Presently 3 St Johnstone players are on the brink of reaching special appearance milestones for the club.
Steven Anderson has made 249 ( 222 + 27 sub ) appearances with Dave Mackay on 149 ( 147 + 2 sub ) and goalkeeper Alan Mannus on 48. With matches against Hearts and Kilmarnock coming up this week, then barring injury, all three should hit the 250,150 and 50 appearance landmarks respectively.
Steven Anderson was signed from Dundee United in 2004 by Manager John Connolly and in the 9 years since has given valuable service to Owen Coyle, Derek McInnes and now Steve Lomas. His versatility as a defender has seen him feature in all of the positions across the back 4. He has scored 5 goals in his time at McDiarmid Park.
His 249 appearances to date put him in 21st position in the all time record of most appearances for Saints. He is in prestigious company with club legends such as Alex Rennie (254 games), Henry Hall (256 games) and Fred Aitken (258 games) effectively only a matter of a handful of games ahead of him.
Club captain Dave Mackay joined Saints in 2009 when Derek McInnes signed him from Livingston ( at the same time as Murray Davidson ). Dave is the model of consistency and in his first season he won a number of Player of the Year awards. He is very much a fixture in the team and rarely misses a match. The fact that he will reach the 150 appearances mark so quickly is testimony to both his fitness and fine disciplinary record. He has scored 8 goals mainly from penalties and free kicks. The most recent being at Dens Park last midweek.
Alan Mannus is another Derek McInnes signing when he joined Saints in 2011 from Shamrock Rovers. Alan was already a proven goalkeeper winning 4 International caps for Northern Ireland and previously played in the Champions League. Initially he had to remain patient for his first team chance with Saints. This was mainly due to the fine form of Peter Enckelman. However when his chance did come he grabbed it with both hands and has played in 47 of Saints last 48 matches. Last month he added a further International cap to his honours when he represented his country in a goalless draw in Malta. His form has been quite outstanding of late and has made numerous saves to earn Saints valuable points as they endeavour to gain a top 6 place in the SPL for a second successive season.