28 November 1987 – Stirling Albion 0 St Johnstone 6

On this day in 1987 St Johnstone made the short trip to Stirling to meet the Albion at Annfield in a League Division 2 fixture.

Alex Totten’s team were chasing Ayr United at the top of the table and faced what appeared to be a tricky match on the new artificial surface.

However, any pre-match anxieties were quickly dispelled when in 3 minutes Tommy Coyle put Saints ahead from the penalty spot. Steve Maskrey had been fouled in the box and Coyle sent the keeper the wrong way as he calmly stroked the ball home.

Five minutes later it was 2 – 0 as Alan McKillop fired home after a Willie Watters shot had rebounded from the crossbar.

Things got even better as it was 3 – 0 with only 13 minutes on the clock. This time it was Ian Heddle who got his name on the scoresheet when he fired in a rocket shot from the edge of the box, giving the keeper no chance.

It seemed a long wait until the fourth goal came along! It was just after the half hour mark when Danny Powell was on the end of a fine Maskrey cross to drill the ball into the bottom corner.

On the resumption former Saint John Brogan ( playing for Albion ) tried to breath life back into the home side as they tried manfully to get some respectability back into the scoreline. John Balavage and his defence, however, stood firm.

Ian Heddle made it 5 – 0 in the 80th minute and substitute Steve Gavin competed the rout with number six just four minutes from time.

A crowd of 1,100 watched.

Saints team was: – Balavage, Thomson, Smith, Barron, McKillop, Johnston, Maskrey, Coyle, Powell, Watters, Heddle. Subs McGurn and Gavin.


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