Former ball boy moves to spiritual home as housing project handed over

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick and Sanctuary tenant James Fryar

Sanctuary has handed over the last of the 132 homes built on the site of St Mirren FC’s former Love Street stadium.

The £17 million development has created a new community and brought life to an area that was Paisley’s heart and soul.

James Fryar was once a ball boy at the Love Street stadium, patrolling the touchline where his new home now stands.

The 81-year-old was welcomed ‘home’ by St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick, one of four former players who have had a street named after them at the development.

James, who has a two-bedroom house, said: “The Love Street stadium held so many special memories for me so to live on the site is fantastic.

“It’s fitting my back garden’s where I stood as a ball boy more than 70 years ago.

“My house is great and the whole development already has a sense of community. I’m glad to be back.”

Sanctuary built the development in partnership with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council. A £10 million grant from the Scottish Government made the project possible.

Sanctuary Scotland manages the 103 houses built for social rent. The remaining 29 homes were sold through the Scottish Government’s new supply shared equity scheme.

Pat Cahill, the director of Sanctuary Scotland, said: “It’s heart-warming to see how well our new homes have been received.”