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Hearts 1-1 Hibs, 26 December 2000

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It’s funny how the pictures always seem to portray Hearts’ playing style as somewhat… erm… robust. More like rugby than football. I’m sure it’s just accidental. Continue reading

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Hearts 0-3 Hibs, 19 December 1999

191299hearts1The last derby match of the 20th century delivered, in journalistic parlance, an early Christmas present for Hibs fans, and it was the best Christmas present for some considerable time, both before and after. I watched it in the pub in Cambridge and revelled in a performance that was so dominant the score did it no justice. Continue reading


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Hearts 2-1 Hibs, April 1 1989

hearts010489progWhat better date for the final derby of the season than April Fool’s Day? Hibs were the ones to have the mickey taken though, spoiling their unbeaten season against Hearts. I have a vague memory that this was one of those occasions when Hibs equalised a Hearts opener only to concede the winner minutes later, but I have obviously erased such painful recollections from my mind.

Gavin Aitchison, however, wrote to correct me: ‘Contrary to what you thought, what actually happened was Keith Houchen gave Hibs the lead at some point in the first half. Eamonn Bannon equalised shortly afterwards (as shown in your pic), to make the HT score 1-1. John Robertson won it for Hearts with 9 minutes left.’ Thanks Gavin, I guess it would have to be a Jambo to remind me of that ;^)

By the sounds of The Scotsman headline below it was another niggly affair. Oh, and if you can recognise yourself in the crowd, own up… Especially the guy up near the top on the left who looks like he must be ten feet tall. Great to be standing behind you, mate…

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Hearts 0-0 Hibernian, 2 January 1988

020188progAfter their humiliating trouncing in the Programme of the Year Awards, Hearts revamped their publication for the 87-88 season with a full colour cover. Still the same picture every week mind, and inside was just the same drab, lifeless, uninspired stuff, riddled with typos.

Any great excitement the game may have possessed has failed to leave any imprint on my memory. It would appear that Andy Goram performed heroics to keep Hearts out, however, if the Scotsman’s picture and caption is anything to go by.

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Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, Orr, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and McIntyre on the bench.

The Hearts side, for those of you who are interested, was: Smith, Hugh ‘neep-heid’ Burns, Roger Whittaker, Mike ‘the most expensive mince ever bought’ Galloway, Dave ‘Giraffe’ McPherson, Craig Levein, John Colquhoun, Kenny Black, lovely Wayne Foster, Gary ‘my son’s a Hibby’ Mackay, and John ‘I should have been a Hibby’ Robertson, with those nice chaps Neil Berry and Walter ‘Zico’ (haaaa haaaaaaa) Kidd on the bench.