the Scottish Cup success, Saints began the new season in fine form.
They defeated Kilbarchan 2-1 at Love Street in a
pre-season friendly, before winning their first four league matches.
The league form continued and by the end of the
season, they were tied with Burnbank Athletic for the title. A play-off was arranged and Saints duly won 1-0, to clinch the
For full details of this championship campaign and subsequent drama, click here
The season saw a second piece of silverware arrive at Love Street when Saints defeated Port Glasgow in a charity
The Scottish Cup provided more excitement with Saints reaching the semi finals and losing after
two replays to the eventual winners Petershill..
Individual players began to get recognition as well, with Shedden,
Rogers, Hart and Sneddon being selected for the Scottish Junior select team to face their Glasgow league rivals. However the
match was snowed off.
Hart was to go one better when he was picked along with Lauder to represent the Scottish Junior
International team in two matches against England and Ireland at Firhill during March/April.
Both games were won and
Hart had the headlines, saving a penalty in the 2-1 win over England. The Irish match finished 1-0 to the Scots.
Townhead Celtic suspended. Saints awarded two points for each match.
|11/08/1917||Kilsyth Rangers||Away||3-6||Lauder2, Rogers|
|18/08/1917||Burnbank Athletic||Love Street||2-1||?|
|25/08/1917||Neilston Victoria||Away||3-1||Howie, Rogers|
|08/09/1917||Yoker Athletic||Away||2-3||Lauder, ?|
|03/11/1917||Kilsyth Emmet||Love Street||1-2||?|
|17/11/1917||Port Glasgow Athletic||Away||2-2||Barr2|
|01/12/1917||Yoker Athletic||Love Street||2-0||Barr2|
|15/12/1917||Glenboig Cameronians||Love Street||2-1||Barr, ?|
|02/02/1918||Kilsyth Rangers||Love Street||3-0||Barr, ??|
|09/02/1918||Port Glasgow Athletic||Love Street||2-0||Barr2|
|16/02/1918||St Pauls United||Away||2-0||?|
|16/03/1918||Neilston Victoria||Love Street||2-0||Peters, Howie|
|21/05/1918||St Pauls United||Love Street||6-0||Hastie5, ?|
|10/06/1918||Croy Celtic||Love Street||1-0||Howie|
|-||Townhead Celtic||Love Street||w/o||-|
|21/06/1918||Championship Play-off||Burnbank Athletic||Cathkin Park||1-0||Barr|For more information on the 1917-18 league campaign click here
Rnd||Greenock||Love Street||3-1||Barr2. Lauder|
of Leven||Love Street||1-0||Howie|
Rnd||Burnfoothill Primrose||Love Street||5-0||?|
Rnd||Stevenston Thistle||Love Street||2-0||Rodger, Barr|
|23/04/1918||¼ Final||Croy Celtic||Love Street||0-3*1||-|
Final||Croy Celtic||Love Street||2-1||Barr, Howie|
Petershill were awarded the trophy without
a final match due to Renfrew and Parkhead refusing to play their semi final replay.
*1 - Saints protested that Croy keeper McTavish was ineligible due to having played professional.
This was upheld and the match was ordered to be replayed.
McTavish was subsequently banned from all football, junior
and senior, for life.
|1st Rnd||Thornliebank||Love Street||6-0||Lees2, Rodger, Howie, Barr, McLellan|
|13/10/1917||2nd Rnd||Busby||Love Street||7-0||Barr6,
War Fund Cup
|1st Rnd||Parkhead||Love Street||3-1||Howie2, Barr|