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Hibernian 0-0 Rangers, December 30 1989

rangers301289I can’t remember anything about this game, and have only deduced from other records that it finished 0-0. Hibs had beaten Rangers 2-0 in the first game at Easter Road in August, and would even beat them 2-0 at Ibrox in March, but this one stirs no memories at all. If anyone else has any, please let me know.

Hibs were in the midst of one of their ‘no goals please, we’re Hibees’ phases, which had lasted for three games since the 3-2 win over Dundee at the end of November. Prior to that they had also gone seven games with only a solitary Archibald goal in a draw with Hearts. So nobody was in much of a mood to score here.


Dave Fellinger was getting the occasional game for Hibs at this time, and Paul Kane had made the number 2 shirt his own. Or rather Alex Miller had made him wear it, and none of us were any the wiser. Rangers had just signed Nigel Spackman. Hibs were third bottom of the Premier League.

Fortunately the programme provides some entertainment. The lush full colour advertising included a seductive promotional for The Electric Beach solarium on Lothian Road. And who better to get his kit off and demonstrate its facilities than the already swarthy Joe Tortolano! Ladeeez, click on the pic and scan that tan….

Where are they now?


Festive spirit, says the programme. So, what, were all these kids tanked up or something? Perhaps it’s their parents we need to blame. Whatever, if anyone knows of the subsequent dress habits of Gavin, Brendan or Brian, please share them with us.

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Rangers 0-0 Hibs, August 20 1988

rangers200888progAs awaydays to Ibrox go, this one could have been a lot worse. We came away with a draw and the supporters’ bus I went on only got stoned briefly once on the way home. On the way there it got a bit of a wash too, as several incontinent fans urinated out the door while the bus was still in motion along the M8, causing other fans to hurriedly close their windows.


As for the game, Steve Archibald made his second appearance for Hibs and though short of match fitness lasted 82 minutes before being subbed by George McCluskey. It was a fairly even match with Hibs threatening Rangers as often as the home side pressed them.
Mark Walters was Rangers’ most impressive player, a fact that failed to impress the imbeciles sitting behind me who persisted in giving racist chants every time he touched the ball. Shortly, however, a large member of Strathclyde Constabulary warned the said imbeciles that they would face an unpleasant fate if they carried on. Three cheers for all-seater stadia, I thought: no hiding place for racists.


For the record the teams were:
Hibs: Goram, Sneddon, Rae, Hunter, McIntyre, Weir, Orr, Kane, Collins, Archibald and Evans (subbed by Tortolano)
Rangers: Woods, Stevens, Gough, Butcher, Brown, Derek Ferguson, Wilkins (subbed by Souness), Durrant (subbed by Cooper), Drinkell, McCoist, Walters.

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Hibs 1-0 Kilmarnock, August 23 1988 – Skol Cup 3rd round

killie230888progKilmarnock were in the First Division at this time and didn’t bring any formerly or soon-to-be famous players with them. Paul Kane scored the winner to take Hibs into a 4th round tie away to Aberdeen, which they duly lost 2-1 on 3 September. I can’t remember another damn thing about this match. Remind me if it was a good goal or if I missed a flock of streakers.

Kremlin Capers

Ah, I’ve just been waiting for my old programmes to throw up something like this. Some of you may remember the picture of an intrepid Hibby, sporting his P&D Windaes top in Moscow’s Red Square. John Binnie was his name. Hmm, not related by any chance to that Jillian Binnie, former ace reporter for the Hibs pages of the sadly now defunct From the Terrace/Fans FC web site? Well, just have a read at this engaging tale of pies and perestroika from the programme’s Feedback section


It seems as though most fans are spending so much time reading the programme, they don’t have time to put pen to paper and write in to the magazine. Take a leaf out of Jillian Binnie’s writing book. Based in Albion Road – just a Goram clearance away from the stadium, she asked if her husband John’s Hibs strip is the first to enter the Kremlin. The Hibs-mad couple were in the Soviet Union on a six-week holiday and, as Jillian explains, “John thought it only right that the super powers be aware of the club’s existence (we were there at the same time as Reagan’s visit!)”

Jillian goes on to reveal that a young Russian offered to buy the strip for one hundred roubles on the black market (Ed’s note: No, John didn’t offer to sell Jillian instead!), which is the equivalent of £100.

John and Jillian visited Moscow Dynamo’s ground – she points out that Hibs beat the Russians 2-0 a couple of years back and they also visited Dynamo Tblisi, who were having a practice match at the time.

Jillian recalls, “The man at the refreshments stall wouldn’t accept any money for our drinks as we were Western tourists – he insisted that we took them for nothing. (Any use trying that one at the pie-hut at Easter Road?)” C’mon Jillian, the Easter Road pies themselves are worth a couple of hundred roubles.

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Hibs 0-0 Hearts, August 27 1988

hearts270888progOh lord, another goalless derby. At least it was better than losing I suppose.

The crowd was allegedly 25,000, though the programme was curiously vague about exact attendance figures at this time – they all seemed to be very rounded numbers, unlike the precision offered by other clubs.

If there is anything to be remembered about this game I’d love to know…

Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, Orr, Rae, McIntyre, May, Archibald, Kane, Collins and Evans, who was subbed by Tortolano, while a certain Pat McGinlay warmed the bench throughout the game.

Gordon’s Easter Road Connection

Gordon Strachan that is. The programme ran a feature on the wee ginger fella, trailing the forthcoming friendly with Manchester United for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. Full article below.

Gordon Strachan talks to the Hibernian Matchday Magazine

“As a young lad it was disappointing not to sign for Hibs.”

gs1Had things worked out differently, Gordon Strachan could have been a Hibs player. He supported the club as a boy and was all set to sign, but things did not work out and instead he joined Dundee.

That is not to say he would not have ended up where he is today with Manchester United and one of the biggest teams in Europe, as he has matured into a world-class player. But he will be back at his beloved Easter Road on October 3 – and he promises to be one of the star attractions for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. Gordon joined United in May 1984, for a fee of £600,000 from Aberdeen, and was reunited with his Pittodrie manager Alex Ferguson when Scotland’s 1986 World Cup manager went south in 1987.

He confesses that it was a big disappointment for him not to join the Easter Road playing staff: “At the time I was going to watch Hibs every week. My favourite players were Pat Stanton, Peter Cormack and Eric Stevenson, and as a young lad it was disappointing not to sign for them,” he told the Hibernian Matchday magazine this week.

gs2But those days are long forgotten now and Gordon still attends Hibs matches when he can. “I’m looking forward to coming up for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. I enjoyed playing at Easter Road when I was at Aberdeen and it will be a bit special for me this time coming back home as a Manchester United player,” he states.

With the English League season getting underway today, Manchester United open against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford. “I think we have as good a chance as anybody of winning the league this season. We got 85 points I think last year, and with Jim Leighton and Mark Hughes having signed, I think we can improve on that total. Liverpool and Everton will obviously be our main rivals,” he continues.

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Hibs 2-1 Motherwell, December 31 1988

motherwell311288progIt was Hogmanay, it was cold, most of us were getting into the party spirit early, if you know what I mean. So what I’m trying to say is I haven’t got a clue who scored or anything.

According to The Scotsman (below) there’s good reason for my amnesia. Motherwell, managed by Tommy McLean, came armed with former Hibees Craig Paterson and Steve Cowan, as well as the young Tom Boyd.

Where are they now?

papuaDavid Torrance (that’s David front right, with the beard, next to the woman with the, em,… good lord…), er anyway, David Torrance was in Papua New Guinea then, but where is he now? It can’t be anywhere more remote and exotic, that’s for sure. Or can it? The upper reaches of the Amazon? Outer Mongolia? Coatbridge?

If anybody knows, get on the bush telegraph.


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Aberdeen 2-0 Hibs, January 7 1989

(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)

aberdeen070189progA long journey to a cold and blustery Pittodrie seemed like a fine way to see out the festive season before returning south. Not unusually however, Hibs turned in one of their inept and spineless performances, managing to look as if they never even expected to get anything out of this match.

Robert Connor ran the show for Aberdeen, and I have a vague memory of Charlie Nicholas getting one of their goals, but the rest of my recollections were blown away off the top of the Beach End by a freezing sea breeze.

The Dons programme carried a feature on Aberdeen’s own testimonial boy, Alex McLeish, still looking incredibly fresh faced as you can see. Full feature below.



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Hibs 1-0 Hearts, January 4 1989

(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)


Anyone for back to back victories against Hearts? Oh alright then, I’ll have some of that. Young whippersnappers weaned on the regular superiority of Alex McLeish’s side in derby encounters will need to be reminded that it was not always so.

Unfortunately my records only stretch to listing the Hearts team (from a later Tynecastle programme) and I’m not going to bother with that. The goalscorer was Eddie May, but at what point in the game I can’t remember, so as usual any help appreciated. Hibs were in fifth place in the league, and angling for a UEFA cup place. The crowd for this match was an unusually precise 27,022.

Interesting bits from the programme – besides the front page flash “Match sponsor: Pitta Bread (Scotland) Ltd” – included a reminder of Joe Baker’s four goals against Hearts in a Scottish Cup tie on March 1 1958. That was the season Hearts won the league by 13 points. The crowd was 41,666 at Tynecastle and the final score was 4-2.

On the business side, Douglas Cromb joined the board this week, and a lengthy article outlined the splitting of Hibs into three companies, Hibernian Football Club, Hibernian Leisure, and Hibernian Land and Property, all under the umbrella of Edinburgh Hibernian plc. It all sounded terribly sensible, even the bit about all the club’s land being placed under the ownership of Hibernian Land and Property. Only time would tell…