St Johnstone History – Did You Know?

Some followers may not have seen a short series of articles I did for the Saints programme a couple of years back. Here is the first of these which I hope proves of interest.

1 )       Nick Dasovic is Saints most capped player winning 26 of his 63 Canadian caps whilst playing for Saints.

2 )       Allan Moore scored the first hat trick at McDiarmid Park in Saints 3 – 1 win over Forfar Athletic in 1989.

3 )       In Season 1970/71 Saints defeated Rangers both home and away in the old League Division 1. Alex Rennie and John Connolly scored in a 2 – 1 win at Muirton with Henry Hall and Connolly scoring in the 2 – 0 success at Ibrox

4 )       Manager Bobby Brown signed Alex MacDonald in 1965 in a Glasgow fish and chip shop to beat Newcastle United to his signature. Alex joined Rangers in 1968 for a then record £50,000 fee.

5 )       Saints first ever Scottish League match on 19 August 1911 resulted in a 4 – 1 win over Arthurlie at the Recreation Grounds.

6 )       Roddy Grant’s goal in 21 seconds against Celtic in a 3 – 2 win in May 1991 is the fastest goal scored by a Saints player at McDiarmid Park.

7 )       The £1.75m transfer fee received from Blackburn Rovers for Callum Davidson in 1998 is a Saints record. The previous record being £750,000 received from Aberdeen in 1994 for Billy Dodds.

8 )       Goalkeeper Alan Main kept 122 clean sheets during his record 361 appearances for Saints in all competitions.

9 )       Willie Imrie is the only St Johnstone player to have scored for Scotland in a full international. His single goal came in the 87th minute of his second appearance for his country in a friendly match against Germany in Berlin 1929. The game ended 1 – 1.

10 )     In a League Cup match against Falkirk at Muirton in September 1960 Saints were 6 – 0 ahead at half time. The game finally ended 7 – 1 with Ian Gardiner scoring 4 goals.

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