The Drybrough Cup was first
competed in season 1970-71. It was the first ever tournament in Scotland to bear a sponsors name.
It was open to the eight
top scoring teams in the Scottish League, four from the first division and four from the second.
The format was a straight knockout competition with a first round, a semi final and the final.
St.Mirren competed for the
first time in 1972-73, by virtue of the 84 goals scored in the previous seasons Second Division campaign. In this first venture
into the competition, they faced Aberdeen at Pittodrie, but lost their scoring touch as they went down 1-0.
The following season saw
them qualify again with 79 Second Division goals. Once again the scoring touch was not there and a solitary Brian Third goal
was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat by Hibernian.
Saints failed to qualify
in 1974-75 as they had just completed the worst season of their history.
The competition went into cold storage
for a few years before resuming in 1979-80.