Charles Pringle

A versatile and talented left sided footballer, Charlie Pringle was born on the 18th October 1894 in the then Renfrewshire village of Nitshill to parents Robert and Grace, joining his two older brothers and sister also in the household. Although the family were originally from Ayrshire, father Robert was an engineman and the Pringle’s settled in Renfrewshire for work reasons, moving to the tiny settlement of Inkerman on the outskirts of Paisley when Charlie was just one year old.

This hamlet will not show on any map today, but it stood on Blackstoun Road at the edge of Ferguslie towards Linwood and was built specifically to house employees and their families of the nearby Ironstone mines. In total there was seven pits rich in Ironstone at this exact location, (sixteen in total stretching from Ferguslie to Linwood) but over the decades they also produced a variety of raw materials ranging from crude oil to shale gas and finally became a brickwork by the time Charlie lived here.

The settlement consisted mainly of five banks of cottages and the family lived at number 130 Inkerman Row; however, over the years a store, church, school and schoolhouse, reading rooms and a bowling club were built for the population which peaked about 1000 in the early 1880’s. Today, only one cottage remains along with the school/schoolhouse and the bowling club, with the rest of the hamlet mostly demolished in 1938 and the remaining population relocated to Linwood and Elderslie.

1. Inkerman  

2. Current St Mirren Park  

3. Love Street

4. Underwood Park  

5. Linwood 

6. Johnstone 

X. – Paisley Cross

Life would have been difficult for young Charlie in this hamlet, and within a few years he had two younger siblings alongside him in the family cottage taking the household total to eight, however the area was not connected to the national electricity grid therefore lighting was only available via gas whilst heating options were either a coal or wood fire with the obligatory shared toilet in the back garden for good measure.

The residents of Inkerman had retained a fierce rivalry with neighbouring mining settlements over the years, and a few decades beforehand in July 1859 tensions reached boiling point following a 12th July Orange march from Paisley Cross at 6am which dissected Renfrewshire over the next few hours attacking predominantly Catholic mining and labouring settlements, and ended on the outskirts of Inkerman around 2pm where three hundred residents were ready and waiting at Linwood Bridge for the rampaging mob.

The march by this point contained women and children, and on seeing Inkerman residents ready to defend their village branding hefty mining gear and swords, detoured to the nearby ‘Redan’ mining village just over the Black Cart in Linwood where their numbers were swelled by willing Orangemen ready to battle.

This sectarian fuelled hatred had been intensified by the arrival of thousands of Northern Irish workers (some reports at the time believe it was in fact created entirely by this migration in Renfrewshire) who had transferred their nonsensical differences from Ulster to the central belt of Scotland. This was a new issue for authorities in Paisley as there had be no recordings of such gatherings before 1850 in the area. That said, the Paisley Police are reported to have allowed the mounting violence to continue through Millarston, Johnstone and onto Linwood, and some officers had even taken part.

The shocking violence that eventually took place during the crescendo of this senseless battle upon the crossing over the Black Cart, where one man was killed and several others seriously injured was rather fancifully called “The battle of Linwood Bridge” in local folklore, but with hundreds fighting for an hour on the bridge and sporadic incidents continuing for days after, it would be accurate to suggest it certainly was an extremely serious incident. Inkerman reportedly remained untouched during and after the violence, and casualties in the Oranagmen camp were to be far more serious than that of those defending their village suffered.

Tensions continued for days after, and the residents of Inkerman were reported to have ‘sworn revenge’ for the events of the 12th July and in particular the beating to death of Patrick Rush by retreating Orangemen, an innocent 67 year old Catholic man returning from his work as a besom maker (old broom) and been caught unwittingly in the violence. Special officers were drafted in from Johnstone and eventually 150 members of the Royal Sussex militia joined them after another battle almost took place between the residents The Redan and Inkerman on the 14th of July again of the bridge, which remains intact today on Bridge Street in Linwood:

Although before his time, it is probably accurate to assume this was a tough place for Charlie to be brought up in as these grievances are unlikely to be quickly forgotten, and it is likely he would have developed a resolute and rigid character as a result, but instead of going down the mines or following his farther into engineering, the youngster became a talented footballer and played for local amateur side Inkerman Rangers before joining Maryhill Juniors in 1913. A few years later, Saints recognised the talent of the 5ft & 7 inches tall wing half and bought the 22-year-old for a small fee in what would be Hugh Law’s final signing for the club before John Cochrane took over the following month.

In a similar way to Jock Marshall, Pringle was utilised all over the park during the war years and beyond; also playing at half back, outside left and even as the centre forward, particularly in 1921 on any occasion Dunky Walker was not available, but it was at his natural position of half back where the young local lad flourished.

In his debut season, Pringle would score five times including a goal on his second appearance for the club against Dumbarton and was the heartbeat of the team over several seasons winning many admirers in the press with his accomplished displays, particularly when Saints won the 1919 Victory Cup. The international selection committee were also impressed by Pringle, and on the 25th January 1921 the Saints man lined up for the Scottish League against Ireland, giving the half back a first taste of playing for his country.

The following month on the 12th February, Pringle was selected for the full Scotland squad and made his international debut against Wales during a 2-1 victory for the Scots at Pittodrie in front of 20,824 spectators becoming St Mirren’s eleventh full internationalist, and a proud moment for his family and all inhabitants of his small hamlet on the outskirts of Paisley.

This would turn out to be the only cap Pringle earned in his career, however his form remained excellent for Saints as Cochrane started to build a side capable of challenging for honours, but as always seems to have been the case in Scottish football, clubs were at the mercy of richer ones from England who could buy the cream of our talent and after 143 appearances for Saints over six years, Manchester City purchased the wing half for £1,410 making it officially a club record by virtue of it being just £10 more than the fee Middlesbrough paid for Jock Marshall a few years earlier.

Pringle would spend six seasons at Maine Road playing over 200 matches, including a spell as club captain and played in the 1926 FA Cup final as his former Saints teammates were beating Aberdeen 3-0 on the last game of the 1925/26 season having won the Scottish Cup a fortnight beforehand. Unfortunately, Charlie couldn’t add a medal of his own, and in front of over 91,000 spectators Bolton beat City 1-0.

The following season City were relegated, but bounced back immediately in the 1927/28 campaign with Pringle captaining the side, however this would be his last season at the club as he took the rather unusual step of joining a brand-new club called Manchester Central who played in the regional Lancashire leagues, however there is more to the story than this first suggests.

This new club were founded in 1928 by ex-Manchester City director Charlie Roberts, who was also a former England centre half and appointed former Manchester City, Manchester United and Wales legend Billy Meredith as coach who just happened to be Charlie Pringle’s father in law. The two men appeared together on half a dozen occasions for City when the former Saints man first moved down to England and Meredith incidentally played football until he was 50 years of age in the English top-flight and had an astonishing 34 year playing career, starting in 1890!

Roberts and Meredith believed that this new club could gain support from the east side of Manchester after City had moved from here in 1923 to Maine Road, and although the early signs were good as up to 10,000 turned out for some matches, their route to the football league was blocked by both established Manchester clubs, with United particularly worried they could face proper decline due to their poor financial state should a new club become prominent within the city.

Manchester Central folded after only four years in 1932 as they had no route to the football league, but Pringle left the club a few years beforehand and had spells with Bradford Park Avenue, Lincoln City and Stockport before retiring in 1933.

Later in his life Charlie Pringle became a coach and had a spell back with Saints in the 1940’s but lived the rest of his life out in the Manchester area.

Bobby Biggar

Name: Bobby Biggar
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Forward
Signed: 10th June 1974 from Hurlford Utd
Departed: 1st July 1975 to Hurlford Utd
Debut: 23rd April 1974 v Albion Rovers (3-1, scored once)
Final Match: 16th November 1974 v Raith Rovers (0-1)
Apps: 22
Goals: 5
Honours: None
Misc: Debuted as a trialist and signed afterwards

Bob Bennie

Name: Bob Bennie
Date of Birth: 28th September 1873 (died 1st October 1945)
Place of Birth: Polmont
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Full Back
Signed: 30th May 1896 from Hearts
Departed: 15th May 1901 to Newcastle (£700)
Debut: 15th August 1896 v Rangers (1-5)
Final Match: 30th March 1901 v Dundee (3-5)
Apps: 84
Goals: 0
Honours: None
Misc: Scottish Record Transfer Fee

Dougie Bell

Name: Dougie Bell
Date of Birth: 5th September 1959
Place of Birth: Paisley
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Midfield
Signed: February 1978 from Cumbernauld Utd
Departed: 30th May 1979 to Aberdeen
Debut: 26th April 1977 v Partick Thistle (0-5)
Final Match: 29th April 1977 v Celtic (3-1)
Apps: 2
Goals: 1
Honours: None
Misc: None

Second Spell

Signed: 17th August 1986 from Rangers (Loan)
Departed: 16th September 1986 returned to Parent Club
Debut: 20th August 1986 v Dunfermline (2-0)
Final Match: 13th September 1986 v Hibs (1-0)
Apps: 6
Goals: 0
Honours: None
Misc: None

David Barron

Name:  David Barron
Date of Birth: 10th September 1987
Place of Birth: Greenock
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Defender
Signed: 30th June 2006 from Partick Thistle
Departed: 20th January 2014 (released)
: 22nd December 2007 v Kilmarnock 0-0
Final Match: 27th February 2013 v Hearts (2-0)
Apps: 121
Goals: 1
Honours: None

Ross County

Steven Thompson5
John Sutton4
Ricky Gillies3
Stewart Kean3
Hugh Murray2
Own Goal2
John O’Neill2
David Van Zanten2
Stevie Mallan2
Marcus Fraser2
Jamie McGrath2
Scott Walker1
Tom Brown1
Barry McLaughlin1
Ian Ross1
Junior Mendes1
Martin Cameron1
Kevin McGowne1
Brian McGinty1
Lawrie Ellis1
Darren McGregor1
Michael Higdon1
Paul McGowan1
Gary Teale1
Nigel Hasselbaink1
Lewis Guy1
Kenny McLean1
Sam Parkin1
John McGinn1
Conor Newton1
Gregg Wylde1
Adam Drury1
Jeroen Tessealaar1
Sean Kelly1
Sean McLoughlin1
Sam Foley1
Tony Andreu1
Jon Obika1
Kristian Dennis1
Lee Erwin1
Ilkay Durmus1
Eamonn Brophy1
Scott Tanser1


Alex Linwood15
Frank McGarvey14
Own Goal11
Dave McCrae8
Tommy Bryceland8
Tommy Gemmell7
Gerry Baker6
James Cunningham6
Alan Gebbie5
Arthur Milne5
Jim Rodger5
Jimmy Knox5
John McGrory5
Johnny Deakin5
Robert Reid5
Alex Crowe4
Dunky Walker4
Gudmunder Torfason4
James Thomson4
Steven Thompson4
Thomas Brown4
Alex Callan3
Andy Dorman3
Billy Mehmet3
Bobby Rankin3
David Lapsley3
Don Kerrigan3
Frank McAvennie3
Fred Sowerby3
George Stewart3
Jimmy Howieson3
Jimmy Stenhouse3
John Sutton3
John Wood3
Jose Quitongo3
Kenny McDowall3
Peter McKay3
Robert Ferguson3
William Husband3
Willie Telfer3
Jon Obika3
Eamonn Brophy3
Billy Abercromby2
Billy McMaster2
Billy Pointon (1943)2
Billy Stark2
Bobby Carroll2
Charlie Adam2
Davie Laird2
Frank McDougall2
George Elmore2
Hugh Murray2
Ian Cameron2
Ian Maxwell2
Ian Scanlon2
James Murdoch2
James Wilson (1906-1012)2
Jim Clunie2
Jimmy McGregor2
Jock Marshall2
John Clark2
John McMenemy2
Michael Higdon2
Peter Godfrey2
Ted Magner2
Thomas Brady2
Thomas Paton2
Tony Fitzpatrick2
Tottie Beck2
Willie Reid2
Jamie McGrath2
Alan Logan1
Alan Redpath1
Alex Stewart1
Alfie Lesz1
Alisatir Miller1
Andrew Brown (1914-17)1
Archibald Kyle1
Archie Gillies1
Archie Knox1
Billy Davies1
Bobby Flavell1
Brian Gallacher1
Brian Martin1
Charles Duncan1
Conor Newton1
Dan McGarry1
David Lindsay1
David Muir1
Derek Hyslop1
Drew Jarvie1
Edwad Riddell1
Edward McBride1
Gardner Speirs1
Gareth Wardlaw1
George McLean1
George Shaw1
Gerry Queen1
Graham Fenton1
Harry Hamilton1
Harry Higginbotham1
Henry Smillie1
Hugh Gilshan1
Hugh Stevenson1
Ian Ferguson1
Jack Ross1
Jackie Brown1
Jackie Nielsen1
James Bruce1
James McLellan1
Jason Naismith1
Jim Blair1
Jim Goodwin1
John Buchanan1
John Hewitt1
John McTavish1
John MacKenzie1
John McCormack1
John McTurk1
John Potter1
John Richardson1
Joseph Reilly1
Kenny McLean1
Kyle Magennis1
Lewis Guy1
Lex Richardson1
Malcolm McDougall1
Mark Corcoran1
Matthew Hall1
Michael McAvoy1
Paul Chalmers1
Paul Kinnaird1
Paul Lambert1
Paul McGinn1
Peter Kane1
Peter Rice1
Richard Black1
Robert McBean1
Robert Stevenson1
Ronnie Hamilton1
Samuel Cowan1
Simeon Jackson1
Stephen O’Donnell1
Steve Archibald1
Steven Thomson1
Stevie Mallan1
Stewart Kean1
Thomas Reilly1
Tom Morrison1
Tomas Stickroth1
Tommy Leishman1
Walter Anderson1
Walter Shaw1
William Clunas1
William McIntosh1
William McLintock1
William McVeigh1
Willie Davie1
Willie Jack1
Willie Kelly1
Willie Summers1
Alex Jakubiak1
Sam Foley1
Ilkay Durmus1
Alex Gogic1
Conor McCarthy 1



First Meeting – Arbroath 0-0 St Mirren 6th February 1926, Scottish Cup

Last Meeting – St Mirren 0-1 Arbroath  9th July 2022, League Cup Group Match 

Biggest Win – St Mirren 8-1 Arbroath  12th September 1959, Division One 

Biggest Defeat – Arbroath 6-2 St. Mirren 2nd January 1960, First Division 

Jimmy Knox6
Ally McLeod5
Tommy Bryceland3
Barry McLaughlin2
Billy Stark2
Bobby Adamson2
Derek Hyslop2
Gerry Baker2
John MacKenzie2
Jose Quitongo2
Kenneth Miller2
Martin Cameron2
Robert Torrance2
Alan Gebbie1
Alex Callan1
Alistair Miller1
Brian McGinty1
Cammy Murray1
David Wallace1
Davie Laird1
Frank McGarvey1
Hugh Gilshan1
Hugh McLaughlin1
Ian Munro1
Ian Nicolson1
Ian Riddell1
Jackie McGuigan1
Jim Rodger1
Jimmy Howieson1
Junior Mendes1
Lex Richardson1
Mark Roberts1
Ricky Gillies1
Rikki Robb1
Scott Walker1
Sergei Baltacha1
Tomas Sickroth1
Willie Kelly1


Overall Record


First Meeting – St Mirren 2-0 Airdrie, 10th January 2004, Scottish Cup

Last Meeeting – St Mirren 5-0 Airdrie  29th July 2017, League Cup Group Match 

Biggest Win – St Mirren 5-0 Airdrie  29th July 2017, League Cup Group Match 

Biggest Defeat – Airdrie 3-2 St. Mirren 4th December 2004, First Division 

29/07/2017H5-0WLC Grp

Saints Scorers

Stewart Kean3
Own Goal2
Ian Anderson2
John Sutton2
Gavin Reilly2
Barry Lavety1
David McKenna1
Brian McGinty1
Ricky Gillies1
John O’Neill1
Charlie Adam1
David Van Zanten1
Mark Corcoran1
Lewis Morgan1
Cammy Smith1