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1968-69

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1968-69

Following on from the previous season, 1968-69 began in fine style.  Five wins and five draws from the first ten matches saw Saints sitting proudly in second place, the only undefeated team in the country!

That run was expected to be ended when the mighty Rangers came calling on 11th November 1968. Rangers were a team full of internationalists and no-one gave Saints a chance.

St.Mirren lined up:- Connaghan, C.Murray, Connell, Fulton, McFadden, E.Murray, Adamson, Blair, Kane, Pinkerton and Gilshan.

Rangers were on top for most of the match, but Denis Connaghan was in superb form and denied them time and time again. Midway through the second half excellent play between Pinkerton and Adamson set up a chance for Hugh Gilshan to break through the Rangers defence and score the only goal of the game to extend Saints unbeaten run to 34 games.

Unfortunately the run ended the following week at Pittodrie when Aberdeen won 2-0. This result caused Saints to stumble and they only won 1 from the next six games. A minor revival over Christmas saw twelve points from seven games, but this form did not last and a horrendous run saw them fail to win any of their final fourteen competitive matches to finish eleventh.

Competitive Results
First Division

07/09/1968

Kilmarnock

Love Street

1-1

Hainey

14/09/1968

Arbroath

Gayfield

1-1

Gilshan

21/09/1968

Partick Thistle

Love Street

1-0

Adamson

28/09/1968

Falkirk

Brockville

2-0

Adamson Kane

05/10/1968

Raith Rovers

Love Street

2-2

Kane2

12/10/1968

Dundee

Dens Park

0-0

 

19/10/1968

Morton

Love Street

2-1

Blair Pinkerton

26/10/1968

Airdrie

Broomfield

1-1

Blair

02/11/1968

Hibernian

Love Street

3-0

Adamson2 Kane

09/11/1968

St.Johnstone

Muirton Park

3-2

Blair2 Kane

16/11/1968

Rangers

Love Street

1-0

Gilshan

23/11/1968

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

0-2

 

30/11/1968

Dundee United

Love Street

1-1

Gilshan

07/12/1968

Celtic

Parkhead

0-5

 

14/12/1968

Dunfermline Athletic

East End Park

2-6

Kane Blair

21/12/1968

Clyde

Love Street

1-0

Kane

28/12/1968

Hearts

Love Street

1-1

Gilshan

01/01/1969

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

0-0

 

02/01/1969

Arbroath

Love Street

2-1

McLaughlan Adamson

04/01/1969

Partick Thistle

Firhill

2-0

McLaughlin Blair

11/01/1969

Falkirk

Love Street

3-0

McLaughlin2 Hainey

18/01/1969

Raith Rovers

Starks Park

2-0

McLaughlin Blair

01/02/1969

Dundee

Love Street

2-3

Adamson2

15/02/1969

Airdrie

Love Street

1-2

Pinkerton

01/03/1969

Hibernian

Easter Road

0-3

 

05/03/1969

St.Johnstone

Love Street

1-2

McFadden

08/03/1969

Rangers

Ibrox

0-6

 

15/03/1969

Aberdeen

Love Street

1-2

Kane

18/03/1969

Morton

Cappielow

0-3

 

22/03/1969

Dundee United

Tannadice

2-2

Kane Gilshan

29/03/1969

Celtic

Love Street

0-3

 

05/04/1969

Dunfermline Athletic

Love Street

1-2

Blair

12/04/1969

Clyde

Shawfield

0-0

 

19/04/1969

Hearts

Tynecastle

1-2

Urquhart

Scottish Cup

25/01/1969

1st Rnd

Dumbarton

Boghead

1-0

Blair

12/02/1969

2nd Rnd

Airdrie

Broomfield

1-1

Kane

24/02/1969

Replay

Airdrie

Love Street

1-3

E.Murray

League Cup

10/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Montrose

Links Park

2-1

Hamilton Kane

14/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Hamilton Academicals

Love Street

3-0

C.Murray Blair E.Murray

17/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Motherwell

Fir Park

0-6

 

24/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Montrose

Love Street

1-0

E.Murray

28/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Hamilton Academicals

Douglas Park

1-2

Kane

31/08/1968

Sectional Tie

Motherwell

Love Street

2-0

Kane Gilshan