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Hibs 1-2 Hearts, March 31 1990

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Hibs 0-0 Hearts, August 27 1988

hearts270888progOh lord, another goalless derby. At least it was better than losing I suppose.

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.”

gs1Had 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.

gs2But 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.


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Hibs 1-0 Hearts, January 4 1989

(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)

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Anyone for back to back victories against Hearts? Oh alright then, I’ll have some of that. Young whippersnappers weaned on the regular superiority of Alex McLeish’s side in derby encounters will need to be reminded that it was not always so.

Unfortunately my records only stretch to listing the Hearts team (from a later Tynecastle programme) and I’m not going to bother with that. The goalscorer was Eddie May, but at what point in the game I can’t remember, so as usual any help appreciated. Hibs were in fifth place in the league, and angling for a UEFA cup place. The crowd for this match was an unusually precise 27,022.

Interesting bits from the programme – besides the front page flash “Match sponsor: Pitta Bread (Scotland) Ltd” – included a reminder of Joe Baker’s four goals against Hearts in a Scottish Cup tie on March 1 1958. That was the season Hearts won the league by 13 points. The crowd was 41,666 at Tynecastle and the final score was 4-2.

On the business side, Douglas Cromb joined the board this week, and a lengthy article outlined the splitting of Hibs into three companies, Hibernian Football Club, Hibernian Leisure, and Hibernian Land and Property, all under the umbrella of Edinburgh Hibernian plc. It all sounded terribly sensible, even the bit about all the club’s land being placed under the ownership of Hibernian Land and Property. Only time would tell…


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Hearts 2-1 Hibs, April 1 1989

hearts010489progWhat better date for the final derby of the season than April Fool’s Day? Hibs were the ones to have the mickey taken though, spoiling their unbeaten season against Hearts. I have a vague memory that this was one of those occasions when Hibs equalised a Hearts opener only to concede the winner minutes later, but I have obviously erased such painful recollections from my mind.

Gavin Aitchison, however, wrote to correct me: ‘Contrary to what you thought, what actually happened was Keith Houchen gave Hibs the lead at some point in the first half. Eamonn Bannon equalised shortly afterwards (as shown in your pic), to make the HT score 1-1. John Robertson won it for Hearts with 9 minutes left.’ Thanks Gavin, I guess it would have to be a Jambo to remind me of that ;^)

By the sounds of The Scotsman headline below it was another niggly affair. Oh, and if you can recognise yourself in the crowd, own up… Especially the guy up near the top on the left who looks like he must be ten feet tall. Great to be standing behind you, mate…

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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.