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Excellent retort from LTHV:


http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/lothian-thistle-left-bemused-by-st-mirren-s-saughton-statement-1-4601606


Lothian Thistle left bemused by St Mirren’s Saughton statement

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have expressed their bemusement after Championship league leaders St Mirren issued a statement regarding supporter safety ahead of this month’s Scottish Cup third-round tie at Saughton Enclosure. The East of Scotland League champions will welcome the Paisley outfit to the Capital venue a fortnight on Saturday, having overcome SPFL League 2 side Stirling Albion in the previous round.

Lothian confirmed preparations are well under way to ensure all safety regulations are met, with over 1200 St Mirren fans expected to make the trip along the M8. The club insists they have had regular dialogue with the likes of Police Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, the SFA and St Mirren, with all parties in agreement that the match should go ahead as planned. However, a club statement posted on Saints’ official website yesterday suggested otherwise.

Lothian manager Raymond Carr was astonished to learn of his opponents’ reservations over staging the tie at Saughton.

“We had another meeting on Monday just there and everyone appeared in agreement, including St Mirren,” he said.

“As far as I’m concerned everything went as well as expected. I think they’re thinking about things like what if it is bucketing of rain. Maybe one or two directors of the club are saying to themselves ‘oh where are we going to stand’? I don’t know. As long as we have the safety aspects in place, which we will do, then I don’t see what the problem is. Police Scotland are all happy with what is going to be put in place with regard to toilets and refreshment vans and what have you.

“All the information will be on the tickets informing St Mirren fans of what end of Saughton they have to come in at. Is it the venue they are used to? No it certainly isn’t. So I don’t know where this is coming from. They have already said they want to play at Saughton, their players and manager want to.

“What they should stop doing is trying to take the romantic side away from it. My guys can brag to their kids when they are older that they played St Mirren at Saughton in the Scottish Cup."

The SFA confirmed to the Evening News that the game will go ahead at Saughton Enclosure on Saturday, November 18, with a 1pm kick off.

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It does make St mirren statement look strange but let's just get on with it and hope for a great spectacle. 

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Tickets on sale from club rooms today and Thursday all day for St mirren game. 

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Countdown to the biggest game in the history of the club begins. Lots of hardwork gone in. Hope it goes off well. 

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57 minutes ago, rigano said:

Countdown to the biggest game in the history of the club begins. Lots of hardwork gone in. Hope it goes off well. 

Great game for the fans to look forward too. Hopefully the wee bit of extra money they get will help towards one or two of the projects they have on facilities. Good luck for Sat! 

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15 hours ago, rigano said:

Countdown to the biggest game in the history of the club begins. Lots of hardwork gone in. Hope it goes off well. 

Hope you all have a great week to Saturday and enjoy the day. Hopefully you make a few quid as well, you deserve it. Am I right in saying the gate money gets halved????? If so maybe the away team will tell you keep it all

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On 13/11/2017 at 12:46, heedthebaa said:

Hope you all have a great week to Saturday and enjoy the day. Hopefully you make a few quid as well, you deserve it. Am I right in saying the gate money gets halved????? If so maybe the away team will tell you keep it all

It gets halfed after reasonable expenses. It's cheap tickets so not sure it will be a massive earner. Don't think at mirren have sold their allocation. 

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