Hibs bounced back to the top of the league for a couple of days with this win over Motherwell, putting two second half goals past Andy Goram. Goram had washed up at Fir Park the previous year after being cast adrift by Rangers at the end of 97-98 season and had then spent a few months drifting around the English lower leagues. He was blameless for Hibs’ opener, a deflection off Mixu Paatelainen, but to say Hibs were lucky would be a gross misrepresentation. Refereeing incompetence denied them two first half penalties, and it took tireless graft to overcome Motherwell in the end, Paatelainen notching the second ten minutes from time courtesy of some route one football. Winning ugly was not going to be a problem for this Hibs team. Continue reading
After their humiliating trouncing in the Programme of the Year Awards, Hearts revamped their publication for the 87-88 season with a full colour cover. Still the same picture every week mind, and inside was just the same drab, lifeless, uninspired stuff, riddled with typos.
Any great excitement the game may have possessed has failed to leave any imprint on my memory. It would appear that Andy Goram performed heroics to keep Hearts out, however, if the Scotsman’s picture and caption is anything to go by.
Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, Orr, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and McIntyre on the bench.
The Hearts side, for those of you who are interested, was: Smith, Hugh ‘neep-heid’ Burns, Roger Whittaker, Mike ‘the most expensive mince ever bought’ Galloway, Dave ‘Giraffe’ McPherson, Craig Levein, John Colquhoun, Kenny Black, lovely Wayne Foster, Gary ‘my son’s a Hibby’ Mackay, and John ‘I should have been a Hibby’ Robertson, with those nice chaps Neil Berry and Walter ‘Zico’ (haaaa haaaaaaa) Kidd on the bench.