Failure to beat Dunfermline the week after the Hearts game was really the final straw for Hibs. Even a creditable draw with Celtic, still short of blocking Rangers’ ten in a row, was no good as first Dunfermline and then Aberdeen both won crucial games to take them out of reach. Dundee United themselves had been sucked into the relegation battle and defeat here would have left them facing Rangers to guarantee survival. Continue reading
Cynics would observe that Hibs were only two points off the bottom of the Premier League at this point, having scored a measly 9 goals in 17 matches. Mind you, having said that we were only three points behind Celtic in 5th place who lost 2-1 at home to Dunfermline on this day.
Nevertheless it is interesting to note that it took over ten years for ‘the split’ to become reality. Also interesting is the comment that attendances were in decline because spectators have less cash to spend on activities such as football. Has it also taken more than ten years for the powers that be to realise this fact as well?
I came up from Cambridge to go to this game. It was the weekend that Scotland and England squared up to each other at Murrayfield to contest the rugby Grand Slam. My mother had a ticket for Murrayfield and offered it to me, as she didn’t really want to go. I, however, opted for Tannadice and the chance to see Hibs march on to Scottish Cup glory…
So much for Scottish Cup glory…
The DJ at Tannadice entertained us all at half-time with the latest hits from the Angus Strathspey and Reel Society chart rather than the more usual pop Top 20. And I thought it was just the Dons who were into sheep.
Apart from goalscorer Darren Jackson, there was another future Hibee in the Arab ranks, whom Oor Wullie seemed keen to get intimate with…
Just about the biggest cheer of the afternoon was for the announcement midway through the second half of the result from Murrayfield. Those interested in egg-chasing can re-live a little of that moment below.
Ooh, Will, butterfingers old chap.
Clearly the tedium was such that the rest of the report wasn’t worth keeping either.