For those unaware, Cairters Corner was an area of the clubs former ground popularly known as Love Street, located in the south east corner at the junction between the actual place of Love Street and Albion Street. For the last 20 years or so of the grounds history it was the family enclosure, but was neglected in the main for most of my 33 years going to matches, since my Dad took me and my brother to a 4-3 Scottish Cup quarter final over Morton in 1984 as a seven year old.
The area was so named as the ‘Cairters’, i.e. the men or women who used horses and carts for their day jobs usually for delivery, and were based at County Square in the town where the taxi rank is now, these men and women used carts to help move materials used in the initial construction of Love Street in 1894, with the price agreed as free entry for lifetime for those involved. The picture at the top of this page shows these people at work in County Square.
These ‘Cairters’ congregated at this aforementioned corner and were apparently an unassuming but colourful gang of St Mirren supporting workers, and the legend was born. The name of this site is merely homage to these working class Paisley Buddies that helped build something special so that future generations of Saints fans they would never meet could enjoy the magic.
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