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Anglo-Scottish Cup Winners Challenge

This is one of the least known of Saints successes

 

In 1959 shortly after Saints had won the Scottish Cup, it was suggested that the winners of the Scottish Cup should play a challenge against the winners of the English FA. Cup and so Saints travelled to Nottingham in September of that year to play a first leg match against Nottingham Forest.

Goals from Tommy Bryceland, Davie Laird and Don Kerrigan gave Saints a fine 3-2 victory and set them up well for the return at Love Street the following week.

Davie Laird again got on the score sheet along with Gerry Baker in a 2-2 draw which gave Saints a 5-4 aggregate win.

 

23/09/1959

City Ground

Nottingham Forest 2 St.Mirren 3

Att:8,000

 

Forsyth, Wilson, Riddell,

Neilson, McGugan, Gregal,

Kerrigan, Bryceland, Baker,

Laird, Miller.

Scorers:- Bryceland Laird Kerrigan

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 30/09/1959

Love Street

St.Mirren 2 Nottingham Forest 2

Att:20,000

 

Forsyth, Wilson, Riddell,

Leishman, McGugan, Gregal,

Rodger, Bryceland, Baker, Laird, Miller

Scorers:- Laird, Baker

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After their victory in the 1987 Scottish Cup it was suggested that a competition between Saints and FA Cup winners Coventry City should be set up.

The first leg of this tie took place at Highfield Road, Coventry, on the 22nd December 1987.

Kenny McDowall netted Saints counter in a 1-1 draw.

 
 

22/12/87

Highfield Road

Coventry City 1 St.Mirren 1

Att:5331

 

Money, Dawson, D.Hamilton, McWhirter, Godfrey(Wilson), Davies,

B.Hamilton, Ferguson, Conroy (McGarvey), Chalmers (McDowall), Cameron (Shaw).

 

 

The match was deemed an Anglo Scottish Challenge but played in a very 'Friendly' type manner hence the number of subs, double what was allowed at this point in history!

For the return leg, the teams could not agree on a suitable date for this match and it was never played.

 

But I’m sure that Saints fans can claim two victories in such competition with 1987 being ‘won’ on away goals!!