St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has been reflecting on the club’s 2013 League Cup success, and insisted his side will be ‘in it to win it’ next year.
The Buddies manager sat down to speak about the triumph at Hampden Park against Hearts seven years ago.
Goodwin wore the captain’s armband that day, and was the man to lift the club’s first piece of silverware for more than a quarter of a century.
Reflecting on the momentous occasion, Goodwin told the club website: “It was fantastic, I remember just sitting at my locker [after the game], I just kicked off my boots, sat back and had a beer. It was brilliant.”
It was a thrilling final, with St Mirren coming from behind to beat the Jambos thanks to goals from Esmael Goncalves Steven Thompson and Conor Newton.
That victory at Hampden remains their last piece of silverware, and Goodwin is now keen to experience that feeling of winning a trophy again, only this time as a manager.
He added: “One of my real ambitions of being here as manager is to try and bring silverware.
“I do believe the League Cup is a fantastic opportunity for clubs like ourselves to go and win a bit of silverware.
“Because it’s an early competition, you never know how the other teams are going to be at that particular moment.
“We would always want a run in both cups and we’ll always try and take both those competitions seriously.
“I think a lot of Premiership teams in the past have been guilty of using the Betfred as a pre-season warm up-type thing – that definitely won’t be our mindset, we’ll be in it to win it.”
Having been there before, Goodwin will be determined to experience winning silverware once again.
There is absolutely no reason why the Buddies can’t get themselves back to Hampden some time in the near future.
A kind draw, luck with injuries and suspensions and everyone bringing their A-games are certainly factors that can help the club to go all the way, just like back in 2013.