Lifelong fan moves into home on the site of his football club’s former stadium

SANCTUARY Scotland has handed over all 132 homes built on the site of St Mirren football club’s former Love Street stadium.

One new resident in the £17 million development has fond memories of the site, having acted as a ball boy for St Mirren as a child.

James Fryar, 81, was welcomed into his new home by St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick – one of the four former Saints’ players who have had a street named after them at the development.

James 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.”

The new homes on the former stadium site

Sanctuary built the development in collaboration with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council, with a £10 million grant from the Scottish Government making it possible.

The housing association will manage the 103 houses built for social rent, whilst the remaining 29 homes were sold through the Scottish Government’s 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.”