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Hibs 0-4 Dundee, 15 August 1987

dundee150887progClassic Hibs behaviour here – beat the league champions in midweek then collapse at home to relegation fodder. Jocky Scott’s Dundee came without the suspended Jim Duffy and disposed of Hibs within the first half. Two goals from Tommy Coyne (one a penalty) and one apiece from Keith Wright and John Brown left Hibs staring at humiliation before the interval, and it could have been worse but for goal line clearances and profligate finishing. Truly an awful experience.

Programme notes

The Hibs programme was voted fourth best in Scotland after the Old Firm and Dundee Utd for the 86-87 season. The shoddy Hearts effort was beaten into tenth place by the likes of Hamilton Accies, Clyde and Clydebank. Quite right too.


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Hibs 2-2 Dundee, 21 March 1987

dundee21387progAlex Miller’s arrival was having a galvanising effect on Hibs, with five wins and five draws in sixteen matches, including two draws against Rangers. The scorers for Hibs were Gordon Rae and George McCluskey, and the team read: Rough, Hunter, Mitchell, Bell, Rae, McIntyre, Weir, McCluskey, Cowan, Kane, McBride, with Tortolano and Kane coming of the bench to replace Hunter and Weir.

The Dundee squad photo in the programme shows a cherubic Colin Hendry before his departure to Blackburn earlier that season, and the great Albert Kidd who had since moved to Falkirk. The Dundee squad for this game featured such as Tosh McKinlay, Tommy Coyne, former Hibs player Graham Harvey, and future Hibee Keith Wright, then only 21 and described as ‘a player who has shown he will be a deadly striker in the Premier League’. Two other figures later to forge a less illustrious association with Hibs were manager Jocky Scott and captain Jim Duffy.

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Yeh, let’s go for it Lexo. James Cruickshanks did and has very kindly supplied some commemorative photos which you can view here.

Where are they now?

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Any info on Kenny’s current standing in the F1 drivers’ table most welcome.


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Raith Rovers 1 Hibs 1, 10 May 1997

Dangling

Dangling

Jim Duffy had finally been appointed as Hibs manager in December 1996, but his arrival – and the signings of such luminous talents as Jamie McQuilken, Paul Tosh, David Elliot and Lee Power – failed to arrest the slide down the table.

Victory in this game, except by a barrel-load, would not have guaranteed Hibs’ survival, but with Motherwell only managing a draw with Dunfermline a simple win against already-relegated Raith would have kept Hibs out of the play-off with Airdrie.


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Hibs 1 Airdrie 0, 17 May 1997

Strained

Strained

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.