By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Wednesday, 29th April 2009
April 29 is a big day in St. Mirren's history - and not just because it's chairman Stewart Gilmour's birthday. On this day in 2000 and 2006 we lifted the first division trophy at Love Street.In 2000, Tom Hendrie's swashbuckling side recorded another big win when they thrashed Raith Rovers 3-0. After a shaky first half, quick goals from Mark Yardley and Saints fans Steven McGarry and Barry McLaughlin got the party started well before the end as the team were crowned Millenium Champions. It was an emotional end to what had been a magnificent season, where we avenged some big defeats and scored a remarkable number of goals.
The work had already been done by this day in 2006 - a fortnight earlier we'd beaten Dundee to secure promotion and no one really cared about the game against St. Johnstone. We lost, but it was irrelevant. The celebrations weren't quite as big this time (perhaps because we were already champions) but it was still an enjoyable day.
Two great days - separated by exactly six years. Despite the relatively short time period, Hugh Murray was the only member of both squads - and he's still here!