Archive: Previous League Cup meetings with St Mirren

Archive: Previous League Cup meetings with St Mirren

in #KillieStories July 11, 2018

Ahead of Friday’s League Cup opener against St Mirren, club historian John Livingston took a look back at our 17 previous meetings with the Buddies in this competition.

1954-55 – Qualifying Round (A Division) Section A

21/8/1954Kilmarnock 2 (Mays, Harvey) St. Mirren 2 (Neilson, Holmes) attendance: 19,749

Killie: Brown, Collins, Rollo, Russell, McLachlan, Middlemass, Black, Harvey, Mays, Curlett, Murray.

Saints: Lornie, Lapsley, Mallan, Moore, Telfer, Johnstone, Laird, Neilson, McGrory, Holmes, McGuigan.

Referee: W. Brittle (Glasgow)

4/9/1954St. Mirren 3 (Laird, Callan, Lapsley) Kilmarnock 2 (Curlett, Beattie) attendance: 16,000

Saints: Lornie, Lapsley, Cunningham, Neilson, Telfer, Johnstone, McMaster, Laird, McGrory, Gemmell, Callan.

Killie: Brown, Collins, Rollo, Russell, Thyne, McLachlan, Black, Beattie, Mays, Curlett, Murray.

Referee: J.P. Barclay (Kirkcaldy)

Newly promoted Killie had no luck at all in either of these closely fought encounters.

In the first meeting, they let a 2-0 lead slip in the last 15 minutes after centre half Steve McLachlan was carried off. Frank Beattie scored in his first team debut for Killie in the second game at St. Mirren Park, but the Ayrshire side lost the services of left back Alex Rollo after only 30 minutes.

He did return later to play as a “passenger” on the left wing, but the handicap proved too great against a very good Saints team, whose winning goal came from a hotly disputed penalty, awarded with only three minutes to go.

Jimmy Brown actually saved David Lapsley’s penalty, but the Saints full back scrambled home the rebound. Neither of the two clubs progressed from the Qualifying Round. Motherwell (8 points) won the Section ahead of St. Mirren (7 points), with Kilmarnock in 3rd (5 points) and Raith Rovers (4 points) in bottom place.

1955-56 – Qualifying Round Section 1  

13/8/1955 – Kilmarnock 0 St. Mirren 0 attendance: 20,000

Killie: Brown, Collins, Rollo, Curlett, Dougan, Newbiggin, Mays, Murray, Flavell, Jack, Henaughen.

Saints: Lornie, Lapsley, Johnstone, Neilson, Telfer, Holmes, Rodger, Wilson, Duncan, Gemmell, Callan.

Referee: A. McLintock (Bishopbriggs)

27/8/1955St. Mirren 3 (Wilson 2, Holmes) Kilmarnock 0 attendance: 15,000

Saints: Lornie, Lapsley, McTurk, Neilson, Telfer, Holmes, Duncan, Wilson, Holmes, Gemmell, Callan.

Killie: Brown, Collins, Rollo, Curlett, Toner, Newbiggin, Mays, Murray, Flavell, Jack, Henaughen.

Referee: H.J. Gallagher (Glasgow)                                                                                                                                      

Saints won a tightly fought Section 1 from Kilmarnock on goal average (Saints were 0.11 of a goal better) after both finished with seven points each from their six games.

However, it was Killie’s own fault that they did not winners, because they failed to win any of their last two games after losing at Paisley, drawing 0-0 at home with Dundee and 3-3 at Airdrie, whilst Saints won 4-2 at Airdrie, and then lost 0-3 at home to Dundee. It was the Dens Park club who finished 3rd (6 points), with Airdrieonians (4 points) bottom.

In the Quarter Finals, St. Mirren beat Dumbarton 6-2 on aggregate, then went on to beat Motherwell 2-0 in a classic Semi-Final replay at Celtic Park, after a 3-3 draw at Ibrox Park. In the Final at Hampden Park, they lost 2-1 to Aberdeen.

1956-57 – Qualifying Round Section 3

15/8/1956 – St. Mirren 2 (Rodger 2) Kilmarnock 2 (Mays pen, Curlett) attendance: 10,000

Saints: Forsyth, Lapsley, McTurk, Neilson, Telfer, Holmes, Rodger, Laird, Flavell, Gemmell, Devine.

Killie: Brown, Collins, Watson, Taggart, Dougan, Mackay, Mays, Harvey, Curlett, Beattie, Burns.

Referee: F.S. Crossley (Motherwell)

29/8/1956 – Kilmarnock 1 (Catterson) St. Mirren 4 (McGill 2, Devine, Gemmell) attendance: 12,000

Saints: Forsyth, Lapsley, Moore, Neilson, Dallas, Holmes, Rodger, McGill, Telfer, Gemmell, Devine.

Killie: Harvey, Collins, Baillie, Stewart, Dougan, Toner, Muir, Fletcher, Catterson, Curlett, Burns.

Referee: W.M. Syme (Glasgow)

Saints got the better of Killie again in the two midweek meetings, although Killie did show a considerable amount of fight in the first meeting in Paisley, when they came back from being 2-0 down early in the second half, to earn a 2-2 draw. , and Kilmarnock (4 points) bottom.

However, a spate of injuries during the campaign forced Killie manager Malcolm MacDonald to use a trialist keeper and several reserves in a couple of games, and heavy defeats from Dunfermline Athletic (5-1) and Saints (4-1) put paid to their hopes of progressing in the competition. It was Dunfermline (8 points) who won the Section from St. Mirren (7 points), with Queen of the South (5 points) 3rd

1961-62 – Qualifying Round Section 4

12/8/1961 – St. Mirren 1 (Bryceland) Kilmarnock 0 attendance: 16,149

Saints: Brown, Campbell, Wilson, Henderson, Clunie, McTavish, Rodger, Bryceland, Kerrigan, Gemmell, Miller.

Killie: McLaughlan, Richmond, Watson, Davidson, Toner, Beattie, Brown, Black, Kerr, McInally, Muir.

Referee: T. Wharton (Glasgow)

26/8/1961Kilmarnock 6 (McIlroy 2, Black 2, Beattie, Mason) St. Mirren 1 (Miller) attendance: 15,838

 Killie: McLaughlan, Richmond, Watson, Davidson, Toner, Beattie, McIlroy, Mason, Black, McInally, Muir.

Saints: Brown, Campbell, Wilson, Henderson, Clunie, McTavish, Rodger, McDonald, Kerrigan, Gemmell, Miller.

Referee: G. Bowman (Clydebank)

After a terrible opening day performance by Killie at Paisley, they made amends with a scintillating display at Rugby Park a couple of weeks later. place, just ahead of St. Mirren on goal average, with Raith Rovers (4 points) in bottom spot. Indeed, Killie hit 18 goals in their 6 Section games, an astonishing total in comparison to Hearts 9 goals, and Saints and Raith with 7 goals each.

This 6-1 win was no fluke performance, because the previous week, Killie had won 7-1 at Kirkcaldy against Raith Rovers. It was a real “dog-eat-dog” Section, and it eventually ended with Hearts (8 points) top, and Kilmarnock (6 points) in second.

1970-71 – Qualifying Round Section 3  

12/8/1970 – St. Mirren 1 (Hamilton) Kilmarnock 3 (Gilmour, Cook, Mathie) attendance: 4,488

Saints: McGann, Murray, Connell, McLaughlin, McQueen, Munro, Gilshan, Lister, Hamilton, McLeod, Pinkerton (McKean).

Killie: Hunter, King, Dickson, Gilmour, McGrory, Rodman, Waddell (MacDonald), Morrison, Mathie, Maxwell, Cook.

Referee: R.D. Crawford (Stirling)

19/8/1970 – Kilmarnock 2 (T. McLean 2 (1 pen)) St. Mirren 0 attendance: 4,931

Killie: McLaughlan, King, Swan, Gilmour, McGrory, Rodman, McLean, Morrison, Mathie, Maxwell, Cook. Sub: J. McCulloch

Saints: McGann, Connell, Munro, Fulton, Murray, McLaughlin, McKean, Lister, Hamilton, Traynor, Gilshan. Sub: Pinkerton

Referee: S. Anderson (Glasgow)

Killie comfortably achieved the “double” in these midweek encounters, with their win in Paisley being a particularly excellent performance. In the return game at Rugby Park, Killie had to play over an hour with only 10 players after David Swan, on his debut for the club, was sent off in the 30th minute after a clash with Saints winger Bobby McKean. Killie (8 points) ended up in 2nd place in the Section behind winners Dundee (10 points), with Ayr United (4 points) in 3rd place and Saints (1 point) bottom.

1976-77 – Qualifying Round Section 2

21/8/1976 – Kilmarnock 1 (Fallis) St. Mirren 1 (McGarvey) attendance: 4,242

Killie: Stewart, McLean, Robertson, Murdoch, Clarke, Welsh, Provan, I. McCulloch, Fallis, Sheed, Smith. Subs: Maxwell, Sharp.

Saints: Hunter, Johnston, Mowat, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Young (Gibson), Stark, Borthwick, McGarvey, Richardson, McGillivray. Sub: Hyslop

Referee: J.W. Paterson (Bothwell)

28/8/1976 – St. Mirren 1 (Hyslop) Kilmarnock 0 attendance: 3,712

Saints: Hunter, Johnston, Mowat, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Young, Gibson (McGillivray), Stark, McGarvey, Hyslop, Richardson. Sub: Borthwick

Killie: Stewart, McLean, Robertson, Murdoch, Clarke, Welsh, Provan, I. McCulloch, Fallis, Sheed, Smith. Subs: Maxwell, McDicken.

Referee: J.W. Paterson (Bothwell)

Newly promoted Killie found it hard going against a fine Saints team who were to go on and win the First Division title that season. Both games were hard fought affairs, with Killie a shade unfortunate not to get a share of the spoils in the second game. place and St. Mirren (4 points) bottom.

Neither club progressed anyway, with the eventual winners of the competition, Aberdeen (9 points) topping the Section from Ayr United (6 points), with Kilmarnock (5 points) in 3rd

1977-78 – 2ndRound

1st Leg: 31/8/77 – Kilmarnock 0 St. Mirren 0 attendance: 5,119

Killie: Stewart, Welsh, Robertson, Murdoch, Clarke, McDicken, Fallis, Provan, Doherty (Jardine), Maxwell, McGillivray. Sub not used: Hynds

Saints: Hunter, Young, Mowat, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Copland, Docherty, Stark, McGarvey, Richardson, McDowell. Subs not used: Abercromby, Leonard.

Referee: W. Anderson (East Kilbride)

2nd Leg: 3/9/1977 – St. Mirren 2 (Hyslop, McGarvey) Kilmarnock 1 (Fallis) attendance: 9,458

Saints: Hunter, Young, Mowat, Fitzpatrick, Reid, Copland, Docherty, Stark, McGarvey, Richardson, Hyslop. Subs not used: Abercromby, Leonard.

Killie: Stewart, Welsh, Robertson, Murdoch, Clarke, McDicken, Fallis, Provan, I. McCulloch, Maxwell, McGillivray. Subs not used: Doherty, Hynds

Referee: W. Anderson (East Kilbride)

Aggregate: 2-1 to St. Mirren

First Division Killie put up a great fight against Premier Division Saints, but it was to no avail. In the first game, played on a Wednesday evening, they did enough attacking, but could not penetrate a resilient Saints defence. Round, but lost 5-1 in the Quarter-Final to Celtic on aggregate.

In the return game at St. Mirren Park, they were by far the better team for long spells, but unfortunately were caught by a real sucker punch with less than three minutes to go, and the home team held out for a fortuitous win that their manager Alex Ferguson openly agreed was not deserved. Saints beat Hamilton Academical 3-2 on aggregate in the 3rd

1985-86 – 2ndRound

20/8/1985 – St. Mirren 3 (Speirs, McGarvey, Fitzpatrick) Kilmarnock 1 (Millar) attendance: 3,435

Saints: Money, Wilson, Hamilton, Rooney, Godfrey, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, Mackie, McGarvey, Gallagher, Speirs. Subs not used: Winnie, Cameron.

Killie: A. McCulloch, Lowe, McLean, Robertson, Martin, Clarke, Cuthbertson (McNab), McCafferty, Millar, McGivern, Bryson. Sub not used: McKinna.

Referee: D.T. McVicar (Carluke)

Part-time Killie held their own for an hour against their Premier Division opponents, but after Frank McGarvey had put Saints back in front again, the First Division team did not look capable of staging a fight back. In the 3rd Round, Saints beat rivals Morton (A 4-1), but in the Quarter Finals, they lost to Dundee United (A 2-1).

NOTE: Both clubs had a Clarke at No. 6. Killie had Paul, whilst Saints had his younger brother Stevie – our present day manager

2000-01 – Semi Final (Hampden)

6/2/2001 – Kilmarnock 3 (McLaren, Dargo, Canero) St. Mirren 0 attendance: 9,213

Killie: Marshall, MacPherson, Baker, Dindeleux, McGowne, Holt, Mitchell (Reilly), Dargo (Fowler), Wright (Cocard), Canero, McLaren. Subs not used: Hay, Stewart.

Saints: Roy, Baltacha, Rudden, Turner, Walker, Bowman (Murray), Kerr, Gillies, MacKenzie (Quitongo), Fenton (McGarry), Yardley. Subs not used: Nicolson, Scrimgour

Referee: K. Clark (Paisley)                                                                                                                       

A tremendous solo goal by Craig Dargo was the highlight of a fine Kilmarnock performance on a cold night at an eerie Hampden Park. Saints had reached the Semi Finals beating Ross County (A 3-1 a.e.t.), Dundee (H 3-0) and Dunfermline Athletic (H 2-1). Killie made it by beating Clyde (A 2-1 a.e.t.), St. Johnstone (A 1-0) and Hibernian (H 2-1). In the Final, Killie lost 3-0 to Celtic at Hampden Park.

 2009-10 – 3rdRound

22/9/2009 – Kilmarnock 1 (Kyle) St. Mirren 2 (S. McGinn, Dorman) attendance: 3,561                                       

Brown, O’Leary, Hay, Wright, Old (Invincibile), Pascali (Fernandez), Bryson (Skelton), Hamill, Kyle, Taouil, Sammon. Subs not used: Flannigan, Bell.                                                                                                         

Gallacher, Ross, Barron, S. McGinn, Mair, Potter, Murray, Brady (Dorman), Mehmet, Thomson, Dargo (Higdon). Subs not used: Brighton, Innes, Howard.                                                                                                       

D. McDonald

The game looked to be heading into extra time until Saints substitute Andy Dorman stole in to slip home a Steve Thomson through ball in the third minute of injury time.

It was really tough on Killie, as they had by far the bulk of the attacking play in a pulsating second half. The visitors looked the better team in the first half, despite Killie missing the best two chances.

The second half was a complete reversal of the first, with Killie on top, but it was Saints who went in front with a fine strike by Stephen McGinn. However, Killie’s Kevin Kyle headed in a deserved equaliser near the end, and it looked likely that extra time would be needed until the late winner.
Killie had beaten Morton (H 3-1) in the 2nd Round, whilst Saints beat East Stirlingshire (A 6-3) in the 1st Round and Ayr United (A 2-0) in the 2nd Round.

The Paisley men went on to reach the Final after beating Killie, enjoying a Quarter-Final win over Motherwell (H 3-0), then beating Hearts (1-0) at Fir Park in the Semi-Final.

However, in the Final at Hampden, Gus MacPherson’s team came undone against a nine-man Rangers team; losing 1-0 to an 84
th minute Kenny Miller goal after both Kevin Thomson and Danny Wilson of Rangers had been sent off.