2020/21 was truly a season like no other.
While fans were unable to attend, we felt your support from home, and have gone from strength to strength - completing our most successful top-flight season in over 30 years.
Read more about the 2020/21 season here.
It was great to see both Jamie McGrath, Ethan Erhahon and Daniel Finlayson receive international call-ups last week.
Jamie, who had a terrific season for Saints which saw him win our official Player of the Year award after scoring 17 goals, could earn his well-deserved first cap for the Republic of Ireland this Thursday as they face Andorra in a friendly.
Ethan and Daniel could also face off against each other when Scotland U21s take on Northern Ireland U21s at the Oriam.
We are immensely proud to see players earning international recognition and wish our lads all the best during their time away.
Our U18s came within a whisker of winning the Club Academy Scotland Elite U18s league – losing to eventual winners Rangers on the final day of the season.
Despite just missing out the U18s have really impressed in their league this season and should take heart from how well they have played this season.
The St Mirren Youth Academy continues to be a vital pillar of the club with academy players Lewis Jamieson, Jay Henderson and Dylan Reid all making their debuts for the first-team last season and the likes of Ethan Erhahon, Kyle McAllister and Cammy MacPherson all playing regularly.
St Mirren Training Ground
A joint initiative between the Club, SMiSA and Kibble to improve the facilities at the St Mirren Training Ground is now underway.
Following on from the upgrade of the Academy building this season, work has now begun on upgrading the training pitch and first team buildings at Ralston to provide an enhanced, fit-for-purpose training and working space.
The training pitch will be redeveloped to provide a surface complementary to the style of football the team play.
The building itself will have new custom designed dining area, gym and changing room facilities, alongside new office space for the coaching staff and a modern external finish to the building to complement the internal development.
The Club view investment in the Academy and Training round as key to the future success of the both the first team and all academy teams. SMiSA, who will become the majority shareholder in the summer, have supported to the cost of the internal renovation, while Kibble and their KibbleWorks team will carry out the maintenance work over the coming weeks.
The support and investment from two of St Mirren’s major shareholders coupled with the investment from the Club, continues the commitment everyone has to drive St Mirren forward.
As announced last week, the club has entered new strategic partnerships with Birkenhead United and Nelson Suburbs from New Zealand.
These partnerships, coupled with similar agreements with Rosario YFC in Northern Ireland and Para Hills Knights SC in Australia, are a big part of our vision to grow the St Mirren brand worldwide.
The club was pleased to have been granted both a Gold licence and a UEFA Licence, this shows the continued growth and hard work of those behind the scenes in supporting the ambitions of the Club.
We thank all supporters for the loyalty and patience as we prepare for next season. We are still in the process of finalising details for 2021/2022 season tickets and we will be releasing an update next week.
I would like to say a big thank you everyone who has supported the club over the last year - from our fans, sponsors, players, staff, directors, volunteers all the way through to our beloved Paisley Panda.
I would also like to say a thank you and good luck to the players who have now moved on from St Mirren. Whilst their contributions to the club were all different, we’re grateful to them for playing their part at the club. I would like to make a special mention to Jon Obika who scored 20 goals in his two seasons at St Mirren and engaged brilliantly with our all aspects of our club.
We are working hard in the background to add to the squad and hope to be able to announce some new signings very soon.
With the Premier Sports Cup fixtures being announced this afternoon we now have our first home fixture in the diary as we host Dunfermline at the SMiSA Stadium on Tuesday 13th July. I think I speak for everyone when I say we are excited about the prospect of having our supporters back in the stadium for the first time since March 2020. Football has not been the same without you and we cannot wait for you to return.