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Hibs 2-1 Hearts, 11 April 1998

hearts110498_3At this point in the season, with five games remaining, Hearts were still in the title race, and with Celtic beating Rangers on this day a victory at Easter Road would have kept Hearts within a point of both. Hibs were as good as dead, surely their resistance would be futile?

But we know what happens to Hearts when they get close to a league title, don’t we? The sound of bottle crashing reverberated around the streets of Edinburgh for days afterwards. Continue reading

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Hibs 0-3 Hearts, 15 September 1990

Hearts were without a manager on this occasion, Wallace Mercer having recently sacked Alex MacDonald. Joe Jordan was being lined up to replace him, but if Hearts were still leaderless off the park it was Hibs who were leaderless on it.

Mercer was interviewed by The Scotsman on the eve of this match, defending his decision not to attend Easter Road for the first time since his takeover bid, despite having said the previous weekend that he would be the first one off the Hearts bus, shaking everyone’s hand. Hugh Keevins asked Mercer about the suggestion that his sudden sacking of MacDonald was the work of an egomaniac. ‘I do not suffer from egomania,’ replied Mercer. ‘If I did I would not be allowed access to £100 million in my business life. I would not have been the youngest Scot, appointed by the Secretary of State, to join the Scottish Business Group. Egomaniacs do not get bankrolled by the Bank of Scotland either. I take the strongest exception to that charge, and those that call me an egomaniac are guilty of jealousy and envy.’

Hmm. The prosecution rests, m’Lud…

Anyway, on the pitch it was business as usual, and a pitch invasion held up play for 10 minutes after Pat McGinlay’s own goal.

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Hibs 1-4 Hearts, 2 January 1991

Although Hearts had been languishing on the same points as Hibs before this match, the only truly remarkable thing about the result is that John Robertson didn’t get on the scoresheet. Even Hibs solitary effort (only their tenth in 19 matches) was an own goal by Gary Mackay. Results elsewhere left Hibs bottom of the league.

Now, about that league reconstruction idea…

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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.