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2016-17

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2016-17

After the dust had settled on the poor showing of 2015/16, manager Alex Rae had a massive clear-out with no fewer than 13 players departing.

Loanee David Clarkson returned on a permanent deal and Kyle Hutton (Queen of the South), ex Saints youth player Ben Gordon(Livingston), Scott Gallagher(Alloa Athletic), Gary MacKenzie(Doncaster Rovers) and another ex Saint in John Sutton from St Johnstone all came in to try and get saints back to the top flight.

On the eve of the big kick off the loan route was utilised again with the return of Lawrence Shankland from Aberdeen for another season and Rangers youngsters Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie on loan deals until January.

The season started with the league Cup and a return to the group format of the 70's and 80's. In similar vein to Saints record in those days, they failed to progress from the group despite winning 3 of the four matches!
League form followed the poor showing in the league cup and after failing to record a win in the first six games, Alex Rae was sacked.
On the 4th October Jack Ross was announced as the new manager. He brought in former Kilmarnock defender James Fowler as assistant.

The season continued in similar vein until the January transfer window when the new manager completely rebuilt the squad with ten players leaving and ten arriving.

One of the key signings was ex saint Stephen McGinn who was immediately handed the captaincy and he was to be an inspirational leader as the fightback began.

In mid February, saints were still 8 points adrift at the foot of the table, but some great performances dragged them to within touching distance of Ayr United and Raith Rovers by April.

A 6-2 defeat of Ayr and a 5-0 hammering of Raith saw saints move off the bottom of the table and a last day draw sealed a remarkable transformation and a seventh place finish.  

Competitive Results
Championship

06/08/16

Morton

Greenhill Road

1-1

Sutton

13/08/16

Raith Rovers

Starks Park

1-3

Hardie

20/08/16

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

0-2

 

27/08/16

Ayr United

Somerset Park

1-1

Walsh

10/09/16

Queen of the South

Greenhill Road

1-3

Walsh

17/09/16

Dumbarton

Dumbarton Stadium

1-1

Hardie

24/09/16

Dunfermline Athletic

East End Park

3-4

Sutton2 Hardie

01/10/16

Falkirk

Greenhill Road

1-1

Walsh

15/10/16

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

0-2

 

29/10/16

Hibernian

Easter Road

0-2

 

01/11/16

Morton

Cappielow

1-3

Gordon

05/11/16

Dumbarton

Greenhill Road

0-1

 

19/11/16

Dunfermline Athletic

Greenhill Road

0-1

 

03/12/16

Falkirk

Falkirk Stadium

1-3

Morgan

06/12/16

Queen of the South

Palmerston Park

3-2

Magennis Gordon Mallan

10/12/16

Raith Rovers

Greenhill Road

1-0

Morgan

17/12/16

Ayr United

Greenhill Road

1-1

Sutton

24/12/16

Dundee United

Tannadice

1-2

Sutton

31/12/16

Morton

Greenhill Road

1-1

MacKenzie

07/01/17

Queen of the South

Greenhill Road

0-3

 

14/01/17

Dunfermline Athletic

East End Park

1-1

MacKenzie

28/01/17

Falkirk

Greenhill Road

1-2

Loy

04/02/17

Dumbarton

Dumbarton Stadium

2-2

Clarkson Davis

25/02/17

Ayr United

Somerset Park

2-0

Sutton Morgan

01/03/17

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

2-0

Demetriou2

08/03/17

Raith Rovers

Starks Park

0-2

 

11/03/17

Dunfermline Athletic

Greenhill Road

0-0

 

15/03/17

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

3-2

Davis Mallan Morgan

18/03/17

Queen of the South

Palmerston Park

2-0

Mallan Loy

01/04/17

Ayr United

Greenhill Road

6-2

Mallan MacKenzie McGinn Magennis Morgan Smith 

08/04/17

Dumbarton

Greenhill Road

1-1

Magennis 

11/04/17

Morton

Cappielow

4-1

Demetriou Mallan MacKenzie Sutton 

15/04/17

Falkirk

Falkirk Stadium

2-2

Loy McGinn

22/04/17

Dundee United

Tannadice

2-3

MacKenzie Todd 

29/04/17

Raith Rovers

Greenhill Road

5-0

Mallan2 Loy Morgan og

06/05/17

Hibernian

Easter Road

1-1

Loy

Scottish Cup

29/11/2016

3rd Rnd

Spartans

Greenhill Road

5-1

Shankland2 Sutton McAllister Mallan  

21/01/2017

4th Rnd

Dundee

Dens Park

2-0

Sutton Baird 

11/02/2017

5th Rnd

East Fife

Bayview

3-2

Morgan2 Smith 

05/03/2017

1/4 Final

Celtic

Parkhead

1-4

Davis

League Cup

16/07/2016

Group stage

Livingston

Almondvale

3-2

Clarkson2 Morgan 

19/07/2016

Group stage

Ayr United

Greenhill Road

1-0

Baird

23/07/2016

Group stage

Hamilton Academical

New Douglas Park

0-3

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30/07/2016

Group stage

Edinburgh City

Greenhill Road

3-0

Shankland Walsh Baird

League Challenge Cup

03/09/20163rd RndAlbion RoversCliftonhill4-3Morgan Mallan Sutton Shankland 
08/10/20164th RndHibernianEaster Road2-1Mallan Clarkson
13/11/20161/4 FinalAyr UnitedGreenhill Road2-1Sutton2
19/02/2017Semi FinalThe New SaintsGreenhill Road4-1McGinn Mallan Sutton Loy 
25/03/2017FinalDundee UnitedFir Park1-2Loy

 

Top scorers

League

Scottish
Cup

League
Cup

Challenge
Cup

Total

Sutton

7

2

0

4

13

Mallan

7

1

0

3

11

Morgan

6

2

1

1

10

Loy

5

0

0

2

7

MacKenzie

5

0

0

0

5

Walsh

3

0

1

0

4

Clarkson

1

0

2

1

4

Shankland

0

2

1

1

4

Demetriou

3

0

0

0

3

Magennis

3

0

0

0

3

Hardie

3

0

0

0

3

Davis

2

1

0

0

3

McGinn

2

0

0

1

3

Baird

0

1

2

0

3

Gordon

2

0

0

0

2

Smith

1

1

0

0

2

Todd

1

0

0

0

1

McAllister

0

1

0

0

1

Own Goals

1

0

0

0

1