A unique exhibition has opened at Paisley Museum. Back of the Net: A Fan’s View of St Mirren FC brings together a collective of stories, memorabilia and photographs donated by a legion of loyal Saints fans. The exhibition will run from Friday 3 July – Sunday 16 August, admission free.
The concept behind ‘Back of the Net’ was to present a history of Paisley’s premier football team from a fan’s perspective; documenting both the highs and the lows of the club’s 138 year legacy and giving loyal supporters the chance to have their memories retold.
Preparations for Back of the Net began earlier this year when we appealed to Saints fans to donate their stories, photographs and memorabilia to start to build a picture of the club’s sporting history.
The response to the appeal was fantastic, with lots of fans from Paisley and further afield coming forward with pictures taken at memorable matches, fond memories of travelling the length of the country to watch away games and even life changing events that have happened to them whilst in pursuit of their favourite football team.
Items on display from 3 July include players’ medals from a variety of tournaments, signs saved from Love Street stadium – home ground to the club for 115 years - boots worn by goalkeeper Ludovic Roy in the 90s and an original strip worn by player Alistair Millar when St Mirren emerged victorious in the 1959 Scottish Cup final.
Back of the Net will also proudly display the Barcelona Cup which was won in 1922 in a tense tournament final against Notts County. The cup has been kindly loaned by the club for the duration of the exhibition.
On display in the temporary gallery at Paisley Museum, Back of the Net will focus on the following areas of the club’s history, as seen through the fans’ eyes:
Brian Caldwell, Chief Executive of St Mirren FC states:
“I am delighted that St Mirren fans have got behind the Back of the Net exhibition and have donated so many great items for visitors to see. The exhibition will be a must-see for any St Mirren fan and local residents alike.”
Councillor Jim Harte, Chairman of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, states:
“We are delighted to have been working with St Mirren FC and its fans to curate this exceptional exhibition. It is wonderful to see so many supporters’ stories retold and memorabilia proudly put on display at Paisley Museum and we’d like to thank everyone who contributed to ‘Back of the Net’ for their commitment and passion in illustrating the club’s remarkable history.”