Fitzy says ti­tle suc­cess has boosted Pais­ley

Paisley Daily Express - - The Neil Deal - Craig Ritchie

St Mir­ren leg­end Tony Fitz­patrick be­lieves Saints’ suc­cess story will pull the town to­gether hav­ing rev­elled in their ti­tle cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day night.

The club chief ex­ec­u­tive ad­mits he was blown away as the par­ties spilled out on to the streets of Pais­ley fol­low­ing St Mir­ren’s ti­tle win.

And hav­ing joined in the party along with the play­ers and fel­low board mem­bers, Fitz­patrick reck­ons it could be the be­gin­ning of some­thing spe­cial.

He told Ex­press Sport: “It has been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney for ev­ery­one in­volved in the club. Some peo­ple look at the league win that Le­ices­ter had and say it was a fairy­tale, but this is some­thing else when you con­sider where we were just this time last year.

“The change at the club has been re­mark­able and it is un­ri­valled in my eyes. It is amazing what can be achieved when you have ev­ery­one pulling in the one di­rec­tions. Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the sup­port­ers, has bought into what it is we are try­ing to achieve here.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see Pais­ley packed on Satur­day night. I don’t of­ten go out in Pais­ley town cen­tre, but that was the Pais­ley that I re­mem­ber from my play­ing days, The place was jump­ing and the town was just alive on Satur­day.

“The feel­good fac­tor has re­turned to the town and both our­selves, and all the peo­ple in­volved in the City of Cul­ture bid de­serve enour­mous credit for that.

“The 2021 team has played a huge role in bring­ing Pais­ley to­gether, now we have picked up that baton and it has been fan­tas­tic.

“These are the sort of scenes that we want to see. And I’m sure we will be­cause there will be an­other party next Satur­day too.”

St Mir­ren sealed the ti­tle with three games still left to go thanks to Satur­day’s 0-0 draw at home to sec­ond placed Liv­ingston.

It brought an end to a few weeks of wait­ing to get the job done. But with the top flight now back in St Mir­ren’s sights, fol­low­ing three years away, Fitz­patrick in­sists that the club will not be rest­ing on its lau­rels.

He added: “It is im­por­tant to stress that this is just the be­gin­ning. This isn’t the end, this is just the start.

“Jack and the play­ers have been mag­nif­i­cent to a man through­out this and the ti­tle is noth­ing less than they de­serve but that has only made us hun­grier for even more. We know it won’t al­ways be easy but we want to build upon what we

It was fanas­tic to see Pais­ley packed on Satur­day night. The place was jump­ing Tony Fitz­patrick

have achieved this sea­son.

“But with Jack in charge we know we have the per­fect man in the dugout. We all be­lieve in what it is that we are try­ing to achieve here.

“Ev­ery­one has played a role in this suc­cess but the im­por­tant thing is now to carry on that mo­men­tum.

“This foot­ball club is on the way back up again, the way it should be, but we have shown some am­bi­tion and we want to keep it go­ing.”

Op­ti­mistic Tony Fitz­patrick

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