Richard Tait

Name: Richard Tait
Date of Birth: 24th May 1999
Place of Birth: Galashiels, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Full Back/Wing Back
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 12st
Signed: 18th June 2020 from Motherwell (freedom of contract)
Departed:
Debut: 1st August 2020 v Livingston (1-0)
Final Match:
Apps: 86
Goals: 3
Honours:

Versatile defender Tait arrived at the club in the summer of 2020 from Motherwell, adding experience and solidity to the back four or five. Having spent most of his career in England prior to signing for the Steelman in 2016, Tait’s strong performances in Lanarkshire, particularly under Stephen Robinson, caught the eye and the defender was touted as a potential Scotland cap for a period as the ‘Well thrived at the hands of Saints current manager.


A popular and reliable player with the support, Tait can play the wing back or full back position on both sides as well as be deployed as a centre back if necessary, making him an important part of the squad.

Peter Urminsky

Name: Peter Urminsky
Date of Birth: 24th May 1999
Place of Birth: Trnava, Slovakia
Nationality: Slovakian
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 13.4st
Signed: 14th January 2020 from Spartak Trnava (undisc)
Departed:
Debut: 16th July 2022 v Cowdenbeath (2-0)
Final Match:
Apps: 3
Shutouts: 1
Honours:

Giant keeper Urminsky arrived in Paisley in early 2020 when Jim Goodwin brought him to the club to develop and act as understudy to Vaclav Hladky and Dean Lyness.

He first caught the attention with an inspired performance for Saints Colt team when they knocked out big spending Kelty Hearts in the Challenge Cup, the big Slovakian saving several penalties in the shootout allowing the youngsters to progress to the next round.

Following loan spells at Ayr United and Stenhousemuir, Urminsky made his first team debut at Central Park Cowdenbeath in July 2022 and would appear in two further League Cup group matches that year before handing the gloves back to Trevor Carson. The former Spartak Trnava keeper is now firmly second choice at the club.

Dean Lyness

Name: Dean Lyness
Date of Birth: 20th July 1991
Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Nationality: English
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 12st
Signed: 24th September 2018 (unattached)
Departed: 7th January 2019 (released)
Debut: 15th December 2018 v Aberdeen (1-2)
Final Match: 29th December 2018 v Kilmarnock (1-2)
Apps: 4
Shutouts: 1
Honours: None

Signed: 1st June 2019 (unattached)
Departed: 6th October 2022 (released)
Debut: 2nd February 2021 v Hibs (1-2)
Final Match: 10th April 2022 v Rangers (0-4)
Apps: 9
Shutouts: 3
Honours: None

Total Apps: 13
Total Shutouts: 4

Lyness was initially brought to Paisley by Oran Kearney in September 2018 to help address the staggering squad deficiencies left by Alan Stubbs after the former Hibs boss disastrous three months at the club left newly promoted Saints odds on favourites to return to the second tier.

Serving as the third choice keeper behind Craig Samson and on loan Danny Rogers, the Birmingham born shot stopper soon found himself as number one at the club in December of that year after 2013 League Cup winning custodian Samson dramatically left the club in November to take a coaching role at Sunderland with Jack Ross, and then Rogers found the Premiership too high a standard allowing Lyness to appear in the last four league matches before the winter break, where he performed well in a struggling side.

When the transfer window opened in January 2019, Kearney decided to sign Vaclav Hladky as his first-choice goalkeeper with Jordan Holmes arriving on loan from Bournemouth, allowing Lyness to leave the club at the end of his 3-month deal and join Raith Rovers for the rest of the season.

The former Blackpool and Burton Albion keeper had done enough to impress Kearney however, and Lyness agreed to return to Saints in the summer of 2019 as back up to the now cult hero Hladky. Before pre-season training started however, Kearney left the club and was replaced by Jim Goodwin who kept the Englishman as number two for several seasons under the Czech keeper and then Jak Alnwick, until Lyness was finally required in February 2021 after the latter was sent off against Hibs in Paisley, when he made his second debut for the club, the first of nine appearances he would make in his second spell.

Highlight of his Saints career however would be on a cold pre-Christmas night at Paisley in late 2021 when the SPFL ordered a seriously COVID hit home side to take on Celtic despite having only a couple of first team players available. During an astonishing 90 minutes, Lyness denied Celtic time and time again with some remarkable goalkeeping to help gain Saints an invaluable point after a 0-0 draw.

The popular Englishman made a further four appearances for the club later that season after Stephen Robinson took over, but was released on the 6th October 2022 having dropped back down to third choice keeper following the emergence of Peter Urminsky from the under 20 squad. Lyness signed for League One Airdrie the following day.

Trevor Carson

Name: Trevor Carson
Date of Birth: 5th March 1988
Place of Birth: Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
Nationality: Northern Irish
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6ft
Weight: 12.6st
Signed: 25th May 2022 from Dundee Utd (undisc)
Departed:
Debut: 31st July 2022 v Motherwell (0-1)
Final Match:
Apps: 23
Shutouts: 7
Honours:

A full Northern Ireland international, Carson arrived at St Mirren during the summer of 2022 from Dundee United for an undisclosed fee to replace Cardiff City bound Jak Alnwick as number one at the club.

The vastly experienced keeper had played over 350 club matches beforehand including spells at Sunderland, Hartlepool and Motherwell where he had previously worked with Stephen Robinson at Fir Park as well as a loan spell at Morecambe in 2022.

Carson is renowned for excellent shot stopping and handling under pressure and has proven already to be a shrewd acquisition.

Season Stats

TEAM

Highest League Position3rd – 01/10/22 (Matchday 8)
Lowest League Position12th – 12/08/22 (Matchday 2)
Average League Position6th
Highest Scoring Match (5)1-4 v Aberdeen (A) 06/08/22
 2-3 v Ross County (A) 05/11/22
Biggest Win3-0 v Dundee Utd (A) 20/08/22
Biggest Defeat0-4 v Rangers (A) 08/10/22
0-4 v Celtic (A) 18/01/23
Highest Home Attendance7,394 v Aberdeen 24/12/22
Lowest Home Attendance4,557 v Ross County 13/08/22
Average Home Attendance6,184
Highest Average Team Rating8.36 v Dundee Utd (A) 20/08/22
Lowest Average Team Rating5.94 v Hibs (A) 29/10/22
Longest Scoring Run4 matches (06/08/22 – 27/08/22)
Longest Run Without Scoring3 matches (13/01/23 – 21/01/23)
Best Shutout Run3 matches (13/08/22 – 27/08/22)
Longest Conceding Run7 matches (22/10/22 – 28/12/22)
Best Scoring Run (Player)2 matches – Mark O’Hara (05/11/22 – 09/11/22)
2 matches – Curtis Main (28/02/23 – 01/2/23)

HomeAttendancesTop 10..
POSDATEOPPATT
1st24/12/22Aberdeen7,394
2nd04/02/23Hibs7,253
3rd07/01/23Hearts7,249
4th15/10/22Killie6,785
5th28/01/23M’well6,424
6th12/11/22Rangers6,358
7th17/09/22Celtic6,331
8th22/10/22Dun Utd6,273
9th31/07/22M’well5,668
10th09/11/22St Joh’stn5,387

GOALS SCORED METHOD
SourceTotal
Cross (Right)6
Cross (Left)5
Penalty4
Corner Kick4
Direct Free Kick3
Outside Box3
Through Ball3
Inside Box (Loose Ball)2
Long Throw2

GOALS CONCEDED METHOD
SourceTotal
Penalty9
Through Ball8
Cross (Right)6
Cross (Left)6
Inside Box (Loose Ball)3
Outside Box2
Defensive Mistake1
Corner1

PLAYERS

SHUT-OUTS
GoalkeeperTotal
Trevor Carson 8
Peter Urminsky1
TOTAL9
Player Apps
Dunne27
O’Hara26
Strain26
Carson26
Erhahon25
Kiltie25
Greive25
Baccus24
Ayunga24
Main24
Fraser24
Tanser23
Gallagher22
Gogic19
Shaughnessy15
Flynn15
Brophy14
Tait13
Olusanya5
Offord5
Henderson4
Reid4
Urminsky3
R Taylor3
F Taylor2
Watt2
Small2
Jamieson1
PlayerGoals
Ayunga 7
Main7
O’Hara6
Greive3
Baccus2
Kiltie2
Strain2
Tait1
Gallagher1
PlayerAssists
Main4
Ayunga4
Strain4
Kiltie2
Shaughnessy2
Offord2
Tait2
Brophy2
Erhahon1
O’Hara1
Flynn1
Baccus1
Small1
PlayerMOTM
Erhahon4
Gallagher3
Carson3
Main3
Kiltie2
Ayunga2
Strain2
Gogic2
Greive1
Baccus1
Tait1
O’Hara1
Brophy1
Fraser1
Dunne1
PlayerAve Rating
Main7.50
Baccus7.29
Strain7.23
O’Hara7.15
Gallagher7.14
Carson7.12
Tait7.08
Gogic7.05
Erhahon7.04
Kiltie7.04
Ayunga6.96
Fraser6.88
Dunne6.86
Tanser6.73
Brophy6.71
Greive6.68
Flynn6.60
Shaughnessy6.53

Charles Pringle

A versatile and talented left sided footballer, Charlie Pringle was born on the 18th October 1894 in the then Renfrewshire village of Nitshill to parents Robert and Grace, joining his two older brothers and sister also in the household. Although the family were originally from Ayrshire, father Robert was an engineman and the Pringle’s settled in Renfrewshire for work reasons, moving to the tiny settlement of Inkerman on the outskirts of Paisley when Charlie was just one year old.

This hamlet will not show on any map today, but it stood on Blackstoun Road at the edge of Ferguslie towards Linwood and was built specifically to house employees and their families of the nearby Ironstone mines. In total there was seven pits rich in Ironstone at this exact location, (sixteen in total stretching from Ferguslie to Linwood) but over the decades they also produced a variety of raw materials ranging from crude oil to shale gas and finally became a brickwork by the time Charlie lived here.

The settlement consisted mainly of five banks of cottages and the family lived at number 130 Inkerman Row; however, over the years a store, church, school and schoolhouse, reading rooms and a bowling club were built for the population which peaked about 1000 in the early 1880’s. Today, only one cottage remains along with the school/schoolhouse and the bowling club, with the rest of the hamlet mostly demolished in 1938 and the remaining population relocated to Linwood and Elderslie.

1. Inkerman  

2. Current St Mirren Park  

3. Love Street

4. Underwood Park  

5. Linwood 

6. Johnstone 

X. – Paisley Cross

Life would have been difficult for young Charlie in this hamlet, and within a few years he had two younger siblings alongside him in the family cottage taking the household total to eight, however the area was not connected to the national electricity grid therefore lighting was only available via gas whilst heating options were either a coal or wood fire with the obligatory shared toilet in the back garden for good measure.

The residents of Inkerman had retained a fierce rivalry with neighbouring mining settlements over the years, and a few decades beforehand in July 1859 tensions reached boiling point following a 12th July Orange march from Paisley Cross at 6am which dissected Renfrewshire over the next few hours attacking predominantly Catholic mining and labouring settlements, and ended on the outskirts of Inkerman around 2pm where three hundred residents were ready and waiting at Linwood Bridge for the rampaging mob.

The march by this point contained women and children, and on seeing Inkerman residents ready to defend their village branding hefty mining gear and swords, detoured to the nearby ‘Redan’ mining village just over the Black Cart in Linwood where their numbers were swelled by willing Orangemen ready to battle.

This sectarian fuelled hatred had been intensified by the arrival of thousands of Northern Irish workers (some reports at the time believe it was in fact created entirely by this migration in Renfrewshire) who had transferred their nonsensical differences from Ulster to the central belt of Scotland. This was a new issue for authorities in Paisley as there had be no recordings of such gatherings before 1850 in the area. That said, the Paisley Police are reported to have allowed the mounting violence to continue through Millarston, Johnstone and onto Linwood, and some officers had even taken part.

The shocking violence that eventually took place during the crescendo of this senseless battle upon the crossing over the Black Cart, where one man was killed and several others seriously injured was rather fancifully called “The battle of Linwood Bridge” in local folklore, but with hundreds fighting for an hour on the bridge and sporadic incidents continuing for days after, it would be accurate to suggest it certainly was an extremely serious incident. Inkerman reportedly remained untouched during and after the violence, and casualties in the Oranagmen camp were to be far more serious than that of those defending their village suffered.

Tensions continued for days after, and the residents of Inkerman were reported to have ‘sworn revenge’ for the events of the 12th July and in particular the beating to death of Patrick Rush by retreating Orangemen, an innocent 67 year old Catholic man returning from his work as a besom maker (old broom) and been caught unwittingly in the violence. Special officers were drafted in from Johnstone and eventually 150 members of the Royal Sussex militia joined them after another battle almost took place between the residents The Redan and Inkerman on the 14th of July again of the bridge, which remains intact today on Bridge Street in Linwood:

Although before his time, it is probably accurate to assume this was a tough place for Charlie to be brought up in as these grievances are unlikely to be quickly forgotten, and it is likely he would have developed a resolute and rigid character as a result, but instead of going down the mines or following his farther into engineering, the youngster became a talented footballer and played for local amateur side Inkerman Rangers before joining Maryhill Juniors in 1913. A few years later, Saints recognised the talent of the 5ft & 7 inches tall wing half and bought the 22-year-old for a small fee in what would be Hugh Law’s final signing for the club before John Cochrane took over the following month.

In a similar way to Jock Marshall, Pringle was utilised all over the park during the war years and beyond; also playing at half back, outside left and even as the centre forward, particularly in 1921 on any occasion Dunky Walker was not available, but it was at his natural position of half back where the young local lad flourished.

In his debut season, Pringle would score five times including a goal on his second appearance for the club against Dumbarton and was the heartbeat of the team over several seasons winning many admirers in the press with his accomplished displays, particularly when Saints won the 1919 Victory Cup. The international selection committee were also impressed by Pringle, and on the 25th January 1921 the Saints man lined up for the Scottish League against Ireland, giving the half back a first taste of playing for his country.

The following month on the 12th February, Pringle was selected for the full Scotland squad and made his international debut against Wales during a 2-1 victory for the Scots at Pittodrie in front of 20,824 spectators becoming St Mirren’s eleventh full internationalist, and a proud moment for his family and all inhabitants of his small hamlet on the outskirts of Paisley.

This would turn out to be the only cap Pringle earned in his career, however his form remained excellent for Saints as Cochrane started to build a side capable of challenging for honours, but as always seems to have been the case in Scottish football, clubs were at the mercy of richer ones from England who could buy the cream of our talent and after 143 appearances for Saints over six years, Manchester City purchased the wing half for £1,410 making it officially a club record by virtue of it being just £10 more than the fee Middlesbrough paid for Jock Marshall a few years earlier.

Pringle would spend six seasons at Maine Road playing over 200 matches, including a spell as club captain and played in the 1926 FA Cup final as his former Saints teammates were beating Aberdeen 3-0 on the last game of the 1925/26 season having won the Scottish Cup a fortnight beforehand. Unfortunately, Charlie couldn’t add a medal of his own, and in front of over 91,000 spectators Bolton beat City 1-0.

The following season City were relegated, but bounced back immediately in the 1927/28 campaign with Pringle captaining the side, however this would be his last season at the club as he took the rather unusual step of joining a brand-new club called Manchester Central who played in the regional Lancashire leagues, however there is more to the story than this first suggests.

This new club were founded in 1928 by ex-Manchester City director Charlie Roberts, who was also a former England centre half and appointed former Manchester City, Manchester United and Wales legend Billy Meredith as coach who just happened to be Charlie Pringle’s father in law. The two men appeared together on half a dozen occasions for City when the former Saints man first moved down to England and Meredith incidentally played football until he was 50 years of age in the English top-flight and had an astonishing 34 year playing career, starting in 1890!

Roberts and Meredith believed that this new club could gain support from the east side of Manchester after City had moved from here in 1923 to Maine Road, and although the early signs were good as up to 10,000 turned out for some matches, their route to the football league was blocked by both established Manchester clubs, with United particularly worried they could face proper decline due to their poor financial state should a new club become prominent within the city.

Manchester Central folded after only four years in 1932 as they had no route to the football league, but Pringle left the club a few years beforehand and had spells with Bradford Park Avenue, Lincoln City and Stockport before retiring in 1933.

Later in his life Charlie Pringle became a coach and had a spell back with Saints in the 1940’s but lived the rest of his life out in the Manchester area.

Bobby Biggar

Name: Bobby Biggar
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Forward
Signed: 10th June 1974 from Hurlford Utd
Departed: 1st July 1975 to Hurlford Utd
Debut: 23rd April 1974 v Albion Rovers (3-1, scored once)
Final Match: 16th November 1974 v Raith Rovers (0-1)
Apps: 22
Goals: 5
Honours: None
Misc: Debuted as a trialist and signed afterwards

Bob Bennie

Name: Bob Bennie
Date of Birth: 28th September 1873 (died 1st October 1945)
Place of Birth: Polmont
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Full Back
Signed: 30th May 1896 from Hearts
Departed: 15th May 1901 to Newcastle (£700)
Debut: 15th August 1896 v Rangers (1-5)
Final Match: 30th March 1901 v Dundee (3-5)
Apps: 84
Goals: 0
Honours: None
Misc: Scottish Record Transfer Fee