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A season of consolidation

191299hearts1Season 1999-2000 was a season much like this one (2017-18), our first back in the Premier League after a spell in the First. The priority, as Alex McLeish said in his end of season summary, was to consolidate our position, and with a mid-table finish achieved by a squad whose core had come through the promotion campaign, it was mission accomplished. Continue reading

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Dundee 3-4 Hibs, 8 August 1999

I remember watching this game in the pub in Cambridge at a gathering of the Cambridge Mental Hibees, all three of us, a casualty doctor, a neuroscientist and a PR consultant. Sounds like the start of a joke. Continue reading


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Hibs 5-2 Dundee, 23 October 1999

The emphatic scoreline on its own disguises the harsh reality that this was only Hibs’ second win of the season, both against the same team. Two wins out of 13 games if you include the League Cup where even the victory over Clyde came courtesy of a penalty shoot-out. Eleven points from as many league games was a meagre haul, actually a point less than at the same stage in our previous Premier League campaign which ended in relegation. Only the thorough mediocrity of other teams kept us in mid-table. Continue reading