A Steve Cowan hat-trick won this match for Hibs and brought his season’s tally so far to 25 (he finally scored 28) making him the club’s most successful striker in 13 years since Alan Gordon hit 37 in 72-73. His partnership with Gordon Durie amassed 42 goals in all. Not bad for a combined investment of £85,000.
By this point Hibs had edged themselves away from the relegation battle, but this was academic in any case with league reconstruction having decreed that no one would go down. Four days earlier, Hibs had trounced Celtic 4-3 in the Scottish Cup quarter final, which probably put a spring in their step.
The team was: Rough, Milne, Munro, Brazil, Rae, Fulton, Tortolano, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie and Collins, who all lasted the 90 minutes leaving Eddie May and Colin Harris to prance about in their tracksuits all day. St Mirren featured future Hibs defender Neale Cooper, and were of course managed by Alex Miller at this time.
The crowd was another strangely round 7,000. In fact, all of the published attendances for Easter Road this season were multiples of 100, leading to speculation that the turnstiles were in need of examination.