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Five great names, 25 July 1998

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Were the sports editors at The Scotsman trying to make Hibs fans feel better, or were they sadistic Jambo bastards rubbing salt in the wounds of relegation? I still can’t make up my mind whether reading about past glories in the aftermath of the previous season was a comfort or a cruelty.  Continue reading

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Hibs 1-2 Dundee United, 2 May 1998

dundeeutd020598_2Failure to beat Dunfermline the week after the Hearts game was really the final straw for Hibs. Even a creditable draw with Celtic, still short of blocking Rangers’ ten in a row, was no good as first Dunfermline and then Aberdeen both won crucial games to take them out of reach. Dundee United themselves had been sucked into the relegation battle and defeat here would have left them facing Rangers to guarantee survival. Continue reading


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Hibs 2-1 Hearts, 11 April 1998

hearts110498_3At this point in the season, with five games remaining, Hearts were still in the title race, and with Celtic beating Rangers on this day a victory at Easter Road would have kept Hearts within a point of both. Hibs were as good as dead, surely their resistance would be futile?

But we know what happens to Hearts when they get close to a league title, don’t we? The sound of bottle crashing reverberated around the streets of Edinburgh for days afterwards. Continue reading