Decade of Achievement: Be Part of the Next Ten

Back at the beginning of the 2008/09 season, the club was playing in the old Scottish First Division and was viewed as one of a number of promotion candidates for a place in Scotland's top flight.

That campaign was a successful and memorable one which saw Saints return to the top division after a seven season absence and what has happened since has been a period of unprecedented success in the club's 134-year-history.

We've regularly finished in the top-six of Scottish football, with some memorable European adventures and of course, we won the club's first major domestic trophy when Dave Mackay lifted the Scottish Cup high above his head on May 17th 2014 at Celtic Park.

It's been an incredible decade - so why not be part of the next ten years by purchasing your St. Johnstone Season Ticket for the season ahead?


Scottish First Division Champions 2008/09

Then Saints boss Derek McInnes had assembled a strong squad capable of mounting a serious challenge for promotion back to Scotland's top flight.

Experienced heads like Jody Morris, Paul Sheerin and Alan Main combined with the likes of Chris Millar, Liam Craig and Steven Milne to lead the club's charge back to the top division after a seven season absence.

A 1-0 victory at Dens Park followed by a 3-1 home win against Greenock Morton on the penultimate game of the season secured promotion, as fans celebrated something that the club had almost achieved two seasons before when a late Gretna goal denied Saints an earlier top flight return.

The club rounded off that memorable campaign with a 4-0 victory against Airdrie United, in a game that a 16-year-old Stevie May made his St. Johnstone debut - and scored - a sign of things to come.

McInnes recruited well the summer following promotion - notably securing the signings of Dave Mackay and Murray Davidson - and the foundations were firmly in place for the success to follow.

European Regulars

There was a managerial change during the 2011/12 season when McInnes left to join Bristol City and Steve Lomas was appointed as the club's manager in November 2011.

A top-six finish followed and, with Rangers' liquidation and departure from the league, that was enough for Saints to qualify for Europe for the first time since the 1998/99 season when the club finished 3rd under Sandy Clark.

In July 2012, Saints headed to Turkey to face Eskisehirspor and even the most optimistic of fans wouldn't have envisaged just how regular European trips would become over the next few years.

A 3-1 aggregate defeat to the Turkish side signalled the end of the first European adventure, but a third place finish in the league meant a return to continental football the following season.

It was in July 2013 that the club recorded one of its finest European results. Tommy Wright had been appointed Millwall-bound Steve Lomas' successor and his first competitive match in charge couldn't have gone better.

A goal from defender Frazer Wright was enough to secure a 1-0 away victory against Norwegian giants Rosenborg, and backed up by a 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park where Stevie May announced himself to the world, Saints qualified for the next round.

Another away win - this time away to Minsk in Belarus - had Saints on course to progress yet again but a 1-0 home defeat meant extra-time and penalties, and the fans watched on as Minsk progressed 3-2 in the shootout.

Of course it wasn't league position that secured Saints' place in Europe for a third successive season - we'll come to that shortly - and this time around penalties proved to be decisive in favour of Tommy Wright's men after two 1-1 draws with Luzern led to a shootout which Saints won 5-4.

Slovakian opponents Spartak Trnava came up trumps in the next round though, with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

2015/16 saw a fourth successive European campaign, with Saints drawn to play Armenian outfit Alashkert who are currently battling it out with Celtic in the qualifying stages of this season's Champions League.

A 1-0 defeat in Armenia left Saints with work to do and despite a 2-1 victory at home, the club was eliminated via the away goals ruling.

The club then had a one-year absence from Europe before returning again last season, but Lithuanian opponents FK Trakai picked up a 2-1 victory at McDiarmid Park before following that up with a 1-0 win at home, signalling the end of Saints' Europa League campaign.

With European football in five out of the past six seasons, the fans have enjoyed a number of fantastic adventures on the continent and there could be more trips in the coming years to be a part of.

Scottish Cup Winners 2013/14

It's a memory that will never fade. Celtic Park turned into a sea of blue as Saints cruised to a 2-0 victory against Tayside rivals Dundee United and Dave Mackay lifted that Scottish Cup trophy high above his head.

Tommy Wright had assembled a strong squad that season and had already watched his side perform well in Europe and in the early parts of the season. Young striker Stevie May was firing in the goals and as every cup game passed more and more people started to believe.

First to be put to the sword was Livingston who suffered a 2-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park in November 2013. It was February before the Scottish Cup action resumed and Tommy Wright's men beat Forfar Athletic convincingly 4-0 at Station Park to progress to the next round.

By the time of March's trip to Stark's Park to play Raith Rovers, some fans had started to believe the club had the potential to make this season's cup campaign a memorable one. Anyone who wasn't as optimistic might have changed their minds after Saints won 3-1 and progressed to the latter stages of the competition.

Next up it was the semi-final and who could forget what unfolded that day at Ibrox.

1-0 down to Aberdeen courtesy of a Niall McGinn goal, it was looking like a repeat of the League Cup semi-final from earlier in the campaign in which Aberdeen ran out 4-0 winners.

Staring defeat in the face, it was Saints' lethal front man Stevie May who came to the rescue and after his 61st minute equaliser the dynamic of the game suddenly changed.

On the 84th minute, May was at it again and netted Saints' second which was enough to see the club progress to the final of the Scottish Cup for the first time in its history.

And that brings us to that day in May. A day that many older supporters probably never thought they'd get to see - Saints in a Scottish Cup Final. Up against Tayside rivals Dundee United, club legends Steven Anderson and Steven Maclean were on target as Saints ran out 2-0 winners and secured the club's first major domestic trophy, writing the players and staff into the history books forever!


It has been the most successful period in the club's 134-year-history and long may it continue. Play your part and support your local club by becoming a St. Johnstone Season Ticket Holder.

There's never been a better time to do it. The club's pioneering policy of free admission to children aged 12 and under will be continued for this season and prices for the SSE Ormond Family Stand have been reduced to make football more affordable for families.

Add to that discounted season tickets for 17 to 20-year-olds in the East Stand as well as our fantastic 'Saints Card', and it's a great time to get involved!

You can find out all the information on the 2018/19 Season Ticket via the link below.