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Formed in 1884, St Johnstone take their name from Saints John’s Toun - the ancient name for Perth - and were founded by young men from the cricket team who were looking for a game to play in the winter.
In the early days the team played at the Recreation Grounds before moving to Muirton Park in 1924. That remained their home until the 1980s when the switch to a new 10,000 seater arena on the outskirts of the city came about.
McDiarmid Park - named after local farmer Bruce McDiarmid who donated the land - hosted its first competitive game on August 19, 1989 when 7,267 fans saw St Johnstone beat Clydebank 2-1.
Saints were founding members of the SPL and finished third in the first season in 1998/99, an achievement that resulted in a second European campaign following the memorable 1971/72 adventure under Willie Ormond.
Goalkeeper Alan Main recently became the record St Johnstone appearance holder when he beat Drew Rutherford's landmark of 345 games while the legendary John Brogan is the all-time leading goalscorer with 140 goals.
St Johnstone have never won one of the three major domestic honours but have reached the League Cup final on two occasions - losing to Celtic in 1969/70 and Rangers in 1998/99.
Record since the SPL began
1998/99 - 3rd in SPL
1999/00 - 5th in SPL
2000/01 - 10th in SPL
2001/02 - 12th in SPL
2002/03 - 3rd in Division One
2003/04 - 3rd in Division One
2004/05 - 8th in Division One
2005/06 - 2nd in Division One
2006/07 - 2nd in Division One
2007/08 - 3rd in Division One
2008/09 - 1st in Division One
2009/10 - 8th in SPL
2010/11 - 8th in SPL
First SPL game
Motherwell 1-0 St Johnstone - Aug 1, 1998
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