The thing I most remember about this match is that it was a sell-out, and since I’d come up from Cambridge at fairly short notice I was reduced to buying a ticket in the street – for the Celtic end! Ugh!
Sitting in the away enclosure under the old West Stand, I politely clapped when Celtic took a first half lead and had to sit on my hands and bite my tongue when Hibs equalised later. Please, never again.
Where are they now?
That’s easy – now playing in the Hibs midfield.
No, hang on – that Michael Stewart is a lifelong Hearts fan and had just realised his life’s ambition to play for Hearts after a season on loan at Tynecastle from Manchester United when Tony Mowbray signed him. And he was born in … er, 1981. Well, at any rate he looks nothing like that freckly wee boy does he?
Oh hell, will the real Michael Stewart please stand up!
After those naughty boys at Mass Hibsteria had doctored the date of birth on my cutting there was much chortling on the message board at Hibs.net and the Bounce, and much indignant protestation on Kickback. A football memorabilia shop on Gorgie Road reportedly dug out their copy of this programme and displayed the offending page in their shop window.
Then, all the way from holiday in Florida, above and beyond etc, the real Michael Stewart – the one above that is – finally did stand up with a message to Hibs.net.
Michael Stewart the younger grew up to be an actor – many of you will have seen him in the gritty Edinburgh gangster drama Looking After Jojo alongside Robert Carlyle – and knows the other Michael Stewart well having played football with him for Tall Oaks. Michael the younger can confirm that Michael the elder is indeed ‘a rooting tooting Jambo (until he signed for us)’.
Michael the younger insists it should have been him who was the famous footballer – he now plays for Leith Athletic. I am also pleased to report that he still loves sausages and beans.
Where are they now 2
I don’t know if Mike is still running Tamson’s Bar – probably not – but if anyone knows where he is now, or if there are any hot young Gambian players whose lifelong ambition is to play for Hibs, let me know.