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Hibs 0-0 Hearts, 19 March 1988

190388progEven making special trips up to Edinburgh for the derby match I was not guaranteed any greater excitement, as this game proved. In fact, Hibs-Hearts games at this time entered a phase of negative, foul-ridden antagonism that rarely produced much great football, and not a great many goals.

Luckily there was the new style programme with which to while away the afternoon. Full colour cover and A4 in format (the old one and most other clubs’ were A5). Much the same content inside, though the larger size allowed for a poster size player profile in the centre pages. And the design was a class above most other clubs’ efforts.

The news page informed us that John Collins and Gordon Hunter had been included in the Scotland Under-21 squad for a UEFA Championship quarter-final second leg against England. Other members of the squad included future full internationalists Gordon Durie, Tom Boyd, Ian Ferguson, Stuart McCall and Kevin Gallacher. Believe it or not, Rab Shannon was also in the squad. Well, even Benny Brazil won an Under-21 cap once…

Where are they now?

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For all we know, Barry is at this very moment grovelling at the bottom of a wet ditch somewhere, cleaning bits of stone with a toothbrush, wearing a rainbow jumper and an Indiana Jones hat.

If anyone can confirm or deny this, let us know…


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Hibs 2-1 Hearts, 17 October 1987

 

Ah yes, this is much more like it. Momentous stuffings of Hearts provide many stirring memories and plenty of interesting reading. Click on the pictures to read the Pink News report.

171087progHibs had, infamously, gone ten years since their last derby win. The squad had recently been bolstered by the purchase of Neil Orr from West Ham, and current Hibs assistant manager Andy Watson from Hearts, sporting a good deal more hair all over his head than he does now. David Duff’s promise to spend to make Hibs great again (see previous article) had also gained a good deal of credibility from the signing of Andy Goram from Oldham for a club record fee of £325,000.

I had brought a South African friend up from Cambridge to see his first football match in Britain, and such was the mayhem on the East Terrace throughout this game I’m sure he didn’t think he was going to live to see another one. At the end of the game there were some ugly scenes as jubilant Hibees and peeved Jambos invaded the pitch and traded loose bits of terracing. The Scotsman, as you can see, was not amused with its headline of ‘Supporters fail to follow good example’.

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Meanwhile in Glasgow…

Elsewhere on this day there was more fighting on the pitch, only at Ibrox it was the players who were setting a bad example to the fans. Frank McAvennie of Celtic, and Rangers’ Chris Woods were sent off for swinging at each other, Terry Butcher was booked for his involvement and later dismissed for kicking the Celtic keeper, before which he also managed an own goal. Graham Roberts escaped unpunished by the referee and took over in goal from Woods, from where he conducted the Ibrox hordes in their rendition of The Sash and other jolly Govan folk songs.

Sherrif Archibald McKay was not amused and in April of the following year found Woods and Butcher guilty of breach of the peace and fined the pair of them. McAvennie was acquitted and the case against Roberts was not proven.

Oh, the score was 2-2 by the way.


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Hibs 1-0 Rangers, 12 August 1987

rangers120887The programme editor gleefully reminded everyone of the previous season’s corresponding fixture, when Graham Souness stamped his authority all over George McCluskey’s shin, got himself sent of in his first ever match in the Scottish League, precipitated a midfield punch-up involving 21 players, and contributed to his side’s 2-1 defeat.

No repetition of the fisticuffs with Souness now retired to the stands, but a pleasant repetition of the result, Hibs winning by a single goal from John Collins who slid in to finish a Tommy McIntyre pass four minutes into the second half. 24,000 watched Rough, Hunter, McIntyre, May, Rae, Chisholm, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Mitchell and Collins do the business, with Sneddon and McCluskey warming the bench.

The Rangers squad featured at this time such luminous talents as Colin West, and other English imports such as Chris Woods, Graham Roberts and Terry Butcher – more of whom later in the season…

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