8 September 1934 – 1000th League Goal

When St Johnstone made the relatively short trip down to East End Park Dunfermline on this day in 1934 they were travelling brimful of confidence.

An unbeaten 5 match run since the start of the Season had seen them at the upper end of the First Division league table.

Results to date were: –  St Mirren ( A )   1 – 1,  Airdrie ( H ) 4 – 1, Kilmarnock ( H ) 2 – 1, Celtic ( A ) 0 – 0, Hibernian ( H ) 2 – 0.

Manager, Tommy Muirhead, selected the following team for the contest with the Pars: –

Bob Wylie, Jimmy Welsh, Willie Clark, David Baxter, George Mason, Duncan Campbell, Alec Ferguson, Bobby Davidson, Alex Stewart, Percy Dickie, Jimmy Caskie.

First half goals from Bobby Davidson and Alex Stewart put Saints in the driving seat but despite their overall superiority could not turn this into further goals.

Accordingly when Dunfermline scored 11 minutes from time, it was a nervous final period for the visitors. However they held out to record a fine victory.

Although it doesn’t appear to have been noticed previously, my records can reveal that, Bobby Davidson’s strike was the 1,000th League goal that Saints had scored since their first game in 1911.

The result lifted Saints to second in the League table, one point behind Rangers, who had played one match more.

Two weeks later Saints would sit at the top of the table.

Bobby Davidson’s fine form was recognised by the Scottish selectors when he was honoured with a Scottish League cap against Ireland in a League International at Firhill on 3rd October 1934.

He had been signed by Manager Tommy Muirhead in March 1933 from St Bernard’s for a fee of £250 and went on to play a total of 63 games for Saints, scoring 29 goals, before being transferred to Arsenal in February 1935 for a then record fee of £4,000.

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