St Johnstone Hall of Fame – Henry Hall

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Henry Hall was one of the finest players ever to play for Saints. He was a natural goalscorer and not only had he the ability to be in the right place at the right time but he seemed to have time to pass the ball into the net. He helped transform Willie Ormond’s team from a mid table team into a top side feared by the Old Firm and ultimately European opponents.

In November 1968 Manager Willie Ormond signed Henry from Stirling Albion paying a then record transfer fee of £15,000 to bring him to Perth.

He made his debut on 9th November 1968 at Muirton Park in a 3 – 2 defeat from St Mirren.

Saints team that day was : – Derek Robertson, George Miller, Willie Coburn, Alex Gordon, Benny Rooney, Ian McPhee, Kenny Aird, Buck McCarry, Alex MacDonald, Henry Hall, John Connolly. Sub: Gordon Whitlelaw.

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St Johnstone Player Profile – Derek Robertson

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Goalkeeper Derek Robertson has the distinction of being the first player to be signed by Willie Ormond for St Johnstone after his appointment as Manager in the spring of 1967. Robertson was playing for Petershill Juniors in Glasgow having previously won a Scottish Juvenile cap whilst with Possilpark YMCA. Two weeks after signing for Saints, on Wednesday 26 April 1967, he made his debut in a 3 – 0 win over Ayr United in front of 2,500 fans at Muirton Park.

The Saints team that evening was: – Derek Robertson, George Miller, Willie Coburn, Bill McCarry, Benny Rooney, Ian McPhee, Bruce Munro, Jim Townsend, Tom Wilson, Gordon Whitelaw, Fred Aitken. Sub: Alex MacDonald. Scorers were McPhee and Whitelaw (2).

Little would anyone present that evening have thought that this promising young goalkeeper would go on to spend 13 seasons at Perth during which time he would make 265 first team…

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