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Hibernian 0-0 St Mirren, 26 December 1987

stmir261287progGoing to games whenever you happen to be in Edinburgh for other purposes – in this case Christmas – does have its drawbacks. You end up spending a freezing afternoon watching tedious goalless draws against St Mirren for example. Despite the fact that this was Boxing Day, only another 7,499 people joined me at Easter Road for an entirely forgettable experience.

For the record Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, McIntyre, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and Milne coming on for the two Macs, presumably only to prevent them developing frostbite.

The St Mirren squad featured a young Paul Lambert, and Brian Hamilton: ‘a strong attacking player he can also play well at left back or in central defence’ – aha, so that’s why Lexo signed him, he could never play him out of position…

Alex Miller’s ‘Backchat’ notes in the programme perhaps give some explanation for the lack of seasonal cheer: ‘As we look into 1988, I’m simply aiming to better last year’s points total in the league. If we can finish with more points than last year, then it will be an improvement we can build on.’ Stirring stuff, eh? Continue reading


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Hibs 2-1 Hearts, 17 October 1987

 

Ah yes, this is much more like it. Momentous stuffings of Hearts provide many stirring memories and plenty of interesting reading. Click on the pictures to read the Pink News report.

171087progHibs had, infamously, gone ten years since their last derby win. The squad had recently been bolstered by the purchase of Neil Orr from West Ham, and current Hibs assistant manager Andy Watson from Hearts, sporting a good deal more hair all over his head than he does now. David Duff’s promise to spend to make Hibs great again (see previous article) had also gained a good deal of credibility from the signing of Andy Goram from Oldham for a club record fee of £325,000.

I had brought a South African friend up from Cambridge to see his first football match in Britain, and such was the mayhem on the East Terrace throughout this game I’m sure he didn’t think he was going to live to see another one. At the end of the game there were some ugly scenes as jubilant Hibees and peeved Jambos invaded the pitch and traded loose bits of terracing. The Scotsman, as you can see, was not amused with its headline of ‘Supporters fail to follow good example’.

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Meanwhile in Glasgow…

Elsewhere on this day there was more fighting on the pitch, only at Ibrox it was the players who were setting a bad example to the fans. Frank McAvennie of Celtic, and Rangers’ Chris Woods were sent off for swinging at each other, Terry Butcher was booked for his involvement and later dismissed for kicking the Celtic keeper, before which he also managed an own goal. Graham Roberts escaped unpunished by the referee and took over in goal from Woods, from where he conducted the Ibrox hordes in their rendition of The Sash and other jolly Govan folk songs.

Sherrif Archibald McKay was not amused and in April of the following year found Woods and Butcher guilty of breach of the peace and fined the pair of them. McAvennie was acquitted and the case against Roberts was not proven.

Oh, the score was 2-2 by the way.


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Hibs 3-1 Montrose, 18 August 1987

montrose180887progMidweek Skol Cup duty attracted an unimpressive total of 3,800 people to Easter Road. The absent thousands missed goals from Eddie May, Super Joe Tortolano and sub George McCluskey. Maybe they didn’t miss much. I can’t remember to be honest.

In the programme a ‘Where Are They Now?’ feature profiled Jock Buchanan, Hibs striker between 1954 and 61. Although he apparently scored 68 goals in one season he couldn’t manage this in the first team as he was regularly kept out by first Lawrie Reilly and then Joe Baker. He once unexpectedly made the first team against Rotweiss Essen in the 1-1 European Cup mach at Easter Road. So unexpected was his selection that he’d just scoffed a big plate of mince and tatties an hour before kick off, but still managed to score Hibs’ goal that night.

Off the field other unexpected moves were afoot which would have a profound effect on Hibs’ future…