Football legends streets ahead after public naming poll

Former football site at Love Street has confirmed the new street names thanks to a public poll.

Former St Mirren stars are being recognised with streets named in their honour as new housing is built on the site of the club’s old Love Street ground.

Renfrewshire Council’s #SaintsStreets competition gave supporters the chance to name five streets at Sanctuary Scotland’s new £17 million development.

Sanctuary Scotland is transforming the site into 132 new affordable homes in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government.

The following five names were the winners after a week-long public poll:

Abercromby Avenue – marking the achievements of 1987 Scottish Cup winning captain Billy Abercromby.

Fitzpatrick Way – in honour of club chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick, a two time St Mirren manager and member of the 1987 Scottish Cup winning team.

McGarry Terrace – recognising forward Steven McGarry, who helped the club to the 2000 First Division title, and his late father Tam.

Saints Street – celebrating the affectionate nickname of St Mirren FC.

Yardley Avenue – after popular striker Mark Yardley whose goals got St Mirren promoted in 2000.

These five streets add to two already named ‘North Bank’ and ‘Cairter’s Corner’ after well-known sections of the old ground.

The Sanctuary development is due to be completed by September 2019. It will provide 103 houses for social rent and 29 houses for affordable sale through the New Supply Shared Equity scheme.

Gillian Lavety, Head of Development for Sanctuary Scotland, said: “At Sanctuary we believe it’s important to recognise the history of the sites we develop. These names are fitting tributes to the local legends they immortalise and the affectionate name all fans have for St Mirren."