Match Preview: Hearts v St Mirren

St Mirren travel to Tynecastle tomorrow to face Hearts in matchday four of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
START TO THE SEASON
It’s been a tough start to the season for Alan Stubbs’ side who sit in 10th place with three points from their opening three matches.
A 2-1 opening day win over Dundee got things off to the perfect start for Saints, but there has since been losses to Rangers (2-0), Aberdeen (4-0) and Livingston (2-0). 
Meanwhile, Hearts sit atop of the Ladbrokes Championship with three wins from three. Their league season began with a thumping 4-1 away win against Hamilton. Austrian Peter Haring netted twice, while Steven Naismith and Steven MacLean also scored to secure an opening day triumph. 
The Jambos then defeated Celtic at Tynecastle a week later thanks to the now departed Kyle Lafferty’s second half strike.
That was the first of three 1-0 wins for Hearts with Dunfermline beaten 1-0 in the Betfred Cup, before Craig Levein’s side defeated Kilmarnock by a single goal at Rugby Park last week.
SUMMER OF CHANGE
Both sides have gone through significant change over the course of the summer. Alan Stubbs was appointed St Mirren manager following the departure of Jack Ross, with Brian Rice and Darren Jackson joining the coaching staff. 18 players left the Simple Digital Arena, with 13 new faces checking in. 
Hearts too have been busy in the transfer market with no fewer than 16 players joining the club. New faces such as Peter Haring and Uche Ikpeazu have quickly endeared themselves to the Jambos faithful with good displays in their opening few matches.
FOUR YEARS IN THE MAKING
Tomorrow’s match will be the first time the two sides have met since the 2013/14 season.
Hearts, who had faced a tough season following an administration event, were relegated long before the two sides closed out the season with a 1-1 draw in Paisley – the last meeting of the two.
The Buddies last trip to Tynecastle ended in a 2-1 loss which saw Saints reduced to 10 men. Steven Thompson got St Mirren off to the perfect start with a goal inside the first minute. But Callum Paterson equalised soon after to level the scores. Marc McAusland was shown a red card early into the second half with Jamie Hamill netting the winner from the resultant penalty. 
Saints did win at Tynecastle that season though with John McGinn and Paul McGowan giving Saints a 2-0 win in October 2013. 
TEAM NEWS
Saints completed a deadline day move for Hearts midfielder Ryan Edwards who joins the Buddies on loan until the end of the season. There will be no debut for the Australian as he isn’t eligible to play against his parent side.
Lee Hodson made his St Mirren debut last week against Livingston and looks set to keep his place at right back with Paul McGinn still injured.
Gary MacKenzie and Adam Eckersley are both still ruled out following operations, while Cody Cooke, Josh Heaton, Danny Rogers and Ian McShane all miss out due to injury. Jordan Kirkpatrick has returned to light training but is still ruled out. 
Hearts fan favourite Demetri Mitchell returned to the club this week for a second loan spell from Manchester United. He could make a second debut for the Edinburgh side in tomorrow’s match. Craig Wighton also joined up with the Jambos after completing his move from Dundee earlier in the week. 
Ex-Saints coach Austin MacPhee will take charge of Hearts tomorrow with boss Craig Levein will missing the match after taking ill earlier in the week. All at St Mirren would like to wish Craig a speedy recovery. St Mirren travel to Tynecastle tomorrow to face Hearts in matchday four of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
START TO THE SEASON
It’s been a tough start to the season for Alan Stubbs’ side who sit in 10th place with three points from their opening three matches.
A 2-1 opening day win over Dundee got things off to the perfect start for Saints, but there has since been losses to Rangers (2-0), Aberdeen (4-0) and Livingston (2-0). 
Meanwhile, Hearts sit atop of the Ladbrokes Championship with three wins from three. Their league season began with a thumping 4-1 away win against Hamilton. Austrian Peter Haring netted twice, while Steven Naismith and Steven MacLean also scored to secure an opening day triumph. 
The Jambos then defeated Celtic at Tynecastle a week later thanks to the now departed Kyle Lafferty’s second half strike.
That was the first of three 1-0 wins for Hearts with Dunfermline beaten 1-0 in the Betfred Cup, before Craig Levein’s side defeated Kilmarnock by a single goal at Rugby Park last week.
SUMMER OF CHANGE
Both sides have gone through significant change over the course of the summer. Alan Stubbs was appointed St Mirren manager following the departure of Jack Ross, with Brian Rice and Darren Jackson joining the coaching staff. 18 players left the Simple Digital Arena, with 13 new faces checking in. 
Hearts too have been busy in the transfer market with no fewer than 16 players joining the club. New faces such as Peter Haring and Uche Ikpeazu have quickly endeared themselves to the Jambos faithful with good displays in their opening few matches.
FOUR YEARS IN THE MAKING
Tomorrow’s match will be the first time the two sides have met since the 2013/14 season.
Hearts, who had faced a tough season following an administration event, were relegated long before the two sides closed out the season with a 1-1 draw in Paisley – the last meeting of the two.
The Buddies last trip to Tynecastle ended in a 2-1 loss which saw Saints reduced to 10 men. Steven Thompson got St Mirren off to the perfect start with a goal inside the first minute. But Callum Paterson equalised soon after to level the scores. Marc McAusland was shown a red card early into the second half with Jamie Hamill netting the winner from the resultant penalty. 
Saints did win at Tynecastle that season though with John McGinn and Paul McGowan giving Saints a 2-0 win in October 2013. 
TEAM NEWS
Saints completed a deadline day move for Hearts midfielder Ryan Edwards who joins the Buddies on loan until the end of the season. There will be no debut for the Australian as he isn’t eligible to play against his parent side.
Lee Hodson made his St Mirren debut last week against Livingston and looks set to keep his place at right back with Paul McGinn still injured.
Gary MacKenzie and Adam Eckersley are both still ruled out following operations, while Cody Cooke, Josh Heaton, Danny Rogers and Ian McShane all miss out due to injury. Jordan Kirkpatrick has returned to light training but is still ruled out. 
Hearts fan favourite Demetri Mitchell returned to the club this week for a second loan spell from Manchester United. He could make a second debut for the Edinburgh side in tomorrow’s match. Craig Wighton also joined up with the Jambos after completing his move from Dundee earlier in the week. 
Ex-Saints coach Austin MacPhee will take charge of Hearts tomorrow with boss Craig Levein will missing the match after taking ill earlier in the week. All at St Mirren would like to wish Craig a speedy recovery. 

Mhairi Black MP – Food Banks Need Us Now More Than Ever

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black has warned that the Renfrewshire food bank are predicting a huge 30% increase in local people in Renfrewshire needing access to the service. This increase is due to the full rollout of Universal Credit that will be implemented in Renfrewshire in September.

The Trussell Trust’s predicted rise in people needing assistance from the food bank is due to similar rises in service users in other areas across the UK that have seen Universal Credit being rolled out in full.

Mhairi Black MP visited the Renfrewshire Foodbank on Lady Lane in Paisley recently. Volunteers and staff in the foodbank echoed these warnings to Mhairi.

Mhairi Black MP said:

“I had the chance to go and visit the volunteers at the Renfrewshire Foodbank last week. The rollout of Universal Credit across Renfrewshire is approaching and the food bank are predicting that we will see a massive 30% increase in residents needing help.

“The delays and errors that have been seen in other areas across Scotland will be inevitable in Renfrewshire unless the UK Government goes back to the drawing board regarding this particular benefit. Various reports, audits and experts have called for a halt in Universal Credit until it is properly fixed and this has been entirely ignored by this Tory government.

“The reality is that people are being left destitute and vulnerable due to this benefit and that is why we are seeing an increase in food bank usage across areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out. Renfrewshire will be no different so it is vital, now more than ever, that we support the food bank.

“The Renfrewshire Foodbank is already busy all year round due to mismanaged disability assessments, unfair sanctions, benefit delays, DWP administrative errors and many other issues that constituents visit my office looking for assistance with every single day.

“The Conservatives are not living in the real world and cannot relate with the fact that food poverty is increasing across Scotland due to idealistically driven Tory austerity.

“This will be a really busy time for the food bank and if you need support from the foodbank or you would like to help or volunteer, you can call them on 0300 102 2500 or email info@renfrewshire.foodbank.org.uk “
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Travel Clubs – Hearts (1st Sep)

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 1st September) St Mirren head east along the M8 to Edinburgh to face Heart of Midlothian in a Ladbrokes Premiership fixture at Tynecastle Park.
The info on Travel Clubs heading to Tynecastle Park is as follows:
North End Travel Club
The North End Travel Club bus for the Hearts game will leave the Sneddon at 12:30pm.
Bus tickets are available in the Brewer’s Tap, £7 each.

Chivas Travel Club
The bus for Tynecastle will leave from the Court Bar at 1:00pm.
Non members bus tickets are available from the Court Bar.

Tile Bar Supporters Bus
The bus to the match at Tynecastle will leave at 12:30pm from Abercorn Street.
We have a few non members tickets available, they are now on sale from the Tile Bar.

Cockles Wilson Supporters Bus
The bus for the Hearts game will leave at 1:00pm.
Bus ticket availability for non members will be updated on the travel club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 1st September) St Mirren head east along the M8 to Edinburgh to face Heart of Midlothian in a Ladbrokes Premiership fixture at Tynecastle Park.
The info on Travel Clubs heading to Tynecastle Park is as follows:
North End Travel Club
The North End Travel Club bus for the Hearts game will leave the Sneddon at 12:30pm.
Bus tickets are available in the Brewer’s Tap, £7 each.

Chivas Travel Club
The bus for Tynecastle will leave from the Court Bar at 1:00pm.
Non members bus tickets are available from the Court Bar.

Tile Bar Supporters Bus
The bus to the match at Tynecastle will leave at 12:30pm from Abercorn Street.
We have a few non members tickets available, they are now on sale from the Tile Bar.

Cockles Wilson Supporters Bus
The bus for the Hearts game will leave at 1:00pm.
Bus ticket availability for non members will be updated on the travel club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

PIRATES RE-SIGN SQUAD-AND ADD A FEW!

Paisley Pirates have announced the re-signing of a number of players who took the club to an inch of the Scottish National League title last season before losing out on goal difference, with the bulk of the bench comprising players who took part in that campaign back for another season.

Back in the squad,  and joining player/Head Coach Ian Turley and Player/Coach Adam Walker, are netminders Graeme Meechan, John Russell, and Callum Donaghy, with Chris Turley (defence) returning as captain alongside Alternate Captains Martyn Guy (defence) and Tom Johnston (forward). Other defenders back from last season are Dean Hamilton, Connor Spiers and Euan McLaughlin, while newcomer Struan Forbes, a former Paisley junior, bolsters the ranks at the back alongside Ben Walker, who has signed after a season with Edinburgh Capitals.
The forward lines will again comprise of Richard Thorp, Calum Henderson, Warren Crawford, Ryan Sarginson and Michael Dobson, with Jardine Wallace, another former Paisley junior, late of Kilmarnock Storm, and Ross Andreucci, who played in the Pirates’ league winning side in 2013, also coming into the ranks to enlarge the squad from the previous year.
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Barrowland Ballet tour 3 tigers

Barrowland Ballet is pleased to announce the forthcoming tour of Tiger, Tiger Tale and Playful Tiger in September and October this year.
Tiger: Barrowland Ballet
The productions of Tiger and Playful Tiger will be taking place at Johnstone Town Hall on 30th September (Tiger), 7pm and 1st October- Playful Tiger, at 11am. Tickets can be booked by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online (Tiger only) at www.renfrewshireleisure.com.

Thrilling and dynamic dance, music and theatre combine to create a moving, intimate performance of a dysfunctional family whose worlds are turned upside down when a tiger invades. A family suffocated by the relentlessness of their everyday routine have forgotten what it is that they love about each another.  It’s chaotic, it’s dangerous but brilliantly funny as the tiger reunites them as a loving family once again.

Up close to the action the audience embark on a sensory adventure as it is transformed from a sterile space into a shifting world of colour, scent and explosive movement. With the impressive set unleashing the chaos of the tiger in thrilling and unexpected ways.
 
Tiger (adults and young people 14+) When a tiger invades, a troubled family’s world is launched into chaos. This insightful story of family relationships is emotionally charged but brilliantly comic. The thrilling dancing, evocative live music and impressive set unleashes the tiger in exciting and unexpected ways.  
 
The new tiger to join the fold, Playful Tiger, is an adaptation of Tiger Tale, created specifically for children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal.
 
Playful Tiger (7+) tells the story of the tiger’s visit to the rigid family home through the eyes of the child, with a focus on sensory engagement.  Playfulness within the work creates opportunities for the audience to interact and improvise with the performers, making each performance unique. The capacity for the show is 6 to 8 young people with their families and carers.
 
In collaboration with Ellie Griffiths and with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation,
Barrowland Ballet explored how improvisation and sensory approaches can provide an artistic collaboration with this audience. They developed methods of devising work informed by the children’s own impulses and responses as well as the artists’ observations.
 
This funding is also supporting the team to research and develop the most effective approaches to training and supporting venues to welcome and engage children and young people who are profoundly autistic and mainly non-verbal and their families.
 
Underpinned by an extensive research and audience development programme, including sensory auditing carried out at our venues by Ellie Griffiths and a young person on the autistic spectrum, the funding will also contribute to the creation of Venue and Audience Support packs and Visual Story resources to support venues and their audiences in preparation for the performances.
 
Natasha Gilmore says “I’m excited at the prospect of making work for this specific audience, dance as an art form seems a perfect fit. We started to research Playful Tiger at Isobel Mair school, it was brilliantly chaotic with moments of beautiful improvised duets occurring between the performers and the pupils, the dance artists expertly using their skills to engage and respond to the children’s lead. This production is aimed at children who do not currently have access to theatre because even a relaxed performance might not cater to their complex needs. I’m thrilled that these children and their families will have access to contemporary theatre and that they will have a visibility in our arts centres across Scotland.”
 
Ellie Griffiths says “Working with Barrowland Ballet and using dance to communicate with a mainly non-verbal audience has so far been a rich creative exploration. For me it has been really exciting to see sensory performance work for diverse audiences pushed to new levels of artistic quality. I have enjoyed the curiosity and rigour of approach that the whole team on this project has displayed. I personally can’t wait for young people with profound autism and their families to experience what I have no doubt will be a wild and beautiful theatrical adventure!”
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The Prince’s Trust Team programme is recruiting NOW!

Designed to help young people aged 16-25 get confident and motivated. A team of individuals, both employed and unemployed spend 12 weeks sharing fun, taking part in team-building activities, helping the community, the environment and people in need.

It’s fun, challenging and rewarding. What are you waiting for? APPLY NOW here (http://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/courses/course-directory/courses/princes-trust/princes-trust-team-programme) or come along to our info day on 6 September at our Ferguslie Learning Centre
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COLLEGE NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL

West College Scotland has named Liz Connolly as its new Principal and Chief Executive.  
She succeeds Audrey Cumberford and will take up her new position on Monday (3 September).  Ms Connolly has been the College’s Vice-Principal Corporate Development since its formation in 2013.

Commenting on her appointment, Liz Connolly said:
“It is an enormous privilege and a huge honour for me to be appointed new Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland.
“Since merger, the College has developed into one of Scotland’s largest educational institutions and become an important partner to schools, businesses, local authorities and community groups across the region.
“We are an important part of the identity of Paisley and Renfrewshire and one of my priorities is to make sure we remain so.  We will do this by continuing to invest in our Renfrew Road estate and ensuring that what we teach fits the needs of a modern regional economy.
“West College Scotland faces many challenges but I know that as Principal I can rely on the goodwill and support of our outstanding staff in the years ahead.”
West College Scotland teaches 22,000 students, full-time, part-time and online.  It has 1,200 staff working at campuses in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley, equivalent to about 1% of total regional employment, and has an annual turnover of £70 million.  
Keith McKellar, the Chair of the Board of Management, who appointed Ms Connolly, said:
“I am delighted Liz has agreed to become Principal of our College. She emerged from a very strong field of candidates but impressed the Board with her vision for the College’s future.
“West College Scotland is a large-scale organisation, a major influencer of the educational landscape across a huge swathe of Scotland.  Liz’s vision, allied to her record in education and business, convinced us that she is the right person to lead the College into the next stage of our development.”
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Museum film footage from the 60s takes us back in time

Buddies will be able to re-live what was going on at Paisley’s Museum and Central Library in the 1960s.

Previously unseen film footage of people visiting the two well-known landmarks is being shown at a special free event being held in the Museum between 7pm and 9pm, on Friday, September 7.

Renowned local filmmaker, Falconer Houston used his movie camera to capture life in the Museum and Central Library in that bygone era. And now audiences are able to view his films during the family-friendly Museum Memories showing.
As well as the movies being shown, there will also be performances by local dance companies, Dirty Feet and Right2Dance, as well as arts and crafts activities for youngsters.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “This is a rare opportunity to view these fascinating films. And it’s especially relevant as the Museum closes later in September for a multi-million pound refurbishment.
“As well as enjoying a trip down memory lane for the adults, there is also lots of fun for youngsters on the night.”
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Matchday Info: Hearts vs St Mirren (1st Sep)

 

Match
vs Heart of Midlothian

Competition
Ladbrokes Premiership

Venue
Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh

Date
Sat 1st September 2018

Kick Off
3:00pm

Entry By
All-Ticket

 
 

 
 Roseburn Stand Upper

 
 

Adult
£28

Over 65
£20

Under 18
£16

Under 16
£8

Under 13
£5

 
 

 
 Roseburn Stand Lower

 
 

Adult
£20

Over 65
£15

Under 18
£12

Under 16
£8

Under 13
£5

 
 

Wheelchair users should contact the St Mirren Ticket Office for availability of tickets on (0141) 889-2558.
All tickets must be purchased in advance from the St Mirren Ticket Office as there will be NO availability to purchase or collect tickets on the matchday.
Additional Information for Travelling FansOn Saturday (1st September), St Mirren make the trip along the M8 to Edinburgh to face Hearts in a Ladbrokes Premiership match-up at Tynecastle Park.
The referee on Saturday is Kevin Clancy and he will be assisted by David McGeachie and Calum Spence. Fourth Official will be Mike Roncone.
  

Match
vs Heart of Midlothian

Competition
Ladbrokes Premiership

Venue
Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh

Date
Sat 1st September 2018

Kick Off
3:00pm

Entry By
All-Ticket

 
 

 
 Roseburn Stand Upper

 
 

Adult
£28

Over 65
£20

Under 18
£16

Under 16
£8

Under 13
£5

 
 

 
 Roseburn Stand Lower

 
 

Adult
£20

Over 65
£15

Under 18
£12

Under 16
£8

Under 13
£5

 
 

Wheelchair users should contact the St Mirren Ticket Office for availability of tickets on (0141) 889-2558.
All tickets must be purchased in advance from the St Mirren Ticket Office as there will be NO availability to purchase or collect tickets on the matchday.
Additional Information for Travelling FansOn Saturday (1st September), St Mirren make the trip along the M8 to Edinburgh to face Hearts in a Ladbrokes Premiership match-up at Tynecastle Park.
The referee on Saturday is Kevin Clancy and he will be assisted by David McGeachie and Calum Spence. Fourth Official will be Mike Roncone.
 

Ryan Edwards joins Saints on loan

St Mirren Football Club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Ryan Edwards from Heart of Midlothian.
The midfielder signed for the Edinburgh side in the summer from Partick Thistle but has now been allowed to join The Buddies on loan until the end of the season. 
Edwards, who also had spells at Reading and Perth Glory and has been capped by Australia at U20 and U23 level, made over 100 appearances in his three years at Partick. 
The 24 year-old won’t go into the squad for tomorrow’s match as he is ineligible to play against his parent side. St Mirren Football Club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Ryan Edwards from Heart of Midlothian.
The midfielder signed for the Edinburgh side in the summer from Partick Thistle but has now been allowed to join The Buddies on loan until the end of the season. 
Edwards, who also had spells at Reading and Perth Glory and has been capped by Australia at U20 and U23 level, made over 100 appearances in his three years at Partick. 
The 24 year-old won’t go into the squad for tomorrow’s match as he is ineligible to play against his parent side.