1961 Scottish League Cup semi-final – St Johnstone 2 Rangers 3 aet

St Johnstone’s first League Cup semi final – 1961 v Rangers


St Johnstone have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2014 Scottish League Cup. In this series of articles I recollect the successes and failures of the previous eight appearances the club has made in this famous cup competition. This is the first of these.

In Season 1961/62 St Johnstone reached the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup for the first time and, whilst the dream would eventually end in tears, Manager Bobby Brown’s team came so very close to reaching the club’s first ever national final.

The League Cup was introduced in 1946 when football was getting going again following the end of the Second World War the previous year. During the 15 year period until 1961 Saints, as a Second Division team, had reached the quarter final stages on three occasions but had lost over two legs to First Division opposition. The first time in 1952 to Kilmarnock, then…

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