Back in 1875 a group of young men from the north end of Paisley decided to form a sports
club to compete in the local cricket and rugby leagues.
Each member was to pay a subscription to ‘help meet the outlays’ of the club.
They also sought the support of local businessmen and one such gentleman, a Mr Pollock,
who owned a Yarn merchants in Underwood Road in the town offered to pay ten shillings to the club if they would name it after
the Patron Saint of Paisley or some other name that would show the connection to the town.
club members immediately agreed, and the St Mirren club was founded.
1877 one of the members, a Mr J. Shearer from Renfrew, suggested that the club should change to the new game of association
football that was becoming increasingly popular throughout the country.
After a meeting of the committee, it was agreed that the club would take up the new sport and Mr
F. Muir and Mr T. Graham were charged with buying the necessary equipment to begin playing football.
money tight, the two men walked to Glasgow to visit Harry McNeil’s sports shop. There they purchased a ball and other
equipment. Mr McNeill, a Queens Park man, enquired about where the men had come from, and upon hearing that they had walked
from Paisley he told them that they were the first people from the town to purchase a football and as a gesture of good will
he gave them the money for their train fare home and wished them good luck in the venture.
the 29th September 1877 a trial match was held between two teams to see who would represent St Mirren FC in their
first match the following week.
The two teams lined up in the 1-2-2-6 formation that was used at the time.
F.Cunningham, D.Drennan, TF.Graham(capt), A.Goudie, J.Robb, T.Graham.
Reserves – Thomson and Craig
Captains team: -
W.Jack, J.Galbraith, J.Shearer J.Allan.
On the 6th October at Shortroods Grounds in Paisley, home of St Mirren Cricket
Club, the following players were selected to represent St Mirren in their first official Association Football match.
J. Fisher J. Stewart
J. Goold W. Reid
J. Shearer, J. Paterson,
J. Galbraith, F. Muir, T. Graham(capt) D. Drennan
It is interesting to note that two players, J.Adam and F.Muir were selected
for the team but had not participated in the trial match.
John Goold had the
honour of scoring the first goal for the Saints as he scored following good work by Muir who set up Graham. His shot landed
close to the line and Goold forced it over.
The match ended 1-0 to St
They were to come back down to earth in the following weeks
however as first Vale of Caldon visited Shortroods and inflicted Saints first defeat and then, on the 20th October, Saints
travelled to Pollockshields in Glasgow to play Ailsa Reserves in their first away match. They were soundly defeated 7-1.
Since those early days in 1877, Saints have played a major part in the history of Scottish Football. They made their
debut in the Scottish Cup in 1880 before becoming founder members of the Scottish Football league in 1890.
Over the years they have played the majority of their time in the top league
with just 24 seasons out with that elite level.
They have won three Scottish Cups, one League Cup, five second
level league titles, the Scottish League Challenge Cup, Anglo Scottish Cup and numerous other trophies.
represented Scotland in European competition on four occasions during the 1980's.
Within the pages of this
site, you will find details of every major triumph and more than a few disasters, that have all combined to make St Mirren
FC what it is today.