On this day in 1972 St Johnstone met Newcastle United at Muirton Park, Perth in a pre season Friendly match.
I doubt whether many of the 4,600 fans who turned up to watch would have expected such a goals bonanza.
Willie Ormond’s starting team was; – Derek Robertson, Billy McManus, Jim Argue, Alex Rennie, Dave Cochrane, Gordon Whitelaw, Benny Rooney, John Muir, Jim Pearson, Henry Hall, Fred Aitken. Subs were Jimmy Donaldson, John Lambie, Kenny Aird, Ian McPhee, Ian Macdonald.
Newcastle lined up – McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Bobby Moncur, Barraclough, Tony Green, Malcolm Macdonald, John Tudor, Hibbitt. Subs were Reid, Jimmy Smith, Young.
The match got off to a sensational start with Malcolm Macdonald scoring for the visitors in just 4 SECONDS, and embarrassing Saints keeper Derek Robertson in the process. When Newcastle kicked off Robertson was stretching at the edge of his penalty area. Tudor tapped the ball forward to “Super Mac” who leathered it 50 yards downfield and the ball sailed over the keepers’ head into the unguarded net. Manager Ormond substituted him at half time with Saints 4 – 1 down and the keeper’s confidence clearly affected. During that first period Hibbitt had scored a second goal before Gordon Whitelaw pulled one back on the 20 minute mark. Further goals from Macdonald and Tudor had put “The Geordies” out of sight.
The second half saw Donaldson take over from Robertson and youngsters McManus and Cochrane replaced by Lambie and Macdonald with Aird and McPhee also coming on for Muir and Whitelaw respectively.
Jim Pearson scored shortly after the restart but the Macdonald – Tudor combination were unstoppable and each scored again to restore the visitors advantage. Henry Hall and Tudor completed the scoring.