For all that Rangers were streets behind Celtic throughout this season it was no mean feat for Hibs to overcome the reigning league champions, and it reinforced their self-belief in the wake of the loss to the champions-elect at Parkhead. David Zitelli had been introduced to the Hibs side gradually, with three starts and two substitute appearances so far, with one goal to his credit. His finish here was coolly taken and proved the difference between the teams. The Rangers fans seemed strangely unappreciative (see pic). Continue reading
It was not all good news in the close season however. Young Kenny Miller’s departure was both feared and expected, and his reputation with Hibs fans inevitably suffered when the buyers were revealed. Still, it must be said that £2m for an uncapped 20 year-old is never an entirely bad piece of business (although Bill Alcorn of the Hibs Supporters Association was holding out for £5m). It’s just a shame that it had to be Rangers.
The Scotsman’s headline was:
Johnston winning Ibrox hearts
Old One Eye clearly not impressed by Pally Ally’s shooting technique…
I can’t remember anything about this game, and have only deduced from other records that it finished 0-0. Hibs had beaten Rangers 2-0 in the first game at Easter Road in August, and would even beat them 2-0 at Ibrox in March, but this one stirs no memories at all. If anyone else has any, please let me know.
Hibs were in the midst of one of their ‘no goals please, we’re Hibees’ phases, which had lasted for three games since the 3-2 win over Dundee at the end of November. Prior to that they had also gone seven games with only a solitary Archibald goal in a draw with Hearts. So nobody was in much of a mood to score here.
Dave Fellinger was getting the occasional game for Hibs at this time, and Paul Kane had made the number 2 shirt his own. Or rather Alex Miller had made him wear it, and none of us were any the wiser. Rangers had just signed Nigel Spackman. Hibs were third bottom of the Premier League.
Fortunately the programme provides some entertainment. The lush full colour advertising included a seductive promotional for The Electric Beach solarium on Lothian Road. And who better to get his kit off and demonstrate its facilities than the already swarthy Joe Tortolano! Ladeeez, click on the pic and scan that tan….
Where are they now?
Festive spirit, says the programme. So, what, were all these kids tanked up or something? Perhaps it’s their parents we need to blame. Whatever, if anyone knows of the subsequent dress habits of Gavin, Brendan or Brian, please share them with us.
So there you all are, surfing away on your work PC, cursing its crappy processing speeds and yearning for your own turbocharged enhanced-graphics gaming beast at home. Consider for a moment the state of personal computing in 1989. 33MHz clock speed. Yeeeee-hah!