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Miscellaneous matches/events

Over the years St Mirren Park Love Street hosted many sporting events including athletics, greyhound racing, speedway and minor/charity football matches.

St Mirren themselves held annual athletics meetings and five aside football tournaments during the early part of the 20th century. They also hosted events organised by Paisley Harriers athletics club and other charity events.

In the early 1930's Saints looked to the world of greyhound racing to earn some cash, but, just a few weeks after installing the required equipment, the football authorities banned all greyhound racing at football venues and so Saints lost money on the venture.

There was also a world title boxing match scheduled for Love Street in June 1938.
Glasgow boxer Benny Lynch was due to defend his world flyweight title against American Jackie Jurich, but he weighed in over the agreed limits for the weight and forfeited his title.
The bout took place on the 29th June, but was purely an exhibition match and Lynch triumphed in 12 rounds.
 
Moving forward to the 1970's and speedway made a home at St Mirren Park, with the Paisley Lions competing in the National League. This was short-lived and after two seasons was ended.
In the latter part of the century Love Streets ongoing modernisation ended its use for most sporting events besides football, but they continued to host charity matches on a regular basis.

Below are the programmes for some of these events.

Paisley Harriers Athletic Club
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Sports meeting 1912

St Mirren Supporters Club
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Sports meeting 1936

Charity Match 1952
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Renfrewshire X1 v Cardiff City

Police Football Match 1959
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Scotland v England

Scottish Police Cup Final 1969
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Renfrew + Bute v Lanarkshire

Charity Match 1973
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Hospital Radio Paisley v STV

Charity Match1974
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Hospital Radio Paisley v Radio Clyde

Annual Charity Match 1980
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Scottish Police v Scottish Amateur X1

Annual Charity match 1982
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Scottish Police v Scottish Amateur X1

 

Renfrewshire FA
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Victoria Cup Final 1987

 

Benny Lynch v Jackie Jurich 1938 
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Non sporting events

In 1957 the prestigious World Pipe Band Championships was held at Love Street with the local Renfrew Pipe Band claiming second place behind the Shotts and Dykehead band.

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In the mid 1990's, TV programme Atletico Partick was filmed at Love Street.

Several episodes of the classic 'Only an Excuse' were filmed in Paisley during the late 1990's/early 2000's

 
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1998 saw an unofficial Scotland World Cup song, Scotland United, filmed at the ground.

Drinks giant Barrs filmed an Irn Bru at half-time during a match against Partick Thistle during the early part of 2000's

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