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St Mirren

Ground Name: St Mirren Park, But the fans still like to call it Love Street Capacity: 10,800 (all seated)
Address: Love St, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2EJ
Telephone No:  0141 889 2558
Fax No: 0141 848 6444
Ticket Office: 0141 840 4100
Ticket Office Fax: 0141 848 9222
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: The Buddies
Year Ground Opened: 1895
Shirt Sponsors:
Braehead Shopping Centre
Home Kit Colours:
Black & White
Away Kit Colours: Sky & Navy Blue
3rd Kit Colours: Red With White Trim
Kit Manufacturers: Hummel
Official Web Site: www.saintmirren.net
Unofficial Web Sites: www.blackandwhitearmy.com

www.stmirren.info
Independent Supporters Association
Unofficial Buddies (Footy Mad Network)


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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Laidlaw Scott (West) Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzine
Layout Of The Ground

Fixtures 2008-2009
Record & Average Attendance

Hotel Accommodation
Feedback

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What's The Ground Like?

The ground shows both signs of its age and the ambition that is within the club.  The Main Stand is a simple top level and enclosure design stretching only halfway along the pitch straddling the halfway line. This stand is the smallest and oldest of the four. Directly opposite the Main Stand is the North Stand. This holds 4,200 fans and is popular with the hardcore St. Mirren fans. It is a seated terrace with shed style roof stretching the length of the pitch.  Access to this stand is by means of a large ramp, which stretches from the North East turnstiles over the corner and into the back of the stand. The Away stand is the Laidlaw Scott (West) stand, which is situated at one end of the pitch. This can hold 3,000 away fans but is rarely used completely. The most unusual thing about this stand is that it has a large external staircase on one side, which the away support climb before embarking down the steeply raked stand.  This is because the undercroft of the stand is taken up with indoor training pitches. At the other end is the Reid Kerr College Family Stand. This is a 2,200 capacity seated terrace with a cantilevered roof.

Thanks to David Tennant for providing a lot of the information on this page.

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Future Ground Developments
The Club are progressing well with the building of their new stadium at a site in Greenhill Road, approximately half a mile west of Love Street. It was hoped that the 8,000 capacity stadium would be completed in time for the start of the 2008/09 season, however the opening date has now been put back until January 2009, so the Club will continue at Love Street for a little while longer yet. The new stadium resemble's Airdrie United's New Broomfield stadium, with 4 separate single tier stands. Love Street has been sold off for a retail development.

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Looking Towards The Laidlaw Scott (West) Stand


Love Street

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are are given the best seats in the house which are located in the large Laidlaw Scott (West) stand, at one end of the ground where up to 3,000 can be accommodated. I have not heard of fans getting hassle outside the ground but caution should be exercised due to the ground location. The ground can be noisy inside and can on occasion make for an intimidating atmosphere.

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Where To Drink?
There are a couple of pubs near to the ground, although with the close proximity of the town centre many tend to drink there before heading to the game. The Wee Barrel on Love Street itself is a smallish two roomed pub, which gets very busy before games, but on my visit there was a good mix of home and away support and the service was good. George Clarke adds; 'The Cottage Arms next to a Chinese takeaway just off Greenock Road has long been a popular haunt for away fans, as the away coaches park up near there on Clark Street and it is only a few minutes walk away from the ground'.

In the town centre Peter Balmforth, recommends 'The Argyll Bar' and the 'Hole In the Wa' on Old Sneddon Street, which are both close to a chippy and bookies, although colours should be kept covered.
Peter adds 'if you're arriving by train then just outside the station entrance, is a Wetherspoons outlet called the 'Last Post'. However please note that fans are not admitted wearing colours, so remember to roll up your scarf and stick it in your pocket'. Rene a visiting Celtic supporter informs me: 'I found the Wallace Bar on Causeyside Street in the town centre, to be a friendly enough place to enjoy a beer'.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

The ground is particularly easy to get to due to its proximity to the M8.  Away fans travelling from the east side of Paisley should make their way to the M8 and continue westbound to junction 29, the St. James interchange.  They should then turn left into the Greenock road towards the town centre until they reach Albion Street on the left.  From here away fans should be able to enter the Caledonia stand.  Parking is not available at the ground so people should park in the surrounding streets.  I would personally recommend parking nearer to the town centre in one of the car parks.  Car parks can be found off Moss Street, and some places can be found behind the court in Glen Street. Failing this, Glasgow Airport is only around mile from the ground (though it can be expensive). 

For a map showing the location of Love Street in Paisley click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
Paisley Gilmour Street is on a main line from Glasgow Central Station and is only 400 yards from the ground.  As you come out of the station entrance walk up the road straight in front of you and turn right at the Last Post pub and then right again so that you are coming back on yourself (the ground is effectively behind the station). Go straight down this road going under a railway bridge and at the crossroads with the busy A726 go straight on which brings you into Love Street. The ground is down this road on the left.

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Local Rivals

Greenock Morton.

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Admission Prices 

The club operate a category system for matches (A, B & C), so that admission prices are varied dependant on which club is being played. Category B & Category C match prices are shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
Main Stand: Adults 25 (B 21) (C 20), Concessions 17 (B 15) (C 13)
North Stand & Enclosure:
Adults 20 (B 18) (C 18), Concessions 13 (B 12) (C 12) Under 16's 10 (B 10) (C 10)
Reid Kerr College (East) Stand:
Adults 20 (B 18) (C 18), Concessions 13 (B 12) (C 12) Under 16's 10 (B 10) (C 10),
1 Adult + 1 Child (26), (B 24) (C 24), Additional Child on family ticket 6.

Away Fans:
Laidlaw Scott (West) Stand
Main Stand: Adults 25 (B 21) (C 20), Concessions 17 (B 15) (C 13)
For Category B & C Stands Family Tickets are available: 1 Adult + 1 Child (B 30) (C 30), Additional Child on family ticket 10.
 

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Disabled Facilities
There are some places in front of the Laidlaw Scott (West) Stand for away fans.  Disabled home supporters are catered for on the rear concourse at the back of the Reid Kerr College (East) Stand. Access is from near the main stand turnstile and up a series of ramps. Wheelchair users are admitted free of charge. A helper pays 12 admittance.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme 2.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2008-2009
For the St Mirren fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
47,438 v Celtic, August 20th 1949.

Average Attendance:
2007-2008: 4,547 (Premier League)
2006-2007: 5,609 (Premier League)
2005-2006: 3,798 (Division One)

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Paisley page click here.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.


 


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Copyright Duncan Adams 2008. All rights reserved.
Last Revised: 07 January, 2008