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A season of consolidation

191299hearts1Season 1999-2000 was a season much like this one (2017-18), our first back in the Premier League after a spell in the First. The priority, as Alex McLeish said in his end of season summary, was to consolidate our position, and with a mid-table finish achieved by a squad whose core had come through the promotion campaign, it was mission accomplished. Continue reading


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Hibs 1-1 Hearts, 14 August 1999


The Scotsman’s match report says this was not the most memorable derby, which accounts for my failure to remember attending it. Attended I must have, however, as I have the programme to prove it. Continue reading

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Hibs 5-2 Dundee, 23 October 1999

The emphatic scoreline on its own disguises the harsh reality that this was only Hibs’ second win of the season, both against the same team. Two wins out of 13 games if you include the League Cup where even the victory over Clyde came courtesy of a penalty shoot-out. Eleven points from as many league games was a meagre haul, actually a point less than at the same stage in our previous Premier League campaign which ended in relegation. Only the thorough mediocrity of other teams kept us in mid-table. Continue reading

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Hibs 1-0 Aberdeen, 29 April 2000

Typical Hibs, winning a meaningless end of season league fixture against the same opponents to whom they had capitulated three weeks earlier in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The only real significance of this game was that it was the last to be played on Easter Road’s famous old slope before construction of a new West Stand would see it levelled into history. Continue reading