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
Deans, Hunter, A. McBain, Prentice, Jones, E. McBain, Morrison,
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.