Saints have only met Edinburgh City on four previous occasions, with the most recent being in 2016 when Alex Rae was still manager at the club and the only time before now the two clubs have met in the League Cup. This would be the last time Rae experienced victory at Paisley, and although the 3-0 win was comfortable, it left the Saints fans feeling less than satisfied as a victory with a margin greater than three was required to progress to the knock out stages, and Saints failed to score or create anything of note in the second half against the then new league boys.
Before this match, we need to go back to the 1930’s for the previous encounters, and the first ever meeting was during the only season the two clubs ever played in the same league in 1935/36, when Saints were playing for the very first time outside the top flight after being relegated the previous campaign after forty five consecutive years in Division One.
On the seventh of September 1935 Saints travelled to East Pilton Park in Edinburgh for the maiden fixture, and left the capital defeated for the first time that season, Jimmy McGregor’s double not enough to prevent a shock 3-2 defeat. These were McGregor’s first goals of forty he would score in the league that season.
In February 1936 The Citizens travelled to Paisley for the reverse fixture and left comprehensively beaten 5-0, with a Jimmy Knox double, Patrick McCamon, Billy Gall and McGregor with the goals. There was nothing remarkable about the result however, and Saints managed to score a quite remarkable seventy six times at home in the league that promotion season from just seventeen fixtures.
Three years later Saints returned to East Pilton Park for a Scottish Cup match in 1939, and a double from William McLintock as well as another Knox goal gave the away side a comfortable enough 3-1 win. The close to eighty year gap between the clubs playing between then and the last league cup match in 2016 is mainly due to Edinburgh City dropping out of the League set up in 1949 and folding in 1955, before being resurrected some thirty years later, and finally re-entering the professional ranks in 2016.
Competitive Matches Between Clubs
|DIVISION 2||7th Sep 1935||Edinburgh City||3 – 2||St Mirren|
|DIVISION 2||15th Feb 1936||St Mirren||5 – 0||Edinburgh City|
|SCOTTISH CUP||1st Feb 1939||Edinburgh City||1 – 3||St Mirren|
|LEAGUE CUP||30th Jul 2016||St Mirren||3 – 0||Edinburgh City|
Competitive Record Between Clubs
Scorers in the Fixture
From left to right: Jimmy Knox, Jimmy McGregor, Patrick McCamon & Jack Baird