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.
It is nothing remarkable to us today to be reading about the championship race being over in January. What is surprising is that the supposed title decider in 1995 would be Rangers’ New Year meeting with Motherwell. The following season the Bosman ruling and freedom of contract would rip the guts out of the team that Tommy McLean built and Alex McLeish led to runners-up spot.
It would be over a decade before the Old Firm would again be separated from the top two positions. Even now the achievement of Vladimir Romanov’s Hearts staggering almost in spite of themselves to second place in 2006 looks like a momentary aberration. Realistically from 1995 onwards there is nothing left for the rest to play for but third place.