At the start of October 2016 Saints found themselves
bottom of Scottish Footballs second tier without a win in their first eight games of the season.
Former player Jack Ross
had just been appointed as the clubs fifth manager in just over two years.
Jack inherited a squad of youngsters
and players coming to the end of their careers. A squad low on morale and on a downward spiral.
It took Jack
and his assistant, James Fowler, until the end of the January transfer window to get a team that they believed could stop
the decline and take the club forward. Their most inspiring signing was the return of former player Stephen McGinn who
was immediately given the captaincy.
An amazing turnaround in the final three months of the season saw Saints finish
7th in the league, having at one points been 12 points adrift at the bottom.
For season 2017/18, Jack managed to
persuade most of the squad to stay with the club and with several new addition the team started the season with a 3-1 win
over one of the title favourites Falkirk. Their first opening day victory in 11 years.
Victories over other title
favourites Dundee United and Inverness set the tone for the season and on the 14th April a 0-0 draw with second
placed Livingston at Greenhill Road secured the title.
Saints finished the season 12 points clear of second placed Livingston.
They won 23 of the 36 matches including 14 of their 18 home matches. The best ever season at Greenhill Road.
At the annual PFA awards ceremony Lewis Morgan was named Championship player of the year.
He was joined
in the team of the year by fellow Saints Gavin Reilly, Cammy Smith, Liam Smith and Stephen McGinn.
More recognition of
the teams achievement over the previous year came when manager Jack Ross was named Scotland's manager of the year.
When the SPFL awards were announced, Lewis was named Championship player of the year and Jack was Championship manager
of the year.
|Championship medal Presented to Adam Eckersley
|Picture used with kind permission of Adam
|PFA Scotland - Championship player of the year
|PFA Scotland - Manager of the year