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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.


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.

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Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Hibernian, 4 April 1987

Another hideous Tynie programme, another miserable defeat at the hands of the Jambos. The crowd was 19,731 and Hibs scored thanks to a Hearts own goal but that’s all I can find out about this game. If anyone cares to remember anything else about it let me know.

Prior to this match Hibs were lying ninth in the twelve team premier league, ten points clear of the relegation zone (still two points for a win in those days). Although it was only the beginning of April Hibs had already played 38 league games that season.

One interesting point from the programme, given recent discussion of the low attendance at Hampden for the Hibs-Aberdeen Cup semi-final (22,198), is mention of Hearts previous semi appearances. In 1977 Hearts were beaten at Hampden 2-0 by Rangers in front of a measly 23,652 fans.

Presumably this was a Saturday afternoon, and at that time Hampden must have had a capacity of nearer 100,000. Must have been some atmosphere that day…

Where are they now?


The only other thing of interest from the programme (apart from a look back at the career of Gordon Smith) is the mascots. Quite interesting too, as they appear to be twins, one a Hibby, the other (the evil one obviously) a Jambo. Can these two boys who shared a womb be still divided on derby day? If anyone knows, spill the beans.