Since leading the league at the time of the League Cup Final in October, Hibs had slipped to fifth place and Partick were only four points behind us. As the stats below record, Hibs had not enjoyed an easy time of it against the Jags in their previous meetings that season. Two goalless draws in the league came either side of a League Cup tie when Hibs needed penalties to advance to the next round.
The first half here was goalless, and I thought I was in for another dismal score-free Easter Road experience. The second half turned out somewhat different however. Chic Charnley stood out in a Thistle side which crumbled once it went a couple of goals down, and indeed Chico became so frustrated at his team’s performance that he got himself booked, as was his wont in those days.
Kevin McKee, Calum Milne and Willie Jamieson made up the usual ex-Hibs contingent in the Thistle squad, and apart from Charnley Ian Cameron did nothing to suggest he would ever be worth a place in a Hibs side, but that didn’t stop Alex Miller signing him a few years later.
If memory serves me right Brian Hamilton got at least one of Hibs’ five. Any better recollections of the scorers, please add a comment below.
An interesting feature in the programme reported on a ‘Hibs Handbook’. Not that remarkable of the face of it, but the publication in question was The Absolutely Non-Essential Hibernian Supporters’ Handbook, or TANEHSH as it was abbreviated. The author was a certain Stuart Crowther. TANEHSH became an online fanzine a few years later as the internet developed, and alongside Colin MacPherson’s Canadian-based Hibs website was one of the earliest Hibs presences on the web, eventually evolving into Hibs.net. The Hibs programme editor at this time, incidentally, was Simon Pia whose name will probably crop up on some of the Scotsman reports here on the hibLOG in the coming seasons.