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Hibernian 3-0 St Mirren, 12 March 1986

stmirrenprogA Steve Cowan hat-trick won this match for Hibs and brought his season’s tally so far to 25 (he finally scored 28) making him the club’s most successful striker in 13 years since Alan Gordon hit 37 in 72-73. His partnership with Gordon Durie amassed 42 goals in all. Not bad for a combined investment of £85,000.

By this point Hibs had edged themselves away from the relegation battle, but this was academic in any case with league reconstruction having decreed that no one would go down. Four days earlier, Hibs had trounced Celtic 4-3 in the Scottish Cup quarter final, which probably put a spring in their step.

The team was: Rough, Milne, Munro, Brazil, Rae, Fulton, Tortolano, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie and Collins, who all lasted the 90 minutes leaving Eddie May and Colin Harris to prance about in their tracksuits all day. St Mirren featured future Hibs defender Neale Cooper, and were of course managed by Alex Miller at this time.

The crowd was another strangely round 7,000. In fact, all of the published attendances for Easter Road this season were multiples of 100, leading to speculation that the turnstiles were in need of examination.

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Rangers 7 Hibs 0, 30 December 1995

The score has a nice ring to it, but Hibs were on the wrong end of this one. That Hibs were lying third in the league at this point made the result all the more surprising, but no less bearable. Worst of all was Gordon Durie scoring four of Rangers’ seven.

Still substantially the team that finished third the previous May, Hibs eventually slumped to fifth place by this season’s end. Talents such as Darren Jackson, Keith Wright, Jim Leighton, Michael O’Neill and Kevin McAllister were unable to stop the rot, evidence that Alex Miller was finally losing the ability to motivate the Easter Road dressing room.

This match will also be remembered for Dougie Smith’s complete sense of humour failure in dishing out a yellow card to Paul Gascoigne for the light hearted manner in which he returned the red card which had fallen out of the referee’s pocket. Referees get little credit much of the time, but Smith showed himself up as a grade-1 arse on this occasion.

Dougie Smith about to make a tit of himself

Dougie Smith about to make a tit of himself