The crowd was allegedly 25,000, though the programme was curiously vague about exact attendance figures at this time – they all seemed to be very rounded numbers, unlike the precision offered by other clubs.
If there is anything to be remembered about this game I’d love to know…
Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, Orr, Rae, McIntyre, May, Archibald, Kane, Collins and Evans, who was subbed by Tortolano, while a certain Pat McGinlay warmed the bench throughout the game.
Gordon’s Easter Road Connection
Gordon Strachan that is. The programme ran a feature on the wee ginger fella, trailing the forthcoming friendly with Manchester United for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. Full article below.
Gordon Strachan talks to the Hibernian Matchday Magazine
“As a young lad it was disappointing not to sign for Hibs.”
Had things worked out differently, Gordon Strachan could have been a Hibs player. He supported the club as a boy and was all set to sign, but things did not work out and instead he joined Dundee.
That is not to say he would not have ended up where he is today with Manchester United and one of the biggest teams in Europe, as he has matured into a world-class player. But he will be back at his beloved Easter Road on October 3 – and he promises to be one of the star attractions for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. Gordon joined United in May 1984, for a fee of £600,000 from Aberdeen, and was reunited with his Pittodrie manager Alex Ferguson when Scotland’s 1986 World Cup manager went south in 1987.
He confesses that it was a big disappointment for him not to join the Easter Road playing staff: “At the time I was going to watch Hibs every week. My favourite players were Pat Stanton, Peter Cormack and Eric Stevenson, and as a young lad it was disappointing not to sign for them,” he told the Hibernian Matchday magazine this week.
But those days are long forgotten now and Gordon still attends Hibs matches when he can. “I’m looking forward to coming up for Gordon Rae’s testimonial. I enjoyed playing at Easter Road when I was at Aberdeen and it will be a bit special for me this time coming back home as a Manchester United player,” he states.
With the English League season getting underway today, Manchester United open against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford. “I think we have as good a chance as anybody of winning the league this season. We got 85 points I think last year, and with Jim Leighton and Mark Hughes having signed, I think we can improve on that total. Liverpool and Everton will obviously be our main rivals,” he continues.