5 December 1964 – Dundee 4 St Johnstone 4 – Jackie Coburn and Gilzean hat tricks

On this day in 1964 St Johnstone and Dundee drew 4 – 4 in a League Division 1 match at Dens Park in front of a 12,000 crowd.

Saints had been promoted back to the top division and early results showed that the squad needed some strengthening, particularly in the goalscoring department. In an effort to rectify these shortcomings during October Manager Bobby Brown went into the transfer market and secured goalkeeper Mike McVittie from Brechin City, winger Felix McGrogan from Raith Rovers, inside forward Neil Duffy from Partick Thistle, and Jackie Coburn from ES Clydebank. Jackie is, of course, the brother of Saints legend Willie Coburn and had earned himself a reputation as a prolific goalscorer in the lower league with both Forfar Athletic and East Stirling. It was hoped that he could reproduce this form in the First Division. Following the introduction of the new players results improved markedly with wins over Third Lanark 2 -0, Celtic 3 – 0, a draw with Partick Thistle 2 – 2, and a 2 – 1 victory over Airdrie at  Broomfield where Saints had never previously won. Although they had suffered a setback at home to Hearts 0 – 3 the previous Saturday progress was undoubtedly being made.

Whilst, on this occasion, I cannot provide a more detailed report on the game Jackie Coburn scored a first half hat trick with Saints other goal coming from John Flanagan.

Saints team that day was: – Mike McVittie, Charlie McFadyen, Willie Coburn, Bill McCarry, Ron McKinven, Willie Renton, John Flanagan, Neil Duffy, Jackie Coburn, Jim Kerray, Felix McGrogan.

In the Dundee side Scottish International forward Alan Gilzean, who hailed from Coupar Angus, also scored 3 goals that day as an entertaining match ended all square. Gilzean would later move to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £72,500.

Unfortunately Jackie could not repeat his goalscoring feat and he left Saints at the end of the season joining Montrose.

Jackie Coburn made just 9 first team appearances and scored 3 goals.


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