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1967-68

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1967-68

Season 1967-68 was to be one of Saints greatest ever seasons. Following relegation in the previous season, the team had to rebuild and that job fell to manager Alex Wright who had replaced Doug Millward in December 1966- too late to prevent relegation.

During the season Alex Wright used only 21 players, although six of them played less than five matches- so the nucleus of the squad was fifteen men!

The season began with the usual exit from the league cup, but when the league season began it was a different story. The first match saw Dumbarton swept aside by four goals to nil at Boghead.  The rest of the season continued in similar fashion. In the 36 games Saints failed to score in just one of them, they lost only once (1-2 at East Fife) and they won 27 matches all of these facts remain as club records to this day.

There were some high scoring matches including a 7-0 defeat of Forfar, 7-1 against Stenhousemuir and 6-1 against Alloa.  Top scorer for the season was Peter Kane with 25 league goals and four in cup competitions.

Following the defeat at the hands of East Fife on 4th November 1967, St.Mirren began a sequence which saw them win sixteen consecutive matches between 18th November and 30th March 1968 which is still the club record.

 The run was ended by a no scoring draw against Montrose at Links Park, but the undefeated run continued until the end of the season, a total of 23 matches

The match at Links Park was more notable for seeing the debut of a young player who several years later would be an integral part of St.Mirren’s next championship success, Jackie Copland.

The title was secured with a 1-1 draw at Love Street against nearest challengers Arbroath on the 17th April, fullback Cammy Murray scoring the important goal

Competitive Results
Second Division
23/08/1967 Dumbarton Boghead 4-0 Renton Adamson Kane Pinkerton
09/09/1967 Ayr United Love Street 3-3 Kane2 Adamson
13/09/1967 Dumbarton Love Street 4-0 Pinkerton2 Kane Hamilton
16/09/1967 Stranraer Stair Park 1-0 Kane
20/09/1967 Queen of the South Palmerston 1-1 Adamson
23/09/1967 Brechin City Love Street 3-0 Adamson2 Kane
27/09/1967 Queen of the South Love Street 2-1 Duffy Kane
30/09/1967 Arbroath Gayfield 1-1 Adamson
07/10/1967 Hamilton Academicals Love Street 3-1 Adamson2 Kane
14/10/1967 Alloa Athletic Recreation Park 1-0 Kane
21/10/1967 Cowdenbeath Love Street 2-2 Kane Blair
28/10/1967 Queens Park Love Street 1-0 McGrath(trialist)
04/11/1967 East Fife Bayview 1-2 Adamson
18/11/1967 Clydebank Kilbowie 2-0 Clark Blair
25/11/1967 Berwick Rangers Shielfield 3-1 Adamson Blair OG
02/12/1967 Stenhousemuir Love Street 7-1 Kane3 Blair2 Adamson Hamilton
09/12/1967 Montrose Love Street 2-0 Renton Blair
16/12/1967 Brechin City Glebe Park 4-0 Adamson Hamilton Kane Pinkerton
23/12/1967 Forfar Athletic Station Park 5-0 Kane3 Hamilton Pinkerton
30/12/1967 East Stirling Love Street 1-0 Pinkerton
01/01/1968 Ayr United Somerset Park 3-0 Adamson Kane Pinkerton
02/01/1968 Stranraer Love Street 2-0 Clark Blair
20/01/1968 Hamilton Academicals Douglas Park 3-1 Adamson2 Blair
03/02/1968 Alloa Athletic Love Street 6-1 Kane2 Duffy Pinkerton Blair OG
10/02/1968 Cowdenbeath Central Park 2-1 Kane OG
17/02/1968 Queens Park Hampden Park 4-1 Kane Pinkerton Murray OG
02/03/1968 East Fife Love Street 2-0 Renton Kane
16/03/1968 Clydebank Love Street 3-0 Kane2 Blair
30/03/1968 Stenhousemuir Ochilview 4-2 Blair2 Hamilton McLaughlin
10/04/1968 Montrose Links Park 0-0   
13/04/1968 Albion Rovers Love Street 2-2 Duffy Blair
17/04/1968 Arbroath Love Street 1-1 Murray
20/04/1968 Forfar Athletic Love Street 7-0 Hamilton2 Blair2 Adamson McLaughlin Murray
24/04/1968 Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 5-0 Pinkerton3  Adamson McLaughlin
27/04/1968 East Stirling Firs Park 1-1 McLaughlin
29/04/1968 Berwick Rangers Love Street 4-0 Blair3 Hamilton
Scottish Cup
27/01/1968 1st Rnd Dundee United Tannadice 1-3 Kane
League Cup
12/08/1967Sectional Tie Berwick Rangers Love Street 2-2 Hamilton Kane
16/08/1967Sectional Tie Ayr United Somerset Park 0-2   
19/08/1967Sectional Tie Stranraer Stair Park 3-1 Kane Lawson Pinkerton
26/08/1967Sectional Tie Berwick Rangers Shielfield 3-1 Hamilton Kane Lawson
30/08/1967Sectional Tie Ayr United Love Street 1-2 Adamson
02/09/1967Sectional Tie Stranraer Love Street 2-1 Hamilton OG

Top scorers

 LeagueScottish
Cup
League
Cup
Total
Kane251329
Blair18--18
Adamson17-118
Pinkerton12-113
Hamilton8-311
McLaughlin4--4
Renton3--3
Murray3--3
Duffy3--3
Clark2--2
Lawson--22
McGrath1--1