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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.



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?


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

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Airdrie 2 Hibs 4, 22 May 1997

Great escape

Great escape

Although this ended up being Hibs’ biggest win of a grim season they achieved it the hard way, going a goal down in the first minute and surviving a penalty miss by Airdrie later in the first half.

This was never going to be an uneventful match, and with a further three penalties awarded and Jimmy Sandison sent off for elbowing near the end it lived up to expectation. Darren Jackson scored two of the penalties for Hibs to secure the tie and Hibs survival in the Premier League.

It was the end of Jackson’s Hibs career, however, sold to Celtic for £1.25million in the summer. His return to Edinburgh two years later to play for Hearts completed his transformation from hero to villain. Keith Wright had also played his last game for Hibs at the age of 32, and Jim Leighton was lured back to Aberdeen by the offer of a player-coach role at his first club.

Perhaps they also saw the writing on the wall in this nerve-shredding brush with relegation.