A rare win at Pittodrie, Hibs’ first in four years, although for one of those we were in different divisions. Ebbe Skovdahl was trying to coax the Dons out of the pit of mediocrity but with a squad full of youngsters it was going to be a hard task. In contrast Hibs’ starting line-up averaged over 29 years of age, with only substitute Scott Bannerman qualifying as any kind of youngster. Continue reading
Another one of those perplexing match programmes pulled out of the archive which asserted that I was present at a game which I couldn’t remember. After reviewing the highlights on YouTube it all comes flooding back to me: the false hope of Latapy’s brilliant opener, the almost immediate riposte by Aberdeen as Hibs sat back on their unwarranted laurels, precipitating the dazed collapse which ushered in Andy Dow’s admittedly impressive winner just four minutes later. Continue reading
Typical Hibs, winning a meaningless end of season league fixture against the same opponents to whom they had capitulated three weeks earlier in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
The only real significance of this game was that it was the last to be played on Easter Road’s famous old slope before construction of a new West Stand would see it levelled into history. Continue reading
There were times during the summer when many must have doubted that Hibs would even be around to fulfill this fixture. Whether it was thanksgiving for their deliverance from the clutches of Mercer, or just the usual early season optimism, a sizeable Hibs support made the journey north for this first league match of the new campaign.
Obviously the euphoria of the club’s reprieve from extinction had no effect on the team’s performance. To be fair Aberdeen were still a very good side, as demonstrated by the programme cover which shows Scott Booth and Graham Watson brandishing the League and Scottish Cups. They had also finished runners up to Rangers in the league and were to do so again this term, losing out only on the last day of the season in a championship decider at Ibrox. Continue reading
Hibs had signed Murdo McLeod as player-coach from Borrussia Dortmund two weeks before this game and he had obviously brought some strength to the side straight away, judging by the improved result from the game at Pittodrie. Other changes may have had an effect too. Gone were Neil Cooper and Gareth Evans, Calum Milne was deputising for Graham Mitchell and Dave Farrell had returned to the reserves. Paul Wright partnered Keith Houchen up front and registered one of his all too rare goals for Hibs. Brian Hamilton had also re-established himself in the midfield. More of those last two below… Continue reading
(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)
A long journey to a cold and blustery Pittodrie seemed like a fine way to see out the festive season before returning south. Not unusually however, Hibs turned in one of their inept and spineless performances, managing to look as if they never even expected to get anything out of this match.
Robert Connor ran the show for Aberdeen, and I have a vague memory of Charlie Nicholas getting one of their goals, but the rest of my recollections were blown away off the top of the Beach End by a freezing sea breeze.
The Dons programme carried a feature on Aberdeen’s own testimonial boy, Alex McLeish, still looking incredibly fresh faced as you can see. Full feature below.