Love Your Club: Steven Thompson – St Mirren

It’s quite the fairytale, playing for your hometown club, the club you supported as a boy but that is a reality for Steven Thompson.

The St Mirren striker also wears the armband and was in jovial mood as Ladbrokes News chatted to him about the club he calls his own.

What do you love about St Mirren?

I supported St Mirren as a kid and Paisley is the town I was born in. I’ve always lived in and around the area. It’s very easy for me to love this club.

What’s the vibe like in the dressing room?

The music is generally dance music, it’s not to my taste. I like a bit of indie and folk, a bit of Mumford and Sons. Generally that won’t get put on in the changing room! I’m 36 now so the young guys put on their dance and techno music, I don’t mind it but I wouldn’t generally listen to it.

The atmosphere in the changing room can change depending on the game. Generally when you turn up at the stadium it’s relaxed but as you build up to the game you get more excited, you don’t want to burn up too much nervous energy.

When you come in from the warm-up and it’s only 5 minutes until you go out. Everyone gets nervous and excited, you wish each other the best and maybe do a bit of shouting!

Describe the fans and what they mean to the club

The fans create a good atmosphere. If it’s a big match you can feel it from the stands, it translates on to thepitch. Their support is unbelievably important and when they make a noise and get behind you it undoubtedly helps the players on the pitch.

As I live in the local area I have got to know plenty of fans over the years. Having gone to watch St Mirren as a kid a lot of my friends are fans themselves. We haven’t got a massive fanbase but we have a loyal one. There’s a hardcore 3-4000 that are great.

Can you name a backroom hero at St Mirren?

I would give it to the kitman Alan Gray for his banter, not for his work in getting the kit ready! But he is funny and he does make me laugh.

What’s the best thing about being a St Mirren footballer?

The matchday feeling. From when you wake up in the morning, the excitement, the anticipation, the anxiety. All the feelings you get on a matchday are what keep you playing. It’s not the training Monday to Friday or anything else, it’s all about game day and the emotions of the match.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.