Chairman's Update - March 2020

Tony Fitzpatrick Stand

Slowly but surely we are starting to make the stadium feel more like home.

As a board we felt that naming the stands would help with that ambition and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to start the process than celebrating Tony’s contribution to our club over the last 40 plus years by naming a stand after him. If anyone hasn’t seen the video where we ambushed him at the unveiling, I suggest you take a look.

We have rebranded the existing signs on the stand for now but will be installing more prominent signage during the close season.

St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation

The Foundation continues to grow and evolve and has been renamed to better reflect its status.

For the second year running Christmas dinner was provided by volunteers to ensure that people in need were not left eating Christmas dinner alone. This is just one example of the good work the foundation is doing as it continues to evolve.

One of the big fundraising events in the calendar is the Hunter Foundation Kilt Walk on April 26th. I would like to encourage all St.Mirren fans to take part in this great event and raise as much sponsorship money as possible. The Hunter foundation adds 50% to all monies raised so it is a great opportunity to assist the foundation raise funds that help stage events like the Christmas dinner.

If you are interested in taking part then please contact [email protected] or if you just want to make a donation you can do so here.

Rails in Vomitories

As a result of incidents at other stadiums we are having to increase the heights of the safety rails on top of the walls adjacent to the vomitories within the terracing. We are working on a design that will limit the impact on sight lines as much as possible while conforming to the new guidelines. Our plan is to have them installed before the end of the season so that people will be able to see if there is any impact on the view from their existing season ticket seat.

Shirt supplier and sponsor

Joma have been a great partner for the last three years, delivering quality products on time. We are delighted to announce that we have extended that contract for a further three years.

Skyview Capital have once again confirmed their continued support of the club as the main shirt sponsor for next season.

Energy Check have signed a three-year deal as short sponsor and will become our Official Energy Partners.

I would like to thank them all for their support.

Coronavirus

We receive regular updates from the SPFL on the latest guidelines and health recommendations and ensure that all senior staff are copied in and act on the guidelines contained within this information to minimise the risk of exposure to our staff and supporters.

We would like to reassure all our supporters that the club is in a strong financial position to deal with any eventuality that arises.

Further updates from the club on this will be available in due course.

Environment

We are constantly looking at ways we can be more environmentally friendly and with the change of all stadium and academy lighting to LED now complete we are now looking at other ways we can continue this evolution.

As part of their sponsorship deal Energy Check are carrying out assessments at the stadium and the academy to see how we can become more efficient with all our utilities.

The SMiSA clean up team do a great job cleaning up the terraces after matches. As a result of the knowledge gained by that SMiSA have researched and implemented a scheme to provide recycling bins in the vomitories in all stands to try to encourage fans to bin their rubbish and assist us with recycling.

Your help in ensuring this is a success will be much appreciated.

The Chairman

It has been an honour to be the first and last individual to own a majority shareholding in our football club. We have achieved a lot of positive things in the past 3 and a half years and I couldn’t have scripted a better end to that era than the 4-4 draw with Motherwell in the Scottish cup. That game epitomised the passion and drama that I would love to see every week.

Since we took over in 2016 we have been looking for a fan ownership model that would work best for St Mirren. I feel that, in association with SMiSA and Kibble, we have created a partnership that can stand the test of time and promote all the positives that this model can bring.

I would personally like to thank everybody who has worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to pull this together.

I thank you all for your support and, as Chairman, look forward to exploring and helping deliver all the exciting possibilities that our partnership with SMiSA and Kibble can bring to our football club.

And finally……….

The last couple of months of the season are upon us and the team need your support more than ever. It’s a cliché but the fans truly can be the 12th man and make a huge difference both home and away by bringing your positive support.

We’ve been through some testing times over the last 3 seasons and sticking together has helped us deliver a positive outcome each time.

This season will be no different.

Stay right behind Jim and the team. COYS!