St Mirren Fans Demanded Celtic’s Allocation Cut. Of Course They Should Pay For It.

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Today, St Mirren are asking their supporters to volunteer to pay a £30 one-off “levy” to offset the costs of empty seats at their ground. Please note the use of the word “volunteer.” They aren’t forcing their fans to do this, just hoping that they will.

I think that’s rather optimistic. We’re firmly in the grip of cost of living crisis Hell now, and clubs making such demands on their fans would be outrageous, but asking them to do it voluntarily is a strategy I don’t see paying off much.

But you know what? This is the right approach. St Mirren fans are the ones who have explicitly demanded this, and they have two options having done so; they can see the club’s revenues fall and therefore what the manager gets to spend fall in return, or they can make up the shortfall by putting the money back into the club themselves.

Those are the choices. Those are the only choices. Why should the directors have to make up that shortfall when their preferred option would be to sell tickets to us? Why should they be expected to cover the costs of all those empty seats when there are customers out there willing to buy them … but the club’s own supporters won’t allow that?

This is the tyranny of the mob, and I find it incredible that Ibrox fan groups are wailing about this when their own moaning to their own board resulted in restrictions for us. There is a very good argument for saying that their own behaviour opened the floodgates here, and so I have zero sympathy for them and they can bitch into the mirror.

St Mirren’s fans will not, in any great numbers, pay that £30. And since the directors have made it clear that they aren’t going to make up the shortfall it is going to come out of the manager’s budget and that’s the reality of it.

Their fan groups got their way.

But one way or another, it is going to cost them.

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  • Tom Foolery says:

    St Mirren fans are just huns without the bus fare through to Govan…

  • Seppington says:

    As a Greenockian let me just say get it right up them. May relegation be the outcome of their season.

  • Saulgoodman says:

    These clubs never fail to suprise me – killie st mirren Aberdeen motherwell dundee utd thousands empty seats at least 5 thousand more Glasgow fans willing to pay £30 – do the maths £150 large x 2 in some cases ! They’re getting beat no matter whose in the ground , don’t they like money ….

  • JimBhoy says:

    They’ll pick up around £3k. Great business plan, no more free loans from SPFL either. Vicious circle cos their fans hate to see our fans celebrate but will be less in the pot to better their team so guess what, more Celtic celebrating.

    They need a club tropicana and a system to give their team money for access to tickets and other privs, gullible folk who don’t ask any real questions of those in charge of their club.

  • Scud Missile says:

    Off the topic here (as I don’t like topics) but it is so funny listening to radio sevco snyde.
    Oh they are all BITCHING like mad even trying to beat each other who can BITCH the most.
    Bartley, Hannah and Duncan the presenter the 3 wicked BITCHES of West.
    Lol all screaming BLUE MURDER magic stuff, but I will tell you this and I can bet you anything you want Wullie Wonka has reffed his last game of the season for sevco for this season, Infact he may never ref another sevco game.
    Radio Snyde and other radio stations like Talksport as well as TV and newspapers will make sure Wullie is finished in getting to ref sevco eV again.
    But listening to their voices on radio snyde tonight they are ABSOLUTELY GUTTED.

    • Roonsa says:

      What comcerns me is how the huns are allowed to question Collum’s competency. If the SPFL and SFA had any teeth, the club would be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. But we all know this isn’t going to happen. That shower of absolute fucking cunts are a law unto themselves.

  • Henry Craig says:

    Disagree with your take on this situation with St Mirren fans it’s there club and they can do what they feel regarding situation of away fans, the board agreed to cut allocation of away fans so think its very harsh to make their own fans pay more, after all they did agree to cut ticket allocation

    • Roonsa says:

      Henry. That does not make a lick of sense. Read the article again. At no point does the author say he doesn’t think whay the board of St Mirren FC is not for them to do. What he is saying, effectively, is that there is cause and effect. They had a choice. They made it. See what happens now, bitch. It’s really a shame as it would be good to have more home fans in the stadium but this is the way it has been since as long as I can remember. And I get it. Football is an expensive game now so you can’t blame people for staying away if there is very little chance of your team actually winning anything.

  • David Miller says:

    Only in the mad world of Scottish football do we lock out paying customers, then play to thousands of empty seats , costing clubs tens of thousands of pounds.

  • F DONNELLY says:

    A lot of Saint Mirren fans have already paid the £30 and also invested in buy a bud a ticket .and help make saints a fan owned club.

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