With Hearts having visited on Boxing Day it was down to Dundee to first foot Hibs after New Year, Claudio Caniggia and all. This was the last game before the SPL’s winter break for the rest of January, and it was also finally definitely definitively positively absolutely the last game to be played in front of the old West Stand, after the premature farewell the previous season. Continue reading
Although I’m old enough I wasn’t at Tynecastle for the 7-0 game in 1973. I wasn’t at this game either, but I watched it live on TV in a pub in Cambridge with one of the other Cambridge Mental Hibees. It was a quiet midweek and the two of us had the back bar with the TV to ourselves. Obviously things got off to a poor start, but as the game unfolded our reactions to each goal became more and more hysterical until people started coming in from the other side of the bar to see what all the mayhem was about, and seemed surprised to find that there were only two of us making all this noise. Continue reading
Hibs bounced back to the top of the league for a couple of days with this win over Motherwell, putting two second half goals past Andy Goram. Goram had washed up at Fir Park the previous year after being cast adrift by Rangers at the end of 97-98 season and had then spent a few months drifting around the English lower leagues. He was blameless for Hibs’ opener, a deflection off Mixu Paatelainen, but to say Hibs were lucky would be a gross misrepresentation. Refereeing incompetence denied them two first half penalties, and it took tireless graft to overcome Motherwell in the end, Paatelainen notching the second ten minutes from time courtesy of some route one football. Winning ugly was not going to be a problem for this Hibs team. Continue reading
Ooops, missed this one in my chronological progress through the season…
A rare win at Pittodrie, Hibs’ first in four years, although for one of those we were in different divisions. Ebbe Skovdahl was trying to coax the Dons out of the pit of mediocrity but with a squad full of youngsters it was going to be a hard task. In contrast Hibs’ starting line-up averaged over 29 years of age, with only substitute Scott Bannerman qualifying as any kind of youngster. Continue reading
Another derby day, another thumping victory. Oh, we could get used to this. And we did, for a while.
I can’t find out in which season the standing nine game winning streak came, so if anybody knows leave me a comment. It must have been a league only streak as the best winning streak in all competitions is still the eleven in a row from season 1947-48 which included four Scottish Cup ties. Continue reading