St. Johnstone

Founded In
Perth, Scotland

About St. Johnstone

St. Johnstone Football Club was founded in 1884 by players from a local cricket club. After breaking away from the cricket team, St. Johnstone played their first official match the following year, in 1885.

Traditionally, the club's biggest rivals are Dundee, although they also have a strong rivalry with Dundee United. Games against either of those teams are referred to as Tayside derby matches. Over the years, the club has earned a reputation for being a yo-yo club, bouncing between the top two divisions of the Scottish league system fairly regularly.

To date, the club have failed to win a major trophy, although they did lift the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2008 after beating Dunfermline Athletic in the final. In 1969, St. Johnstone reached the final of the Scottish League Cup, but were beaten by Celtic. They finished as runners up for a second time in 1998, this time losing to Rangers. The club have never reached the final of the Scottish Cup and the team's greatest ever performances in the top flight came in and 1970-71 and 1998–99, with St. Johnstone finishing in 3rd place on both occasions. St. Johnstone have qualified for continental competitions several times, most notably reaching the third round of the UEFA Cup in the 1971-72 season. They have been crowned as champions of Scotland's second tier seven times in total, with their most recent success coming in the 2008-09 season.

Some of the most notable former St. Johnstone players include Sandy McLaren, Ally McCoist and Alan Main. John Brogan is the club's greatest ever goalscorer.

The team have played their home matches at McDiarmid Park in Perth since the stadium's opening in 1989. The ground is currently able to hold a maximum of 10,673 spectators. The record attendance was set at 10,721 for a match against Rangers back in 1991.   

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