Welcome to Cairters Corner, an unofficial site dedicated to St. Mirren FC based in the town of Paisley in the West of Scotland.
The club was formed in 1877 and are founder members of the second oldest league competition in the world, The Scottish Football League. Saints are one of only four Scottish clubs to have played in every season of organised league football since its inception in 1890, the others being Celtic, Dumbarton and Hearts.
At the time of writing, St. Mirren have spent ninety eight seasons in the top division of Scotland following relegation in the 2014/15 season, and the two campaigns that have followed this demotion rank amongst the most incredible in their long history, mostly for the wrong reasons.
However the club underwent a change of ownership in the summer of 2016, and a new manager, Jack Ross, appointed in the autumn of that same year has overseen a remarkable turnaround since February 2017 following a difficult start to his time as boss where relegation appeared certain.
At the start of 2017 (as the team struggled) I created a twitter profile, @cairtersSMFC, to try and get out some of the thousand or so pictures and clips of the club I have collected over the years, but looking back perhaps I was merely pining for better days and reminding myself that supporting a football club is supposed to be magic and not the relative torture it had grown into since 2013 when the club won their last major honour, the League Cup. At times the four years since that day might as well have been a century, but the signs of recovery are strong.
For those unaware, Cairters Corner was an area of the clubs former ground popularly known as Love Street, located in the south east corner at the junction between the actual place of Love Street and Albion Street. For the last 20 years or so of the grounds history it was the family enclosure, but was neglected in the main for most of my 33 years going to matches, since my Dad took me and my brother to a 4-3 Scottish Cup quarter final over Morton in 1984 as a seven year old.
The area was so named as the ‘Cairters’, i.e. the men or women who used horses and carts for their day jobs usually for delivery, and were based at County Square in the town where the taxi rank is now, these men and women used carts to help move materials used in the initial construction of Love Street in 1894, with the price agreed free entry for lifetime for those involved. The picture at the top of this page shows these people at work in County Square.
These ‘Cairters’ congregated at this aforementioned corner and were apparently not to be messed with, and the legend was born. The name of this site is merely homage to these working class Paisley Buddies that helped build something special so that future generations of Saints fans they would never meet could enjoy the magic.
Please look out for regular features on the club, thanks for reading.
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