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Former player Jim Clunie was in the manager’s seat by the time season 1978-79 began. He inherited an established squad of players and continued to develop them into a team who had belief in their own ability.

They began with a 1-0 win over Southampton in a pre-season friendly match before travelling to Ibrox for the opening league fixture. Rangers were favourites in everyone’s eyes, but a single Bobby Torrance goal brought two points back to Paisley.   The following week, Saints lost 1-0 at home to Motherwell, showing up the inconsistency that they were to show throughout the season.  The highlight of the campaign was a spell during January when wins over Dundee United (2-1), Hearts (2-1) and Motherwell (1-0) took Saints to third place in the league. The following week they played Aberdeen in a bruising encounter which saw the Dons reduced to nine men, Aberdeen enjoying a 2-0 lead and then an amazing fight back with goals from McGarvey and Copland to earn a draw. This result coupled with others that day saw them claim top spot in the league table. They cemented this position with victories over Motherwell (3-0) and Morton (3-1) with McGarvey netting 5 of the goals. Unfortunately six defeats in the next seven games saw Saints slip to mid table and out of the championship race.

The Anglo Scottish Cup was contested again and after defeating Motherwell and Bristol City they lost on penalties to Oldham Athletic in the semi final.

Competitive Results
Premier Division
12/08/1978 Rangers Ibrox 1-0 Torrance
19/08/1978 Motherwell Love Street 0-1  
26/08/1978 Morton Cappielow 3-1 McGarvey Fitzpatrick Abercromby
09/09/1978 Hibernian Easter Road 0-1  
16/09/1978 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-0 Stark
23/09/1978 Dundee United Love Street 1-3 Bone
30/09/1978 Celtic Parkhead 1-2 Hyslop
07/10/1978 Hearts Tynecastle 1-1 Fitzpatrick
14/10/1978 Aberdeen Love Street 2-1 Bone McGarvey
21/10/1978 Rangers Love Street 0-1  
28/10/1978 Motherwell Fir Park 2-1 Richardson Stark
04/11/1978 Morton Love Street 0-0  
11/11/1978 Hibernian Love Street 1-0 Stark
18/11/1978 Partick Thistle Firhill 1-2 Young
25/11/1978 Dundee United Tannadice 1-1 Torrance
09/12/1978 Hearts Love Street 4-0 Stark2 Torrance Hyslop
16/12/1978 Aberdeen Pittodrie 1-1 Stark
23/12/1978 Rangers Ibrox 0-1  
20/01/1979 Dundee United Love Street 2-1 Bone Torrance
10/02/1979 Hearts Tynecastle 2-1 Fitzpatrick Bone
17/02/1979 Motherwell Love Street 1-0 McGarvey
24/02/1979 Aberdeen Love Street 2-2 McGarvey Copland
10/03/1979 Motherwell Fir Park 3-0 McGarvey3
17/03/1979 Morton Love Street 3-1 McGarvey2 Bone
24/03/1979 Hibernian Love Street 2-3 McGarvey Bone
27/03/1979 Rangers Love Street 1-2 Stark
31/03/1979 Partick Thistle Firhill 1-3 Bone
04/04/1979 Hibernian Easter Road 2-0 McGarvey Stark
07/04/1979 Dundee United Tannadice 0-2  
11/04/1979 Morton Cappielow 0-1  
14/04/1979 Celtic Love Street 0-1  
21/04/1979 Hearts Love Street 2-1 Torrance Abercromby
25/04/1979 Celtic Parkhead 1-2 McGarvey
28/04/1979 Aberdeen Pittodrie 2-1 Torrance Stark
02/05/1979 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-1 McGarvey
11/05/1979 Celtic Ibrox 0-2  
Scottish Cup
26/02/19793rd RndDundee UnitedTannadice2-0Fitzpatrick Stark
03/03/19794th RndDundeeDens Park1-4Munro
League Cup
16/08/19781st Rnd 1st LegDumbartonBoghead0-0 
23/08/19781st Rnd 2nd LegDumbartonLove Street2-0Bone2
30/08/19782nd Rnd 1st legBerwick RangersShielfield3-1Stark Richardson Bone
02/09/19782nd Rnd 2nd LegBerwick RangersLove Street5-1McGarvey3 Hyslop2
04/10/19783rd Rnd 1st LegRangersIbrox2-3Fitzpatrick2
11/10/19783rd Rnd 2nd LegRangersLove Street0-0 
Anglo Scottish Cup
06/08/19781st Rnd 1st Leg Motherwell Fir Park 0-1  
09/08/19781st Rnd 2nd Leg Motherwell Love Street 3-0 Hyslop Stark McGarvey
12/09/1978¼Final 1st Leg Bristol City Ashton gate 2-1 Sharpe2
26/09/1978¼Final 2nd Leg Bristol City Love Street 2-2 Abercromby Hyslop
17/10/1978Semi Final 1st Leg Oldham Athletic Boundary Park1-1 Stark
31/10/1978Semi Final 2nd Leg Oldham Athletic Love Street 1-1 Stark

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