FOR St Mirren legend Jim Goodwin, today is not just St Patrick's Day.

Exactly five years ago, the Irishman was part of the Saints team that upset the odds by defeating Hearts 3-2 at Hampden to win the League Cup.

It was the Paisley club's first trophy since their triumph in the 1987 Scottish Cup, when they beat Dundee United.

And former enforcer Goodwin has revealed how his sixyear-old daughter Ava came up with a new name for Saints fans' special day.

"She was only young at the time and I went to wish her happy St Patrick's Day but she said no, it was happy St Mirren's Day," he said.

"It's one of those things you think about that is quite remarkable. I think it's been known that way ever since by all the St Mirren faithful.

"We always look forward to St Paddy's Day anyway but, with it being renamed St Mirren's Day, that makes it all the bit more special.

"It was a fantastic occasion for the whole of Paisley and everybody involved in the club - the supporters, players, the staff. It was a fantastic day out and one that they won't have to wait too long for again."

No-one can say Saints had an easy route to that 2013 final.

After defeating Ayr United and Hamilton Accies in the early rounds, they headed up to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the quarter-finals.

St Mirren took the tie to spot-kicks after an enthralling 2-2 draw, with Craig Samson, who rejoined the Paisley side last summer, saving penalties from young Dons midfielder Cammy Smith, who also signed for the Buddies last year.

In the semi-finals, they faced Celtic at Hampden and, after only joining the club that week, Esmael Goncalves opened the scoring for Saints, with Gary Hooper levelling before the break.

But Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson netted in the second half and, despite a late consolation goal from Charlie Mulgrew, St Mirren made their way to the final.

Goodwin added: "We didn't get lucky, we had to beat the best teams in the competition to win it - Aberdeen, Celtic at Hampden and Hearts.

"They're three big clubs. Nobody did us any favours and it was a real monumental effort from the manager, right the way down to the players, the backroom staff, to make sure everything was perfect.

"You obviously need a bit of luck along way."

ST MIRREN have left a big impression on Goodwin, after spending five and a half years at the club.

Hearing 17,000 Saints fans roar as he lifted the trophy at Hampden is a memory he will always cherish - and the club did its upmost to get as many from the Paisley community involved in the experience during the build-up.

Manager Danny Lennon and assistant Tommy Craig were keen to tap into the community spirit to motivate the players and fire Saints to cup glory.

When the St Mirren players entered the changing room at Hampden, they were greeted with walls covered in pictures by kids across Renfrewshire, wishing the Buddies well on their big day.

Goodwin added: "Danny and Tommy were keen on the psychological things. We had all the best wishes and all the bother the kids had gone to.

"We had a lot of stuff like that, a lot of emotional stuff to make you realise how much it meant to some of the children and some of the families and for older people as well, who saw the cup win back in the 1980s. The build up was great. For guys my age, you don't always get the opportunity to play in big finals like that.

"The whole town really made a big deal out of it. We went round to all the schools and all the different companies, we generated a good vibe in the community and it felt like everybody played a part.

"You hope that grabs the imagination of some six or seven-year-old who loves the day out and becomes a St Mirren diehard forever.

"That's what we tried to do with the cup, we encouraged a lot of kids to come to the game."

Goodwin also got his own kids on board.

He said: "My boy's already got a top, all my kids have got St Mirren strips. My girls especially, they came to the games with my wife. We absolutely love the club, we really do. We have a real affinity with the people there behind the scenes and the fans as well. It was just a really well-run club.

"They made you feel very welcome. It was a great place."

Goodwin's celebrations that night were cut short as, with his wife pregnant with their son, they retreated home to Cumbernauld. He said: "My wife was heavily pregnant so we headed back up the road at 1am. She did well to last as long as she did and my dad and my brother were over.

"We went back to the house and my wife went to bed and me and my dad opened up a bottle of wine and watched the game back. It was great."

Goodwin, 36, hopes there's a time in the future when he can blow the dust off the DVD and watch it again - this time with a very special young Saints fan. He said: "My wee boy is four years old now. Maybe when he's getting more into the soccer I'll sit down and watch it with him."