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1979-80

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1979-80

1979-80 will always be remembered as one of the best in the clubs history

The close season had seen much transfer activity with McGarvey and Fitzpatrick departing for Liverpool and Bristol City respectively and Frank McDougal (Clydebank), Doug Somner (Partick Thistle) and John Dempster (Queen of the South) arriving.

The campaign started poorly with just one point from the first four games and by mid October they were down in eighth place. To make matters worse they had been dumped out of the league cup by Hamilton Academicals after having won the away leg 3-1! They lost 2-0 at Love Street against ten men and then lost out on penalties.

The league performances improved and between 20th October and 12th of March they lost just once (0-2 at Pittodrie) in a sixteen game run. This was in no small way helped by the form of Doug Somner who netted fourteen times during the period.

Saints found themselves in second place in the table at this point and many people believing that they had what it took to win the title. However a poor sequence which saw two draws and two defeats in six games ended the title aspirations. They finished the season with a splendid 4-1 win over Rangers at Love Street to secure third place, equalling their previous highest finish.  That match against Rangers saw Doug Somner scoring a hat-trick to claim a place in the record books as the top scorer in the league with 25 goals.

The season is also memorable for a great run in the Anglo Scottish Cup. They had disposed of Hibernian (4-3) over two legs at the beginning of the season, before defeating Bolton Wanderers (5-4) and then Sheffield United (4-0) to set up another encounter with Bristol City in the final.  The appearance of Tony Fitzpatrick in a City strip added to the occasion

This time it was Saints who emerged as winners. They won 2-0 at Ashton Gate in the first leg with Billy Stark netting both goals.

On a gala night at Love Street on the 16th April goals from Doug Somner2 and Alan Logan gave them a 3-1 win for a 5-1 aggregate.

St.Mirren remains the only Scottish club to ever have won this tournament. A record they are rightly proud of.

To cap a fine season they also won the Renfrewshire Cup with a 10-1 aggregate score over rivals Morton.

This set the whole club up for what may be regarded as the greatest decade in their history.

Competitive Results
Premier Division
11/08/1979 Kilmarnock Love Street 2-2 Stark Torrance 
18/08/1979 Dundee Dens Park 1-4 Torrance
25/08/1979 Morton Love Street 0-3  
08/09/1979 Rangers Ibrox 1-3 Stark
15/09/1979 Dundee United Love Street 3-2 Somner2 McDougall
22/09/1979 Hibernian Easter Road 2-0 Bone McDougall
29/09/1979 Celtic Parkhead 1-3 Stark
06/10/1979 Aberdeen Love Street 2-2 Stark McDougall
13/10/1979 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-2 Torrance
20/10/1979 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 1-1 Stark
27/10/1979 Dundee Love Street 4-2 Somner2 Stark Weir
03/11/1979 Morton Cappielow 0-0  
10/11/1979 Rangers Love Street 2-1 Bone Somner
17/11/1979 Dundee United Tannadice 0-0  
24/11/1979 Hibernian Love Street 2-1 Somner2
01/12/1979 Celtic Love Street 2-1 Somner McDougall
15/12/1979 Aberdeen Pittodrie 0-2  
01/01/1980 Morton Love Street 2-2 Somner2
05/01/1980 Rangers Ibrox 2-1 McDougall Somner
12/01/1980 Dundee United Love Street 2-1 Somner2
09/02/1980 Aberdeen Love Street 1-1 Somner
23/02/1980 Partick Thistle Love Street 3-0 Logan Stark Somner
01/03/1980 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 1-1 Logan
08/03/1980 Dundee Love Street 2-1 Somner2
12/03/1980 Celtic Parkhead 2-2 Somner2
15/03/1980 Morton Cappielow 1-2 Bone
29/03/1980 Dundee United Tannadice 0-0  
02/04/1980 Dundee Dens Park 3-1 Logan Bone Stark
05/04/1980 Hibernian Love Street 2-0 Logan Richardson
09/04/1980 Partick Thistle Firhill 1-1 Logan
12/04/1980 Kilmarnock Love Street 3-1 Richardson Somner Bone
19/04/1980 Partick Thistle Firhill 2-1 Somner Weir
26/04/1980 Aberdeen Pittodrie 0-2  
29/04/1980 Hibernian Easter Road 1-2 Somner
03/05/1980 Celtic Love Street 0-0  
07/05/1980 Rangers Love Street 4-1 Somner3 Bone
Scottish Cup
26/01/1980 3rd Rnd Brechin City Love Street 3-1 Docherty2 Weir
16/02/1980 4th Rnd Celtic Parkhead 1-1 McDougall
20/02/1980 Replay Celtic Love Street 2-3 Bone Somner
League Cup
28/08/1979 2nd Rnd 1st Leg Stenhousemuir Ochilview 4-1 Somner2 Stark Bone
01/09/1979 2nd Rnd 2nd Leg Stenhousemuir Love Street 4-2 Somner3 Torrance
26/09/1979 3rd Rnd 1st Leg Hamilton Academicals Douglas Park 3-1 Torrance McDougall Richardson
10/10/1979 3rd Rnd 2nd Leg Hamilton Academicals Love Street 0-2(pens2-4)  
Anglo Scottish Cup
28/07/1979 1st Rnd 1st Leg Hibernian Love Street 3-3 Torrance2 Copland
01/08/1979 1st Rnd2nd Leg Hibernian Easter Road 1-0 Stark
19/09/1979 ¼Final 1st Leg Bolton Wanderers Love Street 4-2 Stark McDougall2 Bone
02/10/1979 ¼Final 2nd Leg Bolton Wanderers Burnden Park 1-2 Bone
30/10/1979 Semi Final 1st Leg Sheffield United Love Street 0-0  
03/12/1979 Semi Final 2nd Leg Sheffield United Brammall Lane 4-0 Stark Somner2 Munro
25/03/1980 Final 1st Leg Bristol City Ashton gate 2-0 Stark2
16/04/1980 Final 2nd Leg Bristol City Love Street 3-1 Somner2 Logan


Top scorers

-LeagueScottish
Cup
League
Cup
Anglo-
Scottish
Cup
Total
Somner2515435
Stark

8

-1514
Bone6

1

1210
McDougall

5

1129
Torrance3-227
Logan5--16
Weir2

1

--3
Richardson

2

-1-3

Docherty

-2--2
Copland

-

--11

Munro

---11