I witnessed this dismal goalless draw with newly promoted Dunfermline from what was still known as the North Stand, before its renaming in honour of the Famous Five. The vitriol which showered down upon Alex Miller from all the stands hinted that time was nearly up for the manager as he approached his tenth anniversary at Easter Road. Grown men bellowed abuse towards the dugout with such force that the pulsating veins in their necks looked close to bursting.
The squad hadn’t changed that much from the previous season – O’Neill, Tweed and Tortolano had gone – but the signings of Barry Lavety, Andy Dow, Brian Welsh and Ian Cameron were clearly not setting anyone’s pulse racing with excitement.
Where are they now?
The ‘new look’ match programme seemed designed to appeal to the younger supporter, with plenty of block colour and little in the way of historical content. There was still room for the photos from far-flung Hibees around the world however. If anyone knows where Craig Douglas and his oil-drilling ‘Thai-bees’ are now, please let me know by leaving a comment.