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1980-81

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1980-81
1980-81 started with the Drybrough Cup and  after defeating Falkirk and Ayr United, Saints met Aberdeen in the final at Hampden. Unfortunately the Dons ran out 2-1 winners.
On the back of the great season the year before, Saints were to compete in European competition for the first time during season 1980-81, winning their first match 2-1 against Elfsborg in Sweden. The return leg saw a dour 0-0 draw at Love Street but was good enough to see Saints through.
The second round saw a head to head with the French giants St Etienne. Another 0-0 draw at Love Street was welcomed more than the Elfsborg result, but a 0-2 reverse in France ended the first venture into Europe.
November 1980 saw another change of manager when Jim Clunie was sacked following a 2-1 victory over Celtic at Parkhead, which saw full back Alex Beckett net the winner in the final minutes with a great shot from outside the box. Clunie's replacement was physiotherapist Rikki McFarlane. 

League form never quite matched that of the previous season with a 4th place finish come May. 
Competitive Results
Premier Division
09/08/1980 Aberdeen Love Street 0-1  
16/08/1980 Morton Cappielow 4-1Somner3 Stark
23/08/1980 Hearts Love Street 1-3 Somner
06/09/1980 Airdrie Love Street 2-2 Somner2
13/09/1980 Partick Thistle Firhill 0-1  
20/09/1980 Dundee United Love Street 2-0 McDougall Stark
27/09/1980 Rangers Ibrox 0-2  
04/10/1980 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 6-1 Somner3 Abercromby Stark McDougall
11/10/1980 Celtic Love Street 0-2  
18/10/1980 Aberdeen Pittodrie 2-3 Copland OG
25/10/1980 Morton Love Street 1-1 OG
01/11/1980 Hearts Tynecastle 1-1 Somner
08/11/1980 Rangers Love Street 0-0  
15/11/1980 Dundee United Tannadice 0-2  
22/11/1980 Celtic Parkhead 2-1 Richardson Beckett
29/11/1980 Kilmarnock Love Street 2-0 Bone Weir
06/12/1980 Airdrie Broomfield 2-1 Stark McCormack
13/12/1980 Partick Thistle Love Street 1-0 Bone
20/12/1980 Dundee United Love Street 3-3 Somner2 Bone
01/01/1981 Morton Cappielow 3-1 McCormack Somner Weir
03/01/1981 Aberdeen Love Street 1-1 Bone
10/01/1981 Kilmarnock Rugby Park 0-2  
31/01/1981 Partick Thistle Firhill 0-0  
21/02/1981 Hearts Love Street 2-1 McDougall Copland
28/02/1981 Aberdeen Pittodrie 2-1 Richardson McDougall
04/03/1981 Airdrie Love Street 2-1 Richardson Stark
07/03/1981 Kilmarnock Love Street 1-1 McDougall
14/03/1981 Celtic Parkhead 0-7  
21/03/1981 Dundee United Tannadice 2-1 McDougall Logan
28/03/1981 Rangers Love Street 2-1 Richardson2
04/04/1981 Airdrie Broomfield 2-0 Somner McDougall
11/04/1981 Partick Thistle Love Street 3-2 Logan3
15/04/1981 Rangers Ibrox 0-1  
18/04/1981 Hearts Tynecastle 2-1 McDougall Logan
25/04/1981 Morton Love Street 2-0 Bone2
02/05/1981 Celtic Love Street 3-1 McDougall2 Richardson
Scottish Cup
24/01/1981 3rd Rnd Dumbarton Love Street 0-2
League Cup
27/08/1980 2nd Rnd, 1st Leg Albion Rovers Cliftonhill 2-1 Richardson OG
30/08/1980 2nd Rnd, 2nd Leg Albion Rovers Love Street 5-0 Somner3 Richardson Stark
03/09/1980 3rd Rnd, 1st Leg Partick Thistle Firhill 0-2  
24/09/1980 3rd Rnd, 2nd Leg Partick Thistle Love Street 0-0  
UEFA Cup
17/09/1980 1st Rnd, 1st Leg Elfsborg Ryavallen Stadium 2-1Somner Abercromby
01/10/1980 1st Rnd,2nd Leg Elfsborg Love Street 0-0 
22/10/1980 2nd Rnd,1st Leg St.Etienne Love Street 0-0 
05/11/1980 2nd Rnd,2nd Leg St.Etienne Stade Geoffroy Guichard 0-2 
Drybrough Cup
26/07/1980 1st Rnd Falkirk Love Street 2-1 Logan Somner
30/07/1980 Semi Final Ayr United Love Street 2-1 Logan Stark
02/08/1980 Final Aberdeen Hampden Park 1-2 Somner


Top scorers

-LeagueScottish
Cup
League
Cup
UEFA  CupDrybrough 
Cup
Total
Somner14-31220
McDougall

9

----9
Richardson

6

-2--8
Stark

5

-1-17
Logan5---

2

7
Bone6

-

---6

McCormack

3----3
Weir2

-

---2
Copland

2

---22

Abercromby

1-1-2

Beckett

1

----1