The cover of the programme shows Stevie Cowan completing his third hat trick of the season against St Mirren (see previous game). Sadly he only managed one goal today, not enough to beat a Hearts side which was still topping the league by three points from Dundee United, four ahead of Aberdeen and six ahead of Celtic. Hearts had seven games left including this one, Celtic had two games in hand, United and Aberdeen one. Place your bets now, who’s going to win the league this season?
So much for the game, allegedly watched by 20,000 people, who witnessed the following team fail to beat Hearts yet again: Rough, Milne, Sneddon, May, Fulton, Hunter, Collins, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie, Tortolano. Colin Harris came on for Durie and Gordon Rae just sat and gnashed his teeth all day, like the rest of us.
Turning to the programme, an interesting piece reminded us of a time when our centre forward was good enough to be selected for a Rest of the World team to play Hamburg in a testimonial for West German defender Willi Schulz. No offence to Stevie Cowan, but in 1973 Alan Gordon was sufficiently renowned to be described in the German programme as ‘the sensation of the British Isles’ signed from Dundee (sic) ‘for the laughable sum of DM 70,000’.
Gordon played in the second half in front of 50,000 fans, and didn’t score, but remarked afterwards that Gerd Muller had pushed him out of the way for one. The Rest of the World won 5-2, and featured the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Booby Moore and Luigi Riva. Sadly Pele and Eusebio had to withdraw, with Lou Macari and Ronnie McKinnon making up in number if not in quality.
The Hamburg side featured such great names as Ripp, Winkler, Nogly and Nobs. I don’t know if they were great players, they just had great names…
Where are they now?
And finally proof that the international community of Hibees now represented by the IHSC is nothing new. This photo from the programme of a group of expats based in Muscat, Oman, is so grainy it disguises that the robes were borrowed and the moustaches not so much Omar Sharif as Sheriff Brae…
I don’t expect anyone to recognise any of these nomads, but if you know you’re one of the suspects in this line up, please turn yourself in.