With Hearts having visited on Boxing Day it was down to Dundee to first foot Hibs after New Year, Claudio Caniggia and all. This was the last game before the SPL’s winter break for the rest of January, and it was also finally definitely definitively positively absolutely the last game to be played in front of the old West Stand, after the premature farewell the previous season. Continue reading
This was Hibs’ third game of the season, after a goalless draw at Tynecastle and a comfortable 3-0 win over Dundee United at Easter Road. The other half of Dundee fell victim to a thrashing, though they were the architects of their own downfall, having Caballero sent off before half-time and then pretty much giving up and conceding three of the five in the last ten minutes. This after Latapy had missed a penalty early on too. Continue reading
I remember watching this game in the pub in Cambridge at a gathering of the Cambridge Mental Hibees, all three of us, a casualty doctor, a neuroscientist and a PR consultant. Sounds like the start of a joke. Continue reading
The emphatic scoreline on its own disguises the harsh reality that this was only Hibs’ second win of the season, both against the same team. Two wins out of 13 games if you include the League Cup where even the victory over Clyde came courtesy of a penalty shoot-out. Eleven points from as many league games was a meagre haul, actually a point less than at the same stage in our previous Premier League campaign which ended in relegation. Only the thorough mediocrity of other teams kept us in mid-table. Continue reading
That Hibs had progressed as far as October without losing a league match was something to celebrate. On the other hand, they were repeating last season’s feat of defeating the league champions one week (in this case a 2-0 victory over Celtic at Easter Road), and capitulating to some also-rans the next.
Note the first Dundee goal by former prolific Hibs scorer Gordon Chisholm.
Elsewhere on this day Celtic humped St Mirren 7-1 at Parkhead, and Neil Simpson decided to perform an impromptu rearrangement of Ian Durrant’s knee ligaments in Aberdeen’s 2-1 victory over Rangers at Pittodrie.
False dawns #64…
The Scotsman reckoned Gareth Evans was just the man to solve Hibs’ goalscoring problems (they hadn’t scored at Easter Road since 14 November 1987). Note also the ominous soundings about Terry Venables and Ken Bates in the crowd to watch John Collins… wrong there too…
As well he might…