On this day in 1950 St Johnstone met Queen’s Park in a B Division match at Muirton Park.
After a bit of a stuttering start to the Season Saints had run into great form and in their previous four matches they had recorded wins over Arbroath 6 – 1 at Gayfield, Dunfermline Athletic 7 – 2 at East End Park, Forfar Athletic 3 – 0 at Muirton and a 4 – 4 draw with Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill.
As Saints tried to regain their First Division status, lost after the Second World War, Manager Jimmy Crapnell’s team had now climbed to second place in the League table some 5 points behind leaders Stirling Albion. Queen’s Park were in mid table only 3 points behind Saints so a tough game was anticipated.
A crowd of 6,200 turned up and they were not to be disappointed as Saints took the lead in 16 minutes when Ian Brydon scored from the penalty spot.
Cromar netted on 25 minutes to put the amateurs back on level terms.
However centre forward Paddy Buckley would restore Saints advantage before half time.
The second half was virtually all Saints and just after the restart Colin McKinlay and Willie Peat scored within 3 minutes of each other to put Saints 4 – 1 ahead.
Poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant it was not until the last 10 minutes of the match that Saints were able to turn their superiority into more goals. McKinlay scored his second on 82 minutes and a further penalty converted by Brydon 2 minutes from time gave Saints a comprehensive victory.
The team that day was: – Hugh Martin, Jimmy Hodge, Jimmy Blyth, Jimmy Lindsay, Johnny Innes, Jackson Pollock, Ian Brydon, Colin McKinlay, Paddy Buckley, Jackie Malloch, Willie Peat.
Paddy Buckley scored 17 League goals in 25 matches during that 1950/51 Season.
Unfortunately, Saints did not achieve promotion, finishing in 5th position, 12 points behind champions Queen of the South.