My apologies – below is a picture of Paul Hartley being ‘held aloft by Hibs fans’ and not on the end of a pointy stick.
I had come north for a week to help out at home while my dad recovered from heart surgery. I took a few hours off on this bitterly cold Saturday to travel through to the terminal shitehole of Brockville. As I observed in an earlier post, the antedeluvian home of Falkirk had the kind of quality that archaeologists value in prehistoric middens.
The sleet forced the hardy Hibs contingent of the 6,000 crowd up against the rickety back wall of the uncovered terracing to watch the team battle valiantly against a workmanlike Falkirk team and a pitch that looked like the archaeologists had already been over it. Continue reading →
As you can see from the programme cover (click for full size pic), Brockville Park has remained remarkably untouched by the passing fads of ground development over the last 13 years. Visiting the ‘stadium’ again in February 1999 for Hibs’ Division 1 fixture was itself a veritable stroll down memory lane. Apparently the toilets have not been altered since medieval times, and Channel 4’s Time Team are reportedly keen on carrying out excavations in the search for Crawford Baptie’s ancestors.
The game was the first I’d seen of Hibs under new manager Alex Miller who had replaced John Blackley at the beginning of December. New recruits Doug Bell, Graeme Mitchell and Tommy McIntyre were on display and looked impressive, especially Bell who netted a 20 yard volley to seal a 3-1 victory for Hibs. The full team was: Rough, Sneddon, Mitchell, Bell, Rae, McIntyre, Weir, Kane, McCluskey, Collins and McBride, with Cowan and May on the bench. The other scorers for Hibs were George McCluskey and Joe McBride.
Old ads are always good for a laugh. This one for Falkirk FC Social Club just goes to show that those Bairns really knew how to rave it up. Yes this is from 1987, believe me…
Although the Scotsman’s report gave Jim Jeffries’ Falkirk side an outside chance of qualifying for Europe thanks to this result, they eventually finished in fifth place, five points behind Hibs.
The three points dropped by Hibs however, proved crucial in the race for second place. They finished strongly, with three wins and a draw in their remaining four games, but ended up two points adrift of Motherwell, rueing what might have been, as the Scotsman’s round up of 15 May noted (below).
Hibs 2 Falkirk 2, 10 December 1994
There they sit, like the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, so many cowled, pointy-hooded devotees of the great game, worshipping at the shrine of Football. Or is it bin day?
Just another bunch of miserable fans subjected to the Scottish climate on the pitiless open terrace of the Dunbar End, some of the last unfortunates to be forced to sit down on a cold bucket seat in the pissing rain.
At least they were treated to a relatively exciting game by the looks of things, a 2-2 draw between Hibs and Falkirk. Former Hibs and Nottingham Forest midfielder Brian Rice thought he had won it for Falkirk with a late penalty, only for Michael O’Neill to nick an equaliser in the last minute, his 10th goal of the season so far.