were consistant throughout season 1917-18, and won 18 of their twenty eight matches, drawing four.
They scored a creditable
60 goals in the 28 matches and ended the season tied with Burnbank Athletic at the top of the table.
was arranged and Saints duly won 1-0, with a Barr goal, to clinch the title.
story didn't end there!
According to most media, Burnbank were the champions in 1917-18, so I investigated
further and discussed with several people including the Scottish Junior FA, the National Football Museum at Hampden and
local junior historian, Stewart Davidson and between us all we could not solve the issue.
I was happy to stand by the
local newspaper cutting I had, and claimed the victory for Saints.
However, after some further searching I have
recently unearthed information surrounding the two matches between Saints and Croy Celtic in June 1918.
The Junior FA
investigated both matches and charged both clubs with match fixing and fined both clubs and suspended several officials.
As a result they decided to remove the title from Saints and
award it to Burnbank.