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Dunfermline Athletic 3-3 Hibs, 8 August 1987

pars080887progI was one of 13,500 fans crowded onto the old shale and sleeper terraces of East End Park for Dunfermline’s first ever game in the Premier League. The glorious sunny August afternoon must have had the players thinking it was still a pre-season exhibition match as they treated us to six goals.

Dunfermline opened the scoring through a Dave Young header with Paul Kane lashing in an equaliser a minute before half-time. Three minutes into the second half Mickey Weir put Hibs a goal up when he pounced on a Steve Cowan header which Westwater couldn’t hold. Former Hibs man Stuart Beedie brought the Pars level with a deflected free kick before Mickey Weir weaved past four defenders and crossed for John Collins to restablish the lead. Hibs were unable to hold on to it however, as Dave Young headed his second goal five minutes from time.


The full Hibs line-up read: Rough, Milne, McIntyre, May, Rae, Hunter, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Collins, McBride, with Tortolano and McGovern on the bench.

Pre-match entertainment was provided by a variety of baton twirling routines by the Tomettes, and programme readers were welcomed on the first page by the inimitable Jim Leishman’s crazed expression.



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Hibernian 3-0 St Mirren, 12 March 1986

stmirrenprogA 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.