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Falkirk 1-2 Hibs, 20 February 1999

200299falkirkprogThis was the only game I made it to during the ‘Great Adventure’ but it was a memorable one – Franck Sauzée’s debut for Hibs.

I had come north for a week to help out at home while my dad recovered from heart surgery. I took a few hours off on this bitterly cold Saturday to travel through to the terminal shitehole of Brockville. As I observed in an earlier post, the antedeluvian home of Falkirk had the kind of quality that archaeologists value in prehistoric middens.

The sleet forced the hardy Hibs contingent of the 6,000 crowd up against the rickety back wall of the uncovered terracing to watch the team battle valiantly against a workmanlike Falkirk team and a pitch that looked like the archaeologists had already been over it. Continue reading


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Aberdeen 2-0 Hibs, 25 August 1990

aberdeen250890progThere were times during the summer when many must have doubted that Hibs would even be around to fulfill this fixture. Whether it was thanksgiving for their deliverance from the clutches of Mercer, or just the usual early season optimism, a sizeable Hibs support made the journey north for this first league match of the new campaign.

Obviously the euphoria of the club’s reprieve from extinction had no effect on the team’s performance. To be fair Aberdeen were still a very good side, as demonstrated by the programme cover which shows Scott Booth and Graham Watson brandishing the League and Scottish Cups. They had also finished runners up to Rangers in the league and were to do so again this term, losing out only on the last day of the season in a championship decider at Ibrox. Continue reading

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Hibs 1-1 Aberdeen, 27 October 1990

aberdeen271090progHibs had signed Murdo McLeod as player-coach from Borrussia Dortmund two weeks before this game and he had obviously brought some strength to the side straight away, judging by the improved result from the game at Pittodrie. Other changes may have had an effect too. Gone were Neil Cooper and Gareth Evans, Calum Milne was deputising for Graham Mitchell and Dave Farrell had returned to the reserves. Paul Wright partnered Keith Houchen up front and registered one of his all too rare goals for Hibs. Brian Hamilton had also re-established himself in the midfield. More of those last two below… Continue reading

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Hibs 0-1 St Johnstone, 29 December 1990

stjohnstone291290progI only know the score from this match from looking it up. St Johnstone were newly promoted to the Premier league for the first time since 1984 and were making the most of it, riding high in fourth place, three points ahead of Celtic. Managed by Alex Totten and Bert Paton, the Saints were short on household names – Sergei Baltacha and future Jambo Allan Moore being the exceptions.

With only nine goals from 17 starts it was obvious where Hibs’ problems lay. A round up of recent press comments in the programme rubbed it in. ‘It is a painful truism in football that no goals means no victories. The Edinburgh team have perfected this particular art,’ observed The Observer. The Sunday Times added: ‘One is tempted to suggest they should stick to what they are best at – preventing the opposition from scoring.’ Still hadn’t perfected that particular art though…


Pat McGinlay tries not to look too embarrassed to be picking up Augustus Barnett’s Player of the Month treat of a bottle of Asti Spumante. Just reward for his contribution to our ‘sparkling’ record of three draws and one defeat during November. Do we detect a hint of jealousy in Brian Hamilton’s gaze however? If looks could kill he would have been locked up years ago.

Elsewhere, Micky Weir informed us that he got his hair cut in Hayes at Cannonmills by Karen, his most recent clothing purchase was a pair of McKenzie jeans from Ricci, and that the last record he bought was ‘Fear of the Dark Planet’ by Public Enemy. Respec’ wee man.

1955 and all that

On a more serious note the programme also recalled the 1954/55 season. Not a good one for Hibs as it turned out. Not only did we lose 1-5 to Hearts at Tynecastle in the league and 0-5 to them in the Cup, but Bobby Johnstone left for Manchester City, thus breaking up the Famous Five. Johnstone went on to become the first and so far only player to score in two successive FA Cup finals.

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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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So there you all are, surfing away on your work PC, cursing its crappy processing speeds and yearning for your own turbocharged enhanced-graphics gaming beast at home. Consider for a moment the state of personal computing in 1989. 33MHz clock speed. Yeeeee-hah!


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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.