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Street names honour St Mirren stars at former stadium site

Four players are to be celebrated in a housing development at the club's former stadium.

Development: 132 affordable homes being built.
Development: 132 affordable homes being built. Renfrewshire Council

Former St Mirren stars will be celebrated by having streets named after them in a housing development on the site of the club's former stadium.

Four players are to be honoured, with the names chosen in a competition run by Renfrewshire Council.

Abercromby Avenue will mark the achievements of 1987 Scottish Cup winning captain Billy Abercromby.

Fitzpatrick Way has been named after current chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick, who was also part of that 1987 team.

Striker Mark Yardley, a key player for the club from 1995 to 2003, will be remembered through Yardley Avenue.

McGarry Terrace recognises forward Steven McGarry, who helped the club to the 2000 First Division title, as well as his late father Tam, a well-known supporter of the Paisley team.

Finally, Saints Street celebrates the nickname for St Mirren supporters.

Two other streets of the development, North Bank and Cairter's Corner, have been named after well-known sections of Love Street, the club's stadium from 1894 to 2009.

Sanctuary Scotland, developer behind the new estate, also confirmed it will name a children's play area after the club's mascot Paisley Panda.

Abercromby said: "I had two dreams - one to be a professional footballer, another to win a major trophy. 

"Being the captain was the icing on the cake and now I can walk down my own street - that's something special.

"I loved playing at Love Street every week, supporters singing my song gave me a wee boost. 

"Playing here was my life and I had some great moments, like scoring two goals against the then European champions Liverpool and nutmegging Ray Clemence with my penalty as I just shut my eyes and kicked it."

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council's communities, housing and planning policy board, said: "We felt it was really important that we celebrate the rich history of the site as it is transformed into new homes to be enjoyed by families for generations to come."

Work is already under way on the £17m project which will see 132 new affordable homes built on the site.

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