When Dave Mackay fired home St Johnstone’s second goal in the 4 – 0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership match at McDiarmid Park yesterday, it was the 600th goal Saints have recorded in Premier League matches dating back to 1975.
Saints first ever Premier League match at Muirton Park on 30 August 1975 against local rivals Dundee United ended 1 – 0 to Saints with John Muir having the distinction of scoring that historic goal.
It would be many years later before number 100 would come along. On 23 March 1991 East End Park Dunfermline was the venue for Don McVicar’s goal in a game Saints would eventually lose 3 – 2 to our hosts.
Ian Redford scored number 200 in a 1 – 1 draw with Airdrie at Broomfield on 27 March 1993.
Number 300 was a Kieran McAnespie goal at McDiarmid Park in a 2 – 1 success over Celtic on 14 November 1998.
The 25 August 2001 would see Jim Weir score number 400 at the Ormond Stand end as Saints fought back to secure a 1 – 1 over Aberdeen. A rare goal for Saints captain.
Pittodrie Stadium, 7 May 2011 was the venue for number 500 when Smith the Aberdeen defender had the misfortune to put through his own goal. Saints winning 2 – 0 that day.
And so to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at McDiarmid Park on 5th October 2013 when Dave Mackay went into the history books with that 600th Premier League goal.
Bring on number 700.
Interestingly, Dave also scored against Ross County earlier this Season and Saints went on to win 4 – 0 that day. He has made 172 appearances ( 170 starts + 2 subs ) for Saints scoring 10 goals. Saints have not lost when “Cup tie” scores. Seven games have been won and 3 drawn.
Could he be a lucky mascot!