Over recent years several Saints players
have been rewarded with a testimonial match in recognition of long service to the club.
However, this is not a new concept
and over the decades there have been many players awarded 'benefit' matches.
In the past, these matches were
often for players who had been forced to retire through injury or who had fallen on hard times.
The following list
is accurate to the best of our knowledge, though many matches were played and not well documented, especially pre war matches
and during the forties and fifties.
If anyone can provide information on missing matches, please contact us.
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Sandy Wylie had retired from the game at the end of the previous season due to illness. He had played
190 games and scored 82 goals for the club over ten seasons.
Sadly he died a few weeks before the match
was due to be played.
The match went ahead in his honour with the proceeds going to his Mother.
Donald Greenlees had two spells
at Saints, from 1897-1899 and 1900-1907.
He made a total of 77 appearances and scored on 4 occasions.
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Jock Marshall played 152 matcches for Saints, scoring 28 times.
He was a member
of the 1919 Victory Cup winning team.
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Irish internationalist O'Hagan was Saints first choice keeper for the best part of the 1910's.
In a career interupted by military service during the First World War, he played 191 matches and played a big part in
the 1919 Victory Cup success.
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Jock Bradford played in over 200 matches for Saints and was a part of the 1922
Barcelona Cup and the 1926 Scottish
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Willie Summers was at Love Street for 6 season and played in
A solid defender, he won a cup winners medal in 1926 and one Scotland cap the same season.
left the club for Bradford City in September 1927.
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McCrae2 Weir2 Buchannan
Saints: Fotheringham, Hay, Bruce, Nicoll, Walker, McDonald, Dyer, McLellan, McCrae, Rankin, Connor
was with Saints for nine years, playing in 246 matches for the top team. A tough tackling full back, he was part of the 1926
Scottish Cup winning team.
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William McDonald was a part of the 1926 Scottish Cup winning side, and played over 200 matches in
a seven year career at Saints, before having to retire through illness. The benefit match was organised to help him in his
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Scorers Smith Reilly
Fotheringham, Hay, Gillespie, Wilson, Walker, McDougall, McVey, Meechan, Kirkpatrick, Reilly
Davie McCrae is in the record books as being St Mirren's greatest ever goal-scorer.
found the net on no fewer than 251 occasions in 348 matches.
He scored the opening goal in the 1926 Scottish Cup
final win over Celtic.
Willie Fotheringham was Saints keeper for five seasons, making 183 appearances.
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John Miller spent 14 years at Love Street between 1925 and 1939. He was given a benefit match against Kilmarnock
in September 1934.
was awarded a testimonial season in 1983.
A dinner was held in March 1983, however, a proposed match between saints and an international select
team fell through due to fixture congestion.
Fitzy was given a testimonial season in 1986.
Several events were organised including a
dinner in April 1986, but a game was never arranged.
Scottish Cup winning captain Aber was awarded a testimonial season in recognition of over 300 games in the stripes
and for his part in the 1987 Scottish Cup win and the 1980 Anglo Scottish Cup success.
After the testimonial dinner and
several other events, a match was never organised for him.
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Keeper Campbell Money spent his entire playing career at St Mirren and played his part in the Scottish
Cup win of 1987.
He is also the clubs top appearance holder in European competition with 8 matches and the clubs top
scoring goalkeeper, having netted two penalties during a career that saw him play in 391 matches.
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Scorers: Lavety(28), Yardley (67+75)
Combe, McLaughlin, Baker, McWhirter, Watson, Archdeacon, Dick,
R.Gillies, Yardley, Lavety, Mendes
Subs:- Hetherston for Dick(54 mins), Taylor for Archdeacon
(59mins), Scrimgour for Combe(61Mins), Smith for Watson (68mins) McDowall for Mendes (73mins)
Kenny McDowall joined Saints in 1984 and went on to become a favourite with the fans for his no nonsense style.
is best remembered for the winning goal at Ibrox in the first match of the 1989-90 season and for saving a penalty at Tannadice
after taking over from the injured Campbell Money in goals, ensuring a great 3-2 win in October 1987
Nicknamed the Mad
monk, he clocked up over 200 appearances in the stripes before having to retire through injury in 1993 when he became the
first team coach at Love Street.
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Norrie McWhirter is one of the unluckiest players ever to wear the stripes, having missed out on the
Scottish Cup final win in 1987 having played in earlier rounds, including the semi final. He also missed the entire championship
season of 1999-2000 through injury, which eventually forced his retirement.
A born Saints fan, Norrie gave 100% in every
match he played for the club and is regarded as one of the most consistant performers in the clubs history.
He was rewarded
with his testimonial year in 1999 after 299 matches.
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This match was not officially endorsed by any of the two clubs, but permission
was given to play the match at Love Street.
Macca, began his senior career at Love Street before embarking on his long
well publicised career on and off the park.
In total he played in 182 matches and scored 63 goals.
McLaughlin, or Trigger as he was known. Was given a testimonial year following an 11 year career with Saints, highlight of
which was being a major part of the clubs Millenium championship win.
By the time his testimonial year began, Barry had
left the club for Kilmarnock, but as true testiment to his popularity at the club, his events were well supported by the Saints
Unfortunately to to difficulties with organisation a match was never arranged.
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For several years Ricky Gillies was the youngest person to play for Saints in an official competitive
match, and he remains the youngest player to score for the first team.
He enjoyed two spells at the club, returning for
his 2nd spell just in time to be a part of the 1999-2000 championship team.
In total he played in 318 matches for the
club and is remembered as a very skillful midfielder.
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Hugh Murray is a legend in the history of St Mirren.
He has won more domestic winners medals
than any other Saint, with his First Division medals from 1999-2000 and 2005-06 along with the League Challenge cup medal
He has played more official league matches and more overall official matches than any previous Saint.
He is a member of the St Mirren Hall of Fame and remains a firm favourite with the fans.
It is testament to his standing
in the game that then English Premiership side Derby County were willing to come North for his testimonial game.