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.