Fast Facts – St. Mirren

– St Mirren was formed as a gentlemen’s club which included, among other sports, cricket and rugby in the second half of the 19th century. The increasing popularity of football ensured that by 1877 the members had decided to play association football and 1877 is the football club’s official foundation date
– St Mirren are named after Saint Mirin, the founder of a church at the site of Paisley Abbey and Patron Saint of Paisley
– The first match between the clubs took place in Dundee’s inaugural season where The Saints won 3-0 at West Craigie Park on the same day Dundee played a Scottish Cup tie away at Strathmore
– The last match between the clubs took place exactly two years ago this week when goals from Gary Irvine and Iain Davidson gave the Dark Blues a 2-1 win at St Mirren Park
– St Mirren’s ground was opened in 2009 and is currently named “Paisley 2021 Stadium” to help promote Paisley’s bid to become a UK City of Culture in 2021
– St Mirren currently have five ex-Dees in their squad, namely Jamie Langfield, Gary Irvine, Gary McKenzie, John Sutton and David Clarkson
– The sides last met in the Scottish Cup 19 years ago this weekend when the Dark Blues won 4-2 at Dens thanks to goals from Steve McCormick, James Grady (2) and Lee Maddison
– St Mirren knocked Dundee 1-0 out of the Scottish Cup in the Championship winning season when they were managed by former Dundee League Cup winner Bobby Flavell and the winner was scored by future Dee George McLean
– St Mirren manager Jack Ross was a youth player at Dens between 1992 and 1993
– Former Dees Willie Fotheringham, Jimmy Bone, Iain Munroe, and Alex Rae have also managed The Buddies

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