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.


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