All that was to change in the Summer Cup!
Alex Linwood led the way with four goals in a 9-4 aggregate win over Third Lanark in the first round. He followed this
with six in a 7-1 defeat of Dumbarton, to set up a semi final against rivals Morton.
With recent results fresh in mind, and Morton fielding a forward line including Billy Steel, signed from St.Mirren
the previous season, alongside ‘guest’ players Tommy Lawton and Stanley Matthews, everyone was expecting an easy
The match ended in an exciting 3-3 draw and the replay was at Hampden the following week. The teams once again produced
an exciting contest.
Morton took a two- nil lead. Saints Keeper, Jack Weare was injured during Morton’s second goal, and took up a
position on the left wing, with centre half Willie Kelly in goals.
Gradually St.Mirren played their way back into the game and two Linwood goals levelled the score before Johnny Deakin
netted a late winner to take Saints to the final.
On the 10th July 1943 St.Mirren lined up at
to face Rangers with the following team:-
Weare, Drinkwater, McLatchie, Housam, Kelly, Colquhoun, Jess, Stenhouse, Linwood, Deakin, McGarry.
Once again Saints were the underdogs and when Rangers were awarded a first half penalty it all seemed to be going to
plan. However, George Young missed the kick and the men from Paisley grew in confidence.
There was only one goal in the match and it has been described by many as the greatest goal seen at Hampden. It was
scored by Alex Linwood, midway through the second half when he shot first time on the turn from outside the box. Some sterling
defensive work from Willie Kelly ensured the Saints held on for a well merited victory.
The Summer Cup is still proudly displayed in the Love Street
goal is reputed to have nearly brought down a Lancaster bomber!
His cousin was a pilot in the RAF and when he heard about the goal he took his hands from the controls of the plane to cheer
and it fell some 200 feet before he regained control!