Dundee 0
St Mirren 3
League (Division One)

0 - 3
St Mirren 

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 23rd, 1893
West Craigie Park
Attendance: 3,000
3:30 PM Kick-off

None. Mullen (10)

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
1. Bill McKie
2. Bill Ferrier
3. James Brown
4. Alex Craig
5. William Longair
6. Bob Petrie
7. Bill Thomson
8. George Reid
9. James Dundas
10. Sandy Gilligan
11. Sandy Keillor

Match Officials

Mr F. Watt (East of Scotland) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier | Ref. BNA (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board | Copyright Statement - .

The famous Paisley combination paid their first visit to West Craigie Park on Saturday to play off their Scottish League fixture with the Dundee.

There was a large concourse of spectators, the ropes being thickly lined. The ground was heavy owing to the rain which had fallen previous to the kick-off. The St Mirren were the first to appear, followed a minute later by the home team, both elevens being well received.

Teams :- Dundee - McKie; Ferrier and Brown, Craig. Longair, and Petrie; Thomson, Reild, Dundas, Gilligan, and Keillor.

St Mirren - Patrick, Crawford and Mirk; Douglas, Caird, and McBain; Brash, White, Mullen, Shaw, and McLean. Referee, Mr F. Watt, East of Scotland.

Dundee kicked off uphill. Craig was early noticeable. He instituted a smart run, and, eluding the half-back, he got well up, but unfortunately he over ran the ball.

Even ball play followed, and then Keillor secured the ball. A fine bit of passing by the left wing let the home team dangerously near the visitors goal, and Crawford was compelled to kick out. Runs from goal to goal followed, then the St Mirren obtained a foul close up. This was cleared, but the strangers kept at a brisk siege, and ultimately Mullen succeeded in sending the leather home ten minutes from the start.

From the kick off the local men tried to make head way, but the left wing of the strangers secured the sphere, and McLean finished a grand run by again beating McKie somewhat easily. Two goals within so short a time looked bad for the Dundee, but playing up with vigour, a corner secured, which, however, went behind.

The home team still pressed, but all to no purpose, and the St Mirren gradually got south, and White sent in a high shot, which M'Kie tried to save.Mullen, however, interposed, and St Mirren were three goals up.

Dundee then had slightly the best of matters, but the strangers' backs were playing a strong game, and time after time drove the home forwards back. Play then opened out, but no further scoring took place, and half-time arrived - St Mirren, 3; Dundee, 0.

With the wind and incline in their favor, it was expected that the home team would make up the score against them. Dundee opened well, and were quickly round Patrick, but all to no purpose.

The St Mirren subsequently got north, where the home goal had a narrow escape. The strangers were eventually driven back, but the spasmodic efforts of the home forwards were easily kept in check by the visitors' defence, while Patrick disposed of any shots that came his way.

Thomson centred well, and gave Dundas grand opportunity, but through over-eagerness that player kicked behind. Play now Blackened down a bit. Craig was then cheered for a smart dribble, which he finished by kicking well into goal. The visitors were evidently determined to keep their goal intact, and, although they had occasional runs upfield, the halves always lay handy for the support of the backs.

At last Dundee secured a free kick in the goalmouth, buy Dundas threw the opportunity away. Time was wearing on, and all hope had now gone of saving the match, although it was expected the home side would yet score. In this, however, their supporters were disappointed, and the game ended in favour of the strangers. St Mirren, 3; Dundee, 0.

Squad Statistics (as at September 23rd, 1893)

1893-94 All Time
Bill McKie (GK) - 6 - 6 -
Alex Craig - 6 - 6 -
Bill Ferrier - 6 - 6 -
James Brown - 6 - 6 -
William Longair23 6161
Bob Petrie18 5 - 5 -
Sandy Keillor25 6262
Bill Thomson - 6 - 6 -
George Reid - 4343
James Dundas25 6565
Sandy Gilligan - 6262

League Table (as at September 23rd, 1893)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 6 4 2 0 +12 10
2. Celtic 6 4 1 1 +8 9
3. St Bernard's 6 3 1 2 +4 7
4. Dundee 6 2 2 2 -3 6
5. St Mirren 5 3 0 2 +5 6
6. Hearts 5 2 1 2 -1 5
7. Third Lanark 6 2 1 3 -6 5
8. Dumbarton 5 1 2 2 -6 4
9. Leith 6 2 0 4 -5 4
10. Renton 5 0 0 5 -8 0