On this day in 2005 Manager Owen Coyle commenced his first season in charge of St Johnstone with a pre season friendly match at Harlaw Park against Inverurie Loco Works.
After releasing a significant number of his predecessor John Connolly’s squad Coyle had been busy during the summer months bringing in a number of new signings.
This match was the first of five warm up matches prior to the season proper starting two weeks later.
The Saints team that day was: – Kevin Cuthbert, Simon Mensing, Kieran McAnespie, Scott Paterson, Mark Campbell, Kevin Rutkievicz, Ryan McCann, Paul Sheerin, Owen Coyle, Steven Milne, John Henry.
Subs were Mark Baxter for Mensing, Steven Anderson for Paterson, Neil Janczyk for Campbell, David Hannah for McCann, Ryan Stevenson for Henry, Andy Jackson for Milne, Willie Dyer for McAnespie. Robert Sloan and Stevie McManus were not used.
Goals from Simon Mensing and Steven Milne gave Saints a comfortable victory.