Midweek Skol Cup duty attracted an unimpressive total of 3,800 people to Easter Road. The absent thousands missed goals from Eddie May, Super Joe Tortolano and sub George McCluskey. Maybe they didn’t miss much. I can’t remember to be honest.
In the programme a ‘Where Are They Now?’ feature profiled Jock Buchanan, Hibs striker between 1954 and 61. Although he apparently scored 68 goals in one season he couldn’t manage this in the first team as he was regularly kept out by first Lawrie Reilly and then Joe Baker. He once unexpectedly made the first team against Rotweiss Essen in the 1-1 European Cup mach at Easter Road. So unexpected was his selection that he’d just scoffed a big plate of mince and tatties an hour before kick off, but still managed to score Hibs’ goal that night.
Off the field other unexpected moves were afoot which would have a profound effect on Hibs’ future…
Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 28.10.91
This picture above came from the Glasgow Herald. I’ve watched the footage just a few times :^) and although it looked initially that the Pars player’s arm tripped Mickey Weir, I don’t think it did – I’m sure Mickey actually tripped over his own feet as he swung at the ball and missed. However, he was definitely pulled back by the defender before that so deserved the penalty anyway.
Amazingly at this point in the season Hibs were still top of the league after 13 rounds of matches. Rangers were fourth behind Aberdeen and Motherwell, albeit by only two points, and Celtic were sixth behind Kilmarnock by another two points. Only six points however (in the days of two points for a win) separated Hibs from Raith in eleventh place.