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St Mirren FC boss ‘bears’ up to school storytelling session

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St Mirren FC boss –  and children’s author – Tony Fitzpatrick  was in for a storytelling treat along with a class of P3 pupils when he visited St Catherine’s Primary School in Paisley.

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The local football legend was in the Gallowhill school to join a storytelling session of his book Babakoochi Bear – The Promise: Together Again, published last year in memory of his late son Tony.

The session was the first time that the popular St Mirren Director and Chief Executive had heard a story teller narrate the loving tribute he penned to Tony jnr, who died in 1983 aged just six.

Tony sat with the 22 Primary 3 pupils who took it in turns to hear children and families mobile library worker Laurence Doherty tell the adventures of the magical bear – named after father Tony’s nickname for his wee boy.  And all the action took place in Renfrewshire Leisure’s award-winning Skoobmobile early years outreach bus on one of its regular visits to St Catherine’s.

While one half of the class was captivated by the storytelling, the other half took part in mini focus group sessions by the Council’s Paisley 2021 officials to hear what the children like about Paisley – and what they would like happen if Paisley is awarded the  coveted UK City of Culture title.

Tony spoke about his book and its characters to the youngsters and donated copies to St Catherine’s school and the Skoobmobile.

His visit was a welcome return to St Catherine’s Primary School as his twins – Steven and James, now aged 27 – attended the primary school for a while as nippers.

Tony said: “It was a terrific experience to hear Babakoochi read by a storyteller – it really came over well and was a great moment for me.

“I loved the experience – the kids really took Babakoochi and the other characters to heart. They started to speak about their own losses. One wee girl said she had lost her dog and her gran – it was wonderful to hear them talking about the themes in the book.”

Originally Tony had hoped to bring along his second Babakoochi Bear story: “The Dream: You Can Do This” – due out in a few weeks with the plot based around Babakoochi’s ambition to become a footballer.

This time, says Tony, the theme will be about the importance of self-belief and determination in reaching goals in life.  

Babakoochi is told he’s too small to become a footballer and has to work hard to prove everyone wrong – a theme from Tony’s own young life before he went on to have a glittering football playing career which included captaining St Mirren to the Scottish Cup Final in 1987.

Despite his new book not quite ready to show to the pupils, Tony relished the chance to be with the youngsters.

“It was also really nice to be back in St Catherine’s. I used to pick the boys up from school there.  It was a great day.”

Teresa Brown, Head Teacher of St Catherine’s, said: “Tony’s visit and the Skoobmobile sessions were wonderful opportunities and a great way to inspire the children.

“To welcome an author who has written such a marvellous book and to hear reading brought to the life by the narrator was a fantastic experience for all the children.  

“We’ve already begun reading the book which Tony so kindly gave to the school – and the children are loving it!

“We’re also delighted to have the chance to contribute to the 2021 bid to become UK City of Culture.  St Catherine’s has 14 Active Citizenship groups and one of them is for Paisley 2021 – they’re very involved in doing what we can to promote and support Paisley’s goal of getting the UK title.”

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Macca in town to kick off Pro-Life charity match

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A team of football legends organised by former St Mirren boss Alex Rae and featuring former Celtic and West Ham player Frank McAvennie will fulfill their pledge to a Paisley charity when they take part in a five a side challenge game on Monday night. (Oct 17).

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The unbeaten squad will face big-hearted Buddie Neil McMahon’s determined hopefuls in the match at Pro-Life Fitness Centre in the town’s New Sneddon Street.

Neil won the chance to get a team together to face the legends line up after he put in the highest bid at a charity auction to raise funds for Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

Macca will take to the pitch alongside team mates that include ex Aberdeen, Celtic and Scotland  player Joe Miller.

Alex Rae and ex Dundee United star Andy McLaren will also be joined by well known sports journalist and broadcaster Mark Guidi who completes the celebrity line up.

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Neil’s Nutters  are looking forward to the match against the celebrity team which will be played under the floodlights at the adjoining Pro 5’s with a kick off at 7pm.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC said: “Alex Rae who is a great friend of the charity donated the game for our recent fundraiser and Neil who is a fantastic supporter of Pro-Life and what we do here for our hospices put in the highest bid.

“It would be great if we got a crowd along to support them. It promises to be great fun and a tough fought game. Everyone is welcome and there will be a light buffet afterwards.”

 

 

October Week – Football Camps

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St Mirren in the Community are now taking bookings for the upcoming October Week Holiday Football Camps.
The Camps will run over the school October Week holiday at the club’s exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome from Monday 17th October to Friday 21st October.
There will be camps for 3 to 5 year olds and 6 to 12 year olds, a Goalkeeper Camp and a Breakfast Club for those who need to drop their kids off at the camps a bit earlier.
Participants at the Football Camps are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades), shin guards and goalkeeper gloves (if appropriate) in addition to a light healthy snack and plenty of water/non-fizzy drinks.
Bookings can be made by downloading and printing the booking form, completing it in full and returning it to the address provided.
To download the booking form please click HERE.
For further information please contact the St Mirren in the Community team by e-mail: communityadmin@stmirren.com.

Community Football Centres – Update

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St Mirren in the Community would like to remind parents of changes to the community football classes timetable due to the upcoming holiday weekend.
In addition to the classes at Gryffe High School and Rashielea Primary School on Friday 23rd September and the classes at St Paul’s Primary School on Monday 26th September all being cancelled due to the holiday, the football centres at the Carbrini@JD Airdome on Saturday 24th September and Sunday 25th September are also cancelled.
The revised timetable for the next week is as follows:
Tuesday 20th September
Kilbarchan Primary School, Kilbarchan – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Kilbarchan Primary School, Kilbarchan – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 21st September
Ralston Primary School, Ralston – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Ralston Primary School, Ralston – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday 22nd September
Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Friday 23rd September
No classes due to holiday weekend.
Saturday 24th September
No classes due to holiday weekend
Sunday 25th September
No classes due to holiday weekend
Monday 26th September
No classes due to holiday weekend.
The first session is free then £3.50 per session thereafter made payable on the day.
For further information about Community Football Centres please call (0141) 889-2558 or e-mail communityadmin@stmirren.com.
To download the timetable please click HERE.

Development League: Dundee United 4-1 St Mirren

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The St Mirren Under-20 side headed to Tannadice Park last night where they went down 4-1 to Dundee United in the SPFL Development League.
The home side took the lead on the 15 minute mark as Reece Willison saved Jordan Garden’s shot but the ball broke to Matty Smith who forced it home to open the scoring.
St Mirren continued to battle away and carved out some opportunities but couldn’t capitalise on them and went into the half-time break a goal down.
Allan McManus made a couple of changes to his side for the start of the second half bringing on Nathan Flanagan and Conor O’Keefe to replace Calum Gallagher and Kyle McAllister but they hardly had a chance to settle into the game as United stretched their lead on 51 minutes when Garden headed home a free-kick to put the home side 2-0 up.
Three minutes later Garden found the back of the net again to put United three-up and on the hour mark they sealed the three points as Aaron Murrell headed the ball past Willison for number four.
Saints pulled a goal back on 69 minutes when Andrew McDonald forced the ball home from close range but it was too little too late for Saints to make a comeback as they fell to their second defeat of the season.
St Mirren: Willison, McNaughton, Barclay, Magennis, McKendry, McDonald, Gallacher (Flanagan 46), Walker, Orsi, McLear, McAllister (O’Keefe 46).

U20: Match Day Info

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The St Mirren Under-20 side will be looking to get back on track this evening as they head north-east to face their counterparts from Dundee United.
The SPFL Development League encounter on Monday 19th September between the young Buddies and Terrors will take place at Tannadice Park.
The match will kick-off at 6:00pm.
The referee for this fixture will be Steven Traynor.
For more news on the SPFL Development League please click HERE.

Gallery: Dumbarton v St Mirren

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St Mirren had to battle back from a goal down on Saturday to get a share of the points in a 1-1 draw in the Ladbrokes Championship match against Dumbarton at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.
St Mirren started the early exchanges well but despite coming close on a couple of occasions they found themselves a goal down on 15 minutes when the home side caught Saints on the break and played the ball into the penalty-area which was swept past Scott Gallacher by Andy Stirling to open the scoring.
Saints battled their way back into the game and got a deserved equaliser four minutes before the half-time break when Tom Walsh’s cross picked out Ryan Hardie who headed the ball into the back of the net.
Both sides had chances to win the match in the second half but had to settle for a share of the points.
Official Website photographer, Allan Picken was at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium to capture all the action.
© Allan Picken Photography.

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Travel Clubs – Dunfermline (24 Sep)

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On Saturday 24th September, St Mirren head to ‘The Kingdom of Fife’ for a Ladbrokes Championship match-up with Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.
We are now looking for information on supporters’ buses which will be going to East End Park for the match.
If you wish to have your bus included on the list please send your info to norrie.jamieson@stmirren.com and we’ll make sure it gets online!
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Cockles Wilson Supporters Bus
The bus will leave at 3:30pm for Dunfermline.
Bus tickets are on sale in The Bankhouse.
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Tile Bar Supporters Bus
The bus for the game away to Dunfermline will leave at 3:30pm.
Bus tickets are now on sale in the bar.
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North End Travel Club
Owing to the holiday weekend and the later kick-off time The North End Travel Club are sharing a bus with the Chivas Club to Dunfermline.
The bus will leave the Court Bar at 3:00pm.
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Chivas Travel Club
We are sharing a bus with The North End Travel Club for the game at Dunfermline.
The bus will leave the Court Bar at 3:00pm.
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Community Football Centres – Holiday Weekend Changes

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St Mirren in the Community would like to remind parents of changes to the community football classes timetable due to the upcoming holiday weekend.
The classes at Gryffe High School and Rashielea Primary School on Friday 23rd September and the classes at St Paul’s Primary School on Monday 26th September will all be cancelled due to the holiday.
The revised timetable for the next week is as follows:
Monday 19th September
St Pauls Primary School, Foxbar – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
St Pauls Primary School, Foxbar – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday 20th September
Kilbarchan Primary School, Kilbarchan – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Kilbarchan Primary School, Kilbarchan – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Arkleston Primary School, Renfrew – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 21st September
Ralston Primary School, Ralston – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Ralston Primary School, Ralston – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday 22nd September
Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – Age: 3-5yrs – Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Lochbarr Services, Lochwinnoch – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Friday 23rd September
No classes due to holiday weekend.
Saturday 24th September
Carbrinin@JD Airdome – Age: 3-7yrs – Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Carbrinin@JD Airdome – Age: 8-12yrs – Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Sunday 25th September
Carbrinin@JD Airdome – Age: 3-6yrs – Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Carbrinin@JD Airdome – Age: 7-12yrs – Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Carbrinin@JD Airdome (Additional Supports Needs Football) – Age: 6-12yrs – Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Monday 26th September
No classes due to holiday weekend.
The first session is free then £3.50 per session thereafter made payable on the day.
For further information about Community Football Centres please call (0141) 889-2558 or e-mail communityadmin@stmirren.com.
To download the timetable please click HERE.

Board Statement: Alex Rae and David Farrell

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St Mirren have terminated the contracts of both Manager Alex Rae and Assistant Manager David Farrell.
The Head of the Club’s Academy, Allan McManus will take the team on an interim basis until a successor is appointed. This will be the Board’s immediate priority.
The Board would like to thank both Alex and David for all of their efforts on behalf of the Club and wish them all the best for the future.
St Mirren FC will be making no further comment at this time.