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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
14/09/1968 Arbroath Gayfield 1-1
21/09/1968 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-0
28/09/1968 Falkirk Brockville 2-0
05/10/1968 Raith Rovers Love Street 2-2
12/10/1968 Dundee Dens Park 0-0
19/10/1968 Morton Love Street 2-1
26/10/1968 Airdrie Broomfield 1-1
02/11/1968 Hibernian Love Street 3-0
09/11/1968 St.Johnstone Muirton Park 3-2
16/11/1968 Rangers Love Street 1-0
23/11/1968 Aberdeen Pittodrie 0-2
30/11/1968 Dundee United Love Street 1-1
07/12/1968 Celtic Parkhead 0-5
14/12/1968 Dunfermline Athletic East End Park 2-6
21/12/1968 Clyde Love Street 1-0
28/12/1968 Hearts Love Street 1-1
01/01/1969 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 0-0
02/01/1969 Arbroath Love Street 2-1
04/01/1969 Partick Thistle Firhill 2-0
11/01/1969 Falkirk Love Street 3-0
18/01/1969 Raith Rovers Starks Park 2-0
01/02/1969 Dundee Love Street 2-3
15/02/1969 Airdrie Love Street 1-2
01/03/1969 Hibernian Easter Road 0-3
05/03/1969 St.Johnstone Love Street 1-2
08/03/1969 Rangers Ibrox 0-6
15/03/1969 Aberdeen Love Street 1-2
18/03/1969 Morton Cappielow 0-3
22/03/1969 Dundee United Tannadice 2-2
29/03/1969 Celtic Love Street 0-3
05/04/1969 Dunfermline Athletic Love Street 1-2
12/04/1969 Clyde Shawfield 0-0
19/04/1969 Hearts Tynecastle 1-2
Scottish Cup
25/01/1969 1st Rnd Dumbarton Boghead 1-0
12/02/1969 2nd RndAirdrie Broomfield1-1
24/02/1969 Replay Airdrie Love Street1-3
League Cup
10/08/1968 Sectional Tie Montrose Links Park 2-1
14/08/1968 Sectional Tie Hamilton Academicals Love Street 3-0
17/08/1968 Sectional Tie Motherwell Fir Park 0-6
24/08/1968 Sectional Tie Montrose Love Street 1-0
28/08/1968 Sectional Tie Hamilton Academicals Douglas Park 1-2
31/08/1968 Sectional Tie Motherwell Love Street 2-0