A new year has arrived ... and fans on Buddie Banter have a new sense of optimism that 2013 could bring good times for St Mirren.
Danny Lennon’s men bagged an impressive haul of eight SPL points from a possible 12 over the festive season.
They defeated Motherwell 2-1 during a nervy Friday night encounter in Paisley and then followed that up with a hard-earned 2-2 Boxing Day draw against Inverness Caley Thistle in the Highlands and a sensational 4-3 victory over Dundee United at Tannadice last Sunday before kicking off 2013 with a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
It’s fair to say that Saints have regained their form after a disastrous run of defeats earlier this season.
And with a League Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic taking place later this month, not to mention an ongoing Scottish Cup campaign, there is plenty for the Paisley faithful to look forward to.
Jackie Christie, of Renfrew, got in touch with Buddie Banter to say: “I’d like to wish Danny and the players all the best for 2013.
“I’ve got a feeling this could be a great year to be a St Mirren fan. Kilmarnock won a major trophy last year, so why shouldn’t we aim to do the same?
“My cousin was over from Australia at Christmas time and I took him along to the home games against Motherwell and Kilmarnock. It was the first time he’s been able to see Saints live for more than a year and he was impressed by the way we went on the attack, even if we looked a bit shaky at the back at times.
“He’s promised to come back over to Scotland if we get to either the League Cup or Scottish Cup final this season. What a day out that would be.”
Saints fans have also taken to Twitter to have their say on St Mirren’s recent form and Chris Baillie (@baillie91) reckons the unbeaten run over the festive season is a boot in the crackers for those who had a pop at gaffer Lennon earlier in the season.
He said: “Anyone who questioned Danny Lennon needs to get real.
“We’re St Mirren, we’re not world beaters. He’s building a team on a shoestring budget.”
There is also a feeling that the Buddies might have been unlucky not to bag all three points against Kilmarnock, who had goalkeeper Cameron Bell to thank after he made a string of stunning saves.
Black & White Army (@bawarmy) tweeted: “Both teams did well in awful conditions. Cammy Bell MoM for me. Both pens looked soft.
“Just one defeat from the last eight SPL games for St Mirren. Feeling a wee buzz about the club again. Great stuff.”
And Paisley MSP George Adam (@GeorgeAdam) fired a blast at Killie manager Kenny Shiels for his post-match comments.
George said: “Heard Kenny Shiels on Radio Scotland. Bitter or what? Get a grip mate.”
Meanwhile, St Mirren’s old foes Morton are still sitting pretty at the top of the First Division, despite losing 3-0 at home to lowly Dumbarton in midweek.
And there are plenty of Buddies who would love to see the Greenock men making the step up to the SPL.
Pie and Bovril (@pieandbov) said: “Although I’m a St Mirren fan, I freely admit I am delighted Morton are top of the First Division.
“The SPL NEEDS the Renfrewshire derby!”
Finally, Saints supporters have been paying tribute to one of the Paisley club’s best-loved fans, Jimmy McIntosh, who died yesterday.
Club bosses have described 89-year-old Jimmy, who was better known as ‘Toshie,’ as a legend – and the supporters couldn’t agree more.
Martyn Hunter (@bud72) said: “RIP Jimmy McIntosh. A true Saints fan. Referees and linesmen are going to get it easy from now on!”
Jordan Byrne (@Jordan_1877) added: “Sorry to hear of the passing of Toshie. Absolute legend.”
And David Tennant (@Tennants_Lager) said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Toshie. A true Saints legend. Thoughts are with his family and many friends at this time.”
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