St Mirren History

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St Mirren History

St.Mirren Football Club 1882-1883 – St.Mirren FC founded in 1876 first played under rugby club rules for one year.

Its first ground was at Thistle park, Greenhill (1877), followed by Shortroods (1878), Abingdon Park (1879-81), Thistle Park (1881-83), Westmarch (1883-84), Fullerton Park (1894-95), StMirren Park, Love Street (1895-2010) before moving to Greenhill Road in 2009.

In 1882-83 season, St Mirren first won the Renfrewshire Challenge Cup as seen in the photograph. The team’s colours at this time were blue and red striped jerseys and stockings with white shorts. The team won this trophy again the next season after three replays. By 1890 St Mirren became founder members of the Scottish League.

St Mirren FC 1925-26 Scottish Cup Winners – At the Scottish cup final, a crowd of 100,000 saw Davie McCrae (front row centre) score St Mirren’s first goal, within three minutes, at Hampden Park, against the redoubtable Glasgow Celtic.

After twenty-five minutes, Howieson (front row second from right) scored St Mirrens second goal. It was all over! Celtic had no reply! St Mirren had avenged their first ever Cup Final appearance in 1907-08 season, when they were beaten by Celtic.

Up to this point in the clubs history, apart from winning the local Renfrewshire cup, they had won the Victory Cup in 1919 in an extra time affair by whipping Hearts 3-0. In 1921 the Barcelona Cup, a magnificent trophy, won on a match tour in Spain, found its way back to Paisley.

St Mirren FC season 1958-59 – After defeating Celtic 4-0 in the Semi Final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden St Mirren met Aberdeen in the final.

A crowd of 108,000 of which 60,000 were ‘Buddies’ including wee boys, grannies and mill girls (who kept fainting)! St Mirren won the day 3-1.

St Mirren created football history the following season, by beating Glasgow University 15-0 in a Scottish Cup Tie.

The history was made by St Mirren’s Gerry Baker scoring ten of the goals – no one, last Century in Scotland, had ever scored so many goals in a major competition!

St Mirren FC 1987 – St Mirren won the Scottish Cup for only the third time, beating Dundee United 1-0 in the final, to bring back the coveted trophy.

An exited crowd of five thousand supporters had gathered outside the Town Hall to welcome the victorious team. Even the statues, trees and lampposts became perches for happy supporters! When Jimmy Bone saluted the crowd from the balcony of the Town Hall and shouted, ‘Paisley! Paisley!’, a great roar went up.

It was fitting that Bone, then Assistant Manager, should hold up the trophy, as he had led the team to another celebrated victory in 1980, when they won the Anglo-Scottish Cup.