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.


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