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A season of consolidation

191299hearts1Season 1999-2000 was a season much like this one (2017-18), our first back in the Premier League after a spell in the First. The priority, as Alex McLeish said in his end of season summary, was to consolidate our position, and with a mid-table finish achieved by a squad whose core had come through the promotion campaign, it was mission accomplished. Continue reading


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Hibs 1-0 Aberdeen, 29 April 2000

Typical Hibs, winning a meaningless end of season league fixture against the same opponents to whom they had capitulated three weeks earlier in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The only real significance of this game was that it was the last to be played on Easter Road’s famous old slope before construction of a new West Stand would see it levelled into history. Continue reading

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Five great names, 25 July 1998


Were the sports editors at The Scotsman trying to make Hibs fans feel better, or were they sadistic Jambo bastards rubbing salt in the wounds of relegation? I still can’t make up my mind whether reading about past glories in the aftermath of the previous season was a comfort or a cruelty.  Continue reading

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Hibs invite rivals to share stadium

It’s interesting now to read the idealised vision of the out of town stadium served by trams under the headline’Common Ground’ below. The example of the perfect modern European solution to stadium redevelopment is the Stadio delle Alpe in Turin. A multi-purpose stadium with running track, it was shared for many years by Juventus and Turin, playing in front of miserable, ever-diminishing crowds that always hated the place until Torino moved back to the old Olympic stadium in the city and Juventus demolished and completely rebuilt the Stadio delle Alpe. There but for the grace of… well, not God, but clear sighted Hibs fans…

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Hibs 2 Motherwell 0, 22 March 1995

Events off the pitch overshadowed this game as news broke earlier in the day that Davie Cooper was in hospital having suffered a brain haemorrhage at the age of 39.

Scotsman tribute to Davie Cooper

Davie Cooper tributes

Cooper had played the last of his 157 games for Motherwell barely more than a year earlier and sadly died on the Thursday that this match report was published.

Scotsman match report

The 5,400 fans who attended the game were accommodated on two sidesof the ground as work began on the new North and South stands.

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