"Teams Like St. Johnstone"

St. Johnstone beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium 1-0 yesterday, with a late Stevie May goal enough to take all 3 points back to Perth.

[May celebrates in front of the Aberdeen fans]


Following this result, St. Johnstone's away record vs Aberdeen, since promotion in 2009, is as follows:

[St. Johnstone have an even record at Pittodrie since promotion in 2009]


Saints have an even stronger run at Easter Road, not suffering defeat there since 2012 and they also have a solid record at Tynecastle. St. Johnstone have always given a good account of themselves on the road and are very rarely rolled over by any side - out with the Old Firm.


However, regardless of this, fans of these clubs often have a strange arrogance when it comes to playing St. Johnstone.


Whenever the Perth-based outfit take points off of Hibernian, Hearts, Aberdeen and EVEN Dundee United, fans often resort to the same old line. You probably will have heard it by now. "We should be beating teams like St. Johnstone".

[St. Johnstone lift the Scottish Cup]


This is such a common theme and the phrase "teams like St. Johnstone" especially is seen on an almost weekly basis. This weekend is no different, regardless of the fact that Aberdeen hadn't won in 6 matches prior to this and regardless of the fact that St. Johnstone won a Cup double mere months ago.


In reality St. Johnstone have won 3 trophies in the last 7 years, Aberdeen haven't won 3 trophies in the last 30 years!


So, Why do Fans of Other Teams Underrate St. Johnstone?


Fans of the 'top' teams in Scotland often look down upon Saints, with comments regarding the "size of the club", the fanbase St. Johnstone have and the history of the club all being commonly used to justify the opinion that "we should be beating teams like St. Johnstone".


This is despite the fact that Hibernian, Rangers, Dundee United and Heart of Midlothian have all spent time in the second division more recently than St. Johnstone. Saints have also lifted more cups than all of the above in the last decade.

[Murray Davidson lifts the League Cup]


As well as Saints have done in the last 12 years or so because we aren't spending millions assembling a squad, aren't overspending on wages, don't have a packed ground week-in week-out and often lose our best players for less than their perceived values, some fans look at us as a bottom half side who they should just role over.


The Facts


St. Johnstone are often tipped for relegation by fans and the media alike although since getting promoted in 2009, this hasn't even been close to a reality.


St. Johnstone were 3rd in the table of the decade for the 2010s, only 53 points behind Aberdeen in 2nd. In the last 10 seasons Saints have qualified for European football 6 times, as well as making 8 top-6 finishes. More than 'Hearts', 'Hibs' and the same as Aberdeen

[Saints celebrate taking the lead against LASK]


I could go on..


At the end of the end of the day, the "teams like St. Johnstone" Tweets always give me a good chuckle and this is exactly why. So when you next see a fan of another club saying "we should be putting 3 or 4 past teams like St. Johnstone", just think - they probably don't realise quite how similar their clubs is to ours. The Saintees may not have the biggest following but there certainly isn't a club with a bigger heart.


At the end of the day, I'd much rather be a "team like St. Johnstone", than anyone else.




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