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League Cup


The League Cup was first played for in season 1945-46, following the format of the War league Cup which had been played for during the Second World War, with a group stage followed by knockout rounds to the final.
St.Mirren played their first match in the new competition against Rangers at Ibrox on the 21st September 1946.
This match was to set the pattern for Saints participation in the competition as they lost 0-4!
That result summed up Saints fortunes in the league cup for the first 66 seasons of competition.
In over thirty years of the group format they only progressed through the group on four occasions.
From the early eighties, the competition changed to a straight knock-out competition, but this did not enhanced Saints success as in over 30 years they reached the quarter finals a mere six times!
Best seasons in the competition were 1955-56 and 2009-10 when they were beaten finalists.

But all that changed on a wet March day in 2013, when they took on Hearts in the final at Hampden Park.
In a thrilling match Saints emerged victorious 3-2, to bring the trophy to Paisley for the first time.

For the full story of Saints 2013 triumph click here.

Losing finals


13/08/1955Sectional TieKilmarnock Rugby Park0-0 
17/08/1955Sectional TieAirdrie Love Street 3-2Gemmell2 Callan
20/08/155 Sectional TieDundee Dens Park 0-2 
27/08/1955Sectional TieKilmarnock Love Street 3-0Wilson2 Holmes 
31/08/1955Sectional TieAirdrie Broomfield 4-2Holmes3 Gemmell
03/09/1955Sectional TieDundee Love Street 0-3 
14/09/19551/4 FinalDumbarton Love Street 5-1Straiton2 Rodger Gemmell Laird
17/09/19552nd Leg Dumbarton Boghead 1-1Straiton
01/10/1955Semi Final Motherwell Ibrox 3-3Gemmell3
08/10/1955Replay Motherwell Parkhead 2-0Laird Brown
22/10/1955Final Aberdeen Hampden Park1-2Holmes
The team for the final was:-
Lornie, Lapsley, Mallan, Neilson, Telfer, Holmes, Rodger, Laird, Brown, Gemmell, Callan.


02-08-20091st RndEast StirlingshireOchilview6-3Mehmet5 O’Donnell
26-08-20092nd RndAyr UnitedSomerset Park2-0Higdon Mehmet
22-09-20093rd RndKilmarnockRugby Park2-1McGinn Dorman
27-10-2009¼ FinalMotherwellGreenhill Road3-0Higdon Ross OG
02-02-2010Semi FinalHeartsFir Park1-0Mehmet
21-03-2010FinalRangersHampden Park0-1 
The team for the final was:-
Gallagher, Ross, Barron, Potter, Mair, Carey, Brady(O'Donnell), Thomson, Murray(Dorman), Mehmet(Dargo), Higdon

Apart from those seasons the league cup is almost completely forgettable in Saints’ history, and the only other seasons worth a mention are three semi final appearances:- 
06/10/1971 Celtic Hampden Park 0-3  
07/10/1981 Rangers Love Street 2-2 McAvennie, Scanlon
28/10/1981 Rangers Ibrox 1-2 Scanlon
06/02/2001 Kilmarnock Hampden Park 0-3  

One final League Cup match that rates a mention is a match at Ibrox on the 23/08/1972. Rangers scored early through Alfie Conn. Everyone expected a thrashing and they got it…..or Rangers got it!

Step forward Ally McLeod. The Saints striker netted four goals without reply to record a memorable victory and remains the only player to score four goals at Ibrox against Rangers!


Bobby Holmes
Cup final scorer

Ally McLeod
Four goal hero