The gap between this game and the previous one against St Mirren in my collection of cuttings neatly mirrors that between the two Dunfermline games in the previous season’s archive. And it perfectly inverts the tale that unraveled in 1997-98. Continue reading
Just as that hyperbole had been premature, so was this headline writer’s apocalyptic assessment of McLeish’s position. There was cause for concern all the same, since this result came on the back of a 4-0 trouncing off St Johnstone. Continue reading
Going to games whenever you happen to be in Edinburgh for other purposes – in this case Christmas – does have its drawbacks. You end up spending a freezing afternoon watching tedious goalless draws against St Mirren for example. Despite the fact that this was Boxing Day, only another 7,499 people joined me at Easter Road for an entirely forgettable experience.
For the record Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, McIntyre, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and Milne coming on for the two Macs, presumably only to prevent them developing frostbite.
The St Mirren squad featured a young Paul Lambert, and Brian Hamilton: ‘a strong attacking player he can also play well at left back or in central defence’ – aha, so that’s why Lexo signed him, he could never play him out of position…
Alex Miller’s ‘Backchat’ notes in the programme perhaps give some explanation for the lack of seasonal cheer: ‘As we look into 1988, I’m simply aiming to better last year’s points total in the league. If we can finish with more points than last year, then it will be an improvement we can build on.’ Stirring stuff, eh? Continue reading
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…
A Steve Cowan hat-trick won this match for Hibs and brought his season’s tally so far to 25 (he finally scored 28) making him the club’s most successful striker in 13 years since Alan Gordon hit 37 in 72-73. His partnership with Gordon Durie amassed 42 goals in all. Not bad for a combined investment of £85,000.
By this point Hibs had edged themselves away from the relegation battle, but this was academic in any case with league reconstruction having decreed that no one would go down. Four days earlier, Hibs had trounced Celtic 4-3 in the Scottish Cup quarter final, which probably put a spring in their step.
The team was: Rough, Milne, Munro, Brazil, Rae, Fulton, Tortolano, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie and Collins, who all lasted the 90 minutes leaving Eddie May and Colin Harris to prance about in their tracksuits all day. St Mirren featured future Hibs defender Neale Cooper, and were of course managed by Alex Miller at this time.
The crowd was another strangely round 7,000. In fact, all of the published attendances for Easter Road this season were multiples of 100, leading to speculation that the turnstiles were in need of examination.