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St Mirren v Notts County

The third match of the Saints tour of Spain in 1922 was against Notts County and was the official match to open Barcelona's new stadium at Les Cortes.
The game was played in very hot conditions and the first half ended goal-less.
It is widely accepted that the teams actions during the interval were to play a part in the outcome of the match. While County sought the sanctuary of the changing rooms, Saints players remained on the pitch, which kept the players acclimatized to the conditions and, more importantly, won the support of the Spanish crowd.

With the crowd behind them, Saints grew in confidence and would have won the match in normal time, but for a late equaliser after Dunky Walker had put them ahead. But Walker scored again in extra time to secure a memorable victory.

Ticket for the Notts County match
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Advert for Notts County match
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Saints(dark shirts) v Notts County, May 1922
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Spanish postcard from the 1920's celebrating the opening of Les Cortes

St Mirren 2 Notts County 1
Les Cortes
25/05/1922

Saints:-
Bradford,
Hamilton, Birrell,
Clunas, Duff Leslie,
Lawson, Gillies, Walker, Stevenson, Thomson

Scorer: Walker2

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Dunky Walker heads for goal V Notts County.

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Medal presented to players for the cup win.
This one presented to Thomas Barclay


Thanks to John Pressly at Paisley Museum
for the images of the medal

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Fifty five years later in 1977, County gained revenge on Saints when they won the Rock Cup in Gibraltar.
For details of this click here.