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Pre-season tour – Isle of Man Okell’s Football Festival Tournament, 26 July – 1st August 1987

Quite a few Hibbies made the trip to the Isle of Man by the looks of James Cruickshanks’s photo. If anyone recognises themself, own up!


Gordon Hunter cantering down the wing like a young foal. From the game against Oldham. Nice smooth pitch…


Some wavy-permed Oldham player preparing to try and dig out the ball from the deep rough at a free kick. Talking of Rough, he still doesn’t look happy behind a wall does he? At the back post the crowd goes wild.


According to Bobby Sinnet’s wonderful Fitbastats records, Hibs lost 3-6 to Wigan (!), drew 1-1 with Stoke, and pumped the Isle of Man XI 7-1. The game against Oldham pictured here ended 3-0 to Hibs, but I have no idea if this was the final or just a consolation match. If anyone knows, leave a comment below.



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Hibs 1-2 Rangers, League Cup Final, Celtic Park, 24 October 1993

93 Final programme

93 Final programme

Amazingly at this point in the season Hibs were still top of the league after 13 rounds of matches. Rangers were fourth behind Aberdeen and Motherwell, albeit by only two points, and Celtic were sixth behind Kilmarnock by another two points. Only six points however (in the days of two points for a win) separated Hibs from Raith in eleventh place.

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Hibs 1 Airdrie 0, 17 May 1997



I’m not sure whether it is sad or pleasing to relate that the last thing Gordon Hunter kicked in a Hibs shirt was not the ball but an Airdrie player. Either way, his sending-off brought an end to more than 10 years of honourable service at Easter Road. Still only 30, Hunter headed for Australia hereafter, before returning to see out his career in the lower leagues (bar 3 SPL games for Dundee) at Cowdenbeath, Hamilton and Stirling.

Hunter’s suspension for the second leg of this relegation/promotion decider, together with the slenderness of victory by an own goal, made it understandable that Jim Duffy should question the virtues of the play-off system. No doubt Alex MacDonald was more optimistic of Airdrie’s chances and satisfied with his side’s ability to niggle and rile their opponents.

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Hearts 0 Hibs 1, 27 August 1994

Pink News front page

After 22 derbies without a win Hibs went into this early-season match with a home win and a draw under their belts: a 5-0 thrashing of Dundee United (who went on to be relegated) and a goalless draw with Kilmarnock.

The big Pink Bus Shelter at Tynecastle was beginning to take shape with the new Wheatfield stand in use for the first time, but the opening party was crashed by Gordon Hunter just after the hour mark, and Jim Leighton kept a third successive clean sheet, leaving Hearts with one point from their opening three fixtures. The Hearts team featured new signing Mo Johnston as well as three future Tynecastle managers, Craig Levein, John Robertson and Steven Frail.

Given that I bought the Pink News on the night of this game I obviously must have been there, but strangely I have no recollection of it whatsoever. I can’t even remember the new stand. I have never been to Tynecastle since the three new stands were built, so this must have been my last ever visit to the ground.

Click on the pictures for the Pink News report.

Pink News report part 1Pink News report part 2Pink News report part 3