ST MIRREN legend Campbell Money beams with pride as he recalls his greatest day in football on its 30th anniversary.
Tuesday marked 30 year since Saints’ 1987 Scottish Cup win, their last Scottish Cup success.
Money made nearly 400 appearances for the Buddies, but that experience didn’t help him keep his composure in the build up to the final, when he admitted to being wracked with nerves.
His pre-game anxiety about making a mistake that might cost the Paisley side the trophy proved unfounded as he shut out Jim McLean’s Dundee United side, who had beaten the likes of Barcelona and Borussia Mönchengladbach on their way to the UEFA Cup final that season.
Ian Ferguson’s extra-time winner brought the famous old trophy back to Paisley for the first time since 1959 and Money recalls the ‘bedlam’ which greeted the squad when they arrived back in the town.
He said: “We travelled on the team bus from the hotel through Paisley to get to Hampden.
“I have to say there was a period of that journey where if Alex Smith came up to me and told me I wasn’t playing I would’ve shook his hand and thanked him, I was that nervous. I was terrified. It didn’t help when we were going through Paisley seeing everyone with their colours and their excitement.
“Being the goalkeeper I was worried about making a mistake which could cost us the game.
“Once I got into my pre-match routine I was fine.
“It was a really well disciplined performance from us because they were a better team than us. United were a right good side.
“I remember the open top bus from Barrhead into Paisley. It’s was a great, a great feeling then the town centre was bedlam, it was just fantastic.
“There have been very few St Mirren players in the history of the club who have won a major trophy and I’m one of them and I’m hugely proud of that.”