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Jimmy Bone believes Tony Fitzpatrick's sub appearance was key to St Mirren's 1987 Scottish Cup final win

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St Mirren assistant manager Jimmy Bone insists the club’s 1987 Scottish Cup success owes a lot to Tony Fitzpatrick’s composed performance off the bench.

The Buddies were already underdogs heading into the monumental clash with Jim McLean’s much-fancied Dundee United side, who were set to compete in the UEFA Cup final the very next week.

Having safely navigated past Hearts in the semi-finals without their skipper, manager Alex Smith turned to a half-fit Fitzpatrick in the second half at 0-0 to try and steady the ship as the Terrors began to threaten the Buddies’ backline.

The move turned out to be a masterstroke, with the Saints forcing the tie to extra-time before Ian Ferguson slammed home a memorable winner to bring the trophy back to a.

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