St Mir­ren do the busi­ness ... at last

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As usual, St Mir­ren made us wait and wait ... and ter­rify us some more – but, fi­nally, on Satur­day, we got the re­sult our town’s team needed.

The party started and may go on for some time.

I had a wee laugh to my­self last Wed­nes­day though.

My wife Stacey and I de­cided that I’d take Wed­nes­day off – just in case Tues­day night in­volved some cel­e­brat­ing af­ter the Dundee United game.

Un­for­tu­nately, it didn’t go to plan and I found my­self at Pro-Life Fit­ness Cen­tre pound­ing a tread­mill.

At that point, I was think­ing “Could this go badly for us?”

But, thank­fully, on Satur­day the mighty Buddies did what they had to do.

As al­ways, on these oc­ca­sions I think about the great St Mir­ren sup­port­ers I have known over the years who are no longer with us.

In my own fam­ily and friends cir­cle, I think about my dad and my papa, two fa­nat­i­cal St Mir­ren fans who I have many fond mem­o­ries of at var­i­ous suc­cess­ful games.

In par­tic­u­lar, Stacey and I talk of the time in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-fi­nal of the Chal­lenge Cup against Mor­ton when my wee faither started act­ing more like a teenager than a ma­ture man in his 60s.

He was danc­ing and singing with the younger Saints fans and slag­ging our old ri­vals.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Mitchell, my old po­lit­i­cal men­tor, was a sea­son ticket holder.

I can re­mem­ber the joy he took in Pais­ley’s foot­ball team’s suc­cess.

But there are oth­ers who com­mit­ted a lot of their time to the club.

Peo­ple like Jimmy McIn­tosh, who or­gan­ised a team bus through good times and dif­fi­cult times, and of course the re­cently de­ceased Tam McGarry.

There are many more and no doubt they were all some­where watch­ing Satur­day’s game.

But that’s the thing about St Mir­ren.

It is not just a foot­ball club but, for many of us, a way of life.

Their re­sults can af­fect our whole week and have ruined many of mine in the past.

But, on this oc­ca­sion, it is time to en­joy and cel­e­brate with Jack Ross and his team.

We also need to re­mem­ber there are a lot of peo­ple in­volved in the club. From chair­man Gor­don Scott down, there has been a huge com­mit­ment to get us where we are now. Well done to every­one.

Fan­tas­tic re­sult And so the St Mir­ren cel­e­bra­tions be­gin

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