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40 minutes ago, Wendy Saintss said:

 


Iain Munro was an extremely talented midfielder in his youth who won moves to Hibs and Rangers.

Fergie converted him to left back and he became the best left back in the country. Certainly, the best left back ever to play for St Mirren.
 

 

Yea I remember him with Peter Weir in front what a combination that was.  Edit My thinking is with Kyle out. 

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On ‎12‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 8:54 AM, Wendy Saintss said:

 


Iain Munro was an extremely talented midfielder in his youth who won moves to Hibs and Rangers.

Fergie converted him to left back and he became the best left back in the country. Certainly, the best left back ever to play for St Mirren.
 

 

Iain Munro was the best Scottish left sided player in ANY position he played in for pretty much all of his career.  It was a travesty that successive Scotland managers chose to play an old-firm right back at left back rather than pick Iain  

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2 hours ago, beyond our ken said:

Iain Munro was the best Scottish left sided player in ANY position he played in for pretty much all of his career.  It was a trvesty that successive Scotland managers chose to play an old-firm right back at left back rather than pick Iain  

Played 7 times for Scotland 1979/80,all as a Saints player.Made his debut v Argentina in a game where a young man called Diego Maradonna also made his international debut.

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2 hours ago, beyond our ken said:

Iain Munro was the best Scottish left sided player in ANY position he played in for pretty much all of his career.  It was a trvesty that successive Scotland managers chose to play an old-firm right back at left back rather than pick Iain  

Now firstly I should say Iain Munro was potentially my favourite St. Mirren player ever (always find it difficult to categorically pick one player, but he'd be right up there).

However, to intimate or pass Danny McGrain off as someone who just got picked because he played for the Old Firm is nonsense. In my opinion McGrain in his prime was the best full back in the world regardless of whether he was playing left or right back. He was streets ahead of Iain Munro. Sandy Jardine whilst not quite in McGrain's class was also a top player and again better than oor Iain. I'd say I had no quibble with Munro being excluded for those two players. On the other hand the likes of Willie Donachie, Arthur Albiston or any other left back around that time couldn't have laced Munro's boots and should never have been picked ahead of him. 

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45 minutes ago, Mid Calder Saint said:

Yes I was at the match v Argentina Iain Munro was an outstanding left back think also Billy Thomson and Frank McGarvey were in that squad also.

I think McGarvey started the game.

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2 hours ago, HSS said:

Played 7 times for Scotland 1979/80,all as a Saints player.Made his debut v Argentina in a game where a young man called Diego Maradonna also made his international debut.

Against Northern Ireland Thompson,Munro and Weir all started

Never see those days again

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20 hours ago, MenstrieSaint said:

Think Iain Munro was a left back when he first started playing for Saints. Who sometimes played left midfield. 

I'm sure he started as a left winger when he was young.

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1 minute ago, Danny said:

I'm sure he started as a left winger when he was young.

Scratch that He appeared as a left winger for Scotland under 18s but was no 6 or left half (midfield) for Saints

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1 hour ago, TPAFKA Jersey 2 said:

Now firstly I should say Iain Munro was potentially my favourite St. Mirren player ever (always find it difficult to categorically pick one player, but he'd be right up there).

However, to intimate or pass Danny McGrain off as someone who just got picked because he played for the Old Firm is nonsense. In my opinion McGrain in his prime was the best full back in the world regardless of whether he was playing left or right back. He was streets ahead of Iain Munro. Sandy Jardine whilst not quite in McGrain's class was also a top player and again better than oor Iain. I'd say I had no quibble with Munro being excluded for those two players. On the other hand the likes of Willie Donachie, Arthur Albiston or any other left back around that time couldn't have laced Munro's boots and should never have been picked ahead of him. 

I'd strongly disagree about Jardine, the proof of the pudding there was the experiment where  he was played in midfield for Rangers and simply lacked the strength, dig, pace and stamina to hack it there.  IM was never troubled in any position that he played in.  Jardine got the right back berth and one of the best half-dozen in the world in that position (Mcgrain) was put on the left to accommodate him.  Jardine got into Scotland squads when he was well past his best and the case for Munro was at it's strongest.

The fact that I had actually forgotten about those others is an indication of how I'd rate them.  There are a number of left wingers who got in ahead of Munro who should never have gotten close to a Scotland cap.

 

Just my opinion.  He was probably the classiest player of that era for Saints.

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1 hour ago, Yflab said:

Iain Munro rates his time at St Mirren as the highlight of his career. Outstanding servant for Saints and a really pleasant guy to talk too.

Probably just as well he played in the days before BAWA forum :rolleyes:

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17 hours ago, beyond our ken said:

I'd strongly disagree about Jardine, the proof of the pudding there was the experiment where  he was played in midfield for Rangers and simply lacked the strength, dig, pace and stamina to hack it there.  IM was never troubled in any position that he played in.  Jardine got the right back berth and one of the best half-dozen in the world in that position (Mcgrain) was put on the left to accommodate him.  Jardine got into Scotland squads when he was well past his best and the case for Munro was at it's strongest.

The fact that I had actually forgotten about those others is an indication of how I'd rate them.  There are a number of left wingers who got in ahead of Munro who should never have gotten close to a Scotland cap.

 

Just my opinion.  He was probably the classiest player of that era for Saints.

Not sure if I’m misinterpreting you’re first point but I’m not debating Sandy Jardine’s prowess as a midfielder (nor Iain Munro’s for that matter as I only ever remember him as a left back). I simply think Jardine was a slightly better full back than Munro and fully warranted his Scotland selection at right back. That only left the debate as to whether to play McGrain or Munro at left back and for me there is only ever one winner there. I soppose the NcGrain/Jardine thing was similar to the Robertson/Tierney thing now, only on the other side of the pitch. Only difference is there isn’t really a debate now as there isn’t really another decent right back.

I didn’t actually remember Munro playing in the Argentina game. Probably because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t televised and I didn’t go. I always remembered Munro’s debut as being the 4-0 gubbing of Norway in Oslo.

Certainly would have no argument with the last sentence of your post. 

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18 hours ago, beyond our ken said:

I'd strongly disagree about Jardine, the proof of the pudding there was the experiment where  he was played in midfield for Rangers and simply lacked the strength, dig, pace and stamina to hack it there.  IM was never troubled in any position that he played in.  Jardine got the right back berth and one of the best half-dozen in the world in that position (Mcgrain) was put on the left to accommodate him.  Jardine got into Scotland squads when he was well past his best and the case for Munro was at it's strongest.

The fact that I had actually forgotten about those others is an indication of how I'd rate them.  There are a number of left wingers who got in ahead of Munro who should never have gotten close to a Scotland cap.

 

Just my opinion.  He was probably the classiest player of that era for Saints.

Jardine (and nice Gordon McQueen) was picked to go to Argentina - even though BOTH were injured and would never have a chance of playing.

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The mob turned against Stubbs cos he wanted to let Mac & Eck go.

 

We’re now almost into 2019 and neither has yet to play a game.

 

Stubbs was proven right!

I suppose he had to get something right.

Even a broken clock gets it right twice a day.

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