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
There were times during the summer when many must have doubted that Hibs would even be around to fulfill this fixture. Whether it was thanksgiving for their deliverance from the clutches of Mercer, or just the usual early season optimism, a sizeable Hibs support made the journey north for this first league match of the new campaign.
Obviously the euphoria of the club’s reprieve from extinction had no effect on the team’s performance. To be fair Aberdeen were still a very good side, as demonstrated by the programme cover which shows Scott Booth and Graham Watson brandishing the League and Scottish Cups. They had also finished runners up to Rangers in the league and were to do so again this term, losing out only on the last day of the season in a championship decider at Ibrox. Continue reading
(Originally written c.2001 when Alex McLeish was Hibs manager)
A long journey to a cold and blustery Pittodrie seemed like a fine way to see out the festive season before returning south. Not unusually however, Hibs turned in one of their inept and spineless performances, managing to look as if they never even expected to get anything out of this match.
Robert Connor ran the show for Aberdeen, and I have a vague memory of Charlie Nicholas getting one of their goals, but the rest of my recollections were blown away off the top of the Beach End by a freezing sea breeze.
The Dons programme carried a feature on Aberdeen’s own testimonial boy, Alex McLeish, still looking incredibly fresh faced as you can see. Full feature below.