In fact, in his nine seasons with the club, he made sure it would be difficult for anyone else ever to break his scoring record
McCrae’s second season at Greater Love Street, saw him smash home 24 league goals – which included a streak of scoring in 10 league matches in a row.
But the bigger bounty was the Scottish Cup, and Saints fans felt that with such a goal threat in their midst, they had a real chance of lifting the trophy for the first time ever.
Incredibly, though, as Saints were tackling minnows Mid-Annandale in the first round of the competition, McCrae was in the reserves. A 4-0 win saw the Buddies safely through to the second round.
Wins over Arbroath, after a replay, and Partick Thistle, helped St Mirren into the quarter finals, where they were paired with Airdrie, then the second force in Scottish football behind Rangers.
It was a titanic struggle, but McCrae settled the nerves with the opening goal, and despite missing a penalty – Allan Gebbie followed up to net the rebound – St Mirren were in the last four.
In the semi- final at Celtic Park, St Mirren came face to face with the mighty Rangers, league winners for the previous three years and, as expected, not a single football pundit gave them an earthly of winning the tie.
In fact, I’m sure the bulk of the 61,000 crowd – regardless of colours – also expected nothing short of a resounding Rangers win.
But a goal from Jamie Thomson proved the difference between the sides and, even though he had failed to find the net, McCrae turned in an ‘outstanding’ performance.
The players were awarded a ‘whopping’ bonus of £4 per head for helping the club reach the final of Scotland’s Blue Riband knock-out competition.
Saints had suffered a humiliating 6-1 loss to their cup-final opponents, Celtic, just a month before the big match, but McCrae and Co were determined to have their revenge.
And they did just that. With just three minutes on the clock, McCrae rose highest to head home a Tom Morrison corner.
The 98,620 crowd saw Saints double their advantage before the break, courtesy of a James Howieson shot from distance.
Saints easily held out for the remaining 61 minutes and a famous 2-0 victory had been secured. Each player was handed £8 in cash for their Hampden heroics.
The team paraded the trophy throughout Paisley on an open-top bus and McCrae was hailed a hero.
He would go on to score 251 times for St Mirren, but his greatest day would forever be Saturday, April 10, 1926.