“One of Duff’s first moves was to install a fax machine at Easter Road…”
Classic Hibs behaviour here – beat the league champions in midweek then collapse at home to relegation fodder. Jocky Scott’s Dundee came without the suspended Jim Duffy and disposed of Hibs within the first half. Two goals from Tommy Coyne (one a penalty) and one apiece from Keith Wright and John Brown left Hibs staring at humiliation before the interval, and it could have been worse but for goal line clearances and profligate finishing. Truly an awful experience.
The Hibs programme was voted fourth best in Scotland after the Old Firm and Dundee Utd for the 86-87 season. The shoddy Hearts effort was beaten into tenth place by the likes of Hamilton Accies, Clyde and Clydebank. Quite right too.
The programme editor gleefully reminded everyone of the previous season’s corresponding fixture, when Graham Souness stamped his authority all over George McCluskey’s shin, got himself sent of in his first ever match in the Scottish League, precipitated a midfield punch-up involving 21 players, and contributed to his side’s 2-1 defeat.
No repetition of the fisticuffs with Souness now retired to the stands, but a pleasant repetition of the result, Hibs winning by a single goal from John Collins who slid in to finish a Tommy McIntyre pass four minutes into the second half. 24,000 watched Rough, Hunter, McIntyre, May, Rae, Chisholm, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Mitchell and Collins do the business, with Sneddon and McCluskey warming the bench.
The Rangers squad featured at this time such luminous talents as Colin West, and other English imports such as Chris Woods, Graham Roberts and Terry Butcher – more of whom later in the season…
I was one of 13,500 fans crowded onto the old shale and sleeper terraces of East End Park for Dunfermline’s first ever game in the Premier League. The glorious sunny August afternoon must have had the players thinking it was still a pre-season exhibition match as they treated us to six goals.
Dunfermline opened the scoring through a Dave Young header with Paul Kane lashing in an equaliser a minute before half-time. Three minutes into the second half Mickey Weir put Hibs a goal up when he pounced on a Steve Cowan header which Westwater couldn’t hold. Former Hibs man Stuart Beedie brought the Pars level with a deflected free kick before Mickey Weir weaved past four defenders and crossed for John Collins to restablish the lead. Hibs were unable to hold on to it however, as Dave Young headed his second goal five minutes from time.
The full Hibs line-up read: Rough, Milne, McIntyre, May, Rae, Hunter, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Collins, McBride, with Tortolano and McGovern on the bench.
Pre-match entertainment was provided by a variety of baton twirling routines by the Tomettes, and programme readers were welcomed on the first page by the inimitable Jim Leishman’s crazed expression.
Quite a few Hibbies made the trip to the Isle of Man by the looks of James Cruickshanks’s photo. If anyone recognises themself, own up!
Gordon Hunter cantering down the wing like a young foal. From the game against Oldham. Nice smooth pitch…
Some wavy-permed Oldham player preparing to try and dig out the ball from the deep rough at a free kick. Talking of Rough, he still doesn’t look happy behind a wall does he? At the back post the crowd goes wild.
According to Bobby Sinnet’s wonderful Fitbastats records, Hibs lost 3-6 to Wigan (!), drew 1-1 with Stoke, and pumped the Isle of Man XI 7-1. The game against Oldham pictured here ended 3-0 to Hibs, but I have no idea if this was the final or just a consolation match. If anyone knows, leave a comment below.