12 September 1959 – Dumbarton 7 – 2

On this day 1959 Dumbarton were the visitors to Muirton Park in a League Division 2 fixture.

Going into the match Manager Bobby Brown’s team had made a flying start to the League campaign with 3 wins and 1 draw prior to the Dumbarton match, yielding 7 points from a possible 8.

However, the “Sons” were also undefeated and were top of the table.

St Johnstone had registered the following results: – ( H ) Cowdenbeath 7 – 3, ( H ) Forfar Athletic 2 – 2, ( A ) Dundee United 1 – 0 and ( H ) Queen’s Park 4 – 1.

Saints team that day was: – Johnny Bonnar, Charlie McFadyen, Alan Reid, Jimmy Walker, John Valentine, Ron McKinven, Danny Liddell, John Docherty, Johnny Liddell, Willie Haughey, Joe Carr.

Dumbarton started far better and were 1 goal up after only 5 minutes with reports indicating that for the first 30 minutes Saints really struggled to get their act together.

Willie Haughey scored to equalise just before the interval but Dumbarton restored their advantage shortly after the resumption. 1 – 2.

Winger Danny Liddell fired in a 25 yarder immediately after this and then his brother Johnny added number 3 on 56 minutes. Saints attack had now clicked into gear.

In 63 minutes Danny scored a wonderful solo goal to make it 4 – 2.

A further three goals in the last 10 minutes from Johnny Liddell, Joe Carr and Danny Liddell ( completing his hat trick ) duly reflected Saints overall superiority.

Saints would end the Season as Division 2 champions with 53 points from 36 matches three points clear of Dundee United.

In total they amassed 109 goals in all competitions of which 87 were scored in the League.

Johnny Liddell and Willie Haughey bagged 35 goals and 32 goals respectively with each of them 27 scoring in League games.


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