7 March 1885 – St Johnstone 1 Caledonian Railway 0 – First Ever Match


As many of you will know St Johnstone Football Club was formed at a meeting of some of the members of St Johnstone Cricket Club held on 24th February 1885.

Less than two weeks later the First Ever Match was a Friendly game played on the South Inch Perth on 7 March 1885 against Caledonian Railway and resulted in a 1 – 0 win for Saints.

The following are transcripts of the match reports published in the local papers on Monday 9th March 1885.

Perthshire Advertiser

The St Johnstone encountered, for their first match, the Caledonian on the South Inch on Saturday.

The St Johnstone, from the first, pressed their opponents hard, and Gordon had to use his hands frequently to save his goal from disaster. For the St Johnstone team Lorimer and W.Thomson, at back, played a grand game, and Scobie, as centre, worked hard.

Gordon, at goal, for…

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