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Hibs 1-0 Rangers, 14 October 2000

rangers141000picFor all that Rangers were streets behind Celtic throughout this season it was no mean feat for Hibs to overcome the reigning league champions, and it reinforced their self-belief in the wake of the loss to the champions-elect at Parkhead. David Zitelli had been introduced to the Hibs side gradually, with three starts and two substitute appearances so far, with one goal to his credit. His finish here was coolly taken and proved the difference between the teams. The Rangers fans seemed strangely unappreciative (see pic). Continue reading


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St Johnstone 0-3 Hibs, 30 September 2000

stjohnstone300900picA delicious picture from Scotland on Sunday picks out Franck Sauzee reeling away in delight as his shot hits the net like a low-flying jet. Hey, that has a ring to it. Maybe someone could make up a wee song around it… Continue reading

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Hibs 2-0 Motherwell, 16 September 2000

motherwell160900picHibs bounced back to the top of the league for a couple of days with this win over Motherwell, putting two second half goals past Andy Goram. Goram had washed up at Fir Park the previous year after being cast adrift by Rangers at the end of 97-98 season and had then spent a few months drifting around the English lower leagues. He was blameless for Hibs’ opener, a deflection off Mixu Paatelainen, but to say Hibs were lucky would be a gross misrepresentation. Refereeing incompetence denied them two first half penalties, and it took tireless graft to overcome Motherwell in the end, Paatelainen notching the second ten minutes from time courtesy of some route one football. Winning ugly was not going to be a problem for this Hibs team. Continue reading

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McLeish takes it on the chin, 3 September 2000

Another piece which has sneaked out of chronological order – this appeared before the Celtic game and muses on the tribulations of having your best players poached by the Old Firm as soon as you show any signs of success. “Loyalty is only for the fans”, said McLeish, prophetically, and more honestly than when he later said “I’ll be at Hibs as long as I’m wanted here.”  Continue reading

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Celtic 3-0 Hibs, 9 September 2000

celtic090900headceltic090900picAll good things must come to an end, and so it was with Hibs’ unbeaten run at the start of the season. Eight games, the first of which (vs Hearts) was drawn, followed by seven straight victories, five in the league and two in the League Cup. In Celtic, however, Hibs came up against a team in the midst of its own twelve game perfect start to the season, broken only by a second leg loss to Helsinki in the UEFA Cup. Continue reading

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Hibs 2-0 St Mirren, 26 August 2000

stmirren260800progI had (as usual) forgotten I was at this game, but re-reading Graham Spiers’s Scotland on Sunday press report below I am reminded of the monstrous presence in the St Mirren team of Jens Paeslack. Even at a time when the shaved head was de rigeur for hard men, Paeslack had the aura of a Bond villain’s freakish henchman, an impostor on the pitch with a secret mission to tear diddly wee Russell Latapy limb from limb. Like such typical Hollywood bad guys, however, Paeslack was ponderously slow, making Matty Jack look like Arthur Duncan. He couldn’t trap a bag of cement either, even if he probably ate one for a pre-match snack. Continue reading