John Sutton: It’s been a fantastic place to play

St Mirren’s game on Saturday away to Falkirk marked the last game of the season, but also marked the end of some players’ tenure with the club.
One player who will move on this summer that will remain in the hearts of St Mirren supporters, is striker John Sutton.
Speaking to Buddievision, Sutton spoke about how emotional he was feeling in his last game, as he got to run on to the park for one final time in St Mirren colours.

He said: “It’s been four fantastic years in different ways. From promotion to staying up, and being part of that has just been incredible. But more than that, just coming in to work every day; the people at the club who cook the lunches, people who put things on for the kids etc.
"The fans have been fantastic, they’ve been with us everywhere, through thick and thin, through good times and bad.
"It’s going to be a shame, but at the same time I’m looking forward to a new challenge somewhere. I just hope St Mirren keep going from strength to strength." 

Sutton returned to The Buddies in 2016 and played a vital role in helping the team avoid relegation to the third tier of Scottish football. He scored 13 goals during the 2016/17 campaign, but insists that he always believed the team were good enough to survive the drop. 

He continued: "Last season was strange, because Hibs were in the league and Dundee Utd were really strong. We felt we had a good chance with the calibre of players we had.
"But we just never got it together, and obviously we put ourselves in such a bad situation that people looked at it like an unbelievable escape. So we’ve just taken that momentum forward. 
"The young boys have come in and done brilliant. You don’t even think they’re young anymore – Morgy, Magennis, Bairdy – they’re established players.
"Everyone has just done fantastic and it’s a brilliant club to be at when things are going well. In fairness, it’s not so bad when things are going badly, people still get behind you. It’s been a fantastic place to play." 

The towering centre forward’s first spell at the club started in 2005 when he was brought to the club by Gus MacPherson from Dundee, where he assisted the club to a Challenge Cup and League double. Now picking up his second league winners medal with The Saints he has firmly cemented himself as a club legend.   

He added: "I don’t know about that, I don’t think about that. I always think individual awards in football are funny, because it’s a team game.
"In my first spell here, I think there was joke that Simon Lappin was getting me a move somewhere; the amount of balls he put on my head. You’re reliant on service and you’re reliant on the boys at the back.
 "The four years I’ve played with the team has been fantastic with what we’ve achieved. More than that, it’s great to do it for the supporters out there.
"All the best for the future and hopefully you’ll see St Mirren towards the top end of the Premier League and maybe picking up some silverware again."

 
    
 St Mirren’s game on Saturday away to Falkirk marked the last game of the season, but also marked the end of some players’ tenure with the club.
One player who will move on this summer that will remain in the hearts of St Mirren supporters, is striker John Sutton.
Speaking to Buddievision, Sutton spoke about how emotional he was feeling in his last game, as he got to run on to the park for one final time in St Mirren colours.

He said: “It’s been four fantastic years in different ways. From promotion to staying up, and being part of that has just been incredible. But more than that, just coming in to work every day; the people at the club who cook the lunches, people who put things on for the kids etc.
"The fans have been fantastic, they’ve been with us everywhere, through thick and thin, through good times and bad.
"It’s going to be a shame, but at the same time I’m looking forward to a new challenge somewhere. I just hope St Mirren keep going from strength to strength." 

Sutton returned to The Buddies in 2016 and played a vital role in helping the team avoid relegation to the third tier of Scottish football. He scored 13 goals during the 2016/17 campaign, but insists that he always believed the team were good enough to survive the drop. 

He continued: "Last season was strange, because Hibs were in the league and Dundee Utd were really strong. We felt we had a good chance with the calibre of players we had.
"But we just never got it together, and obviously we put ourselves in such a bad situation that people looked at it like an unbelievable escape. So we’ve just taken that momentum forward. 
"The young boys have come in and done brilliant. You don’t even think they’re young anymore – Morgy, Magennis, Bairdy – they’re established players.
"Everyone has just done fantastic and it’s a brilliant club to be at when things are going well. In fairness, it’s not so bad when things are going badly, people still get behind you. It’s been a fantastic place to play." 

The towering centre forward’s first spell at the club started in 2005 when he was brought to the club by Gus MacPherson from Dundee, where he assisted the club to a Challenge Cup and League double. Now picking up his second league winners medal with The Saints he has firmly cemented himself as a club legend.   

He added: "I don’t know about that, I don’t think about that. I always think individual awards in football are funny, because it’s a team game.
"In my first spell here, I think there was joke that Simon Lappin was getting me a move somewhere; the amount of balls he put on my head. You’re reliant on service and you’re reliant on the boys at the back.
 "The four years I’ve played with the team has been fantastic with what we’ve achieved. More than that, it’s great to do it for the supporters out there.
"All the best for the future and hopefully you’ll see St Mirren towards the top end of the Premier League and maybe picking up some silverware again."