Sunday 12th August v St.Johnstone Legends
David Ferguson; Colin Shepherd, Stewart Paterson, Stephen Fox and Gordon Hunter; Stephen McGilp, John Donaldson (c), Stephen Stormonth and Martin Harvey; John Drennan and Alan Raeburn. Subs (all used) John Crosbie, Ally Dick, Arthur McCue, Ryan McCue, Duncan Raeburn and Iain Campbell
Seeing as we’re never ones to miss a chance for a special occasion we decided to play two games to celebrate our 25th birthday and the St.Johnstone Legends were the opponents for our own Legends. The opponents were meant to be an “All Stars” team but call offs left us with just
Our very first meeting with St.Johnstone had been in March 1987 and six of the original Saintees team were in their team.
The St.Johnstone starting thirteen was:- Stevie Walker, Eric Laing, Davie Robb, John MacDougall, Brian Campbell, Pepe, Stewart White, Andy Muir and Derek Menzies, Iain Smith, Gav McDonald, Craig Taylor and Gav Stewart.
For our part we’d managed to wheel out some of the old faces and Tubsy, Martin, Beany and Mister C had all played in our first ever official game. With Higgy on the sidelines and Neil McAllister in the Social Club afterwards we had a fair old representation from Day 1 (and five others who played in the first season).
After the excitement of the first game the Legends played at a more sensible and sedate pace as befits men of a certain age.
Changes weren’t long in coming and Fat Martin in particular was the worse for wear after a long day out at Larbert on the Saturday.
The older subs were all used in the first half, including Mister C who sneaked on and off within about five minutes, and we went in at the break five nil ahead after two goals each from Stormy and Donzo and one from Crossers.
As Saintees only had thirteen Crossers played for them in the second half, didn’t need much persuasion, and Ally Dick and Tam Moon also came on for them as the game became more even.
Our second half midfield saw the Raeburns and the McCues form a father and son combination with Machine kept up front in a grandfatherly role.
Not that the Machine was the oldest player on the pitch, probably for the first time for years. Amazingly Saintees Pepe is a mere 67 years old and as far as I’m aware played the whole game. An example to us all and only 52 more years for Ryan and Duncan to play to emulate wee Pepe !
The game remained slow and Donzo completed his hat trick, and was immediately subbed, before Saintees pulled a goal back through one of their second half subs from the young guns.
Arthur then made it two with a superb header which curled into the bottom corner then Crossers lobbed Fergal to mean he’d scored for both teams.
Stormy got the final goal of the game to notch his first ever hat trick and the game finally finished, in very hot conditions, 7-3 to our Legends.
A great effort to both teams for keeping going in the heat and especially to Saintees who had a smaller squad than us to start with.
All four teams headed back to the Social Club for hospitality (thanks to Mrs C for the hot dogs) and a good afternoon and evening was had by all.
A huge thanks to Gav and his Ormonds and St.Johnstone sides for making the trip to
Also thanks to all our squad, young and old, who put on the jersey on the day and thanks also to the healthy crowd that turned up to watch including our Chief Scout from Leyton Raph the Taff.
A nice way to celebrate the first 25 years of the Club’s history and here’s to many more to come.