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Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibs, March 17 1990

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…

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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…

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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.

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Hibs 2 Dundee United 0, 5 April 1997

Memory fails me when it comes to the details of this game. This is probably because it took place on the same day that the Grand National was postponed due to an IRA bomb scare at Aintree. I had to queue up for an age at a bookie’s on Easter Road to get my stake back, since I was returning to Cambridge the next day. If I’d let the bet ride for when the race was finally run on the Monday I would have had about £50 to collect on my next trip north. Story of my life.

Anyway, history records that Hibs won this match 2-0 thanks to a Chic Charnley penalty after 73 minutes, the concession of which also led to Steven Pressley being ordered off. Pat McGinlay secured the points five minutes later. With Motherwell only drawing at Pittodrie Hibs were five points clear of the dreaded play-off spot. Unfortunately the results were reversed the following weekend and when Motherwell won improbably at Ibrox on the second last day of the season while Hibs went down to Celtic the teams were tied on points with Motherwell crucially ahead on goal difference. A nervous final Saturday lay in store.

London Hibbies might like to scrutinise the photo below and see if they can name the three members to Phil Larner’s right, snapped while celebrating Phil’s 50th birthday (and a 2-1 Hibs win at Aberdeen) in the Forthview restaurant at Easter Road. Leave a comment if you recognise anyone.