The Burning Question: Who the Hell are St Mirren?

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Formed in 1877 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, it is safe to say that the side known as the ‘Buddies’ have often punched above their weight in their 141-year history for a relatively small club by comparison to the heavyweights of Scottish football.

A first major trophy came in 1926 when St Mirren beat giants Celtic in the Scottish Cup final and they have since gone on to claim a further two ScottishCup triumphs (1959, 1987).

However, the trophy haul does not end there.

In 2013, St Mirren overcame Hearts 3-2 in a thrilling final of the Scottish League Cup despite going 1-0 down after 10 minutes.

Today, St Mirren are back in the Scottish Premiership after winning the Scottish Championship, the fifth time they have won the second-tier title.

Who’s the Gaffer?

Former Coleraine manager Oran Kearney took over from the sacked Alan Stubbs in September.

This was after Kearney had initially interviewed for the job in June, but Stubbs had been given the role instead.

Where are they in the League?

Currently bottom of the Scottish Premiership with nine points.

Just two wins have been collected and three draws in their 17 games so far but they are level on points with Dundee and just four from safety.

Who is the main attacking threat?

Former Liverpool, Wolves and Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Hammill is the current Saints top scorer with four goals in 616 minutes of football.

Other Notable Players?

Former Norwich hitman Simeon Jackson is also at the club. The 31-year-old Canadian International joined St Mirren in September 2018 following release from Walsall and is contracted to the club until January 2019. Former QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is also at the club having joined in the summer.

Who is the Captain?

Stephen McGinn is in his second spell with the Saints having previously began his professional career with the club in 2006.  He returned home in 2017 after leaving Wycombe Wanderers and has made a total of 156 appearances for St Mirren scoring 14 goals in all competitions across both stints.

Interesting St Mirren facts

St Mirren were the first and only Scottish winners of theAnglo-Scottish Cup after securing victory over Bristol City 5-1 on aggregate during the 1979/80 season.

Scotsman David McCrae is St Mirren’s all-time top goalscorer after netting 251 goals from 1923 to 1934.

The club is named after the patron saint of the town of Paisley although the founder of the church where Paisley Abbey now sits was known as St Mirin.


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I have been producing content for the sports industry for many years now and love nothing more than the competitive nature of any game. An avid football, F1, and golf fan, when I am not giving my opinions on sport, I will most likely be trying to chip out of a bunker.

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