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…
Classic Hibs behaviour here – beat the league champions in midweek then collapse at home to relegation fodder. Jocky Scott’s Dundee came without the suspended Jim Duffy and disposed of Hibs within the first half. Two goals from Tommy Coyne (one a penalty) and one apiece from Keith Wright and John Brown left Hibs staring at humiliation before the interval, and it could have been worse but for goal line clearances and profligate finishing. Truly an awful experience.
The Hibs programme was voted fourth best in Scotland after the Old Firm and Dundee Utd for the 86-87 season. The shoddy Hearts effort was beaten into tenth place by the likes of Hamilton Accies, Clyde and Clydebank. Quite right too.
Alex Miller’s arrival was having a galvanising effect on Hibs, with five wins and five draws in sixteen matches, including two draws against Rangers. The scorers for Hibs were Gordon Rae and George McCluskey, and the team read: Rough, Hunter, Mitchell, Bell, Rae, McIntyre, Weir, McCluskey, Cowan, Kane, McBride, with Tortolano and Kane coming of the bench to replace Hunter and Weir.
The Dundee squad photo in the programme shows a cherubic Colin Hendry before his departure to Blackburn earlier that season, and the great Albert Kidd who had since moved to Falkirk. The Dundee squad for this game featured such as Tosh McKinlay, Tommy Coyne, former Hibs player Graham Harvey, and future Hibee Keith Wright, then only 21 and described as ‘a player who has shown he will be a deadly striker in the Premier League’. Two other figures later to forge a less illustrious association with Hibs were manager Jocky Scott and captain Jim Duffy.
Yeh, let’s go for it Lexo. James Cruickshanks did and has very kindly supplied some commemorative photos which you can view here.
Where are they now?
Any info on Kenny’s current standing in the F1 drivers’ table most welcome.