Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

As you probably saw in the newspapers this morning, Billy Mehmet's transfer to Gencler from St Mirren has been confirmed.

My nephew, Andrew Doran, has been a fanatic St Mirren supporter for most of his life and so I asked him to give us an assessment of Billy Mehmet so that we could have a rough idea of his talent and strengths.

I have to say that Andrew's father and I tried our best to influence Andrew to support a major club in Scotland like ..... Hibernian, and dare I say it ..... rangers, but to no avail. However, he is a Renfrewshire boy and proud to support his local team - congratulations to him for that !

So, here is Andrew's assessment of Billy Mehmet and thanks for taking the trouble to do this for us 'favourite nephew'.

'As a first timer putting a blog on this site I'd like to give you my assessment of Billy Mehmet who's recently been transfered from my local team, St Mirren to Genclerbirligi .

St Mirren for those who are unaware of who they are, are a team from Paisley on the west coast of Scotland. We are a small club with a small but very passionate fan base. This season has been a very bizzare one, we've just survived relegation again for the fourth season in a row but we survived and credit to the players and management team for their massive efforts on a very tight budget.

Billy, was born in London 3rd January 1984 and he is of Turkish/Cypriot decent but has played for Ireland at under 21 level.

Billy started at West Ham in London before moving to Dunfermline Athletic on the 8th of May 2003 and two years later he signed for St Mirren.

In season 2007/2008 Billy was the clubs top goal scorer with 9 goals and in 2008 the club offered Billy a extension to his stay at Love Street to 2010 which was welcomed by all St Mirren fans.

Billy scored his first hat-trick against lowly Dumbarton in the cup at Love Street and in 2009 billy scored 5 of the 6 St Mirren goals in a 6-3 thriller against East Stirling, also in the cup.

Billy has scored some very important goals for St Mirren over the years but probably two of the biggest were against Gordon Strachan's Celtic team who turned up at New St Mirren Park on the 7th March 2009 in the Scottish Cup after destroying us the week before 7-0 at Celtic park. Celtic captain Steven McManus brought down Craig Dargo for a penalty in which Billy stepped up and slotted it past Arthur Boric. The other was against Hearts in february this year in the league cup semi final, Billy screamed the ball high into the net to send us into the league cup final against rangers. We did loose that final to a Kenny Miller strike late on.

As a fan of Billy's, I and many others will be sad not to see him running out with the team next season, Billy created so much and was probably the hardest working player in the team who created a lot of space for himself and created plenty goals for his team mates. Billy is a strong strong player and I'm sure he will be a great signing for Genclerbirligig over the next 3 seasons.

I hope you all enjoy watching him play and I hope he scores plenty goals.

Good luck Billy.
ktf, ftof, ftt!!!!!!

andrew doran
St Mirren fan

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


  1. Thanks for that Andrew. More insight the better.

  2. I'm wondering how the Turkish commentators will say Billy's name on the air. Will they say Billy or Mehmet?

  3. Almost certainly Mehmet, but on the Gencler forums people are referring to him as Billy.