18 July 2013 – Rosenborg 0 St Johnstone 1

This day 12 months ago was a great day to be a St Johnstone fan as the team recorded a famous 1 – 0 victory over Rosenborg in a Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st leg match at the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim. In what was Manager Tommy Wright’s first match in charge of Saints this narrow victory over a club with previous Champions League pedigree was the first time that St Johnstone had won an away game in European competitions. Previous matches in the UEFA Cup, in 1971 against SV Hamburg, Vasas Budapest and Zel Sarajevo, in 1999 against VPS Vaasa and AS Monaco, and in the 2012 Europa League against Eskisherspor, had all seen our favourites return home without a win. Indeed the 1 – 1 draw in Finland with VPS Vaasa was the only occasion the team had avoided defeat. So Frazer Wright’s 18th minute goal, when he turned in a David Wotherspoon corner kick from 6 yards, was a historic moment. The 500 or so Saints fans in the 5,952 attendance were ecstatic, cheering the team throughout the whole of the match ( and well into the wee sma’ hours of the following day! ). The team in which every player was outstanding that evening was : Alan Mannus, Dave Mackay, Tom Scobbie, Paddy Cregg, Frazer Wright, Steven Anderson, Chris Millar, Gary McDonald, Steven MacLean, David Wotherspoon, Nigel Hasselbaink. Subs – Steve Banks, Gwion Edwards ( for Hasselbaink ), Liam Caddis, Stevie May, Gary Miller ( for Wotherspoon ), Brian Easton, Rory Fallon. The second leg match at McDiarmid Park one week later ended in a 1 – 1 draw meaning that Saints progressed to the next round 2 – 1 on aggregate.

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