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Hibs 1-0 Dunfermline, 10 January 1998

dunfermline100198_1A long gap between the last lot of cuttings and this game – four months near enough. In September the Pars had been dumped 5-2 and all was rosy in the Easter Road garden. Fifteen games later and not a solitary victory had been recorded by Hibs since that day. Through October and November we had posted seven defeats on the trot. Having taken ten points from our opening five games, the tally from next fifteen was an eye-watering five.

Even this victory, which might have been seen as a ‘stop-the-rot’ sort of result, was followed by another sequence of five defeats, four in the league and one in the cup. Hibs had gone from table toppers to become the folded up napkin under the wobbly leg. Spirit of the Seventies? Turned out it was the last months of 1979 we were talking about.

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Hibs 5-2 Dunfermline, 13 September 1997


dunfermline130997_2This was only Hibs’ fourth victory of the season, out of seven games including two League Cup ties. In other words we had won three out of five league games, losing to Hearts at home and drawing at Tannadice. Dundee Utd knocked us out of the League Cup three days following that draw, but nevertheless our tally of wins had us sitting top of the league. Continue reading

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Dunfermline Athletic 3-3 Hibs, 8 August 1987

pars080887progI was one of 13,500 fans crowded onto the old shale and sleeper terraces of East End Park for Dunfermline’s first ever game in the Premier League. The glorious sunny August afternoon must have had the players thinking it was still a pre-season exhibition match as they treated us to six goals.

Dunfermline opened the scoring through a Dave Young header with Paul Kane lashing in an equaliser a minute before half-time. Three minutes into the second half Mickey Weir put Hibs a goal up when he pounced on a Steve Cowan header which Westwater couldn’t hold. Former Hibs man Stuart Beedie brought the Pars level with a deflected free kick before Mickey Weir weaved past four defenders and crossed for John Collins to restablish the lead. Hibs were unable to hold on to it however, as Dave Young headed his second goal five minutes from time.


The full Hibs line-up read: Rough, Milne, McIntyre, May, Rae, Hunter, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Collins, McBride, with Tortolano and McGovern on the bench.

Pre-match entertainment was provided by a variety of baton twirling routines by the Tomettes, and programme readers were welcomed on the first page by the inimitable Jim Leishman’s crazed expression.


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Hibernian 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic, Skol Cup Final, Sunday 27 October 1991 – Press coverage

Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 28.10.91

glorious sight

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This picture above came from the Glasgow Herald. I’ve watched the footage just a few times :^) and although it looked initially that the Pars player’s arm tripped Mickey Weir, I don’t think it did – I’m sure Mickey actually tripped over his own feet as he swung at the ball and missed. However, he was definitely pulled back by the defender before that so deserved the penalty anyway.




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Hibs 0 Dunfermline 0, 24 August 1996

I witnessed this dismal goalless draw with newly promoted Dunfermline from what was still known as the North Stand, before its renaming in honour of the Famous Five. The vitriol which showered down upon Alex Miller from all the stands hinted that time was nearly up for the manager as he approached his tenth anniversary at Easter Road. Grown men bellowed abuse towards the dugout with such force that the pulsating veins in their necks looked close to bursting.

The squad hadn’t changed that much from the previous season – O’Neill, Tweed and Tortolano had gone – but the signings of Barry Lavety, Andy Dow, Brian Welsh and Ian Cameron were clearly not setting anyone’s pulse racing with excitement.

Where are they now?

The ‘new look’ match programme seemed designed to appeal to the younger supporter, with plenty of block colour and little in the way of historical content. There was still room for the photos from far-flung Hibees around the world however. If anyone knows where Craig Douglas and his oil-drilling ‘Thai-bees’ are now, please let me know by leaving a comment.