The 2011/2012 season will be remembered as a year of progress for us. Opinions will vary as to how much progress has been made, but you can’t argue with facts. Here is a run down of the achievements regarding our rollercoaster journey of progress this season. We have scored our highest number of top flight goals since 1989 (23 years). We have enjoyed our highest number of games undefeated in the top flight since 1988 (24 years). We achieved our best goal difference in the top flight since 1985 (27 years), our highest top flight league position since 1989 (23 years) and our highest number of top flight points since 3 points for a win were introduced in 1992 (20 years).
We have also seen the quality of our play recognised with Paul McGowan winning SPL Player of the Month for December and Kenny McLean winning SPL Young Player of the month in October, whilst being short listed for SPL Young Player of the Year. Craig Samson was called into the Scotland squad, Kenny McLean played the Scotland Under-21′s against Italy and both Jason Naismith and Thomas Reilly played for the Scotland Under-18′s against Serbia.
These are markers along the road on what has been an exciting journey of progress for this wonderful Club. This journey has just begun. We have plans in place to take us to continue the progression and hope to enjoy further success in the seasons to come. Year on year progress, whilst living within our financial means and developing fresh young talent, is what our Club must aim for and what we are working hard to deliver. Watch this space.
I would like to thank you, the fans, for your backing this season. We have been thrilled to receive numerous letters and e-mails regarding how pleased you are with the style in which the team is playing and how entertained you have been. I am the first to admit that there is still a lot of work to be done and there is a lot of room for improvement, but by everyone working together, giving their best, we can continue to improve and enjoy further levels of success. You have been the 12th man for us on a match day and we need great support more than ever for us to continue our progression.
I know many of you are facing tough challenges in your household finances and what I am about to put to you is a big ask. The fans are the lifeblood of this Club. You have invested so much time, money and emotion into supporting this Club over the years. I think of you every week when I am training and picking a team to put on the pitch, to wear the Saints jersey and represent your Club well. I would urge you to help your Club improve by buying a season ticket in the weeks ahead.
I believe we are potentially at the dawn of a new era for St Mirren and Scottish football. I would ask you to be united with us in our efforts to make this Club shine in this time of uncertainty. We want you to be a big part of this. All we ask is that you commit to buying a season ticket and enjoy seeing what your team does in the season ahead.
Thank you once again for your valued support.