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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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Hibs 4-0 Hamilton Academical, 16 January 1999


160199hamiltonpic1I can’t find out in which season the standing nine game winning streak came, so if anybody knows leave me a comment. It must have been a league only streak as the best winning streak in all competitions is still the eleven in a row from season 1947-48 which included four Scottish Cup ties.  Continue reading

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St Mirren 2-0 Hibs, 12 September 1998

120998stmirren2At this point in the previous season the talk was of emulating Turnbull’s Tornadoes, Chic Charnley in his pomp, goals galore and all for glory. See how that turned out.

Just as that hyperbole had been premature, so was this headline writer’s apocalyptic assessment of McLeish’s position. There was cause for concern all the same, since this result came on the back of a 4-0 trouncing off St Johnstone. Continue reading

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Bad days at Easter Road, 2 August 1998


Bad days at Easter Road? I’ve had a few. Haven’t we all? Simon Pia wasn’t writing about the football though. He was nosing into the rumoured bids to buy Hibs from Farmer, who had never disguised his willingness to sell to ‘a safe pair of hands’. As Pia says at the outset, the season hadn’t even started yet and it was already a bad week for Hibs, with dirty laundry aired in the wake of Dougie Cromb’s departure from the boardroom. Surely the football couldn’t be any worse than all this dismal infighting? Continue reading

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Five great names, 25 July 1998


Were the sports editors at The Scotsman trying to make Hibs fans feel better, or were they sadistic Jambo bastards rubbing salt in the wounds of relegation? I still can’t make up my mind whether reading about past glories in the aftermath of the previous season was a comfort or a cruelty.  Continue reading