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Aberdeen 2-0 Hibs, 25 August 1990

aberdeen250890progThere were times during the summer when many must have doubted that Hibs would even be around to fulfill this fixture. Whether it was thanksgiving for their deliverance from the clutches of Mercer, or just the usual early season optimism, a sizeable Hibs support made the journey north for this first league match of the new campaign.

Obviously the euphoria of the club’s reprieve from extinction had no effect on the team’s performance. To be fair Aberdeen were still a very good side, as demonstrated by the programme cover which shows Scott Booth and Graham Watson brandishing the League and Scottish Cups. They had also finished runners up to Rangers in the league and were to do so again this term, losing out only on the last day of the season in a championship decider at Ibrox. Continue reading


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Hibs 2-1 Motherwell, December 31 1988

motherwell311288progIt was Hogmanay, it was cold, most of us were getting into the party spirit early, if you know what I mean. So what I’m trying to say is I haven’t got a clue who scored or anything.

According to The Scotsman (below) there’s good reason for my amnesia. Motherwell, managed by Tommy McLean, came armed with former Hibees Craig Paterson and Steve Cowan, as well as the young Tom Boyd.

Where are they now?

papuaDavid Torrance (that’s David front right, with the beard, next to the woman with the, em,… good lord…), er anyway, David Torrance was in Papua New Guinea then, but where is he now? It can’t be anywhere more remote and exotic, that’s for sure. Or can it? The upper reaches of the Amazon? Outer Mongolia? Coatbridge?

If anybody knows, get on the bush telegraph.


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Hibs 1-0 Rangers, 12 August 1987

rangers120887The programme editor gleefully reminded everyone of the previous season’s corresponding fixture, when Graham Souness stamped his authority all over George McCluskey’s shin, got himself sent of in his first ever match in the Scottish League, precipitated a midfield punch-up involving 21 players, and contributed to his side’s 2-1 defeat.

No repetition of the fisticuffs with Souness now retired to the stands, but a pleasant repetition of the result, Hibs winning by a single goal from John Collins who slid in to finish a Tommy McIntyre pass four minutes into the second half. 24,000 watched Rough, Hunter, McIntyre, May, Rae, Chisholm, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Mitchell and Collins do the business, with Sneddon and McCluskey warming the bench.

The Rangers squad featured at this time such luminous talents as Colin West, and other English imports such as Chris Woods, Graham Roberts and Terry Butcher – more of whom later in the season…