A Steve Cowan hat-trick won this match for Hibs and brought his season’s tally so far to 25 (he finally scored 28) making him the club’s most successful striker in 13 years since Alan Gordon hit 37 in 72-73. His partnership with Gordon Durie amassed 42 goals in all. Not bad for a combined investment of £85,000.
By this point Hibs had edged themselves away from the relegation battle, but this was academic in any case with league reconstruction having decreed that no one would go down. Four days earlier, Hibs had trounced Celtic 4-3 in the Scottish Cup quarter final, which probably put a spring in their step.
The team was: Rough, Milne, Munro, Brazil, Rae, Fulton, Tortolano, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie and Collins, who all lasted the 90 minutes leaving Eddie May and Colin Harris to prance about in their tracksuits all day. St Mirren featured future Hibs defender Neale Cooper, and were of course managed by Alex Miller at this time.
The crowd was another strangely round 7,000. In fact, all of the published attendances for Easter Road this season were multiples of 100, leading to speculation that the turnstiles were in need of examination.
This is priceless. The picture is actually from an advert for sponsors Insave on the back of the St Mirren programme. Out of all the team, whose face do you think happens to be obliterated by a chance printing defect?
Back row, l-r: J. Stirling, Willie Irvine, Alan Sneddon, Alan Rough, Colin Harris, John Ramage, Brian Rice (who departed to Nottingham Forest before kicking a ball for Hibs this season), Bobby Thomson, The Blob – no sorry, it’s Benny Brazil.
Middle row: John Blackley, Tom McNiven (physio), Alan Peters, Paul Kane, Kevin McKee, Gordon Hunter, Gordon Durie, Steve McIlhone, Joe McBride, Gordon Neely (youth coach), Tommy Craig.
Front row: Danny Lennon, Calum Milne, Eddie May, Ian Munro, Gordon Rae, Dave Fellinger, John Collins, Paul McGovern, Mickey Weir.
This colour version taken from the front of John Mackay’s book ‘The Hibees’ (John Donald, 1986) is clearer. Check the bouffants on some of these fine young men, especially Calum Milne and John Collins. Sneds sports a majestic ‘mullet’ and Gordon Durie looks like somebody’s granny from the 1930s…