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1961-62

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1961-62

At the beginning of 1961-62 St.Mirren toured Iceland. In the final match of the tour they suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of South West Iceland. Star for the Icelanders was a man by the name of Therolf Beck who netted a hat trick. So impressed was manager Willie Reid that he signed Beck the following month!

The real action started well with three wins on the trot at the start of the League Cup campaign without the loss of a goal (Kilmarnock 1-0, Raith Rovers 3-0 and Hearts 1-0) Unfortunately in the Hearts match Tommy Bryceland broke his leg and without his influence on the park they lost the remaining matches to go out of the competition.

The league season was much the same as previous years with the team having to play the final match requiring a win to ensure survival. Opponents were Dunfermline Athletic who had previously defeated Saints 7-0 at East End Park.  The Pars scored early but goals from Fernie, McLean, Bryceland and Provan ensured survival.

As a result of the poor form Willie Reid had quit the club for Norwich City in December and been replaced by former player Bobby Flavell.

Flavell’s first task was to get Saints ready for the Scottish Cup run. The Cup was again the successful period of the season. Wins over Dundee (1-0), Raith (1-1, 4-0) and Dunfermline (1-0) took Saints to a semi final with Celtic at Ibrox. St.Mirren were very much the underdogs , a position made more inevitable by the fact that Celtic had won a league match at Love Street the week before by five goals to nil and had won the first meeting of the season 7-1 at Parkhead!

Saints lined up: - Williamson, Campbell, Wilson, Stewart, Clunie, McLean, Henderson, Bryceland, Kerrigan, Fernie and Beck.

Willie Fernie, an ex Celtic player, was the hero of the day. He scored in the 7th minute before setting up goals for Kerrigan and Beck to give Saints a 3-1 victory and a place in the final against Rangers.  However in the final, rangers were too strong and although Saints played well they lost 2-0.

Competitive Results
First Division
23/08/1961 Hearts Tynecastle 2-2 Rodger Kerrigan
09/09/1961 Falkirk Love Street 2-0 Kerrigan OG
16/09/1961 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 3-4 Kerrigan2 Rodger
23/09/1961 Rangers Love Street 1-1 Nelson
30/09/1961 Raith Rovers Starks Park 0-4  
07/10/1961 Aberdeen Love Street 3-2 Kerrigan2 Henderson
14/10/1961 Dundee United Tannadice 1-3 Miller
21/10/1961 Airdrie Love Street 0-2  
28/10/1961 Stirling Albion Annfield 3-0 Kerrigan2 Beck
04/11/1961 Motherwell Love Street 2-1 Beck Kerrigan
15/11/1961 Celtic Parkhead 1-7 Beck
18/11/1961 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-3 OG
25/11/1961 St.Johnstone Muirton Park 3-0 Kerrigan Beck Fernie
02/12/1961 Hibernian Love Street 2-3 Kerrigan Clunie
16/12/1961 Third Lanark Cathkin Park 2-5 Kerrigan B.Campell
23/12/1961 Dundee Love Street 1-1 Fernie
30/12/1961 Dunfermline AthleticEast End Park 0-7  
06/01/1962 Hearts Love Street 0-1  
10/01/1962 Falkirk Brockville 3-3 McDonald2 McLean
13/01/1962 Rangers Ibrox 0-4  
17/01/1962 Kilmarnock Love Street 2-1 Henderson McDonald
20/01/1962 Raith Rovers Love Street 5-1 Beck4 Mclean
03/02/1962 Aberdeen Pittodrie 1-3 McLean
10/02/1962 Dundee United Love Street 1-1 McLean
24/02/1962 Stirling Albion Love Street 3-1 Kerrigan McLean OG
03/03/1962 Motherwell Fir Park 1-2 Kerrigan
17/03/1962 Partick Thistle Firhill 1-0 McLean
19/03/1962 Airdrie Broomfield 1-3 Henderson
24/03/1962 St.Johnstone Love Street 1-3 McLean
26/03/1962 Celtic Love Street 0-5  
04/04/1962 Hibernian Easter road 1-2 Beck
07/04/1962 Third Lanark Love Street 1-2 B.Campbell
25/04/1962 Dundee Dens Park 0-2  
28/04/1962Dunfermline AthleticLove Street 4-1 Fernie Bryceland McLean Provan 
Scottish Cup
27/01/19622nd Rnd Dundee Dens Park 1-0McLean
17/02/19623rd Rnd Raith Rovers Starks Park 1-1Fernie
20/02/1962 Replay Raith Rovers Love Street 4-0Kerrigan2 Beck Stewart
10/03/1962 ¼  Final Dunfermline Athletic Love Street 1-0McLean
31/03/1962 Semi finalCeltic Ibrox 3-1Fernie Kerrigan Beck
21/04/1962 Final Rangers Hampden Park 0-2 
League Cup
12/08/1961 Sectional Tie Kilmarnock Love Street 1-0 Bryceland
16/08/1961 Sectional Tie Raith RoversStarks Park 3-0 Bryceland Rodger Kerrigan
19/08/1961 Sectional Tie Hearts Love Street 1-0 Kerrigan
26/08/1961 Sectional Tie Kilmarnock Rugby Park 1-6 Miller
30/08/1961 Sectional Tie Raith RoversLove Street 0-2  
02/09/1961 Sectional Tie Hearts Tynecastle 1-3 Clunie

Top scorers

LeagueScottish
Cup
League
Cup
Total
Kerrigan143219
Beck92-11
McLean82-10
Fernie32-5
Henderson3--3
McDonald3--3
Rodger2-13
Bryceland1-23
B.Campbell2--2
Miller1-12
Clunie1-12
Nelson1--1
Provan1--1
Stewart-1-1