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Hibs 0-0 Hearts, 19 March 1988

190388progEven 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?

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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…


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Hearts 0-0 Hibernian, 2 January 1988

020188progAfter their humiliating trouncing in the Programme of the Year Awards, Hearts revamped their publication for the 87-88 season with a full colour cover. Still the same picture every week mind, and inside was just the same drab, lifeless, uninspired stuff, riddled with typos.

Any great excitement the game may have possessed has failed to leave any imprint on my memory. It would appear that Andy Goram performed heroics to keep Hearts out, however, if the Scotsman’s picture and caption is anything to go by.

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Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, Orr, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and McIntyre on the bench.

The Hearts side, for those of you who are interested, was: Smith, Hugh ‘neep-heid’ Burns, Roger Whittaker, Mike ‘the most expensive mince ever bought’ Galloway, Dave ‘Giraffe’ McPherson, Craig Levein, John Colquhoun, Kenny Black, lovely Wayne Foster, Gary ‘my son’s a Hibby’ Mackay, and John ‘I should have been a Hibby’ Robertson, with those nice chaps Neil Berry and Walter ‘Zico’ (haaaa haaaaaaa) Kidd on the bench.


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Hibs 2-1 Hearts, 17 October 1987

 

Ah yes, this is much more like it. Momentous stuffings of Hearts provide many stirring memories and plenty of interesting reading. Click on the pictures to read the Pink News report.

171087progHibs had, infamously, gone ten years since their last derby win. The squad had recently been bolstered by the purchase of Neil Orr from West Ham, and current Hibs assistant manager Andy Watson from Hearts, sporting a good deal more hair all over his head than he does now. David Duff’s promise to spend to make Hibs great again (see previous article) had also gained a good deal of credibility from the signing of Andy Goram from Oldham for a club record fee of £325,000.

I had brought a South African friend up from Cambridge to see his first football match in Britain, and such was the mayhem on the East Terrace throughout this game I’m sure he didn’t think he was going to live to see another one. At the end of the game there were some ugly scenes as jubilant Hibees and peeved Jambos invaded the pitch and traded loose bits of terracing. The Scotsman, as you can see, was not amused with its headline of ‘Supporters fail to follow good example’.

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Meanwhile in Glasgow…

Elsewhere on this day there was more fighting on the pitch, only at Ibrox it was the players who were setting a bad example to the fans. Frank McAvennie of Celtic, and Rangers’ Chris Woods were sent off for swinging at each other, Terry Butcher was booked for his involvement and later dismissed for kicking the Celtic keeper, before which he also managed an own goal. Graham Roberts escaped unpunished by the referee and took over in goal from Woods, from where he conducted the Ibrox hordes in their rendition of The Sash and other jolly Govan folk songs.

Sherrif Archibald McKay was not amused and in April of the following year found Woods and Butcher guilty of breach of the peace and fined the pair of them. McAvennie was acquitted and the case against Roberts was not proven.

Oh, the score was 2-2 by the way.


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Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Hibernian, 4 April 1987

Another hideous Tynie programme, another miserable defeat at the hands of the Jambos. The crowd was 19,731 and Hibs scored thanks to a Hearts own goal but that’s all I can find out about this game. If anyone cares to remember anything else about it let me know.

Prior to this match Hibs were lying ninth in the twelve team premier league, ten points clear of the relegation zone (still two points for a win in those days). Although it was only the beginning of April Hibs had already played 38 league games that season.

One interesting point from the programme, given recent discussion of the low attendance at Hampden for the Hibs-Aberdeen Cup semi-final (22,198), is mention of Hearts previous semi appearances. In 1977 Hearts were beaten at Hampden 2-0 by Rangers in front of a measly 23,652 fans.

Presumably this was a Saturday afternoon, and at that time Hampden must have had a capacity of nearer 100,000. Must have been some atmosphere that day…

Where are they now?

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The only other thing of interest from the programme (apart from a look back at the career of Gordon Smith) is the mascots. Quite interesting too, as they appear to be twins, one a Hibby, the other (the evil one obviously) a Jambo. Can these two boys who shared a womb be still divided on derby day? If anyone knows, spill the beans.


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Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Hibernian, 1 November 1986

hmfc11186progThis was the last game I saw before leaving Edinburgh, and the last time I saw a Hibs team managed by a former Hibs player. John Blackley’s side went into this fixture with only three league victories under their belt, though one of those was the rather memorable opening day defeat of Rangers when their new manager Graham Souness took an early bath. Hibs were also, of course, continuing their nine year streak without a win against Hearts.

That run wasn’t broken as goals from Joe McBride and Gary McKay cancelled each other out in front of a 22,000 crowd. I am reliably informed that Hibs’ goal was a storming McBride free kick. Sorry to say I don’t remember it myself – I must have seen too many of them in my time and they all blur together…

Hibs lined up: Rough, Milne, Hunter, Kirkwood, Rae, Chisholm, May, Collins, Kane, McCluskey McBride, with Super Jo Tortolano and the eminently forgettable Mark Caughey coming off the bench for McCluskey and McBride to absolutely no effect.

I haven’t provided a large pic of the programme cover as it’s an ugly and boring thing, designed so that Hearts didn’t even have to bother coming up with a different cover picture every fortnight. Inside is no better, with every opportunity taken to display the unpleasant visage of Wallace Mercer.

Where are they now?

11186mascotThe only interesting thing I could extract from the programme was the mascots, and I wondered if anyone knew where young Paul Brown is now. Paul was 12 at the time, lived in Bughtlin Loan, listed Stuart Beedie and Billy Kirkwood as his favourite players, and liked curries and home computers.

Paddy Barry has emailed me to say that he remembers Paul, or ‘Bruno’ as he was nicknamed, from St Augustine’s. Last seen living in the East Craigs/Corstorphine area where he would find a plentiful supply of curry houses.

Bruno, if you’re out there, what were you on, son? Beedie and Kirkwood????