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1942-43

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1942-43

1942-43 was not a good league campaign for Saints. Indeed they took until the eleventh match to gain their first victory, a 2-1 win over Partick with Alex Linwood continuing in scoring form with both goals. This form continued to the New Year and the Ne’erdy battle with Morton at Cappielow. Greenock forward Johnny Crum was to rip the Paisley defence apart time and time again as he rattled in seven goals in an 8-0 thrashing. This remains the heaviest defeat suffered at the hands of our bitter rivals. Fortunately, this was during war-time regulations and does not appear on any official league records!

Around this time manager Donald Menzies joined the RAF and was replaced by former St.Mirren goalkeeper Willie Fotheringham

At the end of the season Saints were in twelfth place. The only consistency was the scoring ability of Alex Linwood who again topped the charts with 13.

The Morton domination continued in the Renfrewshire Cup with a high scoring tie. They won the first leg at Love Street 4-2 before completing the job at Cappielow for a 10-7 aggregate.

The War League Cup did not provide any cheer either as the first five sectional matches were lost even a 5-1 demolition of Celtic in the final group match couldn’t brighten the spirits.

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 Morton victory.

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 Hampden Park 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 boardroom today.

Linwood’s 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!

Competitive Results
Southern League
08/08/1942 Rangers Love Street 0-1  
15/08/1942 Dumbarton Boghead 0-4  
22/08/1942 Albion Rovers Love Street 0-0  
29/08/1942 Hearts Tynecastle 2-4 Brady Garrington
05/09/1942 Morton Love Street 1-2 McGarry
12/09/1942 Clyde Shawfield 2-4 Garrington Price
19/09/1942 Airdrie Broomfield 1-3 McGarry
26/09/1942 Motherwell Love Street 2-2 Stenhouse McGarry
03/10/1942 Third Lanark Love Street 2-2 Linwood Stenhouse
10/10/1942 Celtic Parkhead 2-3 Jenner Stenhouse
17/10/1942 Partick Thistle Love Street 2-1 Linwood2
24/10/1942 Falkirk Brockville 1-1 McGarry
31/10/1942 Hibernian Love Street 1-2 Linwood
07/11/1942 Queens Park Love Street 3-2 Stenhouse2 Kelly
14/11/1942 Hamilton AcademicalsDouglas Park 2-3 McGarry Linwood
21/11/1942 Rangers Ibrox 1-5 McGarry
28/11/1942 Dumbarton Love Street 5-2 Linwood3 Stenhouse Deakin
05/12/1942 Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 1-5 Linwood
12/12/1942 Hearts Love Street 2-1 Linwood Sullivan
19/12/1942 Airdrie Love Street 3-0 Linwood2 McGarry
26/12/1942 Clyde Love Street 1-3 Sullivan
01/01/1943 Morton Cappielow 0-8  
02/01/1943 Third Lanark Cathkin Park 4-3 Linwood2 Deakin Brady
16/01/1943 Celtic Love Street 0-2  
23/01/1943 Partick Thistle Firhill 1-8 'Newman'
30/01/1943 Falkirk Love Street 2-2 'Newman' Brady
06/02/1943 Hibernian Easter Road 2-3 Deakin2
13/02/1943 Queens Park Hampden Park 2-0 Housam Stenhouse
20/02/1943 Hamilton AcademicalsLove Street 4-1 Nicol2 'Junior' Sullivan
10/04/1943 Motherwell Fir Park 0-1  
 'Newman' and  'Junior' were names given to Guest or trialist players and not necessarily the same person each match.
War League Cup
27/02/1943Sectional TieRangers Love Street 0-3  
06/03/1943Sectional TieHibernian Easter Road 1-2 Caughey
13/03/1943Sectional TieCeltic Parkhead 0-2  
20/03/1943Sectional TieRangers Ibrox 1-3 Sullivan
27/03/1943Sectional TieHibernian Love Street 1-3 Stenhouse
03/04/1943Sectional TieCeltic Love Street 5-1 Caughey3 Kelly2
Summer Cup
29/05/1943 1st Rnd 1st Leg Third LanarkLove Street 6-3Linwood3 Kelly Howe Deakin
05/06/1943 1st Rnd 2nd LegThird LanarkCathkin Park 3-1Kelly Linwood Stenhouse
12/06/1943 2nd Rnd 1st Leg Dumbarton Love Street 6-3Linwood5 Stenhouse
19/06/1943 2nd Rnd 2nd LegDumbarton Boghead 1-1Linwood
26/06/1943 Semi Final Morton Ibrox 3-3Thomson2 Stenhouse
03/07/1943 Semi Final ReplayMorton Hampden Park3-2Linwood2 Deakin
10/07/1943 Final Rangers Hampden Park1-0 Linwood

Top scorers

LeagueWar
League
Cup
Summer
Cup
Total
Linwood14-1327
Stenhouse71311
McGarry7--7
Deakin4-26
Kelly1225
Sullivan31-4
Caughey-4-4
Brady3--3
'Junior'3--3
Garrington2--2
Nicol2--2
Thomson--22
Jenner1--1
Price1--1
Housam1--1
Howe--11