Perth rejoices

They call Perth the “Fair City” and if you’ve waited 130 years for the local football team – St. Johnstone – to win a piece of silverware, it sounds like patience might also be one of its virtues. It is hard to believe that Perth is a city at all, because by modern definitions, it looks like the sort of market town you find dotted around northern Britain. But city it is – since 2012 – and right now, it’s probably one of the happiest cities around after the Saints beat Dundee United 2-0 in the Scottish Cup Final. Come … Continue reading Perth rejoices

Kick-off 2013-14: The Saints go marching into Europe

For anyone accustomed to the long era of Celtic and Rangers dominance, the rise of St.Johnstone is a little hard to believe and a little refreshing. They have never won a major honour, although they lifted the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2007-08 and a year later, the Scottish First Division. Last season, the Saints finished third in the Scottish Premier League and qualified for the Europa League for the second successive season. St.Johnstone, who kick-off on Sunday against Hearts on Sunday (August 4), have a tough away trip to play Minsk of Belarus before they start their SPL campaign. They’ve … Continue reading Kick-off 2013-14: The Saints go marching into Europe