Once again I can remember nothing of this game except that we were crap.
Since the win over Rangers on the first day of the season Hibs had won only two Skol Cup ties against East Stirling and Hamilton, though even that run had been recently ended by a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Dundee Utd. The six league games had yielded one win, two draws and three defeats, and John Blackley confessed his anxiety in the programme notes.
Well he might, as it would be October 4 before his team managed to record another league victory, away to Hamilton. This feat couldn’t be repeated on a regular basis and the writing was on the wall. Little did we think at the time that his eventual replacement would be the man in charge of St Mirren, Alex Miller, who was busy nurturing such stars as Steve Clark, Paul Lambert and, er, Brian Hamilton.
Also in the Buddies’ squad this day was Doug Bell, playing for his home town team on loan from Rangers.
The main other point of note in the programme was the announcement that a sponsor had been found to fill the space on the strips vacated by Insave. Under the heading ‘Scottish football is booming!’ P&D Windows introduced themselves and their £80,000 deal with Hibs. This sponsorship didn’t exactly shout big time corporate partnership, especially as the company’s advertising campaign was structured round the embarassing antics of a moronic gumsy fitter who mumbled ‘P’n’D Windaes’ to the camera at every opportunity.
The caption to the front cover of the programme (above) read ‘Mark Fulton and Alan Rough enjoying the view from the dug out.’ Oh if only the view from the terraces had been as sweet…