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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