Millennium Champions: The first defeat
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Friday, 25th September 2009
This result was no doubt music to the ears of the "bubble will burst" brigade who said we wouldn't last long at the top. God knows why as our record during Brockville's last 25 years or so was abysmal and the title season proved no exception.
It's no coincidence that Falkirk's first season in their new ground saw us manage to beat them, and the fact they'd gone all season unbeaten at home until then was typical Saints. We just couldn't play at Brockville at some reason.
Maybe it was because it was a dump. Falkirk seemed to have a handy knack of spending money on players while letting their ground rot, something that would eventually be their downfall - but we'll leave that for later. They'd manage to do it again, signing John Henry on loan for this game.
The disaster started inside the first minute, veteran Tommy Cone scoring, and the aforementioned Henry scored a rather nice goal after a quarter of a hour He then fluked in a third when Ludo Roy messed up his cross and it was game over.
The only bright spot came with 15 minutes left, Hugh Murray scoring from the spot after he'd been fouled. This prompted a brief Saints revival, but it came to nothing.
A day best forgotten, but that first defeat had to come sometime and it was now out of the way. Next up, it was back to Love Street - a proper ground - for our first ever game against Livingston.