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Raith Rovers 1-0 Hibs, 29 August 1990

Four days after the defeat at Pittodrie an admittedly injury-struck Hibs took an early exit from the Skol Cup. All the same…

Note the presence in the Raith defence of a youthful Shaun Dennis.



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Hibs 1-0 Kilmarnock, August 23 1988 – Skol Cup 3rd round

killie230888progKilmarnock were in the First Division at this time and didn’t bring any formerly or soon-to-be famous players with them. Paul Kane scored the winner to take Hibs into a 4th round tie away to Aberdeen, which they duly lost 2-1 on 3 September. I can’t remember another damn thing about this match. Remind me if it was a good goal or if I missed a flock of streakers.

Kremlin Capers

Ah, I’ve just been waiting for my old programmes to throw up something like this. Some of you may remember the picture of an intrepid Hibby, sporting his P&D Windaes top in Moscow’s Red Square. John Binnie was his name. Hmm, not related by any chance to that Jillian Binnie, former ace reporter for the Hibs pages of the sadly now defunct From the Terrace/Fans FC web site? Well, just have a read at this engaging tale of pies and perestroika from the programme’s Feedback section


It seems as though most fans are spending so much time reading the programme, they don’t have time to put pen to paper and write in to the magazine. Take a leaf out of Jillian Binnie’s writing book. Based in Albion Road – just a Goram clearance away from the stadium, she asked if her husband John’s Hibs strip is the first to enter the Kremlin. The Hibs-mad couple were in the Soviet Union on a six-week holiday and, as Jillian explains, “John thought it only right that the super powers be aware of the club’s existence (we were there at the same time as Reagan’s visit!)”

Jillian goes on to reveal that a young Russian offered to buy the strip for one hundred roubles on the black market (Ed’s note: No, John didn’t offer to sell Jillian instead!), which is the equivalent of £100.

John and Jillian visited Moscow Dynamo’s ground – she points out that Hibs beat the Russians 2-0 a couple of years back and they also visited Dynamo Tblisi, who were having a practice match at the time.

Jillian recalls, “The man at the refreshments stall wouldn’t accept any money for our drinks as we were Western tourists – he insisted that we took them for nothing. (Any use trying that one at the pie-hut at Easter Road?)” C’mon Jillian, the Easter Road pies themselves are worth a couple of hundred roubles.

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Hibs 3-1 Montrose, 18 August 1987

montrose180887progMidweek Skol Cup duty attracted an unimpressive total of 3,800 people to Easter Road. The absent thousands missed goals from Eddie May, Super Joe Tortolano and sub George McCluskey. Maybe they didn’t miss much. I can’t remember to be honest.

In the programme a ‘Where Are They Now?’ feature profiled Jock Buchanan, Hibs striker between 1954 and 61. Although he apparently scored 68 goals in one season he couldn’t manage this in the first team as he was regularly kept out by first Lawrie Reilly and then Joe Baker. He once unexpectedly made the first team against Rotweiss Essen in the 1-1 European Cup mach at Easter Road. So unexpected was his selection that he’d just scoffed a big plate of mince and tatties an hour before kick off, but still managed to score Hibs’ goal that night.

Off the field other unexpected moves were afoot which would have a profound effect on Hibs’ future…

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Hibernian 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic, Skol Cup Final, Sunday 27 October 1991 – Press coverage

Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 28.10.91

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This picture above came from the Glasgow Herald. I’ve watched the footage just a few times :^) and although it looked initially that the Pars player’s arm tripped Mickey Weir, I don’t think it did – I’m sure Mickey actually tripped over his own feet as he swung at the ball and missed. However, he was definitely pulled back by the defender before that so deserved the penalty anyway.