On this day in 2004 Saints met Leicester City in a pre season friendly at McDiarmid Park.
This was the first time the visitors had appeared at McDiarmid Park but the clubs had met in friendlies on 3 previous occasions.
The first meeting was in 1934 at Filbert Street and then twice more at Muirton Park in 1983 and 1988. “The Foxes” won all three matches by the same scoreline of 2 – 1.
New Manager John Connolly was trying to mould his team after taking over from Billy Stark towards the end of the 2003/04 season.
Saints team that day was: – Kevin Cuthbert, Jordan Tait, Ross Forsyth, David Hannah, ? McLeod, Ian Maxwell, Colin Marshall, Martyn Fotheringham, Steven McConalogue, Michael Moore, Eddie Malone.
Subs were: – Craig Nelson and Sean Webb ( neither used ). Ryan Stevenson ( for Marshall ), Steven Fraser ( for Fotheringham ), Chris Hay ( for McConalogue ), Mark Baxter ( for Malone ).
Leicester City Manager Micky Adams selected the following team: – Ian Walker, Chris Makin, Jason Wilcox, Jordan Stewart, Matt Heath, Gareth Williams, Keith Gillespie, Lilian Nalis, Dion Dublin, David Connolly, James Scowcroft.
Subs were: – Kevin Pressman ( for Walker ), Richard Stearman ( for Heath ), Scott Gemmell ( for Nalis ), Trevor Benjamin ( for Dublin ), Lee Morris ( for Connolly ). Not used – Aarron Butcher, Chris O’Grady, Tommy Wright ( not our Tommy! ), Stephen Dawson.
Goals from Scowcroft and Dublin gave the visitors a 2 – 0 win in front of 1,733 spectators.