During Saints championship winning campaign in season 1999-2000, there was a bizarre
incident when they were forced to play a match wearing the tops of their bitter rivals. Someone
in the Saints camp packed the clubs red away kit for a match against Clydebank, who were playing at Morton’s Cappielow
Unfortunately, Bankies were also wearing red tops and as saints were
the away team the onus was on them to change kit!
However, no-one had thought
to pack the stripes and the only solution Saints could find was to don the yellow tops of deadly rivals Morton!
took the park to a stunned silence followed by a chorus of boos as loyal fans realised what was happening.
Whether it was
embarrassment at wearing the tops or not, the team put in a well below par performance and could only manage a 0-0 draw with
a very poor Clydebank side!
This was not the first time that St.Mirren have had to wear the strip
of a rival as in a Scottish Cup match in 1961, they travelled to Tannadice to play Dundee United. A clash of colours forced
Saints to travel along the road to borrow the kit of United’s city rivals Dundee. This did not deter Saints and they
recorded a 1-0 victory.
More recently, and a little less noticeable, was a match at Ibrox where the referee made
Saints change the colour of their socks. Having no spare ones with them, they had to borrow a set from hosts, Rangers, complete
with Rangers crest!
The match was lost 7-1!
A change of socks was also the order of the day during Saints championship winning season in 2005-06, when
Hamilton Accies arrived at Love Street to have the referee order them to change their socks. Having no spare colour they were
forced to borrow a set of black Saints socks, complete with SMFC down the sides!!
There has also been an occasion where Saints strips were on show
during a Scottish Cup match not involving Saints!
On the 27th February 1960
Airdrieonians travelled to Somerset Park to play Ayr United. Both clubs wore white tops and the SFA ordered them BOTH to wear
their change strips. However, again there was a clash as BOTH teams had blue change strips, so Ayr United had to wear Saints
Saints at Tannadice in the dark blue of Dundee (Below)