Mirren Football Club was formed in 1877, playing their first football match on the 6th October 1877 at their home ground at
The club was formed by members of the St Mirren Cricket Club, who also participated in Rugby
The cricket club had been formed in 1875 and also played their home matches at Shortroods.
The first Association
Football match played by St Mirren included six members of the cricket team in their number.
The first Saints line up was:
- J. Adam, J. Fisher, J. Stewart, J. Goold,
W. Reid, J. Shearer, J. Paterson, J. Galbraith, F. Muir,
T. Graham and D. Drennan.
John Goold had the honour of scoring St.Mirren’s first goal in a 1-0 victory.
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 1877, Saints have played a major part in the history of Scottish
Football, being founder members of the Scottish Football league in 1890.
They have played the majority of their time
in the top league with just 23 seasons outwith that elite level.
They have won three Scottish Cups, one League Cup, four
second level league titles, the Scottish League Challenge Cup, Anglo Scottish Cup and numerous other trophies.
have 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.