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Falkirk 1-3 Hibs, 3 January 1987

Falkirk3187progAs you can see from the programme cover (click for full size pic), Brockville Park has remained remarkably untouched by the passing fads of ground development over the last 13 years. Visiting the ‘stadium’ again in February 1999 for Hibs’ Division 1 fixture was itself a veritable stroll down memory lane. Apparently the toilets have not been altered since medieval times, and Channel 4’s Time Team are reportedly keen on carrying out excavations in the search for Crawford Baptie’s ancestors.

The game was the first I’d seen of Hibs under new manager Alex Miller who had replaced John Blackley at the beginning of December. New recruits Doug Bell, Graeme Mitchell and Tommy McIntyre were on display and looked impressive, especially Bell who netted a 20 yard volley to seal a 3-1 victory for Hibs. The full team was: Rough, Sneddon, Mitchell, Bell, Rae, McIntyre, Weir, Kane, McCluskey, Collins and McBride, with Cowan and May on the bench. The other scorers for Hibs were George McCluskey and Joe McBride.


Old ads are always good for a laugh. This one for Falkirk FC Social Club just goes to show that those Bairns really knew how to rave it up. Yes this is from 1987, believe me…



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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 for a while that 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????