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The aftermath

A small selection of cuttings from the days and weeks after 5 June.

Scotsman, 6 or 7 June 1990

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Season 89-90 – calm before the storm

You might think that Hibs in 1990 were in all ways in a dire state and openly vulnerable to the assault that was to engulf them in the close season. But in fact the team that Alex Miller had been building was the least dire that Hibs had put out for quite some time. Although Steve Archibald finally left the building (in a taxi from Fir Park), the likes of Keith Houchen, Paul Wright, Neil Orr and Andy Goram remained, assembled by Miller over this and previous seasons, sometimes for what were reasonable fees. Attempts were made to sign others who went on to make names for themselves in the English Premier League. Ok, the likes of Mark McGraw failed to live up to the hype, but in general Hibs were occasionally getting it together on the park, even if things off it were not quite as they seemed.

Although we ended the season in 7th place we were only a point behind Dundee United in 4th. Rangers, once again the runaway league winners, were beaten both at Easter Road and Ibrox, with a draw and a defeat in the other two games. True, the Scottish Cup continued to elude us and results against more modest opposition could still infuriate, but Hibs had even opened the season with a creditable performance against RFC Liège in the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup, succumbing to a single goal in the away leg. Hungarians Videoton were trounced 3-0 on their own patch in the first round – what price an away win in Europe of any description for Scottish clubs these days?

In other news there were calls for a return to a 16-team top league, 14 years after the creation of the 10-team Premier Division. A mere 27 years on and we’re still talking about it. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as they would say in Liège.

Season 1989-90 index