29 October 1932 – St Johnstone 7 Morton 1 – Fulton scores four

On this day in 1932 St Johnstone centre forward George Fulton netted 4 goals in a 7 – 1 thrashing of Morton in a Division 1 match at Muirton Park.

The previous season Saints had been promoted from the 2nd Division as runners up to East Stirling. Although both teams had ended the season on 55 points the Shire edged top spot on goal difference.

Saints had scored 102 goals and conceded 52 compared with ‘Shire’s 111 for and 55 against. Fine margins indeed.

The return to the top flight had started well and Saints were sitting comfortably in mid table.

Manager Tommy Muirhead selected the following team for the match: – Sandy McLaren, Johnny Welsh, Willie Clark, George Mason, John Priestley, Harry Ferguson, Harry Ritchie, Percy Dickie, George Fulton, Robert Ballantyne, Harry Nicholson.

Saints got off to a flying start with Dickie scoring in 6 minutes.

This was followed by a Ballantyne shot squirming under the goalkeeper for 2 – 0 on 22 minutes.

Two minutes later Fulton hit the first of his 4 goals when he latched on to a Priestley pass and drilled the ball into the net.

It was really all Saints and Fulton got his second, and Saints 4th, by way of a chance deflection off a Ballantyne shot. 4 – 0 at half time.

The second half started in in similar fashion with Saints dominating and Fulton getting his hat trick on 58 minutes heading home a Priestley free kick.

Morton pulled one back when McLaren was beaten by a 25 yard rocket that flew into the top corner.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes from Fulton and finally Ferguson brought the match to an end. 7 – 1 Saints.

It is worth noting that this was only George Fulton’s third game in a Saints shirt. He had signed two weeks earlier from Petershill Juniors and scored 2 goals in his debut against Ayr United in a 4 – 0 win.

In total that 1932/33 Season he scored 22 goals from 28 starts as Saints ended the Season in a highly respectable 5th position.

Both East Stirling and Morton were relegated.

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28 October 2003 – St Johnstone 3 Dunfermline Athletic 2 – Lge Cup

10 years ago today St Johnstone defeated Dunfemline Athletic 3 – 2 in a thrilling CIS Insurance League Cup 3rd round match at McDiarmid Park.

In the earlier rounds Saints had required extra time to get past St Mirren 2 – 0 at Paisley and 3 – 2 at home to Hamilton Accies.

Going in to the match the Pars were doing well in the Premier League and Saints were sitting in 3rd place in the First Division only 2 points behind leaders Queen of the South after ten matches.

Manager Billy Stark selected the following team: – Kevin Cuthbert, John Robertson, Ross Forsyth, Paul Bernard, Darren Dods, Ian Maxwell, Peter MacDonald, Mark Robertson, Keigan Parker, Simon Donnelly, Brian McLaughlin. Subs: – Craig Nelson, Mixu Paatelainen, Chris Hay, Eddie Malone, Ryan Stevenson.

Saints opened brightly and went ahead in 8 minutes when Simon Donnelly lobbed the ball past the stranded goalkeeper from 30 yards. This after keeper Stillie had headed clear a Paul Bernard through ball intended for Keigan Parker.

The first half was full of end to end play with the best chances falling, firstly, to Crawford for the visitors who shot over the crossbar, then, to Peaso whose drive hit the keeper following a bit of a melee in the penalty box, and just before half time, to  Brian McLaughlin who like Crawford shot over from a good position.

In the second half the Pars had a penalty appeal turned down when Crawford went down in the box. Minutes later, however, it was 2 – 0 to Saints when Paul Bernard headed a corner kick from the left back across goal for Darren Dods to head home.

Two minutes later and it was 3 – 0. Mark Robertson had just failed to get his head onto a Parker driven cross but Peter MacDonald was on hand to control the ball and then fire it past the keeper.

There were 17 minutes remaining and Saints should have been comfortable but goals from Crawford and Young meant that the final 7 minutes were now extremely nervous. Thankfully the defence stood firm and the Saints fans in the crowd of 2,769 went home happy.

Saints were drawn against Rangers at Ibrox in the 4th Round where they would go down by 3 – 0..

25 October 1969 – Scottish League Cup Final – Celtic 1 St Johnstone 0

On this day in 1969 St Johnstone met Celtic at Hampden Park in the Final of the Scottish League Cup.

In setting the scene for this historic occasion I think it is fair to say that these were the two best footballing teams in the country at that time.

Celtic had won the European Cup only two years earlier and were in the middle of a 9 in a row run as Scottish League Champions. Their team was brim full of Scottish Internationalists.

For the Saints, Manager Willie Ormond had brilliantly blended together exceptionally talented young players with very good experienced professionals, turning this exciting Saints team into, without doubt, the best ever.

Saints had finished sixth in the League the previous Season missing out on a European place due to some obscure UEFA rule.

The League Cup Sectional draw had placed Saints in a group with Dundee, Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle and when the 1969/70 Season opened Saints started with the proverbial bang.

Dundee were literally swept aside at Muirton by a fast moving Saints team. Goals from Henry Hall, Kenny Aird and John Connolly saw Saints comfortably win 3 – 1.

Next, it was on to Rugby Park Kilmarnock, which in the past had proved a difficult venue for Saints. However, two first half goals from Connolly and a 76 minute strike from Hall gave Saints a 3 – 2 victory. Reports at the time indicate that Saints were the much better team and that the narrow margin of victory was not a true reflection of their superiority.

Saturday 16 August 1969 is the date of one of the finest days in the history of St Johnstone Football Club. Firhill Park was the venue for the match with Partick Thistle where Saints recorded an 8 – 1 win. It could have been more. Ian McPhee opened the scoring in the first minute and, although Arthur Duncan equalised for the Jags, goals from Hall, Connolly and Aitken had Saints 4 – 1 ahead at the break. In the second half “Henry” would score twice, to complete his hat trick with Aird and Connolly completing the demolition job. Gordon Whitelaw had come on as a sub for Hall and had two fierce shots saved by the home keeper otherwise it might have been ten. This remains the record score for an away win.

The following Wednesday it was Killie again, this time at home, and again Saints would win by a single goal. This time by  2 – 1 thanks to goals from Aird and Hall. Again Saints were totally dominant and like the Thistle game could have scored more.

A 2 – 1 win at Dens Park would complete the double over Dundee. Aird and a Stewart own goal were the scorers. However, Jimmy Donaldson in goal had an excellent game to ensure that the 100% record remained intact.

The final sectional game saw Saints again defeat Partick Thistle. This time, Hall ( 2 ), Bill McCarry and Aitken were the scorers as Saints cruised to a 4 – 0 victory.

The section completed with 6 straight wins. 22 Goals scored and only 6 conceded.

In recognition of his team’s achievement Willie Ormond was honoured with the first ever Scottish Manager of the Month Award for August 1969.

The Quarter final draw was kind and paired Saints with Second Division Falkirk. Willie Ormond had, of course, been trainer at Brockville prior to his appointment as Saints Manager and John Lambie and Bill McCarry had also played for the Bairns. This always adds an extra edge to such games.

The first leg match was at Muirton Park and after a good start when Hall and McPhee put Saints two ahead before the half hour mark, a goal just before the interval gave the visitors new hope. Three goals in the final 15 minutes from Hall, Aird and Benny Rooney finally gave Saints a 5 – 1 win to effectively seal their passage into the semi finals.

The second leg two weeks later at Brockville saw Saints turn in another fantastic performance winning 6 – 2. Hall, Connolly and Aitken each scored two goals to give an aggregate score of 11 – 3 over the two matches.

The semi final was at Hampden on a Monday night with Motherwell as the opposition. The steelmen had beaten Saints 4 – 1 at Fir Park a few weeks earlier but on the night had no answer to a fabulous Saints side which completely outclassed them. McCarry in the first half and Aitken early in the second period were the scorers as the team made history by reaching the Clubs’ first ever National final.

As stated earlier, both Celtic and St Johnstone were regarded as the two best footballing sides in the country at the time and at the end of August the teams had met each other at Parkhead in a League fixture. This proved to be a classic encounter in front of 60,000 spectators which ended in a 2 – 2 draw.  Saints had twice led the match, firstly through a McCarry header and then again in the second half with an Aitken goal.

And so to the final itself, with both teams having a healthy respect for each other.

Saints team lined up: – Jimmy Donaldson, John Lambie, Willie Coburn, Alex Gordon, Benny Rooney, Ian McPhee, Kenny Aird, Henry Hall, Bill McCarry, John Connolly, Fred Aitken. Sub: Gordon Whitelaw.

Jock Stein the Celtic Manager was clearly concerned about Saints attacking abilities and dropped Tommy Gemmell from left back, preferring Davie Hay to mark Saints winger Aird.

For the record the Celtic team was: – Fallon, Craig, Hay, Murdoch, McNeill, Brogan, Callaghan, Hood, Hughes, Chalmers, Auld. Sub: Johnstone.

A crowd of 73,067 turned up at Hampden and saw Celtic kick off. However, the first chance of the game came to Henry Hall who latched on to a superb Aitken pass and ran through shooting from around 10 yards out. Celtic keeper Fallon dived to save Henry’s shot. This would be the first of many fine saves that the goalie would make to defy Saints that day.

Then, in the second minute, Celtic went ahead through Auld. Jimmy Donaldson had brilliantly turned a Chalmers header onto the face of the crossbar but before the Saints defenders could react Auld slid the ball home from a few yards out.

Clearly, this rocked Saints and Celtic went all out to get a second. Hughes probably should have done so but thankfully, with Donaldson stranded, the centre forward managed to hit the side netting when the goal was gaping in front of him. A real let off.

After the early nerves had settled Saints were gradually regaining their composure and around the half hour mark a quick free kick taken by Aitken found Hall. Henry’s first time effort was again well saved by Fallon.

Celtic were becoming rattled now and John Connolly in particular was coming in for some rough treatment from Billy McNeill who commited 3 fouls on the Saints star in quick succession.

Inspirational captain Benny Rooney then got on the end of an Aitken corner only to see his header slip just past the post. So close.

There was tragedy for Bill McCarry on 34 minutes when he went down in a tackle with Craig and had to be carried off with a bad gash to his leg. Gordon Whitelaw replaced the unfortunate “Buck”.

Saints were now beginning to play the way we knew they could and Aird and Hall were causing problems for the Celtic defence. But half time arrived without Saints finding an equaliser.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first with a great McPhee pass to Hall. Henry darted into the box, twisting and turning before unleashing a fierce drive only for it to hit Brogan and go out for an unproductive corner.

Chalmers and Lambie clashed in a 50/50 tackle which resulted in the Celtic man having to be carried off with what appeared to be a bad injury. He was replaced by Jimmy Johnstone.

It was all Saints now and Whitelaw saw a fine shot from 20 yards saved by Fallon at his post. The keeper then saved from both Hall and Aird.

Hall had yet another opportunity, this time from a Rooney pass. But once again Fallon produced a save and managed to hold onto the ball at the second attempt as Connolly closed in.

McNeill finally received a lecture from the ref ( but no card! ) for yet another crude foul on Connolly.

The next chance came when Connolly flicked the ball to Aird but to the winger’s despair his driven shot was saved by the Celtic keeper.

In a Celtic breakaway, Johnstone went on a mazy run but after beating three players, Lambie stepped in to relieve any threat.

Connolly, had clearly been marked down as a dangerman, and this time it was Craig who was lectured by the referee for a foul on the Saints forward.

Benny Rooney decided to move forward and give McNeill a taste of his own medicine. Strangely, the Scotland centre half didn’t seem to like it!

There is real scare for Saints as Hughes dispossessed Jimmy Donaldson in the penalty area and “scores”. To the keeper’s ( and every Saints fan’s ) relief the ref chalked it off and awarded a free kick for an earlier foul by the Celtic forward. Phew!

However, big Jim then sent the free kick straight to Hood who was less than 10 yards away. The sinning keeper received a “booking” for his over enthusiastic endeavour to retrieve the ball.

Saints mounted a late onslaught on the Celtic goal in an attempt to get the equaliser. Firstly, Aird sees his shot at the end of a brilliant  solo run turned round the post by Fallon for a corner.

Then the ‘keeper ( who surely must earn the Man of the Match award ) pulled out another top drawer save. This time an Aird cross is headed down to Rooney by Connolly. Benny hits a scorcher that looks like finding the net only to see the keeper make another fantastic save, turning the ball out for a corner.

At full time Saints players had given there all and were bitterly disappointed that they did not get at least a draw to take the match into extra time. The Celtic keeper Fallon was in brilliant form and although Saints were equally as good as Celtic, on the day, they just didn’t get the slice of luck that is needed on such occasions.

However, this was a truly great team and it was a privilige for me to have seen them play. They have quite rightly earned the title of “St Johnstone Legends”.

“Great Saints” – Player Profile of Jim Morton

Jim Morton was signed in November 1979 by Manager Alex Stuart from Berwick Rangers for a then record fee of £30,000. A particularly skillful player he would go on on to play for St Johnstone for 7 seasons proving to be both a successful and an extremely popular player with teammates and fans alike.

Saints had been relegated from the Premier League in1976 and 3 years later were still struggling to make an impact in Division 1 never mind make a return to the top Division. Alex Stuart had taken over from Jim Storrie in October 1978 and a year later was still trying to revive Saints fortunes.

Two weeks prior to his signing Berwick Rangers had been at Muirton Park and Jim’s midfield performance that day had been inspirational as the visitors came back from 3 – 1 down midway through the second half to gain an unlikely 3 – 3 draw. Interestingly, it was new Manchester United Manager Davie Moyes who scored the equalising goal for Berwick that day.

Jim made his debut on 1st December 1979 against Clydebank at Muirton Park in a match that the visitors won 1 – 0 in front of 2,163 fans.

The team that day was: George Tulloch, John Weir, Malcolm Lowe, Lindsay Muir, Danny Scullion, Drew Rutherford, John Pelosi, John Brogan, Alan Lamb, Jim Morton, Micky Lawson. Subs: Gavin Redford and John Goldthorp.

In that first season (1979/80 ) Jim made 19 + 2 subs appearances and scored 1 goal.

Saints finished the season fourth from bottom resulting in Alex Stuart resigning in April and Alex Rennie replacing him as Manager for the start of the following season

1980/81 would see Jim establish himself in a team that came so close to winning promotion and knocking Rangers out of the Scottish Cup. Saints finished in 3rd place in the League only 1 point behind local rivals Dundee. Jim made 40 appearances and played in both Cup matches against Rangers including the memorable 3 – 3 draw at Muirton. In the team that year was a young Ally McCoist who was capturing the headlines, scoring 23 goals. Jim, however, chipped in with 10 goals.

Season 1981/82 was possibly his finest in a Saints jersey. He missed only two matches, starting in 44 games and coming on as sub once. He ended up as top scorer with 19 goals – one more than John Brogan.  

One unforgettable match was in the League Cup at Muirton when Celtic were the visitors on Wednesday 12 August 1981. Saints had taken the lead in the first half through a McCoist strike and part time Saints had to withstand intense pressure in the second period as the Celts went all out for the equaliser. With 10 minutes to go Jim replaced a tiring Stuart Beedie. He had only been on the pitch for one minute when Saints were awarded a penalty after Danny McGrain had fouled McCoist. Showing no sign of nerves Jim stepped up and sent  keeper Pat Bonner the wrong way to put Saints 2 – 0 ahead and win the match.

Saints would end the season in mid table some 19 points behind Champions Motherwell. However another highlight of that campaign was Saints 3 – 2 win over the ‘Well at Muirton on 6 March. In a tough and thrilling match Jim scored a hat trick as Saints twice came back from a goal behind to win.

As recognition of his fine performances he represented Scotland in a Four Nations Semi Professional Tournament at Pittodrie Stadium Aberdeen. The other Countries involved were England, Holland and Italy.

In the same year he was voted the St Johnstone Supporters Club Player of the Year.

The previous campaign had laid the foundations for greater things in1982/83 Season which would end with Saints being promoted to the Premier League as Champions. Jim played a full part in that success, starting 38 matches plus 1 sub appearance and scored10 goals.

One of the most important matches ( and goals ) was on 9th April 1983 when Hearts came to Muirton in what was viewed as a Championship decider. The Tynecastle team were top of the table with Saints second, one point behind.

When Jim Morton scored the opening goal just before half time the Saints fans in the 7,501 crowd went delirious. Hearts then equalised in the second half but new signing Raymond Blair netted the winner to put Saints in the driving seat for top spot with 5 games to play. The title was finally secured when a John Brogan goal gave Saints a 1 – 0 win at Muirton Park on the final day of the Season against Dunfermline Athletic.

The team that day was: – Mike McDonald, Rab Kilgour, Don McVicar, Stuart Beedie, Alex Caldwell, Drew Rutherford, Ian Gibson, John Brogan, Jim Morton, Derek Addison, Andy Brannigan. Subs: Raymond Blair and John Pelosi.

It’s probably fair to say that in 1983/84 the step up to the Premier League proved extremely difficult for Saints part time squad when pitched against full time players in the other teams. It was the 8th game before the team registered their first points with a 1 – 0 win at Motherwell and it was not until mid December that they found their feet to win consecutive matches. Jim made 40 ( 39 + 1 ) appearances and scored 4 goals. The final 13 matches he started were at left full back. Despite a spirited effort Saints ended second from bottom and were relegated alongwith Motherwell.

Season 1984/85 would prove to be another dismal one as Alex Rennie’s team spiraled downwards and suffered a second relegation. Looking back there were a number of misfortunes, particularly injuries to goalkeepers, and few, if any, highlights.

Jim played in 24 matches ( 22 plus 2 )  scoring only 3 goals of which two were penalties.

Attendances had been declining at an alarming rate as Saints sunk into a quagmire of mediocrity with less than 1,000 supporters turning up for each of the final two home games against Ayr United and Kilmarnock.

Finances were in a mess and Ian Gibson, on a part-time player-manager basis, replaced Alex Rennie as manager.

Established players were moved out as Gibson manfully tried to achieve the impossible in cutting the wage bill and at the same time trying to mould a successful team together based on a few senior players augmented with youth team players and signings from the junior ranks.

To Jim Morton’s immense credit he remained on the sinking ship appearing 33 times and scoring 11 goals in those dark days of 1985/86.

Somewhat ironically Jim’s second hat trick for Saints came in a 3 – 2 win at Muirton Park against Berwick Rangers! This on 2 November 1985.

His final game for Saints came on 18 March 1986 when Saints went down 2 – 0 to Stirling Albion at Annfield. The team that day was: – John Balavage, Andy Millen, Eddie McGonigle, Doug Barron, Frank Liddell, Jim Morton, Sammy Johnston, Derek Addison, Willie Brown, Charlie Adam, Kevin Thoms. Subs; Grant Paterson and Stevie Evans.

Jim emigrated to Australia to join Brisbane Lions but later returned to Scotland and played for both Forfar Athletic and Arbroath.

During his time at Perth he established himself as an excellent taker of penalties. My records show that from the 21 penalties he took, he scored 19 of these.

He also has the distinction of scoring direct from a corner kick. At Falkirk on 22 November 1980 his 25th minute inswinging corner went directly into the net to give Saints the lead in a match they would go on to win 3 – 0.

Jim Morton made a total of 242 appearances ( 235 + 7 sub ) placing him in 23rd position in the St Johnstone all time Appearances list. His total of 58 goals puts him in 12th position in the all time Goalscorers list.

He was a skillful player with a cultured left foot who gave his all for the team. During his time at Saints he experienced both the highs and lows of football.

He was a player I enjoyed watching, and, in my view one of the “Great Saints”.

23 October 1982 – St Johnstone 4 Queen’s Park 1

On this day in 1982 Saints defeated Queen’s Park in a League Division 1 match at Muirton Park.

Saints had started the 1982/83 League campaign in fine form winning 7 of their first 10 matches with 2 draws and only 1 defeat in that sequence. This had taken them to the top of the table with nearest rivals Hearts two points behind.

Manager Alex Rennie, selected the following team: – Mike McDonald, George Fleming, Tom McNeil, Stuart Beedie, Alex Caldwell, Drew Rutherford, Derek Addison, John Brogan, John Pelosi, Jim Morton, Andy Brannigan. Subs were Kenny Macdonald and Doug Barron.

Saints started the match briskly and in 3 minutes John Brogan had the ball in the visitors net with a fine turn and shot. To the dismay of “Brogie” and the Saints fans in the crowd of 2,321 the linesman had his flag up for offside so the “goal” did not count. Undeterred Saints maintained the pressure and 2 minutes later Jim Morton was pushed over in the box. Penalty. Jim got up and took the kick himself to put Saints 1 goal to the good.

The remainder of the half was virtually all Saints but despite their overall dominance they could not find a way past Queen’s keeper Atkins who was making incredible save after incredible save.

During this period Brogan did score again but this was again wiped out by an offside decision.

However, just before half time Beedie made a typical surging run into the visitors box and as the keeper came diving out at his feet he managed to square the ball to John Brogan who arrived to side foot into the gaping net 2 – 0.

John Pelosi made it 3 – 0  in 48 minutes with a raging 20 yarder from a Brogan pass.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with Saints well in control but unable to turn this advantage into more goals.

Queen’s Park did get a late goal but immediately from the kick off, that man Brogan, raced away to make it 4 – 1. This was his 22 goal of the season and it was only October!

Joe Woods ( who would later join Saints ) was sent off in added time for a foul on Pelosi which earned him his second yellow.

At the end of the day another 2 points in the bag as the Saints Go Marching On to eventually win promotion and the League title.

22 October 2000 – Sylla Sinks ‘Gers

On this day 2000 , St Johnstone met Rangers in a Scottish Premier League fixture at McDiarmid Park.

Going into the match Saints had failed to score in three successive matches as the team suffered defeats to Hibs 0 – 3 , Motherwell 0 – 4 and Celtic 0 – 2.

Manager Sandy Clark selected the following team: – Alan Main, Momo Sylla, Gary Bollan, Darren Dods, Jim Weir, Alan Kernaghan, Nick Dasovic, Keigan Parker, Paddy Connolly, Sean Evers, Paul Kane. Subs:- Kevin Cuthbert, Tommy Lovenkrands, John-Paul McBride, Paul Hartley, Ross Forsyth.

Saints started well, led by inspirational captain Jim Weir, and despite their three previous losses, were taking the game to the previous season’s champions.

After some end to end play, Saints went ahead on 17 minutes from the penalty spot. Keigan Parker had been brought down in the box and the referee had no doubt in awarding the spot kick. The youngster got up and took the kick himself, sending the Rangers keeper the wrong way.1 – 0 .

Minutes later it was nearly 2 – 0 minutes when ‘keeper Brown had to make an instinctive save to stop a Konterman header going into his own net.

As you would expect from Rangers they came back strongly in the second half forcing Alan Main into brilliant saves from Billy Dodds and Kenny Miller. However, he could do little to stop a Miller 25 yarder to bring the visitors level 10 minutes after the restart. 1 – 1.

Saints had to dig in now and Dods, Weir and Kernaghan stood up well to the challenge.

Then in 70 minutes. Sensation.

“Momo” picked up the ball just inside the Rangers half and set off on a surging run. He beat two Rangers defenders before sending the most wonderful curling shot into the top corner to make it 2 – 1.

Rangers were floored and despite all their efforts a Dasovic header and a Connolly shot ( when clean through ) could easily have increased Saints margin of victory.

The crowd of 7,763 had been well entertained.

After the match Sandy Clark praised his players for their spirit and character.

Momo Sylla was a Saints fans favourite. He was a Guinea International player who was signed at the start of the 2000/01 season from French club Le Mans with no fee paid due to the “Bosman” ruling. He played at total of 39 matches for Saints, scoring 5 Goals. Celtic paid a reported £750,000 for his transfer in August 2001.

21 October 1950 – Dunfermline Ath 2 St Johnstone 7

On this day in 1950 both Jackie Malloch and Paddy Buckley scored a hat trick in a Saints 7 – 2 win over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.

Both teams went into this B Division match with aspirations of promotion at the end of the season but it was Saints who looked the better prospect in front of a 7,000 crowd.

Manager Jimmy Crapnell selected the following team that day: – Hugh Martin, George Munro, Jimmy Blyth, Jimmy Lindsay, Johnny Innes, Jackson Pollock, Ian Brydon, Colin McKinlay, Paddy Buckley, Jackie Malloch, Jimmy Goldie.

Saints started the match on the front foot and Malloch opened the scoring in 10 minutes. By the time 23 minutes were on the clock he had registered a hat trick to put Saints 3 – 0 ahead. The Pars managed to pull one back to give them some hope. However, this was extinguished just before half time when Ian Brydon notched number 4.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first period with Paddy Buckley scoring on 62, 71 and 85 minutes. Although the home team managed a goal in 83 minutes this was little more than a consolation.

The result put Saints into 3rd place in the League table four points behind Stirling Albion after 7 games played. Sadly promotion would not be achieved as Saints finished the season in 5th position some 12 points behind joint leaders Queen of the South and Stirling Albion.

Paddy Buckley finished Saints top scorer that season with 26 goals from 33 appearances.