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.
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.
|13/08/1955||Sectional Tie||Kilmarnock ||Rugby Park||0-0|| |
|17/08/1955||Sectional Tie||Airdrie ||Love Street ||3-2||Gemmell2 Callan|
|20/08/155 ||Sectional Tie||Dundee ||Dens Park ||0-2|| |
|27/08/1955||Sectional Tie||Kilmarnock ||Love Street ||3-0||Wilson2 Holmes |
|31/08/1955||Sectional Tie||Airdrie ||Broomfield ||4-2||Holmes3 Gemmell|
|03/09/1955||Sectional Tie||Dundee ||Love Street ||0-3|| |
|14/09/1955||1/4 Final||Dumbarton ||Love Street ||5-1||Straiton2 Rodger Gemmell Laird|
|17/09/1955||2nd Leg ||Dumbarton ||Boghead ||1-1||Straiton|
|01/10/1955||Semi Final ||Motherwell ||Ibrox ||3-3||Gemmell3|
|08/10/1955||Replay ||Motherwell ||Parkhead ||2-0||Laird Brown|
|22/10/1955||Final ||Aberdeen ||Hampden Park||1-2||Holmes |
The team for the final
Lornie, Lapsley, Mallan, Neilson,
Telfer, Holmes, Rodger, Laird, Brown, Gemmell, Callan.
|02-08-2009||1st Rnd||East Stirlingshire||Ochilview||6-3||Mehmet5
United||Somerset Park||2-0||Higdon Mehmet|
Rnd||Kilmarnock||Rugby Park||2-1||McGinn Dorman|
Final||Motherwell||Greenhill Road||3-0||Higdon Ross OG|
team for the final was:-
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
||Love Street ||2-2 ||McAvennie,
||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!
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!
|Cup final scorer
|Four goal hero