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LOCAL HEROES; ALAN MCMILLAN'S ST MIRREN'S DAVIE LAPSLEY.

Byline: ALAN MCMILLAN'S

Take a stroll down memory lane at St Mirren and chances are you'll end up in Lapsley Avenue.

You only get a street in Paisley named after you if you're special and Davie Lapsley was very special.

Signed in 1946 as a striker, he converted to a right–back but still regularly chipped in with goals from free–kicks and penalties.

Lapsley lost a League Cup Final to Aberdeen in 1955 so was out for revenge when the teams met in the 1959 Scottish Cup Final.

It was a massive occasion for Lapsley – especially as he had decided to retire after the game.

In front of 108,951 fans, skipper Lapsley drove his men on to beat the Dons 3–1, sparking wild celebrations. It was a fitting way to end a brilliant Buddies career.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 5, 2014
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