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League Challenge Cup

The League Challenge Cup was introduced in 1990-91 as the Centenary Cup, to celebrate the centenary of the Scottish League.

It was competed for by clubs out with the Premier League.                        

In 1991-92, B&Q sponsored the competition and this continued until 1995-96 when it was without a sponsor.

It remained this way until Bells took over for season 1999-2000.                

St.Mirren first competed in season 1992-93 following relegation from the Premier League,                         

In season 1993-94 they reached the final, defeating Clyde, Morton, Airdrionians and Ayr United on route to a clash with Falkirk at Motherwell's Fir Park ground. This was not a happy occasion,as on a freezing cold, snowy day Saints lost 0-3.                  

It took until season 2002-03 for Saints to make any more impact on the competition, when they reached the semi final. This time they disposed of East Stirling, Clyde and Ross County before being well beaten by Queen of the South 5-3 in the semi final!                     

Three years later in 2005-06 Saints achieved their finest moment in the competition when, after eliminating Forfar Athletic, Queen of the South, Stenhousemuir and Morton, they lined up against Hamilton Academical in the final at Airdrie United's New Broomfield.                            

This time after a hard fought match Saints emerged victorious. Simon Lappin and John Sutton netting in a 2-1 victory!

 

With promotion to the top flight, it was to be 2015/16 before Saints played in the competition again, losing in the semi final to eventual winners Rangers.

The following season, the competition was changed to include top flight colt teams and the top two clubs from Wales and Northern Ireland in an attempt to generate more interest in it.

Saints did better than the previous season, as defeats of Albion Rovers, Hibernian, Ayr United and Welsh champions The New Saints, took them to the final. In a twist of fate they faced Dundee United, thirty years after the clubs met in the Scottish Cup final.                 

                               

One other notable fact of Saints participation in the competition is that, in the first seven years of competition, they played twelve matches but NEVER had a match at home!                           

 

Click on programmes for details of final appearances

1993-94
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Runners up

2005-06
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Winners

2016/17
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Runners Up