Article published on 27 November 1989.
(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)
Anyone for back to back victories against Hearts? Oh alright then, I’ll have some of that. Young whippersnappers weaned on the regular superiority of Alex McLeish’s side in derby encounters will need to be reminded that it was not always so.
Unfortunately my records only stretch to listing the Hearts team (from a later Tynecastle programme) and I’m not going to bother with that. The goalscorer was Eddie May, but at what point in the game I can’t remember, so as usual any help appreciated. Hibs were in fifth place in the league, and angling for a UEFA cup place. The crowd for this match was an unusually precise 27,022.
Interesting bits from the programme – besides the front page flash “Match sponsor: Pitta Bread (Scotland) Ltd” – included a reminder of Joe Baker’s four goals against Hearts in a Scottish Cup tie on March 1 1958. That was the season Hearts won the league by 13 points. The crowd was 41,666 at Tynecastle and the final score was 4-2.
On the business side, Douglas Cromb joined the board this week, and a lengthy article outlined the splitting of Hibs into three companies, Hibernian Football Club, Hibernian Leisure, and Hibernian Land and Property, all under the umbrella of Edinburgh Hibernian plc. It all sounded terribly sensible, even the bit about all the club’s land being placed under the ownership of Hibernian Land and Property. Only time would tell…
Even 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?
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…