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1890-91

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1890-91
The 1890’s saw Saints reach a higher profile within the national game, when, along with Paisley rivals Abercorn, they became founder members of the Scottish Football League.
On 23rd August 1890, the following 11 men lined up at Tontine Park, Renton to get Saints first league campaign underway.
  Deans, Hunter, A. McBain, Prentice, Jones, E. McBain, Morrison,
McAulay, Douglas, Dunlop, McFarlane.
Dunlop and Douglas scored for Saints in a 2-2 draw.
However, Renton were later expelled from the league and their record was expunged, so Saints official first match was a 5-2 victory over Cowlairs at Westmarch the following Saturday.
 
The same 11 men are credited as the first official Saints league team. 
Outside right James Morrison has the distinction of scoring Saints first ever league goal and he was to add a second later in the match. Centre forward John Douglas also grabbed a double and Prentice added the fifth.
This first season was a steep learning curve for Saints with a few heavy defeats at the hands of Rangers (2-8 +3-7) Dumbarton (1-5 + 2-4) and Vale of Leven (2-5).Highest victory was the opening 5-2 win over Cowlairs. Best victory was a 1-0 win over Celtic at Westmarch.On a local level Saints and Abercorn shared the honours with one win apiece. There were several other high points in the season such as James Dunlop continuing to flourish, Andrew Brown once again being capped by Scotland against Wales in March 1891 and fullback Richard Hunter beginning to catch the eyes of international selection committees.

At the end of this season Saints were in eighth place one behind rivals Abercorn.

Competitive Results
First Division

23/08/1890

Renton*

Tontine Park

2-2

Douglas Dunlop

30/08/1890

Cowlairs

Westmarch

5-2

Morrison (2) Douglas (2) Prentice

13/09/1890

Cambuslang

Whitefield Park

2-3

McAuley McBain, W

20/09/1890

Abercorn

Westmarch

4-2

Dunlop (2) Morrison McAulay

04/10/1890

Rangers

Kinning Park

2-8

McBain, E Dunbar

11/10/1890

Vale of Leven

Westmarch

1-1

Morrison

25/10/1890

Third Lanark

Cathkin Park

3-5

Brown Jones Wylie

24/01/1891

Abercorn

Underwood Park

1-5

Wylie

07/02/1891

Celtic

Parkhead

2-3

Morrison Dunlop

21/02/1891

Hearts

Tynecastle

0-1

 

28/02/1891

Rangers

Westmarch

3-7

McCartney Wylie Dunlop

07/03/1891

Dumbarton

Boghead

1-5

Dunlop

14/03/1891

Third Lanark

Westmarch

3-2

Wylie (2) McPhee

21/03/1891

Vale of Leven

Millburn Park

2-5

McAuley Wylie

28/03/1891

Cambuslang

Westmarch

2-3

Dunlop Wylie

04/04/1891

Celtic

Westmarch

1-0

Easton

11/04/1891

Hearts

Westmarch

3-2

Douglas Dunlop Morrison

25/04/1891

Cowlairs

Springvale Park

2-4

Wylie Dunlop

02/05/1891

Dumbarton

Westmarch

2-4

Morrison Dunlop

*1 - Renton expelled from league - Match void.
Scottish Cup

06/09/1890

Arthulie           

1st Rnd 

Dunterlie Park 

5-2

Dunlop

27/09/1890

Albion Rovers  

2nd Rnd 

Westmarch

5-1

Dunlop W.McBain

18/10/1890 

Cambuslang     

3rd Rnd 

Whitefield Park

2-1

Dunbar Wylie

08/11/1890

Airdrie              

4th Rnd 

Broomfield

2-1

Dunlop2

06/12/1890 

Queens Park     

5th Rnd 

Westmarch

2-3

Dunlop McAulay