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
McLeish’s first win at Hibs, at the fifth attempt, and against his old club, inevitably. Motherwell were also our nearest rivals in the relegation race, but this ‘lifeline’ only brought us back to six points behind with seven fixtures left. Continue reading
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?
David 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.
Although the Scotsman’s report gave Jim Jeffries’ Falkirk side an outside chance of qualifying for Europe thanks to this result, they eventually finished in fifth place, five points behind Hibs.
The three points dropped by Hibs however, proved crucial in the race for second place. They finished strongly, with three wins and a draw in their remaining four games, but ended up two points adrift of Motherwell, rueing what might have been, as the Scotsman’s round up of 15 May noted (below).
Events off the pitch overshadowed this game as news broke earlier in the day that Davie Cooper was in hospital having suffered a brain haemorrhage at the age of 39.
Cooper had played the last of his 157 games for Motherwell barely more than a year earlier and sadly died on the Thursday that this match report was published.
The 5,400 fans who attended the game were accommodated on two sidesof the ground as work began on the new North and South stands.