It was then agreed between the directors of the rival clubs that they would play the first leg of their home-and-away Renfrewshire Cup final.
The league match, it was agreed, would be re-staged once the SFA thought it safe to re-open Cappielow.
Mr W.F.S. Walker, the St Mirren chairman, said: “I think the League decision is a fair and just one. It ensures that St Mirren will not suffer for something that they and their supporters had nothing whatsoever to do with. This was all that we were concerned about.
“One cannot help but feel sorry for the Greenock club, but it is apparently the only way in which unruly supporters can be reached. It is to be hoped that so-called supporters everywhere will take this as a lesson.
“So far as the Morton officials are concerned, they have shown themselves most anxious to do anything that would be fair and reasonable. This has enabled the conversations between the two clubs to be of the friendliest possible.
“The clubs will now stage the first leg of the Renfrewshire final at Love Street, thus the public will not be disappointed in their desire to see these old county friends and rivals in a keen tussle.”
But it soon transpired that a majority of the Morton directors were against the idea of playing against Saints at Love Street, and they held a meeting the night before the game to finalise their decision.
It was then decided to postpone the very notion of playing out the county final at the Paisley club.
It transpired that the League Management Committee had ordered the Greenock club to make up St Mirren’s share of the gate for the league match when it was eventually played.
The worry was that it would take place early on a midweek evening and the attendance would be less than normal.
The League had insisted that Morton give St Mirren a guarantee of £180 and that, apparently, miffed the Morton board to such an extent that they called off the cup final.
In a postscript to this sad affair, when Cappielow was eventually re-opened, a Flag of Truce was commissioned by the supporters club and unfurled by the Lord Provost of Greenock.
It was hoped that the flag would act as a symbol of peace between rival football fans – and the Morton fans in particular.