Fol­low­ing the Saints

New sup­port­ers clubs

Strathearn Herald - - HER@LD VIEW - Ross Gar­diner

A resur­gence in St John­stone sup­port from neigh­bour­ing towns and vil­lages has been wel­comed by the Perth club.

In years gone by, buses would flock to the Fair City’s McDiarmid Park from all cor­ners of Perthshire.

And now sup­port­ers are pulling to­gether to bring back the noise and the re­cently set-up Strat­hearn Saints has be­come the lat­est to pitch in.

A St Jo hn s t o n e spokesper­son said: “We’re de­lighted that the new group of sup­port­ers from the Strat­hearn area have formed and are getting or­gan­ised to fol­low the team as a recog­nised sup­port­ers club.

“Saints have a long tra­di­tion of hav­ing great back­ing from the peo­ple of Cri­eff and the sur­round­ing area and in­deed there used to be a sup­port­ers’ so­cial club in the town. We wish them ev­ery suc­cess and look for­ward to work­ing with them to the ben­e­fit of the team.”

Strat­hearn Saints was founded at the start of this sea­son and be­gan trans­port­ing fans from Cri­eff and the sur­round­ing area to McDiarmid Park.

Since ar­rang­ing a bus for the Europa League home clash with FK Trakai in June, chair­man Ian Win­dross hasn’t looked back.

He said: “We started run­ning the bus for the Euro­pean game and we’ve made it a reg­u­lar bus to all the home games now and some away ones.

“We usu­ally fill a bus of 16, and we were sold out for Satur­day’s trip to Dundee.”

The bus, which leaves from the Sta­tion Bar in Cri­eff, costs £ 5 and a club mem­ber­ship which guar­an­tees fans a seat costs £15.

Ian added: “There used to be a bus that ran from Cri­eff so it’s great to be run­ning one from the area again.”

Mean­while, Scone Saints Sup­port­ers Club is also send­ing out the ral­ly­ing call as Tommy Wright’s men con­tinue to per­form.

Now in its fourth sea­son, the group, chaired by Bob Reid, runs a 33-seater bus to home matches and is con­tin­u­ing to grow. But new faces are al­ways be­ing wel­comed.

Bob said: “St John­stone don’t charge us any­thing to park the bus at the door, which is great.

“We had around 15 peo­ple at first but it’s re­ally grown. It’s a great way to go to the game and get a pint be­fore kick off.”

The bus also costs £ 5, with kids trav­el­ling for free, and leaves from the Kin­n­ear Inn in Scone. The group also trav­els to away games through the Barossa Street Saints Club.

Strat­hearn Saints can be con­tacted on their Face­book and Twit­ter pages and are run­ning a quiz night fundraiser on Oc­to­ber 28 fol­low­ing the Partick This­tle away fix­ture.

Contact @rob51reid on Twit­ter for more Scone in­for­ma­tion.

The Wright stuff St John­stone boss Tommy Wright with his man­ager of the month award

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